30 June 2012 ... Records tumble at The Rectory Field as TW I beat high-flying Blackheath CC ...
A new First Wicket record partnership heralds a vastly better performance by TW I in the Premier Division as Alex Williams and Gregor Paterson both 'ton up' in the victory against former League-Leaders Blackheath CC. 215 runs came from 37 overs in the pursuit of 277, simplifying an otherwise daunting chase. Gregor went on to another three-figure score in the CCC Cup the following day, another unique and special achievement. The two centurions are pictured here -
Alan Cutts, for TWCC
21/08/2011 The Sunday Development League (Division III) Championship is won by TWCC Sunday II under the astute leadership of Percy Watts ...
More Silverware came to the Club as TWCC ~ with a ten-man team ~ beat a strong challenge from High Halstow to top the Table and record their first ever Title in the KSDL Third Division Championship. This was a tribute to the 'd'Artagnan effect' as the squad fought hard for each other and bonded well, with individual abilities combining to exceed the notional sum total. The outcome itself was remarkable insomuch as it required a last-wicket partnership to seal the win, the heroes of the moment having a considerable age difference, indeed a probable record, as James King and Fulton Paterson seized the final runs to crown a marvellous campaign. Full details and match report are on play-cricket and can be accessed via http://tunbridgewells.play-cricket.com/content/view.asp?id=10351710&cid=218
17/07/2011: TWCC U11 Girls are Kent Champions, winning the Lady Taverner's trophy at the Hayes Festival
In wet and slippery conditions, our first team started with a comfortable victory against Old Colfians and then had a much narrower win against Bexley to top the group.
We then defeated Whitstable by a massive 40 runs which put us into the final, bizarrely against Bexley again, who had qualified by being the best runners up in the group stage.
In an incredibly tight game, the girls showed some real cricket intelligence to win by a single run. The girls showed significantly more composure than their watching parents as the game reached its climax!
All of the girls should be congratulated for what was a genuine team performance, with everybody making positive contributions throughout the afternoon. Our bowling was consistently good all day, the concentration in the field was far better than in previous tournaments and our batting is slowly improving too.
By winning today, Tunbridge Wells will now represent Kent in the regional finals which will be held towards the end of August.
The winning team: Elodie Harbourne, Ellie Watts, Jane Green, Martha Tipper, Freja Craik, Millie Holford, Lucy Goodfellow & Hannah Alderman.
Our 2nd team also played well in a very tough group. They ran St Lawrence very close, losing by just 5 runs, and after a tough game against Castle Hill, were on track for a victory against Old Elthamians before the rain got the better of us. It was a very young group that will form the nucleus of our U11 team next year and they should all be proud of their efforts today. The team received certificates from Lydia Greenway and Laura Marsh, both of Kent & England.
Thanks especially should go to all the families and friends who turned up and stayed in miserable conditions for watching cricket!
Well done everyone.
10/07/2011: UNDER 9S WIN KENT SUPER MINIS
TWCC became Kent Super 8s Champions at Gore Court on Sunday, regaining the trophy won in 2008 and 2009. In all matches TWCC 'A' squad has not suffered a single defeat in the last 4 years!
More than 80 teams contested the annual kwik-cricket tournament for players under 9 years of age. Wells entered 2 teams and the 'B' Team also reached the finals which were contested by 24 teams.
In the two qualifying rounds held locally, the 'A' team won all 10 of its matches; and the 'B' team remarkably, 8 out of 10, only losing to their team-mates!
In the finals the 'A' team beat Beckenham, Chelsfield, Broadstairs and Horsmonden, going on to beat Plaxtol in the final.
A hugely disciplined performance overall saw us lose 3 wickets to the oppositions 22, in the 5 matches played. The team succeeded by sheer team spirit and hard work on their fielding, running between wickets, calling, bowling and batting straight.
The 'B' Team won the 'Googly' plate final winning 3 of its 5 matches against Leeds & Broomfield, Hollingbourne and Bexley Priory, losing only to Bidborough and main finalists Plaxtol; a fine achievement for a team which contained boys, who 3 months earlier, had never played cricket!
Jock Paterson, manager of TWCC 'minis' said, "After last year's disappointment it was super to see our boys back in the finals, and to win in such style was very satisfying. Both our teams were a great credit both to themselves and the Club".
The 'A' squad which was led by captain Matt Allen was: Benjamin Lord [vice captain], Alex Hook, Adam Fotheringham, Arthur Adcock, Zachary Thompson, Nathan Rolf, Oliver Bateman, Owen Fung-On, and Sam Gilliland.
The 'B' squad was: Theo Vorster captain , Piers Townsend [captained in the finals], Ben Wyatt, Anton Bachorski, Dominic Marden, Teddy Wallace, Eddy Jones, Oliver Poole, Teddy Rabjohns, Callum Morris.
Jock's coaching team included: Chris Allen, Geoff Richards, David Gilliland, Ed Petzer, Benjamin Watts and Russell Wyatt.
03/07/2011 TW ECB Cup XI triumph in the National Cup Regional Final and go forward into the last sixteen in the Country ...
The flagship XI took another step into the history books as they reached the National Section of the ECB Cup after narrowly beating a highly competitive Ashtead (Surrey) XI at The Nevill on Sunday July 3. The XI have now fought through four Rounds of the competition, and have reached for the first time the last sixteen out of a starting complement of more than 256 Clubs. The Cup Competition itself is a successor to the highly successful Cockspur Cup, and there have been other competitions of a like nature in which TWCC has done well, and , of course, the DH Robins Cup Final at Lords in 1974 must be the pinnacle in such endeavours. That said, this achievement has no immediate parallel and is a deserving accolade for a wonderful squad. Match details on http://tunbridgewells.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11326637
14/05/2011 TW First XI set new Premier record by successfully chasing down 313 batting second at The Nevill ...
The flagship side made a little bit of history on Saturday when they extablished a new high for a winning chase in the KL Premier Division, indeed for any First XI in the Kent League. In 2010, Hartley had made 309-7 to overtake The Vine's 304-8 in the Premier Division, while, elsewhere, Offham hit Blackheath III for 306-4 to beat 305-7. For the third occasion within a year, three individual half-centuries were hit for TWCC, and Lordswood, the opponents on the day, also notched three fifties in their innings.
As with all records, this one stands only until it is bettered, yet it is a notable achievement for an XI whose young players have become quite prolific. Long may this last, and it bodes well for all concerned with Evert Bekker's new tenure as captain.
15/02/2011 Hotel du Vin to sponsor Boys' Cricket at Tunbridge Wells CC for three years ...
The Club is delighted to announce that The Hotel du Vin is to sponsor Boys cricket at the Club for the next three years.
Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells is set in one of the town's architectural landmarks with 34 timelessly styled bedrooms and stunning suites, a trademark bistro serving fine home grown and local ingredients and outstanding wines.
The Cricket Club has around 200 boy members under the age of 18. It runs a comprehensive summer and winter cricket programme and competes in leagues, local festivals and national cup competitions.
David Marshall, Head of Youth Cricket at TWCC said, “We are so pleased that the Hotel du Vin has chosen to support our boys in this way, helping us to further develop our cricket activities and the exciting plans we have for the future”.
Mike Auld, General Manager at Hotel du Vin said, “We are delighted to have secured the opportunity to sponsor a local sports team, with such a good reputation, in the TWCC boys’ team. We look forward to developing a successful relationship over the coming years.”
Alan Cutts, for David Marshall & The Committee
21/01/2011 Winter Nets Arrangements for 2011 ...
Practice will commence on 17 Feb from 20.00 to 21.30 at Holmewood House School (Langton Green), and will comprise eight sessions, last day being 7 April. We look forward to seeing you shaking off the Winter Blues post-Ashes Triumph & preparing for the coming season !
NB Please use the Barrow Lane entrance for access, owing to a one-way system being in operation while rebuilding occurs, but the usual route applies for exit afterwards.
When outdoor Nets are possible, the new Nets Facility at The Nevill will be the venue.
Alan Cutts, pp Mark Williams and The Committee
07/01/2011 Notice of the TWCC 2011 AGM ...
The Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place at The Nevill Pavilion from 19.30 on Friday February 4th 2011 ~ please try to attend as there are many important matters to be discussed, together with the appointment of Officers, and the announcement of the Financial Statement for the past year.
Your Committee welcomes you all to this major occasion !
Alan Cutts, for The Committee
12/11/2010 TWCC collect the Spirit of Cricket Award at the Annual KL Dinner ... once again ...
TW First XI won the Brian Luckhurst Spirit of Cricket Trophy this summer, being their second triumph within the past four years. The award is decided by the different Umpires standing throughout the season, giving marks based upon various criteria, and their view is formed from the attitude, behaviour, demeanour and esprit of the players before them. After a tense struggle predominantly featuring The Mote, TWCC emerged as the 2010 champions of M.C.Cowdrey's ideals, as perpetuated by Brian until his recent untimely death.
Simon Routh, for TWCC and on behalf of the skipper, received the Cup from Rae Luckhurst, to cap a fifth consecutive season in the SNKCL Premier Division. The accolade provided a fitting finale for the absent Mark Smith, who had been Club Captain for most of the previous six campaigns, and his retirement at the end of 2010 was aptly rewarded with this eagerly-contested trophy.
04/09/2010 Three more 50s in an innings for TW 1 ...
After an eleven year wait, TW 1 finally put together three individual fifties in a single innings on 19 June 2010 to stay abreast of the other three TW Saturday League XIs.
This feat occurred away at The Mote, and now has been repeated at home on The Nevill in the final match of 2010 against Sevenoaks Vine.
Leighton Morgan notched 54, Mark Smith, in his farewell innings for TW, 61, and Will Stickler 55.
TW 1 stayed in the KL Premier Division by virtue of their 'goal difference' for the third time in five years of Premier existence.
23/08/2010 TW win all games in the weekend 22-23 August 2010 ...
Not since 6th July 2008 had TWCC had a Saturday when all played games resulted in victory, and this time, TW Sunday 2 added a KSDL League win to round off a magnificent achievement, not least as TW I, II and III were all in the midst of relegation avoidance issues. Some irksome comments in the local Press also served as a strong stimulus to achieve success, and few would have reckoned on the amazing outcome before the results came in. The battles are not quite over yet, and it must be hoped that the tremendous spirit and resilience can persist for just two more weeks ...
20/06/2010 Three individual 50s for TW First XI ...
For the first time for quite a while in the Premier Division, TWCC flagship First Team recorded three half-centuries, these coming in their innings of 257 all out at The Mote. Kiwi Leighton Morgan scored 86, Gregor Paterson 72 and skipper Mark Smith 53. All four League sides have now accomplished this feat at least once since 2006, although one has to go back to 1999 for the last time that TW 1 did this. Then, against Bromley in a 2-Dayer, TW ran up 431-6, with Mark Alexander scoring 99, Matt Banes 112 and Tony Howard 88*.
22/05/2010 Mark achieves Premier Double ...
Club Captain Mark Smith reached the 'Double' of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the KL Premier Division when he dismissed Charlie Hemphrey of Hartley on Saturday. The feat, of notable rarity, came from 61 matches played since 2003 for TWCC First XI, for whom Mark has additionally been the skipper since 2005.
22/05/2010 TW III produce three individual half-centuries ...
Not since June 2007 has a TW XI recorded three 50s in an innings, the record being posted with four by TW IV on Sep 1 of that year as promotion was clinched in an avalanche of runs.
Chasing a mere 361 to win in a 92-over match, TW never wilted and for prolonged periods kept pace with the chase. Brough Cooper (85), Michael Churchill (57) and Stefan Grosvenor (53*) were the personnel concerned, and stout assistance came down the list, headed by Greg Brunger (42) in an opening partnership of 122 from 18.2 overs. Altogether, 41 fours and 5 sixes were achieved, being almost 2/3 of the final total of 311-8 when stumps were drawn.
A wonderful achievement by a ten-man side !!