It was reported in the Newmarket Journal on 19 June 1886 that the club had been formed, with the following officials:
Vice President -
The first game was played on Whit Monday between 24 club members. During the season 4 other games were played -
From 1888 -
Games were played in a variety of fields lent by local patrons and usually ended up with 'hearty meals' and 'convivial sing songs'.
The club moved to Exning Park, where it has remained for 96 years, and are indebted to the Gibson family for allowing them to use such attractive setting for their activities.
By the early 1930's
The club was playing up to 20 matches -
Well known local names such as Barsby and King appeared on the fixture card and the Secretary at this time was Frank Tomlinson. He formed a team known as the Tomtits, and a match is still played in his memory on the last Sunday of the season.
Cricket resumed after the Second World War with a full list of fixtures for both 1st X1 and 2nd X1.
Regular Sunday matches started with stalwart names such as Ken Daniel, Cliff Nicholls, Bob Cooley, John King, Derek Barsby and Brian Moon making their first entrance in various capacities on the fixture cards in the 1950's.
League cricket commenced with the club joining the Suffolk league, of which they have been a member to the present day.
Over the Years
The club has grown and attracted players from outside the area and in 1999 had its most successful season ever, winning the Jaygate Homes Two Counties Cricket Championship Division 1; The Suffolk Premier Cricket League; Premier Division (for the 3rd year running); The Suffolk Cup (for the 2nd year running) and The Gibson Cup.
Many international cricketers have played at Exning in the past in the All Star math -
Other well know internationals to play at Exning include such celebrities as Ted Dexter, M J K Smith, Dennis Compton, Garfield Sobers, Peter Nay and Colin Milburn.
The last 'All Star' Match was played in 1973.
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