Our History

OUR HISTORY

The Wake Challenge Cup

We are a small village club in a former mining community in South Yorkshire, situated between Barnsley and Sheffield. We were founded in 1854 by a group of gentlemen at the nearby Milton public house, which was to be our headquarters for over one hundred years. We enjoyed our first of many successes by winning the Wake Challenge Cup back in 1881,1882 and 1883. This was a superb achievement for a club of our standing as we were playing against teams at a much higher level. A poem was written to mark the occasion and a special match was held in 1983 to celebrate its centenary. The magnificent Wake Challenge Cup was also on display.

Further successes were achieved between 1895 and 1918, winning the Hallamshire League eight times.

We are founder members of the former South Riding League (now the South Yorkshire Senior League), and can boast to be its most successful club, winning the league title on no fewer than seventeen occasions and the Whitworth Cup ten times, including four-in-a-row from 2005 to 2008. In addition we have been Yorkshire Council Champions on five occasions, again a league record.

We can boast no fewer than nine players who have played first class cricket for Yorkshire CCC namely Rev Charles Sharpe, Willie Oates, Johnny Wilson, Alexander Corbett, John Thomas ‘Turkeycock’ Rawlin (members of the Wake Cup team) and in more recent times Steve Oldham, Mark Johnson, Ian Swallow and Lesroy Weekes. We are sincerely hoping that local boy Jack Shutt who is currently playing for Yorkshire 2nds will be our tenth …..

We currently run three Senior teams and five Junior, with ages from Under 11 to Under 17. We are one of Yorkshire Cricket Board’s Focus clubs and we were part of the ECB Chance-to-Shine initiative for four years. This enabled our coaches to visit local primary and junior schools in the area to promote cricket, and also encouraged the youngsters to join us and be an important part of the future of our club.

In 2017 we introduced the ECB’s latest innovation the “All Stars” for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 8

Wake Challenge Cup Medal

Five teams from a local junior Football club also use our facilities during the winter months.

We celebrated our 150th Anniversary in 2004, with games against the MCC and a Yorkshire CCC X1, and we held an Anniversary Dinner at which nearly two hundred attended.

Our latest success, and certainly one of our best, was in 2014 when we became the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions after beating York CC by eight wickets at Hanging Heaton. York are a formidable team, having won the ECB Yorkshire Premier League for the past seven seasons, but they were well beaten on this occasion as we achieved a much deserved victory.

We are proud and fortunate to have a very picturesque ground with excellent facilities, overlooking the nearby park and Heritage Centre, and we have been honoured over the years to stage many representative games and finals.

On 18th August 2017 we were delighted to host the “Lashings All Stars”, a team of ex international world cricketers who travel throughout the country during the Summer months promoting and raising funds for clubs at grass root level. The day began with Junior coaching, a mini Junior tournament and was followed by a Corporate lunch for nearly 200 people and a T20 match between an Elsecar Select X1 and a Lashings team including West Indian, Fidel Edwards, Yorkshire’s, Ryan Sidebottom and ex England stars John Emburey and Martin Bicknell, with match commentary from the legendary Henry “Blowers” Blofeld. The climax of a great day saw Elsecar win an exciting game by 7 wickets.