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Wolviston Cricket Club was founded in 1884. Reflecting the rural nature of the area, the original founders and players were a mixture of largely farmers and market gardeners. The first cricket match was played on the quaintly-named Crow Planting field. Wolviston CC has played at six different grounds in and around Wolviston village before finally settling at Armstrong Park in 1974.
Initially, Wolviston CC played in the Cleveland and Teesside League with plenty of success in both league and cup competitions, winning the league five times and the Kerridge cup eight times. 1997 saw entry to the NYSD league structure. Since then, fortunes have been varied with promotion and relegation featuring for all three senior teams. The highlight of the league tenure was promotion to the NYSD Premier Division for the 2002 season after winning Division 1 in 2001. Unfortunately, Premier Division status was short-lived, owing to a reluctance to embrace paying players.
Wolviston CC has competed in the Village Cup since its inception in 1972, which is a national competition with the final played at Lord’s. Wolviston CC has fared well in this competition and reached two semi-finals in its history, but has not yet made it to the elusive Lord’s final.
The junior section is of essential importance to Wolviston CC, with most of its senior players originally starting as juniors and making their way up through the ranks. The 1st XI now almost entirely comprises players who began playing cricket with Wolviston as youngsters.
2017 was an excellent year for Wolviston CC, with the 1st XI achieving promotion back to Division 1 after an eight-year absence, winning the Readman Cup for the first time and successfully defending the Division 2/3/4 15s trophy, which was the fourth victory in this competition in six years. Wolviston CC was also named the NYSD Club of the Year in 2017; an accolade of which the Club is extremely proud given its relative size and resources.
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