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Chorleywood is a small town 25 miles north west of London. The town has a long history: an important Saxon town that became a historic Quaker centre and was later the site of a Chartist village. Now on the edge of the M25 with excellent rail links into central London, the town is very affluent and in 2004 was voted the area with the highest quality of life in the UK. Helping this is the large common on the edge of the town where cricket has been played for nearly 200 years.

Brief club history 

The first recorded match on the common was played in 1829 against Watford. For several decades local fixtures continued, until the 1860s when R.A. Fitzgerald, the first paid secretary of MCC, came to live opposite the common. The club's prestige and numbers grew after he arranged for MCC to play Hertfordshire on the common on several occassions. One of the club's great servants, Harry Darvell, often reminsced about the time the great W.G. Grace was bowled first ball by John Hughes of Hertforshire in 1872. For many years afterwards Harry and his brother Jesse were generous club patrons who helped with the club's success on and off the field, including the building of the first permanent pavilion on the common in 1911.

The club continued to grow in numbers despite the interruptions of the two World Wars, and the Darvell brothers remained extremely important patrons, who you had to win over to gain membership! This deference wore away in the later 20th Century, as Sunday and League cricket started, but the tradition of playing on the common remains to this day. Colts' cricket was introduced in the 1960s, which has grown from one team playing twelve friendlies a year to over 200 colts turning up for training on a Sunday morning nowadays. Over half of the players in the senior sides today have come through this system.

The club and Taking the Field 

Chorleywood is the fifth club to work directly with Taking the Field and the first in the South-East region. The have already published a book on their history, 'Common Cricket over 150 years', a great read, and one we hope the TTF interviews and digital stories will complement.

Playing cricket on the beautiful common is a tradition the club and the community are proud of, and while the club get to share this, there's another different perspective on UK grassroots cricket for TTF fans to enjoy...

 

 

 

 

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Ain't seen notching yet

Ain't seen notching yet

Chorleywood CC scorer Brian Mulholland recounts scoring at home and abroad for England, including the controversial England v Zimbabwe Test in 1996 which was the first ever Test to end in a draw with the scores level.

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Chorleywood CC - Community day on the Common

Chorleywood CC - Community day on the Common

Patrick Ryan tells us about the annual Community cup organised by Chorleywood CC each August bank holiday. It takes place on the common and is an event that can be enjoyed by the whole community, not just Chorleywood members or serious cricket enthusiasts!

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Chorleywood CC - Taking over from schools

Chorleywood CC - Taking over from schools

A story familiar from many of the TTF clubs - Owen Edis and Patrick Ryan of Chorleywood CC discuss how the club has had to take over from schools and teach young people cricket (and what a success they have made of it!)

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Chorleywood CC - In at the Deep End

Chorleywood CC - In at the Deep End

David Rayvern Allen relates the story of a young bowler given his first taste of senior league cricket.

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Chorleywood CC - We've all grown up together

Chorleywood CC - We've all grown up together

Club President Dennys Downing and first team player Tom Smithson tell us about Chorleywood CC's Colts greatest success: bringing the youth section through into the 1st team.

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Chorleywood CC - and the Darvell Family

Chorleywood CC - and the Darvell Family

Chorleywood CC's Bill Finch and John Jenkins remember the influence of the Darvell family on the club, and how rules and society changed over their playing days.

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Chorleywood CC - Cricket on the Common

Chorleywood CC - Cricket on the Common

Members of Chorleywood CC introduce us to their historic club in Hertforshire, and some of the greats who have graced the common over the years (pun intended!)

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