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Founded in 1947 the club initially played in the Lancaster and District Cricket League and held games on the ground now occupied by the Vale of Lune Rugby Club number three pitch.

Thanks to the foresight and hard work of a group of members the current picturesque ground off Barley Cop Lane was purchased and the club played its first game on the ground in 1969, after joining the Palace Shield Competition to play a higher standard of cricket. In its first season in this competition the club won promotion to the top division and the Meyler Cup.

In the late seventies Jessie Lockwood and her husband Cecil became heavily involved at the club, attending every home game and offering particularly strong support to the junior section (Jessie referred to them as ‘her boys’). Initially set up and coached by the remarkable Jim Diack, who had difficulty walking and used an invalid carriage, many fine local cricketers came through the ranks.

After a period of decline in the early 1990′s the junior section was revived in 1995 by John Ball, initially coaching his own son and a group of school friends.

The Torrisholme Cricket Club Junior Section has gone from strength to strength and now runs five age group teams, has well over 100 members and has 6 ECB trained coaches supported by a team of helpers. We have a number of girls involved, several members from ethnic minorities and we cater for a range of disabilities.

The club is affiliated to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) through the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB), is an ECB Focus Club and achieved Clubmark Status in August 2005 having implemented the ECB ‘Safe Hands’ child protection policy and appointed trained Welfare Officers. We were a founding member of the local Cricket Development Group and we are the local focus for Chance to Shine with Morecambe CC.

Despite all this hard work, time, effort and commitment no one is paid or takes expenses from involvement in the Junior Section. The clubs senior teams are now seeing the benefit with several current or recent juniors in each team. We are always looking to attract or train new coaches to support the club’s development.

Thanks to generous funding from the ECB, SITA Trust and a substantial investment from club funds a new shower and changing block with full disabled access was constructed over the Winter or 2008-09. This facility has been a huge benefit to the club but has become a base for district age group squads.

The club continues to try to move forward, improving facilities and access. In 2015 we opened a fully enclosed 3 lane netting facility with funding secured from Sport England. The replacement of the old machine shed is almost complete and future plans include alterations to the club house and the acquisition of an Auto Roller.

One of the club’s greatest assets is our knowledgeable and dedicated Groundsman Eddy Bayton who has made the wicket one of the best in the league. Eddy’s commitment to local cricket cannot be over stated and his flexibility and hard work have allowed a number of outside organisations to use our ground for home games, these include various district squads, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, University of Cumbria CC plus Lancaster and Morecambe College CC.