Ford Cricket Club was formed in 1912 and has operated from three
different grounds. The first ground was situated at Hut Farm on land
now used for housing on what used to be the Hendy Ford site in
Bournemouth Road. Very little cricket was played during the 1914-1918
war, but in 1924 the Club sub-leased some land from Hiltonbury Farm,
on the corner of Hursley and Baddesley Roads, sadly now, a pub and
housing estate. In 1971, it was advised to find an alternative ground
as the land and farm were to be sold to developers. The Club decided
to approach the Local Authority, having heard that a new pavilion was
to be built at Hiltingbury Recreation Ground.
Club’s early fixtures were played against other local village teams
due to the problems of providing transport and it was very much a
village club between the two World Wars. Following the Second World
War, the Club became more active, playing matches on both Saturdays
and Sundays. When the local evening leagues were formed, evening
games were played, including local cup competitions.
1973, the Club became a founder member of the Hampshire Cricket
League with a team in, what was, the Mid-Hants Division. After the
first season this was restructured to become South West regional
division. The Club also ran two evening sides, one in the Winchester
and District Evening League and the other in the Eastleigh Evening
League. In the close season it entered a team in the South Hampshire
Six-a-Side Indoor League. In 1980, the Club had built up its
membership and entered a second team in the Hampshire Cricket League.
After twenty one years playing in the regional divisions , the Club
won West I in 1994, to play in County V the following year.
1981, the Club formed a Colts Section, providing cricket tutoring and
match experience for children from the age of 8 upwards. The section
is still going strong with a membership of over 70 and through the
years, the Club has had much success in both the Colt and Senior
and Shawford started playing cricket in the 1920s, at Compton Street,
on the field behind the school and church. After the war, the playing
field on Compton Down was given to the parish and the Compton and
Shawford Cricket Club established itself there. The Shawford Golf
Club had closed and the clubhouse was dismantled and re-erected as
the new cricket pavilion.
Cricket and Football clubs combined in 1960 to form the Compton and
Shawford Sports Club.
Club were winners of the Tichborne Trophy in 1964 but had to wait
until 1981 to win the Igglesden Trophy which had been donated by Mr
HF Igglesden, one of the founder members of the Sports Club. The
Igglesden was won again in 1984.
and Shawford were original members of the Winchester and District
Evening League in 1966 and later played in the Eastleigh Evening
the mid 1960s, the compulsory purchase of part of the playing field,
for the building of the Compton flyover, meant a new square had to be
created west of the pavilion.
Chandler’s Ford, the Club was a founder member of the Hampshire
Cricket League, starting in the Mid-Hants Division. They won South
West I in 1976, and were promoted to County I the following year.
After two years in the top division the Club was relegated to County
II in 1979, winning that division in 1982. Three more seasons were
spent in County I and then four seasons in County II, after that the
slide began, and the Club was relegated to County V in 1995.
and Shawford started a 2nd XI in 1976, which played in South West
Division II and then in East III before being relegated into the
Combination League. A junior section was formed in 1975 which
continued until the mid 80s during which it won the Hampshire U13 Cup
1996, a merger took place between the two Cricket Clubs. Originally
the newly merged club had home grounds at Hiltingbury and Compton,
but while it retains its home at Compton it no longer plays at
Hiltingbury but on Winchester Council pitches at King George V and
North Walls recreation grounds. The Club now has a membership of
about 80, running four Saturday teams, one Sunday team, an evening
league team, and three indoor teams in the winter. The strong junior
section, which also has about 80 members, has recently been awarded
gold status by the Southern League Assessment Panel, while the club
as a whole has been awarded Focus Club status by the Hampshire
Cricket Board and has achieved the Club Mark Award. The club has
excellent facilities with a clubhouse and bar that was opened in 2003
with substantial help from the Sports Council Lottery fund. We have
two nets (with the possibility of a third being added shortly) and an
artificial pitch for junior matches.
Club is always looking for new experienced cricketers so if you would
like to join a very well-established cricket club, please ring
secretary Ben Farndon on 023 8025 4896 (seniors) or Bill Brown 023
8026 7901 (juniors). Alternatively e-mail Ben on
email@example.com or Bill on firstname.lastname@example.org.