There is evidence that Maltby Cricket Club was in existence in 1896 but the first proof of competitive cricket doesn’t appear until 1923 when Maltby played Marton in the West Cleveland League. The club’s first known home was Holmefield Farm (the first farm on the right as you enter Maltby from the Manor House). Folklore claims that Mr Harrison agreed to the use of his land in the hope that he could marry off his three daughters to cricketers. The club would play at Holmefield Farm until it resigned from the West Cleveland League in January 1935.
Maltby Cricket Club was re-founded in 1946 and joined the Langbaurgh League in 1948. Up until 1958 the club played at Tarren’s Farm in Maltby but following the death of club President Harry Tarren a new ground was required. The club played all of its 1959 fixtures away from home but in 1960 the club was allowed to use a field on Low Lane belonging to Mrs Blyth (David Cook’s Grandmother). This field, now known as Francis Park has been home to Maltby Cricket Club ever since and in 1996 the land was purchased by the club.
The club claimed 4 Langbaurgh League titles (1950, 1991, 2000 and 2009). Following the 1950 league title, trophies were rare events with just the Mrs Gjers’ (1956), Lady Dorman (1971), Henry Flintoft (1973) and the Ideson Trophy (1977) to show for over 30 years effort. Between 1988 and 2010, the club went through something of a purple patch winning three Langbaurgh League titles and over 20 cup competitions. Details of all the club’s competition victories are on the honours board in the pavilion.
In 2010 the 1st XI joined the North Yorkshire and South Durham (NYSD) League and won the 3rd Division title and the Ken Welsh Cup at the first attempt. A brand new 3rd XI played in the NYSD Sunday Division 2. A successful application was made for the 2nd XI to join the NYSD in 2011. That marked the end of a 63 year association with the Langbaurgh League.
There have been many outstanding performances over the years but a few individuals stand out. Ray Rix made his debut in 1957 and would win the League bowling award 43 years later. Ray had previously won the batting award (1968) and the fielding award (1973 and 1984). Ray is the only Maltby player to take all 10 wickets in an innings (Carlton & Faceby, 19/8/1989), and to take two hat tricks in the same game (Stafford Place, 10/7/1971). Richard Pulman held the record for the highest ever Langbaurgh League score (157 not out against Ingleby Cross, 17/6/1961). Paul Hutchinson reclaimed the highest every Langbaurgh League score with his 177 against Swainby (10/5/2003) but held the record for less than a month. The team score of 351 for 6 in that game remains a club record. There were eleven centurions in the Langbaurgh League with Martin Barber, Simon Close and Paul Hutchinson leading the field with four each. Martin and Paul have both been dismissed for 99 – Martin at Chop Gate in 1996 and Paul at Thimbleby in 2005. The club’s record partnership is held by Simon Close and Chris Hall who scored 265 against Broughton (10/6/2006).
A whole new set of records are being created in the NYSD League. In 2017, there were 10 centuries scored within the club, including five by 15-year old Sam Irvine. Results of all games are now entered onto the play cricket website and work has recently been completed to add all of the results that are known from the club’s history. If anyone has any of the missing scorebooks, hidden away on the loft, the club would love to hear from you!
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