Lichfield Cricket Club
Lichfield Cricket Club
Lichfield Cricket Club's first team play cricket and currently play in the Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship, - Premier Division 2015. The club has the nickname 'Three Spires', derived from the three nearby spires of Lichfield Cathedral. They have 4 senior men's teams, junior teams at every age group level, from Under 9s to under 17s.
The club has a flourishing junior section and plays at its home ground Collins Hill, Eastern Road in Lichfield. The club is affiliated to the Burton & District Cricket League, Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League and the Staffordshire Cricket Board. The club has enjoyed great success in the last three years especially in the Sunday League.
The Chauntry Cup
Lichfield Cricket Club hosts The Chauntry Cup, a contest for both amateur and professional cricketers, which has been running since 1936. Australian test cricketer Keith Miller, considered to the one of the best Australian all rounders, played for RAF in 1943. After playing an "unofficial" war time Test match at Lord's, he raced back to Lichfield and played in the finals the next day. The bowler Ray Lindwall played for the OTU (Officers Training Unit).
The Chauntry Cup claims to be the world's oldest, annually contested T20 cricket competition still running. On 5 May 2015, Sky Sports 2 recorded a piece which was aired 14 May 2015, about the Chauntry Cup. The recording was filmed at Lichfield CC.
- "Knock-Out Cricket Club". Lichfield Mercury. 7 February 1936. p. 4. Retrieved 24 March 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (. ))
- "The Chauntry Cup Final". Lichfield Mercury. 24 July 1936. p. 8. Retrieved 24 March 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (. ))
- "Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to remembering the Chauntry Cup's history" (PDF). Lichfield Mercury. 5 March 2009. pp. 92–93. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
- "Is this the world's oldest T20 tournament?". Cricket World. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- LichfieldCC [@LichfieldCC] (4 May 2015). "Looking forward to @SkyCricket shoot at LCC tmoro, celebrating 80 years of our Chauntry T20 competition. 10am onwards - all players welcome" (Tweet) – via Twitter.