EAST GRINSTEAD CRICKET CLUB
EGCC was established one hundred and sixty years ago in 1857 and has been at the heart of the local community ever since.
Our Cricket club is a not-for-profit community club playing to the highest standard outside the County game. We are run entirely by volunteers and rely on our membership, donations, grants and especially our generous sponsors to enhance our facility and to keep us moving forward.
As an ECB ‘Focus Club’ we have a responsibility to allow access to host district games in addition to around 130 home games per season on our two squares so supporting seventeen sides. The club runs five adult sides from the Firsts the current Sussex Premier League Champions and a high standard Second Team squad to the Thirds and Fourth Elevens, plus a Conference team consisting of parents and offspring with a Sunday Team competing in the Surrey Trust league. There are two Women’s and Girl’s sides and ten Junior teams in all age groups. We are also privileged to host Sackville and Imberhorne matches to help keep Cricket alive in our state schools.
The Club recently carried out a restructuring of its management and committee structure supported by a redesign of its corporate image; to better reflect a modern forward looking club while keeping the best of our history and tradition.
The new artwork for the historic five ostrich feather logo was commissioned and designed into a setting more suitable to our digital times. The ’feathers’ have been a heraldic device for East Grinstead since In 1572, when Thomas Cure, Member of Parliament for the former Borough, presented the town a seal: five blue ostrich feathers with gold tips, his initials and those of the Duchy of Lancaster, of which the town was part.
Sussex County Connections
In 2017 The Sussex County Second XI, the Sussex Women’s XI plus the district Academy XI all played matches at Saint Hill giving the local community the opportunity to see high-class cricket in the town.
We can also now boast that we are the third most successful amateur side in the country after playing the eventual winners of the Royal London Club Cup competition on the 27th of August.
We received this note of congratulations from the retiring Chairman of Sussex Cricket David Bowden:
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on the really terrific performance of the East Grinstead CC team to defeat convincingly Bath CC in the quarter-final of the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday last.
The Club’s success reflects very well on the Sussex Premier Cricket League and, of course, Sussex Cricket as a whole, for which we are grateful.”
On September the 2nd 2017 East Grinstead first eleven won the Sussex Premier League title for the first time in the 47 years of the competition and with a game to spare. They also proved that they were the equal third best amateur team in the Country by reaching the Semi-final of the National Royal London Cup.
But the real joy of last season was that our improvement on the field resonated throughout the club, senior and junior sides alike. The second team held their position in a newly created, much more competitive league, with both the Thirds and Fourths winning promotion, the Thirds as Champions. All the junior teams benefitted from our established coaching structure that we hope to enhance over the winter to enable them to move up from near the top of their respective competitions and so allow the club to extend the flow of home-grown talent through to the first elevens of the future.
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
This season has been coming for some years now. East Grinstead Cricket Club was a founder member of the Sussex Premier League and has, with the exception of one year, been an ever-present in the top tier of Sussex Club Cricket.
In 2015 not only did the First and Second teams win their respective T20 cup competitions at the County Ground Hove, but the First Eleven narrowly missed out winning the Championship by the very small margin of 4 bonus points, despite an eleven match winning sequence.
The Royal London Cup Competition is the ideal opportunity to test the standard of Sussex Cricket at the National level and we are proud that we are proving the quality of our cricket in the best format outside the County circuit and reaping the benefits of our players and coaches hard work over many years. Their success is much deserved.
The First Team deserve the title of champions for the consistently high standard of cricket they have played over the last few years with a young side consisting of eight of our locally developed talent. We couldn’t achieve any of this success without our sponsors and supporters and are grateful for their continued support as we look forward to next season and some more classy displays from our young set of players as we seek more silverware.
We would like to thank our sponsors: