History

The Club celebrated its bicentenary in 1982 and has hosted Kent County Cricket Club for a Cricket Week since 1902 (the Festival in 1901 marked the opening of the new Ground). The Nevill has also staged international matches – most notably the 1983 World Cup fixture between India and Zimbabwe (‘Kapil Dev’s match’).

A number of players with first class or international experience have represented the club in the Kent Cricket League: amongst them Bob Woolmer, Alan Brown, Peter Hearn, Mike Willard and more recently Julian Thompson and Rajeshwar Sharma. Many more KCL and KCB representative players have been selected from the membership, and presently Mark Alexander would be recognised amongst those so chosen.

The 2009 President of Kent CCC, Carl Openshaw, is a former playing member of long standing and great distinction; his term as Chairman of Kent spanned the years 1999-2008, the second-longest tour of duty among the First-Class County Chairmen, and he had been a KCCC Committee Member since 1994. Carl was also KCL Chairman before this, and Nigel Keess, the retiring TWCC Chairman, has been elected from 2008 to this office, and adds thus to the list of personnel from TWCC who have served at higher levels. The Club may therefore be justly proud of its officers, who have endeavoured and succeeded in promoting cricket and the fabric of its management within the County structure.

In 2007 TWCC U15 XI won The Portman Building Society Cup, out of a national total of 1704 club sides which took part; it was the first occasion that a team from Kent had been successful at this level. Rare extract footage of the Finals Day of this event, kindly supplied by the ECB recording team, can be found by clicking here.