The small town of Chulmleigh, perched high above the Little Dart river, lies deep within the rolling Devon countryside, midway between Dartmoor and Exmoor. The cricket ground is situated on the edge of the town in beautiful and tranquil surroundings and with distant views across the Taw Valley and on to Dartmoor.
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We are a traditional village cricket club. We play no league cricket, but that does not mean the cricket we play is anything other than competitive and hard-fought. We run a senior side playing every weekend with some mid-week games and also have a thriving youth section with Under 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 sides playing in North Devon Leagues and managed by our own ECB-qualified coaches. We also run a Chance to Shine cricket program in 8 local primary schools, encouraging the players of the future. Our youth policy is very successful with many young players represented at District and County level. We also have great outdoor practice facilities at the ground (two lane all weather nets and an ATP) and indoors at the town’s Sports Hall.
Many fixtures are against local sides and touring teams, friendly faces returning year after year. South Oxfordshire Amateurs have been visiting us every season since 1947, the year our original (and newly restored) thatched pavilion was opened. Thurgarton from Nottinghamshire have been visiting for over 30 years.
We are a family-oriented club that is proud of our place in the heart of the community and welcome players and participants of all abilities and ages. We aim to give the maximum number of players the opportunity to play and we welcome female players. Our annual Under 25s vs. Over 25s match for the Mike Wall Trophy is another seasonal highlight.
Visitors can make use of the great facilities situated in the town. A popular schedule is a round at Chulmleigh Golf Course, followed by lunch at one of the three pubs or our very own Indian restaurant before arriving at the cricket ground for a civilised start at 1.30pm. After the game both teams adjourn to Sam’s at The Old Court House where the finer points of the game and the highlights and lowlights of individual performances are discussed over a drink or two.
The Club also has plenty of off-field activities. Quiz nights, auctions and Murder Mystery Evenings evenings come under the guise of fund-raising, whilst our annual coach trip to Taunton to watch Somerset CCC is always a sell-out.