West Chiltington & Thakeham Cricket Club
Location: The Recreation Ground, Mill Road, West Chiltington, RH20 2PZ
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Phone: 07738 311260
West Chiltington and Thakeham are two neighbouring villages who share a cricket club in the Horsham District of West Sussex. Following merger in October 2000, the new club played for several seasons in the old West Sussex League; initially before being crowned champions of the First Division in 2006.
A year later, the Club launched a 2nd XI to provide a greater platform for colts to play competitive cricket alongside senior players and the Club also hosted a Sussex CCC XI when stars like Mushtaq Ahmed, Chris Adams and Chris Nash all played.
Since that time, fantastic progress has been made. We've installed great nets, covers, sight screens and a brand new pavilion at the ground. In 2015, we have purchased a brand new electronic scoreboard which is in keeping with the new pavilion. On the pitch, the 1st XI plays in West Sussex (Invitation) League Division One, just one division below the Sussex County League whilst their Women's team make their debut in a Sussex T20 competition,
We regularly host touring sides from London, Essex and the Isle of Wight and in 2013, the club entertained Prague Cricket Club at the Rec.
The new pavilion was opened in June 2014 by local MP Nick Herbert and has been paid for through a variety of fund raising events. We still owe the ECB a significant amount of money which is being paid back over the next ten years.
Finally the biggest thing the club initiated back in 2005 was a colts' set up. This continues to be a tremendous success for the local community and despite some other adult acquisitions, is the prime reason for recent success. Launched by former Sussex coach Brian Jeffries and club stalwart Peter Jones, we now boast ECB accredited coaches for every age group and colts now play in every adult XI at the Club.
Key personnel - Chairman: Neil Miller, Groundsman: Jim Gee, Club Captain: Tim Monday, Membership Secretary: Jason Davies