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Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club History

Club History

Cricket has been played in the village of  Woodham Mortimer for over 200 years.  There is evidence, discovered by former members, of a game being played in the village as far back as the 1780s.  Whether this was a 'Woodham Mortimer team' or not, may never be verified, but it certainly shows that the passion for the game has been in the area for a very long time.

The club has been in existence at least since the 1920s, with scorecard evidence now being stored at the Essex Records Office. These fascinating documents show a season of low scores for all teams, in games played over two innings.  A completed innings score in excess of 75 was not common place, whilst bowlers seemed to dominate taking wickets at a very economical rate.  Clearly, today's pitches are far better for batting - thankfully.

The modern era of the club saw a change from playing only friendlies to league cricket, and, as the club grew, a Second XI came into being.  Since the turn of the 21st century, the club has expanded further, embarking on regular indoor cricket, midweek 20/20 matches and, in 2007, introducing a Ladies' XI.

Hopefully, the club will continue to thrive for the next 200 years and, with better record keeping, it will be a history that becomes well documented.

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