History of Poynton Cricket
Welcome to this well known, proud, popular club, playing at spacious grounds in the centre of the village where a young Mike Atherton once sat and watched his father play for Woodhouses in our Lancashire & Cheshire League days. Many star players have adorned our field needless to say, and many of our own home-produced players have represented Cheshire: latterly Charles Lamb and Mark Currie, who was also contracted to Lancashire CCC. Going one better in recent years is Jenny Halstead, who at the age of 19 was called up to the England A Women's squad.
We were formed in 1872 and were originally known as Poynton Vernon CC, "Vernon" being the local lord-of-the-manor's family name. An annual fixture against a team representing Lord Vernon's other estate at Sudbury in Derbyshire was established in 1873 and the Poynton-Sudbury annual challenge match survives to this day. Originally the team consisted of local gentry and colliery workers and in 1880 a 2nd XI was formed to cater for the expanding number of recruits.
We played friendly matches until entering the Hazel Grove & District League in 1893, then the Manchester Association in 1923, the Derbyshire and Cheshire League in 1953, the Lancashire & Cheshire League in 1967 and the Cheshire County League in 1981.
The early 1980s saw four teenagers, with only two years between their ages, break into the first team. These four: Brian Kingham, Steve Douglas, Ian Middlehurst and David Watkins went on to dominate Poynton cricket for the next quarter century.
Our most memorable season was unquestionably 1995 when we landed three trophies: Cheshire County League 1st (i.e. Top) Division Champions, Cheshire County K.O. Cup Winners and Stockport K.O. (Newton) Cup Winners. This season saw Andy Greasley take 76 league wickets, the best season a Poynton bowler has ever had.
We were also Derbyshire & Cheshire League Champions in 1962 and 1963, and Lancashire & Cheshire Walkden K.O. winners in 1979. The 2nd XI has also won 9 championships, the most recent in 2006, and the Juniors innumerable ones.
After relegation to the bottom division of the Cheshire County League in 2000, the club bounced back in spectacular fashion, losing one game in two seasons in landing successive promotions in 2002 and 2003. After three of the 'Old Firm' had brief spells away from the club, Douglas, Middlehurst and Watkins were all back in Poynton colours for these successes.
Douglas, Middlehurst, Kingham and Watkins have now all retired, in Kingham's case after 32 successive seasons of Poynton 1 st XI cricket, with a career runs tally standing at over 17,000.
The rollercoaster ride of recent years has continued, despite playing in the ECB Premier League of Cheshire in 2004 and 2005, relegation back to Div One was our ultimate fate, followed by two more relegations in the next nine seasons. A number of players have moved on for one reason or another in recent years, and the rebuilding efforts continue in the Cheshire League with our youthful squad. Poynton's Ladies XI were Cheshire Women's League Division One champions for the first time in 2009, before the players left the club to play at Trinity CC. Poynton have also produced several players for the Cheshire Women team in recent years.