East Leeds Cricket Club

Origins

The present East Leeds club was founded in 1900 by the local Conservative Association under the guise of East Ward Cricket and Athletic Club and played on a ground in the Bank area of Richmond Hill before moving to the present ground in the mid 1920s at which time the club’s name was changed to East Leeds Cricket & Athletic Club.

Initially, the cub competed in the Leeds South League before moving into the newly formed Leeds League on its formation in 1923; East Leeds would become a founder member of the successive Leeds & District Cricket League in 1939 and remain there until 1998.

Glory Days

East Leeds were a dominant force in the pre-war period with 3 championships and 2 Hepworth Cup wins being achieved; Harry Close, (father of future Yorkshire, Somerset and England captain Brian) kept wicket during this period and for three years, the club benefitted from the services of Horace Fisher, an all-rounder who later gained fame by being the first man in 1st class cricket to take an all LBW hat-trick.

Post War

Whilst East Leeds never recaptured the height of their pre-war success, the club remained successful in terms of 2nd division championships and 2nd team successes in both league and cup.

The most significant event during this period occurred in 1950 when the club became a founder member of the Leeds Junior Cricket League. This provided a platform to provide sporting opportunities for the youth of the area and led to success both in terms of many trophies on the field, but equally importantly, ensured that the club had a steady flow of juniors feeding through into both the 1st and 2nd teams and it’s no co-incidence that the club’s top 5 all time run scorers were all East Leeds juniors.

Under the tireless work of a number of coaches, led by the late Geoff Raw, the club has developed some very talented players who have benefitted the club and often moved on to play at higher standards elsewhere.

The club can boasts one international in Danny McGuire; whilst Danny holds the record as the youngest player to win the 2nd team batting prize, his fame arises from his talent as a rugby league player.

New Milennium

Following the demise of the Leeds & District League, East Leeds joined the respected Central Yorkshire League in 1999. Starting in Division 2, the club gained promotion in 2003 and has remained in Division 1 ever since.

In 2016 the CYCL and the Bradford League amalgamated to become the All Rounder Bradford Cricket League, of which East Leeds is now a member.

We are proud of our heritage and Chairman Dennis Nicholson and his committee strive to improve the standard of the club which includes an excellent, enclosed playing surface with artificial pitch, practice nets, full changing facilities and a comfortable bar with a vibrant social calendar.