Wembdon Cricket Club formed in 1920 and played for many years in Perry Green. Wembdon became a wandering side for several seasons when no ground in the village could be used. Wembdon a founder
member of the Somerset Cricket League in the 1970’s required a home ground for league cricket so the newly constructed Chilton Trinity School became the venue. The club constructed a new ground (current
ground) and has played there ever since with the addition of changing rooms, licensed bar and practice facility over the years.
Wembdon Cricket Club is a thriving, ambitious community club, it continues to grow and has enjoyed considerable success over the years. Wembdon currently Somerset Premier League Champions and crowned Somerset Club of The Year for 2013.
Wembdon runs 4x Saturday XI who compete in West of England Premier League and Somerset Cricket League. A Sunday XI who compete in the Taunton & District Sunday League. We run a Ladies XI who competes in the Somerset Ladies League (the only village to do so). We have around 50 active senior playing members and 30 of them live within Wembdon or along the NDR.
Wembdon also provides youth cricket and has been very successful over the years. The majority of current senior players came through the Wembdon youth system. Boys and girls from the age of 5 join the club and compete in hard ball matches in the Taunton & District League at Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15. We enter two sides at every year group and currently have 100 members.
From those at Primary School 30 children attend either Wembdon St Georges or Cannington.
Wembdon CC welcomes any children to come and try cricket from 5 years and over. We can boast two winners of ECB Regional Coach of the Year Awards in recent times, both of whom are involved heavily with the Wembdon youth set-up, their aim is to help as many Wembdon players as possible break into the Somerset District & County Squads.
As a club we are proud to be associated with Chance to Shine (Cricket Charity) it enables us to provide local schools with 200 hours of free coaching every summer. We currently visit 7 local primary schools and 2 secondary.
We want our new home desperately and have been working hard to achieve it for 4-5 years now. It would mean a lot to play in the heart of the village, a beautiful setting, state of the art facilities and where local villagers can easily access and support us. When Chilton School was redeveloped Wembdon lost its second ground which it needs to run 4 Saturday XI. The current 3rd and 4th XI play on an artificial surface in Sydenham with a lack of nearby facilities, this is not sustainable.
Having a new home will provide more accessible changing/showering facilities suitable for ladies cricket as well as men and cater for disability sport. Having a larger function room will enable the club to finance its ambitions. We currently do not have a kitchen on site sothe proposed catering facilities will make the production of the cricket tea a lot easier.
Finally having not played in Wembdon since the 1960’s we are looking forward to a return. Cricket on the village green is the heart beat of most English villages. The Church and common in view will provide a top class setting for cricket within a natural amphitheatre and top class practice facilities for the next crop of young budding sportsmen and women.
“A Village Hall, Sports Field and Open Space”