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The Club was formed in 1870 and played originally in the grounds of Wollaston Hall (now part of the Scott Bader Chemical Plant). Initially “friendly” matches were the order of the day followed later by campaigns in various local knock-out cup competitions and gradually, with continual success, the Club began to make an impact.

After three consecutive victories in County-wide competitions confidence was high, culminating in acceptance to the Kettering and District League, followed by several championship successes in the ‘Southern Section’.

In 1922 the club were forced to seek a new home and almost immediately the future President, Mr. Gibbard, offered the use of a meadow which was later to become part of the village playing field.

The twenties and thirties proved a golden age for Wollaston C.C. In addition to the first team and recently formed second eleven winning their respective divisions, several Wollaston players received County recognition. Ben Bellamy (wicket keeper), Vern Murden, Reg Partridge and Cyril Perkins all found the first rung of the cricketing ladder at Wollaston before making their mark for Northamptonshire over many years.

In 1957 Wollaston joined the Northants County League followed by their Second team in 1961. The Club won the old Second Division (now the Premier) in 1959-60, 61 and again in 1973 and have been runners up on several occasions.

As stated earlier, the club joined the Northants County League in 1957 and except for the 1991 season the First Eleven has  played in the second tier of Northamptonshire cricket ever since - but after winning the Division One title in 2007 competed at the top level in the Premier Division

 A great achievement and one that the Club and everyone associated with it (members, vice presidents, sponsors and supporters) should be justly proud of.

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