Deando Ruxley Cricket Cub was created in 2002 with the merger of Deando Cricket Club and Ewell Ruxley Cricket Club. The club was renamed to Ewell Cricket Club in 2017.
Deando Cricket Club was formed in 1950 and used The Fairfield, in Kingston, as its home base in the early years before moving to the Old Haileyburians Rugby Football Ground in Ruxley Lane, Ewell, in 1993.
Ewell Ruxley Cricket Club was originally called Wimbledon Park Cricket Club, being the cricket section of Wimbledon Park Athletic Club which was formed in 1921. The cricket section was formed in 1922 and moved to the Old Haileyburians Rugby Football Ground in 1935. The cricket section renamed to Ewell Ruxley Cricket Club in 1973.
Both Deando and Ewell Ruxley were in the Surrey Cricket League, so the merged club continued in that league. The club joined the Surrey County League in 2008. The 2nd XI won promotion to the Surrey Championship in 2013 and a 3rd XI was started in 2018 in the Surrey Cricket League.
Deando Ruxley Cricket Club created the junior section in 2010 and first entered a junior team into the West Surrey Youth Cricket League in 2014.
Below, is a sub-history of each part of what forms Ewell CC today.
Entry to the Surrey County League
In 2008, the club entered the Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League. The following is the club’s entry in the league handbook for that year and summarises the club’s history and explains its reasons for joining the league.
Deando Ruxley Cricket Club was formed in November 2002 as a merger between Deando and Ewell Ruxley Cricket Clubs, two Clubs with a distinguished history in Surrey Cricket dating back many years. For Ewell Ruxley, this meant a return to their spiritual home at Ruxley Lane, and for both Clubs the merger represented the start of a new era.
The new Club continued to play with some success in the former Kookaburra / Fordham league (currently the AJ Sports League), the 1st XI in the top division with the 2nd team oscillating between the 2nd and 3rd divisions. The cricket played was 45 overs per side result cricket, which, whilst always exciting, left the Club limited if it was to progress within the structure of Surrey Cricket. The decision was therefore taken to apply to join the Fuller’s League for the 2008 season. This decision was not taken lightly as Ewell Ruxley had been one of the founding Clubs in the Slazenger League in 1975. However the need to progress and challenge ourselves proved overwhelming. Having said that, the Club bowed out of the AJ Sports League with distinction with the 1st XI holding its own in the top division and the 2nd team winning the 3rd division title. Always nice to bow out with silverware!
On the playing side, the Committee negotiated an extended lease on the ground with Old Haileyburians Rugby Club giving us security of tenure essential to allow the Club to flourish. Alongside this extended lease, the Club has invested heavily in the playing surfaces of both squares, securing the services of Sportsturf to act as ground keepers. The results have been excellent, and even in a summer as wet as 2007, the ground is in great shape with the pitches playing well.
Deando Ruxley’s aspirations for 2008 are simple: to establish ourselves in the Fuller’s League, improve the quality of cricket we play, make new friends and look forward to locking horns with old adversaries! The change of format will undoubtedly be a challenge but the added spice or progression within the Surrey Cricket Board pyramid is an enticement in itself. The change of playing format will take us out of our comfort zone and will challenge us to accept and embrace change in what is undoubtedly a brave new world.
The structure of the Club remains unchanged with two league sides on a Saturday plus two sides on a Sunday. We feel our facilities are second to none with two squares side-by-side, plenty of off road parking with the 1930’s pavilion giving as traditional a back drop as you could wish to enjoy your cricket. Needless to say a fully stocked bar is available at all times! The Committee is led by Paul Goodall, and with social events at the Club right through the season, we look forward to welcoming one and all to Ruxley Lane in 2008.
If you believe any of this information is incorrect, or have information to add, please contact info@EwellCricketClub.com or speak to one of the committee.