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Organised cricket was first played locally in Westham in a field upon which now stands Springfield Close.

An old photograph dated 1887 of Westham Cricket team provided the earliet recorded proof of cricket in the area; the photograph sadly perished in the pavilion fire of 1974.

In 1919 Pevensey and Westham Athletic Club was formed for the purpose of playing cricket and football by local sportsmen who had returned from the great war. In 1947, after disbanding for the Second World War, the club re-formed as Pevensey Cricket Club. Along with the football team the Club obtained a large ex-army hut which was erected on the site of the present new pavilion. This army hut was used as ‘the tea pavilion’ until its destruction by fire in 1974. Due to monetary troubles construction of a new pavilion did not start until 1975. Even then it wasn’t till 1980 that the new pavilion was completed. In the late 1980’s a vaerandah was added to form a picturesque addition to the building.

Screen-Shot-2016-03-03-at-20.03.30In the past a fixture list of friendlies against local clubs satisfied the members playing wishes but, ever ambitious, the club joined the East Sussex League Division 4 in the late 1980’s. In 1992, promotion for the First XI to Division 3 saw the re-emergence of a Second XI for the first time since it was disbanded in 1973.

The square at Pevensey has been maintained by the efforts of the players for all but one year, 1970, when the Parish Council appointed an ‘expert’ groundsman to do the work, charging the club for each match played. This move proved disastrous as the square quickly deteriorated, eventually making play very dangerous, and the tried and trusted method of allowing the players to carry out the pitch preparation resumed. While the council had to give in to the club over this issue it retaliated by banning all cricket at the ground for a year. For this summer, that of 1972, all the club games were played away but the cricket section battled though.

In the early years the ground was not particularly well mown, with long grass in the outfield. To combat this the big hitting batsmen, like Bert “Dusty” Miller, scored their centuries with lusty blows rather than strokes along the ground. For a time after the war, sheep were left to graze the outfield and a team of small boys went round with buckets and spades before matches to clear up the mess. In the 1950’s and 60’s a 30″ mower with trailer, roller and seat was used to mow the entire outfield. While the job took up to 10 hours the result was an immacualte outfield. Before water was laid out to the square, only a half inch hose that ran from the tap in the pavilion was available. Pevensey Fire Brigade was called in before Cricket Week when the whole square was first covered with ‘Clonjy’ – a mixture of cow manure brought from Chilley Farm inan old bath and mud collected from the nearby Haven – before the entire square was flooded to water the mixture in.

In 1928 the Pevensey Cricket Week made its first appearance and continued annually until the war. Revived in 1949 it continues to this day.

It consisted of six consecutive all-day matches against touring sides from all over the country. For several seasons in the ’50s Raman Subba-Row played for Pevensey before progressing to play for Surrey, Northants and England. At this time many Sussex cricketers of renown came with the Sussex Club and Ground team to play against the village side. During this period, well known and stalwart Club Officers included Colonel W.C. Millward (President), Mr E.E. Sharp (Secretary for over 20 years), and captains at various times, Steve Plumley and ‘Dusty’ Miller.

The traditions of Pevensey cricket are still being continued, with village names, such as the Plumleys, still appearing in the team as they have done since the early 1920’s. Pevenseys family links can also be seen with new generations of familiar names still among the club such as: Grout, Lewis, Lucas, Tingley, and Wallis. The Club currently have three sides; two league teams – one in Division 3, one in Division 10, and a Sunday friendly side. Cricket Week is still going strong, with five sides – two local ‘Chairman’ select XI’s, Two Hopes XI, and Offham and Knockholt from Kent – coming to the PCG for all day games in the first full week of August.

Pevensey won the Eastbourne Cricket Knockout Tournament in 1973 and again in 1974.

On 14th July 2006, James Wallis broke the club individual batting record with 171* in a limited overs match against Ashburnham.

On 15th May 2010, Graeme Corbishley broke the club individual bowling record with 15.1-4-28-9 in a league match against Eastbourne 3rd XI.

On Tuesday 14th June 2011 Pevensey beat Willingdon in the final of the Eastbourne Knockout trophy to secure their first silverware since 1974.

Text/image credits: Pevensey Cricket Club