We have 3 Senior Teams playing in the NYSD Premier Cricket Leagues (Premier, Division 2 and Sunday League Division 1). League fixtures are played each weekend with 1st and 2nds mainly Saturdays and 3rds Sunday. The leagues operate on a system of promotion and relegation (Two up two down). Matches are 50 overs per side, win, lose or draw with bonus points for runs scored and wickets taken. Matches usually start at 1:00 p.m. In addition, a number of midweek Cup Competitions are entered. These are normally evening matches beginning at 6.p.m. Fixture books are available from the clubhouse.
Junior Cricket thrives at Hartlepool with teams at Under-11, Under-12, Under-13, under-15 and Under-17. Each level has a competitive fixture list and the more promising juniors are used to supplement (and often strengthen) senior teams. There is an active coaching programme with experienced players encouraged to undergo coaching qualifications.
A selection committee meets each week (usually Monday). Captains, Vice-captains, Chairman, Secretary, Fixture Secretary and Junior Representative all help select teams.
Team selections are posted on the clubhouse notice board and on the website Message Board. They are also published in local paper (Hartlepool Mail on Tuesday and Friday). Unavailability for matches should be notified to the captain as early as possible. Text messages or voicemail messages notifying late withdrawal are considered unacceptable, you must convey the message directly to ensure a replacement is available for the match.
The Selection Committee reserves the right to withhold selection for players when subscriptions have not been paid.
Subscriptions (rates for 2014)
Annual subscriptions are due 31st January each year and all players must pay before commencing play for the season. Benefits of playing membership include insurance cover for injuries that only apply when subscription has been paid.
Annual subscription £50 (includes Social Membership)
Social Membership £15 (Male and Female)
Joint Membership £25 (Couples)
Family membership is available through the Junior Club
Concession rates are available for juniors and Students in Full-time education.
Match fees are collected to cover expenses for tea and the scorer. These are normally collected by the vice-captain. All players in NYSD Leagues must purchase a tea even if they do not want one. Courtesy to home club who have a duty to prepare food for players.
Park Drive is an excellent venue for playing or watching cricket. The wicket is renowned for its quality and the outfield is invariably fast, helping to produce high scores and entertainment for spectators. Mobile covers and sightscreens are available for use.
The pavilion has recently had its changing facilities upgraded and Umpires rooms available. The score box is electronically controlled.
A 3 lane net facility with artificial wickets is available adjacent to the clubhouse for practice when the main field is in use for matches.
Indoor nets are held during the winter months, both junior coaching and senior
Park Drive regularly features as a host club for County Squads, County Schools, Schools Festivals and Local Authority Active Sports. HCC qualified coaches are used by local schools to develop cricket locally.
It comprises two large lounges. Access and toilet facilities for disabled have recently been upgraded. Kitchen facilities are available but no regular catering at present. Two TVs for Sky sports events. The social membership is approximately 700 in total and there is a regular programme of social functions. Details are normally displayed on the notice boards.
The clubhouse is open 7 days per week each evening and from lunchtime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Room bookings are accepted for Private Functions (Members and non-members). Please refer to House Chairman or Steward to check availability and cost. A monthly meeting of the General Committee looks after all aspects of the Club, both on and off the field.
The club has a number of qualified first aid personnel. First Aid boxes are available in pavilion and clubhouse, together with contact details for emergencies. Junior Team Managers all have access to First Aid Kits.
HCC is affiliated to the Durham Cricket Board and fully participates in its programmes for recreational cricket in the county.
HCC is CLUBMARK accredited by Sport England
HCC is a Performance Club Member of Teesside Sports.
HCC is represented on the District Cricket Development Group.
HCC is a member of Durham County Cricket Club (season ticket available for members use upon request to Secretary).
HCC is a member of Hartlepool Sports Association in partnership with the college of further education