About Us

  

Following a meeting between Dennis Dodwell and Paddy Johnson in the Royal Oak the idea of Silverstone Cricket Club was conceived. It became possible thanks to the creation of the playing field and the SRA. It was formed  in the mid 1970s, The club played one season using Stowe School for home fixtures. During that season a group of villagers got together and laid the square at the Silverstone Recreational Association on Church Street, with the first match being played in 1977.  In those days, the wicket ran at ninety degrees to as at present but was changed in the early 1990s.

 

The club enjoyed success in the South Northants Cricket League and ran two Saturday and a Sunday team.  There was a rule in place that players had to have lived in, be born in or worked in the village.  With growing pressures in player availability, this had to be relaxed.  There is now no restriction on membership.

 

Like many clubs, Silverstone has had its ups and downs.  The first team (so long in the Premier Division in the 1990s) was in the third division in the late 2000s.  Owing to shortage of players and lack of player commitment, the club was forced to fold the second / development team in 2014.  As a result of no parent volunteers, the club was also unable to continue with the junior section.

 

Promotion to Division Two was soon followed by back to back promotions to Division One (2016) and then to the Premier Division (2017).  

 

The club has hosted benefit matches for a number of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club players.  The first was in 1994 for David Capel, followed in 1997 for David Ripley,  2000 for Paul Taylor and 2008 for Jason Brown.  These matches have seen a number of international players, including local boy Graeme Swann, playing at Silverstone.

 

Major objectives for 2018 season are to reinstate the second / development team and to re-establish junior cricket.  The club is fortunate in having a number of qualified coaches.

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