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Wirksworth men played cricket in 1757 in the first match recorded in Derbyshire history and Wirksworth Cricket Club was formally established in 1849, playing at Broadmeadow in the heart of town, where we have played for over 160 years.  In Victorian times the club was one of the strongest in the county, three times hosting the All England team, and the Edwardian age was our first golden age with several club players representing Derbyshire.  That confident success died in the first world war and the twenties and thirties were undistinguished decades.

In 1939 cricket was suspended for 'the duration of hostilities', with bats, pads and stumps spread round Wirksworth for the next six years.  They pitched those stumps in the first post-war game.  When cricketers returned in 1945 they found the facilities in a disastrous state; field overgrown, ground equipment rusted, the enormous hedge uncut, the pavilion doors smashed and the crockery broken.  The boundary fence was rusted and the old wooden benches broken up for the victory bonfire.

'This is what we have been fighting for', Arthur Killer, club secretary, proclaimed and the club began a dedicated effort to rebuild.  Post-war the club played good class friendly cricket around the Derbyshire Dales, until in 1971 we joined the Derbyshire County League.

The 150th anniversary was celebrated in 1999 and currently the club, now united with ancient rivals Middleton CC, has impressive facilities; an extensive ground in a beautiful setting with a handsome new pavilion.  There are four senior teams, all promoted in 2012, seven junior squads and cricket for women and girls.