AMAZING GROUNDS- PART VI

 AMAZING GROUNDS- BRIDGETOWN CRICKET GROUND,SOMERSET, ENGLAND

Bridgetown Cricket Ground, Somerset, ENGLAND.  Photo : Google.com

Flanked by River Exe and Exmoor National Park and set in a dale hemmed round by hills, this beautiful ground ( Bridgetown Cricket ground) is not short of recognition. 

LOCATION

THE CLUB HOUSE

Midwicket, Dulverton

Bridgetown

Somerset

TA22 9JN

 In 1912 Jonathan Rice included it or at least its pavilion ( above photo) in his “Pavilion book of  Pavilions”.  In 2002 it won Wisden’s Loveliest cricket ground Award and in 2008 it received the Daily Telegraph’s Willow Walks Award for Best Village ground.  In July 2013 Liz Barrett from BBC’s County file described it as “Quintessentially English, with spectacular views over Exmoor National Park and accessible by a wooden foot over bridge over the River Exe even comes complete with its very own thatched-roof pavilion.

Surprisingly all the above awards don’t merit much for this ground and their proudest moment was when they won the First title in the West Somerset League in 2014, its first title in 90 years of its existence.  By all accounts it was a close match.

The bulk of the ground maintenance is done by the secretary and the club members.  The old roof was replaced with a new one in 2016.

The pride of this club is Vic Marks who played for Somerset county and for England in Tests & ODIs played in this ground in his formative years.  He also worked as a journalist and wrote books on cricket.

As its League commitments, the club hosts touring sides from Australia and Canada.

Everard Estate, which owns this ground is having smooth relationship with the Club and Guy Thomas Everard is one of it’s vice presidents.

The ground is accessible from the A396 by a narrow foot bridge over a thin thread of River Exe.

Photo courtesy : Alamy.com

Then it’s a short walk to the pavilion with its thatched roof, oak panelling and rudimentary score board and other facilities.

The good news in this ground is the swallows and wrens still nest in the Pavilion and the sanitary facilities are awful.  The “dunny” at the back side is no bigger than a Buckingham Palace sentry box  and far less comfortable is still the only convenience.

There are no showers either , so some team members can always jump in the River Exe after a day’s play.

Bridgetown Cricket Club game to benefit CareMoor

Bridgetown cricket pavilion

CareMoor for Exmoor, the National Park’s Conservation and Access Fund, is set to benefit from the generosity of Bridgetown Cricket Club (Dulverton TA22 9JL_ which is allocating their match on Wednesday 27 July against the Mount Cricket Club as a fundraiser for CareMoor.

The initiative is in recognition of the recent Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund grant to the Bridgetown Club for re-thatching their pavilion. The Mount Cricket. Club has been coming to Exmoor and Bridgetown for 30 years.

Philip Kiberd, fundraising officer at the National Park says: “We are very grateful to Bridgetown Cricket Club for this initiative and we look forward to an interesting and sunny day. The new thatch on the pavilion looks great and if anyone would like to come along and watch the game they will be most welcome.”

Source : Exmoor National Park.com

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