Worthing Cricket Club
|Home venue||Manor Sports Ground, Worthing|
|Notable players||Arthur WF Somerset, Arthur PFC Somerset, Imran Khan, Paul Jarvis, Mason Crane|
Worthing Cricket Club is a cricket club in the coastal town of Worthing in West Sussex, England. Founded in 1855, the club's first XI plays in the Sussex Cricket League which is the accredited ECB Premier League for Sussex and is the highest level for recreational club cricket in England and Wales.
Founded in March 1855 at the Steyne Hotel (now the Chatsworth Hotel) in Worthing, under the patronage of Lord Henry Paget, Marquess of Anglesey, and Lord Alexander Paget. The club first played on Broadwater Green, then the Pavilion Road sports ground until its closure in 1937. The Manor ground then became the club's main cricket ground.
In the 19th century, Colonel Thomas F Wisden of Offington was president of the club. Arthur F Somerset of Castle Goring became captain, his son Arthur PFC Somerset (also of Castle Goring) both played for Sussex and toured the West Indies with the Marylebone Cricket Club.
The club was a founder member of the Sussex League, having been a member since its inception in 1971. In the 20th century, the club was able to attract such high profile Test Match players such as Pakistan captain Imran Khan and England fast bowler Paul Jarvis. England leg break bowler Mason Crane was a member of Worthing CC from the age of 10 and played in junior and senior sides, taking 54 wickets for the first XI until county duties with Hampshire took hold of his playing career.
The club's only major honour to date was to win the Sussex League Cup in 1992 under the captaincy of Tim Dunn, who is now chairman.
|1st XI Sussex Cricket League Division 3 West|
|2nd XI Sussex Cricket League Division 4 West|
|3rd XI Sussex Cricket League Division 10 West (South)
The club today
From 2008 to 2010, the club's first XI was captained by former Sussex, Hampshire and Kent batsman Dominic Clapp. The club appointed Michael Gould as its first XI captain for 2011. Michael is the son of former England, Middlesex, Sussex and Auckland wicket-keeper, Ian Gould, who is now on the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. The club has a strong junior section consisting of seven teams aged under 10s to under 16s and has England and Wales Cricket Board Clubmark status. The club also run six senior teams in league cricket on a Saturday as well as a Sunday XI with an ever growing fixture list.
In 2011 the club won Division 2 of the Sussex Cricket League, and where promoted to the Premier league of the Sussex Cricket league; however, they were then relegated in 2013 and will start the 2014 season in division 2 with a new captain, Luke Vinter.