History of Mansle Cricket Club
When Did It All Start And Who Was Involved ?
When Shakhil KAYANI and his friend Noman AKHTAR wanted to play competitive cricket they formed Angouléme Cricket Club in 2005 and signed-on to the local league in South-West France. But no space was available locally for a cricket pitch and so the club played all it's matches on away grounds. Nevertheless ACC were finalists in the Siddalls Cup in 2008, losing to Tarn CC at Bordeaux.
When Did We Move To Mansle ?
The need for a ground became a priority and in September 2008 the town of Mansle 20km north of Angouléme provided a big enough area inside the east bend of the racecourse, and the active support to turn a hay-meadow into a cricket ground. The mayor at the time M. HARMAND Michel and his council, and the current mayor M. CROIZARD Cristian will always have our thanks.
Quickly into it's stride the club came second in 2009 in their northern league pool ( 6 teams ) and were champions in 2010, losing the regional final at Damazan in over 30º heat to Gascogne CC.
The first pitch was a coconut mat laid on a crushed limestone base. When this arrangement showed it's limits money was found to widen the pitch and cover the base with a good quality plastic carpet from Stadia Sports in the UK. Help from public bodies was again forthcoming, the Mansle council, the Departement de la Charente, the Region Poutou-Charentes and especially the local senateur Mme. BONNEFOY Nicole supported us. Not only was the pitch improved but a two-alley net was installed in 2012. These two items and the technical work cost about 5000€.
Since then the club has grown and improved, we always try to play in the right spirit but don't always win! We have a good group of young and not-so-young players, 3 qualified umpires, hold regular net sessions, have good relations with the local town and our membership rises year on year.
We now have our own clubhouse, and generous sponsorship from the local bar LE COLIBRI. We have twice been on tour to the UK, participate in the ACCSO regional league and T20, the Blevins-Franks 35-overs Cup, organise our own six-a-side day as well as playing friendlies against visiting local or UK teams. We hold fund raising events, have a website and are on Facebook in French and English.
We have recently been awarded the title “Club Dynamique" by France Cricket.