150 years of cricket in Speldhurst

Speldhurst Cricket Club: A History

Organised cricket in the Tunbridge Wells area dates back to the late 18th century but the first record, in The Courier, of a Speldhurst team was in 1869.

Over the next 150 years, cricket in Speldhurst developed slowly and as recently as the 1960s SCC was a typical village club with one team on Saturday and one on Sunday with the added spice of evening midweek matches which can now be seen as the original T20 matches. The 60s also brought the Club’s first international match – it was versus Canada!

The Club now has a significantly broader membership, supported in part by four prestigious sponsors, with two teams playing in the Kent Village League on Saturdays and a Sunday team playing friendly fixtures. The biggest revolution for the Club was the creation of a Junior section in 2001 which now provides coaching for children in the Under 7 age group through to U9s, U11s and U13s. The Club currently has over 80 youngsters in these age groups. In 2019 we will be extending our coaching to older age groups in order to boost the confidence of our young players as they transition into the adult teams.

In 2017 we participated in the renowned national campaign launched by the ECB aimed at introducing cricket to youngsters from the age of five and has been heavily marketed through social media, press and radio nationwide. As part of the All Stars Cricket initiative, Speldhurst has been providing coaching to U7s for the past two seasons to help introduce young people to the great game, and further secure the future prosperity of our Club – the largest voluntary organisation for Juniors in the village.

In addition to scheduled league and friendly fixtures, the Club frequently hosts intra club competitions and was proud to host a match on the afternoon of Monday 29 May 2017 raising funds for Headway West Kent, a local charity.

Off the field, the Club is lucky enough to have a strong support network and in addition to the usual post match gatherings at the George & Dragon has held social events appealing to people out side of the club too – eg., a pop up restaurant, a Burns Night celebration and an annual quiz evening.