It is not known when cricket was first played in Lurgashall, but there is a framed extract from the West Sussex Gazette of 1863 recording the outcome of a match against the “auld enemy” of Ebernoe – fixtures between these two villages are the cricketing equivalent of Rangers and Celtic clashes in this corner of West Sussex. It is likely that cricket started in the early part of the nineteenth century, so there is more than 170 years of tradition being played out each summer’s week-end.
The Club itself now runs just one team. On Saturday, we play in the I’Anson league, itself the oldest cricket league in the country dating back to its formation in 1900. Membership of the league is confined to clubs within a twelve mile radius of Grayshott Village Hall, so travel to away matches is restricted, and means we play at other attractive grounds such as Tilford and Frensham.
Haslemere Cricket Club uses the Lurgashall ground for its 3rd XI fixtures on Saturday, also in the I’Anson league. This team comprises many youngsters who are experiencing this level of cricket for the first time, supported by a collection of “experienced” cricketers
On Sundays, the Hammer Bottom Butsers CC (largely comprising an even greater number of “experienced” cricketers…..) regularly use the ground, as do local teams who hire the pitch for their own matches.
All in all, cricket is played about 35 times each season at Lurgashall.
So whether you are a budding Freddie Flintoff or just a keen enthusiast, you will be very welcome.
FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT:
Nathan Kemp: 07921-237673
Peter Hannam: 07535 619872
Hammer Bottom Butsers
David Graham: 01428-644756
On the first Sunday in July each year, we hold our annual six-a-side competition, which starts early in the day and lasts right through until the early evening. Always a great day.
The ground is available for hire should you wish to organise your own fixture. While week-ends are obviously in demand, it is possible to hire the ground during the week as well – in these straightened times, the club has had enquiries for people wanting to host an event as an alternative, and much less expensive, event for corporate hospitality.
What better way to while away a Wednesday afternoon in mid-summer with colleagues playing cricket on the green, followed by supper in the Noah’s Ark……
LURGASHALL CRICKET CLUB
Hon Secretary: Malcolm Caird, Pear Tree Cottage, Lurgashall, GU28 9ET
Tel: 01428 708120
Lurgashall Cricket Club – 2017 Fixtures