History

Club History


Cricket has been played in Hurley for over a hundred years. The first recorded cricket match for Hurley Cricket Club was a low scoring affair against Pinkneys Green on June 9th 1900. The early signs were not encouraging as Hurley crashed to a 95 run defeat scoring only 14! It took 4 years for the fledgling Hurley to record their first victory, albeit by only 3 runs, and again this was against local rivals Pinkneys Green. Names such as H Anderson, W Wellicombe, TJ Crouch and A Pyke starred for Hurley in those early years but with batting averages that rarely reached the heady heights of double figures. Anderson and Wiggins carried the weight of the bowling before the Great War, though Wiggins later defected to local rivals Pinkneys. Other opponents were such teams as Burchetts Green, Cookham Dean and Parkwood. There was even league cricket in the form of the Holyport Cricket League prior to the Great War. Hurley's single victory in 3 league seasons did little to encourage cricket to flourish in Hurley. Sides had more poetic names before WW1. What ever happened to Ealing Early Temperance, Taplow Railway Station, Slough Workhouse and Maidenhead Temperance?

The revival of the Club we see today, came about in 1959 when the club was reformed at the instigation of local landowners Tony and David Burfitt. The ground is still owned by the Burfitts who charge the club £1 rent per year which is promptly donated back to the club. The original committee in June 1959 was GJ Siddall (Chairman), JS Blundell (Secretary), LR Robey (Treasurer), LA Burfitt (Ground) and MR Spice (Social Sec).

There were few games in the early days of the reborn Hurley though there were matches against such sides as Turville Park, Bix, Wolf, Rutland, Glory Mill and Britwell Salome as well as the more traditional rivals of Pinkneys Green, Littlewick Green and Cookham Dean. One of the beautiful aspects of village cricket is the wealth of characters that pass through the pavilion. Tim Shaw and Derek Winslow were renown for their lack of sartorial elegance in the 1970's and early 80's. Fame has touched our club with a Member of Parliament, a captain of Harrow school, a tv sports presenter and an Olympic hockey gold medallist turning out in the Hurley whites. England stars Tom Graveney and Mike Gatting have played on the hallowed turf.

The 1980's were golden years for touring as the club embarked on overseas tours to the Isle of Wight in 1982 and 83 and then emboldened we went to Jersey in 1988 and 89. The Jersey tours saw the club defeat the Island side by 138 runs, but this defeat was not forgotten and the following year we suffered a humiliating 190 run defeat at their hands which remain a record today. In 2008 the club went back to the Isle of Wight for another successful tour and resulting DVD in time for Christmas!

The 80's were also successful years for the club on the trophy hunt. The 1XI won Division 1 of the Berkshire League in 1980 and Premier Division runners up in 1981. Finally, in 1988 the 1XI lifted the Premier title of the now Lafford and Leavey Berkshire League. Also in that year the club entered the National Village Knock out and reached the Berkshire/Surrey final only to loose to Blackheath (Guildford). In 1994 the club moved to the Chilterns Cricket League and the following year were champions heralding a golden age of nearly men coming runners up for the next 3 years, league knock out finalists in 94 and 95 and finally winning the cup in 96. Sadly the club has not seen success in the league since, relegated to Division 2 in 2004. Membership is still strong at around 40 playing members and some 80 colts who are performing well with the U15 winning their league in 2007. The club still fields 3 teams each weekend and 4 colts teams so the future looks bright.

The old pavilion was destroyed by fire in December 1976 but rebuilt by club stalwarts Andy Chapman and Roger Feast. Hurley were one of the first clubs in Berkshire to install an artificial wicket and can boast one of the most attractive grounds in Berkshire. The distinctive London Plain tree at long off is inside the boundary and so local laws apply. The tree was badly damages in the great storm of 1987, but has since flourished despite the Thames flooding in 1990. The clubhouse was under several inches of water for several days. The worst flood was in Jan/Feb of 2014 which caused some £50,000 damage to the ground and Pavillion, much covered on insurance, but several local clubs made generous donations.

The first of an unbroken series of annual statistics began in 1976 when Kevin Clement produced the first review to rival Wisden. Ever since, our records have been maintained every year. Phil Ridgeway has appeared over 1,200 times for the club scoring over 39,000 runs and taking over 1,400 wickets. Keith Shipway captured 121 wickets in 1987. Sid Forrest, a brilliant keeper took 455 catches and 254 stumpings in his career, recently surpassed by Mike Walton with 457 catches and 265 stumpings.

In 2009 the Colts Section was reorganised under the direction of Dave Forrest with U9s, U11s and U17s. After so many years of almost singularly keeping the colts afloat, Fred Furneaux stepped down but not out. Building on this, Hurley gained 'ClubMark' in 2010 a prestigious award for excellence from the ECB. The Saturday 2XI also won promotion from their Division 2 as runners up that year.

 

Mike Ridgeway (April 2016) (Revised Nov 2016)

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