The cricket section is now hosted
Welcome to the home page of Leigh Cricket, Tennis & Bowling Club !
The clubhouse section (the one you are viewing now) contains news and information relevant to the club as a whole, regardless of sporting interest, e.g. membership fees, hiring of function rooms, availability of catering, and so on.
Cricket and Tennis are run as separate sporting sections; you can create individual bookmarks to these in your browser, although the advantage of visiting this home page first is that, using the panels above, you get to see when the sporting sections were last updated.
• Introduction to the cricket section
Leigh Cricket Club, founded in 1854, has been a member of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition ('L&DCC'), the premier cricket league in Lancashire, since 1996. Senior teams are available at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI levels. Home matches are played at Beech Walk where a quality playing surface is maintained in top condition by Paul Tatton, winner of Groundsman Of The Year award for 2007. The club colours, reflecting those of the Leigh town crest, are red, white and black.
The 1st XI were premier league runners-up in 2002, premier league knockout winners in 2000 and 2001, and knockout finalists in 2000 and 2003. The 3rd XI were premier division runners-up in 2005, winners in 2003, and Embee Trophy runners-up in 2001. Much more recently, captain Tim McKiernan steered the 2nd XI to a well-deserved victory in the final of the Chester Cup 2007, a great day which put a smile back on members' faces after a disappointing season for the firsts.
Leigh is one of the most easterly clubs in an extensive area covered by the L&DCC, stretching to members such as Colwyn Bay in North Wales, Wallasey, New Brighton and Caldy on the Wirral Peninsula, and Fleetwood Hesketh and Southport & Birkdale at the northernmost tip of Merseyside.
Four of the L&DCC member clubs' grounds are used for county cricket: Liverpool, Southport & Birkdale and Lytham are used by Lancashire CCC, and Colwyn Bay is used by Glamorgan CCC, so the facilities and standard of cricket at these and other L&DCC clubs are very good.
For further information about the L&DCC, you can open up a separate window onto their website (http://www.ldcc.org.uk) by clicking here.
Since before the millennium, the section has implemented a strategy of planning for the future development of competitive cricket at the club. This has resulted, amongst other things, in the achievement of being awarded ECB Clubmark early in 2008. However, a more obvious outcome has been the way in which junior and youth cricket has thrived at Leigh in recent years, with several people going on to achieve honours at regional, county and national levels - Gareth Cross, Steven Mullaney, Kieran Grundy, Alex Roussak, Joe Davies, Mattie McKiernan, Matthew Yates, James Curran, Oliver Shepherd, Adam Shallcross, Tom Jones and Daniel Horton. Another obvious benefit is that the club is able to generate and keep a steady stream of talented youngsters for feeding through into its senior teams!
None of this could have been achieved without the dedication, enthusiasm and commitment of the cricket section committee and a team of ECB qualified coaches, all of whom give up much of their spare time not just in training but in promoting the club's cricket section in general. The club's approach and desire has been responsible, at least in part, for the return of former skipper Dave Dove to take up the reins again as 1st XI captain.
Under the headship of Steve Bailey, who in 2008 landed a plum role at the Old Trafford-based Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, the coaching team includes: Dave Dove, Stephen Wood, Adam Roussak, Neville Lancelott, Karen Ainscough, Colin Seddon and Graeme Thomason.
The effort put into youth development has paid great dividends in terms of results in the Wigan District Junior Cricket league and cup competitions. The club has gained an envied reputation around the region for the prolific teams it offers at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 levels, with all these age groups contributing to an impressive total of 41 junior team honours between 2001 and 2008.
Further details can be found by contacting Leigh Cricket Club at Beech Walk, Pennington, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 3LH. The telephone number is 01942 671818, or alternatively you can send the club an email. A link to the cricket section's website at play-cricket can be found at the top of this page.
• Availability of food
JJ's are now providing food at the club between the hours of noon and 8pm on summer weekends - click here for a menu.