It was in 1981 when Graham Cole and Dick Green re-formed Ardleigh Cricket Club, A club of the same name had existed earlier in the 20th century - we know that from pictures of old teams which were hanging in the village hall and pavilion.
After a Disco to raise funds for kit, the reborn Ardleigh CC played their first game away to neighbours Gt Bromley on the 16th of August 1981, which resulted in a 36 run defeat. another defeat away to Paxmans was followed by Ardleigh's first ever victory which was recorded against Abbey Arms on the 30th of August.
Two more years of away games followed before Ardleigh at last played there first home match on home soil - a game against Marks Tey which took place at the Recreation ground on the 29th of April 1984 which produced a 102 run victory. 
After 4 years of friendly matches Ardleigh took the decision to enter the Lancaster Garages league and were admitted to division 5 for the 1989 season. Then first league game on the 23rd of April, ironically, also at home to Marks Tey, but this timewithout success as rain forced the abandonment after the first innings
But they didn't have to wait to long for there first league victory which came by a margin of 8 wkts in the next game to Little Clacton . The big story of 1989 was the clubs cup run which took them as outsiders to the final of the knockout competition with victories over first division sides Copford and Eight Ash Green and unbeaten West Bergholt in the semi final
The first league season resulted in promotion to division 4 , and the club was promoted again the next season to division 3. There they remained as and almost permanent fixture until the end of 2003 when Ardleigh CC were promoted to division 2 of what had become known as the Osborne League in 1999.
Over the years the names of P Bland, G Cole and D Outar were frequently appearing in the annual league averages, most recently joined by that of K Lamont.
Ardleigh entered a second team, captained by Kevin Sage, into what was now the PDQ cars league in 2004, a year which saw the opening of the new pavilion. This was a positive outcome for what had appeared to be a devastating flood in 2002 causing the village hall and changing rooms to be out of action for some time, guring which the teams had to decamp into the village for teas while the village hall was out of bounds.
The year 2004 also saw the highest league position since Ardleigh's rebirth when they finished 3rd and just missed out on promotion to division 1 by a slender margin.
Over the years Ardleigh have also run a successful friendly team, playing other local teams and entertaining touring teams Archway Graces, since 1991, brook strollers and Hackney Academy.
In 1998 Ardleigh won the Colchester Evening League Division 3 their first trophy, and still have a team in the evening League to this day
Over the years the club has remained in a sound financial position thanks partly to money raised by organised grand draws, table to sales and quiz nights. Members and Guests also look forward to the annual dinner and dance and awards nights.
To this date 2015 Phill Bland remains the highest run scorer with over 17,000  runs and taking 5 wkts in one overs and scoring 196 verses Grasshoppers


 
 
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