Cricket has been played in Marston Moretaine for generations and the present ground was created when the first by-pass was constructed along with the Sports Pavilion in about 1986. Unfortunately, Marston Moretaine CC ceased in about 2006 and no cricket was played for a few years. Then in 2008 an approach from Ampthill CC was made to see if cricket could be played at Marston Moretaine once again and with the support of the Marston Moretaine Playing Fields Committee and the Parish Council it was agreed that cricket would return at the start of the 2009 season. Ampthill CC were expanding and needed a second "home" ground, and with many players living in Marston Moretaine, the vacant ground was an obvious place to go. The members set about resurrection the cricket square, re-establishing a water supply to it, looking at and resurrecting some of the old machinery stored in the steel container (spending several thousands of pounds in the process) and a full cricket season was enjoyed in 2009 and every year since.
The Club look after the square at their own expense with the work being done by the members and the facility is being enjoyed every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) from the start of May until the end of August. The football club uses the ground as it's base during the remaining months. We are now applying for grants with the hope of being successful to allow us to obtain a "new" second hand motor roller, and the grass cutting machines have, maybe, only one more grind left in the blades before they give up the ghost. The ground is used by ATCC's 3rd and 4th XIs with a mixture of old and young in the teams and they play League cricket both days. ATCC pay an agreed fee to the Playing Fields Committee for the use of the ground and have a representative on the Committee. That was Gary Thomas of Marston Moretaine until he sadly died suddenly at Christmas and David Thomas (no relation) of Millbrook Crossing has taken over. Any person, young or old is welcome to come along and watch the games, and if anyone wants to play, just make themselves known to the club via the website or by talking to members at the ground. ATCC run structured youth cricket from under 10s through to colts and information is available on the website.
ATCC Sunday 4th XI 2012
Ampthill Town CC Sunday 4th XI at Marston Moretaine 2012"
l-r back row: James Freeman, Derek Welton, Nick Welton, Gareth Thomas, Robbie Thomas, Andy Horton, Dave Thomas (Umpire), Gary Thomas (Captain),
l-r front row: Matt Vine, Nobby Horton, Hugo Thomas, Michael Wiles. 6 of this team live in Marston Moreteyne

 

You can get a lot more information about cricketing opportunities at both Marston Moretaine and Ampthill by visiting our website at http://ampthilltown.play-cricket.com/ or on facebook at facebook.com/ampthilltowncricketclub