The Finchampstead Cricket Club story starts in 1857 with the first recorded fixture, although archives reveal that matches were being played in 1806 and probably earlier so 200 years of Finchampstead cricket is possible. However 2007 saw the Club celebrate its 150th Anniversary.
The Club has flourished over its long existence and can now justifiably lay claim to being one of Berkshire’s Premier Clubs. Our exceptional grounds are well known as being the prettiest in Berkshire and play host, apart from the Club’s matches, to a number of Berkshire’s Minor Counties games. We have also hosted first class cricket with Yorkshire, Kent and Durham having played at the ground.
Likewise the Club’s practice facilities are first class and Finchampstead boasts 4 new nets, which were installed in October 2005 in preparation for the coming season. The Club’s thanks go to the ECB who provided the Grant Funding for these superb facilities which will enable our Youth and Senior teams to practice their skills to hopefully provide even better performance on the field.
Until some 30 years ago we were a club fielding two sides each weekend, playing mainly against local opposition. We have always had a reputation for fielding strong sides and many excellent players, including some first class, have been attracted to and played for Finchampstead.
The Club has a very busy cricket programme and has now progressed to fielding 5 Saturday League Teams and 2 Sunday sides. Finchampstead is justifiably proud of the way that it encourages its youth members to play in adult cricket – hence the number of Senior sides.
With regards to the Youth Section, it is very much a thriving one and the Club runs teams from Under 9’s through to Under 17’s and includes a relatively newly formed girls team. The Youth Section is extremely successful and is one that the Club is extremely proud of. Each team has County Representatives and each year sees a few of the Youth Teams winning their respective League and Cup competitions.