The glorious joy of fast bowling a ball down a cricket pitch has been enjoyed by Chalvington and Ripe Cricket Club (CRCC) for a staggering 250 years. 2012 marked the 250th anniversary since the World's allegedly oldest cricket club was formed in 1762. Some historians dispute the facts and say that the club was actually founded earlier - in 1757.
CRCC organised a series of thrilling events during 2012 to celebrate its history - culminating in a 35-over match on Sunday 9th September against David English's famous Bunburys. The Bunbury Cricket Club was created a mere 25 years ago but it has raised over £15million for charity. David English said: "Many a Bunbury knows about Chalvington and Ripe CC and its beautiful setting next to the wonderful Yew Tree Inn and they are really champing at the bit to play in this one."
The celebrations on 9th September started at 11.30am with a reception, followed by lunch for ticket holders with the proceeds going to the English Schools Cricket Association. The Bunbury team was to include Phil Tufnell, Harry Potter Weasley twins James & Oliver Phelps, Allen Wells, Perry Groves and Joe Kinnear. It was a great day. The Bunburys batted first and CRCC took many famous wickets as the Bunburys got to 185 runs. CRCC replied with 167 runs to lose by only 18 runs. A great achievement by the team and a great day had by all. Many thanks to the Bunburys, David English, all the famous cricketers and stars who showed up and of course all the supporters, who made it a very special historical day.
Russell Taylor and Michael O'Callaghan