World’s oldest cricket club celebrates 250 years

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THE GLORIOUS JOY of fast bowling a ball down a cricket pitch has been enjoyed by Chalvington and Ripe Cricket Club (CRCC) - for a staggering 250 years.

This year (2012) marks the 250th anniversary since the allegedly world’s oldest cricket club was formed in 1762.

Some historians dispute the facts and say that the club was actually founded earlier - in 1757.

But the club has organised a series of thrilling events to celebrate its history - culminating when they play host to David English’s famous Bunburys on September 9.

The Bunbury Cricket Club was created a mere 25 years ago but it has raised £15million for charity. Celebrities including Eric Clapton are club members.

‘Commander’ David English said: “We are absolutely delighted to be playing at, what we believe, might be the oldest original cricket ground in the world still in use today.

“Many a Bunbury knows about Chalvington and Ripe CC and its beautiful setting next to the wonderful Yew Tree Inn and they are really champing at the bit to play in this one.”

The day will start at 11.30am with a reception, followed by lunch and then a 35-over match.

VIP tickets for the lunch, tea and match are £50 per head with proceeds going to the English Schools Cricket Association.Contact: 01323 842030/07768 552677.