The earliest records show Gerrards Cross United Cricket Club was founded in 1882 and played its early matches on West Common (opposite The Bull Hotel). The first match was played on Easter Monday 10 April 1882. The club dropped the ‘United’ from its name in 1892, before moving to its present ground (Dukes Wood) in 1912. After the First World War, the club returned to their new ground, but were back on the common by 1920.
In the 1920's Misbourne Tennis club were persuaded to move to the ground in order to help secure a lease. The site was now home to both tennis and cricket.
In the 1940's a Hockey club joined the roster after some cricketers requested a winter sport. To support the growth of activities at the site, a Management Committee was formed to take overall control and Gerrards Cross Sports Club was ‘born’.
In the 1950s, a Cricket Colts section was formed to encourage youngsters to play during the holidays and fixtures were arranged against neighbouring clubs.
Since then the fortunes of tennis, cricket and hockey fluctuated both on and off the field.
In the 2010s changes to hockey regulations meant the hockey section started to play matches away from the ground. This led to declining interest in hockey as a separate section.
In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the ensuing disruption caused the club to radically rethink how it could survive and thrive. While the Hockey section was not able to continue and ceased in 2021, the rest of the club pulled together. Significant refurbishment works continued with investment both inside the clubhouse (from new heating systems, updated toilets and new flooring & furniture) and outside, with a brand new terrace in front of the cricket pitch.
The club has been graced with many players who have gone onto great things: on the cricket side, famous faces have also played for 'the Cross' include Hamish Marshall & Grant Elliot (New Zealand), Ryan Harris (Australia) plus, former England captain and current ECB Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss and the holder of England’s highest individual score in ODI cricket Alex Hales.
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