Mitcham Cricket Club

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Mitcham Cricket Club pavilion, note the green itself is behind the photographer.
Photo credit: Peter Trimming

Mitcham Cricket Club is reported by The Independent to be the oldest cricket club in existence, with the club having been playing cricket on Mitcham Cricket Green since 1685.[1] Mitcham club were also reportedly watched by Lord Nelson during his time in the area.[2][3] The club has provided three players for the England cricket team, fast bowler Tom Richardson; batsman Andy Sandham; and wicketkeeper Herbert Strudwick.[4] The ladies team was the local club for Molly Hide, who captained England for 17 years and later became president of the Women's Cricket Association. [5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, Phil (July 13, 2003). "Cricket: After 400 years, history is made next to the A323". The Independent. p. 12. Retrieved 2007-02-06. "Mitcham Green has been in continual use as a cricket venue for 317 years" 
  2. ^ Clyde, Alexander (June 3, 2005). "Mitcham add a new chapter to the Green's rich cricket history". Evening Standard. p. 81. Retrieved 2007-02-06. M
  3. ^ "Mitcham Cricket Ground". Heritage Sites. London Borough of Merton. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Phil (July 13, 2003). "Cricket: After 400 years, history is made next to the A323". The Independent. p. 12. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  5. ^ Flint, Rachael Heyhoe (September 14, 1995). "Obituary: Molly Hide A flashing blade in far pavilions". The Guardian. p. 015. 
  6. ^ "Molly Hide;Obituary". The Times. September 14, 1995. p. 1.