"Cricket for all generations, through all the generations since 1771"
Although the origins of cricket date back to the 1590s when Elizabeth I was Queen, for Smarden the first recorded game did not take place until August 1771 when mad King George was on the throne.. On that occasion the opponents were Frittenden and the game was played on the Minnis. Records show that “William Daynes, fourth son of John Daynes senr. of Frittenden, got by strokes 53 runs in the game, and ran in the whole 130 runs. The lad is not 13 years of age till Sept. 29th next.”
Some things never change. Smarden still has 13 year old lads playing for it and Frittenden are still local rivals but at the same time many things have changed. Today although the club still plays Cricket on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season they are separate games rather than the two day affairs which took place during the reign of King George.
Smarden prides itself on being a friendly and inclusive club catering for players of all abilities. Friendly games are played, mainly against local villages on Saturdays, whilst more competitive league cricket is played on Sundays when the club competes in Kent Village League Division One. Like all good village sides, the game itself is only part of story and the standard of the teas and the quality of the local pub and beer are equally important.
The Cricket Club is always looking for new members, young or old, male or female so if you have played and want to “get back into it” or have moved into the area and are looking for somewhere to play and meet new friends please give Guy Washer a call on: 01233 840078.
Cricket Club contact: Guy Washer. 01233 840078