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General | 18th October 2018 | 0 comment(s)

You can now order your Four Elms Cricket Club kit by clicking the 'Order your kit' button from the menu on the left. Once this link is selected it will take you to the kit manufacturers website, locate the items you require from our page.

Basic orders come with the club badge and name, but you can also personalise your purchase at extra cost.

You can currently order: Club shirt 3/4 length sleeves, club shirt long sleeves, long sleeve sweater, short sleeve sweater, trousers, club polo shirt, club hoodie, club tracksuit jacket and club cap.

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20th July 2018, Four Elms CC vs MCC XI

Cricket at Four Elms celebrated 150 years in 2018 and whilst the game, equipment, quality of facilities and players have changed in many ways over time, the commitment to the club from those who play today is as constant as is our beautiful ground and its superb vista. The picturesque village ground of Four Elms nestles beneath the North Downs, close to some of the most historic attractions in England, Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill's home, Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII's wife, Anne Boleyn and Penshurst Place.

We have featured as the backdrop for advertising campaigns, Vauxhall cars and for a television series on the history of Great Britain. We have played host to an MCC side in 1968, our centenary, and the MCC will join us again this year to celebrate another 50 years. We have hosted a number of county senior matches as well as a highly successful and enjoyable celebrity game between Tom Graveney's XI and Colin Milburn's XI.

The earliest records available indicate that cricket was played at Four Elms from 1864 with the club officially forming in 1868. The original ground was on Lord Bramwell's fields, Holmwood, adjoining the cabbage field on the site that is now Boons Estate. It moved, via Four Elms Farm "near the nurses cottage", to its present site in about 1890 when the current pavilion was built opposite St Paul's Church and close to the Four Elms Pub which occupies a 14th century building.

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Colin Milburn XI.

The pavilion was extensively damaged during the Second World War when a Doodle Bug landed on the ground and numerous club records were lost. After the war the pavilion was rebuilt and running water and flushing toilets were added. In the following years the size of the pavilion was increased left and right by 'one bay each end', and cesspit drainage was improved. An extension incorporated shower facilities/changing rooms was built which allowed the 'entertaining' area to be enlarged and the bar and kitchen to be redesigned with a view over the ground. The pavilion is a real 'Old Grandmother' of a building deeply loved and respected by the members, barring the occasional wayward cricket ball or bat! All of these changes have been carried out by members or friends thereof, and are all done for the best interests of the club and its future.

The ground and square have improved greatly over the years. The square has gone from being low-slow to something a little more virile, albeit not Perth on day 2! Modern machinery and current technology have a lot to do with the quality we have today but ultimately the time, care and the amount of work that goes into the square and outfield from members is as strong as it was fifty, a hundred and a hundred and fifty years ago. From reading back through the old records the care of the ground has always been a labour of love and commitment. You argue, love, laugh and cry over it but, ultimately, you put in the effort to get the best out for all.

Since 1868 one thing that certainly hasn't changed is the commitment of the players and their personalities! Currently we are fortunate enough to run two Saturday sides and one Sunday side, manned with the flotsam and jetsam of current society, solicitors, osteopaths, builders, taxi drivers, printers, butchers, policemen et al, who all come together to form strong and lifelong friendships in the pursuit of a game of cricket and playing together as a team.

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Major Williams & Ground Handover.

We have been fortunate to have many strong cricketers over the years many of whom can be seen in the photographs in the club house and have been remembered with commemorative benches and trees around the ground. The Cartwright brothers dominated sides through the 40's, 50's and 60's. Season's 1957and 1958 saw Frank Cartwright claim 205 and 213 wickets respectively, as well as scoring 991 and 1113 runs with his bat. Have better all-round stats been seen? Fellow bowlers clearly didn't get much of a look in as Frank claimed 23 five wicket hauls and one 10 wicket haul in 1957; his brother, Doddy, was no slouch with bat or ball either. Cecil French, Henry Knight and Colin Trigg all chipped in with decent wickets and runs. From conversations with senior members who new Frank and Doddy, they were incredibly consistent performers. No surprise the brothers used to prepare the wickets back then ensuring they were just as they liked them!

The 60's saw the Cartwrights still performing well but other names made significant contributions, the likes of Dennis Keating, Mike Clapp, Barry Rees, Adrian Greenwood, Mike Sleeman, John Bennett, Lawrence Wilson, Graham Larby and Peter Rylands all made the limelight in many games.

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1968 centenary newspaper article.

1970 saw Chris and Stephen Tavare debut for Four Elms scoring several fifties. Chris who, ultimately played for Kent, Somerset and England, still serves as a valued Vice President of our club. David Prowse, Peter, Lawrence and Stuart Wilson, Drummond and Duncan Stephens, Keith and Roy Dawes, Peter Smith, David Biggs and Braddy Wells all performed with great aplomb during the 70's. A noticeable change appeared with Four Elms moving from a strong bowling side to an even stronger batting one. Six or seven players performed with the ball consistently but the runs flowed from Messrs Larby, Rylands, Tavare, Stephens and David Silk.

The days of sides being dismissed for less than 100 were seemingly long gone, consistent scores in excess of 160 were becoming the norm. Good batting without a shadow of a doubt but also a sign that the wickets were also performing better and possibly more reliably. By this point a ground committee had taken over the ground preparation duties and many of the players listed would turn up religiously on Thursday and Friday evenings to mow and manually pull the heavy wicket roller.

The team of the 70's and early 80's excelled locally and were renowned for being exciting to watch. In 1989 Four Elms became one of the founding members of The Kent County Village League, breaking away from the established structure. Graham Larby, Lawrence Wilson, Peter Rylands joined by Jeremy Tavare and Guy Spelman, scored stacks of runs, took many wickets and were an absolute pleasure for younger players and spectators to enjoy and learn from.

Club tie and blazer
Club blazer and tie.

In the Second Team, albeit no scorebooks remain from this time, the likes of Peter Smith, Colin Trigg, David Biggs, Roy Dawes, Henry Knight et al, were the main stay of the team and were joined by younger members all expertly coached and nurtured by John Bennett and Roy Dawes. Greg Prowse, Alan and Steve Jenner, Stuart Barnes, Richard and Michael Bennett, Tim Seegar, Justin Sharp, Sean Richardson, Ian Killick, Steve and David Fletcher, Bob Richards and many others all plied their trade, supped the occasional half of shandy and dreamed of the first team.

Jon Pike, who is still churning out the overs for the second team, joined the club in the late 70's and made an instant impression both as player, captain and League Chairman. With some excellent connections within the game and a great analytical mind, new players were eased into the club and strengthened an already strong brace of teams on a Saturday culminating with our memorable league win in 1984.

What would players from 1868 make of the club now and ideas for its future?

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Date Oppostion Ven Start XI
13/04/19 Linden Park CC H 1.00 1st
20/04/19 Felbridge & Sunnyside CC H 1.30 1st
24/04/19 Brasted & Sundridge CC Hire 2.00 SW
27/04/19 Penshurst Park CC H 1.30 1st
28/04/19 Waggoners H 2.00 Sun
30/04/19 Essex Hire 12.00 -
04/05/19 Horton Kirby CC A 2.00 1st
05/05/19 Tatsfield CC H 2.00 Sun
11/05/19 Linton Park CC H 1.30 1st
11/05/19 Outwood CC A 1.30 2nd
12/05/19 Locksbottom CC H 2.00 Sun
18/05/19 Outwood CC A 1.30 1st
18/05/19 Linton Park CC H 1.30 2nd
19/05/19 Cowden CC A 2.00 Sun
23/05/19 Bucks Hire 12.00 -
25/05/19 Meopham CC A 1.30 1st
25/05/19 Horsmondon CC H 1.30 2nd
26/05/19 Horton Kirby CC H 2.00 Sun
29/05/19 Warlingham CC H 2.30 Mid
31/05/19 FECC Quiz Night Event 19:00 -
01/06/19 Speldhurst CC H 1.30 1st
01/06/19 Penshurst Park CC A 1.30 2nd
08/06/19 Penshurst Park CC A 1.30 1st
08/06/19 Otford CC H 1.30 2nd
11/06/19 Herts Hire 12.00 -
15/06/19 Sissinghurst CC H 1.30 1st
15/06/19 Farningham CC A 1.30 2nd
16/06/19 Langton CC H 2.00 Sun
22/06/19 Bearsted CC A 1.30 1st
22/06/19 Bearsted CC H 1.30 2nd
23/06/19 Woldingham CC A 2.00 Sun
29/06/19 Shipbourne CC H 1.30 1st
29/06/19 Locksbottom CC A 1.30 2nd
30/06/19 Dormansland CC H 2.00 Sun
06/07/19 Bidborough CC A 1.30 1st
06/07/19 St Lawrence CC H 1.30 2nd
06/07/19 FECC Auction Night Event 19:00 -
07/07/19 Lamorbey Park CC H 2.00 Sun
13/07/19 Linton Park CC A 1.30 1st
13/07/19 Outwood CC H 1.30 2nd
14/07/19 Sanderstead CC  H 2.00 Sun
20/07/19 Outwood CC H 1.30 1st
20/07/19 Linton Park CC A 1.30 2nd
21/07/19 London New Zealand CC H 11.30 Sun
22/07/19 Linden Park CC A 2.00 Mid
23/07/19 Sussex Hire 12.00 -
24/07/19 Cudham Wyse CC Hire 2.30 SW
27/07/19 Meopham CC H 1.30 1st
27/07/19 Horsmondon CC A 1.30 2nd
28/07/19 Presidents Game (Tav Trophy) H 2.00 Sun
03/08/19 Speldhurst CC A 1.30 1st
03/08/19 Penshurst Park CC H 1.30 2nd
04/08/19 Selsdon CC H 2.00 Sun
10/08/19 Penshurst Park CC H 1.30 1st
10/08/19 Otford CC A 1.30 2nd
10/08/19 FECC Race Night Event 19:00 -
11/08/19 Knockers CC H 2.00 Sun
14/08/19 Heathfield Park CC Hire 2.30 SW
17/08/19 Sissinghurst CC A 1.30 1st
17/08/19 Farningham CC H 1.30 2nd
18/08/19 Woodside Green CC H 2.00 Sun
21/08/19 Stage CC Hire 2.00 SW
24/08/19 Bearsted CC H 1.00 1st
24/08/219 Bearsted CC A 1.00 2nd
25/08/19 Warren Packman Charity Match Hire 2.00 -
31/08/19 Shipbourne CC A 1.00 1st
31/08/19 Locksbottom CC H 1.00 2nd
01/09/19 Beckenham Wizards CC H 1.30 Sun
04/09/19 Old Cuaco CC Hire 1.00 SW
07/09/19 Bidborough CC H 1.00 1st
07/09/19 St Lawrence CC A 1.00 2nd
08/09/19 Romany CC H 12.30 Sun
14/09/19 Trinity Midwhitgiftians CC H 1.00 1st
15/09/19 Linden Park CC H 1.00 Sun
18/09/19 Linden Park CC Hire 1.00 SW
21/09/19 Penshurst CC H 1.00 1st
22/09/19 Hildenborough CC H 1.30 Sun
24/09/19 Herts vs Surrey Hire 12.00 -
25/09/19 Warlingham CC  Hire 12.00 SW
26/09/19 Herts vs Surrey Hire 12.00 -
28/09/19 Falconhurst CC H 1.00 1st
29/09/19 Tim Seegar XI H 12.00 Sun
01/10/19 Herts vs Surrey Hire 12.00 -
02/10/19 Sevenoaks Wednesday CC H 12.00 Mid
03/10/19 Herts vs Surrey Hire 12.00 -
04/10/19 FECC Golf Day Event 09:00 -
05/10/19 Old Victorians CC Hire 12.00 SW
06/10/19 Linden Park CC H 12.00 Sun
12/10/19 End of Season Dinner (more) Event 19:00 -
20/10/19 2019 FECC Sposored Walk (more) Event TBC -
06/12/19 2019 FECC Christmas Golf Day Event 08:45 -

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