GREAT SHELFORD CRICKET CLUB
The early days of a cricket club at Great Shelford are hazy but there is oral evidence of a club playing in the village in the 1920s. After the Second World War, Great Shelford Cricket Club played in the Cambridgeshire County League for many years enjoying limited success in the junior section but establishing itself as a community team based around village men such as the Ellum brothers, Will and Doug, Alf Taylor and the village postmen, Don King and Spencer Plumb. Great Shelford CC were in the shadow of local rivals, Little Shelford and the giants of local cricket, Stapleford CC. Then in 1986 under the captaincy of Tom Higgins, the team achieved Senior League status. That team contained strong batsmen such as Dave Wyatt, Jon Sim and Dave King and the bowling attack was led by Tom Higgins. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts that team were unable to avoid relegation from the Senior League and the team pottered along for more than two decades in Divisions Two and Three of the Junior League. However, in 2009, things changed. Four promotions were achieved in five seasons and we found ourselves in Senior League One, largely thanks to the efforts of bowlers Paul Ellum and Mark Milne and the remarkably consistent batting of Paul Mortlock, all led by Paul Byatt and then Alan Sutton. When AP Stafford then took over the captaincy in 2017, Great Shelford were promoted to the Whiting & Partners League where we have competed for the last two seasons. We also now have a second and a third eleven competing in the CCA Junior divisions, and will field six youth teams in 2019.
PRESIDENT OF GREAT SHELFORD CRICKET CLUB