Curdridge Cricket Club was formed in 1853. Early accounts suggest that home games where played at the Triangle on Curdridge Common.
Curdridge moved to their current ground, in Reading Room Lane in 1885.
Until 1984, the pavilion was a ‘quaint’ old building, affectionately known as the ‘Nissan Hut’. Anyone who remembers this building, may be ‘surprised’ to find out, that it cost around 60 shillings to erect.
The ‘new’ pavilion has all the facilities you would expect to find in a modern day Pavilion,
Changing Rooms, Toilets, Showers and a fully licensed bar, with a patio area overlooking what has to be one of the finest cricket squares in the county (but I am biased).
In 2003, the Club celebrated 150 years of cricket, with a few special events. The club played two anniversary games, against the MCC and a Hampshire 2nd XI. Finally, a 30-strong party went on a two-week tour of the West Indies. In total, four matches were played, culminating in a win at the famous Wanderers Ground, where no touring side had won for more than two decades.
Up until 2003, Curdridge had only played ‘friendly’ matches on both Saturdays and Sundays, but to preserve the quality of cricket played, the Saturday fixtures where dropped, and the Club entered into the Hampshire League. The Sunday side, have maintained their ‘friendly’ fixtures, and still play against many local villages, including Bishops Waltham.
As previously mentioned, the wicket and surrounding outfield, are up there with the best in village cricket, even if some players do find the ‘hill’ slightly off-putting. The grounds are maintained by volunteers from within the club. And an excellent job they make of it too.
You can be sure to spend a nice peaceful afternoon watching the cricket. Well, except for the time when a hot air balloon stopped play, or the time when the pitch was ‘invaded’ by a marauding Vauxhall Astra driver. Intrigued? Come and read more about these events on the pavilion notice-board.
We are a nice, friendly club. So, if you ever in the area, please pop in and say hello. You never know, you might just get a game.