Woodhouse Grange has come a very long way since it was established in 1942, in the middle of World War Two, as a recreational cricket club for local farmworkers.
Today Woodhouse Grange is widely recognised as one of the best cricket clubs in the York region, but above all else it is a very friendly and family club that welcomes players of all ages and all abilities.
Although an amateur club – there are no paid players at Woodhouse Grange – we run on a very professional basis with an executive committee and various sub-committees, including commercial, cricket, and grounds committees.
We have two excellent pitches, good practice facilities, a welcoming clubhouse, and a fine reputation for great cricket teas!! Whilst the players are our most important members, there is a whole range of dedicated non-playing members involved in the club including groundsmen, bar staff, umpires, scorers, and especially our acclaimed the tea ladies.
SENIOR CRICKET AT WOODHOUSE GRANGE
We are one of very few clubs that regularly fields four teams on a Saturday.
Probably the most successful side in the history of the York and District Senior League, between 2006 and 2015 our 1st XI were Premier League champions six times and runners-up the other four years.
In addition the 1st XI has appeared seven times in the National Village Knockout Trophy at Lord's, winning four times. One national newspaper, previewing another Woodhouse trip to a Lord's final, once described Woodhouse Grange as the Manchester United of village cricket!!
With the 2016 restructuring of cricket in Yorkshire our 1st XI were inaugural members of the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North. This means that our 1st XI competes at the highest possible standard of club cricket, often doing battle against cricketers who have played at Yorkshire 2nd XI or minor counties level, and even Yorkshire 1st XI cricket in the County Championship.
The competition to break into our 1st XI is pretty strong, so this means our 2nd XI is also usually strong with lots of good quality cricketers, many of whom are in their late teens and early 20s.
The 2nd XI plays in the second division of the York and District Senior League which represents a good standard of club cricket.
Third and Fourth XIs
The players in the 3rd XI and 4th XI might not have the same ability as those in our 1st XI, but they are extremely keen and, despite an occasional catastrophic batting collapse, usually play a decent standard cricket in divisions three and four of the York and District Senior League.
These teams tend to have a good blend of younger and older players and, in particular, they provide a great environment for junior cricketers to start finding their way in adult cricket.
We have a two evening league teams and these tend to be great fun with, for example junior and 4th XI players often playing in the same team as some of our established first team players.
JUNIOR CRICKET AT WOODHOUSE GRANGE
Woodhouse Grange is very committed to junior cricket, and we currently have five junior sides:
- Under 11s (incorporating under 9s)
- Under 13
- Under 15
- Intermediates - predominantly Under 18s playing on Sundays
- Academy - predominantly Under 18s playing midweek evenings
We have a number of ECB qualified coaches who spend a lot of time working with junior players. All four of our senior teams are largely made up of players who started in our junior sections.
Our juniors practice at a local school from February to April. The sessions then (weather permitting) switch to outdoors at Woodhouse Grange on Friday evenings from 6.30pm through to the end of the junior season. During the cricket season most of our junior teams play competitive matches every week up until July.
In addition to representing our junior sides, once juniors reach under 13 (generally year 8 at school) they have opportunities to play for our senior teams; most Saturdays a sizeable proportion of players in our 3rd XI and 4th XI sides are teenagers.
Want to play cricket at Woodhouse Grange?
New players of all age groups and abilities are very welcome, whether 1st XI or 4th XI material, or somewhere in between! Please come and give cricket a go at Woodhouse Grange.
Contact us for more information about how to join.
Keen on cricket and want to get involved, but not as a player?
One of the fundamental reasons for Woodhouse Grange’s continuing success is the number of non-playing volunteers involved at the club.
We are extremely keen to welcome new non-playing members. There are many areas to get involved in, including ground maintenance, scoring, umpiring, teas, and many other important cricket tasks.
Please contact us to find out more; we will be delighted to hear from you.