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26 Aug

Caribbean CC

Established in 1948 by a group of ex-patriots who were part of the British Army. The Caribbean Cricket Club Leeds has been an imperative part of the Caribbean community since its formation. As Cricket has always been something that has united the Caribbean Community, the idea behind the club was to provide a place where the Caribbean Community who had settled in West Yorkshire particularly Leeds an environment where they could come together and socialise doing something they loved.

An interesting fact to note is the Caribbean Cricket Club Leeds has always had a strong competitive team, as a matter of fact a lot of the first players of the Club went on to play for their respective Islands back in the Caribbean.

There has been a lot of changes over the years, when we first formed the club we didn’t have a club house so meetings were held in players houses. Needless to say this provided the players with an excuse to have some Rum – Punch and some delicious authentic Caribbean food.(those were the days!)

Due to the strength we had as a team we were encouraged to join the “Barkston Ash and Yorkshire Central Cricket League” which if you check the records would confirm the Caribbean Cricket Club Leeds dominated for a number of years.

Caribbean Cricket Club Timeline

The Early Club

1 Team Cricket Club with Saturday Fixtures
Sunday friendly games established.
The 60’s
The club saw the migration of some players to the Americas which opened up room for New Talent.
This same talent is now Managing the Club and helping to nurture up and coming talent.
The 70’s

Start of the multicultural relationship with the South Asian community.

The 80’s

The 80’s was great time for the club.
In 1988 after years of playing on an uneven wicket at Becket Park, Headingly we managed to secured our home on Scotland Road, Chapletown (Scott Hall Oval) with the help of Leeds City Council.
Joined the “Leeds and District Cricket” league Fielded a first XI and a second XI for the first time
Introduction of overseas players
Some of these players went on to represent the West Indies at Senior and U19’s Level
Two of our fast bowlers were invited to Headingly to bowl against England first XI Cricket team who were about to tour the West Indies.

The 90’s

Birth of Junior Cricket Development with the support of Leonard Hutton Cricket foundation- “Enjoy Cricket “scheme.
Some of these Juniors are now playing in the first XI and the second X

If you have any memories of playing at Caribbean CC, we would love to hear them at our reminiscence sessions held every Thursday from 2pm! Contact chris.chatten@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com for further details.

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