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Wimbledon, as most people worldwide know, is a ‘leafy suburb’ of south west London. Starting life as a small village in Saxon times it was overtaken by the London sprawl in the 19th century. However, it still retains a village feel with the large expanse of Wimbledon Common at the top of the hill, where Wimbledon CC first pitched their tents in 1854 before moving to the Church Road ground directly opposite the All England Club. 

Brief club history 

Wimbledon Cricket Club was founded in 1854, just nine years after Surrey County Cricket Club. Early matches were played on Wimbledon Common.

By the 1880's visiting teams increasingly expected a permanent pavilion, which was not permitted on the Common, and in 1890 the Club moved to its present ground in Church Road, initially on a ten  year lease with an option to purchase the freehold after ten years. This was duly exercised with the help of debenture holders, most of who had no expectation of a return on their investment. When the debentures were redeemed in 1965 it was at the same price at which they had been issued.

As freeholders of its land, the Club has been well placed to survive two serious threats. In 1925, the local council applied for an Order for the Compulsory Acquisition of the ground. Some 65 years later, our neighbours the All England Lawn Club, felt that the site they had purchased across Church road in 1922 was no longer enough for them. They made a substantial unsuccessful offer for our ground. Meanwhile we continue to benefit from the Tennis Championships in that for two weeks every summer we rent out our ground for corporate hospitality and car parking.

The fixture list established following the move to Church Road varied little in character for the next eighty years. It was an amalgam of leading clubs from London, Surrey and Kent, wandering clubs and old boys sides, banks and hospitals. The club attracted many leading amateurs of the day, among them no fewer than five Test Match Captains. They enjoyed club cricket at its best, played on good wickets in beautiful surroundings, and only nine miles from Charing Cross.
Wimbledon helped form the Surrey Cricketers League and by 1978, they had won it three years in succession and in 1980 joined the Surrey Championship, winning it in 1981. This success was repeated seven times by 2004. The second and third XI's also prospered and in 1992 and again in 2000 all three teams won their divisions, a sign of strength and commitment in depth. The Club was instrumental in the founding of a 4th XI league in 2007 which we duly won.

2010 saw us reach the televised National T20 Finals, and 2011 provided the long awaited return of the Premier League 1st and 2nd XI titles to Church Road.
The Junior section goes from strength to strength. The clubs first Hon Sec in 1854 was a 17yr old wwicketkeeper. Schoolboy sides were run in the 1930's and after the war. The coaching schemes of the 1970's and 80's were somewhat erratic, but nonetheless nurtured four members into first-class cricket. Since then, a well-organised system has been established and currently some 500 juniors enjoy practice and coaching throughout the week with up to 20 coaches and 4 grounds being utilised.

For more details, please see our Full Club History here

The club and Taking the Field 

Wimbledon CC's Chairman, Simon Robins, approached TTF's Emma in November 2011 hoping to be a part of TTF. The first steps you see here!

The club also have a written history written by Stephen Chalke for the 150th anniversary in 2004.

Squash, tennis, hockey and more

Squash, tennis, hockey and more

Wimbledon Cricket Club is different from most of the clubs I've visited in that they share their facilities with hockey, tennis and squash clubs. Club Secretary Crispin Lyden-Cowan and President Simon Robins talk about the relationship the cricket side of the club has with these other sports.

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"Cricket's just been part of the deal"

"Cricket's just been part of the deal"

Nick Evans talks about the part played by cricket in his childhood.

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Highlights

Highlights

Wimbledon's first team captain and former Sussex cricketer Neil Turk talks about his hightlights of playing for the club and some of the ways playing for Wimbledon is different to playing professional cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club.

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Joining the 'yahs'

Joining the 'yahs'

Barry Dennis talks about joining Wimbledon CC and tells us how central cricket has been to his life.

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