Great Baddow Cricket Club History

Great Baddow Cricket Club has a long and proud tradition dating back to the first recorded game in 1791. After the Second World War, the Club moved from its old ground at Estric in Galleywood Road and began to play at their present home, Great Baddow Recreation Ground. 

The Club currently compete in the Mid Essex Cricket League on a Saturday, with the First Team in Premier Division and the Seconds in Division 3, Thirds in Division 9 and the newly formed 4th team in Division 12. We also have Sunday XI and 20/20 XI with a full list of friendly matches against local clubs.  

In 1999 it became clear that the Club was not attracting sufficient young members to guarantee its long term survival. An ambitious Development Plan was drawn up in partnership with Essex County Cricket Club and Great Baddow High School. Subsequent Lottery funding was secured which allowed us to introduce grassroots coaching in the area.  

As a result we now have thriving youth section which competes in the Central Essex Cricket Board’s Under 15, Under 13, Under 11 and Under 9. In 2007, we became an ECB Focus Club. In the 2014 season we will have 20 youth players representing district and County level which demonstrates excellent progress in the development of the players. 

Many of our youth members have gone on to represent and establish themselves in our senior teams. 

Club members, family and friends also enjoy many social events throughout the year including a tour to Sussex and quiz nights. Our two major events are the family day when all the colts and senior members take part in a variety of cricket competitions on a Sunday during the season and the annual presentation evening held at the end of the season. 

During the season, net sessions and coaching takes place at the Rec and during the winter regular coaching and nets continue at Moulsham School or Writtle Cricket Centre, Skeggs Farm. 

The Club are fortunate to enjoy excellent cricket facilities both on and off the pitch at the Recreation Ground. The thriving social atmosphere is underpinned by the Great Baddow Community Association.