Shrewton Cricket Club History

The Early Days

1826 – 1928

By Jim Nicholson

Shrewton Club Secretary

 

The history of the village cricket club has long been of interest to me as a residing villager in Shrewton. Hopefully as you read and view the images contained within this account of the club and my passion for history will pass on some of the pride and esprit de corps the village should have for its cricket club.

 

The Earliest Record

 

The late Graham Hunt, a previous Shrewton CC chairman at some point was in correspondence with a Roy Young. Mr YOUNG sent Graham a letter and photo showing that there was a cricket team in Shrewton in 1928. Please see the team photo.

 

Mr Young names the team which contained Archie BARRELL who was married to Mr Young's sister and resided at 1 Nett Road, Shrewton. Archie also played football for the village.

 

Also in the team where the Windsor brothers who also played football for Shrewton, only Bill Windsor is in the photo.

1970s

 

A secretary's report in 1990 states that the square was laid on the recreation ground 21 years earlier. This would make it 1969 when the square was laid as we know it today. However Shrewton haven't always played in Shrewton. In the early days the team played home games at Knighton Down, Larkhill. George Clift remembers being part of those games and that the members provided their own food but the Army used to provide a tea urn which was sent up the to pitch for the games.

 

The earliest score books that have survived are from the 1970 Season While there does seem to be pages missing the first recorded game of 1970 was on the 17th of May where Shrewton faced Salisbury Press at Larkhill. The result wasn't good with Shrewton all out for 28 with 7 of those extras and a whopping 5 ducks recorded. This included the young George Clift batting at 3 and staying at the crease a whole 2 minutes.

 

The second match in the book was away to Steeple Langford and Shrewton fielded first. Langford were skittled out for a low 65. Unfortunately Shrewton were only able to make 62 all out in reply. Thankfully the results have mainly been a lot better these days.

 

Also preserved are the AGM minutes from the 1973, 1975 and 1976 AGM. They do make interesting reading and it is quite amusing that the issues facing the 1970s cricket club were not all that dissimilar from the current edition of the club.

 

The Officers of Shrewton CC in 1973 were as follows;

President Mr G Young, Chairman Mr W Watkins, Secretary Mr G Hunt.

 

During that year there was a tie for the “duck cup”. The resolution to the stalemate was a toss up being won by Mr A Bolter. The other quirk that I found that the club groundsman would be offered a choice of 2 tickets for the club dinner or a 12lb turkey for Christmas for his services. Also in 1973 it was agreed that all games at the Rec would consist of 40 overs.

 

The Officers of Shrewton CC in 1975 were as follows;

President Mr G Young, Chairman Mr W Watkins, Secretary Mr G Hunt, Treasurer Mr B Cooper, Assistant Secretary Mr K Milburn and Assistant Treasurer Mr K Beale.

 

During that year the topic of trophies and the formula for working out who had won them was a hot topic, who would of though that. In addition it was decided to have separate awards for league and friendly averages with the bowling trophy being set as a minimum of 40 overs and 20 wickets.

 

It is recorded that this is the year that a formal request to lay the square at the Rec was made to to the Rec committee which opposes the note recorded in 1990.  It was also recorded that membership of Shrewton

Cricket Club was  £1 and match fees were 40 pence. (Please note Mr Treasurer)

 

The Officers of Shrewton CC in 1976 were as follows;

President Mr G Young, Chairman Mr W Watkins, Secretary Mr G Hunt, Treasurer Mr B Cooper, Assistant Secretary Mr R Johnson and Assistant Treasurer Mr K Milburn. The minutes of this years AGM were light in detail.

 

Close to the Club Secretary's heart was a match played at Wilton between Shrewton CC and Salisbury Police on what was recorded to be a warm afternoon on the  29th of June 1977.  In the leger of the game shows that S Police has been crossed out and Pigs written in place. The result of the game was very convincing with the Police team skittled out for 34. Shrewton made the required total for the loss of 3 wickets and Graham Hunt retired hurt.

 

Also brothers, Bert and Ted Brown are in the photo. Fred SMITH resided on Chalk Hill in Shrewton. Norman Welch is of the Welch family who ran the village post office for a time, being Cyril Welch who was in post when the post office moved from the white lodge to the old post office house which itself is now a private residence.

 

Not much is known about the fate of the village team after this date until modern times. Mr YOUNG does mention that some members of this photo were still in the South Wiltshire Area during the second World War.

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