Cricket has been played in the area for a long time – there are records of a match between ‘The Gentlemen of Thatcham and the Gentlemen of Aldermaston’ as far back as 1786, although how or if these teams eventually evolved into the modern day clubs is lost in the mists of time.
There are accounts in 19th Century newspapers of various matches against assorted local clubs, some of which have fallen by the wayside and some of which survive to this day.
The village of Aldermaston also has a long association with Surrey County Cricket club, due partly to the local wood yard, which grows willow trees for the production of cricket bats, and which was formerly owned and run by Stuart Surridge, and partly due to Alan Peach, shown below on a Wills cigarette card from 1930, along with his signature, and pictured in a Surrey team photo from 1929 alongside Jack Hobbs and Percy Fender, among others, who lived and worked locally before having a long career with Surrey in the early part of the Twentieth Century, and was responsible for the coaching and development of Alec and Eric Bedser.
We are trying to compile some sort of history of cricket in Aldermaston, and of the cricket club itself, and some interesting facts have emerged in the last year or so. If you can help fill any gaps, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we’d love to hear from you.
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