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The Club

Located on the grounds of the stately Glencot Manor House, the ground is considered to be arguably one of the most picturesque in the Southwest. The ground is surrounded by tall trees on three sides and on the fourth the river Axe along with the Glencot Manor House. The square consists of 8 cricket pitches and is maintained by groundstaff, led by a trained member of the Institute of Groundsmanship.Current plans include in the short term, the upgrading of the pavillion to increase the comfort of both players as well as spectators.

History of the Club

The Cricket Club could be said to have had a turbulent existence. Earliest documented reference of 1912, indicate “that through laxity of the officials and members generally, no fixtures were arranged during the past season”.
These harsh words appeared to have the desired effect, for by 1914 the Club had been revived. In those years a home match was an event not to be missed. Opposition included teams from Street, Doulting, Walton and Oakhill. Also clearly stated on the fixture card was Rule #2 “Annual subscriptions to be paid  by 24th June “.
In 1914, only one of the 6 matches played was won. The Glencott ground was used rent free which understandably gave the presidency for the club to Mr. W.S. Hodgkinson (then the owner of Glencott House). The vice-presidency was further granted to Mr. Guy Hodgkinson.

After the intervention of the war the club was quick to reform. In 1923 the team showed much better promise winning 11 of the 15 matches played, the only home loss being that against Wells Theological College. Robert Jones continued as before as Captain of the team and together with Vice-captain Phil Rivers, they proved to be invaluable batsmen. Their averages however could not match G. Hodgkinson, although having only 4 'knocks' with the bat, managed to attain an average of 105.00. His highest score of 113 N.O. Against Wells City is still one of the highest innings recorded at the ground and included 2 sixes 'hit over the trees into Broadmead' and 17 fours.
An all-rounder he certainly was,  having a bowling average of 2.00, taking 10 wkts in his 4 matches. During 1932, 17 Matches were played of which 12 were won, 4 lost and 1 drawn. The team survived into the 1950s, but soon after the side disbanded through lack of interest.

It was not until 1989 that there was a desire to reform a cricket team. The first gathering was at the Athletics Ground in Wells to enjoy an informal game. Interest was keen and with the help of the Attia family and Peter Haylings, the then owner of Wookey Hole Caves, the club reformed.

Much work was required to re-establish the old cricket square. Numerous concrete posts had to be removed in the outfield and the fencing that divided the field. Finally the complete recovery of the old pitch was achieved. A new square was laid with approximately 7 pitches.

The first season was short as fixtures were being found, but in 1991 there was a full season of matches from May to September. In addition, the club entered the Mendip Knock-Out Cup, organised by Mendip District Council which was finally won by the club in 1992. The Club also entered the National Village championship in 1994, eventually losing to Butleigh Cricket Club in a high scoring game.
Since the club's revival, matches have been played mainly on Sundays. Fixtures on Wednesday evenings have further given opportunity to the younger players to improve their game. In the first full season of 1991, 14 Sunday matches were played, 12 were lost, 1 one and 1 drawn. Within a couple of years ,however, the club and it's support had improved. The cricket field now boasted a pavilion  supported on a concrete base supplied by a loacl engineering firm (Blaccon Engineering) at no cost.

The club has embarked on many tours; 1992, 2000 and 2003 to Menorca, 1994 to Newport, 2005 to Montego Bay, Jamaica and 2015 to Portugal.  In addition, weekend tours to Isle of Wight are undertaken every other year.

There is also planned development of the club's youth programme to involve more players in the club and extension of the fixtures to include Wednesday evening 20 overs matches. There is also additional improvements which are being planned to upgrade the facilities at the ground.

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