Club Overview

Victory Ground Air

The Victory Ground has had several owners in the last 90 years being originally purchased by Greene King to commemorate their employees who died in the 1st World War. The ground was purchased by St Edmundsbury Borough Council in the mid 1970’s but as the quality of the ground deteriorated the running was transferred in the 1990’s to a 'not for profit' organisation called Victory Sports Ground Ltd to the benefit of all users. The quality of the ground thanks to a large amount of voluntary labour supported by a full time ground staff improved considerably.

In 2011 the ground hosted the First Class Pro40 Clydesdale Bank match between Unicorns and Essex; players included England Stars Alistair Cook and Ravi Bopara who played in front of about 1,000 spectators.

The club hosts around 100 senior and 60 youth games each season, and receives around 2,000 visiting players and guests. Other matches, including Suffolk Minor Counties games, ECB and East Anglian Premier League competitions are also held at the ground.

The club has around 230 playing members these include 120 boys and girls, 90 men and 20 women players. Cricket practice is provided indoors post-christmas in the South Lee School Sports Hall which is situated at the ground and outdoor throughout the season. In 2015 the club reached the semi-finals of The National Club T20 competition playing in front of a large crowd at the Victory Ground. 

Cricketers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to realise their potential and to contribute to the club, players have access to a team of ECB qualified coaches.

From as early as 6 years old, children learn to play and enjoy the game with softball Kwik cricket. From under 9 to seniors, there is a full fixture list of competitive league, cup and friendly matches to suit all levels of ability. There are youth squads at U9, U11, U13 and U15 for boys and girls and at senior level the club has six teams four play on a Saturday and two on a Sunday. The Ladies team in 2016 became the only side to win the Two Counties Ladies T20 League for a second time.

At the top level the men’s 1st XI compete in the East Anglian Premier League.

The team has excelled in recent years winning in 2005 and 2006 and finishing runners up in 2008. The team is captained by former Cambridgeshire and Unicorns player Sean Park. A number of other senior players have played first class cricket and played for Suffolk they provide important role models for young players wishing to further their careers. This connection between the top cricketers in the club and the younger less experienced members can be demonstrated by the fact that the nucleus of the 2015 first XI comprised of young, local players whose skills were developed by the club.

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