1873 - 2013

      • In June 1873, sandwiched between a report of the fall in
        the number of vagrants in Runcorn to 843, and an advert
        for Samuel Williams, the Practical Hatter, the long defunct
        Runcorn and Widnes Examiner reported the results of the
        first known game for Runcorn Cricket Club.


        On Saturday 14th, we made the trip over the Mersey to play
        Everton Cricket Club, probably somewhere in Stanley Park.

        Although we acquitted ourselves reasonably well in the field
        – with the home team making 154 all out, Runcorn were
        skittled for just 29 (no jokes about nothing having changed
        since then please).

      • 1895  

        Runcorn played at venues including Canal
        Street and Irwell Lane but had no long-term
        home during the reign of Queen Victoria.

      • 1906/1908  

        A proud assembly of a selection of
        Runcorn Cricket club members in 1908.
        The Club found its first permanent home
        in Weston Road (now the Pavillions).

      • 1908  

        Annual Meeting October 21st
        Election of Officers and Committee.

      • 1912  

        First XI gather for a team picture
        at Weston Road

      • 1914  

        Contemporary letter from
        Runcorn Cricket Club to a
        local business

      • 1920/1930  

        In between the wars, cricket in Runcorn
        was played by two leading clubs –
        Brunswick who played at Clifton Road and
        St Michael’s who had a home on Norman

        Many former Runcorn Players moved to
        the teams with Brunswick proving the most

      • Brunswick CC had formed in the 1920s
        from the Sunday School of the Same name.
        They played at Rocksavage Road then
        Clifton Road where the old pre-war
        Runcorn CC Played. Brunswick finally
        settled in Moughland Lane in the 1930s
        when Mr RH Posnett bought the land and
        allowed them to rent


        The ground was alleged to have enjoyed a
        royal visitor when King George VI came to
        the town and spoke to the field.

      • On 4 December 1952, BrunswicK Institute
        and Recreational Club held its general
        meeting in the cricket club pavillion. A motion
        was carried unanimously that the club’s
        name be changed to ‘Runcorn Cricket Club’
        in time for the 1953 season – and the club
        was reborn.


        The reformed Runcorn C played their first
        game at Moughland Lane on 25 May 1953,
        defeating Winsford by 67 runs

      • 1960s  

        Ten years after becoming Runcorn CC again,
        the club entered its first competitive 
        league – The Cheshire Cricket Association.

      • 1967  

        Runcorn Cricket Club 2nd XI, 1967

      • 1970s  

        Our cricket in the 1970s was played
        in the Cheshire Cricket Association and our
        first team was consistently one of the
        strongest around.

      • 1973  

        Runcorn CC’s 1st XI at Moughland Lane
        against Alvanley

      • The 1st XI were league runners-up and regularly
        finished in the top four of the table.


        Moughland Lane wickets were amongst
        the finest in the league, thanks to the efforts of
        groundsmen, Charlie Bilsborrow

      • Stalwarts such as Brian
        Pendlebury, Les Yates, Peter
        Redican, Glynn Sefton and Frank
        Pierce, were joined by younger
        players such as:


        Clive Hooper, Brian Rawlinson,
        Steve Foster, Robbie Roan
        and Mike Best. Bowler Norman
        Barton also arrived and
        performed superbly as captain.

      • 1978  

        Our under 18’s were the first youth team
        in the Cheshire Youth League, winning the
        Northern Competition in 1978, captained by
        Rob Beech.


        By the end of the decade the
        arrival of talented Dave Batty
        further strengthened the 1st XI
        but the Association had started to
        fracture and clubs began to
        move away.

      • 1980s  

        The 1st XI were relegated to the
        Cheshire Association’s second division
        early in the decade as we struggled for

      • 1982  

        Giant strides were made off the pitch
        with the building of both new changing
        facilities and a dedicated club house
        making Runcorn the envy of our opponents.

      • 1983  

        Batsman of the decade was undoubtedly
        Andy Bennett, dominating every bowling attack
        in the league with two league batting awards.


      • 1983  

        Roy Darlington – player, captain, umpire
        and committee man over five decades.

      • 1985  

        Runcorn 1st XI v Glazebury July 13th 1985 in front
        of the new Pavillion.


        The biggest progress made in
        the decade came from former
        Warrington all-rounder, Alan
        Richards. His arrival in the mid
        80s transformed the attitude in
        the team.

      • 1990  

        1990 proved to be the last season in the
        CCA League for Runcorn and they decided
        to join seven other clubs to form the new
        North Cheshire Cricket League.
        Tony White’s record breaking 9 for 25
        began the highlight of the season.

      • 1996 was a huge year for the Club as we
        joined the mass merger of the Merseyside
        Competition, which accepted teams from the
        NCCL, Cheshire Cricket Competition and
        North Wales League. For the next two years,
        all team’s aggregate performances would go
        towards them being placed in the new first or
        second divisions in 1998


        Our points haul over that two year period
        was more than good enough to place us in
        the 1st Division of the new league.

      • 1996  

        Batsman Mark Cahill, who joined the club
        in the early part of the decade scored a record
        906 league runs with five centuries in one season.

        Captains during the period included Andy Booth and
        Jim Morrell while we alsorelied on the experienced
        Ian Conway and thetalented Iain Williams for runs

      • By the end of the decade we were sure 
        of our position in the new structure - and
        our future was secure with the production
        line of home grown talent producing more 
        quality players such as Steve Ollerenshaw, Jamie
        Hill, Steve Bebbington, John O’Brien, Ian McLean
        and the late - and dearly missed Matt Shaw.


        We continue to play an annual challenge game
        with our friends from Frodsham CC each year
        for the Matt Shaw Trophy.

      • The new Millennium saw us
        starting life in the Cheshire
        Cricket League and it has
        remained our home ever since.

      • 2003  

        Jamie Hill (seated centre) was the longest
        serving captain in the decade and took on the
        new ball responsibilities for much of the first
        years of the 21st Century

        By the end of the decade, the first team
        captaincy had been taken over by Iain
        Williams (Standing 7th player from left).

      • 2003  

        Our junior section continues to go from strength to strength,
        producing players for our senior teams and talent for the
        county system. At the last count, four boys and two girls have
        received full Cheshire honours while almost two dozen have
        been picked for Cheshire district and Halton Borough
        representative teams.

      • Thanks to the combined efforts of our Management
        Committee, our progress over the past decade has
        seen us achieve both ECB Clubmark and Focus
        Club accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to
        the development of young players and our working
        involvement in local schools an the wider community.


        With the support of Cheshire Cricket, we
        received grant funding from the ECB, which
        was matched by our long-standing corporate
        sponsors, Maltacourt Global Logistics. We now
        enjoy top-class practice net facilities and can
        continue to nurture our own talent.

      • 2015  

        We have been able to enjoy Runcorn playing cricket at
        Moughland Lane for the last seven decades, thanks entirely
        to the kind patronage of the Posnett Family who own
        the land the club plays on. Our current President, James
        Posnett has been a passionate supporter of Runcorn CC
        and our ideals. He follows in the footsteps of his father,
        CC Posnett who was our president from 1953 to 1990 and
        facilitated the move to Moughland lane.