History of Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge C.C.

History of Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge C.C.

Established 1948 – As Christ Church C.C the team was originally set up by Maurice Levy (Captain) and Ernie Potter (Secretary) after Mrs Levy held some fund raising events during winter 47/48 to buy enough equipment to start a team. The original team consisted of members of the Christ Church Youth Club, in Heaton Norris (Christ church is on Wellington Road North) and Heaton Norris Scout Group. Christ Church CC originally played fixtures at local school pitches in the YOC League (Youth Organisation Council).

1951 – Christ Church joined the Stockport & District Cricket League (Division 2) as many of its founder members became too old to play in the youth league. Sides in the S&DCL included; Heavily Sunday School, Woodlands Methodists, Old Stocconians, Adswood C/Hulme, Stockport Sunday School, Stockport College, Needhams, etc.

1957 – Promoted as runners up in the Stockport & DCL Division 2

1958 – At the start of the 1958 season the newly promoted club moved to play at Flowery field in Woodsmoor and as most of the members at the time lived in Heaton Moor it was decided to rename the team Moorfield CC.

1964 – Runners up in the S&DC League and lost in the cup final to Newall Green
(B.Hopkinson starring throughout with bat & ball)

1967 - Final year of Stockport & District league, the club also entered a team on the North Cheshire Cricket Federation (probably a second eleven).

1968 – Joined North Cheshire Federation, teams included Manchester Gas, South Levenshulme, Storey Accrow, Colombia.

(Barry Hopkinson & Doug Clarke starred with ball, Martin Nuttall & Mike Batchelor with the bat)

1969 – Joined South Lancashire League in Div 3, promoted as runners up. Other teams included Wilbraham, Ferranti, ICI, Brookbottom, CWS.

Winners Westbrook Cup (knock out trophy comprising of primarily North Cheshire Fed teams)
(Martin Nuttall & Bob Worsley starred with the bat and Trev Alderman with the ball on 2nd XI).

1971 – Moorfield moved to Ladybridge Road Ground after Cheadle Hulme Cricket Club moved out in June 1970, led by club secretary Doug Clarke.

Runners up in South Lancashire League, Div 2 and promoted

Hosted Westbrook Cup final and Inter League matches as proud new tenants of the ground.

Junior section formed in ‘71, team included. Nigel Troup, Andy Hill, Mike Leather, Phil Nutall, John Adshead, Mark Pretty, Mark Summerfield and Paul Manning.

1972 – Joined High Peak Cricket League, playing teams such as Hope Congos, Simons, Shaw St Paul’s, Heaviley, Norbury. Haughton Green, Kerridge, Parkside.
First juniors side entered into a league in High Peak Junior League.

1976 – Joined the Cheshire Cricket Conference after High Peak League disbanded, clubs included many across Cheshire e.g. Over Alderley, Peover, Audlem, Norton in Hales, Daresbury.
Westbrook Cup Winners (North Cheshire Federation – Sunday League).

1977 – Joined the ‘Cheshire Cricket Competition’, sides included, Wilmslow, Lindow, Parkside, Norbury, Kerridge, Fisons, Langley, Radbroke Hall etc.
Only test cricketer to play for Moorfield in a league game. Claremont Depeiza v Kerridge April 1977 40*

1979 – Runners up in 1st X1 cup final (Stockport Express Trophy) versus Mossley.

1980Changed club name to Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge CC.
Won the High Peak Junior Cricket League U-17’s (skippered by Julian Troup)

1982 - Winners Halifax Building Society KO Trophy v Parkside (skippered by Andy Hill)
Winners Bardsley Trophy v Heaton Mersey Village

1983 – Runners up in Cheshire Cricket Competition. Aggregate Trophy Winners.

1984 – Won the Cheshire Cricket Competition 1st X1 Cup beating Radbroke Hall (S.Firmin 76*)
Won 2nd X1 cup final beating Fisons after a 10th wicket partnership of 28 (incl. DB Clarke 17*!). Runners up in Bardsley Trophy, losing final to Weston Hyde.

1985 – Won the Cheshire Cricket Competition (Terry Neill Trophy)
Runners up Barclays Bank KO Trophy v Langley. Aggregate Trophy Winners

1986 – Joined Glossop & District Cricket League.
Runners up in the Glossop & District League 1st division and Mottram 6-a side competition. 2nd X1 runners up in Marsden Trophy Final

1990 – EGM held in April as emergency measure as club lost around 10 senior players. Agreed we must find new players & contact ex-players to survive, which of course we did!

1991 – Won Bardsley Trophy, beating Hawk Green in final (196 for 7 v 167 a.o.). Simon Firmin, Paul Hooton and Jim Stuart starring.

1996 – Runners up in Rhodes Bowl final to Mottram and undefeated in league (finished 3rd). Neil Worthington starring with the ball (50 wkts). Simon Clarke with the bat (700 runs)

1997 – Runners up in Marsden Trophy Final (2nd X1). Hosted Rhodes bowl final.

2000 – Joined new Cheshire Pyramid in into Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League combined 1st/ 2nd division with Bredbury, Bollington, Davenham, Prestbury, Lindow, Offerton, Oakmere. Relegated after final day defeat.

2001 – 3rd in league after losing final day promotion fixture to Sandbach.

2002 – Promoted as runners up in 3rd Division. First ever season with overseas player – Steven Howells (Barbados) who took 70 wickets in the season. Anton Roach 2nd overseas 2003 & 2004.

2005 – Arguably Ladybridge’s highest ever league finish – 4th in 2nd division. Jim Stuart & Ryan Lindsay starring with the bat and Matt Bishop with the ball.

2006 – Relegated back to 3rd division of Cheshire Cricket League

2008 – Our 60th Anniversary Year. Celebrated with dinner attended by over 100 ex players.

2015 - 1st team gained promotion from the cheshire league division 3 finishing runners up to Port Sunlight. Matthew Bishop becomes the first Ladybridge 1st XI player to score 500 runs and take 50 wickets in one season.

2018 - 3rd X1 are league champions and in November the new community pavilion build commences!

2019 -2nd XI led by Ben Massey win their championship winning 16 out of their 17 games. Whilst in July our fantastic new community clubhouse is completed thanks to our partnership with Ivy Church and the Lacrosse club and supported by grant funding from Sport England, ECB and SMBC.

2020 - 1st Team Win the Division 3/4 league title in the pandemic shortened season.

2022 - u11's Win the Cheshire High Peak Junior Cricket League title
Captain Kamran ZebKhan - Manager Ben Hodgson

2023 - W&G's Win Cheshire Womens Cricket League - Div 5 (soft ball)
Captain Rebecca Davies-Hinde

2023 – Our 75th Anniversary Year. Celebrated at Edgeley Park with dinner and the unveiling of Ladybridges new club crest.