St Annes Cricket Club

Vernon Road, St Annes-on-Sea, Lancs FY8 2RQ

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Northern Premier League Division One Champions

1952, 1996, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011

Northern Premier League Division Two Champions

2003, 2005 and 2008

Tel: 01253 721849

First XI Northern Premier Cricket League Champtions 2011 Third XI Palace Shield League Champions 2011 Function Suite, perfect for private hire Spacious dance floor Our 2011 season Junior Managers and Coaches Pro Dinuka The Pavilion and groundsman St Annes Cricket Club Pavilion
First XI Northern Premier Cricket League Champions 2011
Third XI Palace Shield League Champions 2011
Refurbished Function Suite and dancefloor
Our 2011 season Junior Managers and Coaches
2011 Professional - Dinuka Hettiarachchi
Chris 'Grounders' MacKay, nominated for Lancashire Cricket Groundsman of the Year Award
St Annes Cricket Club Pavilion
Function Suite - the perfect venue for private hire


10 May 2017

Matthew Breetzky U19 South African International player coming to St Annes CC

Due to unforseen circumstances, our Indian professional will not be joining us this season… but we are delighted to announce that we’ve signed Matthew Breetzke, a South African Under 19 international!

Matthew, a right-hand bat, is also a franchised cricketer with the Warriors based in the Eastern Province in South Africa. He made his first-class debut for Eastern Province in the 2016–17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup on 9 February 2017.

View Matthew’s stats on the ESPN Cric Info website here…

Matthew has a Greek passport and is very highly thought of in South Africa – he comes highly recommended. Following his signing today, Matthew said:

“I’m delighted to have signed with such a well renowned club. I am humbled to be given the opportunity.

It was very sudden and I knew I couldn’t let an opportunity like this go, so I’m looking forward to taking this opportunity with both hands and winning games for St Annes.

I look forward to my stay there and meeting all the new people.”

We look forward to Matthew’s arrival and welcoming him to St Annes next week.

John Cotton
Club Chairman


14 April 2017

Function room hire special offer at St Annes CC!

DJ, room hire & food for 50 guests only £200 for all bookings made in April & May 2017!*

Function Suite upstairs: up to 100 guests
Function Room downstairs: up to 175 guests

Private bar & balcony or decking area. Buffet & banquet catering.


*50% deposit required at time of booking. Minimum of 50 guests required. Pro-rata price for more than 50 guests.

Weddings – Christenings – Birthdays – Meetings – Reunions

Call 01253 721849


25 February 2017

Dave Watty Watson is fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK by doing #MarchForMen

PLEASE SUPPORT our inspirational friend & player Dave ‘Watty’ Watson, taking part in Jeff Stelling’s March For Men to raise money for PROSTATE CANCER UK.

Dave is on the road to recovery having battled this life changing disease.

“On Saturday the 10th of June 2017 I will be walking 27 miles from Blackburn Rovers to Blackpool FC as part of Jeff Stelling’s March for Men.

Dave Watson's fundraising walk for Prostate Cancer UK

Last year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, having to undergo major surgery and take 6 months off work. I am now on the road to recovery and want to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and raise awareness of this disease.

Please donate what you can for this very worthy cause and help me raise as much as possible so that maybe your father, brother or son might not have to go through this life changing disease in the future.

Thank you for your support and thank you for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.”


Jeff Stelling's March For Men for Prostate Cancer UK

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Together, we CAN make a difference. Dave, you’re an inspiration to us all. #MarchForMen


25 February 2017

Ladies and girls FREE Cricket Taster Sessions at St Annes Cricket Club

Ever fancied giving cricket a go?

An exciting opportunity for FREE taster sessions every Monday until September.

Learn new skills and discover the joys of sport, being part of a team and enjoing the social aspect of this wonderful game.

TIME: 6pm – 7:30pm
AGE: Girls Age 14+ and ladies
KIT: No kit required. A T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms/shorts and trainers are all you need
EQUIPMENT: All equipment will be provided!

Gather the girls – fantastic fun guaranteed!

Call Matt Grindley on 07984 585770 or Steve Grindley on 07957 448340.


14 January 2017

“Buy Your Own”
This year the 1st XI, 2nd XI, Girl’s Lancashire Thunder team & U19s – will all be using coloured kit. We have reached the point where club cricketers need to think of coloured clothing as part and parcel of their playing kit which is why we are adopting, “Buy Your Own”. It means players can ‘customise’ their kit with their chosen name and personal number.

So, on a, first-come, first-served basis ‘bags’ your number (between 1 – 99) – this will be your unique squad number unless someone got there before you so have a couple of back up choices. Text your chosen shirt name and chosen shirt number to 07514423627.
SS are designing us a new kit – shirts, pants, sleeveless sweater.

We will collate ONE bulk order and this will be placed on Mon 6th Feb 2017 (the Monday following the second indoor net session). Orders need to be in before this date. Late orders WILL NOT be accepted. We are exploring ways of offsetting the cost but ONLY ORDER WHAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO PAY FOR. Payment due by 5th March 2017.

This offer is NOT limited to players. Ex-players and supporters can show pride for their club by buying the kit as leisurewear.

*Size Matters
Once clothing has been printed and embroidered, it cannot be changed so take care to order the right size.

From the Home page of the club web-site, scroll down under ‘Latest News’ to ‘St Annes CC Branded Clothing’ and use the link into our Surridge club shop.

Go to ‘customer services’ and go into the ‘size chart’ which lists junior, youth and adult sizes, male and female. We will also try to get hold of samples to try for size.

No pain - no gain

12 January 2017

Calling all senior squads!
Time to work those quads!
You’ve crunched the undercooked sprouts now crunch the dunes.
Kev’s Conditioning is back!
Every Saturday morning 09.30am.
Sack off the pizzas and chip butties. Sack off the mid-winter sofa-surfing and sausage barms. It’s time to get re-acquainted with your pain threshold.
You know you want need to.

Next big hurt Saturday 14th Jan – meet at club


25 September 2016

St Annes Cricket Club are in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017


We’re in the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Good Beer Guide 2017.

The guide is packed with 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the UK and information on every real ale brewery currently operating and their key beers.

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.

CAMRA has over 175,000 members across the world, and has been described as the most successful consumer campaign in Europe.

CAMRA supports well-run pubs as the centres of community life – whether in rural or urban areas – and believe their continued existence play a critical social role in UK culture.

CAMRA also supports the pub as the best place in which to consume real ale (also known as cask-conditioned beer, or cask ale) and to try one of over 11,000 different real ales now produced across the UK

We are absolutely delighted to be in the Good Beer Guide 2017. Thank you!


25 September 2016

Club Mirror Awards 2016 Final St Annes CC

We’re absolutely thrilled to be in the final of the CLUB MIRROR AWARDS 2016 at The Palace Hotel in Manchester on 24 November.

The Club Awards recognise the commitment of clubs, committees and individuals who work to ensure a healthy future for their clubs and we’re delighted to be nominated in the Cricket Club of the Year and Marketing Club of the Year categories.

Fingers crossed!


03 August 2016

Debut St Annes CC Ladies Cricket match 3 August 2016

A momentous day for St Annes CC and our ladies cricket team as they take to the field for their 1st EVER cricket friendly!!!

The match sees the ladies make thier debut appearance in match conditions using a hard ball.

15 overs a side of being alert in the field with bat on ball and bowling battles a plenty.

Come and support the gals and watch this historical match!

All spectators welcome… and the ladies would LOVE team Saints senior and junior players to cheer them on!


Good luck ladies!

Mid Season Averages

13 July 2016

To qualify for the end of season averages a batsman must have a minimum of 12 innings and scored scored a minimum of 250 runs.
A bowler must have bowled a minimum of 100 overs and taken a minimum of 20 wickets.

So let’s see how people are getting on now we have reached the half-way point.

No St Annes CC batsman has yet recorded a century this season in any form of cricket. In terms of half-centuries, the 1st XI there has been 7; in the 3rd XI there has been 4 and at the half-way point in the season, the 2nd XI has notched up 6 half-centuries.
In the 3rd XI newcomer Sam Stanton leads the way with an impressive average of 64.0. However, being a proud new father Sam has only had 4 knocks. Behind him, Stuart Mabe averages 26.0 and vice-captain Paul Williams 24.40. The returning Gaz Costin is the leading 3rd XI run scorer with 139 runs at 17.38.
Yet again it is Geeth Malinda who is the leading run scorer in the 2nd XI. An impressive first half of the season has seen him compile 348 runs at an average of 34.80 – much the same as he did last year and the year before. However, it is Dave Bartholemew leading the averages with 152 runs at 50.67.
Perhaps unsurprisingly it is new South African pro Shadley Van Schalkwyk leading the way in the 1st XI. In the first half of the league season he has amassed 39 runs at 36.27 with his high score being the blistering 83 made up at Penrith. Nathan Armstrong (26.13) has also shown very good form recording 2 half-centuries. But a season that was looking like blossoming into something a bit special has yet again been curtailed by injury – this time it is shoulder surgery.

the 3rd XI bowling stats are truly remarkable and possibly unprecedented. No fewer than 5 bowlers have a mid-season bowling average in single figures.
Kev Reid is the leading wicket-taker in the 2nd XI and he is also leading the averages with 17 wickets at 11.71. He is followed by evergreen Rich Thomas with 12 wickets at 17.50 and newcomer Max Livesey who has taken 16 wickets at 17.56
Shadley Van Schalkwyk leads the way in the 1st XI with 31 wickets at 15.68. In second place is slow left-armer Tom Higson – another newcomer – who has taken 11 wickets at 17.27. Mitch Bolus has also had a very good first half. Picking up where he left off last season he has claimed 23 wickets at 17.61 with a best of 6 for 58.

Church on Sunday

11 April 2016

This was the Sunday Church came to us. The weather gods bestowed their blessings. By way of a minor miracle and fantastic work from our groundsman, this weekend we were able to play both days. Huge thanks also go to our guests, Prestwich and Church CC. The cricket was played in a great spirit. We wish them all the best for the coming season and hope to welcome them back in the near future.

From our point of view it was a fantastic opportunity to welcome a few new faces to the club giving the team a vibrant, fresh look. They all got out into the middle – got runs, wickets, catches and got their first taste of Pete’s now legendary tea-time pasta and even this had a new and spicy twist (nice one Jess!)

Taking a break from endochrinology, Nantesh – soon to be doctor – Kiruparan, returned to the fold. Having put down his stethoscope, he duly put down a sitter at mid on. He can cure a cold but still can’t catch one. A reminder that some things will never change.

A Swart Move?

30 March 2016

Of the many exciting things about a new cricket season one surely has to be looking for new faces and new talent. Have we unearthed a diamond? Have we struck gold?

A mid-winter change to the Northern League rules permits clubs to bring in an overseas amateur alongside the pro so we can probably expect a more cosmopolitan feel to our cricket this year. A case of prospecting for good southern-hemisphere amateur talent. Where to start? Well, our pro is from Cape Town. What do we know of South Africa? We know that the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria are perched up on the Highveld. We might know that the famous Cullinan Diamond – the largest ever mined – was discovered near Pretoria. Some might also know that half the gold ever produced in the world was mined on the Highveld. Mmmm – feels like we’re in the right sort of place.

De Wet Swart from Johannesburg has consistently posted very impressive stats in all formats of the game. At just 19 years of age he has already made 17 centuries. Scoring like that has a way of getting a player noticed. Playing his provincial cricket for Gauteng (that’s Transvaal in old money), he averaged 56 for their U19 team and led them to victory in the grand final. Unsurprisingly, De Wet made the South African U19 Bokkies touring side. He finished that tour with a batting average of 69 and a top score of 104. Having missed the first half of his domestic season with a rugby injury, De wet has not been slow to find form. In his last 6 knocks he has a batting average of 120!

De Wet steps off the plane in Manchester next Friday (8th April). If he has brought his current form with him then we might just have struck gold. We may have made a very Swart move!


27 February 2016

Harry Hargreaves appointed as Club President at St Annes CC

There’s an air of excitement at St Annes CC as we prepare for the 2016 season on and off the pitch, and we’re absolutely delighted to announce that Harry Hargreaves has been appointed as our new Club President.

Harry’s Honoured

Harry, a stalwart supporter who has followed St Annes for a quarter of a century said:

“I feel very honoured to be appointed Club President at St Annes CC.

I would have been lost for somewhere to spend my time over the years had it not been for this club”.

The St Annes CC pavilion is like a second home to Harry. He’s at the Northern Premier League ground on an almost daily basis in and out of the cricket season either offering a helping hand, watching the cricket or simply popping in for a brew and a chat with fellow members.

25 Years of Memories

In addition to Harry’s new appointment, 2016 is a momentous year for him for another reason.

Harry with Grandson Andrew Flintoff at St Annes CC in 2014

Harry explains:

“It will be 25 years since I first fetched Andrew [Flintoff] to evening nets at St Annes CC.

Jerry Kirton from Barbados was the club Professional then and several players from that era are still involved at the club.”

Prestigious Role For Harry

Club Chariman John Cotton said:

“The Chairman and committee are delighted to announce that Harry Hargreaves has accepted the position as President.

Harry loves cricket and has followed St Annes’ senior and junior sides all over the county for over 20 years.

We feel that he is an ideal candidate to represent the club in this prestigious role”.

Harry is well respected by us all at the club and he’s a joy to know. His optimism really shone through as he commented with warm sincerity:

“I’m filling a big pair of shoes taking over from retiring Club President Brian Standing, who’s a very good friend to me. I’m proud to be part of St Annes CC and I’m really looking forward to what’s going to be an exciting season.”


26 February 2016

NEWS from England Cricket:

ECB New Helmet Safety Announcement

The ECB has recently announced new helmet safety measures which are being introduced with a view to reducing the risk of head and facial injuries within the game.

Get protected and stay safe!

Further information can be found by visiting


26 January 2016

St Annes CC 2016 Pro Shadley van Schalkwyk

We are delighted to announce the signing of South African Shadley van Schalkwyk as our new Professional player for the 2016 season.

Shadley is a right arm medium fast bowler. He is a product of the famous Wynberg Boys’ High School, whose alumni includes Jacques Kallis and Allan Lamb.

After impressing with the bat on a tour to Pakistan with his school side in 2006, he was drafted into the South African Academy.

FULL NAME: Shadley Claude van Schalkwyk
BORN: August 5, 1988, Cape Town, Cape Province
AGE: 27 years
MAJOR TEAMS: Eagles, Free State, Knights, Western Province
BATTING STYLE: Left-hand bat
BOWLING STYLE: Right-arm medium-fast

On signing for St Annes CC, Shadley said:

“I am really happy to be joining St Annes CC and I am looking forward to contributing towards the clubs success on and off the field.

Thank you to St Annes for allowing me to come over for the 2016 season.”

Captain Matt Grindley is also looking forward to Shadley’s arrival, saying:

“I’m really excited about working with Shadley in the coming season and think he will be a great addition to the club!

His experience of Franchise cricket will bring a new level to the club and particularly looking forward to his impact upon the fresh young side that we are putting together.

After watching him in the RAM Slam T20 Challenge in South Africa, I think he will be key to our cricketing philosophy of attacking, positive cricket next season. Looking forward to a great season coming up!”

At St Annes CC we’re excited at the thought of this very talented cricketer joining us and look forward to welcoming Shadley to the club for what promises to be a very exciting season!


12 December 2015

Get fit for the summer with Kev Reid at St Annes CC

Fitness training for players will take place at 11:15am sharp after indoor nets at AKS each Sunday morning! Your personal trainer is Kev Reid and he’s expecting great things from you.

The best project you’ll ever work on is you! #GetStrong


30 December 2015

St Annes CC 2015 pre season friendlies

The following pre season friendlies for 2016 have been confirmed:

Sat. 2nd April – Ramsbottom CC

Sat. 9th April – Prestwich CC

Sun. 10th April – Church CC

They are all home fixtures.

Roll on 2016!


29 November 2015

NatWest U19 Club T20 competition at St Annes CC

Move over Birmingham Bears and Lancashire Lightning… here comes the St Annes CC U19s!

The NatWest U19 Club T20 is a new, vibrant competition offering fast, lively matches, played with a great social atmosphere and a chance to make the club look and feel different for one night a week.

Further information about the competition can be found on the ECB website:

NatWest U19 Club T20 Competition…


25 August 2015

The Committee would like to update its members on recent developments:

Andy Kellett, Cricket Chariman & 1st XI Captain

Andy Kellett Stands Down

As from the end of the season Andy Kellett is standing down from First Team Captain and Cricket Chairman.

Andy has done a great job over a number a years and on behalf of the Club, I would like to thank him for all his efforts.

Dave Hopkinson, new Cricket Chairman

New Cricket Chairman & 1st XI Captain

To enable the Club to start planning for the 2016 season the Committee have appointed Dave Hopkinson as Cricket Chairman and Matthew Grindley as 1st X1 Captain. We wish them all the best in their new roles for the Club.

Brian Standing, Club President

Club President To Stand Down

In addition Brian Standing has also decided that the time is right for him to step down as President of the Club. Brian has been involved with the Club and the Committee for over 50 years.

On behalf of the Club I would like to thank him for being an ambassador for the Club.

Professional Player

Xander Pitchers is not to be retained for the 2016 season.

We would like to wish Xander all the best for the future.

League Changes

As some of you may be aware the Lancashire League are looking to extend by increasing the number of Clubs from 14 to 24 for the 2017 season.

Due to the fact that the Northern League have been unable to attract a feeder league, it has been decided to apply to the Lancashire League. The Committee believe that moving forward this is the right thing for the Club.

John Cotton
St Annes CC Chairman

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St Annes Cricket Club have been Northern League Division One champions on six occasions, in 1952, 1996, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

We've been Division Two champions three times, in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

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England and Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joined the club as a 12 year old junior player in 1989 and made his first team debut for St Annes in 1992.

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