Epping Cricket Club enjoys a rich history and currently has 3 teams playing in the Shepherd Neame Essex league, and has done since 1994. Although the club was established in 1865, there has been cricket in Epping for much longer. The first reported match played by an Epping team dates back to 1768. There was also an ‘Epping Cricket Club’ playing on a pitch on Epping Plain in 1850, with two outstanding under-arm fast bowlers, one who always played in a white top hat, and another who performed in a black “topper”!
The present ground in Lower Bury Lane is leased from the Copped Hall Estate. The pavilion was officially opened on 7th May 1896 and is still used to this day, and, although it has had some alterations, remains essentially the same as when it was first built.
In recent years Epping Cricket Club has seen some success and achievements, winning the Morrant Essex League in 1983, the forerunner to the current Shepherd Neame Essex League.
They are the six times winner of the ‘Vernon Cocking’ knock-out cup and have also had a lot of success in the Colts (junior) section of the club, winning the West Essex Cricket Association league and cup on numerous occasions throughout the 1980s and 1990s at under 13, under 15 and under 17 level.
Unfortunately, this year, the club have found themselves at the bottom of their league, but feel the future could be bright for next season with the addition of some new players to help boost the ranks.
They are looking for new talent, and want to attract cricketers of all ages from Epping and the surrounding areas. So please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want to be part of a great local cricket club!
Get in touch via the website www.eppingcc.hitscricket.com, Twitter @EppingCC or call Dan, on: 07912 495096.