Ham and Petersham Cricket Club

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Ham and Petersham Cricket Club
Ham Common at Sunset.JPG
Ham Common at Sunset.
Established: 1815
Home venue: Ham Common, London Coordinates: 51°25′58″N 0°18′24″W / 51.432889°N 0.306633°W / 51.432889; -0.306633
Notable players: Shane Warne
Bill Brockwell

Ham and Petersham Cricket Club was established in 1815. In 2015 the cricket club celebrated its bicentenary.[1]


Cricket was originally played on Ham Common by the Albion Club[2] in 1815.[3] During the 19th century the Albion Club became known as Ham Albion. By 1891 the club was referred to as Ham and Petersham Cricket Club and this name has been retained up until the present day.


The home ground, Ham Common, is located in Ham which borders the village of Petersham. It is surrounded by some notable houses, the edge of Richmond Park, Cassel Hospital and two pubs, The Hand and Flower and The New Inn. At one end of the ground is a pond; legend has it that the only player ever to hit the ball in the pond, a distance of 170m, was Gary Sobers.

The clubhouse[edit]

Up until the Second World War a tent was set up for the players to change in. Caricatures of Jack Hobbs and Fred Burgess (the first XI captain in 1913) were drawn on the side of the tent. In 1927 a clubhouse was erected on Ham Common but the club was soon forced to take it down by Ham Urban District Council as it is common land. In 1968 the committee raised funds to build a clubhouse adjacent to the Hand and Flower pub. In 2013, after another fundraising effort,[4] a new clubhouse was built and was opened by England and Surrey cricketer Alec Stewart on 17 April 2013.

Famous players[edit]

Some famous cricketers have graced the field on Ham Common, including Shane Warne,[5] Imran Khan,[6] Gary Sobers, Tom Richardson, Jack Hobbs, Andy Sandham, Herbert Strudwick, Peter May, Alec Bedser and Bill Brockwell. Celebrity players have included Michael Parkinson, Roy Castle, Tim Theakston of Theakston Brewery and Tim Rice.

Great club players[edit]

Bill Brockwell, who played for England and Surrey in the 19th century, was probably the finest cricketer to regularly play for the club. He lived at Rajinda Cottage on Ham Common and was the vice-president of the club prior to World War I.

The best player of the 20th century was Richard Harrison, a quick bowler who batted at number 4. Harrison retired from cricket in 1999.

Score books[edit]

The earliest surviving scorecard dates back to a match between Ham Albion and Twickenham Cricket Club that took place on Tuesday 13 July 1841.[7] Ham Albion won by an innings and 87 runs. A scorecard from a match played against Brentford Cricket Club in 1855 also exists.[8] The local newspaper, The Surrey Comet, recorded at the time that "at the conclusion of the game the players partook of an excellent supper at The New Inn, which was supplied by Mr Adam Goddard in his usual style and reflected credit on the worthy host".

Score book archive[edit]

Ham and Petersham Cricket Club Archive – 1978 to 1985

Ham and Petersham Cricket Club Archive – 1986 to 2009

Classic matches[edit]

Mackie's 9 and Claridge's 8[edit]

On 30 May 1982 J Mackie took 9 for 26 as Thames Ditton Old Boys achieved a total of 62. In reply Ham and Petersham could only manage 33, with J Mackie top scoring with 15 not out. The very next match, against Chertsey, J Mackie did not play. Ham and Petersham scored 198 and bowled Chertsey out for 14 with P Claridge taking 8 for 6.

Clarkie's Hundred[edit]

On 15 July 1984 the club's Chairman and opening batsman, Peter Clarke, scored a 100 not out. He would score over 500 runs that season.

Bobby's Debut[edit]

On 25 August 1985 Bobby Jordan made his debut for Ham and Petersham. With line and length swing bowling he took 7 wickets for 45 runs. In 2014, 29 years (and counting) later, having been Chairman of Ham and Petersham for a decade, Bobby is still bowling line and length swing and still taking wickets.

Yorkshire Tour[edit]

In May 1979 the club went on its first tour to Yorkshire. This was arranged through former players and Yorkshire residents, Andrew Dallas and Tim Theakston. The Yorkshire Tour match was played against Theakston Brewery. In the 20 overs a side match Theakston Brewery 141 for 3 beat Ham and Petersham 95 all out The tour has continued every year up until the present day.

Bicentennial Year[edit]

The 2015 saw the club celebrate is 200th year. The anniversary was marked by six special celebrations.

Club Presidents[edit]

  • 1897–1919 J.W Hacker
  • 1920 A. Mackenzie Hay
  • 1921–1924 Gerald Dumas
  • 1925 Brigadier H. Champion
  • 1926 Grey Jones
  • 1927–1931 E.B. Raikes
  • 1932–1935 Colonel C. Black
  • 1936–1940 Lieutenant Colonel A. Bromhead
  • 1955–1959 Major W. McGrath
  • 1959–1967 Philip Carr
  • 1968–1971 Horace Emery
  • 1972–1978 Frank Vickery
  • 1978–1998 Bill Peer
  • 1998–present Simon Penniston

1st XI Captains[edit]

1st XI Captains
Decade 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
1900's John Davis John Davis J. Brockwell Arthur Day Arthur Day John Davis E.H. Foster E.H. Foster J.F. Warren John Davis
1910's John Charman John Charman Fred Burgess Fred Burgess None None None None None Bert Fallowfield
1920's Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield
1930's Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield George Davis Bernard Tickner David Warren David Warren Tom Finch Bert Fallowfield Bert Fallowfield
1940's Bert Fallowfield None None None None None None None None None
1950's None Francis Voysey Edward Matkin Edward Matkin Edward Matkin Edward Matkin Ron Langford Ron Langford F. Bottams Roger Grant
1960's Roger Grant John Peer Mike Butterfield Mike Butterfield Mike Butterfield John and Christopher Peer David Shrimpton David Shrimpton David Shrimpton David Shrimpton
1970's David Shrimpton David Shrimpton Barry Rossitter Peter Kelsall Graham Forsyth Graham Forsyth Graham Forsyth Howard Bartley Barry Rossitter Mark Neal
1980's Mark Neal Mark Neal Philip Lindner Alan Kelsall Alan Kelsall Michael Long Michael Long Michael Long Michael Long Brian Pitfield
1990's Brian Pitfield Brian Pitfield Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Nigel Milton Nigel Milton Richard Harrison Richard Harrison Richard (Biffa) Fuller
2000's Richard (Biffa) Fuller Russell Taylor Russell Taylor Steve Tebb Steve Tebb Steve Tebb Steve Tebb Paul McKenzie Paul McKenzie Paul Burnham
2010's Paul Burnham Paul Burnham Paul Burnham Paul Burnham Chas Warlow Paul Burnham

League Cricket[edit]

Since the early 21st Century Ham and Petersham Cricket Club has played in the Surrey Cricket League.


  1. ^ Epsom Guardian, January 2015
  2. ^ Peter Philpot: A History of Ham and Petersham Cricket Club 1815–1985, 1985
  3. ^ Club Cricket Conference Handbook, first edition, 1915
  4. ^ SITA Trust
  5. ^ This is London, June 2012
  6. ^ Richmond and Twickenham Times, July 2007
  7. ^ Walker: Twickenham Cricket Club,1833–1933: The First One Hundred Years
  8. ^ The Surrey Comet, September 1855
  9. ^ Richmond Council Website


  • Peter Philpot, A History of Ham and Petersham Cricket Club 1815–1985, 1985
  • Walker, Twickenham Cricket Club, 1833–1933: The First One Hundred Years, 1933
  • Club Cricket Conference Handbook, first edition, 1915

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