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Hullbridge Village History

The Start of the club

The Cricket Club was formed in 1961 by Mr George Wright.

Mr Wright fortunately knew a secretary of a local Cricket Club and was able to obtain from them details of all the clubs in the area, he was also donated some very old gear and from this point he started contacting other clubs to arrange friendly matches.

By 1962 he had managed to build two teams, 1 each for Saturday and Sunday, however they were the same 14 players. They played mainly friendly matches but did enter small competitions.


By 1964 Hullbridge cricket team was quite successful, as found in the Local Review Newspaper. The players names were:-

Here are some of their results:-


Hullbridge took part in the Rochford knockout cricket shield and on 26th June played in the final and were the victors over Royal Oak. It was a thrilling match that went down to the last over with Hullbridge needing 5 runs and with 4 wickets down. Despite losing a wicket Tony Mead scored the required runs with two balls to spare. At the beginning of the match Royal Oak looked as if they were going to make a big score, hitting 12 runs of just 11 balls but the Hullbridge bowlers were not dispirited and soon struck with Creffield being caught by Malcolm Booty off the bowling of Colin Bryant. Royal Oak managed to score just 60 runs and must have thought this was their lucky day, however they soon lost their prodigy star Tony Maynard for only 3 runs and they then found runs a little hard to come by. Solid innings by the following batsmen, all reaching double figures looked to be enough but when George Shepherd was run out there was a few nervous Hullbridge players. However Tony Mead came to the rescue. Captain Keith Whittaker was presented with the shield by Essex County Cricketers Ken McEwan and Brian Taylor.

The scorecard and picture of winning players having been presented with their trophy is shown Here


Greg Colbourne recalled on HMH Facebook forum:-
I have posted the averages for my first season that I played for Hullbridge Cricket Club in Pooles Lane, as the results state it wasn't the most successful playing 20 matches and winning only 3 , but for a young 14 year old it was the best summer I had ever experienced. I got introduced to the club by family friend Vic Horton and began playing mid season, from then on every Thursday night I would literally wait at the bottom of the stairs by the phone waiting for the call from the Captain John Hawkridge to see if I was playing or not.
Special mention to Ralph Adler who took me under his wing and looked after me on the pitch, my Dad was always watching but Ralph who sadly passed away a few years ago was always around for advice and support. We were not the greatest but in those days as a young kid I felt so excited to be playing the game I love for the place where I was brought up and lived .

Pete McLaren recalled on HMH Facebook forum:-
I remember the nets and the old wooden pavilion being at the Rec., until the Brick one being built. I also remember getting hit with the bat behind the stumps in the nets because I was too close to the stumps lol.....


After much hard work by the cricket players preparing and looking after their cricket pitch it was considered playable so a match between some old Hullbidge Cricket Players and the new team was considered very appropriate and so arranged. The Hullbridge team was:- Robert Palmer (capt.,) Peter McLaren, Trevor Clark, Steve Herbert.
The ex-players team was:- Malcolm Booty, John Read, Mick Shepherd, Nick Hird, Arthur Hutchins, Keith Noble, John Baker, John Floate, Mick Tucker, Chris Dance, George Shepherd supproted by Dennis Page, Keith Whittaker, John Whiter. Ex PLayer Malcom Booty was one of the umpires.( To see a photo of this team go to the Cricket Gallery page.)

Acknowledgement is made to the following contributions that this history was compiled from:-