Chatham Cricket Club

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Chatham Cricket Club
Team information
Established 1705; 313 years ago (1705)
Home venue Chatham Lines, Chatham
Notable players George Louch

Chatham Cricket Club was founded by 1705 in Chatham, Kent. The first reference to its team is a match against West of Kent on Tuesday, 7 August 1705, one of the earliest known important matches.[1] There is a specific reference to a "Chatham Club" in a description of a single wicket match in 1754.[2]

Chatham lost by 20 runs to Meopham on Thursday, 11 June 1772, in George Louch's "cricketing field" at Chatham.[3] In September 1772, Chatham played two matches against Dartford, the second one on Louch's field. Chatham won the first at Dartford by 19 runs and then Dartford won at Chatham, also by 19 runs.[4] There are records of three matches against Bourne in 1773. The first at Bourne Paddock on Friday, 30 July 1773, was abandoned because of bad weather. Bourne won the second at Chatham on 30 and 31 August by 7 wickets and the third at Bourne on 6 and 7 September by 1 wicket.[5]

Louch's field was the club's venue in the early 1770s and there are references in 1785 and 1787 to Chatham Lines as a venue.[6] On 6 August 1787, a local match was played at "The Star" on Chatham Hill and this venue is mentioned several times in reports to 1791, especially for single wicket contests.[7] There are few mentions of a Chatham team after 1773 and the last 18th century reference concerns a decidedly minor match against local opposition in June 1800.[8]

CricketArchive lists two "odds" matches played by Chatham against the All-England Eleven (September 1861) and the Kent county club (August 1862). Both matches were played on Chatham Lines and the local club had 22 players against 11. Chatham also played the visiting South Africans in June 1894. This was an eleven-a-side match which the South Africans won by five runs.[9]

The Chatham Club ultimately folded and there is no real modern equivalent, not even in Kent league cricket.


  1. ^ Maun, p. 7.
  2. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, p. 53.
  3. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, pp. 78–79.
  4. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, p. 87.
  5. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, pp. 111–114.
  6. ^ Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, pp. 70–71.
  7. ^ Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, pp. 106–114.
  8. ^ Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, p. 164.
  9. ^ "Matches played by Chatham Cricket Club". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 October 2017. (Subscription required (help)).


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