Worthing Cricket Club
Location: The Manor Sports Ground, Georgia Avenue, Broadwater, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 8AZ
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Worthing Cricket Club was founded in the middle of the 19th century and has played its home games at the Manor Sports Ground since 1938. The ground itself was used by Sussex as one of their out-grounds between 1935 and 1964, hosting 43 first class matches in that time.
A deterioration in the quality of the wicket led to Sussex moving away in 1964, when Sussex were bowled out for just 23 by Warwickshire and Ian Thomson had match figures of 15 for 75 for the hosts. Since then a lot of work has been put into the standard of the playing surface leading to some Sussex second eleven matches being played at the ground in the 1990s and beyond.
The earliest mention of there having been a Worthing Cricket Club is from 1840 when “Eleven Gentlemen of Worthing played Eleven Gentlemen of Henfield” at a ground in Worthing, thought to be the centrally located Victoria Park.
The game finished with no result, as far as we can tell from the records, but wasn’t without incident as Henfield refused the post-match hospitality laid on at a local tavern, The White Hart Inn, due to being “chagrined at being tightly wound up by the Worthing players”, taking themselves to The Spaniard Inn instead!
Worthing CC currently have four senior teams and numerous junior teams. Of the senior teams the first and second elevens play in the Sussex Cricket League and the third and fourth elevens in the West Sussex Invitation League. With well over a hundred members and a thriving social scene, Worthing CC has grown from strength to strength in recent years.
The club was a founding member of the Sussex Cricket League in 1971 and won the League Cup in 1992 under the captaincy of Tim Dunn. The club has been represented by some illustrious names in the world of cricket, with Derek Semmence, Imran Khan, Paul Jarvis, Martin Speight, Dominic Clapp and Matt Machan having worn club colours, to name but a few, and with a number of juniors involved in the county’s junior set-up, this list is likely to grow.
Worthing CC’s junior section fell away in the 1990s but has come back in recent years to be a genuine force in Sussex junior cricket. The club enters the West Area Cricket Association competitions and has had great success there, but also had recent success in the countywide Sussex Junior Cricket Festival, winning the Under 16 Bowl in both 2011 and 2012.
The social scene at Worthing CC is vibrant and centred around family. The club runs its own bar and organises regular events, all of which are advertised on their website (www.worthingcc.com).