Photo by Philip Wilcox selected for The Cricketer Magazine 2020 Calendar
A.S.MORRIS & SON
Acton Scott Village Cricket Club is situated in the village of Acton Scott, four miles south of Church Stretton in South Shropshire.
2006 saw the tenth anniversary of the Club's foundation and this was recognised with a short film made by Doug Saltmarsh for BBC Television's Shropshire TV on Sunday 20 August 2006 during the Club's home game against Shrewsbury.
The Club was formed on the 9th May 1996 by Richard Wilson with the support of local people who wanted to simply enjoy playing cricket on Sunday afternoons with no League status aspirations. It started with just 14 enthusiastic people, donations of £63 and a grant of £150 from the South Shropshire District Council. It now has about 25 regular playing members, ranging in age from 11 to 75 !
A very talented squad from the late 1990's
The setting for the ground must be the envy of many clubs with magnificent views over the rolling hills, situated on the Acton Scott Estate - please visit www.actonscott.com for further information. This part of Shropshire is designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the ground is part of an Environmentally Sensitive Area restricting access to mow the outfield until mid July, although the square is prepared from late spring.
The Club plays from mid April to mid September and has about 25 fixtures against like-minded Clubs, but because of the ESA restrictions plays all its Away fixtures in the first half of the season. One of the highpoints of the season is the Club tour, which has taken its members to South Wales, London, Northumberland, South Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Sussex, Norfolk, Hampshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, Kent and Newcastle-upon-Tyne – this normally takes place in early July. Enquiries are welcomed from any potential hosts – please telephone Richard Wilson the Club Chairman on 01694 781331.