Danny Thomas Cudham Wyse crest Cudham Wyse Cricket Club Cudham Wyse crest

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A village cricket club in Kent     Est.1965

Club History

Cudham Wyse CC has its origins in Cudham Youth Club, which was run in the early 1960s by Mervyn Packman and Fred Gibbons. The Youth Club's cricket section became known as Cudham Y's, and this was translated into Cudham Wyse when the club launched into independence in 1965. Fred Gibbons was the captain and chief organiser up until 1970 and remains a life Vice-President.

Founding members included Geoff Desborough and Cyril Kinch, both of whom went on to play for CWCC for more than 30 years, while another early recruit was Chris Smith, who captained the second team when it launched in the 1970s.

Geoff DesboroughCyril KinchChris Smith

Geoff Desborough                Cyril Kinch                    Chris Smith

Highlights of this early period were being all out for 9 against Basildon and all out for 17 against Westerham (Westerham's twelfth man making 13 of the total!)

The club began to expand in the mid to late 1970s, and by 1978 was fielding two regular Saturday and a Sunday XI. The club's tours became a well-loved institution, with venues including Bournemouth, Weston-Super-Mare, Winchester and Leamington Spa. Early tours used to last a week, before they settled into the modern pattern of between three and five games around the August bank holiday.

Cudham Wyse had their first taste of league cricket in 1981 when they co-founded the SCS Business Systems Kent Border League with Lockbottom and Selsdon.

The 1980s was a golden period for the club, with John and Andy Wood (no relation) establishing themselves as batting legends. Other stalwarts included Eric Rayfield, John Beames and Bryan Davis.

 John WoodAndy WoodBryan Davis

John Wood                    Andy Wood                  Bryan Davis

EricJohn Beames

Eric Rayfield                            John Beames

CWCC's league programme expanded gradually during the 1980s and 1990s, and the league became the Bat & Ball Sports Kent Village League with the addition of a long-term sponsor. Regular opponents during this period included Kemsing, Chevening Amblers, Knockholt, Shoreham, Otford, Locksbottom and Sutton-at-Hone. CWCC were winners of the league in 1990 and joint winners (with Sennocke) in 2000.

The club's Saturday second team dwindled in the early 2000s, and for most of the decade the fixtures consisted of league games on Saturday and friendlies on Sundays. However, the club's application to join the Kent County Village League in 2008 brought a revival in fortunes. Not only did CWCC win their division with a record of 12 wins and only 1 defeat, but a burgeoning membership and the disbanding of ground-sharing neighbours Cudham Cricket Club provided an opportunity to once again enter a second team into the league in 2009.

That's enough history... but there's still space for more old photos!

Danny ThomasSimon Richards

Danny Thomas                                        Simon Richards

Len KirbyGraham Mills

Len Kirby                                        Graham Mills

      

       Paul Messenger  Keith Catchpole

Paul Messenger                                Keith Catchpole

Three Generations of Brocketts...

John BrockettRussell BrockettJames Brockett

John Brockett                        Russell Brockett                    James Brockett

A couple of Ingreys...

Pete IngreyGraham Ingrey

Pete Ingrey                        Graham Ingrey

A couple more Rayfields...

Pete RayfieldJohn Rayfield

Pete Rayfield                        John Rayfield

And finally... one Barnesy! Nice 'tache.

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes