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Consortium aiming to relaunch cricket club in Newmarket

The Journal has learned that a consortium is hoping to restore cricket in Newmarket.

Not since 2017 has the Newmarket been able to boast a cricket team, which seven years earlier had moved to the purpose-built facility at The Severals in the heart of the town.

However, on the day in which England will bid to reach the Cricket World Cup final for the first time in 25 years when they take on Australia in the last four at Edgbaston, it can be revealed that the sport could return to Newmarket in time for the 2020 season.

Action from a charity cricket match on The Severals in 2011
Action from a charity cricket match on The Severals in 2011

The consortium – made up of local cricket fanatics – has big plans for the future, including the launch of youth teams, ladies’ teams and a link with schools in the area.

Their intention is to enter a senior side into the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Premier League, with the club ideally being based at The Severals.

A source close to the consortium told the Journal: “This is not a business venture, they are doing it for the love of the game.

“We want to establish a team next season but we do not want it to be a one-season wonder – it has to survive for the long term.

“We want to link up with local schools and if there is enough interest, there is no reason why youth teams and ladies’ teams can not follow in the very near future.”

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