The Brow, Abberton & District Cricket Club

The Brow, home of Abberton & District Cricket ClubThe club moved to it's present site in 1954 when it was recognized that a more permanent home was needed. This was provided by local farmer, LG Evans, initially on a leasehold agreement. He later sold the ground to the club for the princely sum of £200. Initially, the clubhouse was no more than an asbestos clad shed, but in 1974 members decided to add a bar to the facilities courtesy of a small interest free loan from Greene King and this addition certainly improved finances dramatically!

During the close season of 1979/80, new changing facilities and toilets were built at a cost of £14,000. Apart from a £4,000 loan from a local farmer and grants from the Sports Council and Colchester Borough Council totaling £1,700, all costs were met by club funds.

The Brow, home of Abberton & District Cricket ClubIn 1982 the old clubhouse was demolished and a new structure was added to the already impressive changing rooms. With the aid of a £7,000 grant from the Lottery, outdoor practice nets were installed in 2000.

The latest major addition to the facilities came in 2005 when an electronic scoreboard was installed in the north west corner.

In July 2007 the old roller, which had been a wonderful servant for many years, was replaced by a sparkling refurbished machine at a cost of £10,500. Nearly 50% of the cost was met by a very generous donation from The Baxter Foundation. Later that year the practice facilities were relaid at a cost of £6,000.

During the 2008 season it became obvious that the square had become very tired and, following various soil tests, it was concluded that the square should be dug up and relaid. Contractors came on site at the end of the season and the work was carried out at a cost of £2,750. RC

The Brow, home of Abberton & District Cricket Club The Brow, home of Abberton & District Cricket Club

During the 2015 Pre season saw strong winds destroy our iconic large nets protecting neighbouring houses. Legally we could not play without these nets and therefore needed to replace them quickly to play cricket at The Brow again. The first weekends fixtures were hastily rearranged for later on in the season and many phonecalls were made to try and get the second weekend's cricket played. Unfortunately this wasn't possible but the quick action of the committee ensured that our home games were played away so cricket continued. Fundraising started quickly with a JustGiving page being set up on behalf of the club. This raised in excess ?3,000 for which the club was extremely grateful. Club members also went out into the local village to inform the locals of the dire situation at the club and the generosity again was above anyone's expectation. This enabled local company Wesbroom Engineering to repair and strengthen the nets between the second and third week ensuring the third weeks cricket could be played.