In danger of being ploughed for arable land in 2005, Colston Bassett Cricket Club has been resurrected to preserve the long cricketing tradition within this idyllic location in the Vale of Belvoir.
A combination of local league cricket and friendlies has seen a fixture card quickly grow to over 30 competitive home fixtures, and a beautiful ground and pavilion that was once in danger of disappearing is now back firmly on the local cricketing map.
Wash Pit Lane—Home of Colston Cricket
The beautiful game of Cricket attracts idyllic locations and “Wash Pit” Lane at Colston Bassett is no exception. The characteristic name being attributed to the close location of the River Smite and an old communal laundry facility rather than the cricketing activities, which date back well over 100 years.
The ground itself is nestled between the ruined, but safely renovated Church of St Marys (Circa 1086) and it’s relatively modern replacement St John the Divine (Circa 1892). Surrounded by wonderful trees and pasture land this has become a popular cricketers paradise. Certainly, this was the view of Central TV when they elected to film the 90’s TV series “Outside Edge” about the trials and tribulations of running a Sunday League Cricket team.
The current pavilion dates back to the late 19th Century and underwent extensive renovation in the early 1960’s to restore it from a derelict state into a serviceable facility. Eternal thanks go to the tenants at the time, Nottingham Forest Amateur Cricket Club for restoring the superb facilities and playing area which subsequently hosted Notts 2nd XI fixtures and boasted the presence of familiar cricketing legends – Messer’s G. Fowler, JP Agnew & CEB Rice.
The wooden pavilion is now provided with running water and hot showers, it still maintains its rustic unique charm. Both Home and Away dressing rooms are wood panelled and varnished. The communal tea area overlooking the ground is well decorated with archived team photos dating back to the 1890’s, illustrating the lively history of our English game.
Traditional Pavilion at Wash Pit Lane
The area in front of the pavilion has a selection of wooden benches donated by benefactors of the club. Twitchers may be interested to note the presence of a Sparrowhawk which normally takes up residence to the left of the side screen, the “Yaffle” sound of Greenwoodpeckers, or the circling of buzzards high above the wicket.
For information about the forthcoming season please check here