The earliest reference that can be found to a Monton Cricket Club appears when they hired a room at Eccles Conservative Club in 1888 for a Christmas Dance. In the 1890’s this club played their cricket on a ground alongside the Bridgewater Canal now occupied by housing in Monton Mill Gardens.
Monton Cricket Club moved to the current “Quaker Bridge” ground in 1921 and entered into a 15 year lease with Bridgewater Estates in conjunction with Monton Lacrosse Club. In 1929 the ground was bought from Bridgewater estates for £1,400. The package was defined in the deeds as “5.5 acres or thereabouts”.
In 1937 the cricket club joined the Manchester and District Cricket Association replacing Stockport which joined the Central Lancashire League. Most of Stockport’s fixtures were inherited and pretty much remained constant until the Association was split into two divisions in 1975.
In 1968 Boardman and Eccles Lacrosse Club, which had rented the ground since 1946, amalgamated with Monton Cricket Club. A new set of rules were drawn up and Monton Sports Club was born.
In 1972 the club reached the final of the H.C. Smith Cup for the first time, losing by two runs to the favourites Timperley at Old Trafford. Twenty years later in 1992 the team eventually won the cup in another thrilling final at Old Trafford. The H.C. Smith Cup was won again in 2001 against Bury in a match staged at Wythenshawe Cricket Club.
Another Association club, Weaste, sadly folded in 1998 due to many problems and the nucleus and resources of what had once been a strong club joined forces with Monton. The new name Monton and Weaste was adopted.
In a long standing search for a better standard of cricket the club eventually left the Association and joined the Central Lancashire League, competing for the first time in the 2005 season. Since then the first team has enjoyed much success finishing in the top half of the table more often than not and winning the Wood Cup in 2008 and the double of the Wood Cup and the league in 2009.
Currently we run three senior teams and four junior teams in the age groups of Under 10; Under 12; Under14; and Under 16. We have three state of the art practice nets and are very keen to attract new members to what we believe is a vibrant and friendly club with facilities that are second to none.
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We are a Clubmark club which indicates our commitment to the development of cricket and to providing a safe environment for children. We are also a Lancashire Cricket Board Focus Club and we have achieved ‘Chance to Shine’ status which encourages both boys and girls to play cricket. The club is committed to the development of cricket in the area and we are active members of the Salford development group.
We welcome players of all ages and abilities. If you are interested in joining the club, please contact Gary Brown on 07969 511529.