Our History

Youlden Parkville, in one form or another, has played in and around Royal Park since 1875. The club acknowledges that the grounds we play on are the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. 

We are a proud local community club with a long history, great spirit and a bright future.

Founding of Parkville Cricket Club

The First Parkville CC First XI

Youlden Parkville Cricket Club is the offspring of two different clubs. Parkville Cricket Club, one half of our history, was founded in 1875 at Naughton’s Hotel in Parkville.


Founding of Youlden Kensington Cricket Club

Youlden Kensington Men’s X1 1933/34

Youlden Kensington Cricket Club was established, its name reflecting the contribution of Harry Youlden, a successful rails bookmaker who operated in the Kensington area. Youlden Kensington fielded both a men’s and a women’s team in its first year. 


The Move to Ryder Oval

The old scoreboard at Ryder Oval

In 1945, just after the end of World War Two, Parkville CC made Ryder Oval their homeground, while Youlden Kensington called the adjacent Macalister Oval home. After the clubs merged, the newly fledged YPCC played on at Ryder Oval.


The Big Merger

The newly founded Youlden Parkville Cricket Club

In 1972 Parkville and Youlden Kensington merged to create Youlden Parkville Cricket Club. The teams competed in the North Suburban Cricket Association, then moved to the then Victorian Junior Cricket Association, now the Victorian Turf Cricket Association. 


Junior Development Program Introduced

Growing the game

Looking to the future of the game, YPCC introduced a junior development program. The growth and consolidation of the club’s junior program regenerated the club and secured its future. Senior cricketers, including leading 1st XI players in men’s and women’s teams, have risen through the ranks of the club’s junior program. 


YPCC Joins Under 12’s Competition

The next generation takes the field

In the 2010/11 season the success of the YPCC junior development programme became evident when the club fielded our first team in the Under 12 competition. A great step forward for the club and the future of the game. 


Community Club of the Year Award

Playing it forward

In 2019, YPCC was presented with Cricket Victoria’s Community Club of the Year Award. The award recognised our successful schools outreach programs, responsible for introducing the game to hundreds of children. The club was also runner up for Cricket Australia’s National Community Club of the Year. 


YPCC Brings Back Women’s Teams

Back to the future

The 2019/20 season saw YPCC fulfil a long held goal, the return of our women’s teams almost 100 years after Youlden Kensington first fielded them. Two teams took to the pitch, and our division 1 team won the premiership with the division 2 team reaching the semi-final. A fantastic start to a new era of women’s cricket at YPCC.