East Preston Cricket Club

Under 16s beat Horsham to win Sussex Cricket Festival

East Preston is a small West Sussex village located on the coast between Worthing and Littlehampton, near to the bigger towns of Brighton, Chichester and Horsham, with a population of about 5000. According to our Wikipedia entry,

In 1998 a convenience store was introduced to the village centre, which led to protests at the time with the concern of the corporate store taking trade from the small independent shops and putting them out of business and destroying the village feel of East Preston.

The cricket club was formed in 1860 and boasts a proud cricketing history. Many famous cricketers have graced the ground over the years, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Tony Grieg and Ken Suttle who played for the team in the 1990s. 2010 represents a major landmark in the history of our cricket club as we will be celebrating our 150th anniversary.

The cricket club was elected to the Sussex Invitation League in 1989. Our best performance to date is finishing 6th in the top division. In 1996 we were relegated to Divison 2, but bounced straight back in 1998 by finishing as champions. The structure of Sussex cricket has changed many times in recent years. The league has now expanded considerably since the start of the 2002 season, with many new cricket teams joining, and the format has changed to reflect this expansion.

East Preston Cricket Club First XI

Over the years the cricket club has been very successful, especially considering that for many years only people who lived or worked in the village were permitted to apply for membership. We were runners-up in the Sussex Championship League in 1981, winners of the Worthing & District KO in 1974, and runners-up in 1975 and 1982. The 2nd XI have also had very successful sides winning the Clymping KO in 1969, 1972 and 1973 and the Clymping Plate in 1981, 1989 and 1996.

The cricket ground itself is situated in the heart of the village and boasts a large pavillion with a bar and good facilities. In addition to the senior playing members, we also have an extremely strong colts section, which benefits from the knowledge of several qualified cricket coaches at the club. We have junior teams competing at Under 15, Under 14, Under 13 and Under 12 levels. We are excellent at promoting our young players and we actively encourage them to start playing senior cricket as soon as they feel they are ready. This is bourne out by the number of our colts who go on to play Sussex representative cricket.

In addition to Saturday league matches, we also play each Sunday and host many touring teams during the week. Our ability to regularly produce competitive friendly teams and fulfill our fixtures is a success we particulary pride ourselves on. Many touring teams visit us each year knowing they will get a well contested, yet friendly and enjoyable, game of cricket. We also organise our own cricket tour, the 40th anniversary of which was is in 2002. The tour takes us down to Devon for a week in August, playing against several strong teams from the Devon League.

As with many cricket clubs, we are always on the lookout for new players. As well as the cricket, we also enjoy several club events, host the Blauuw Cup tournament where local sides compete for a trophy and hold an annual golf day with a trophy and prizes. If you fancy joining the cricket club and becoming part of a tight-knit and social cricket team then please contact us. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange a Sunday friendly fixture or you are touring team coming to Sussex or Surrey, please take a look at our fixtures page, check with the Sussex Fixture Bureau or contact the fixture secretary to arrange a game.

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