The Denness Luckhurst Foundation - In memory of Mike Denness and Brian Luckhurst.
Two of Kent and England cricket’s most well-known families have joined forces to form the Denness Luckhurst Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, which aims to raise money through annual events. The launch event will be a charity golf day and dinner at The London Golf Club, www.londongolf.co.uk in north Kent, on Monday, 8th September.
Awareness of The Foundation, which has been set up in memory of Mike Denness and Brian Luckhurst, has also been boosted by the creation of The Mike Denness Challenge Shield, a trophy to be played for between Kent and Essex.
“We are so pleased that Kent and Essex have supported the creation of the Denness Shield and our Foundation. Both families are delighted that the Cowdreys, through Chris, has also agreed to help raise money for our chosen charities, which are Mercy Ships, the Lord’s Taverners and Saint Francis Hospice.”
Chris Cowdrey, Colin’s eldest son and himself a former Kent and England captain – like Denness and his father before him – is to be the master of ceremonies at the charity’s golf day launch, and says: “Mike and Brian were so different in style but complemented each other perfectly and were a vital ingredient to Kent’s great triumphs in the 1970s.
“Aside from becoming a legendary opening partnership on the field, they were hugely liked and respected off it. I was privileged to have known them both as family friends and briefly as a player. I am pleased we will have the opportunity to remember them while supporting good causes so dear to their families. Two great guys, two great players.”
Those supporting and playing in the event include John Shepherd, Graham Gooch, John Emburey, Barry Hearn and Chris Hollins.
Sponsorship and Team Entry:-
- For £750, teams of four can enter the exclusive, 20-team golf day launch event by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 07770 679584 or 07855 384431.
- Donations of any size can be made by visiting the Foundation’s website www.dennessluckhurst.org.uk, and clicking on the Virgin Moneygiving link.
- Sponsor packages are also available and are detailed on the Foundation’s website by clicking on the sponsorship link.
12/07/2014 TW 1 set new Club record with eight consecutive KL victories on the spin ...
The Flagship XI recently (on 28/6) equalled Mark Smith's six-wins-in-a-row from ten summers ago in 2005, coincidentally also in Division One, and in his first year as captain, as was Alex Williams' achievement in 2014. Alex made his maiden year as leader equally memorable, but then took his team one step beyond to a record seventh consecutive victory, at The Mote, (on 5/7), marking the day with a splendid century in the process. Further (on 12/7) at home to Sibton Park, another win took the run to eight.
Carl Openshaw, the Club President, was present in person to witness the feat, and he went on to explain just how good the accomplishment was, saying "It is a very impressive achievement and I can confirm that this has never been done before by the Club in the history of the KL", which refers back to the start of the Kent League in 1971 when TWCC was a founder member.
It should be noted too that the odds of attaining eight or more completed matches in an English Summer are not especially good, and the chances diminish greatly when talking of outright victories, with no winning or losing draws. It is additionally significant that the first seven successes all occurred in the tougher Win-Lose-Draw format.
28/06/2014 Three Fifties again for TW I in KL Division One ...
Craig Williams (83*), Chris Williams (75) and David Smith (66*) helped to hoist the flagship XI to a declaration at The Nevill, against Tenterden Town CC, on 299 for 5 wkts (52 overs), leading to a bat-first victory despite weather interference. The feat was previosuly performed in this Division on 6 May 2013 against St.Lawrence CC, and in the Premier Division on 14 May 2011 to secure a bat-second record KL chase off the Lordswood CC bowling, also at The County Ground.
30/05/2014 Julian O'Riordan T20 100 sets new TWCC record
An U13 side won a 4 team T20 competition at Tonbridge School on Friday 30 May thanks to strong batting performances in both games. Firstly, after being 38 for no wicket from 10 overs against Leeds and Broomfield, T Wells powered to 156 for 2, with Julian O'Riordan reaching an outstanding unbeaten century in the last over to herald a comfortable win. In the final, with O'Riordan pushed down the order, 36 from Tom Nicholls and 49 not out from Matt Allen enabled T Wells to reach 137 for 2, which proved 39 too many for Bells Yew Green.
17/08/2013 Three Fifties again in 2013 for TW IV v R A C S ...
Following the feats of TW I and TW II, TW IV made it a trio of the KL XIs on 13 July v BWCoL and have now done it again in the home match v R A C S at the Upper Ground. BJ Allatt (54) and Jorge Ehren (83) posted 108 for the opening partnership, with Kelvin Hill notching 53* to round off the achievement.
In addition, the IIs almost saw a fourth new record opening stand in 2013 when Jamie Baldwin (112) and Will Stickler (127) put on 228 against Tenterden II before a wicket fell : the 242 set by Mark Alexander and James Meddings on 13 July thus escaped eclipse on this occasion, whilst nonetheless a second double-hundred start in one season is quite special, and very likely without precedent.
03/08/2013 Three Fifties for TW II v Dartford II ...
For the first time since 2006 (TW II v Gore Court II 17 June at The Nevill), three individual half-centuries were scored in a single innings for the Second Team as a total of 277-5 was racked up in the fifty overs. Mark Alexander led off with 65 from the number one spot, with Will Stickler at three notching 63, followed by Richard Cutts who batted five and came off not out on 60*. Balls faced, respectively, were 89, 87 and 56. Dartford chased hard faced by some buffet bowling but closed out the draw when the target reached ten per over.
14/07/2013 Record first wicket stand for TW II again in 2013 ...
Mark Alexander (150) and James Meddings (102) posted 242 at Whitstable to notch the third record stand of 2013 for the same (first) wicket, Meddings adding 5-61 to emphasise his all-round status as TWCC took a bat-first win with just 32 balls to spare. The 1962 stand of 285 (Frank Clarke and Mike Willard) vs Mitcham was recalled, along with the STL Record of 287* in 2003 between Ashley Jackson and Roger Kerrison vs Old Colfeians.
Elsewhere on the first day of the year when Wednesday selection actually matched Saturday playing personnel, TW IV had three half-centurions against BWCoL II but were left with a winning draw as the Opposition declined to chase the target. For TW I, another bat-second win, from the opening Win-Lose game of the back nine, was blessed with a second luxuriant century from Ryan Bailey, whose 539 runs have come at 89.8 per innings with two tons and four other fifties.
04/07/2013 Tom Elliott reaches 101 in the Oxford-Cambridge match at Cambridge ...
Tom Elliott, TWCC's hero of the 2012 Premier Division match vs Beckenham CC, added to his laurels with a second-innings maiden First-Class century in the famed meeting of the two historical University XIs held in 2013 at Cambridge. This outstanding achievement will no doubt be welcomed here at his KL Club notwithstanding that his innings came during a follow-on that led on to defeat. Sam Agarwal, who dismissed Elliott after his 131-ball century, became the first player to hit a triple-hundred in this series (313*), hoisting the Oxford total to 550-7. Elliott posted 162 for the fourth partnership with Cambridge opener Philip Hughes (92) but this was not enough to avert the final outcome.
06/05/2013 Three fifties for TW First XI v St Lawrence CC ...
TWCC began their hoped-for climb-back to the Premier Division with a Winning Draw against St Lawrence CC, running up a daunting 296-5 in their 55 overs. Overseas player Ryan Bailey, on debut, notched a delightful 62, whilst skipper Evert Bekker hit 59, partnering topscoring Richard Cutts, 70*, in a fifth partnership of 139. This was the first such occasion since the XI set a Premier record in 2011 against Lordswood, chasing down 313 to win the game.
16/04/2013 Perfect Platters become new catering partner ...
TWCC is delighted to announce that it is to have a new catering partner – Perfect Platters - for the start of the new season. The arrangement covers all cricketing teas, Club buffets, Barbeques, and eventually, it is hoped, light bar snacks such as sandwiches.
Stephen Green said, “we are really looking forward to our partnership with Perfect Platters who come to us with an excellent reputation and whom we selected from a number of potential suppliers. It will come as a huge relief to our army of unsung heroes who have done such a good job for us in the past.”
Perfect Platters is a local provider of high quality sandwiches and finger food platters, with a Gold healthy eating award, priding itself on its friendly and reliable service.
Stevie Wells, owner of Perfect Platters said, "we are very pleased to be working with the cricket club providing it with cricket teas and buffets, and hopefully barbeques and other bar snacks, throughout the summer".
Alan Cutts, for David Marshall
16/04/2013 MTW Healthcare to sponsor 'Minis' cricket ...
The Club is very pleased to announce that MTW Healthcare is to be the sponsor of the newly formed minis group. The TWCC ‘minis’ are boys and girls who are under 7 years of age and in school year 2.
David Marshall, Head of Youth Cricket at the Club commented, “twenty seven boys and girls have signed up for 2013 and we are very grateful to MTW for their support in launching this exciting new venture”.
MTW Healthcare's private patient unit - The Wells Suite - is situated within Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Its leading consultants and surgeons provide high-quality private healthcare across a wide range of specialties, supported by the latest theatre facilities and diagnostic equipment. The unit welcomes self-funded and insured patients.
Claire Hubert, Marketing Manager said, “As a leading provider of private healthcare in the area, we are committed to supporting our local community and encouraging a healthy lifestyle through sport. We’re delighted to be on board with TWCC and very proud to be the new sponsors of their minis group."
Alan Cutts, for David Marshall
29/10/2012 Savills become TWCC main Sponsor ...
We are delighted to announce that Savills will become the Club sponsor from 2013, taking over from Brooks Macdonald Asset Management who have been our sponsors for the past three years.
Situated in the High Street, Savills Tunbridge Wells is part of a UK network of 100 offices working with clients nationally and internationally. The departments at the Tunbridge Wells office, residential sales, lettings and residential development continue to make a tremendous impact not only in the town, but also across Kent and East Sussex.
David Johnston of the Residential Sales department at Savills commented, “We are very keen to support sporting activity in the Town and our sponsorship of the Club is a perfect opportunity”.
We are very pleased to have secured the support of Savills, a very well known face in the Town. It is an exciting time for both of us and allows the Club to pursue a number of new project developments. We hope it will be the start of a long and successful relationship
18/04/2012 SNKCL XI Call-up for TWCC pair ...
Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club has received the call for two of its First XI to play in the SNKCL XI selected to meet a Kent Academy XI at Beckenham County ground on Sunday 22 April 2012. Alex Williams and Oli Priestman will represent the Club at this level on the day, which is clearly a recognition of the prowess shown by both lads in recent times.
This follows hot on the heels of Matt Green and Tom Elliott making their First Class debuts for respective University XIs on 31/3, being part of the MCCU scheme, while the Club also made groundbreaking history having sent a 17-man Squad to Cape Town for a cricketing Tour of the WPCC area in the shadow of the Table Mountain. Exciting times for TWCC !
20/02/2012 Savills to sponsor TWCC Minis Cricket ...
The Club is delighted to announce that Savills is to sponsor the 2012 Minis cricket programme at the Club.
Savills is a leading global real estate service provider and its Tunbridge Wells office provides expert advice on selling and letting homes.
Minis cricket covers around 100 members who are nine years of age or under and a similar number who are too young to join as full members but who enjoy the Club’s popular Summer Tasters in August.
David Marshall, Head of Youth Cricket at TWCC said, “We are delighted to welcome Savills as a sponsor. Minis cricket is an exciting introduction to this wonderful game and having such a respected supporter will make a real difference to the development of this group at the Club.
David Johnston, Associate at Savills said, “Savills is committed to supporting sports, schools and charities in local communities. We are delighted to sponsor Tunbridge Wells Cricket minis and hope this will be only the start of a long and beneficial association with the Club”.
Alan Cutts for David Marshall
28/07/2008 Mark Smith reaches The Double for TW First XI ...
The TWCC First XI game against Lordswood on 26 July 08 saw a notable record fall to the Club's leading all-rounder Mark Smith when he picked up his third wicket in the visitors' innings at The Nevill. Mark brought his tally of wickets to exactly 100, to go with the 1636 runs he has made already, thus reaching the rare 'Double' of 1000 runs and 100 wickets for the First XI. In addition he has taken 25 catches and achieved 2 run-outs.
This is an extremely praiseworthy achievement for the Club, and for Mark personally, and we wish him our sincere congratulations upon attaining the landmark.
14/07/2008 Another duty for Alex with the Kent XI ...
The Kent First XI have asked Alex Williams down to Taunton to act again as Twelfth Man ... this is another magnificent opportunity for the TWCC First Teamer, and we wish him well in his endeavours for the Team. On the Wednesday (16/7), Kent won the toss, and fielded ... and Alex spent most of the day 'subbing' for Yasir Arafat, who had had to leave the field with a stomach problem after putting down four overs ... so a baptism of fire !
06/07/2008 TWCC League XIs all triumph together again ...
For a third time, and twice now in 2008, all four TWCC League XIs won their games on the same day, to match 31 May 08 and 5 May 07. For the First XI this was especially sweet as the result propelled them into second spot in the Premier Division, the best placement since the glory days of 1987/88. The Club now embark on the 'return nine' to see how the various campaigns finish up.
23/06/2008 TWCC supply Kent 20-20 XI with 12th man at Beckenham ...
On 22 June, Alex Williams was invited by KCCC to perform the duties of one of the 12th men supporting the XI in their demolition of Essex at Beckenham. The experience was extremely enjoyable, important and worthy, and Alex received every encouragement from The Kent XI. Our congratulations go to Alex in this notable selection.
01/06/2008 Four League wins out of four ... again ...
On May 5 2007, TWCC set a standard when all four KL XIs won their respective games on the same day ... on 31 May 2008, TWCC did it again. All players and selectors, supporters and followers can be justly proud of this on-field achievement.
The TWCC Think Tank also have the view that as many as 28 'Youth' players (current and recent) were part of this effort, from a total of 44 persons involved ~ which may well be a record at the moment ... and unlikelyto be surpassed ?
All four League XIs took 20 points from the encounters concerned, with full details on http://tunbridgewells.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp.
07/02/2008 New Chairman of the Kent League Committee
It is with pleasure that it can be announced that our Chairman, Nigel Keess, has been voted in as the new Chairman of the Kent League Committee. Nigel succeeds Howard Smith, who has been 'in post' for nine years, and under whom the present format of matches has evolved.
We therefore wish Nigel every success in this new role, in addition to his local TWCC duties, and trust that the prosperity and happy guidance of the League will prevail under this new leadership.
18/09/2007 TWCC receive Spirit of Cricket accolade 2007
The TW First Team won the Brian Luckhurst Award for 2007, reflecting their onfield spirit, behaviour and conduct, a worthy tribute after some trying encounters -
THE BRIAN LUCKHURST PREMIER 'SPIRIT OF CRICKET' AWARD 2007 final table
Scores between 75 % - 100% indicates good to excellent Score between 50% - 75% indicates acceptable to good.
1 TUNBRIDGE WELLS 87.17
2 ST LAWRENCE 86.61
3 SEVENOAKS VINE 85.83
4 BICKLEY PARK 80.99
5 BROADSTAIRS 76.00
6 BECKENHAM & SYDENHAM 75.45
7 LORDSDWOOD 71.31
8 GORE COURT 71.09
9 BLACKHEATH 70.69
10 BROMLEY 70.71
01/09/2007 The Fourths create new TWCC batting record while getting promoted ...
During a boundary-blitz at Foots Cray, TWCC IV XI - now officially ratified - have won promotion in their debut campaign. In posting four individual half-centuries, the team set a new Club record, somewhat unlikely to be equalled. The players concerned are named on the play-cricket site, with full scorecards, but may be recorded as follows - Jan Ball, Dave Thomas, Charlie Phelan and Tom Dowding.
22/08/2007 TWCC U-15s lift Portman Cup at the Finals ...
The TWCC U-15 Dream continued, and climaxed in a performance in the Finals which was both clinical and ultimately of the highest standard. Losing the toss in the first Semi-Final, TWCC were inserted on a wet top, and, had several early chances been held, might have been troubled. Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) were unable to translate these moments into dominance, and handed Tom Elliott and Chris Williams the initiative, and these two needed no second invitation. After ten overs, 102 delightful runs had been posted, and Tom had retired with an undefeated 53. Chris, as so often is the case, followed soon after, but the innings pushed on to a massive 158-5 after the 20 overs, and Mansfield had it all to do.
Opening spells of great speed and accuracy from Sunny Mohammed and Caspian Paget were augmented by clever spin from Tom Elliott, and the-miserly Tom Jenner, and the Nottingham boys had no answers. The innings never got going, and wickets fell regularly. A final total of 66-9 propelled Wells into the Cup Final by a stonking 92 run margin.
Newport (Wales) this time promised sterner opposition, and, batting first, raced to 80-0 after 12 overs, skipper Imran Hassan spearheading the effort with a retired not out 50, but thereafter Wells contained the runscoring so well that the target was held at 124 and 6 wickets were captured.
This pony had only one trick, however, and Wells showed why they have persevered so successfully throughout the competition, as a splendid recovery was mounted after the early loss of Chris Williams.Needing to bat out 18 overs and maintain an asking rate of 6.3 runs per over, and faced with 6 men on the fence from over 8, Sam Stickler and Tom Elliott played handsome, mature cricket and did all that was asked as 100 runs were added for the second partnership.
Sam retired for an unbeaten 50, then Tom was needlessly run out, but these two lads had piloted the innings to 118 off 18.3 overs and a four from Max Thorpe nailed the Trophy as Wells romped home by eight wickets.
The Elliott/Stickler partnership was almost professional in its concepts, execution and finesse, and deservedly set the basis from which the victory was achieved. Thus it was that the Cup came - for the first time - to a Kent XI; TWCC could be justly proud of their players and coaches, and the massive complement of well-wishers who made the journey to Bournemouth in support. A day not to be forgotten by participants and parents alike, made memorable in the outcome and in the allround sportsmanship displayed by a very fine set of young players.
ECBtv video footage on this URL www.ecb.co.uk/domestic/tunbridge-wells-are-portman-u15-champions,14584,EN.html
18/08/2007 Inaugural Langdale Cup won by TWCC U-17 for 2007 ...
Tunbridge Wells CC U-17s won the 29th Annual Colts Festival yesterday at The Nevill. This year's Festival, sponsored by solicitors Donaldson West, was the first year in which the new Jonathan Langdale Trophy was awarded. It was wonderfully poignant therefore that Wells became the first winners of the new cup for the festival started by Jonathan in 1979. A number of the players in the winning line-up had greatly benefitted from Jonathan's coaching.
That Wells won the trophy at all was in itself a shock towards the end of the day - Bexley on 115 for 1, chasing only 167 to win, and with 20 overs remaining, were seemingly confidently pacing their march to inevitable victory. Momentum started to swing back towards an even contest when Tom Jenner ripped out the stumps three times in quick succession to wipe out the middle order in an inspired spell of 3-18. And sensing that they really could push on to win it, Tom Elliott then spun out three more in his last two overs. Caspian Paget and Chris Williams also took wickets. In the end, all was well as the Trophy was won narrowly by 28 runs.
Wells had got off to a good start with skipper Will Stickler and Alex Williams
putting on 62 for the first wicket, with Will scoring 53. The rest of the innings rather fell away, with Matt Ody taking 4 wickets, and Wells feeling they were shy of a really competitive total.
In earlier rounds Wells (171-7) beat Lingfield (139 a.o.) with notable performances coming from Theo Burley with 45, Will Sticker 30 and James Sharp 31. Will then took 3 for 7.
Wells (141-2) also overcame St. Lawrence & Highland Court (140-9) with Alex Williams scoring a brilliant 80 not out and brother Chris Williams taking 3-26.
12/06/2007 That ball ... the Brough story in full ...
Away at Canterbury in the League, Peter Ford finally succumbed to that 'leg' after five balls of his seventh over, and Brough Cooper was picked out by skipper Nigel Keess to complete the over. Not noted by the cognoscenti for his profound bowling skills, Cooper sent down an innocent-looking ball outside the off stump with an offbreak action. Demonic revolutions and supernatural forces enabled the ball to spin wickedly past the Canterbury Number Three, who had incautiously shouldered arms, and into the wicket, to general disbelief and consternation.
'Puppy' thereby took a wicket with his first ball in the Kent League ... indeed his only ball so far, for, having completed Ford's over, he was mysteriously returned to the ranks ...
05/06/2007 Fourth XI join the '3 x 50' club ...
In just their fifth match, the 're-born' Fourth XI joined their League colleagues when posting three individual half-centuries in one innings. Blue Star II were the victims of this effort at their home ground.
The Second XI achieved this feat twice in 2006, the Third XI last in 2003 (away to OD CUACO), and the First XI have to look back some time for their most recent such achievement ...
03/06/2007 Welcome back to Grant Stephens ...
Unscheduled 'sub' at The Foxgrove (Beckenham) was Grant 'Grunty' Stephens, now resident in the approximate vicinity ! Grant was part of the victory push for Wells, notching a safe catch in the process ! GS was Club Captain in 2000, when Premier Division status was re-attained, also in 2001 and 2004, just before Mark Smith took over.
22/05/2007 Barney shines as history repeats itself ...
Barney Shaw hit an unbeaten 129 in the TW IV XI game at Beckenham on 19 May, echoing the effort ten seasons earlier on the same ground by Richard Cutts, who made 117*, also in a Fourths league match. For Barney, this was his second hundred within twelve months, having made 110 in a Sunday game in 2006 - the two tons representing a feat without parallel as far as the records show. The Archivist writes : the youngest known player to have notched a League ton remains Richard in 1998, aged 13 ... Barney was 14 at the time of his remarkable innings.
09/05/2007 Clinton Auty gets in touch again ...
For all you folks who can remember Clint, he was our Aussie 'Overseas' in 2001, and a thoroughly lovely guy. He and Mel now have three boys, and he doesn't play cricket now (possibly connected facts !). Anyone who wants to mail him in WA, please contact me for his address.
07/05/2007 2 x 200 partnerships ...
5 May saw Mark Alexander and Will Stickler post 247 for the second wicket (a new record) against Sibton Park II - each notching unbeaten centuries. 6 May, the feat was repeated (though not in the League) as Rob Sharma and Theo Burley scored their maiden tons for the Club - adding 201 for the second stand against Frenford CC, who have now conceded three centuries in two matches, Richard Cutts being the player concerned in 2006.
05/05/2007 5 May : 4 wins out of 4 !
Four League Wins in one day !! TWCC notched up a record on May 5 2007 with all four Saturday League XIs winning their respective encounters on the same day for the first time. Hitherto there have been occasions when the top three sides recorded League wins, but this was one better, and hopefully can be repeated ! Altogether, six half-centuries were obtained, two being taken on to unbeaten centuries. There was one sole instance of a five-wicket-haul !
21/09/2005 Buy your picture!
Most of you will have noticed Bruce Elliott taking photos during our matches this summer.
Bruce has linked up with Photobox so that you can buy any of the photo's from this year's games.
Please go to www.photoboxgallery.com/beep to see if you ae there and then follow the simple process to purchase any shots that you fancy!
Tim Luckhurst and Alan Cutts