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CLUB T20 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

September 19, 2021

Tunbridge Wells CC made history yesterday as they won the ECB National Club T20 final at the home of Northamptonshire CC.

Their opponent Barnard Castle CC, who play their league cricket in the NYSD Premier Division, suffered a five-wicket defeat under an autumnal sun.

Having won the toss, and being cheered on by about 150 supporters who had travelled from the North East, Barnard Castle opted to bat, but their fate was effectively sealed as they made a poor start to their innings, slumping to 43-4.

Bailey Wightman (2-21) struck twice early on, removing 'Barney' skipper James Quinn for just two and then fellow opener Josh Bousfield for a duck.

Barnard Castle professional, Samarth Seth, was then out shortly after, bowled by Dave Smith for just nine, while Richard Borrowdale failed to trouble the scorers (b Joe McCaffrey).

Karl Carver (55no) and Finn Usher (22) moved the score along somewhat, as they put on 43 runs together for the fifth wicket.

Carver’s half-century came off 45 balls, which included six fours, and with James Clarkson (17no), he helped put on an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 39 crucial runs.That meant Barnard Castle finishing their innings on 125-5 from their allocated 20 overs.

Unfortunately,  TWCC lost opener Viraj Bhatia, as he fell for just five runs.

He was followed back to the pavilion shortly after, as skipper Christopher Williams was out for a duck, reducing us to 7-2.

Alex Williams and Ian McLean then put on 40 runs together for the third wicket, before McLean was run out.

Williams then started to open his shoulders and the runs began to flow, as he hit 53 not out from 44 balls, which included five fours and two spectacular sixes. Williams later collected a well-deserved Man of the Match award.

Mike Waller (15) and Dave Smith (5) came and went to leave Tunbridge Wells on 84-5 after 14 overs.

Matt Barker then hit a quick 35 not out from 18 balls, which included five fours and a six, to leave TWCC needing 12 runs off the last two overs.

Barker then smashed a six and two fours off the first three balls of the 19th over, to win the game on 128-5.

It was a truly memorable occasion for TWCC and those supporters who made the journey to the Midlands, as they won their first national silverware having reached the semi-final five years ago while the club reached a national final back in 1974 at Lord’s when Sunbury were the victors.

The journey to the final was long. Having been crowned Kent Champions in May by beating Old Wilsonians, TWCC then had to win an area semi final and final, as well as a regional final. An incredible achievement.

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STATS & FACTS FOR THE 2021 SEASON

September 15, 2021

1st XI

3rd in the KCL Premier Division

Chris Williams | 2nd in the League with most runs: 661

Mike Waller | 3rd in the League with most wickets: 30

Liam Buttery | 3rd in the League with most victims: 22

2nd XI

2nd in the KCL Premier 2nd XI

Hugo Williams | 5th in the League with most runs: 385

Johnny Shepherdson | 5th in the League with most wickets: 22

Ed Harwood | 6th in the League with most victims: 13

3rd XI

Winners of the SCL Div 7 East

Russ Collard | 1st in the League with most runs: 584

Jan Ball | 3rd in the League with most wickets: 24

4th XI

5th in the SCL Div 10 East

Charles Walker | 9th in the League with most runs: 373

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#REDFORRUTH

August 13, 2021

On Friday 13th August, TWCC will turn #RedForRuth in aid of The Ruth Strauss Foundation, the charity set up by Sir Andrew Strauss. The day aims to raise awareness of the need for bereavement support for families with children, when facing the death of a parent.


TWCC will be doing its bit to support this fundraiser by:

  • asking our youth members to wear red socks or shorts on Friday evening, in return for a £1 donation 

  • selling red sweets and biscuits, with all profits being donated to the charity

  • bidding for a very special signed TWCC shirt


The TWCC playing shirt was signed by Kabir Khan, Kapil Dev and Ranveer Singh on 10 July 2019. It commemorates the historic innings of 175 by India’s Kapil Dev at the Cricket World Cup, at the Nevill Ground, on June 18th 1983.

India went on to win the Cup.

More than a quarter of a century later, to mark the filming on the same ground in July 2019, of a re-enactment of the innings which made Kapil such a legend, as part of the film entitled ’83’, the three Indian stars signed the shirt in the pavilion.

For the chance to own this unique memento, please email us with your highest bid.

Deadline is 31 August 2021.

The committee is delighted to help such an important cause and will be doing its best to raise as much money as possible for families facing one of life’s toughest tests. We’d love the wider membership to help us raise as much as possible and join us in going #RedforRuth.


To make a direct donation or to find out more, please visit: www.RuthStraussFoundation.com/donate

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LADY TAVERNERS REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL

July 19. 2021

A huge game yesterday at the Nevill versus our arch rivals Spencer CC saw our U15 girls put on a terrific display and secure their place in the Regional Final.


Put in to bat we scored 163 for 5 off our 20 overs... a competitive score with all our batters going at a strike rate of in excess of 100 and while none of them went on to make a "biggy" there were some great partnerships throughout... none more important though than the ones between Anna/Ada/Emily who between them put on 55 runs in the last 6 overs and ensured we kept the momentum up... it was a great team batting performance... fearless cricket at it's best!


We then kept our heads and slowly increased the pressure until we finally broke Spencer's excellent opening partnership in the 10th over with the score on 67. From then on we regularly took wickets and bowled them all out in the 19th over for 135.


It was a great performance by all on a scorching hot day against a strong side who really fancied their chances against us.


Special mention must go to Ada Grieve who was unquestionably player of the match, she batted superbly, scoring 28  off 22 balls and thereby ensuring we got to a competitive total and then followed this up by taking 4 wkts for 27 runs off 4 overs including Spencer's very dangerous opener who she trapped LBW.


Regional final next, we don't know who or when but it's going to take some side to beat this fantastic bunch of girls.

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TWCC WIN THE KENT T20 CUP FINAL

May 30, 2021

Some of you may have been lucky enough to witness our 1st XI's win against Old Wilsonians on Sunday afternoon in the (2020) Final of the Kent Twenty20 Cup.

A wonderfully sunny Nevill Ground saw TWCC win by 42 runs in front of a delighted home crowd.

The first innings saw TWCC bat first and score 153/4 from the 20 overs, with a notable 72* for Viraj Bhatia, 31 for David Smith and 28 for Alex Williams. 

The second innings saw Old Wilsonians start well and a tight opening spell from Matt Barker and Joe McCaffrey saw their run rate increase. But with increasing pressure from the bowlers and good fielding, wickets tumbled (Mark Mclean 3-19 from 4 overs, and Mike Waller 2-15 for his 4 overs). Old Wilsonians finished on 111/8.

If you missed Sunday's match, this fixture, as well as all other future fixtures on the main Nevill Ground, is now available to watch on the TWCC YouTube channel. You can also follow live on Saturday afternoons.

TWCC's win on Sunday now mean that the team go through to represent the Kent Cricket League in the Area Finals of the National Competition. These will be held on Sunday 1st August although a venue has yet to be decided.

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HISTORICAL PHONE BOX RESTORATION

May 20, 2021

The 'iconic' phone box at the Nevill Ground has been restored to its former glory thanks to help from local residents and businesses.
The Grade II-listed phone box at was designed by General Post Office Engineering Unit between 1927 and 1930 and is made from wood and concrete.
Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club’s honorary secretary, Neil Williams told the Times: “It’s old and it will last a long time now – it’s a little bit iconic. 
“There are only four in the UK and only two in working condition, the other one is in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
“I’d like to say thank you to our local MP, Greg Clark, Charlotte Wickins from ITV, Andy Menzies from BT, Dave Chapman who contracted the work, and Debbie Salter from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.”

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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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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!