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Bearsted 1st XI will compete in the Kent County Village league division one in 2017.  The 2nd XI will compete in division seven.  The Sunday League Side will compete in division 3 of the Kent Village League.
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We are always looking to welcome new members.  

If you would like to find out more about joining our historic club as a player or volunteer (scoring, umpiring, teas)  you can contact Club Chairman, David Patton (davidpatton@btinternet.com), email the club at bearsted1749@btinternet.com or alternatively click on 'contact club' in the menu bar and fill in your details and someone will get back to you.

Winter indoor nets.

Our winter nets start this year on 18th February. Sessions will be held from 2pm to 3:30pm at Maplesden Noakes School.  Sessions are open to all current senior and junior members as well as people who are interested in playing cricket with us in 2017.  If you are new to Bearsted CC and would like to come along please contact us using the 'contact club' option in the menu or by emailing bearsted1749@btinternet.com.  A small charge for indoor nets will apply.

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A Brief History of Cricket in Bearsted

The first recorded reference to cricket in Bearsted was in the "General Advertiser" of Friday 11th. August 1749:

"In the Artillery Ground, Finsbury Square, London, Monday next at 1.00pm Eleven Gentlemen of Bearsted, Kent, play against the Gentlemen of London, for one guinea per man of their own money exclusive of all other by-bets which may be considerable. The Gentlemen having beaten the neighbouring parishes and thereby themselves inferior to few induces them to come so far to play."

This suggests that the Club had been in existence for some time before this date, but no written record has been found.

In May 1876 the Parish Council sanctioned the stopping of the road which crossed the Green in the centre of the village, which must have made cricket much easier.  Around this time, the wickets were aligned north-south, but now they are roughly east-west.  The objectives of the game have remained unchanged, but most of its elements have constantly been developed until the present time, in the light of experience, technology, safety, etc The most striking change is in the clothing; once the game was played in everyday clothes, but today there are the traditional whites; in the early days there was no protection for batsmen or wicket-keeper; now there are pads, helmets, and gloves.

The 19th century saw the great Alfred Mynn playing on the Green.  He lived in Ware Street, and is buried in Thurnham churchyard. It is his figure which features on the village sign.

The Second Eleven was begun in 1887, and the Colts (junior cricketers) were established in 1896.  In 1929 the South African Touring team played on the Green, against a side captained by Pelham ('Plum') Warner, who lived in Caring Lane.  Warner's side included eight Test players.  During the war, the club tried to keep cricket going, and a good many games were played against military teams.  in 1944 Mr. Whitehead's team played against a Ladies' Eleven: the men played left-handed, and bowled under-arm.

Sunday cricket on the Green first began in 1962 with a view providing an opportunity for those who prefer friendly matches and for young players to accustom themselves to playing senior cricket.  The desire amongst younger players for more competitive cricket has meant that the Sunday side now features in the Kent Village League.  Additional friendly sides are, from time to time, put out on an ad hoc basis.

In 2002 the 1st XI and 2nd XI created their own little bit of history when they each won their respective leagues whilst playing in the Invicta League. The two Saturday sides both now play in the Kent County Village League.

A Twenty20 side was introduced in 2004 and in 2006, Bearsted won the Twenty20 league.

Cricket for younger members of the club is thriving with teams regularly representing the club at all age groups from Primary school age.

Cricket on The Green

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Bearsted CC have registered with Easyfundraising.org.uk This is a cashback site, that you can use for almost all of your internet shopping. You get the same range of retailers and deals on offer, but Bearsted CC can earn a % of any spend. It is simple to do, a great opportunity for the club, and there is no cost or downside for the members. 

Simply register through Easyfundraising.org.uk and search for Bearsted CC as the good cause to support. If you then use this for all future shopping, the club gets a cut plus a £5 bonus for the first £10 that each individual member generates.
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We have signed up as a community fundraiser with The Utility Warehouse. The Utility Warehouse provide great deals on gas, electric and broadband as well as fixed and mobile phones. If you sign up by clicking on the logo above, every pound you spend with them, Bearsted CC will receive a commission. Their prices are really competitive, so you can save money and make the club some money into the bargain!
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