Kew Cricket Club

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Kew Cricket Club
Cricket on Kew Green (1986) - geograph.org.uk - 871531.jpg
Cricket on Kew Green (1986), with St. Anne's Church in the background
Captain: Nathan Pearce
Established: 1882
Home venue: Kew Green, Kew Road, Kew, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Official website: www.kewcc.co.uk

Kew Cricket Club plays matches on Kew Green in Kew,[1] which is now in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Kew Green

The club was formed in 1882 following the amalgamation of two local clubs, Kew Oxford Cricket Club and Kew Cambridge Cricket Club, but cricket had been played on Kew Green for many years before this.[2] In August 1732, the Whitehall Evening Post reported that Frederick, Prince of Wales attended "a great cricket match" at Kew on Thursday 27 July.[3] A report in The London Evening Post dated 16 July 1737 refers to a match between a Prince of Wales XI and The Duke of Marlborough XI.[4]

Current activities[edit]

Today's Kew Cricket Club has four Saturday League teams, a Sunday League team and a Sunday friendly team. Kew Cricket Club operates a thriving Colts section,[5] fielding league teams at the U17 (under 17 years of age), U15, U13 and U11 levels. The current 1st XI team plays in Division 1 of the Thames Valley Cricket League.[6] The 1st and 2nd XI teams play their cricket matches at Kew Cricket Club Ground on Kew Green, and the 3rd and 4th XIs play at St Mary's University's grounds in Teddington.

A charity cricket match takes place annually, each May bank holiday.[7]

History[edit]

St Anne's Church is a backdrop to cricket matches on Kew Green
  • 1732 – Frederick, Prince of Wales, attended "a great cricket match" at Kew on Thursday 27 July[3]
  • 1737 – Cricket was first reported on Kew Green[4]
  • 1824 – Kew Green was enclosed by Private Act of Parliament[2]
  • 1853 – The Windsor and Eton Express reported that a meeting had been held at the Rose and Crown pub to re-establish the Kew Cambridge Cricket Club[8]
  • 1855 – Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle referred to "Kew Cambridge Cricket Ground" as the venue for a match between the Goodenough House School Club and Clifden House that took place on 16 May[9]
  • 1868 – The Windsor and Eton Express reported that despite being said to have included four professional players, a Kew United Cricket Club team had lost a match at Kew Green on 9 July against the Slough and Upton Cricket Club[10]
  • 1876 – Kew Cambridge Cricket Club was given permission to cordon off the wicket[2]
  • 1881 – Kew Cambridge Cricket Club and Kew Oxford Cricket Club amalgamated to form Kew Cricket Club[2]
  • 1962 – Kew Cricket Club was given permission to erect a pavilion[2]
  • 1964 – Pavilion opened[2]
  • 1966 – Sunday cricket was allowed on Kew Green for the first time[2]
  • 1973 – Jamaica played New Zealand on Kew Cricket Club's ground in the 1973 Women's Cricket World Cup; however, the match was abandoned due to rain[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kew Green". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g M. Burgess (ed.) (1982). Kew Cricket Club 1882–1982. London: Kew Cricket Club. p. 32. 
  3. ^ a b G. B. Buckley (1935). Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket: A Collection of 1000 New Cricket Notices from 1697 to 1800. Birmingham: Cotterell. p. 262. 
  4. ^ a b Derry Drabbs (2010). The River Thames. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd. p. 211. ISBN 978-0711229587. 
  5. ^ Robert Tindall (2 June 2013). "Pop over the bridge to Kew Cricket Club – All Welcome!". Chiswick Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Champions Kew must heed NPL Teddington's cautionary tale". Richmond Guardian. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Christine Fleming (9 June 2012). "Extra special fun at Kew Green's charity cricket tournament". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Richmond: The ensuing cricket season". Windsor and Eton Express. 29 January 1853. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Cricket: Goodenough v Clifden Houses". Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle. 27 May 1855. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "District correspondence: Slough: Cricket". Windsor and Eton Express. 18 July 1868. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Women's One-Day International Matches played on Kew Green, Kew". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • M. Burgess (editor) (1982). Kew Cricket Club 1882–1982. London: Kew Cricket Club, 32pp

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°29′04″N 0°17′18″W / 51.48458°N 0.28846°W / 51.48458; -0.28846