Club Cricket de l'Oust was founded in 2005 by a small group of British ex-pats who found life without cricket too much to bear! Until then, there had only been one cricket club in Brittany - les Ormes who play in the holiday complex of the same name just south of Dol-de-Bretagne, near St. Malo. (We first played them in June 2005 and have been trying to beat them since then - a feat we finally achieved in 2012.)
In 2005, following an item on BBC radio 4, we established contact with le Moulin CC, who play in Southern Mayenne.
In 2005, one of our players, living in Gourin, was approached by the Mairie whilst practising in the local park, and was offered the chance of a pitch. Thus was born Gourin CC, who now play under the name of central Brittany CC.
In 2009 Club Cricket de l'Oust hosted the Siddalls Cup and Plate finals over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of August, and we again won the Plate Final.
In 2011 we affiliated to FFBS (Fédération Francaise de Baseball et Softball) who issue national licences on behalf of France Cricket, the organising body for cricket in France.
With more teams in the North-West affiliating to France Cricket, in 2013 the Pays-de-Loirecommittee organised the first 'official' league in the region - an indoor 6-a-side leaguewhich ran from January to April. It involved teams from Nantes, La Roche-sur-Yon, Saumur, Poitou and our good selves. The last day of matches was at Poitou (a trip equivalent to driving from London to the lake District for us!), but we did manage to win the league!
We play our home games at the Stade Pierre Guého in Sérent. On our Web Links page you will find a link to the ViaMichelin site which can give you detailed maps and routes to this lovely area of France.
Since its inception the Club has made great efforts to involve the local French community and to interest them in cricket. In particular Jon Ward (the Club's founder and current President) has visited several schools and local social and sporting associations to give talks, lessons and demonstrations on cricket. Although most of our members are British this hard work is, at last, paying off and we are now starting to recruit some French players. Other teams in the North-west have players representing the French national women's team, and the Nantes team is French-based.
France Cricket have started a training programme with USEP, the association for teachers in french primary schools, whereby these teachers are given the basics for teaching cricket in their schools.