Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club is one of the leading clubs in the Kent Cricket League, having been a founder member in 1970.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque grounds in the country, The Nevill is a marvellous place to play cricket. We have a comfortable pavilion with a well-stocked bar, so even if you are a non-playing member you can just call by and take in some cricket while relaxing over a cool drink. E.W.Swanton referred to the venue as "no mean contender for the most delectable English Cricket Ground" citing "this glorious rhododendral splendour" on one June visit.
Kent County Cricket Club come here annually and play One-Day matches and at least one 4-day County Championship game; in 2009, there was the first County 20-20 contest played at The Nevill, which was a tremendous success and great entertainment for fans. This event has now become a regular feature, with its sell-out attendances, and there were two one-dayers booked for 2012; however, exceptional rainfall severely curtailed the one hundredth week-long visit by KCCC to Tunbridge Wells, and the 'wettest drought' in history was sadly the way that the occasion was remembered. Most of TWCC Memberships include free entrance to the Championship games.
Clubmark status was achieved in 2004 and is currently maintained, moreover TWCC also enjoy Focus Club designation from the ECB/KCB.
2012 was noted for the appointment of a new Head Coach rather than an Overseas Player, with Chairman Steve Green commenting "Rob Ferley, the former Kent and Nottinghamshire county cricketer has joined us as Head Coach. He will take up his role with immediate effect at the start of the Club's pre-season training programme. Rob will concentrate on the adult cricket side but this will include supporting the development of the Club's young players from age 13 upwards who are keen to go on to play adult cricket at the Club." Green went on to say “We are delighted to welcome Rob to the Club. He will bring invaluable experience to us and we are excited about the plans he has outlined; with our superb outdoor nets and Rob’s skills, we are able to offer our members a top quality training regime and facilities; and we hope to be able to attract new players of all abilities to the Club in 2012”.
Rob commented: “It is a great time to be joining the Club. It has a dedicated group of senior players mixed with some of the best young talent in the county. I look forward to giving them extra opportunity to reach their full potential as individuals and as a club"
Unfortunately, the First XI suffered relegation for only the third time in the Club's history, in circumstances not before encountered, but an early return to the top flight is anticipated, with planning already advanced for this strategic aim. The Second XI and Third XI nevertheless continue to play in their respective KL/KRCL Premier Leagues, and will defend their status in the 2013 competitions, after successful campaigns in 2012 that almost produced League Honours for both squads.
The Club enjoyed memorably successful flagship Cup runs in 2012, reaching the semi-finals of the CCC Cup, and Last 16 in the National Cup, as predicted last summer, based upon the improving achievements engendered in 2010 and 2011.
The 4th XI also retained their status, although encouraging hopes of promotion came to nought in the final few matches of the year, while the Aero Sunday League (KSDL) XI suffered from the weather, availability, and the Cup runs, to end with a disappointing last place in the final table.
We saw the Youth Section, including the new girls' squad, again doing well in 2012, and Border League Championship Honours were won by the U11A squad and the U15s. The U17 effort to win the Langdale Trophy must be renewed in 2013, whilst the U9s once more did remarkably well to come third in the Kent Mini 8s competition, having enjoyed multiple championships in the past five years.
Without doubt, however, the ground-breaking achievement of the year was the tour of the Cape Town area of South Africa for a mixed squad of First, Second and Third Team players, which provided a lasting and happy memory for all concerned, and did much to lay the basis for further future visits at Inter-Club level as TWCC put down a notable and unique mark for recreational cricket in Kent.
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