Catching up with the Secretary of Hartley Wintney CC

CommunityAd talk all things cricket with Hartley Wintney CC.

 

As the cricket season is fast approaching, CommunityAd caught up with Hartley Wintney CC Secretary Andy Ross to find out more about this wonderful club…

 

How prepared are you for this upcoming season?

Our season is scheduled to start on April 8th when we are down to play Lock’s Heath in the first round of the Village Cup. With snow having only just melted and the game 4 weeks or so away there is a lot to do to be ready*. 

 

From a personal perspective, what have been your greatest memories of the club?

We had our 250th anniversary in 2020 and had a series of commemorative events planned that had to be postponed to 2021 because of COVID restrictions. These included a match against MCC that was a great honour for a Club like Hartley Wintney and it was a really good game on a gloriously sunny day when the ground looked a picture, a very proud moment.

We completed our celebrations with a dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s in December 2021 that was a very enjoyable and fitting way to mark the achievement of 250 years of Cricket at Hartley Wintney.

 

From the history of the club, who would you say have been some of the best players to have come through?  

There have been some very fine players over a 252-year history and these are mentioned in the book that we wrote as part of our anniversary. We have had many of our junior players represent Hampshire at various age groups, boys and girls, and having strong links with the local professional side is an important part of what we do.

 

You’re one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country, dating back to 1770, can you explain how much of an impact the local community (volunteers and staff etc.) has had on the club throughout its history?    

The Cricket Club is very much the beating heart of the village in terms of geography and the impact that our events, such as the annual Benefit Match, have on the community. Our role in village life is very important to the Club and we are pleased and grateful to be associated with local businesses as sponsors.

We operate a Member Benefits scheme through which HWCC members get discounts with local retailers and service providers. We are also working closely with Greenfields School to promote Cricket to their pupils.

 

Are you currently looking for any players?

Yes, we are at senior levels, both men and women. We are quite full at junior levels with some 250 young players. If Cricketers are interested in playing with us they should contact our Director of Cricket, Rob Cook, at [email protected]

 

Looking forward, where would you want the club to be in the next 5-10 years?

Our senior first team is in Division Two of the Southern Premier League that is one of the strongest in the country. Maintaining our status in that competition is a priority although we cannot play in the highest division due to the size of our historic ground.

Looking forward, the continued success of our junior section in offering Cricket and providing a pathway to the senior game and keeping people involved is vital to our future. Our Women and Girls teams have done very well recently and having a Women’s team in the Hampshire League is a near term objective.

 

To get involved or find out more about Hartley Wintney Cricket Club, visit their website or reach out on Facebook @HWCC1770.

*Article compiled early March 2023.

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