Heart of Sport Charity

Congratulations to Chairman Dennis !

Dennis duly completed the torturous 3 Peaks Challenge  in a little over 9 hours, and raised  £169.00 for the Heart of Sport Charity.

He offers his thanks to all who supported him.

The gentle thwack of leather on willow is for many the sound that defines an English summer, but it has become the subject of a bitter noise dispute between a cricket club and its neighbours.

Cricket has been played on the Darlington club's ground at Feethams since 1866. But residents of a new estate have taken exception to the "noise from bat on ball" and "the effort of batting and  bowling" from the practice nets along the boundary.

A retrospective planning application has prompted a string of objections. Retired electrician David Elliott and wife Christine say the sound of bat on ball is like a "rifle going off" outside their £280,000 townhouse.   Mr Elliott said   " the cricket ground has four sides and only one has a set of new houses directly along its boundary- and that's where they decided to put the nets.  It has ruined our lives. We have no peace and quiet"  Tom Dennis, who lives next door with his partner, Becky, said "The sound of bat on ball is intrusive. It can't be right that the club is able to build a sporting facility within touching distance of our back gardens without consulting us"

Darlington Borough Council's planning committee deferred a vote for a site visit to check on noise levels. Principal planning officer said " We are trying to strike a balance between what we expect to take place on a cricket field and what people living next door reasonably expect from their quality of life"

Club chairman Brian Johnson said " We take the nets down in September and put them back up in mid April. They are not used all day or every day"

Different Rules

In todays game, if the front foot lands a fraction of an inch over the popping crease, a no ball is called.

This picture, circa 1961/2, shows spinner Richie Benaud, when the back foot had to be behind the bowling crease, with the front foot several inches over the line.

Bowlers such as Fred Trueman (shown here as the non striking batsman) because he had a big drag with his back foot, had to land over a foot behind the crease so that he was still behind the crease when he released the ball.

It also looks as though it was OK for the non striker to be on the same side of the wicket as the bowler!



One of our main aims at ELCC is to make the club as welcoming as possible to members, families, visiting teams and spectators. With the funding help from Recycling & Energy recovery Facility Community Benefit Fund we were able to buy materials to update and upgrade our scorebox with the help of volunteers. We were also able to place bird boxes around the ground to help local wildlife. One of the most pleasing parts of our funding has been able to make our ground look more appealing by creating 3 flower beds and helping trainees with varying disabilities from Paperworks, learn and practice new and exciting work skills.

From everyone at ELCC we would like to thank Leeds City Council, Veolia, Paperworks and all volunteers that have helped start and complete this project and continue to maintain the hard work and effort.