THE DORSET CRICKET CENTRE

 

HURN BRIDGE, CHRISTCHURCH, BH23 6DY Tel 01202 470852

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INTRODUCTION

 

Welcome to our website. Based at Hurn Bridge near Bournemouth Airport on the north eastern edge of the South East Dorset conurbation comprising Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne and Ferndown, the Dorset Cricket Centre serves a local population of half a million people in those towns, the Eastern half of Dorset and the New Forest part of Hampshire.

OBJECTIVES

 

The Centre has two main objectives: to ensure firstly, that all who use it, young and old, male or female, enjoy the time that they spend there, and secondly that Dorset cricket continues to attract keen young players and that standards continue to improve.

USES

 

The Centre has two main functions: to provide nets for practice and coaching, and to host Indoor Cricket Leagues throughout the Winter months. It is also home to the Dorset Cricket Society. Click on the tabs above for further information on these activities and for booking details.

 

The Hall, with its specially carpeted floor which was completely re-laid in 2014 to provide users with the best possible surface to play on, is also suitable for a multiplicity of other uses. We are keen to attract non-cricketing users as well, so if you have an activity that could be suitably hosted here, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

CURRENT EVENTS

 

To find out what is happening now at the Dorset Indoor Cricket Centre go to the Calendar

 

BRIEF HISTORY

 

The Dorset Cricket Centre traces its origins back to an unlikely event, the purchase of a new dustcart by Christchurch Borough Council in the early 1980s! At that time the founder of the Centre, Richard Mockridge, was Borough Engineer, and responsible for the purchase of this vehicle, which by virtue of its size required a bigger garage than the one at Stanpit that housed it at that time. With the blessing and support of the Council, amongst other bodies, the newly redundant garage was converted into an indoor cricket centre that was opened by England Test Bowler Bob Willis in 1985. Such was its success that it soon outgrew the old building, and it became apparent that a new, much larger, hall was required. Through Richard's drive and tenacity, and financial backing from The Foundation for Sports and the Arts, The Sports Council, Christchurch Borough Council, NatWest Bank and The Dorset Playing Fields Association, the present centre was built and officially opened in 1994 by the great West Indian cricketer Clive Lloyd. Since then additional facilities have been provided within the building to give a Training/Meeting Room, a cricket library, viewing area and additional office space.

 

 

LATEST NEWS FROM THE CENTRE

 

Text Box: NEW NETS INSTALLED THROUGHOUT

The Centre was shut down for two weeks in September 2017 to allow for the complete replacement of all the nets, both in the Main Hall and the Bowling Machine Net. The work was undertaken by Sports Facilities Services Ltd at a cost of 18,500 fully funded by the CCLA on behalf of the Centre. The new nets, illustrated above, are a great improvement on the old ones both in terms of functionality and safety, and the new clean white netting has the added bonus of making the whole hall much brighter than before.
Many thanks to Andy Aley and his staff for the efficient design and implementation of the whole installation which achieves a massive improvement for users of the Centre.

The new nets plus the recently re-laid carpet and state-of-the-art LED floodlighting mean that our Centre now provides a better environment for indoor cricket and practice than ever before to the benefit of all users, and all these improvements have been fully funded by the CCLA from its own resources.

Bowling machine net

Main hall, centre nets

Main hall, Net 5