several years now Stoke Row Cricket Club has found it difficult to
regularly find sufficient quality players to compete in The Berkshire
League, Premier Division. It has meant on occasions that we had
youngsters participating who did not have the experience to face the
fast bowling attack of the competition.
In September of 2013 we were approached by Peppard Cricket Club who
were facing many of the same problems, although they are a
significantly much larger Cricket Club with 3 senior Saturday teams, 1
Sunday team and some 60 Youth players.
After a series of meetings between personnel from both Cricket Clubs and
consultations with The Berkshire League, Stoke Row Cricket Club and
Peppard Cricket Club merged under the new name of Peppard Stoke Row
The financial responsibility for all cricket
being played at Stoke Row now comes under the management of Peppard
Stoke Row Cricket Club. We have passed to them ownership of all our
cricket equipment, including the roller, mowers etc. etc. They will be
responsible for pitch preparation and cutting of the outfield.
Stoke Row Cricket Club will have 3 teams competing in different
divisions of The Berkshire League on Saturdays, 2 occasional Sunday
Teams, one of which will play their home games at Stoke Row and be run
by our very own Matt Kimber, and most importantly for the future of
cricket, several Youth Teams.
In the coming season Peppard Stoke Row Cricket Club will play around 13
matches on a Saturday at Stoke Row, split between the first XI and the
second XI, so there will be plenty of cricket to be seen on a regular
basis in the village. We will be keeping our promise to Sport England
and hopefully preserving cricket in the village for a long time to come.
If you have any queries, or require further information, please:-
1. Contact John Chalker, Chairman, Stoke Row Club on 01491 681499, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2014 the Sunday Village/Developmental side (The Maharajahs), offering a more relaxed game of cricket, whilst at the same time bringing on some youngsters will be run by Matt Kimber - email@example.com