250 Years Of Rye Cricket

 By M. C. G. Thomas

Part Two

1901 Players included F. Phillips, W Clarke, R Bloomfield, A. Adams, R Burra, L Ashburnham & C. Longley

1902 Cricket Week v T. Oyler’s XI, Charlton Park, New Romney, & Lydd Camp…F. Phillips 113 * v T. Oyler’s XI (F. Phillips was killed in the 1st World War)

1905 Matches v Lydd R.G.A. Winchelsea and Appledore

1910 Member of Indian Gymkhana hit a six to the foot of the railway embankment (Albert Trott of Middx. is said to have reached the railway line)

1914 Playden played Beckley (again in 1918)

1918 President Mayor Billy Fiennes

1924 President Walter Dawes (Town Clerk since 1882)Criket3

1925 President Capt. E.P.Dawes 1925-1942 & 1946-1949 (Town Clerk for many years)

1926 Walter Merricks X1 v Rye (including Jack Hobbs & A.P.F. Chapman) photo in Rye Pavilion

1929 Mayor H. E Fiennes J.P. was Capt.

1932 Renewal of Tenterden fixture after a gap of many years (Score books in Tenterden Museum)

1933 Stanley Braine was Capt.

1936 E. Grinstead beat Rye El eme n t a r y Schools in Final at Hove

1937 A Rye X111 v A Sussex X1 (Tommy Cook’s Benefit. Sussex. Included Maurice Tate) photo in pavilion

1938 Rye Elementary School beat E. Grinstead in the Final at Hove (photo)

1939 President Capt. E.P Dawes 1st X1 Capt. John Hacking.

It was agreed to keep going and play local fixtures (despite barbed wire round the Salts!) The H.Q was the Bedford Arms

1940 Matches played v Beckley, Clive Vale, Sandhurst, Udimore, Pett and Battle

1941 League formed; A.T.C National Fire Service, Home Guard, Civil Defence, Durham Light Infantry, R.A.M.C. and R.A. but there were difficulties raising teams and many fixtures were not played.

1 9 4 3 / 4 4 / 4 5 No Cricket

1946 Borough Council took over the Salts. Playing of Sunday matches approved by Rye C.C but not by the Council. Subs were 10/6

H Phillips took all 10 wickers for 5 runs in 11.4 overs v East Guldeford

Leonard Crawley raised an X1 to play a Sussex X1

1947 Size of square increased by 6 yds

1948 Dance held at the Monastery organised by Major Trubshawe. Cost 10/6. + 5/- for supper

1948 Dinner at the George

1949 Sussex II v Kent II at Rye on Aug 16/17 (Rev. David Shepherd’s first game for Sussex)

1949 Double Hat-Trick by David Gay in one innings. Dinner at the George Hotel. Guests included E.W Swanton and Major H.T. Bartlett, the Sussex Capt. Entertainment was proved by Mr. T Longley (monologues), Mr George Cade who led community singing, Mr Guy Allen at the piano, Mr T Hinds who sang unaccompanied and Mr Micheal Trubshawe (sketches)

1949 No private cars available-coaches had to be hired at 25/- a time

1950 President Capt. E.HWithey C.B.E…R.N.. (1950-1956)

1951 Great difficulty in fielding a 2nd X1 Not helped by the National Service Act. Gay three centuries mid-week A.G.M at the George Hotel, Groundsmen were Messrs Underdown, Pope & Case

1953 Won Argus Cup v British Legion 1954 16 all-day games, Including 5 in cricket week

1955 Won Argus Cup v Northiam

1956 President John Hacking (Until 1983)

1957 Peter Mathews 64 wickets on Sundays

1958 New Pavilion built by the Football Club Cost £5000. Designed by A. Bloomfield

1959 Won Argus Cup

1960 Rye beat A Sussex X1 by 5 wkts. Won Argus Cup

1961 A Sussex X1 beat Rye. Rye C.C v Town Council & Staff. Won Argus Cup

1962 Rye 2nd X1 v Hailsham John Bennett won the bat presented by Austen Bloomfield for hitting the roof of the pavilion. Won Argus Cup

1963 Aug 24th Rye v Sussex Club Ground (photo). Won Argus Cup. Cricket on the sands at Camber. Sussex v Kent (Mainly members of Rye v George Branns X1) Article by Bill Day.

1964 Rye v Sussex Club & Ground in Aug. 11:30. Won Observer Cup (2nd X1 K.O)

1965 Rye v Alan Oakman’s Sussex X1 (Benefit Match) photo. Rye v Sussex Club ground Won Observer Cup. Peter & Mike Mathews 100 * each v Dragons

1966 Rye v Ken Suttle’s County X1 in Aug (abandoned – rain) Rye v Sussex & Club Ground (Tony Greig 52 * for Sussex) Rye v Bluemantles (Barry Richards 93 * for Bluemantles) Lost in final of Argus Cup to Hastings Priory) 1967 Mark Bianchi Sat. Capt.

1968 A.G.M at the Town Hall. Don Bates benefit Game in August. Sussex Club at Ground in August as well (Gordon Greenidge 56 for Sussex)

1969 Fireman v Police. 20 over game on the Salts. – Won Argus Cup. – Last Sport’s Day Festival on the Salts

1970 Colin West again the leading all-rounder

1971 P.Edmunds (Middx & England) 3 for 16 for Tenterden v Rye

1972 Won 1st. Round National K.O v Gravesend. Won Argus Cup v Little Common. Peter Mathews 183* v Catford Wanderers

1973 Micheal Mepham 102* for Thomas Peacocke School v Rye 2nd X1 (He went on to play for Sussex Schools, Rye and Sidley in the Sussex League)

1974 Opening of extension to pavilion + Bar. Social Club formed. Rye C.C affiliated to the new National Cricket Association

To be continued ………………..Krikets

W.Martin (scorer), A.Fullerton, N.Sheather, J.Bragge, G.Mounsey, D.Sewet, E.Sivers, F.Bull, R.Hook (Capt.), E.H.Wethey C.B.E. R.N.(President), D.Brann, P.Barling, D.Breeds. Front Row: R.Bryant and F.Masters.Krikets2

Peter MathewsKrikets1

AUGUST 1965 ALAN OAKMAN BENEFIT C. Hacking, W. Swaine, D. Baldock, J. Clark, C. West, M.Adacre, Ted James (Sussex) M. Clark (scorer) R. Thomson, J. Buttery, M. Mathews, Alan Oakman (Sussex) R. Hacking


Scorer BaldwinCriket1

Fast Bowler EllisCriket2

Rye C.C. XIII .v. A Sussex XI September 1937Criket4

Above :- The day the great Jack Hobbs and A.P.F Chapman played for Rye

Rye’s Own  April 2003

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