Whilst the current Disley Cricket Club has only been in existence since the 1980s the history of the sport in Disley extends much further back in time.
The History of Cricket in Disley
At the turn of the 20th Century the sport was played in Lyme Park and enjoyed such popularity that job advertisements for estate workers explicitly stated that cricketers were preferred. Today the workers of the National Trust still refer to the area of the park close to Lyme Cage where the sport was played as the ‘cricket field.’
Disley Cricket Club support the legacy of the sport in Lyme Park by running coaching sessions for visitors in the summer months.
The rise of the game eventually saw to the formation of the first cricket club in the village itself in the early 1900s. Sadly though they played their last season in 1939 before the team disbanded due to the call-up for World War II.
It would be nearly 50 years until cricket returned to the village.
The Modern Era
Cricket in Disley resumed with the formation of the modern Club in 1987 as a section of the Disley Amalgamated Sports Club in their home on Jackson’s Edge.
The opening game was a star-studded affair between a Clive Lloyd XI and a Peter Lever XI before the side began playing competitive cricket in a variety of local leagues. They eventually settled on joining the Glossop & District League whilst the setup of the Club expanded to include a junior section which would thrive during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
During this time a reshuffle in Cheshire Cricket to an integrated structure left the Club to decide whether to join this setup or the formation of a cross-borders Derbyshire & Cheshire League.
They settled for the former and the Club enjoyed a period of prosperity from 2006-14 as the 1stXI won four league titles and three cups with a team largely made up of homegrown players who had represented the Club for their entire cricketing lives.
Disley Cricket Club now enjoys Sport England Clubmark accreditation and is regarded by the ECB as a Focus Club as they continue to be a hub for the local community. Meanwhile, improve facilities have been subject to numerous successful grant applications.
The Club has also expanded relations overseas where they enjoy a link-up with Northern Districts Cricket Club from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia which has included player exchanges and fundraising activity for both UK and Australian charities.