Spencer Cricket Club

History

The club was formed in 1872 when the local landowner, Earl Spencer, the great grand uncle of late Diana Princess of Wales - permitted the founders to drain and enclose by means of posts and chains, a portion of Wandsworth Common'.

In 1878, the club moved to a site now bounded by Lyford and Ellerton Roads before coming to rest at Fieldview in 1903.

That year was the first of 35 seasons with the club for F.F. Bowles. As a 1st XI player for 30 years, 6 as captain, he scored 22,337 runs including 49 centuries and took 300 wickets. He was also the club's tennis champion 16 times!

No account of the club, however brief, would be complete without reference to W.G. (Guy) Tarrant, who was our 1st XI captain for 15 years until 1956. A talented player, he was also a great servant to the club and to the game of cricket.

Members who have played county cricket over the years include E.C.Kirk, M.J.Edwards, R.M.Lewis, L.E.Skinner, G.Brown, M.Kenlock and E.A.Clark (Middx). M.Lynch and A.Tudor have represented England. A.Moon represented England at U15 level in 1997. Former overseas players have included Ricardo Powell (West Indies), Dileepa Wickremesinghe, Sanjeeva Warusamana, and Pradeep Hewage (Sri Lanka "A").

Spencer was one of the founder members of the Surrey Championship in 1968 when two XIs were entered: the 3rd XI entered in 1988 and were premier division champions in 2004. The 4th XI played league cricket for the first time in 1992, when they competed in the Fullers Brewery Surrey County 3rd XI league, and entered the Kookaburra Fordham league in 2005.

1st XI played in the second division of the Championship for five years from 1989 but in 1993 won the second division title, the Surrey Knockout Cup and the Champion of Champions final. 1994 was probably the most successful in the club’s history: the 1st XI won the first division title, the first time that a promoted club had done so, the Surrey KO Cup for the second year running, and were the losing finalist at the Oval of the prestigious Evening Standard Challenge Cup for all clubs in London and the home counties. The 2nd XI also won the first division title for the first time, and Spencer was awarded the Evening Standard Club of the Year trophy.

The Championship abandoned its amateur status in 1999 when Spencer was one of ten clubs to form the inaugural Premier Division. Since then, the club has oscillated between the premier and first divisions, and is focussed on another promotion.

The club also runs a very successful junior section from U16 down to U7, and also runs Academy and Development sides for younger adults.  The junior section was formed in 1991 and has grown each year since then. It is currently one of the largest in the country turning out teams in every age group.  It also runs a successful holiday coaching camps. A large number of our junior members play representative cricket for Surrey, District and London Schools.

The future looks bright with a group of young and talented players all proud to represent the club. This year promises to be a great year for all involved at Spencer. With the Spencer Club's Astroturf now up and running, and continued work on the main square, the Spencer Cricket Ground is now one of the premier sporting complexes in London. The club looks set to go from strength to strength.

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