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Burley in Wharfedale CC

Club Details
Oxford Blue & Cambridge Blue
Home Ground: LS29 7NF
The Club was originally known as Burley Clarence and played on what is now known as the Recreation ground, prior to it being donated to the village by Fisons millowners. The ground was then known as Clarence Field and was approached by Clarence Place, which is adjacent to the car-park of the Malt Shovel (now Cutlers). Unfortunately, there is no record of the formation of the Club but is is understood that “play commenced” in the 1850s. A photo hangs in the Club which dates back to the 1880s.

A report in the Airedale-Wharfedale Observer of 21 February 1902 states that, after a Burley Cricketers` Dinner, the following occurred
“Mr J.Lockwood submitted a proposal to change the name of the Club. Hitherto, he said, they had been known as Burley Clarence Club, possibly because they had played in Clarence Field. This name, he pointed out, led to confusion because there was a Clarence Club of Leeds and visiting teams had suggested that the name should be changed. He therefore proposed that the Club should now be known as Burley-in-Wharfedale CC. Mr R.Hardisty seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. The Chairman commended the decision they had arrived at”

It appears that the Club played at the Clarence Field until 1898/1899, when they moved to a ground near the station. In 1900, they moved to Walton Park (now the site of Ghyll Royd School at the Western end of the by-pass) and played there until 1914.

After the Great War, they played a season (1919) at Menston and moved back to the Recreation ground (formerly Clarence Field) from 1920 to 1924.

The Club commenced playing at its present site, Hodson Park, in 1925, the same year that a section of the Yorkshire Cricket Council instituted a section devoted to Clubs in the Airedale-Wharfedale areas.

The present pavilion was opened on Saturday 5 June 1937 and a scorecard of the occasion can be found by clicking here.

The match was a local derby between Otley and Burley, won by Burley.