Tenterden Cricket Club - established in 1840
All are welcome at the club to watch, play or just to have a drink in the bar. The local community is vital to the success of the club, as is the local business community, which supports us every year.
All ages are welcome to play: Tenterden Cricket Club runs an active colts section, starting in January with winter nets before moving outdoors in the spring/summer. There are also cricket courses at the ground in the summer holidays
All post to: Mr Daryl Carter, 23 Southgate Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6BS
Although some details of earlier matches are known, the first reference to a Cricket Club in Tenterden was reported in the Maidstone Gazette on 11 August 1840.
In the period immediately prior to 1887 the Tenterden Cricket club played in one of the 'Six Fields' that lie between the town and Smallhythe Road. It was here that Tenterden Cricket Week was established in 1880. In 1887 and 'eruption' brought an end to this club and another was formed, namely Tenterden Park Cricket Club, which started playing a very short distance away in the picturesque Morghew Park (which the club now owns) on the other side of Smallhythe Road. This club was the forerunner of the present club, the word Park being dropped after the First World War. The Cricket Weeks continued until the First World War but were they were stopped until 1959 since when they have been held each year.
Between 1977 and 1994 Tenterden played in the East Sussex league, winning Division 1 in 1981 and 1982. In 1995 the club joined the East Kent League and then the Kent League in 1996. For season 2015 the Club was named the NatWest CricketForce Showcase Club.
To supplement the two Saturday league sides a Saturday 3rd XI was re-established in 2017 with the aim of providing cricket for the growing number of club members and providing a natural progression path for the thriving Colts section.
In addition to the three Saturday sides the club runs Sunday and Mid week XI’s playing friendly fixtures. The Colts section itself consists of various age groups that participate in the local Ashford and District Junior League. The Club benefits from a group of qualified and dedicated coaches that ensure the provision of weekly training sessions held at the ground.
Tenterden is an important part of the Kent Youth Cricket, regularly hosting County and District age group fixtures and training sessions as well as the finals of several school competitions – both the Oliver and Miskin cups. In 2007 the club was rewarded “ClubMark” status and then identified by the Kent and English Cricket Boards as a “Focus Club” for cricket and youth development in the region, an indication of its growing status. These prestigious accreditations require the fulfilling of specific criteria centring around providing well maintained and appropriate facilities, operating under an appropriate infrastructure and governance, providing a child friendly environment and developing partnerships with local clubs and schools.
A significant aspect of any Tenterden season is the annual cricket week which this year is scheduled for 19th July to 23rd July. The Week has a huge influence on the season as a whole. All are welcome and the club actively encourages the support and participation of the local community and businesses.
With the 2021 season fast approaching the Club is looking forward to a competitive and enjoyable season of cricket.