Draft:Burghley Park Cricket Club
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|Captain||Mike Hobbiss. |
|Overseas player(s)||George Holmes|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Sky Blue and Yellow|
|Home ground||Burghley Park|
|Official website:||BurghleyPark.com |
Renowned locally and nationally as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the country, the club plays host to 3 senior teams and a thriving junior section.
The first full week of July sees the club host its annual cricket week. The week consists of 5 days games, with Friday’s fixture being against Marylebone Cricket Club. In the evenings of cricket week, the now famous Sixes tournament takes place, with 16 local teams competiting to claim the coveted trophy.
Burghley Park Cricket Club first played cricket in the Park in 1854, having previously played at the old Stamford Racecourse with references of the Marquess of Exeter’s XI playing at the racecourse in the 1820s.
The Club’s greatest era came in the 1870s when its opening pair, Charles Chenery and John Furley regularly played for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club with Chenery also playing football for England in their first three international matches. Another player of note was Hubert Eaton 
In 1886, W G Grace, then a young man and not yet qualified as a doctor, played against the Park for the Earl of Westmorland’s XI. He did not particularly distinguish himself and his side were outplayed by the Park in a drawn match.
The Earl brought a much stronger side the following year including WG and his younger brother G F Grace as well as W R Gilbert and James Southerton, both of whom later that year played in the first ever Test Match against Australia. The Park were comprehensively beaten with W G Grace scoring 110 and taking 9 wickets in the match.
The defeat by the Earl of Westmorland was the only loss for the Club that summer.
By the mid-1890s, the Club was strong enough to warrant the building of a state-of-the-art pavilion which was opened in 1894 by the Marquess of Exeter. This had involved many fund-raising efforts and a generous contribution from the Marquess and the Committee Meeting Minutes below show that Mr John Woolston was awarded the contract to build the pavilion for £287.
The Club flourished up until the outbreak of the First World War and its fixture list included the MCC, Free Foresters and the Druids.
First mention of the club's now famous Cricket Week was noted in the Minutes from a Committee Meeting in 1894.
Fortunes fluctuated through the 20s, 30s and 40s but the Club retained a strong fixture list. No cricket was played on the ground from 1940 to 1945.
The Burghley 6s was first played during the cricket week of 1959 and is still going strong today with several thousand people attending on finals’ night.
In 1970, the Club was invited into the newly-formed South Lincs and Border League which it promptly won in 1972 and on three subsequent occasions.
At the turn of the Millennium it was invited to participate in the new ECB Lincs Premier League, an invitation it declined due to the extensive travelling.