Selsey Cricket Club

Selsey is a coastal village 8 miles south of Chichester in West Sussex. Whilst it is officially now a Town with a population of around 12,000, it is still regarded as a village by the locals.

Selsey

Address: Selsey Cricket Club, Paddock Lane, Selsey, PO20 9BB

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Selsey is a coastal village 8 miles south of Chichester in West Sussex. Whilst it is officially now a Town with a population of around 12,000, it is still regarded as a village by the locals.

We are a forward looking, developing Club run totally by tireless volunteers who do much for the Selsey community, including laying an artificial pitch at a village primary school, and coaching for children at the Club and local schools.

Selsy CCRecords show that the Cricket Club has been in existence since July 9th 1834 when Selsey played a team from Kingley Vale, Selsey won by 3 runs. It may have been slightly earlier as, on 17th July 1834  a return match between 11 gentlemen of Selsey and 11 of the City was played at Selsey on Friday which terminated in favour of the latter.

However, it is recorded that cricket was played as early as 1647, when Henry Brand, from the parish of Selsey, was struck on the head by a bat wielded by Thomas Latter of the same parish, when he attempted to hit the ball twice whilst trying to avoid being caught. Henry died 6 weeks later as a result of the blow.

Match reports were sporadic and, although matches were played, they weren’t always reported. The Club has gone through many phases, several different locations and through extensive research we have been able to trace its history through the years.

An interesting snippet from the general meeting of the Selsey Cricket Club on the 15th March 1899 states, the secretary’s report showed the Club to be in a prosperous condition, enabling the Club to start the financial year with a balance in hand of between two and three pound – how times have changed!

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On the 20th January 1916 there was a newspaper report on the death of Lieut. Dudley Mark Hayward Jewell, a Selsey player, killed in action near Givechy, France, gassed in a mine after having been at the front for only 3 months.

Up until the mid 1970’s there were no changing facilities at all. Players  arrived already dressed to play, changed on the field or, when the Rev. Hugh Pruen was playing were allowed to change in the church.

A team photo from 1953

 
At the time the pitch was positioned running from East to West but, of necessity, this was changed to run from North to South due to the hazard caused by the setting sun. The Club had a limited squad and only played friendlies at the weekends, often struggling to field a full team.

In 1969, Broombank school in Selsey closed and some years later the Cricket Club had the opportunity to acquire its wooden sports hall, subject to the Club arranging its removal. It was duly taken down and rebuilt on the council recreation ground by a large number of volunteers. Jim France supervising and Jim Crowley arranging the oversite concrete and sleeper walls.

The building was erected in shell form through the winter of 1976/1977 helped by local farmers with their JCB’s and tractors. Among the volunteers was Patrick, (later Sir Patrick), Moore.

Patrick Moore is in the middle of this 1972 photo


The pavilion was finally fitted out, complete with bar, between 1977 and 1979 and, with the improved wicket from North to South, and the laying of an artificial pitch, the Club began to attract more playing and social members.

From then the Clubs standard of cricket started to improve and, as of now, boasts 2 league teams, a ladies team in the West Sussex development league, a girl’s team, a Sunday side, a midweek 20/20 team and colts from U9’s to U15’s.

Recently re-named the Sir Patrick Moore Pavilion, it has been lovingly maintained by dedicated volunteers and is now used for a youth club, organisational meetings, as well as several social and community events.

The population of Selsey has trebled since the erection of the pavilion and, with the growth of the Cricket Club, a new pavilion with improved facilities is becoming an urgent requirement.

We decided that with the celebration of our 180th anniversary and the opening of our Sir Patrick Moore exhibition we wanted to stage a suitable corporate event with the aim of raising awareness of cricket in the area and, at the same time, raising much needed funds for our new pavilion.

Sir Patrick Moore was a player/member of the Club for more than 40 years and we have arranged a 30 over game with the Selsey Comets playing the Lashings All-Stars, for the Sir Patrick Moore Cup.

This will take place on 8th June 2014 at Selsey Cricket Club, Paddock Lane, Selsey, PO20 9BB and amongst the stars playing for Lashings could include such legends as Gordon Greenidge, Herschelle Gibbs, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammad Yousuf, and Phillip DeFreitas. They will be joined by a special, (non playing), guest – the one and only Henry Blofeld, “Blowers”.

We are fortunate to have the support, among others, of Checkatrade who have also sponsored a special kit, and Target Professional Services who are our event partners.

With Free admission to the grounds, we have various attractions on the day for all ages. The day will commence with an U10’s colts game from 9.00am followed by a game involving our ladies team.

Chichester City Band will herald the opening of the Sir Patrick Moore exhibition at 11.45am by Dr. John Mason MBE.

The corporate lunch in the marquee will be from 12.00am to 2.00pm, followed by the main match from 2.30pm until 7.00pm, when the Sir Patrick Moore Cup will be presented by Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex Council.

During the tea interval, there will be entertainment by the Razzle Dazzle young cheerleaders, and the OCD dance group.