Tynemouth Cricket Club, founded in 1847, has the distinction of being the oldest continuous playing club in Northumberland and we have played on the very same ground off Preston Avenue, North Shields since 1885. The pavilion was opened in 1902 after the previous wooden building was wrecked by severe gales. Now, almost a century later, history has repeated itself, with the clubhouse and pavilion being fully refurbished. Tynemouth CC has a long and proud tradition of encouraging all to enjoy the game of cricket.
Throughout our long history, Tynemouth Cricket Club has been at the forefront of the development of cricket in the North East. As early as the 1850's the Club had junior members, was organising cricket tours and supporting representative matches. We have a long tradition of playing and promoting high quality cricket. Tynemouth was closely involved in the creation of the present Northumberland County Cricket Club in 1896. Tynemouth senior players have regularly represented Northumberland, and many of our junior players have gained similar honours since Northumberland Junior matches began in the 1970's. In the previous decade Gerry Knox became the first Tynemouth player to play first-class county cricket, while in more recent times former juniors Nicky Peng and Gordon Muchall both went onto first class cricket with Durham CCC and represented England and more recently, Paul Muchall and Richard Coughtrie have moved on via Durham Academy to Gloucestershire. Equally, the creation of national club competitions has seen Tynemouth reach the U13 National Finals five times in the last twenty years (from 1400 clubs) and the U15 National Finals in 2001 (from 1300 clubs).
The quality of our achievements and facilities saw the Club invited to be a founder-member of the North-East Premier League in 1999, one of five leagues of which it is a member. The club runs six senior league teams, and junior teams from U7 to U18.
This is a very exciting time for the club as we have recently just completed on three major projects:
As from the 18th January we became Tynemouth Cricket Club Limited. This will have a minimal effect on you as members but provide peace of mind for us who serve on the committee.
Back in November we made an application to the SITA Trust for the much needed refurbishment of our 3 lane outdoor nets. We now have a first class facility that all of our playing members and coaches will benefit from.
The committee agreed a substantial budget to refurbish the pavilion which will hopefully have a knock on effect in increased bookings but also provide an excellent facility to our current members.