Founded in 1966 as a section of Vernons Mill Sports Club the original aim was to provide cricket for the company workforce.
The club joined the local Evening League and played friendly games on a Sunday. Several of the players played on a Saturday for other clubs. An annual 6 a side tournament was introduced. For over 20 years it attracted clubs both locally and from other areas of the county.
In 1973 at the second attempt the club was elected to the Palace Shield Competition thereby providing cricket to its members on a Saturday. Initially only one team played on a Saturday but two years later a second team was established.
In their second season the club was successful in being promoted to division A but this success was short-lived because the team was soon relegated. This is the only time in the clubs history that any team has been relegated.
In 1978 the 1st team were again promoted and since then they have played continuously in the top division longer than any other team. The next season saw the promotion of the 2nd team. This was the start of an era of continuous success on the field and development of the clubhouse and ground facilities.
During the 1980’s the club developed a reputation for winning cup competitions but in the League we were known as the nearly men. The 1st team were League runners up on four occasions. The breakthrough came in 1991 when both the 1st and 2nd teams were League winners. It was the first time in the League history that a club had won the double.
It was in 1992 that the club seriously began to implement a junior development policy. Senior players went on coaching courses and contacts were made with schools to attract juniors. Within 5 years the club was running 4 junior teams and the older youngsters were able to play with adults in the newly formed Saturday 3rd and Sunday teams.
Today the club is regarded as the most formidable opponents in the League with 4 Saturday and a Sunday team. The majority of the players are former or current juniors. Juniors are encouraged to progress into adult cricket. The clubs playing record for the past 20 years is the best in the League.
Off the field facilities have continued to be developed. In the future more development will continue when the club for the first time is fully in control of the sports ground.
|Trophy Name||Awarded For||Won in|
|Palace Shield||Premier Division (A) Winner||1991, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Palace Cup||Premier Division (A) Runner Up||1968, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2016, 2021|
|Fylde Cup||Division One (B) Winner||1974, 1978, 2013, 2015|
|Deveney Cup||Division One (B) Runner Up||2010, 2014, 2016, 2017|
|Barcroft Cup||Division Two (C) Winner||1968, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002,|
|William Sharples Cup||Division Two (C) Runner Up||1980, 1985, 1986, 1998|
|Shaw Cup||Division Three (D) Winner||1979|
|Langton Birley Cup||Division Three (D) Runner Up||2002, 2017|
|Charles W Walsh Trophy||Division Four (E) Winner||1996, 2000, 2022|
|Tom Croft Trophy||Division Four (E) Winner||1995, 1998, 2001|
|Bernard Vanner Trophy||Division Five Runner Up||2010|
|Carr Trophy||Division Six Winner||2008|
|Moore & Smalley Trophy||Sunday Division (F) Winnersun||1996, 2000|
|Taylor Trophy||Sunday Division (F) Runner Upsun||1998, 2001, 2011|
|Meyler Cup||Winner of Meyler Cup KO||1987, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2015|
|Steven Kennedy Cup||Runner Up in Meyler Cup KO||1994, 1997, 2010, 2016, 2017|
|Loxham Cup||Winner of Loxham Cup KO||1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 2004, 2005, 2007|
|British Aerospace Cup||Runner Up in Loxham KO||1979, 1993, 1998, 2008, 2010, 2016|
|Crabtree Cup||Winner of Crabtree Cup||2002, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017|
|John Richardson Cup||Runner Up in Crabtree Cup KO||2005, 2007, 2010, 2013|
|Twenty20 Cup||Winner of Twenty20 Cup||2004, 2010, 2011|
|T20 Runners Up||Runners Up in T20 Cup||2005, 2014|
|Under 10 Plate Runner Up||2017, 2021|
|Dutton Forshaw Trophy||Under 13s Winner||1998, 2001, 2003|
|Fred H. Alty Trophy||Under 13s Runner Up||2013|
|Tom Howarth Trophy||Under 13s Plate Winner||2012, 2013|
|Tom Jenkins Trophy||Under 15s Winner||1994, 1998, 2000|
|Jim Gledhill Trophy||Under 15s Runner Up||1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003|
|Rose Trophy||Under 17s Winner||1996, 1998, 2000, 2001|
|Courtaulds Trophy||Under 17 Runners Up||1995, 2002|
|Bob Millward Trophy||Fair Play Winners||2010|
Key to notes
sun - The Sunday Competition has had various formats. 1996-2005 - Divison F, 2006-2007 - Two Sections, 2008 Decided by Playoff, 2009- Two Divisions
jw - Joint Winner
Vernon Carus Cricket Club
3rd/4th Team Ground Adjacent to Main Ground