The Early Days
The formation of Richmondshire Cricket Club can be traced back to 1837 however the club did not move to its present location until 1892 following the purchase of the land by Lord Zetland who subsequently devoted the land for the benefit of cricket, cycling and other sports. A number of years later he would generously sell the land and ground to the cricket club.
After playing competitive friendlies for many years, the club played in the Vale of Mowbray league from 1949 until 1963 before a short 4 year period in the South East Durham League before joining the Darlington and District League where it would remain until 1980, enjoying great league and cup success.
Ambition and Progress
With the desire to play a higher standard of cricket, the club were admitted to the North Yorkshire and South Durham League (NYSD) in 1981 with the 1st XI competing in the B Division. In the 13 seasons that Richmond would spend in the B Division, it would win the league 5 times and finish runners-up on a further 4 occasions. In addition the Haith Cup and Brunton Cup were each won 4 times.
The Promised Land
Although promotion and relegation between divisions within the NYSD league was still 2 years away, Richmond were voted into the A Division for the 1994 season, after years of trying and they would win the coveted A Division title in 1995. More success was to follow over the years with the 1st XI winning the Premier League title in 2012, 2013 and 2015, the MacMillan cup in 1999, 2010 and 2016, the Kerridge cup in 2017 and the Premier 15’s in 2009.
Richmond have been fortunate to secure the services of two well-known international players of the highest quality since the mid-nineties. Ijaz Ahmed, was a current Pakistan test player at the time and was a major success at the club where his big hitting became legendary. Wayne Larkins was an ex-England test player and showed everyone at the club that his batting skills had not diminished over the years.
The Facilities and Ground
The current stone clubhouse and changing facilities were built in 1976 replacing the various wooden pavilions that had been used for the previous 84 years. Richmondshire Cricket Club offers excellent facilities to both players and social members alike and offers an excellent venue for weddings, christenings and all kinds of parties and functions. The Cricket Club is open all year, but really comes to life in the summer months when it is the best beer garden in Yorkshire.
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