History

In 1984, a group of friends from northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, frustrated with the lack of opportunites to play cricket in that part of New England, decided to form a cricket team. Their intention was simply to join the Massachusetts State Cricket League in order to play a regular schedule of games over the course of the summer. Thus the predecessor of the Commonwealth Cricket Club, the Nashoba Valley Cricket Club, was born.

The members, most of whom had not played competitive cricket for some time, practiced on a tennis court in Nashua and at the the beginning of the season applied for  membership in the MSCL. For the next two years, the NVCC played  in Nashua, before finding a home at the Pepperel High School. This was the home ground for the NVCC from 1986 to 1989 and during that period of time had a moderate degree of success in the league, finishing the season with a 5-5 record on two occasions.

In  1990, the then NVCC was informed  that the Pepperel  ground would not be available to us anymore because the Administrators was planning to extend the High School and needed the ground. In the meantime, since most of the new members joining the club were from the greater Boston area, it was decided that a new home should be found closer to Boston. The name of the club was changed from Nashoba Valley Cricket Club to the Commonwealth Cricket Club. The reason the Commonwealth Cricket Club was chosen was to reflect our vision for the club. We wanted to welcome anyone from any country and not restrict our club to members from one country. We felt that if we opened the club to everyone our potential of players would be endless.

In 1990 the members of Lynn Cricket club was kind enough to let us use their facility until we were able to secure one. At the end of the 1990 season, a more permanent solution was found when the Fessenden School in West Newton agreed to let Commonwealth C.C make use of one of their unused fields up until such time that the school could find the resources to develop the ground for use by the students.

From 1991 to 1993 Commonwealth played in West Newton and over the next three years the club grew at a tremendous rate. Membership has increased from fifteen three years ago to over fifty today. With the increased in numbers, came a marked improvement in the quality of cricket played by the team. The record of the club in MSCL games in 1991 was 2 games won and 11 lost. By 1993, that had improved to 10 wins and 6 losses, the best record ever for the club. For the 1994 season, the team moved to new grounds at the Davis School in Bedford. And then in 1994/1995 the team moved to the VA Hospital Grounds in Bedford, which has remained the home ground since then. The VA grounds boast newer facilities including an artificial grass wicket laid in place of the old clay wicket in 2000.

The club continued to grow in strength and in 1998, won their first Championship, since then Commonwealth Cricket club have won  5 other Division 1 Championships including one in our 25th anniversary year.

The Club has also won numerous Championships including St. Columba’s Invitational. They have also received a number of awards including the one we are most proud of that is “ Most Disciplined Team”.  This speaks volumes about the club and who we are.