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KENT AND TWCC STARLETS EARN STARS ACADEMY SPOTS

March 8, 2021

Eight young girls from various stages of Kent’s Female Talent Pathway have earned places in the first cohort of South East Stars’ Academy regional programme.

The group includes players that have already made their Kent Women debuts, including: 2019 County Champions Kalea Moore and Ryana Macdonald-Gay, as well as 2020 debutants in Darcey Carter, Sydney Gorham and Megan Sturge.

Current Kent county age groups players Jessie Gale and Jemima Spence, members of our very own TWCC girls setup, are included in the Wider Squad of the Stars’ first intake.

As part of the new Women’s Domestic Structure in England and Wales, eight new Regional Academies have launched to underpin the eight women’s senior regional teams, including the South East Stars.

The new Regional Academy structure replaces the Regional Development Centres (RDCs), and the new Academies will see an uplift in the hours of delivery across Winter and Summer, offering year-round training and matches.

Kent Women’s Head Coach, Dave Hathrill, said: “It’s fantastic to see nine cricketers that have worked their way up through our Talent Pathway earn places at elite regional academies.

“They have not got here by default – this is a result of the effort, hard work and dedication that these players all have put in to keep on improving their game, and I’m pleased to see that they have all now made the first step into the regional programmes.”

Jemima told us: "I'm really excited about being selected into the South East Stars Academy as it's another step in my cricketing journey that started when I was 7 years old at Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club, I don't know where the journey will take me but the South East Stars is a very professional set up and I'm thoroughly enjoying developing my skills in such a challenging environment"

The whole club offers its well deserved congratulations to both Jessie and Jimmy.

Full press release available here.

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RALPH STANILAND

February 18, 2021

It is with regret that we inform you of Ralph Staniland's passing at Totnes, Devon. He was in his nineties. A private funeral and cremation has taken place.


He had been in poor health in recent years but always tried to meet the Cuckoos when on their annual tour to Torquay. 


Ralph and his wife Madeliene moved to Devon after he had retired from a career in the City working for National Westminster Bank. Before retirement, they lived in the corner house at Nevill Gate and Ralph often visited the Nevill to see a TWCC game.


In his cricketing career for TWCC he took 513 wickets and was a medium-fast bowler. On 25 occasions he took 5 wickets.


Ralph lived his life to the full and always took an interest in the TWCC players and non-players around the boundary.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and all those who knew him.

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2020 SEASON

December 1, 2020

2020 will go down as the year that is remembered for many of the wrong reasons; with the 50th Anniversary of the Kent League billed to produce a grand competition to mark the occasion, it was a complete anticlimax when the pandemic stole the show, bringing lockdowns and restrictions not seen since 1919, together with fear for the future not felt since 1940. Indeed, this Zero Summer, in the words of T S Eliot, was a way of describing the knowledge of 'normal' as now having become unreal, with the return to such normalcy being completely unimaginable.


In the event, the tireless work of Brian Smith at his KL HQ was rendered empty as the Whitehall bloviators hampered the certainty of a League program, and thus the KL leadership organised, after all matters were considered, a series of Friendlies based on localised groups, followed by a Kent Knock-Out Cup competition, the final of which was pushed forward to 2021 as time ran out for its completion by the end of September. Some Counties had played a partial or re-jigged series of League matches, but Kent preferred to remain transparent and loyal without controversy, and so kept its adherents content and keen. None of the played games was easy to undertake, with hand gel in many diverse places and distance being observed at all times, plus teas being provided individually, but a way through the maze of confinements was found, and the Great Game bounced back to enjoy all levels of entertainment; meanwhile the national game showcased six of the best Test Matches conceivable, prospering against a backdrop of the Bob Willis Trophy, where, happily, Kent players made many headlines. Our own Marcus O'Riordan reached a maiden Championship fifty in the home Canterbury encounter with Hampshire, while Zak Crawley re-wrote the record books with a maiden international century of gigantic proportions alongside several hundreds for Kent.


And so to the recreational cricket that was swiftly arranged to be played : TWCC were part of a four-way friendly play-off wherein each club played the others home and away. This was a clever arrangement in the circumstances, and was warmly received; unfortunately, six games were abandoned for various reasons, but at least the players were able to get in some quality practise and keep their skills engaged, vitally adding exercise and rhythm to the proceedings.

All four T/Wells league teams were thus the focus of attention, plus the U17s, who also had The Festival to add to the mix, and last but not least came the KO Cup, which brought out the best in the 20-over side. Indeed, a magnificent performance to reach the Final was countered only by the late decision to postpone the outcome to 2021, there being no other fair way to accommodate the crowning game otherwise.


All told, TWCC played 47 games, of which 33 were won and 14 lost, wherein 54 fifties were scored, with ten being converted to three figures; there were 62 fifty+ partnerships recorded in these encounters, plus an unusually high number of stands producing between 45 and 49 runs in addition (14). As is the established trend nowadays, the bowlers had fewer opportunities to shine, but 3 five-wicket hauls were recorded among many incisive accomplishments, while the fielding was generally sharp and clinical, with very few weak links at all; in conclusion, it could safely be said that it was possible for a supporter to see, at minimum, two of these feats during any single game attended.


Personal accolades went to Viraj Bhatia, who had the top run aggregate for the season of 443, although he was chased hard by Sam Stickler, with 422, and Christian Davis, on 421. The ten centuries scored by the batsmen in this truncated Summer were in fact more than the full tally scored in 2016 of nine. Sam Huggett led the bowlers with 26 wickets, followed by Mikey Waller on 23, and the brothers Mclean each took 20 wickets, however no bowler got through 100 overs in the games available, so these were stronger numbers than they first appeared. There were three 5-Wicket-Hauls, Huggett and Mark Mclean being joined by Jamie Dare for this difficult category. In the field, support came from Wicket-Keepers Liam Buttery and Seb Cook, who both netted 13 victims, 9 caught and 4 Stumped for the former, 11 caught and 2 stumped for the latter; fielders were headed by Ian Mclean with 9 catches and 5 run-outs, while Sam Huggett featured again with 10 catches. Hugo Williams played 18 games, the most by one person, albeit that Mark Mclean participated in 17, and brother Ian plus Liam Buttery had 16 each. These statistics would probably not be out of place in a full season, and everyone who took part can be justly proud.


Perhaps the most memorable event of 2020 for TWCC was the astonishing Semi-Final in the Kent Cup, where Broadstairs played a wonderful hand in setting Wells to make 144 for the win, a last-ball six from their number eleven seemingly having pushed the bar just too high. Chasing, Chris Williams' side stumbled to 138-6 with one ball remaining, after the relative comfort of 90-3 with overs in hand; but Dave Smith was irrepressibly brilliant once again and he outdid the home team last ball by emulating the six but seizing the glory. This momentous achievement also brought up a personal fifty, echoing the extraordinary virtuoso performance at Frocester in 2016 when a similar effort took Wells into the televised stages of the National T20 Cup. Dave hit two other sixes at Broadstairs, to go with four fours, in a vital winning score of 50*, but, as stated, the Final should be played in early 2021, all things being equal.

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AWARD FOR MARCUS

October 15, 2020

The shortened summer season saw Kent CC compete in just the Bob Willis Trophy and the T20 Blast.

The recent club awards were presented digitally due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two new awards were handed out for the first time, with three players all at the start of their Kent careers sharing the accolades.

TWCC player Marcus O'Riordan claimed the first 'Emerging Player of the Year' award after averaging 43.20 with bat, despite being moved around the order, and 31.87 with his off-spin in his first full season in the first team. He scored his maiden first-class half-century against Hampshire in September.

Everyone at TWCC is delighted for Marcus and we send our heartfelt congratulations.

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NEW HEAD OF GIRLS' AND WOMEN'S CRICKET

June 23, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Dave Smith will take over as Head of TWCC Girls’ and Women’s cricket. He formally succeeds Andrew Cloke on September 1st. The initial agreement covers seasons 2021 and 2022. 

The role will cover the development of all female cricketers at the Club from age 7 upwards, through the player pathway for youth cricket which for those who wish it, ultimately leads into our Women’s team.

Dave has been a member of the TWCC 1st XI since 2014. He is Master in Charge of Cricket at Sevenoaks School and has been Director of Invicta Cricket Coaching since 2015. Whilst at University he had experience coaching in the women’s game with the Oxford University Women’s team. He played three first class games for Oxford MCCU between 2008 and 2011 and played for Oxfordshire CCC for 5 seasons. 

Chairman Mark Williams said, “We are really pleased to have Dave in the role, taking over from the excellent work of Andrew Cloke, and look forward to further successes for our junior players and the re-establishment of our Women’s team.”

Dave Smith commented, “I am very excited to start the role and help shape the future of girls’ and women’s cricket at the Club. TWCC is the best run club I have ever been involved with and is certainly the best club ground I have ever played at. It is my aim to build upon the good work of those before me and make the girls’ and women’s section the strongest in the South of England."

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KAPIL DEV, TWCC AND BOLLYWOOD!

July 13, 2019

The Nevill Ground hosted one of world cricket’s most historic matches between India and Zimbabwe on June 18th 1983. India had collapsed to 17 for 5 when captain Kapil strode to the wicket. It is an often-used cliché to say …and the rest is history. But in this case, it isn’t; it is legendary!