Cookley Cricket Club was founded in 1869.
We play our cricket in the village at Lea Lane near Kidderminster in Worcestershire and field a Saturday first and second team in the Worcestershire County League, and also a third eleven plus youth sides.
Our records show that the club achieved its first honour in 1927 when it won the Kidderminster & District League’s first division.
It continued to be members of the league, fielding an A and B team for most of the 1900s. From 1972 to 1983 the first team were virtually unbeatable and carried off the league title every year for an 11-year period.
For nine of those years the team also took home the league’s Charity Cup silverware. During the 70s the team regularly won the league’s Edwin Read Cup while its second team also picked up honours, winning its division on a number of occasions as well as the Fred Yates Trophy.
In 1977 Cookley carried off the ultimate honour winning the Haig Whisky Village Knock-Out Trophy for village clubs at Lord’s by beating Lindal Moor of Cumbria in the final by 28 runs.
The team, led by Mick Hopkins, whose score of 214 the following year stood as the highest individual score in the village competition for many years, had endured a nail-biting passage to the final cheered on by hundreds of villagers at times.
After Kington were dispatched in the Worcestershire and Herefordshire group final there followed a number of narrow wins starting with Gloucestershire-based Stinchcombe, fielding an all-star line-up of ex-professionals and top flight players, who met their fate after a dramatic last-over affair in the first stage of the knock-out competition which saw Cookley get home by two runs.
Miskin Manor of Cardiff were next to perish before 1973 and 1976 champions Troon from Cornwall were also beaten by two runs with one over of the game remaining in front of a 3,000 crowd at Lea Lane in the quarter-final.
A comfortable 57-run win over Hertfordshire-based Langleybury in the semi-final set up the Lord’s final with once more around 3,000 Cookley supporters making the trip to the capital.
The historic win really putting Cookley on the map with the club becoming the first from the county to pick up national honours.
It would be another 36 years- in 2013- before the village would reach the group final again, this time progressing to the national stages of the competition by beating Bredon only to lose to Northamptonshire’s Weekley and Warkton with a place in the last eight beckoning.