July July
23
2020

Re-opening Announcement

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The committee are pleased to announce that following the completion of the renovations to the pavilion and the resumption of recreational cricket that Four Elms cricket club is now open.

We have initially decided to open the bar from:

  • 5pm Friday 
  • 2pm Saturday
  • 12pm Sunday

The bar will also be open during all Four Elms CC home matches. Going forwards we will look to open more regularly. Details will be posted to this site so please check back.

A full COVID-19 risk assessment has been carried out and the club is complying with government and ECB guidelines to ensure your…

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March March
25
2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

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Extract from ECB statement on the recreational game:

"Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended. This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity."

For the full statement click here.

In response, Four Elms CC have cancelled all club activity. We will keep a close eye on the situation and make an announcement when appropriate.

We will however look to start the bonus ball draw again shortly.

Stay safe and please check this site for updates. Feel free to get in touch…

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March March
20
2020

2020 AGM Cancellation

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This coming Fridays AGM has been cancelled due to the risk of corona virus infection. We are hoping to re-schedule this in a 2-3 months time or at a time the government deem the risk of social contact has lessened.

The current officers will stay in place until such time as we can go proceed with the meeting. Further information will be forwarded in due course.

The ECB have announced that all recreational cricket in any format, league, friendly, nets, coaching etc is not going ahead for the foreseeable future. Please click here for more details.

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February February
26
2020

2020 AGM Notice

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Dear Member,

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Cricket Club will be held on Friday 20th March 2020 at the The Cock Inn Public House, Ide Hill commencing at 20.00 hours.

The Agenda will be as follows:

  1. Apologies for absence. 
  2. Minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting. 
  3. Matters arising. 
  4. Chairman’s report  
  5. Treasurers report and receipt of audited accounts for the 2019 season.  
  6. Election of Officers and Auditor 
  7. Review of Club Subscriptions for the 2020 season. 
  8. Matters received by Secretary in writing up to 14 days prior to the AGM. 
  9. Any other business

Yours Sincerely.

Bob Richards
Hon Secretary.


Secretarys Note

The AGM approaches and I would urge as…

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Fixtures & Events

Date Opposition Ven Start XI
10/04/2021 Linden Park CC H 1:00 1st
11/04/2021 TBA H 1:30 Sun
17/04/2021 Rotherfield CC H 1:30 1st
18/04/2021 Locksbottom CC H 1:30 Sun
24/04/2021 Penshurst Park CC H 1:30 1st
25/04/2021 Waggoners H 2:00 Sun
27/04/2021 Kent v Surrey 3rd's (60's) N/A 1:00 Sen
01/05/2021 Horton Kirby CC A 2:00 1st
02/05/2021 Chiddingstone CC H 2:00 Sun
08/05/2021 Leigh CC A 1:30 1st
08/05/2021 Luddesdowne CC H 1:30 2nd
09/05/2021 TBA H 2:00 Sun
12/05/2021 Linden Park CC H 1:30 SW
15/05/2021 Limpsfield Chart CC H 1:30 1st
15/05/2021 Stonehouse CC A 1:30 2nd
16/05/2021 Cowden CC A 2:00 Sun
22/05/2021 Marden CC A 1:30 1st
22/05/2021 Bidborough CC H 1:30 2nd
23/05/2021 Horton Kirby CC H 2:00 Sun
26/05/2021 Warlingham CC A 2:30 Mid
29/05/2021 Penshurst Park CC H 1:30 1st
29/05/2021 Marden CC A 1:30 2nd
30/05/2021 Orpington CC H 2:00 Sun
03/06/2021 Kent v Suffolk 1st's (70's) N/A 1:00 Sen
05/06/2021 Eynsford CC A 1:30 1st
05/06/2021 Lenham CC H 1:30 2nd
06/06/2021 Od Cuaco CC H 2:00 Sun
12/06/2021 Bidborough CC H 1:30 1st
12/06/2021 West Farleigh CC A 1:30 2nd
13/06/2021 Langton CC H 2:00 Sun
19/06/2021 Farningham CC H 1:30 1st
19/06/2021 Locksbottom CC A 1:30 2nd
20/06/2021 Woldingham CC H 2:00 Sun
26/06/2021 Southborough CC A 1:30 1st
26/06/2021 Kilndown & Lamberhurst CC H 1:30 2nd
27/06/2021 TBA A 2:00 Sun
03/07/2021 Horsmondon CC H 1:30 1st
03/07/2021 Hadlow CC A 1:30 2nd
04/07/2021 Lamorbey Park CC H 2:00 Sun
10/07/2021 Leigh CC H 1:30 1st
10/07/2021 Horsmondon CC A 1:30 2nd
11/07/2021 Sanderstead CC H 2:00 Sun
17/07/2021 Limpsfield Chart CC A 1:30 1st
17/07/2021 Leigh CC H 1:30 2nd
18/07/2021 London New Zealand CC H 11:30 Sun
19/07/2021 Linden Park CC A 2:00 Mid
21/07/2021 Cudham Wyse CC H 2:00 SW
24/07/2021 Marden CC H 1:30 1st
24/07/2021 Luddesdowne CC A 1:30 2nd
25/07/2021 Presidents Game (Tav Trophy) H 2:00 Sun
31/07/2021 Penshurst Park CC A 1:30 1st
31/07/2021 Stonehouse CC H 1:30 2nd
01/08/2021 Selsdon CC H 2:00 Sun
07/08/2021 Eynsford CC H 1:30 1st
07/08/2021 No Fixture A 1:30 2nd
08/08/2021 Knockers CC H 2:00 Sun
11/08/2021 Heathfield CC H 1:30 SW
14/08/2021 Bidborough CC A 1:30 1st
14/08/2021 West Farleigh CC H 1:30 2nd
15/08/2021 Chessmen CC H 1:30 Sun
18/08/2021 Stage CC H 2:00 SW
21/08/2021 Farningham CC A 1:00 1st
21/08/2021 Shoreham & Otford CC H 1:00 2nd
22/08/2021 Ground Hired H 2:00 Sun
25/08/2021 OD Cuaco CC H 1:00 SW
28/08/2021 Southborough CC H 1:00 1st
28/08/2021 Kilndown & Lamberhurst CC A 1:00 2nd
29/08/2021 Beckenham Wizards CC H 1:30 Sun
04/09/2021 Horsmondon CC A 1:00 1st
04/09/2021 Marden CC H 1:00 2nd
05/09/2021 Romany CC H 12:30 Sun
11/09/2021 Trinity Midwhitgiftians CC H 1:00 1st
12/09/2021 TBA H 1:00 Sun
18/09/2021 Cowdrey CC H 1:00 1st
19/09/2021 Sidcup CC H 1:30 Sun
21/09/2021 Surrey v Herts Tournament N/A 12:00 Sen
22/09/2021 Warlingham CC H 1:00 SW
23/09/2021 Surrey v Herts Tournament N/A 12:00 Sen
25/09/2021 Falconhurst CC H 1:00 1st
26/09/2021 Tim Seegar Xi H 12:00 Sun
28/09/2021 Surrey v Herts Tournament N/A 12:00 Sen
29/09/2021 Sevenoaks Wednesday CC H 12:00 Mid
30/09/2021 Surrey v Herts Tournament N/A 12:00 Sen
02/10/2021 Old Victorians CC H 11:30 SW
03/10/2021 Linden Park CC H 13:00 Sun

Introduction

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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.

Brief history of FECC

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.

Newspaper Article
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.

Newspaper Article
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.

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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