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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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TUNBRIDGE WELLS 'EXCITED TO PLAY COMPETITIVE CRICKET AGAIN' AS KENT PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON GETS UNDERWAY

May 5, 2021

Captain Chris Williams and his side can't wait to take on Lordswood in opening fixture with a good start in mind after three warm-up wins.

Read more 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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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!