Mitcham Cricket Club

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Mitcham Cricket Club pavilion, note the green itself is behind the photographer.

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] The club has provided four players for the England cricket team, fast bowler Tom Richardson; batsman Andy Sandham; and wicketkeeper Herbert Strudwick[3], and opening batsman David Smith, who played for Mitcham CC at Colts level. 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. [4][5]

The club currently has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, with colts clubs at U16, U14 and U12 level, all playing competitive cricket. A women's team, playing friendly games, is starting in 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, Phil (July 12, 2002). "Cricket: After 400 years, history is made next to the A323". The Independent. p. 12. Retrieved 2018-03-28. Mitcham Green has been in continual use as a cricket venue for 317 years
  2. ^ "Mitcham Cricket Ground". Heritage Sites. London Borough of Merton. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
  3. ^ Shaw, Phil (July 12, 2002). "Cricket: After 400 years, history is made next to the A323". The Independent. p. 12. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  4. ^ Flint, Rachael Heyhoe (September 14, 1995). "Obituary: Molly Hide A flashing blade in far pavilions". The Guardian. p. 015.
  5. ^ "Molly Hide;Obituary". The Times. September 14, 1995. p. 1.