Cam Cricket Club is a thriving home for cricketers of all abilities. We offer all visitors and indeed prospective new members a warm welcome.
Our sides accommodate cricketers young and old, from a thriving junior section, “leisure” cricketers to keen club cricketers playing league cricket at varying levels from the lower reaches of the Stroud District League to the heights of Gloucestershire County League Division One.
New members, playing or social, are more than welcome to swell the numbers at our lovely home grounds. Our main ground on the Everlands Road, has been the home of the 1st XI & 2nd XI since the 1970s. Our 3rd XI will play their games at Stone CC.
1870 Arthur Winterbotham formed Cam Wanderers, a team composed of his personal friends for what became referred to as Cam cricket week playing the likes of Clifton, Gloucester, Cirencester & Stroud. The Matches took place ‘upon an excellent piece of ground in front of Norman Hill House’ in Cam – the residence of Mr Winterbotham.
1879 Regular fixtures recorded under the name of Cam Cricket Club and played at Norman Hill. A full management committee was in place with Arthur as president and Herbert Winterbotham as Captain.
1885 Home fixtures played ‘on the ground of the former Tillsdown’.
1923 Land acquired from the Richard Hicks Charity by Cam Mills Ltd., who’s chairman was Herbert Winterbotham who by that time was also the President of the Cam Cricket Club. It was his intention to ‘put the land the way of the parish for sports’.
1926 Cam Recreation Ground Limited was set up that year after a public meeting with 800 shares issued and the pavilion was built at a cost of £300. Herbert Winterbotham died before completion of the new facilities. There were however some compromises – the size of the ground was kept small and square to make it ‘ too small for horse racing which did not go very well with ball games and might damage the pitches’. There was also a prohibition on the sale of intoxicating liquor and matches could not be played on the ground on Sundays.
1950-1970s The club eventually started playing some away games on Sunday’s intermittently but generally in the 60s Cam players turned out for Stone on Sundays. The restriction was revoked in the 70’s to enable home games to take place.
1980 Cam Sports Club was established. Premises licence granted for alcohol.
2012 New revolutionary three lane net facility opened by England Ladies Captain Charlotte Edwards. The ECB provided 75 per cent of the funds needed for the development, while the rest has come from donations and money raised by Cam.
2018 Cam Cricket Club participate with ECB venture AllStars cricket for 5-8 year olds.
2021 The Senior Men continue to run 3 teams on a Saturday and 1 Sunday team. Whilst the Ladies have 1 team with softball activities in the week. Youth Cricket plays a large part in the modern club and we have a proud tradition of running youth sides for girls and boys and have done so continuously since 1972. Cam Cricket Club also took part in the first year of ECB Dynamos cricket for 8-11 year olds.