Ticknall Cricket Club
was formed around the turn of the 20thCentury and
was originally called Tichenhalle Cricket Club. This derives from the original medieval
name for the village of Ticknall.
The earliest evidence
of the club’s existence comes from a photograph, which we have on display in
the pavilion taken of the Tichenhalle Village Cricket Club becoming champions
of the Burton and District Cricket League in 1910, and it is from this that the
club has chosen to take its date of establishment.
Originally the club
played in Calke Abbey, the ancestral home of the Harpur Crewe Family. The
Harpur-Crewe family was one of the largest land owners in Derbyshire with
extensive estates across the county. This beautiful house built in the early 17thCentury was
the home of the Harpur-Crewe family for over 300 years and was passed to the
National Trust by the family in 1986.
In 1922 the club moved
to its present ground at The Grange. The ground was leased to the club by Sir
Vauncey Harpur-Crewe. The club has retained a link with the Harpur-Crewe family
to this day with our new pavilion named after the family. The pavilion was
opened in 2001 and built with funds provided by Sport England, Ticknall Village
Council, The Harpur Crewe Estate, private donations and Club Funds. Our club
logo is also based on the Harpur-Crewe family crest of the Boar, Lions Paw, and
Between 1922 and the
early 1970’s the club played friendly matches against local sides on Saturdays
only. The terms of the lease restricted the playing of games on Sundays due to
its proximity to the beautiful 16thCentury
village church. The church, of St George’s, which overlooks the ground helps to
give the ground its unique character, and forms part of the club crest.
This stipulation was
relaxed in the early 1970’s and the club subsequently joined the Derbyshire
& District League, the Central Derbyshire League in 1987 and the Derbyshire
County League in 1992.
Over the last 35 years
or so the club has grown extensively and now comprises of 4 Senior Sides, and a
number of highly successful junior sides between Under 11’s and Under 17’s. We
also operate a number of Kwik-Cricket Soft ball teams which caters for players
as young as 7 years of age and operate the FunDamentals programme which
concentrates on LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) which caters for children
of all ages.