TWCC and the future of Kent Cricket Week
– statement from TWCC
You may have read in the media recently that Kent Cricket Week at The Nevill was under serious threat of not taking place at the end of last month, due to the poor condition of the cricket playing surface as a result of under preparation.
The ground is owned by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) and the pitches are prepared by it’s contractor Sodexo. TWCC owns the outdoor nets facility.
Although the Kent versus Sussex game eventually took place, there remains a big question-mark over whether Kent will return next year. Much depends on TWBC and Sodexo addressing the shortcomings of this year and guaranteeing no repetition.
The loss of Kent’s visit to the Town would have a knock-on effect to the provision of our own TWCC cricket.
Why does this matter you may ask.
Your cricket club, contrary to ill-informed opinion, makes no money from Kent week save for increases in bar sales in the pavilion and in our marquee; indeed, we operate the latter at significant hire cost. In any event, we are a strong supporter of Kent week because we believe that it is:
- aspirational for the Town’s youngsters who at first hand can watch international and other high quality players at the pinnacle of our great game
- beneficial for the Town’s commercial businesses, particularly entertainment locations
- a significant contributor to the uniqueness of the Town which holds one of the only ‘typically English sporting festivals’ in the Country
- able to generate a real feel good factor particularly with 5000 spectators present at a T20 match on a summer’s day or evening
We are aware, as all citizens of the Town are, that council budgets are ever tighter, but we are looking for a positive outcome and for TWBC to engage with us, local businesses, Kent County Cricket and the England & Wales Cricket Board, to find new solutions to preserve what is part of our local heritage and makes us proud to be part of this great Town.
Chairman, Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club
Tunbridge Wells welcomes new members
Widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque grounds in the country, The Nevill is a marvellous place to play cricket. We have a comfortable pavilion, newly refurbished, with a well-stocked Bar, so, even if you are a non-playing member, you can just call by for a cooling refreshment.
Mens’ cricket – Summer training
Please come along to our training at The Nevill Ground, which runs every Tuesday (except during County Week). Its open to current and prospective members including our young youth members who wish to play adult cricket this season. The start time is generally from 6pm onwards. If you are a prospective member and have not come to nets before, please contact either Alex Williams 07540 813244 or Dave Smith 07867 493026 beforehand to confirm; also direct any questions to Alex or Dave.
Women’s cricket – Summer training
New members especially welcome. Take a look at the dedicated website page for details of training and contacts.
If you are under 18 years of age and want to become a member please apply by going to the page – membership youth – on the left menu.
Summary of the 2016 season :
Just as in 2015, there were no Saturday promotions nor relegations as all four League XIs maintained their status, albeit that the flagship First XI required, and got, victory in their final KL match to keep them in the Premier Division for 2017. The Second XI, under the new leadership of Harry Florry, was a happy and buoyant side which did well overall, whilst the Third XI struggled, scraping out of the dropzone in the last couple of matches; the Fourth string were safe enough throughout the year but will be seeking pastures new in 2017.
The keynote achievement of 2016 came from the young and adventurous First XI, which won the Kent leg of the T20 KO tournament at The Foxgrove, from where they went on to reach the televised Finals at Derby after some hair-raising finishes; this was an achievement unmatched in this format at any level for TWCC. They were eventually beaten in the semi-final stages but had carried the flag further than any other Kent side before them, and had had a wonderfully memorable journey, going unbeaten from May to September.
The Ladies XI again won the WCSL Whitehorn T20 Championship, earning divisional promotion; led once more by the dynamic Anna O’Donnell, whose impact in just two years has been enormous, the team won all of their League matches to cap a marvellous summer.
The Colts XIs had several age-group championship successes, while, after a decade-long gap, the U17 Squad at last lifted the Langdale Trophy in the August Festival at The Nevill; they were a very strong and happy cadre, and they generally outplayed their opponents en route to a winning Final which marked them out for future achievement.
Overall, 2016 was a pleasant platform for the Club, from which improvement and success can flow and the many talented individuals can shine within a team structure; the Club is a noted community environment from which to progress.
Click here for a little history of TWCC .