HISTORY

  • July 11, 2016

    Great day for Whitburn CC as Ben Stokes pays a visit to the village

    These days it's not very often that an England cricketer pays a visit to the Village Ground, but last Saturday Ben Stokes lined up for the Durham Academy XI at the Village Ground against our 1st XI. The crowd gathered, our social media channels went crazy, plenty of photographs with the main man were taken and Stokes notched up an impressive 107 runs..........until he was bowled out by Ian (Smiler) Elliott. Whitburn 1st XI went on to win the game by 4 runs and to top the day off we got a mention on Sky Sports! Scoreboard stokes  more
  • September 19, 2013

    2013: Champions for the first time since 1964

    League Champions 2013 Official Photograph The 1st XI were crowned champions of the NEPL First Division in 2013, resulting in promotion to the NEPL Premier Division where the team continues to compete.more
  • June 6, 2012

    Celebrating the Club's 150th birthday.......with the help of Sky Sports

    Russ on sky copy In conjunction with Whitburn Cricket Club's 150th birthday celebrations, Sky Sports visited us to film a short documentary for its regular Club Life feature. The film features interviews with our Chairman, Russell Muse, other management committee members, coaches and players (both past and present) and includes some great footage of The Village Ground. The documentary is still available to view on the Sky Sports website by following this link.more
  • June 1, 2012

    150 Not Out

    not out To celebrate the Club's 150 year anniversary John Yearnshire has written this excellent book: 150 Not Out; a pictorial history of Whitburn Cricket Club 1862-2012. Copies are available for £5.99 as follows: Whitburn Cricket Club would like to thank John for his contribution towards the History features on the website, which include excerpts and pictures from his book.more
  • January 1, 1980

    Whitburn Hall: A brief history

    whitburn hall Whitburn Hall, built in the 16th century was built for Richard Kitching, who sold it to Rev. Leonard Pilkington, rector of Whitburn Church in 1672. The hall passed to Anna Carr in 1672. Sir Hedworth Williamson purchased the estate in 1719. It remained the family home of the aristocratic Williamsons for over 200 years. During that time the building was added to / improved several times. Sir Hedworth Williamson (5th Baronet) inherited. He and his wife divided their time between Whitburn Hall and her home Millam Castle. He was succeeded by his son, Sir Hedworth Williamson (6th Baronet) , race horse owner (He won the Derby twice with Ditto 1830, Pan 1808, both horses trained on Whitburn sands.) Sir Hedworth Williamson 1797-1861 (7th Baronet from 1810) High Sheriff 1840-1861 Mayor of Sunderland 1841 Grand Master of Province of Durham until 1845 MP for Sunderland 1847 and again 1852. Sir Hedworth took a keen interest in village affairs, improving housing and education, providing funds to build the village school. Lady Williamson also concerned herself with the heath and well being of the villagers. When Sir Hedworth's son came of age in 1851, the whole village joined in the celebrations; a sheep was roasted on the village green. Sir Hedworth Williamson 1872-1900 (8th Baronet from 1810) High Sheriff 1861-1880 MP for Sunderland 1864-74 Married his cousin Elizabeth Jane Liddell ( D. of 1st Earl of Ravensworth and second cousin of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland". Wedding celebrations included a tea party at Whitburn Hall for all the over 60s. He was one of the school managers, and he and his family took a personal interest in the school, and the school log book gives an account of the treat he arranged for the schoolchildren on the occasion of his daughter's wedding. All children in both schools were taken to the cricket field where they provided a good tea. Balloons were sent up, the weather gloriously fine a very happy day was spent. 1880. The Duke of Edinburgh stayed the night while on a tour of inspection of coastguards, and Edward VII when Prince of Wales visited on more than one occasion. There is a story that Whitburn Hall was the birthplace of Lawn Tennis. Guests at the Hall hoping to play tennis were disappointed to find that there was no indoor tennis court. Sir Hedworth Williamson had an improvised tennis court laid out for them on the smooth lawns. If the story is true- Lawn tennis was invented on what is now Whitburn cricket ground. In 1898 Sir Hedworth paid for a new classroom to be built onto the infants school. He and Mrs Barnes together funded the building of the Barnes Institute, the centre of village life for the whole community for many years. Like his father, this Sir Hedworth took an interest in the village; people knew him and his family. Sir Hedworth 78th Baronet played cricket, and it was he who gave permission in 1862 for part of his garden to be used as a cricket field. He was for 30 years foreman of the grand jury of Durham Assizes and entertained the judges at Whitburn Hall during summer assizes. A Sunday cricket match between the circuit and Whitburn club was a regular event. 1900. Sir Hedworth died and the great days of Whitburn Hall were over. His successor was unmarried, died 1942. Succeeded by nephew unmarried 1946. Sir Nicholas may still be alive. He lived near Reading, never came to the hall. The Hall was occupied by the army during the war. In 1978 the house was severely damaged by fire and it was demolished in 1980.more
  • May 5, 1973

    1973 FA Cup Final....second time lucky!

    In 1973, Wembley witnessed the greatest shock in FA Cup Final history. Second Division Sunderland upset all the odds to beat the holders Leeds United 1-0. The game will be remembered for many reasons - Porterfield's goal, Monty's double save, Bobby Kerr lifting the cup, and Bob Stokoe's trilby to name but a few. Ritchie Pitt partnered David Watson in the centre of defence that day. Ritchie's football career was cut short by injury. However, he went on to play cricket for Whitburn Cricket Club.more
  • September 2, 1964

    1964: Champions once more

    Champions 1964 page 21more
  • September 1, 1964

    Lance Gibbs helps Whitburn to the title

    lance West Indies Test star Lance Gibbs became the first £1000 professional in the history of the Durham Senior League. He repays the club by bowling them to the championship with 126 wickets at 8.53 runs each. This remains a league record.more
  • October 1, 1950

    England footballer visits The Village Ground

    len shackleton A large crowd gathered at The Village Ground to see Sunderland and England fotballer Len Shackleton, who was a cricket professional for Wearmouth. He was loudly applauded to the wicket, particularly by the crowd of youngsters there to see their football hero. Cries of 'Shack! Shack! Good Old Shack' filled the air. Shack was greeted by Whitburn's wicketkeeper .............'By the way, what's your name young man ? Mine's Emmerson.'more
  • September 1, 1950

    1950: Champions again

    Roller and team members page 4 Members and cricketers roll the wicket at the Village Ground in the early fifties. The roller was cast at Penshaw Iron Foundry in 1880 at a cost of £22. Sir Hedworth Williamson agreed to pay half. (Note the late Arthur Coulthard on the extreme right.) Whitburn became league champions in 1950, the previous year having been wooden-spoonists. This was in some way due to the contribution of three South Africans - Sid O'Linn, Stuart Leary and Ken Kisten. They had travelled from South Africa to play football for First Division Charlton Athletic, whose Whitburn born manager Jimmy Seed persuaded them to spend the summer playing cricket for the village side. Leary and O'Linn were both to play first class cricket for Kent, the latter being selected by the Springboks for seven Test Matches late in his career. Stuart Leary was found dead on Table Mountain in 1988, four days after his car had been found abandoned. He was adged 55.more

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