"South Manchester Casual League Champions 2017 and Cup Winners 2021"
Welcome to our homepage. We are a mid-week club, currently playing in the South Manchester Casual Evening Cricket League. With many friendly fixtures as well - plus in most years a week-long tour of the Netherlands - we play approximately thirty games per season.
Our home games are played at the picturesque Rostherne CC ground, set on the beautiful Tatton Park Estate on the edge of Rostherne village. Please note that the route to the ground from Manchester has changed due to the opening of the new A556 bypass (2017). For directions to the ground see the "Directions" link above.
We hope you enjoy visiting this website. If you are interested in playing mid-week evening cricket in a friendly and competitive team, please contact the club through the secretary. Although our origins were in the Manchester universities, we are now composed of players from all parts of the community and of all abilities.
Nets will be held at Total Cricket, Oxford Street East, Ashton, OL7 0RE. Except for a two week break for Christmas (December 23 and 30), they will be every Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. between November 4 and January 20 inclusive. Thereafter, from January 25 to April 5 2022, sessions will be every Tuesday, again from 8 to 9 p.m. The charge is our usual £3 per person. Whether on a regular or sporadic basis, your support for these evenings is important for the Club and its finances. If you know anyone who would like to join our Club, Nets also provide a good opportunity to bring them along to meet our members.
The Club's origins date from the 1970s when members of the Department of Economics at Manchester University first decided to form a team to play evening friendly games. Regular fixtures were against other departments, university staff and economists at other universities.
In the 1980s ECC joined the VUMAN League - an evening league formed between various departments and faculties of the university. Results in the early years were decidedly mixed, despite the Club widening its playing base to include the economists at Salford University. Fortunes changed in the early 1990s with an influx of playing talent from both within the two universities and from weekend clubs in the Manchester and North Cheshire area. Seven league titles followed in eight years.
In 2002 we joined the Casual League which, despite its name, represented a significant step up in class. We have won the League title twice, in 2008 and 2017, and the Cup twice, in 2018 and 2021 (after reaching the final five times).
In 2001 we toured the Netherlands that July for the first time. The hospitality of our Dutch friends has always been excellent and we've now been fifteen times. Click here to see a report of the 2016 tour penned by our tour captain, Andy Thompson. We hope to tour again in 2022 if Covid-19 restrictions allow.