Club History
A full record of the first 50 years is provided by Bill Kincaid’s “Half Century – The Story of Sunbury Cricket Club 1938 to 1988”.

This history assembled by Les Wood.

2011 – Contracted Surrey CCC players are allocated to the top clubs in the Surrey Championship to play in the Premier and 1st Divisions. All-rounder Chris Jordan is Sunbury’s allotted player.

Three Sunbury players – Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie -play for Ireland v Namibia in their Intercontinental Cup match.

Adam London scores 172 no v Reigate Priory in the home Premier League game – thehighest individual score for Sunbury in a 1st XI league game in the 1st XI’s top division.

It is another good season in the Surrey Championship.
1st XI have a highly successful season, finishing runners-up and being very much in the title race until, very disappointingly, a couple of abandoned games near the season end scupper their hopes.

2nd XI are somewhat inconsistent but there are several good young players coming through and they finish in a very creditable fourth place, with 7 wins in their 13 matches played – 5 abandoned!

The 3rds, also with several up and coming youngsters in the team, finish a very satisfactory fifth, the same position as the 4ths who do well often with the actual team much changed from that originally selected.

The Colts have another good year, with the u15s Middlesex champions.

Sunbury host the Surrey Trust League finals day.

The wickets have been good throughout the year but problems persist with the nets surface and arrangements are made for remedial work on this in the winter.

Kempton Park Juniors and Sunbury Galaxy football clubs link to the Sports Association for a combination of junior and senior football in the winter.

A new Playgroup operates midweek throughout the year in the Clubhouse.

A series of ‘live music’ evenings are held at the Club; these prove very successful, with some excellent musicians, and are well supported.

2010 – An ‘open day’ is held by the Club in April – c. 100 new families attend resulting in some 60 new Colts joining.

A ‘Sunday morning café’ is established with Neil, Nicky and Ryan McAndrew, Debbie and Laura Salter, and Dave and Bev Smith running it, very successfully.

Congratulations go to Stuart Poynter on making his debut for Middlesex in their match against Oxford University at The Parks.

This is a double promotion for Stuey who has found himself moved up firstly from the Middlesex Academy to the Middlesex 2nd XI, initially as temporary cover, which in turn led to a well deserved debut in the full Middlesex side in a 3 day match.

With both Adam London and Toby Roland-Jones also playing in the side this is the second time that 3 Sunbury players have played in a County match together.

With the ground in superb condition and with Sunbury now a Focus Club, several Surrey Colts games are hosted.

Additionally games are played involving touring teams from Canada and Australia, including an over 60s England v Australia match.

It is another good season in the Surrey Championship.

1st XI finish 3rd, being particularly successful in the limited over format. It is a young and enthusiastic team, with excellent team spirit, and they will be hopeful of doing even better next season.

2nd XI finish as runners up, being very much in the running for the title for much of the season before finishing rather disappointingly. Max Hall is outstanding with 1065 runs, by far the biggest league aggregate ever for the 2nds.

The 3rds and 4ths also do well with third and fourth places respectively.

The new nets surfaces are proving something of a problem with too much irregular bounce.

‘Gus’ Utting reaches 10000 runs for the Club, the majority having been scored for the 3rd XI.

Colin Bentall reaches 750 wickets for the Club, spread largely between the 2nd, 3rd and 4th XIs.

Halliford Colts Football Club affiliate to the SSA to play home games for some of their younger members, an arrangement that unfortunately does not work out as well as hoped for and only lasts for one winter.

2009 – Following Les Wood standing down as SSA Chairman after 20 years in that role, Michael Lowe takes over on a temporary basis. In March, Paul Watts formally becomes SSA Chairman.

Ian Pope in now the SSA’s ground contractor.

Andy Poynter is in the Ireland squad for the 20/20 World Cup qualifier, which they win.

Thanks in no small way to the hard efforts of SCC Secretary, Penny Hughes, funding/grants are arranged to enable a superb new, 4 lane nets facility to be installed. Sita provide a grant of c.£23000, Sports Foundation £10000, Lord’s Taverners £3000, and Surrey Cricket Trust £4000, while some 50 members and colts parents donate close on £5000.

The new nets are ready in July, and officially opened by Mayor of Spelthorne on 2 August.

Adam London now has a contract with Middlesex CCC. On 17 July he is England’s substitute at Lord’s in the Test Match v Australia. He scores 68 on Middlesex debut against Gloucestershire.

Stuart Poynter is in the Ireland u19 World Cup squad. He is also awarded a scholarship at Middlesex CCC for 2010.

John Maunders, having earned a contract with Essex, scores 150 for them against his former county, Leicestershire.

In August, Sunbury host the inaugural England over 60s v Australia over 60s match, which England win. Two days later, Sunbury’s ‘Squires’ win their match against Australia over 60s.

It is a decent year for the 1st XI who finish 3rd in the Surrey Championship Premier Division, up three places on the previous season.

James Kuiper sets a new Club Record scoring 217 not out for the 1st XI against Aldershot.

2nd XI struggle in comparison with the previous season but finish mid-table, while the 3rds stay 7th as in 2009.

Max Hall scores centuries 3 weeks in succession in 2nd XI league matches.

The Colts have another brilliant season. U11s win the Surrey League and Middlesex Cup. U12s win the Surrey League and Middlesex West Area Cup. U13s win the Middlesex West Area League. U14s win the Surrey and Middlesex West Area Leagues. U15s win the Surrey league. U17s are runners-up in the Middlesex League and win the Middlesex Alan Crowl Cup.

It is a fitting testament to Frank Sharman who stands down as Colts Manager after a fantastic 30 years in this role. He has overseen the progressive growth and development of the Colts Section and its transformation into one of the best Colts Clubs in this part of England. A special award is made to him in recognition of all his service to the Club over some 50 years of membership.

Bill Kincaid reaches 2000 wickets for Sunbury, most of these being for the 2nd and 3rd XIs. He is the 3rd person in the Club’s history to reach this milestone, having 3 times taken more than 100 wickets in a season – 119 in 1989 being the highest – and having 9 times been the 2nd XIs leading wicket taker.

Max Hall reaches 15000 runs for the Club, with more than 10000 of these for the 1st XI.

Anoop Manro reaches 15000 runs for the Club, split largely between the 2nd and 3rd XIs.

Toby Roland-Jones is awarded a contract at Middlesex CCC.

Following his retirement as Sunday cricket ‘supremo’ and Fixture Secretary – a role he has undertaken for 23 years all told – Bill Kincaid receives an award from the Club for all his work over many years. At various times, he has been Chairman, Club Captain, 2nd XI Captain, and Fixture Secretary, some years combining more than one of these jobs. Author of the excellent book, “Half Century”, the history of SCC in its first 50 years, as well, he has been a major contributor to the Club throughout his 30+ years membership.

Mavis McAndrew receives a special award at the annual Supper to mark her retirement from scoring after some 30 yrs as scorer, mainly for the 3rd XI, and more recently for the Squires.

At the AGM, Tony Schaffer stands down after 5 years as President; Peter Browne is elected as the new President of the Club.

2008 – 4 Sunbury players are selected for the Club Cricket Conference Tour to Australia – Max Hall [captain], Neil Farnsworth, Charlie Holcomb and Justin Grainger.

A new trial format is introduced for the Surrey Championship 1st XI Premier Division. Half the games are to be limited overs matches [50 overs], the remainder on the same basis as previously. There will be just a single league and winners of a limited overs match get 10 points.

The 4th XI join the newly formed Surrey Championship 4th XI Division.

Joel Pope gains a contract with Leicester CCC.

Adam London secures a summer contract with Middlesex CCC.

Luke Woodcock returns from New Zealand for a second season with the Club, and takes over as 1st XI Captain.

The Sunday 1st XI has a great run in the Evening Standard Cup, reaching the final after a nerve wrecking 1 run win against Wimbledon, defending a total of 133 in the reduced overs semi-final.

Unfortunately bad weather prevents the final being played at the Oval and Ealing draw home advantage in the re-scheduled game.

A 135 run opening partnership between John Maunders and Toby Roland-Jones sets Sunbury up but after the latter is dismissed, the batting collapses. Despite John scoring a high quality 102, the upshot is a rather disappointing 202 total. Some very steady bowling and keen fielding keep Ollie Roland-Jones’ side in the hunt throughout the Ealing innings but the home team grasp a 2 wicket victory in the end.

The Surrey Championship season is again disrupted by periods of poor weather but this does not stop the 2nd XI finishing runners-up in their league. For a long period it looks as though Matt Golding’s side will take the title but they just fall short in the final couple of weeks.

The 4th XI, in the inaugural league for 4th XIs, do really well and finish in 2nd place.

The 1st XI have a very up and down season; for weeks they are unable to win league matches of the ‘traditional’ format but they do well in the limited overs games. Improvement in the latter part of the season, however, sees them finish in a reasonably comfortable 6th place.

The 3rd XI also struggle in their league until rallying in the last few games.

The Chieftains, captained by Kevin Smith, win the Surrey Trust League.

The U15s win the Middlesex league with a 7 wicket victory over Potters Bar in the final.

Clubmark accreditation at long last is achieved.

2007

Matthew Todd takes over as Director of Cricket.

SCC acquire the services of Luke Woodcock a left hand batsman and slow left arm bowler from Wellington in New Zealand – he does well for us with both bat and ball, scoring 1000+ runs and taking 50+ wickets in all matches played for the Club.

Disappointly, the season is ruined by a lot of bad weather and abandoned/cancelled games. The 1st XI consolidate their position back in the Premier Division by finishing an encouraging fifth. The 2nd XI and 3rd XI have decent seasons but the 4th XI are out of their depth in their division and finish last.

Max Hall reaches 10000 runs for the 1st XI where he has been the season’s leading run scorer on 5 occasions.

Anoop Manro reaches 700 wickets for SCC – mainly for the 2nd and 3rd XIs.

On one of the few fine days, a very successful benefit day is held for David Nash.

Nashy’s benefit book talks about his time at Sunbury

The Sunday 1st XI win the Middlesex Federation Cup – although they only have to play 1 game!

All the Colts XIs reach the semi-finals stage in their Cup competitions, but only u15s go on to lift a trophy.

The Squires XI are invited to play Crawley Down in the latter’s centenary match.

2006

Jamie Hewitt is appointed Director of Cricket.

The main scorebox is adapted and a new electronic scoreboard is installed

It proves to be an outstanding season for the Club.

The 1st XI, led by Gareth Lewis, win Surrey Championship Division 1 to gain promotion to the Premier league, recording victories against Spencer, Ashtead, Avorians, Banstead, Purley [twice], Normandy, Cheam, Camberley and Beddington.

Jamie Hewitt [545 runs], Richard Gould [451], and Adam London [432] are the leading run getters, but valuable contributions also come from Andy Poynter, Max Hall, Olly Roland-Jones, Neil Farnsworth, and David Nash, the latter making a brilliant century against Purley in a vital match near the end of the season. Matthew Todd is the leading wicket taker with 36 and bowls consistently well. Danny Pope [24], Olly Roland-Jones [18], Adam Stanier [18], and Jamie Hewitt [15] all produce important performances, while Neil Farnsworth and Joel Pope do the wicket keeping duties.

The team completes an excellent year by winning the FMS 20/20 competition.

The 2nd XI also have a great season winning their division, finishing the league with 9 successive wins. Victories come against Malden Wanderers [twice], Weybridge [twice], Dulwich [twice], Normandy, Reigate Priory, Esher, Beddington and Sutton.

Gavin Spencer captains the team to this success, and is leading run scorer with 486. Charlie Holcomb [354], Matt Golding [328], Martin Miles [261], Owamir Afzal [246] are the other leading batsmen, but there are good contributions also from Max Hall, Joel Pope, Richard Gabb, Neil Khanna and Neil Farnsworth. Colin Bentall leads the bowling with 32 wickets, followed by Steve Lewis [19], Owamir Afzal [15], Toby Roland-Jones [15], Jason Orr [14] Scott Anstiss [12] and Kevin Smith [10].

The 3rd XI, under John Salter’s leadership, finish the season runners-up in their league. Darren London is leading scorer with 347 runs and Stuart Poynter scores 305. Shane White, Paul Scott, Anoop Manro, and John Salter each score more than 200. Veterans Anoop Manro [30 wickets] and Bill Kincaid [29] are leading wicket takers with Andy King, Paul Scott and Nobby Clarke backing them up.

The 4th XI look due for relegation to Kookaburra League Division 3 but perform creditably in a really tough division. In the event they retain Division 2 status

The Colts have a very successful season as well, winning 3 West Surrey titles, 3 Middlesex county and 6 area titles. The U17s win the Middlesex Chairman’s Cup and the U10s beat Ealing at Lord’s to lift the Gubby Allen Cup.

The Club also achieves the bronze and silver standards in its aim to reach full Clubmark status.

A successful benefit day is held for Richard Johnson, our ex Colt and England, Middlesex CCC & Somerset CCC player – one of the few professional cricketers to take 10 wickets in an innings [Middlesex v Derbyshire 1994 – 10 for 45].

Micky O’Sullivan reaches 1000 wickets for the Club, the majority of these being for the 3rd XI where he has topped the bowling aggregates in league matches on ten occasions.

Richard Gould reaches 10000 runs for the 1st XI – where he has topped the batting aggregates in league games on three occasions.

Les Wood’s long playing career with SCC is brought to a close by knee injury. He started playing in 1956 and has played in 50 seasons. He was a regular, usually as an opener, in the 1st XI for 25 seasons and was 1st XI/Club Captain for six years. He has nearly 25000 runs in total – the second highest in the history of the Club – with 20000 of these for the 1st XI. In addition he has taken nearly 600 wickets with his left arm slow bowling, one of the best all round returns for the Club.

Peter Richardson calls time on his career at Sunbury. He has scored over 16000 runs and taken more than 650 wickets, in both cases the vast majority for the 1st XI. He has been leading scorer in league matches in 4 seasons and has been one of the very top all rounders ever to play for SCC.

After more than 40 years as a player, Philip Forman decides it is time to retire. He has scored 12000+ runs and taken 700+ wickets, including nearly 3000 runs and 200+ wickets for the 1st XI, with most of the rest for the 2nd XI. His 1028 in 1978 was the first time 1000+ runs had been scored in a season for the 2nd XI.

It is also the last season for Alan Cox following his move to Cornwall. He has played since 1980 and scored more than 11500 runs, mainly for the 2nd and 3rd XIs, both of which teams he captained. His wicketkeeping also produced a high number of ‘victims’. He has been an excellent ‘Clubman’ throughout, contributing significantly off the field as well, having been Treasurer and Secretary for 8 and 2 years respectively.

At the Player’s Supper, Tony Schaffer and Les Wood are presented with salvers to mark 50 years service with the Club.

Further major work is done on the top square.

2005

David Kaye and Les Wood are appointed as SSA Trustees.

SCC have a ‘non-playing’ tour to Cape Town to see South Africa v England test match.

Chris Notton of CN Sportsground Maintenance takes over as ground contractor. The top square, in particular, plays better but still needs improving. Major re-levelling/re-seeding work is arranged for the Autumn.

Lower pavilion rebuilt by Chris Page, with new scorebox constructed.

4 SCC players selected for the Club Cricket Conference team to tour the West Indies – Max Hall [CCC captain], Neil Farnsworth, Richard Gould, & Charlie Holcomb.

Andy Poynter and Joel Pope selected for the Middlesex CCC Academy.

New Honours Boards and a Life Members Board – funded by donations from members – unveiled in memory of Geoff and Wyn Kaye. Their sons, David and Philip, present portrait of Geoff to the Club.

The teams in the Surrey Championship all finish rather disappointed with their seasons. The 1st XI challenge strongly for a promotion spot in the first half of the season but fade in the end. The 2nds put themselves in positions to win more often than

not but suffer too much inconsistency. The 3rd XI, with a mix of youngsters and veterans, miss too many chances and finish mid table.

The 4s perform creditably in their first season in Kookaburra League Div 2.

The 1s have good cup runs in the National Knock Out – reaching the quarter finals before being beaten by Horsham – and in the Evening Standard Cup by High Wycombe.

They also reach finals of Middlesex 20/20 competition, losing to Finchley.

Other Sunday cricket continues to go extremely well.

Not such a good season for the Colts but U10s and U13s win their West Surrey leagues. U17s win West Middlesex’ Alan Crowl Cup.

Andy Poynter makes his first class debut with Middlesex CCC. He is also selected for the Ireland U19s World Cup squad.

Thanks not least to the generosity of certain long standing members in making significant donations, and to several years of good levels of sponsorship, the Club’s finances are in as good a shape as they have ever been.

Les Wood, current Chairman of SSA, completes 30 years in office having also in this time held positions as Chairman, 1st XI/Club Captain and Treasurer of SCC, and Treasurer of SSA.

SCC President, Tony Schaffer, completes 25 years in office having previously held the Chairman, Secretary and Team Secretary positions.

2004

SCC tour Tobago and take in the West Indies v England test match in Trinidad.

New artificial wicket surface installed, with financial assistance from Middlesex County Youth Trust and Lord’s Taverners.

New club shirts, with a navy trim and individually numbered acquired – auctioned to club members in a successful fund raising exercise.

New water storage tank acquired and installed with a view to improved watering of both top and bottom squares.

Sunbury register as a Community Amateur Sports Club.

Mark Gillespie from New Zealand ‘A’ and Wellington plays for the season for the 1st XI.

A modest season for XIs in the Surrey Championship after a wet start to the season and some disappointing early performances – although a much improved second half to the season.

4th XI finish 3rd in Kookaburra League Division 3 and gain promotion.

Resurgence of Sunday cricket continues under Bill Kincaid’s direction – the most games played on Sundays for 10 years.

Sunbury reach finals of the Middlesex 20/20 competition.

Academy XI enter the 3 Counties 2nd XI Sunday league and win at the first attempt.

Colts again have a great season, taking the Victor Ludorum Trophy for the fourth time in six years – very fitting, with Colts Manager, Frank Sharman, completing his 25th successive year in this role.

U10s, 12s & 13s win their West Surrey Leagues. U13s & 15s win their Middlesex Leagues. U11s, 15s, & 17s win their Middlesex Cups with the 15s reaching the last 16 of the National Competition. U16s again win the John Charcoal Cup. U10s again win the Sir Gubby Allen Cup in the final at Lord’s.

Chris Page’s wickets in Surrey Championship matches for SCC now exceed 750 – 764 to be precise.

The lower pavilion is very badly damaged in an arson attack. Insurance claim made and rebuild arranged for the coming Spring.

The year ends on a very sad note with the passing of Geoff Kaye at the age of 84. Geoff and three school friends founded Sunbury Cricket Club in 1938, and it was always his ambition to see the Club progress and become one of the best. He served as an Officer of the Club throughout – for 23 years as Secretary -and this year was his 37th year as President. He was very instrumental in the move from Cedars Recreation Ground to the London Irish Rugby Club ground in The Avenue, and was again very much the driving force [heavily involved in negotiations and fund raising] behind the acquisition of Kenton Court Meadow where SCC amalgamated with Hampton Hockey Club to form Sunbury Sports Geoff was SSA’s first Secretary, was its Treasurer on a couple of occasions, and was one of its Trustees from 1960. In Committee Geoff could be awkward and argumentative, and was not averse to doing ‘his own thing’, sometimes to the annoyance of some other Committee members. However, socially, he was generous with his hospitality and excellent company, and he had very many friends.

The bottom line was that Geoff was very determined to make his Club, Sunbury, a top class club, and he got things done. Without doubt, the Club would not be where it is now but for his single mindedness.

Tony Schaffer takes over as President.

Richard Barker stands down after 10 years of sterling work in Committee roles – 3 years as SCC Chairman, 5 as SCC Treasurer and throughout as SSA Treasurer.

Arthur Hughes stands down as one of the SSA Trustees after 20 years in official positions with SCC and/or SSA.

2003

New practice nets surfaces and netting installed.

Relaid part of top square now in use.

Surrey Championship playing conditions changed as an experiment. Ist XI matches start at 12 noon and comprise 120 overs, with the side batting first entitled to bat for no more than 65 overs. For 2nd and 3rd XIs, matches start at 1 p.m., are over 100 overs, and the side batting first has a maximum of 55 overs.

Richard Johnson gains his first England cap v Zimbabwe at Durham and what an impact he makes. A quick fire 24 off 14 balls is followed by 6 for 33 as England demolish the tourists, and he earns Man of the Match, a terrific start to his test career.

2nd XI, led by Martin Miles, win the Premier division for 2nd XIs. 10 of their league games won including a run of 8 matches, to take the title ahead of Wimbledon and Guildford. In addition to the Captain, the squad comprised Scott Anstiss, Neil Farnsworth, Matt Golding, Neil Khanna, Bill Kincaid, Robert Lewis, Adam London, Darren London, Daniel Midwinter, Chris Page, Mark Reynolds, Neil Reynolds, Toby Roland-Jones, John Salter, Adam Stanier & Nick Turnbull.

The Sunday 1st XI, led by Scott Anstiss, win the Three Counties Sunday League for 2nd successive year.

The Colts have yet another tremendous season, their best ever, with 139 matches played – and win the Victor Ludorum Trophy again.

U10s win Gubby Allen Cup & league and the Middlesex West Area League. U11s win Middlesex and Surrey Cups. U12s win Middlesex West Area league. U15s win Middlesex and Surrey Cups and league. They also reach the Regional Finals, the last 8 in the country. U16s win the John Charcol Cup. U17s win the Middlesex West Area league.

2002

Top square back in play, albeit with the relaid center strips earmarked for 2003 season.

Ground work now in the hands of a contractor, Andy Webster, former groundsman at Teddington. Top square promises well for the future; bottom square now to be worked on.

Further sightscreens purchased; all the old screens now replaced, partly thanks to generous external sponsorship and donations from a number of Life Members/Vice presidents.

A very generous sponsorship deal from Serco enables purchase of some top quality wicket covers.

All three XIs in the Surrey Championship find the season a struggle, with disaster for the 1st XI which is relegated to Division 1. Inability to get sides out and/or to contain runs is a constant problem, and the team face several opposition scores of 300 plus, and one of 401 for 5 declared by Banstead.

4th XI have an excellent season in the Kookaburra League finishing 3rd and gaining promotion to Div. 2.

The Sunday 1st XI, led by Neil Farnsworth, win the Three Counties Sunday League. They also reach semi-finals of Middlesex Federation Cup.

A new programme for Sunday cricket, devised by Bill Kincaid, with Chieftains, Academy, Squires, Optimists, Pessimists and Nomads XIs playing a few games each, in addition to the 1st XI league and cup matches, is a major success. 62 Sunday games are played in total.

The Colts section has another outstanding year, with success at all levels. U17s win league/cup double in Middlesex, and U13s their cup. U10s, U11s, and U15s all win their competitions in West Surrey League.

Sunbury Colts represent cricket and take part in the Queen’s Jubilee parade past Buckingham Palace.

Max Hall captains the Surrey Championship XI to Sovereign Cup success in the Inter-Leagues competition.

2001

Major problems with the top square – 1st and 2nd XIs play their season on the bottom square, with 3rds and 4ths on the top using the half of the square which is playable, albeit poor in quality. Management Committee decision taken to relay the center of the top square at the end of the season.

3rd XI, captained by John Salter, win their League, 7 points ahead of runners-up, Reigate Priory, and are champions for the sixth time. John is leading run getter with 454, and Mickey O’Sullivan and Anoup Manro are leading wicket takers with 36 apiece. However, valuable contributions are made by most of the squad, the other ‘regulars’ being Graham Felce, Alan Cox, Nobby Clarke, Neil McAndrew, Colin Bentall, Neil Reynolds, Scott Napier, James House, and Tom Connors, with Andrew Poynter, Bruce Macdonald, Darren London, Richard Cook, Richard Gabb, James Barker, Robert Lewis and Bill Kincaid each playing a handful of games.

1st XI and 2nd XI each have good starts in their league campaigns but fade to finish 6th and 4th respectively. 4th XI have a difficult season but avoid relegation, Kevin Brown breaking his own ‘Club highest individual score’ when he hit 209 (187 in boundaries!) in the match against Putney.

Sunbury enter the Three Counties Sunday League in Division 2, and finish runners-up to gain promotion for the next season.

The Colts have another great season, and are awarded the Victor Ludorum Cup for the 2nd time as recognition for being the best Colts Section in Middlesex. U10s win their Surrey league and U16s win the John Charcoal Cup.

A record number of 248 colts are registered with the Club.

Richard Johnson becomes the first Sunbury player to be selected for a full England tour, to India in November/December.

Max Hall is elected Vice Captain for the Club Cricket Conference tour of Australia this coming winter.

Revised, more streamlined Management Committee structure for running the Club approved at last AGM comes in to effect from November, with Richard Barker taking over as Chairman from Tony Schaffer, who is retiring from this position after 7 years in office.

2000

Phil Chandler, from New Zealand, appointed Director of Cricket. A pretty dismal summer with a lot of rain, and with few good batting wickets either at home or away. Many games cancelled, and except for the 1st XI, availability of players is patchy. 1st XI have excellent start to season but fade later. Nonetheless 2nd place in the Premiership, quarter-finals in the Evening Standard Cup and a run in the National Knock-Out Cup make for a good season overall. The other XIs suffer from not having ‘regular sides’ and have generally disappointing seasons. Chris Page becomes the second player in the Club history to take more than 2000 wickets (1900+ for the 1st XI)

The Colts have a record year, with 23 colts representing either Middlesex or Surrey at the various age groups. 238 colts registered all told. 4 county titles gained, the U11s winning both the County League and Cup. U16s runners-up in Charcoal Cup. U17s win the County Cup final by beating Eastcote, and also the 4 Counties Tournament at Guildford.

Levelling and re-seeding of the whole of the top square arranged at the end of the season, but work is seriously hampered by weather – the wettest Autumn on record.

Les Wood completes 25 years in office as either Chairman, Club Captain and/or Treasurer of SCC, or Chairman of SSA.

Tony Schaffer, now SCC Chairman, completes 20 years in office having previously been Secretary and Team Secretary.

Arthur Hughes has now done 15 years in official positions, 6 years as SCC Chairman followed by continuing years as one of the SSA Trustees.

1999

Colt’s trophy cabinet installed in the pavilion. The first year of the Premiership in the Surrey Championship – 10 teams playing each other home and away, with 2 to be relegated, matches starting 11 a.m. and finishing 7.30 p.m., being based on a minimum of 120 overs, with side batting first having a maximum of 66 overs, and a minimum over rate requirement of 16 per hour. 1st XI finish a commendable 3rd. 2nd XI, led by Mark Reynolds, win the top division for 2nd XIs for the first time. 10 of their league games won including the last 5 matches, to take the title ahead of Esher, who they beat in the last game, and Reigate Priory. 3rd XI third in their division – the best set of league positions for the top three elevens. 4th XI retain mid table position in their league. Chris Page leading wicket taker for the 1st XI for the 15th time, 4 times achieving 100+ wickets in a season.

U13s and U15s win their leagues in Surrey. U15s also win their league in Middlesex. Frank Sharman in his 20th successive year as Colts Manager.

1998

Geoff Kaye – 60 years an Officer of SCC. Sunbury Cricket Society formed to sponsor and promote Sunbury cricket. Jimmy Adams (Jamaica and West Indies) appointed Director of Cricket at Sunbury.

1st and 2nd XI Championship matches now 12.30pm to 7.30pm with side batting first able to bat 65 overs. 1st XI, captained by Chris Cowell, play outstandingly well as a team and win the Surrey Championship Division 1. Victories, including several in the last over, are achieved against Avorians, Spencer, Cheam, Honor Oak, Beddington, Limpsfield, Banstead, Farnham, Walton, Reigate Priory, Old Emanuel and Weybridge. Jimmy Adams is first SCC player to score over 1000 runs in a season in the league – 1047 runs and 29 wickets is a major contribution but there are notable performances throughout the squad, namely:- Rene Addabo (566 runs and 21 wickets), Peter Richardson (523 and 21), Peter Wellings (385 and 11), Chris Cowell (190 and 28), Gareth Lewis (134 and 7), Neil Farnsworth (172), Gavin Spencer (129), Richard Gould (145), Andy Cook (18 wkts), Dean Spencer, Marcus Robinson. SCC 1st XI awarded the Arthur Rackham ‘Team of the Year’ trophy, presented in conjunction with the Surrey Herald.

The most successful Colts season in the history of the club. SCC Colts win the Victor Ludorum as the top Colts Club in Middlesex. U10s win Gubby Allen Trophy at Lords. U13s win Middlesex League beating Eastcote in the Final, and also the County Ken Barrington Cup to qualify for the Subaru National Cup Regional Play-offs. The team finish 3rd overall. U15s win County League and Cup, and reach last 4 (out of 1400) in National Finals where they finish 3rd. 22 SCC colts selected to represent county sides during the season. Frank Sharman receives Spelthorne Mayor’s Award for special achievements and services to sport in the Borough.

1997

Following English Cricket Board announcing structural changes for cricket and the desire for ‘Raising the Standard’, Surrey Championship indicate intention to form a Premier Division of 10 clubs in 1999 – top 10 teams in Divsion 1 in 1998 to qualify. Playing hours extended (basic 12.30 pm. – 7.30 pm.) in Championship 1st XI matches in 1998 – up to 65 overs for side batting first. Special General Meeting held following Hockey Club’s request for an all weather pitch to be installed on ground. The meeting votes against agreement with the vast majority of members, while sympathetic to the Hockey Club’s aims, feeling that it would be severely detrimental to SCC’s future and top class stature. SCC subsequently establish a Sub Committee to consider future development in case the Hockey Club move from Kenton Court Meadow. Pavilion re-roofing is completed. 3rd XI, captained by Gus Utting, finish runners up in their Division.

1996

A difficult year with SCC one of four clubs in dispute with Surrey Championship regarding the arrangements for registration of players. A Court dispute is avoided but it is a very unsatisfactory episode. Mens showers area in the pavilion refurbished. Chris Page leading wicket taker for 1st XI for 14th time. Bill Kincaid leading wicket taker for 2nd XI for 9th time, having taken 100 wickets on 3 occasions. Bill Kincaid retires from office after 17 years during which he has, at various times, been Chairman, Club Captain, and/or 2nd XI Captain and, throughout, Fixture Secretary.

1995

Another very average season for the Club as a whole. Four 1st XI batsmen score 1000+ runs (Peter Richardson 1541, Max Hall 1342, Chris Cowell 1211, Richard Gould 1082). Richard Johnson awarded Middlesex cap and selected for England’s winter tour of South Africa – but injury forces his withdrawal. David Nash is selected for England U19 XI – he and Jamie Hewitt make Middlesex CCC debuts.

1994

A wet start and finish to the season, with a long hot spell in between – a generally disappointing season, apart from 4th XI. Gary Denne scores 1000+ runs for 1st XI for 6th successive season. 4th XI have their best season – 24 wins. Richard Johnson selected for England A Tour to India. David Nash selected for England U17 v India. U17s win their league but lose in the Middlesex Final to Winchmore Hill. U16s lose to Addiscombe in final of the John Charcol Cup.

1993

1st and 2nd XI Championship matches now 1.30pm – 7.15pm. 3rd XI league split into two divisions with promotion and relegation. Peter Richardson scores 1000+ runs for 1st XI for 7th successive season. Richard Johnson plays for England U19s v Sri Lanka. A complete refit is undertaken to the pavilion’s kitchen.

1992

Evening Standard Challenge Trophy introduced for the 64 top London clubs. 1st XI reach Semi Finals but lose to Fives and Heronians. The first SEAXE week at Sunbury is held in July. A large part of the pavilion roof is renovated. Part of the bottom square is relaid. All the XIs finish in the top 6 of their respective leagues. 4th XI join the Slazenger League and, led by Dave Poynter, win Division 5 at the first attempt. Subsequent promotion is to Division 3. 3rd XI finish runners up in their Division. Same four batsmen as in previous season score 1000+ runs in 1st XI (Richardson 1281, Denne 1169, Shaw 1140, Bennett 1079). Kevin Brown sets new Club record score of 179 during a Club record partnership of 305 with Ian Gamble in 4th XI match v West Drayton. Richard Johnson makes Middlesex CCC debut and is selected for England U18s tour of South Africa. David Nash plays for England Schools U14 XI. U15 XI finalists in National Cup v Eastcote.

1991

New artificial wicket installed on bottom square. 3rd XI, captained by Neil Eastman, win their league. Also, 3rd XIs best ever season with 29 wins. 2nd XI, led by John Salter, finish runners up in their Division. Peter Richardson sets record of 1921 runs in season for 1st XI. Three other players score 1000+ runs for 1st XI (Gary Denne 1397, Paul Bennett 1371 and Clive Shaw 1031). Chris Page completes 1500 wkts for SCC (close on 1400 for 1st XI, including 100+ wickets in 4 seasons). The start of 5th XI fixtures on some Saturdays. U17 XI win Middlesex Chairman’s Cup.

1990

A decade seeing the introduction of a Premiership in the Surrey Championship and a move towards a more professional approach by the leading clubs. Whether this proves to be good in the long term remains to be seen. Also a generally successful decade for the club sides, starting with strength throughout, and especially in the 3rd and 4th XIs, and finishing with 3 very good seasons for the 1st XI including the Championship title in 1998 and the 2nd XI winning their division for the first time in 1999. Poorer player availability, especially on Sundays, is a concern, albeit many clubs are in the same situation. The Colts continue to go from strength to strength.

Another dry summer with lots of runs. Bruce Macdonald reaches 20,000 runs for club (19,000+ for 1st XI). 4th XI’s best season – 24 wins. Dean Spencer captains Surrey U15 XI. Kwik cricket introduced – SCC now has over 100 colts. 1000+ runs scored in 4th XI for first time, by Ian Gamble.

1989

2nd XI, captained by John Salter, win their Division comfortably with a record breaking 18 league wins. Also, the 2nd XI’s best ever season with 29 victories. A hot, dry summer with batting wickets and runs galore. Many club and individual records broken. 41 centuries scored within the club – 13 in 1st XI, 14 in 2nd XI, 3 in 3rd XI, 6 in 4th XI and 5 by Colts. Gary Denne sets new 1st XI record with 984 runs in Surrey Championship matches.Gary Denne and Clive Shaw opening partnership of 203 v Esher sets new highest partnership for 1st XI. Les Wood and Azad Rizvi opening partnership of 222 in 2nd XI v Streatham Hollingtonians is Sunbury’s highest in a Surrey Championship match. Colts U11s win County Final against Eastcote. U11 side also win their Surrey league. David Nash takes 6 wickets in 6 balls in U11 game v Richmond. Richard Johnson captains Middlesex U14 XI.

1988

Jubilee Year, and Bill Kincaid’s;Half Century – the history of SCC; is published. Geoff Kaye now an Officer of the Club for 50 years. A terrific team achievement by 1st XI, captained by Jack Prosser, who win Surrey Championship Division 1, with 10 victories (against Malden Wanderers, Oatlands Park, Wimbledon, Honor Oak, Beddington, Addiscombe, Purley, Spencer, Old Whitgiftians and Met Police), 9 draws and no defeats. Other main team members – Nigel Thomas (428 runs), Bruce Macdonald (329), Clive Shaw (324), Peter Richardson (308 + 26 wkts), Chris Page (46 wkts), Paul Harrington (28), Col Tibbetts (28), Simon Smith (wicketkeeper), Andy Cook, Gary Denne, Paul Edwards, Philip Forman, Jon Vincent.

2nd XI play poorly and are relegated to Division 2.

Jubilee matches v Samuel Whitbread Old England XI (drawn with scores level at 152 for 6), v MCC (SCC win by 5 wkts), and v Surrey Championship XI (SCC win by 2 wkts).

Colts XIs all win their leagues and U11s win West Area Final against Wycombe House.

‘Past and Present’ Dinner and Jubilee Ball held, in addition to Players Supper – all very successful, well supported events.

Frank Darby’s last season as 1st XI scorer after 30 years dedication to this role, including the early compilation of the Club’s records.

Les Wood becomes third SCC member to be SSA Chairman.

1987

Surrey Championship expanded by amalgamation with Surrey Cricketers League. Two divisions for 1st and 2nd XIs. Promotion and relegation introduced (2 up and 2 down). Overseas and contracted players restricted to 1 per side, and have to be registered. Neutral umpires for 1st XI Championship matches. 3rd XI, captained by Brian Eastman/Ian Chappell, win their league. Les Wood reaches 20,000 runs for SCC (nearly 19,400 for 1st XI). Jack Prosser leading wicket taker for the 1st XI for the 5th time. Ground problems, including drainage and quality of squares, exacerbated by major storm damage to sightscreens.

1986

3rd XI, captained by Brian Eastman, win their league. Eric Burdett reaches 2000 wickets for SCC. Roger Carter leading wicket taker for 2nd XI for 8th time in 9 seasons, including one when he took 100+ wickets. Colts U17 XI win their league.

1985

Colts U17 XI win their league and reach final of County Cup, losing to Brentham in final. Eric Burdett leading wicket taker for 3rd XI for the 10th time in 12 years.

1984

A dreadful time for the 1st XI with only 6 wins all season.

1983

Artificial wicket installed on bottom square. Standard hours introduced into Championship matches for 1st and 2nd XIs – basically 2pm – 7.45pm. Australian ‘overseas cricketers’ at SCC for the season and they dominate as 1st XI are undefeated in the league. Flagpoles acquired and dedicated as memorial to the late Ross Smith.

1982

Batting/bowling points discontinued in the Surrey Championship. Championship now has a sponsor, Eve Construction, and two new balls per match introduced for 1st and 2nd XI games.

1981 – 1983

Colts U17 XI win their league. The commencement of Middlesex Colts matches at Sunbury. Squash Courts built with a view to enhancing flagging SSA income. Ross Smith retires from posts which have included Chairman, Club Captain and SSA Chairman, after 24 years in office.

1980

A period when, for a time, the club lacked top quality players and continuity in Club Captain role – 1st XI and 2nd XI go through several poor/disappointing seasons, before Jack Prosser turns things round and leads 1st XI to the Division 1 Championship in SCC’s Jubilee Year. Good strength in the lower XIs with 3rd XI three times winners of their league – decline in the standard of Sunday cricket becomes more acute although SCC continues to be the only club in Surrey with 4 XIs both Saturdays and Sundays – very little ‘all day’ cricket – problems with the squares, and pavilion rapidly deteriorating.

Club tour to Germany to play British Army of the Rhine (BOAR). 3rd XI, captained by Brian Eastman, win their league. Bruce Macdonald scores 1000+ runs for 1st XI for 6th time in 7 years. Colts U15 and U13 XIs win their leagues.

1979

Bonus points for batting and bowling introduced in Surrey Championship. The start of several disappointing seasons for the top XIs. New bar areas/layout established within the pavilion.

1978

1st XI, captained by Les Wood, finish 3rd in league – 4 batsmen each score 1000+ runs, the first time this has been achieved (Bruce Macdonald 1531, Les Wood 1165, Steve Perkins 1113; Chris Page 1071). Chris Page completes ‘double’ by taking 100 wickets. 1000+ runs scored in 2nd XI for first time, by Phil Forman.

1977

League changes its name to Surrey Championship, with an increase to 22 clubs. 1st XI reach Final of Surrey Knock Out Cup but lose to Beddington. 3rd XI league established in Surrey Championship and Eric Burdett’s 3rd XI win it. David Watts stands down after 15 years as Fixture Secretary during which time he has established a very high quality fixtures list.

1976

1st XI reach Final of Surrey Knock Out Cup at Oval but lose to Old Emanuel.

1975

Terry Kinsley leading wicket taker for 5th year in sucession in 2nd XI.

1974

Ross Smith, in his 18th and last season as Captain, leads the 1st XI to victory in the National Knock Out Cup Final on 24 August at Lords. Sunbury, having scored 111, had beaten Southport (107 for 9) by 4 runs in a remarkable match on a rain affected wicket to reach the Final where they met Tunbridge Wells

SCC squad at Lords:- Ross Smith, Les Wood, Bruce Macdonald, Raj Sood, Jivvi Sharma, Sham Nayyar, Dave Boothman, Chris Page, Arthur Hughes, Jack Porter, David Kaye, Terry Kinsley.

Tunbridge Wells were restricted to 204 for 3 off their 45 overs, against steady Sunbury bowling which was well supported in the field. Sunbury’s batting was sensible and positive throughout and they reached their target comfortably in 40.1 overs, scoring 206 for 3 – Sood 113 and Sharma 48 not out.

Ross Smith reaches 20,000 runs for SCC 1st XI, having passed 1000+ runs in a season 8 times.

Sunbury host John Player League match Surrey v Leicestershire.

1973

Surrey Championship enlarged to 19 clubs and the ‘winning draw’ introduced. Sunbury host John Player League match Surrey v Warwickshire. Arthur Hughes reaches 1500 wickets for SCC, nearly all for 1st XI. Also, leading wicket taker for 14th successive season, having taken 100+ wickets on 4 occasions.

1972

Shaam Nayyar scores over 1000 1st XI runs for 5th successive season. Colts Section formally established under a Colts Manager with qualified coaches supporting. Sunbury host John Player League match Surrey v Gloucestershire.

1971

1000+ runs in 3rd XI for first time, by Roy Clemson.

1970s

Competitive league and cup cricket begins to dominate club cricket – an ‘up and down’ period which sees SCC’s ‘finest hour’ to date and the retirement of several of SCCs best ever players – SCC’s top square excellent for most of this decade. Standard hours and playing conditions introduced for Championship matches.

1969

The first year of the National Knock Out Cup. Ross Smith scores 161 in Championship match versus Epsom (the eventual winners) – a Championship record for 11 years.

1968

SCC one of 17 founder members of the Surrey Championship Cricket Association, the first league in the south of England. 1st XI play Middlesex CCC on 2 June in Ron Hooker’s benefit match.

1967

Geoff Kaye steps down as Secretary after 23 years in that role, and 7 years as Treasurer before that. Frank Steffens retires after 17 years during which he has been President, Chairman and SSA Chairman. Ross Smith takes over latter role.

1966

Ross Smith leading 1st XI run scorer for 13th successive season, 8 times scoring more than 1000 runs. Eric Burdett leading wicket taker for 2nd XI for 7th successive season, 5 times taking 100+ wickets. The flat/extension added to the pavilion.

1964

Biennial fixture established against MCC. Bowls Club established as third ‘ground user’ within SSA. Under Frank Castle’s supervision and care, the ground progressively improves.

1963

Harold Wood Memorial Gates dedicated. Formation of ’63 Club’ by members of SCC, Ashford CC and Laleham CC to play midweek cricket.

1962

SCC play Lord’s Taverners on 8 July. Ross Smith scores over 1000 1st XI runs for 5th successive season. John Hughes stands down after being Fixture Secretary for 12 years during which an impressive ‘list’ has been established.

1961

4th XI firmly established – SCC now turning out 4 Saturday and 4 Sunday sides on a regular basis. SCC now features in the Evening Standard ‘cricket tables’ – further confirmation of enhanced reputation and status.

1960

SCC play Lords Taverners on 19 June. 100 wickets in 2nd XI for first time, by Eric Burdett

1960s

A period of change and progress with new, even stronger fixtures and most matches 2.30pm – 7.30pm, with a number of 1st XI Sunday “all-day” (11.30am start) matches – full time groundsman (building on the excellent work of Frank Castle) and steward for the first time – several new Officers/Officials running the club – a stable 1st XI which gets a reputation for playing positive cricket in a good spirit. SCC’s status builds even more

1959

Official opening on 21 June of Kenton Court Meadow by Sir Len Hutton, who plays for SCC v Lords Taverners. The start of Colts cricket, albeit not until 1963 do regular fixtures get underway

1958

Planning permission for a pavilion obtained. Erected at a cost of £6,720 to include fittings, financed largely through members’ loans. SCC amalgamates with Hampton Hockey Club: Sunbury Sports Club formed on 1st March 1958, subsequently changing its name to Sunbury Sports Association (SSA). Frank Steffens becomes first Chairman of SSA and SSA Management Committee established with responsibility for the “business side” (the property, the infrastructure, and employment of staff). First match at new ground – versus Harrow on 26th July

1957

SCC leaves London Irish after 10 harmonious years there. SCC acquires Kenton Court Meadow for £3,330, financed by a mortgage and £1,500 grant from National Playing Fields Association (Lords Taverners)

1956

The start of an 18 year ‘reign’ as Club Captain by Ross Smith

1955

Search for a new ground begins as London Irish plan expansion and SCC needs two good quality squares as a priority

1954

Ross Smith becomes first player to score 1000+ runs in a season

1953

The first Players Supper

1952

3rd XI firmly established

1951 – 1957

SCC develops from being a park team towards becoming a top class club, through the efforts of Fixture Secretary, John Hughes, fixture list considerably strengthened with some “major” clubs on the list. Playing strength and standards improve immensely

1950

New square laid at London Irish

1949

1st XI best year in terms of games (won 24)

1948

Having been refused sole use of the Cedars Ground, SCC moves to London Irish Rugby Football Club Ground at the Avenue

1946

SCC now has fully established 1st and 2nd XIs. More than 40 members but a number of them ‘break away’ to form Sunbury Village Cricket Club

1943

Name changed to Sunbury Cricket Club (SCC)

1939 – 1946

The war years and the formative years for the club; a fixture list is quickly established albeit with matches played on poor wickets and some games involve two innings

1938

Club founded, as Cedars Cricket Club, by Geoff Kaye, Reg Batchelor, Bert Winter and Harold Wood, playing at Cedars Recreation Ground. Geoff Kaye commences his role as an Officer of the Club