Formed in 1874 Sacriston Cricket Club celebrates 140 years of being at the heart of the community in 2014 with plans already underway for the largest gathering of players and members past and present over the August 2014 Bank Holiday weekend. This will no doubt prompt stories told of days gone by and memories of former players including Pakistani test-cricketer Qasim Omar who represented the club in 1980s, Australian left-armer Chris Matthews who played in 1994 and club-legend Steve Russell who enjoyed 2 years with the club throughout the 90s.
As with many local clubs maintenance and development of facilities is a major challenge. In 2009 Sacriston was selected as a NatWest Cricketforce showcase club. Building a new changing pavilion as part of the event saw us embark on our biggest project since the 1970s when our clubhouse was built. The results are amazing with two large changing rooms, scorer’s room, umpires room and disabled changing facility all being incorporated into one building. The next challenge is to extend and improve our relatively small clubhouse such that it can become a place in which more community activities can take place alongside
From a playing perspective the club now runs four junior teams (11s, 13s, 15s and 18s) and four senior teams with the senior section of the club joining the newly formed North East Premier League (NEPL) second tier in 2013. Our 1st and 2nd teams are both pushing for promotion from their respective divisions and a strong finish to the season may well see them achieving their goals.
The club is built on the foundations of producing good local players through a continued commitment to junior coaching. Over the years this has reaped benefits for the club having won the Tyneside Senior League in 1993 and 1994 as well as league cup success in 1996 & 2012. The club has also produced a number of players to represent Durham County Cricket Club. In the 1990s Sacriston were proud to see Melvyn Betts, Ian Jones and Ian Hunter embark on rewarding first-class careers. Significantly all three returned to play at Sacriston upon completion of their professional careers with all providing significant contributions to the development of our current group of juniors.
More recently Reece Carr has been admitted into the Durham County Academy squad and we are delighted to boast no fewer than 7 juniors representing the County at their respective age levels.
The investment in our junior coaching has once again been rewarded with league titles in 2013 for our under 11s and under 13s teams whilst our under 15s and under 18s have also achieved top-three finishes.
However, the club is not all about elite level competition; arguably the greatest success of recent years on the playing field has been the formation of our midweek XI allowing former players who cannot play on weekends to get back involved in competitive sport.
The challenge for the club in the next 5 years is simple – continue the hard work both on and off the field such that Sacriston continues to be a community-centred competitive cricket club offering a safe and friendly environment for which children, young people and adults from all backgrounds can stay fit, socialise and have fun.