Welcome to Brentwood Cricket Club
- Shepherd Neame Essex Cricket League Champions 2009/2010/2011.
- Dukes Essex Twenty/20 Cup Winners 2011/2012/2013.
- Ground: The Old County Ground, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AJ.
- Club Colours: Claret, Grey & White
- Club Heraldry
- Groundsman: J. Foyster Esq.
- England & Wales Cricket Board
- Essex County Cricket Board
- Central Essex District Cricket Board
- Club Cricket Conference
- Shepherd Neame Essex Cricket League
The square at the Old County Cricket Ground
Sport has been played at the Old County Ground for well over 100 years. In the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century it was the home of Essex County Cricket Club and in 1881 the County agreed that the newly formed Brentwood Cricket Club could make the ground its home. Brentwood Cricket Club was founded in 1881. Two years later Brentwood Tennis Club was formed when a portion of the ground was made available – initially for three tennis courts. Brentwood Hockey Club was founded at the ground in 1902.
BRENTWOOD COUNTY GROUND CLUB
Brentwood County Ground Club was formed in 1955 when the cricket, tennis and hockey clubs agreed to amalgamate to enable joint investment in shared facilities.
The club is a “not for profit” organisation providing hockey, cricket and tennis facilities and access to first class coaching for all levels of ability at affordable prices for all in the community including local schools.
The club membership – over 1,000 members – is very diverse with people coming from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds. Young people of Brentwood already benefit from the facilities both as members – our junior section boasts a membership in excess of 350 junior members – and through the voluntary links established with local schools.
Brentwood County Ground Club is one of the leading “sports for all” providers in the area. It provides first class outdoor playing facilities including:
- 8 all weather tennis courts, (six of which are floodlit);
- the main cricket ground and a two lane artificial grass net facility; the cricket club also has reciprocal ground arrangements with Brentwood School;
- 2 grass and one astroturf hockey pitches, adjacent to the site which it rents.
It is the combination of facilities, coaching and the management team that makes the club so appealing to members, attracts family participation and encourages youngsters to participate in active sports and recreation.
Brentwood Tennis Club - eight all weather tennis courts (six floodlit).
Our historic ground continues to be the envy of most clubs in the County and in 2010 Brentwood Cricket Club was voted ‘Best Cricket Ground’ by the Essex Playing Field’s Association.
It is difficult to do justice to the beauty of our ground. It was featured in the 1969 Wisden Cricketers Almanac which concluded that 'of all the Essex grounds, the tree surrounded acres of Brentwood are the most beautiful .... to play at Brentwood is to feel that one is playing in the grounds of some vast country mansion - which is virtually true.‘
During the season and when not being used, the ground and our recently refurbished pavilion are available for private hire.
Over the years a number of memorable matches have been played at the Old County Ground. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1876, when Essex played Suffolk and was the home of Essex County Cricket Club before the club was first class (hence the ground’s name). Between 1934 and 1969, the Old County Ground hosted 56 first class matches and some of cricket’s ‘greats’ of have graced the hallowed turf of our wonderful ground. In recent years the Club have hosted some thrilling matches against the mighty Lashings World XI - the world's greatest cricket club.
Brentwood Cricket Club was one of the first in Essex to be awarded with the ECB ClubMark accreditation whereby our club demonstrated that we are fully equipped in every sense to look after children and promote cricket to the youth of the community.
To comply with ClubMark regulations we have a Child Welfare Officer and ensure that sufficient qualified coaches and supplementary helpers are always available to safeguard the well-being of our growing ‘Colts’ section.
All of our qualified coaches and helpers have undergone Criminal Records Bureau (‘CRB’) checks and coaches have undergone First Aid courses in addition to their cricket coaching courses.
Brentwood Cricket Club is also one of the ECB's ‘Focus Clubs’ in Essex. The ECB invited every first-class county to submit details of clubs in their county who they believed were torch-bearers for cricket for the future - especially in terms of youth development. The thirty eight County Boards underwent an intensive two-year planning process to identify 1,453 Focus Clubs nationwide. Essex County Cricket Board, selected Brentwood CC as one of their chosen few. As a ‘Focus Club’ Brentwood Cricket Club has been identified as having a clear strategic vision and is committed to long-term youth development.
ClubSX has similar objectives to ClubMark but is Essex-based, rather than being a national initiative. Brentwood Cricket Club had to meet a set of criteria, as specified by the County to ensure that the club is run with sufficient levels of professionalism and safety. Our club received 'Gold' accreditation.