At sometime in 1910, a group of like minded gentlemen decided to start a cricket team in Bagborough Village, we believe a lot of these gentlemen were members of the Bagborough Friendly Society. Once a year they would hold a Festival, they would meet outside the Rising Sun Inn and the Secretary, would call the roll, after this they would retire to the Parish Church for a service before the members would parade through the village, visiting the residences of some of the local prominent residents.
Our reasoning of the Friendly Society members starting the cricket club is that the 1910 Secretary, a Mr T Rich, as well as some other members, that have been found listed in the local paper (The Somerset County Gazette), have also been noted as players on some of the scorecards printed in the Gazette.
We have copies of some of these scorecards and you can find these here
One of the first games played by Bagborough was against a team from Halse (played on June 4th 1910) whether this game was played on our current ground or elsewhere we are not currently sure. The result which is the main thing, was a Win for Bagborough, batting first, Bagborough reached 150 all out, J Palmar scoring 101 not out, Halse were all out for 48.
More history of the early days of Bagborough Cricket Club, are as yet lost in the mists of time, well in Kinger's house, we are awaiting more time to do some more research.
Our Current Story
Bagborough CC is very much a social village cricket club with strong community links, playing our matches at Bagborough Park in the heart of West Bagborough Village on the slopes of the Quantock Hill's in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have an enviable setting, having fantastic views from our ground towards the lower slopes as well as beyond. Many teams who visit us are envious of our outlook and position.
We have always and always are, pleased to welcome visiting teams from across the country and beyond (we have hosted a team from Canada), please contact our Fixture Secretary for details.
We currently run two Senior Weekend Teams, our First's (Bagborough A) playing in The West Somerset Cricket League, playing on a Saturday, our Second's playing their games on a Sunday in The Somerset County Sports Sunday Cricket League.
We also have members who turn out during the Weekend & Midweek to play in Friendlies against other Local Teams, as well as playing against Touring Teams. We also have some of our more Senior Junior members who play in our Taunton Based Last Man Standing Competition, also when available we play a team in any Under 17's Competition's either outdoors or indoors.
We also are active supporters of Junior level cricket we have teams that play in the Full Stop. Taunton & District Youth Cricket League at Under 11's, 13's and 15's these games are played over the weekend's either on a Friday Evening or on Sunday Morning's. From 2017 we have been active supporters of the ECB's newest cricket programme "All Stars Cricket" where under 8's are given special training to help them develop the skills required by older children to help them become cricketers of the future!
2017 What a year!
We decided after the first couple of weeks of this season that we could not run two teams with the number of players we had returning to us, so we withdrew from the Somerset Cricket League and placed all our playing resources into the 2nd XI who are in the West Somerset Cricket League.
The 2nd XI nearly got promoted, missing out by 10 points, what a shame, a different result from just one game would have made the difference, a least we were at the right end of the Division, not worrying about being relegated, I am sure the players will be striving hard next year to try again.
One of our players this year scored over 1200 runs in all formats of cricket we played in over the year, then we had a further three players hitting over 500 runs each, so a great performance by all our batsmen.
Our Bowlers, were not shy in coming forward either as three of our bowlers managed to get 5 or more wickets, one doing this feat 3 times this year no less, with his best being 6-42, the fielders helped with some dramatic catching efforts, some more dramatic than catches but they all showed great commitment to the cause, with one of our players gaining the most catches in a season, which will be recognised by the WSCL for most catches in Division Two, at their awards night to be held on the 13th October
Our juniors all showed excellence in the field as well as with the bat over their short season and we hope to see some of our elder ones joining the senior teams if not next year soon! Along with our Juniors who range from U11's (some as young as 9) to our U15's we, this year took on the role of running "All Stars Cricket" a new innovation by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) where numerous U8's joined us for evenings of fun and play, as well as trying to learn some aspects of cricket, all enjoyed themselves and we hope to see them and more back next year.
Nearer to Christmas, we will have our U17's playing (hopefully) in the U17's Indoor Cricket League operated and run by the Somerset Cricket Board in the School of Excellence at the Cooper Associates County Ground, these games normally are played on a Sunday for approx. 6 weeks
This year we continued to receive touring sides in fact this year we greeted two new teams to our list of visitors, so that gave us four touring sides visiting the slopes of the Quantocks, where some new friends were made and we hope to host them again in 2018 All our games as they always are when we have these visitors, were played in a very relaxed and friendly manner with all teams trying their best to win.
The above cricket ball was donated to the club from the Somerset County Cricket Museum, it has a Round Silver Plaque attached celebrating Fred Sully's achievement of taking 100 Wickets in a season, during the 1949 season. Presented by a T. W.
This Cricket Cap was donated to us by the son of the late Mr F Darlow, who played for us back in the '40s - '50s