Pucklechurch Cricket Club - history

PCC – Part 1 Early History

Cricket has been played in Pucklechurch for over 100 years although it is uncertain as to exactly when Pucklechurch CC was formed. The earliest record we’ve found so far appeared in the Bristol Mercury & Daily Post in May 1878 – a match was played between Clifton Alliance and Pucklechurch at home. The Clifton Alliance team scored a massive total of.....71 runs all out and Pucklechurch, who needed just 28 runs to win, still managed to lose with a total score of 43-9!!  Fortunately a game played on June 22nd -  Pucklechurch v. Shakspeare -  appears to have had a happier outcome:

 

 “This match was played on Saturday, at Pucklechurch and resulted in a victory for the home team by an innings and 17 runs to spare.”



 
 

Scores from these early matches, including that against Bristol Wanderers also played in June 1878 seem to suggest that the standard of cricket played left a lot to be desired!
            

Details of individual players and their performances are often listed but it’s not easy to learn more about them. Census returns can help with this occasionally and so we’ve learned that the Rev. E. Langley was Curate here until 1879, Hillyer was a School Master (living in Parkfield Rank) and Gibbs a farmer of 200 acres (Dodds Farm).

 

We also know that by 1892 PCC was definitely flourishing alongside a village football club, so much so that the funds of the two clubs were amalgamated - an Annual Supper was held when accounts were presented and prizes given for the best batting and bowling averages.  According to the Parish Magazine for 1893 a third member also received a pair of trousers for his excellent bowling average!

 

As far as the venue for these early matches are concerned we have no direct evidence to show where they took place. Our home ground, Pucklechurch Recreation Field, was originally a huge field called the Burrell and at one time the property of a Bristol Brewery. Between the two World Wars this land was sold to the District Council who built a number of council houses on part of it, and sold the rest to the Parish. It has been reported that before the Parish Council acquired the field, sports enthusiasts had always experienced difficulty in obtaining suitable ground for their activities.  

 

Part 2 Coming Soon!

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Pucklechurch Cricket Club 2nd XI v Patchway match abandonded https://t.co/tDlyh4oAo3

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A great win for the 1s today, a massive team effort 👏 Josh Stevenson 119 Steve Frankcom 52* @rwatts95 28 Jamie A… https://t.co/DLnByXvUab

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Pucklechurch Cricket Club 1st XI 235 for 5 beat Patchway 185 for 10 https://t.co/vqELXCNU99

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It’s the halfway stage against @PatchwayCC and the 1st XI finish on 235-5 off their 40 overs. Josh Stevenson 119 (… https://t.co/yAIDyc1rgy

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Our teamsheets for this weekends double header with @PatchwayCC pic.twitter.com/aV8F8O3TtI

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RT @DownendCricket: THIS SUNDAY AT THE CLUB! Your teams for Wendy Pound’s Memorial Game! Matt Pound XI v Andy Pound XI Andy Pound will…

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Our Bateman Trophy final against @BgccTwit has now been moved to Sunday August 8th. @CleeveCC will still be hosting.

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Poor bowling/fielding performance cost the 1s last weekend. @davidbartlett89 68 @ReganCarterr 28 Nick Grainger 26… https://t.co/NXuRRlAAZE

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Pucklechurch Cricket Club 1st XI 213 for 9 lost to BAC CC 218 for 5 https://t.co/qGn7fOEQFT

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Pucklechurch Cricket Club Midweek XI v Alveston match cancelled https://t.co/bHXiU8a4wG

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