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2020 WCCL – 1st. XI and 2nd. XI mini-League fixtures published

1st. XI and 2nd. XI fixtures


The WCCL has published details of our shortened mini-League season, that will be played on a local basis.

Both the 1st. XI and 2nd. XI will play in restructured Divisions of 6 teams, playing each other home and away (10 games in total).

The fixture list can be found by clicking onto the below link:

2020 WCCL 1st and 2nd XI League Fixtures


No Fixture Card will be printed this season.


First Cricket Match at the Club in the 2020 season

Shingler XI v.  Leach XI


After an enforced delay to the start of the Season due to the current Covid Health crisis and lockdown, the season finally commenced on Saturday 11th. July.

It had been decided to hold a 40 overs a side  inter-Club match, so that 22 Club players had the opportunity to don their whites and play a competitive match, with a neutral umpire.

The match was between the Shingler XI and Leach XI, both Captains of the 1st. XI and 2nd. XI sides this season with the sides mixed equally.

Prior to the start of the game, all players lined up either side of the wicket and held a Minute’s Silence for those that had died during the ongoing health crisis as a mark of Respect to them.



The Leach XI batted first and made 148-7 in their 40 overs. Adie Sellar hit 32 before he fell but had the honour of hitting the first 6 of the season at the Ground (and into the Housing Development!), whilst Matt Casey made 18. However, the side’s top scorer was Adam Huxford who made an unbeaten 36 when the innings closed. He hit only one boundary, running all the others. Jono Sparks took 2-18 and Tom Skinner 2-23 whilst there was a wicket a piece for Connor Shingler, Matt Dadswell and Danny Boneham.

Chasing, the Shingler XI started at a fair pace as Player of the Day, Chris Prophet, found early season form and made the first half century at the Club of the season before he retired on 66 after hitting 8 boundaries. Newbie, Stuart Cope, made 23 before Jono Sparks took the side over the winning line with some 6 overs to spare as he made 29 not out (4 x 4, 1 x 6) as the side reached 152-3, hitting the winning runs. The wickets were shared between Steve Rhodes, Joe Atkinson and Dan Barrie – each picking up one a piece.

A Minute’s Round of Applause took place mid way through the game, when the match stopped and all – players and spectators – joined in it in memory of Don Hitchcock, Dennis Slater and Life Member, Peter Plummer, who had all sadly passed away this year and who had devoted so much of their time and commitment to the Club over many decades.

It was a most enjoyable day for all involved with many spectators attending – probably the highest number watching and socializing, since the Clubhouse re-opening 14 years ago after the fire, getting use to the new Regulations, one way system for the bar and Clubhouse but while maintaining social distancing. A very good day was had. WELL DONE all – those that organized the day, those took part in the match (players and officials) and to those who came down and showed your support.  THANK YOU.


The 2020 Cricket Season finally commences

Cricket begins at KCC


On Saturday 11th. July, the long wait for the 2020 Cricket Season to start was finally over.


A competitive Inter-Club 40 overs a side match between the Shingler XI and the Leach XI took place.


League run fixtures begin next weekend (18th.)



Cricket Returns

Shingler XI v. Leach XI


The first match of the 2020 season.

And the weather is looking good.

The Inter-Club 35 overs a side match commences at our Ground at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 11th. July 2020.

The sides will be captained by the 1st XI skipper (Connor Shingler) and the 2nd. XI skipper (Sam Leach) in a proper competitive match.



This Post will be updated later.



Passing of a Club Stalwart and Life Member

Peter Plummer

It is with sadness and regret that the family of Life member, Peter Plummer, informed the Club of his death yesterday (09.07.2020), aged 89 years.

The below has been written about ‘Plum’ by Gordon Went, the Club President:



                                                                             PETER PLUMMER

This Week saw the death of another old player. Affectionately known as ‘Plum’ by all his friends, he was arguably our most popular player of the 1960’s/70’s era. Mention his name to anyone who knew him and it’s sure to bring a smile as they recall some incident or other which involved him.

Plum’s demeanour with his rather rotund frame and ‘pebble glass ‘ spectacles, always well dressed and that ‘public school manner’ look hid a character with a wicked sense of fun, which made his company so enjoyable. His look of innocence allowed him to get away with many outrageous incidents, and all through this period he created mayhem at the Rugby and Cricket Club’s to virtually everyone’s enjoyment. Apart from cricket and Rugby, he also had a passion for classic cars and opera. Plum was a ‘class act’ and generous with his praise and wallet to others.

One of his favourite tricks was to drink a pint whilst standing on his head, and I can recall whilst on tour, him asking a Pub landlord for a hot bowl of water, and Plum just sat there as if it was the most natural thing in the world drinking his beer and chatting, whilst bathing his feet.

Plum wasn’t a particularly an outstanding player. He played mainly in the 2nd. team, and whilst he always looked the part with a flamboyant batting style he seemed to play down the wrong line quite a lot. His left arm spin bowling also included a rather balletic style delivery –  it looked good but didn’t seem to bring him a lot of wickets.

After the fire in 1975, Plum really showed his true metal, he singlehandedly took charge of an ambitious rebuild and inspired a number of us all to work all hours to complete the task. He designed and installed a central heating and shower arrangement, (Plum was a Heating engineer for Spirax Sarco), and built the pine tables and seating benches for the new tea room. We were called ‘Botch Brothers’.

He was Chairman of the Club in 1965 and 1966, later he became a Honorary Life Vice President (a Life Member) for all his work at the Club. He later moved to Emsworth in Hampshire, where typically he bought two Fisherman Cottages and turned them into a substantial and impressive dwelling, on the water’s edge, and called it ‘The Winkle Shed’. The actor, Albert Finney, later became his next door neighbour.

Plum lost his devoted wife Elizabeth some years ago and had been in poor health for some time, but with the help of his son Martin, also a member, he managed to attend our ‘Old Players Lunch’ much to everyone’s pleasure and many a story was re-told with much merriment and amusement.

Plum’s type of character seems to be missing from our current game and many of us old players feel sorry that the present players can’t experience this aspect of ‘our game’, which made playing and partying so enjoyable.

RIP Plum. We will miss you.


Gordon Went, Club President.