History of Westcott CC

The earliest known time that cricket was played by Westcott, was in 1890,  although details of the early years are sparse, we are aware of the earliest recorded success was winning the Casson League, in 1929. The team used to play in the village at ‘The Bankie’, and  ‘The Berries’, and it was in the mid 20’s that the team first played at the present ground. For many years we used an old war-time ‘picket hut’ as our changing facilities, but over the years this was gradually improved and updated, until  August 2005 when we had the official opening of our present facilities, having received grant-aid from various local organisations, plus good support from club fund-raising events.

The club re-entered League cricket in its present format, in the Oxfordshire Cricket League in 1979, and were winners of Division 4 in our first season, which was followed the next season by winning Division 3. We then won our first League Cup competition in 1983, where we defeated Hailey to lift the Telegraph Cup.

In 1990 we celebrated our club centenary and were fortunate to do this in style, as we were invited to a tour of Barbados to play five matches, one of which was on the Test Match ground at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown.

We won the Senior Division 2 title in 1992 and then the Division 1 title  in 1995, but following regular refusals for Premier Division status, joined the Mid-Bucks League in 1998 and immediately won the double, winning the Knockout Cup and the Division 2 title. We won Division 1 the following year and  formed a second team in the league in 2001, but following the cricket being less enjoyable, we rejoined the OCA League in 2003.

In 2006 we played youth cricket in the Bucks & Aylesbury Mid-week Leagues and were Under 15’s winners in 2008. The same year the 1st XI were promoted having won Division 4 and the club won the ‘Most Improved Ground’ award.

In 2011 the 1st XI finished 3rd in the League, only to find themselves promoted to Division 2… this was confirmed after  the season had been completed.

In 2012, a good start was followed by a terrible run, and resulted in relegation following the last game. The club did however receive the M.Honey Award  for ‘Most Improved Ground’.

In 2015 the club celebrated its 125th anniversary of the formation of the club as we know it, the celebrations culminated in a Black tie Dinner at the Akeman Inn with former England test captain Graham Gooch as  guest speaker.

In 2016 the 1st XI finished runners up in Division 3, clinching promotion to Division 2 on the last day of the season. This was followed in 2017 with a second successive promotion, this time promotion to Division 1 by virtue of finishing in third place and a reshuffle of the divisions.

In the 2018 Season Lewis Jeacock led the 2nd XI to the title in the OCA Division 7 North division thus securing promotion to Division 6.

Three strong seasons have been shown by the 1st XI, finishing fifth in 2018 and fourth in 2019 in Division 1 and this was backed up by finishing second in 2020 (by run rate) during a Covid affected season, just missing out on a place in the Airey Cup Final.

2021 did however, see a full league season played, although Covid-19 was not particularly kind to the social aspect we have come to love about cricket, but the 1st XI had a solid season in Division 4a of the newly amalgamated Cherwell League and due to some restructuring of the tier system, will compete in Division 3a during the 2022 season.

Midweek cup winning team