Ashbourne CC is one of two cricket clubs in County Meath, and the younger of the two. Formed in 2013, Ashbourne CC began playing competitive Cricket in 2015 and has climbed up the leagues as one of the 'new clubs on the block' in the Leinster Cricket Union. The club has 2 adult men's teams playing in the LCU league Divisions 9 and 14 respectively and are always looking for new members (see new members information). The club are proud to say that they can boast some of the best facilities for a newly established club in Cricket Leinster. They are one of very few, if not the only, new club in Leinster who has a dedicated pavilion structure with fully functioning toilets, changing room and kitchen facilities at their disposal. The club recently purchased a brand new lawnmower (courtesy of a sports Capital grant) which will only make an already great outfield even better in 2022. 2022 will also hopefully see the installation of a permanent batting/bowling cage structure to replace the mobile batting cage already in use for the last 3 seasons.
Ashbourne CC hope to introduce a youth cricket structure over the next season or two which will help to grow the club and sustain playing numbers going forward.
After searching for a few years, the club recently came across scorecards from the Drogheda Independent archives (thanks to Jim Bennett), as well an old Ringcommons scorebook from 1913, which both detailed games being played by 'Ashbourne CC' from around 1896-1914. These games were said to played at the 'Deer Park playing fields and club Rooms', (now the Deer Park Housing Estate) which is coincidently adjacent to the the club's current grounds and pavilion. There was even a 2nd club in the locality going under the name of 'Donaghmore CC', which are said to have played games on Jim Dreaper's land (trainer of the great racehorse Arkle) in years gone by. There is also plenty of evidence of cricket being played in other local areas such as Ballymadun, Garristown, Ratoath and Kilbride. Cricket was well and truly alive in the south East Meath region around the turn of the 20th Century.
Ashbourne Cricket Club, in it's current incarnation, was formally set up in June 2013 by Terry Bruton, Sean Smith and Renjith Alias, 3 local residents of Ashbourne. All three met up at the derelict Ashbourne Pitch and Putt club site (now Ashbourne Baseball Club) for a brief meeting to outline what would have to be done in order to get a cricket club up and running in Ashbourne, and indeed, if there was even any interest in the town for such an amenity. A list of short term goals and milestones were drawn up and in November 2013, an advertised meeting was held in Donaghmore/Ashbourne GAA Club where interested locals turned up to hear about the plans of Ashbourne’s newest sporting club. It was immediately evident that Ashbourne Cricket Club was going to go ahead. The club’s first executive was assembled in December of 2013 and planned for a season of friendly matches for adults as well as aiming to locate a home ground. The home ground in question turned out to be the field adjacent to the Pitch and Putt club behind Ashbourne Community Centre, which is the club’s home ground today. The club also acquired the Pitch and Putt clubhouse as it's new pavilion.
Ashbourne men’s first XI played their first ever game away to Swords CC in April 2014 and the club proceeded to play a series of friendly games for the 2014 season. In March 2015, an artificial wicket was installed at their ground and the following May they began playing competitive cricket in the bottom division (16) of the Leinster Cricket Union. A 2nd place finish was achieved and Ashbourne were promoted to Division 13, such was their performances that season. Ashbourne proceeded to win division 13 comfortably in 2016 and jumped another 2 divisions to Division 11 for the 2017 season. Once again, Ashbourne claimed the league title and requested a further jump of 3 divisions for 2018. They found their level during the 2018 league campaign where they finished in a respectable 5th place. Ashbourne added a 2nd men's team in 2016, where they initially plied their trade in Division 16 for 3 seasons, before being promoted to 2018 to division 15, after finishing 2nd in Division 16.
A number of quiet years has seen the club has find it's level. The 1st XI now play in Division 9 and after temporarily being removed from LCU competitions due to the pandemic's effect on playing numbers, the club has reintroduced the 2nd XI to Division 17. Both teams partake in their relevant Cups and t20 competitions.
Address: Ashbourne Community Centre, Ashbourne, County Meath, A84 WY82
Primary Contact: Terry Bruton (Secretary) - email@example.com | 0872948584
Terry Bruton Secretary
Koti Yarrabotula 1st XI Captain (Division 9)
Phone: 085 867 9559
Manoj Malviya (Division 14) 2nd XI Captain
Phone: 089 442 4583