AG-14 – CROOKLETS CRICKET GROUND, CORNWALL, ENGLAND
This Crooklets cricket ground is situated in Bude, North Cornwall.
THE CLUB HOUSE
Crooklets Cricket Ground
Bude North Cornwall
Summerleaze Downs, Bude
Photo courtesy : FB page of the club
Cricket has been played in this beautiful Clifftop setting overlooking the Atlantic ocean since 1959. Originally called Bude-Stratton CC, the club dates back to 1870, changed its name in1958 but reverted back to as Bude North Cornwall.
With strong south-Westerlies blowing, it’s not an easy task to organise cricket here. From January onwards the Club Chairman Tony Greaves and John Blackburn spent a lot of time preparing the ground. John Blackburn’s rich experience as a groundsman comes in handy to prepare wicket here. Incidentally, Blackburn is a former professional groundsman who worked at Old Trafford ground.
The wicket is full of runs but the real problem is the wind as once a bowler bowled 18 wides in an over. And on another occasion the covers put on the field had disappeared overnight and found in the Car parking area.
Since 2014, the club has a new pavilion to be proud of. The first pavilion erected in 1883 was replaced in the 1930s. And again due to wear and tear it was replaced thanks to a grant from SPORT ENGLAND, which also helped finance for pitches, coaching equipment, covers and sight screens.
The results were palpable as the Club performed well in the 2015 season.
The beautiful location of the ground is well known to everyone and every visiting team to England prefers friendlies here.
Late Brian Alexander Johnson, CBE, a British Commentator, author and TV presenter used to visit Bude for holidaying and to attend matches.
And the state-of-the art Pavilion entices people to visit the place, Wired fencing covers the boundary lines. On the other side of the fence jaywalkers enjoy a stroll along the cliff top between Crooklets Beach and Summerleaze Beach.
Bude CC played only friendlies until late 1970s, entertaining local and touring sides through the summer. Since joining the Cornwall Cricket League , the Club has held various league honours and still continues to host touring teams from around the world.
With the ageing pavilion demolished in 2013 and a new pavilion constructed along with a new Club House, the ground is having a stunning look and playing is a pleasure.
Changing room facilities on-site
An Artificial match play wickets
Car Parking ( including for disabled)
This club, before entering Cornwall Cricket Leagues in the 1980s, played almost 50 friendlies a year against visiting teams. In the 1990s it also joined the North Devon League on Sundays. But now it no longer plays in this League and preferred hosting the touring teams.