Westbourne Cricket Club is your classic village cricket side. We welcome players of all abilities, with the ethos that cricket should be played in a competitive but friendly manner. We are not involved in any league cricket, but instead play Sunday timed or limited overs cricket and midweek T20s, running from April to September.
Club History, reformation, ground etc
The club is led by Captain Stephen Malley who has injected a breath of fresh air into the side, believing that all who play should participate with either bat or ball. Stephen and his predecessors have almost always finished seasons with a winning record, quite remarkable considering the size of the club and the league sides we face around Hampshire and Sussex.
We run nets around six weeks before the start in the season, so at the turn of the year cricket is never too far away on the Hampshire-West Sussex border. This past season, WCC made a return to Lulworth in Dorset for our annual tour, playing two sides over three days on the Jurassic Coast at the start of July. Another Westbourne date for the diary is the WCC vs. Old Westbourne XI in which the current side take on some of its former players in aid of the club and local charities, taking place on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
So if you fancy dusting down your whites and joining us here at The Orchid Bowl, please get in touch with skipper Stephen Malley via our facebook page www.facebook.com/WestbourneCC
Chairman: Mr M Raynham 02392 465151
Secretary: Mr D Kehagias firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Westbourne Cricket Club has been situated in the meadow opposite the Cricketers pub for some 130 years although, due to the two world wars, play hasn’t been continuous throughout. In the early 1900s,Charlie Goddard, landlord of the Good Intent, claimed to have made ‘the longest hit ever known – nearly a quarter of a mile’. According to an old newspaper cutting, ‘he banged the ball with a mighty hit, it bounced on to the road alongside the common (Monks Hill) and rolled down the hill, a few yards only under the 440 yards from where it was struck’.
The clubs pitch at Commonside at the top of Covington Lane is picturesque and tranquil. With horses grazing in surrounding fields, the pitch is renowned for its wild orchids (Autumn Lady’s Tresses), one or two of which have popped up inches from the stumps.