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With a proud history, we are the longest established cricket club in Tonbridge.
Our secluded ground is large compared to many and, coupled with our modern pavilion, offers superb facilities to club members and visitors alike.
There are few finer places to enjoy the final stages of a cricket match than at our ground bathed in the early evening sunshine!
On Saturdays the club competes in the Kent Cricket League with two teams.
The 1st XI promoted (at the first attempt) in 2016 to Div IV and now the 2nd XI promoted from the Kent Regional Cricket League 2A West to Div V 2nd XI.
We also field a Sunday team that plays friendly matches under the banner of Tonbridge Exiles CC.
There is also a thriving junior section (Under 11s and Under 13s) which plays in the Invicta Junior Cricket League for 2018. The Under 11s won the Mid-Kent Youth League Cup in 2016 after being champions of the MKYL U11 Division 2 in 2015. The Under 13s were champions of the MKYL U13 Division 2 in 2016.
Summer Coaching Sessions

On the 13th to 16th August the club is running it's Summer coaching week.
10am to 4pm each day.
Please email register@tonbridgecc.co.uk
for more information


Friday 31st August
7.30pm prompt start
The Pavilion, Tonbridge CC

Numbers needed in advance

Contact Peter French or Tony Shepherd
Pay on the night or in advance (cheques payable to Tonbridge CC)
Teams of 4 or 5
Teams can be made up on the night of any ones or twos going

Tonbridge Bowls Club & Cricket Ball Manufacturing

Many members who are not from the Tonbridge Area may not know what an important part the Club has made to the game we all love. The President has always been interested in TCC's history and continually come across details of our past.

These two attachments have been received by him and may be of interest to you.

As you will see the Bowls Club was started by the Cricket Club in an area of the old Angel Ground, where Sainsbury's now is. The indoor club is roughly on the same site but the outdoor club is now next to Tonbridge Angels Football Club across the fields from our cricket ground. Pictures of the old Angel Ground hang our pavilion as you will know.

Tonbridge was the centre of cricket ball manufacture* at the turn of the century of which Ives was one of them.
Way back in our President's youth, Bev Ives played cricket for us and was part of the original family who made the balls.

You will see that all of the main ball manufacturers were located here.

Dukes balls are of course still famous and the President think's they still have some premises in Paddock Wood. They were saved from going under by Dilip Jajodia who owns Morrant Sports, but the balls are mainly manufactured abroad these days.

Readers who sponsor the League still have premises in the Maidstone area and make some there.

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Updates to this:

Dukes were founded in Penshurst at Redleaf on the Penshurst Road - this link is quite interesting.

Dilip Jajodia founded Morrant Sports in 1973 and took over Dukes in 1987. This link provides info about him and also where and how the balls are now made.

This personal insight provides further info on cricket ball making in the Tonbridge area.

As for Reader's, they were taken over by Kookaburra in about 2002. Reader's old factory in Teston (on Malling Road) still remains but has been converted into private residences. Kookaburra's main office in the UK is Corby but the Reader's brand still have a presence in Mereworth off Seven Mile Lane.

General: https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=1408192241 - see section 10

* From old TCC player Kevin Haymon now living in Romania: the picture of the guy stitching the cricket balls is his wife's (Diane) Grandfather and they lived next door to him in Woodside Road for a few years. Small world.

Kent Cricket Development Area Cricket Programme

Tonbridge CC's Johua Prendergast carried his bat for a magnificent 118 not out for the "Western Rhinos" 220 for 3 from 25 overs against the "Central Cavaliers"
There are eight areas within the Kent Cricket Development Area Cricket Programme delivering high quality coaching & match play for aspiring young cricketers.

Wagamama Man of the Match

Congratulations to skipper Tony Shepherd for winning the wagamama MOTM award on Saturday for his 76 not out, in an important win for the 2nd XI

Kent County Playing Fields Association

Grant for the refurbishment of the cricket square covers gratefully received by the Club's President, Peter French
(see page 7)

We have our own outdoor net facilities along with a bowling machine. Winter indoor nets are usually arranged to commence early in the year - please see elsewhere on this page for details.
Anyone interested in playing for Tonbridge CC should contact us , give us a call or simply come down to any of our matches at our Welland Road ground. Weather permitting there are matches every Saturday afternoon between the end of April and September.
We have a large number of social members, many of whom are former players, friends, their families and spectators. All members and their guests are welcome to enjoy matches from the comfort of the fine pavilion and make use of the facilities.
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