The Club sports ground was initiated in 1986 when Burridge Sports and Social Club purchased the 10½ acres of farmland. Burridge Cricket Club was closely involved in the project, and itself financed the laying of the cricket square on the ground, which led to the first games being played there in 1990.
In the early years the ground required much work, with the newly levelled soil requiring hours of stone removal, and temporary changing facilities being used. But gradually the standard increased, and the addition of practice nets, sight screens and score box made the ground a popular place to play.
The improvement of the ground also coincided with the rise in standard of the teams, such that by 1996 the 1st XI had reached Hampshire Division 1, and followed this by winning promotion to the Southern League, the premier division in the region. In both these divisions, the ground standards are marked by both the opposition and the match umpires, and in 1997 the Club was awarded the prestigious Stan Foster award for the most improved ground.
The sports facilities offered at Burridge are now among the best in the area for which Burridge Sports and Social Club, whose vision over a decade ago created what can be seen today, can be rightly proud.
Burridge has traditionally attracted many current and former professional cricketers from Hampshire and other First Class Counties, these include Richard Logan, Raj Maru, Gary Brent (Zimbabwe test cricketer), Heath Davis (NZ test cricketer) Derek Kenway, Ian Brunchsweiller (current England u 17 coach). The first team currently plays in the Southern Electric Premier League silver division and is striving to gain promotion in 2012 to the gold league. This season the first team has many players in the squad who have come through the clubs youth teams, these exciting young cricketers are being supported by former Hampshire cricketer Derek Kenway and Jordan Silk an Australian U 19 player from Sydney.
The clubs other men's teams are used to provide a stable and progressive route for young cricketers to find their cricketing level and enjoy participation in a sport with more experienced cricketers to fulfill and harness team spirit with the emphasise on enjoyment and maximising leisure time. The clubs main emphasis is on the development and progress of colts to the senior section, the clubs selection process is about harnessing young and exciting cricketers. The club has excellent links with Hampshire County Cricket Club and regulary hosts county colts games, regional games and local schools festivals including the ECB "chance to shine" programme.
Behind The Scenes
Burridge CC works continuously to ensure the club progresses on and off the field, a team of dedicated volunteers led by Gerry Candy work tirelessly on the ground, the committee look after the organisation and management of the club. Income is based on memberships, match fees, grants and some dedicated sponsors. The income is used to harness the colts cricket section and improve the clubs facilities, including both grounds, practice facilities and the club house. The club is always looking for willing volunteers to carry out official roles and non specific support to assist with the running of the club.
The facilities are Burridge CC are currently under major refurbishment which is due to be completed in May 2012, this grand project will allow for larger functions and events to be held in the comfort of the fully licensed bar and allow players and spectators to enjoy off the field facilities that match the on field first class facilities . This year the club is planning race nights, six a side tournaments, summer BBQ's, Karaoke night along with the traditional presentation evening for all the clubs teams.
Burridge Cricket Club Chairman Clive Slaughter,
"We at Burridge Cricket Club are striving to be one of the leading clubs in Hampshire by promoting the development of cricket so that men, ladies and colts of all ages can fulfill their sporting potential whils enjoying the game of Cricket. We will achieve this under the guidance of qualified coaches utilising the best facilities the club can provide"
If you would like to play or be involved with Burridge Cricket Club then please contact me, Clive Slaughter on 07894 312354.
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