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Wimbledon Club

Wimbledon Club

The Wimbledon Club is a combined cricket, hockey, tennis and squash club with an indoor sports hall and is located opposite the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Capability Brown laid out the entire area of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, the lake and park, and in 1890 the cricket club (founded in 1854) relocated from the common to its present nine-acre site. The cricket club enters sides in the top three divisions of the Surrey county league.

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Wimbledon Club

Church Road

Wimbledon

London

SW19 5AG

 

 

Hartley Wintney

Hartley Wintney CC

Hartley Wintney, established 1770, is the oldest cricket club in Hampshire. The match is played on a pretty village green, where quite a few spectators turn out to watch the day’s play. On one side of the ground is a pub where it’s always good to arrive early and warm up with a sandwich and a pint.

 

Web Site www.hwcc1770.co.uk

 

Directions

Hartley Wintney

Hampshire

 

 

Chenies and Latimer

Chenies & Latimer CC

Quite close to Amersham, Chenies and Latimer is a big ground, surrounded by hedges with a wicket that has a bit of everything in it. Chenies like to play a declaration game, with wins proving elusive for us over the years.

 

Web Site www.cheniesandlatimer.co.uk

 

Directions

Chenies

Amersham

Hertfordshire

 

Wiltshire Queries

 

Devizes CC

The genesis of the Wiltshire Queries Cricket Club lies in the County Under 19 sides of 1931 and 1932. At the end of the 1932 season, they realised that as most of them were going on to further education or to work locally, they would be available in August and September for the next three years. So on December 27th 1932 a group met at the Bath Arms in Warminster to discuss the idea of forming a club to play other clubs and village sides all over the county during the school holidays. From the start everyone seemed to enjoy playing for or against the Queries. The age limit of 21 was soon forgotten and by 1960 they had a full season fixture list.

 

Web Site

 

Directions

The Sports Club
London Road
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 2DL

 

 

Harefield

 

Harefield

Close to London, the Harefield ground is ringed by trees and hedges. Well accustomed to Kiwis, in 1994 Harefield approached the Auckland Cricket Association, offering to assist a promising player. The first to arrive was Danny Morrison! Since then a few other useful Kiwi cricketers have taken up residence at the Harefield bar, including former (Pat Hounsell) and current (Chris Lee) LNZCC club members.

 

Web Site www.ukcricket.org/harefield

 

Directions

Harefield

Middlesex

 

 

 

 

 

Hagley

Hagley Hall

Hagley is LNZCC’s most stately fixture and should not be missed even as a spectator. In terms of distance it is the furthest the club travels but once arrived you will agree it was worth every mile of motorway. Set directly in front of the magnificent Hagley Hall, this ground was bequeathed to the local Hagley village team by an ancestor of the present Lord Cobham. Cobham is a name that some Kiwis may have heard of, as it was the present Lord Cobham’s father that was a popular Governor General to NZ in the 1950’s. With the Hall, a church and the thatched pavilion providing the backdrop on one side and fields with deer grazing to the other, there can surely be no more idyllic setting in which to play cricket. A revived LNZCC tradition was the infamous Hagley Sprint, which was basically a very short race designed to find the slowest LNZCC member present. Run over a taxing 10-yard course, the holder has the right to challenge any one other member he thinks is less able than he in order to pass on the mantle. This tradition continued in our jubilee season when the nominated member Tony Penman, whilst carrying a hamstring injury, beat the challenger, Richard Fish

 

During the 50th Season, journalist Gordon Harcourt recorded a video of Hagley and the game which was later broadcast on 'The Holmes Show' in NZ.

 

Click on the file below to view the full program. Local Lan

 

Web Site www.hagleycc.licomnet.com

 

Directions

Hagley Hall

Hagley

Near Stourbridge

West Midlands

 

 

Datchet

Datchet CC

Datchet featured for the first time in our 2001 fixture list. That year they hosted a special New Zealand celebrity match, with many New Zealanders and local spectators enjoying an entertaining match along with a traditional kiwi barbie. Mark Richardson, Black caps’ opening batsman and 2000 NZ cricketer of the year, featured as their professional. Former NZ one-day internationals Hamish Marshall and Aaron Gale also played. It came down to the last over, with LNZCC coming out winners. Datchet also continue to host the most fiercely contested match of the LNZCC season, LNZCC’s own island of origin match, North vs. South

 

Web Site www.thisiswindsor.com/dcc

 

Directions

London Road

Datchet

Berkshire

 

 

Royal Household

 

Frogmore

A longstanding fixture, the Royal Household Cricket Club at Windsor (established in 1903) is one of the jewels in the crown. The setting itself couldn’t be more majestic, the oval being within the grounds of Windsor Castle. The opposition is a highly competitive bunch had us chasing leather to inflict our largest losing margin of 2002.

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Shaw Farm Gate off Albert Road

Frogmore

Windsor

Berkshire

 

 

Broadhalfpenny Brigands

Bat and Ball Ground

Broadhalfpenny Brigands is a match for anyone interested in the history of cricket. The Bat and Ball ground is the original home of Hambledon CC, established 1750, and is widely claimed as the home of cricket. Here the rules developed, the middle stump was added, the width of a bat defined and, for a time, disputes on the rules of cricket resolved. This ground has spectacular views across the Hampshire countryside, which makes for a wonderful cricket venue, which can be topped off with a beer or two at the Bat and Ball pub opposite the ground. The pub, with great cricket memorabilia, stands directly on the parish boundary.

 

Web Site www.cricket-hockey.co.uk/clubs/broadhalfpenny

 

Directions

Broadhalfpenny Downs

Near Hambledon

Hampshire

 

 

Wanderers

Esher CC

The Wanderers are one of England’s well-known gentleman’s sides, with a long and rich history. Their ranks currently include a few talented kiwis known to us, which often makes this fixture our toughest match

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Esher Cricket Club

New Road

Esher

Surrey

 


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Ripley

 

Ripley CC

Our oldest standing fixture, Ripley, is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world, established 1749. They also claim first use of the middle stump thanks to a disgruntled bowler. Not only a favourite for cricket historians Ripley is a batsmen’s paradise with a true wicket combined with a lightning fast outfield that makes life difficult for the bowlers. In recent years Mike Singleton scored 153 not out and in 2001 Dave Fanning was unbeaten on 149 within our club record innings of 371 for 5. Lunch and tea at Ripley are again superb in their challenging clubrooms. We say challenging as there is an exposed thick wooden beam running across the roof of the bar. The Ripley boys always oblige by providing individuals who appear easily able to swing themselves over the beam and then mock our desperate attempts to respond to the challenge. Long time club member Vance Thompson played for Ripley’s Saturday League side for many years with distinction.

 

Web Site www.ripleycc.com

 

Directions

Ripley Green

Ripley

Surrey


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Four Elms

 

Four Elms CC

Four Elms is one of the closest fixtures to London. The village derives its name, as you’d expect from four imposing Elm trees. However the 1987 storm accounted for one or more of the trees, which have subsequently been replanted and should be fully matured within the next 200 years. We have a long association with this club and the match is always enjoyable and competitively played on an ‘away swing’ slope.

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Mill Hill

Four Elms

Kent


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Ventnor

Ventnor

Ventnor, of the Isle of Wight, played their first match at Cowlease in 1843. The club moved to Steephill in 1880 and during the 1890s, won the Isle of Wight league. In the 1920s a number of titled gentry, Lord Linel, Tennyson, Jellicoe, Ebbisham and Maddon, played at the club and a ladies team was formed. In 1931 the great Jack Hobbs guested for Ventor against Shanklin in front of a ‘full house’ at Steephill. In 1993 Ventnor joined the Hampshire League and in 1998 won the division 5 championship. In 2002 the club won promotion to the Southern League and a year later their new academy and clubhouse was opened by Lord MacLaurin. This is a popular and challenging away fixture that combines cricket with a formal meal in the evening.

 

Web Site Ventnor CC Web Site

 

Directions

Steephill Rd

Ventnor

Isle of Wight

PO38 1UF‎


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Oxford Downs

 

Standlake

Oxford Downs Cricket Club was founded in 1923 and continues to have several descendents from the original side playing for them. The club enters two sides into the Cherwell league. In 2002 the club bar, kitchen and lounge were burnt down and through a land swap arrangement, a new clubhouse has been built some 100 metres away from the present site. They are a friendly side with a mixture of young and older members in their Sunday side.

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Abingdon Road

Standlake

Oxfordshire


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Goodwood

 

Duke of Richmond's Estate

Glorious Goodwood conjures up images of racing, but alas the fixture is no longer played the day after the races. The earliest recorded game played at Goodwood is 1702 and they hold the oldest set of rules in the world, dated 1727. The ground is situated inside the Duke of Richmond’s immaculate estate in front of the magnificent Goodwood House and as such provides a genteel atmosphere. The lunch is truly superb and we are treated to pizza following the game. Tradition has reciprocal match of the match awards, two bottles of bubbly, voted by the opposing teams. Goodwood is quite close to Chichester, on the coast, and Arundel is also nearby, so a good game to make a weekend of.

 

Web Site www.goodwood.play-cricket.com

 

Directions

Goodwood House

Goodwood

West Sussex

 


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HAC

 

Armoury House

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) located within the City of London is a club steeped in military tradition – they must be, to be able to defend against property developers. A fl at sward of green, dwarfed by office blocks on all sides, the wicket is usually hard and bouncy. Being a Saturday fixture, the opportunity is there for the players to go on and sample the delights of the local bars, spawning more than one club legend. In fact a club member ended up handcuffed to his future wife on one such occasion! Maybe a good game for the bachelors!

 

Web Site www.hac.uk.com

 

Directions

HAC

City Road

London ECN


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North v South

Esher CC

Always one of the games of the season with plenty of prematch talk from both sides of the Cook Strait.

 

Directions

Esher Cricket Club

New Road

Esher

Surrey


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Hurlingham Club

Hurlingham Club

The Hurlingham Club was established in the mid eighteenth century after nine acres were acquired from the Bishops of London while a further 27 acres were added to their Fulham establishment during the 1830’s. The club was formed “as an agreeable country resort” and since 1867 has hosted through the years the likes of pigeon shooting (until 1905), polo, car rallies, balloon ascents and archery. The cricket field opened in 1951 and was formerly the pony exercise track. The Hurlingham Club has previously invited us to attend their end of season dinner, following the game, which is always a grand affair.

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Hurlingham Club

Ranelagh Gardens

Fulham

London SW6


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Swinbrook CC

Swinbrook

A new fixture

 

Web Site

 

Directions

 


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Hampshire Hogs

Warnford

A new fixture

 

Web Site

 

Directions

Wheely Down Road (off A32)

Warnford

Southampton

SO32 3LG

 

A32 from the south: take the first left turn as you enter the village. 
A32 from the north: after passing the George & Falcon pub, take the second turning on the right.
The entrance to the ground is on the left about 300 yards from the junction.


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