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Shenley Village Cricket Club History

1861 Shenley emerge as a village cricket team with a side to play London Colney

In the historical search conducted to date, investigations have led to various published game reports. Conveyed in the Hertfordshire Advertiser and St Albans Times. An article provided by the London Colney Cricket Club (and can be seen on their history web page) illustrates Shenley Village playing and losing and interesting game. This shows a very long association with London Colney.

1872 Saturday, July 22, 1871

Another article dated Saturday, July 22, 1871 told that the village team was up against St Albans. Played on July 17 at Shenley in the presence of a select company of visitors. Shenley lost after some capital play having been evinced on both sides. St Albans 119 and 95 for 6 Shenley 82 all out, lost by 37 runs. Generally, the club consisted of the same villagers for the period above, for a number of years or their relatives were we assume, drafted in. That certainly rings some bells even in today's club! Regular reported names cropping up at this time were A.Cassavetti, Dr Smythe, E.Osmond, W. Broom (prolific bowler), E. Anderson and a Mr. Odell, who seemed to play for Radlett too. There is even a couple of relatives of our current first team players', playing for Shenley. The games played in this era where played differently than we know in today's league makeup and were regularly very low scoring games.

1911 to 1914 Through to the First World War

Shenley managed to field teams until the First World War began in August 1914. The August Bank Holiday weekend was due to be their last match, playing against Arkley, but was never played.

1921 The Cricket club was reformed in 1921

The first game was played against St Albans Electrical Works whom they defeated by 55 runs on Saturday, 4 June. Thresher took a "hat trick" and went on to take four wickets in five balls for Shenley. Continuous cricket was played up until 1934

1922 Fixture Details

1923 & 1924 Fixture Details

1934 Annual end of season game is the last for 20 years

The last fixture played in this era was against Harrow School Outcasts, the opposition in June of that year. In this era, it had become an annual end of season event. Shenley won the game by 79 runs. The rivals consisted of Masters and students in their final year. Another source, informed us that the club cap was used for presentation purposes and was purple with yellow stripes.

1953 Shenley Cricket Club Reformed

At a public meeting held on Tuesday, 28 July 1953 in the Village Hall. Shenley Cricket Club was reformed once more.

Around sixty people gathered, where it was decided to form teams for adults, juniors, colts and a ladies team. Mr. C A Everill who presided was elected Chairman of the club. Also on the committee were Mr. C Anderton (captain) and Mr. H Ibbotson who had helped some of the younger members of the day put together what became the Shenley team of the time based at Green Lane. After that 20-year lapse Shenley took to the cricket field against Shenley Hospital. Playing on the current cricket centres ground, (where it is now one of our home bases!), they lost by 79 runs.

New club colours were formulated in the early part of this period, with green and gold being selected. The cap was green with two gold stripes. A badge on the cap was set in quarters with a stag, a set of cricket stumps, the village lock up and a large tree, in each quarter.

1954 Green Street Ground Opened

The Green Street ground was opened (approx. 1954) by Douglas Jardine, (who lived in Radlett at the time) the England skipper of the infamous "bodyline" tour against the Aussies in the 1930's. Mr. Michael Richards a local cattleman donated the ground, and with the help of some of the members land was cleared of tree stumps and levelled to resemble a cricket pitch and square to be rented to Shenley C.C. for a peppercorn rent of one schilling a year! We have copy photographs from Mr. Bob Burne, recording the opening of the Green Street Ground.

1955 Indifferent Season

1961  Fixture Book is noted below... appologies it is not too clear (the file is too big to be allowed on the system if rotated).

President: Michael Richards

Vice Presidents: A Armstrong, PH Constable, J Eden, W Freestone, ES Hanlon,

Rev NES Johnson, Dr AG Wilson, KM MacInnes, GS Obsborne, E Osmond, SGRiches

C Secker, R Streather, AE Trayling.

Chairman: GS Osborne, Pinks Cottage, Rectory Lane Shenley

Hon Secretary: R Burne Hon Treasurer: R Skeggs Captain: R Ronchetti

Vice Captain: R Skeggs Fix Secretary: AH Pritchard Team Secretary: F Pritchard

Official Scorers: Mrs R Skeggs Miss C Thrower

Committee:J Brown, Mrs Ruck, G Hanlon,F Trott,Mrs Turner,C Turner,T Heath,J Cooper,W Cole

Practice was held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The annual Subscription for Playing Members was 1.5 Gns., and for Non playing Members 10/6. There were reductions for juniors!

Committee meetings were held on the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 8pm.

Ground was at Borehamwood Roiad, Shenley the 358 bus (Borehamwood to St Albans bus) passed the ground.

D Ronchetti takes 11 for 14 in a tweleve man match! West Indian stars appearance

 

1962 Top Bowling  Fixture Book Scanned below


1963 A second Sunday String..  Fixture Book  below


1964 


1965 The Green Street Clubhouse opens -  Fixture Book below

The clubhouse was built and opened in May 1965. This was made possible by bingo drives, council grants and various collections


1966 Have Fixture Book below


1967 Have Fixture Book Details below

1968 Fixture Book


1969 Join Hertfordshire League

Shenley join the Hertfordshire Competition league, which was formed only one year earlier and remained there until their last recorded game in 1983.

1988 Reformed Again but as Shenley Village

In 1988, the newly reformed Shenley Village Cricket Club began, initially playing Sunday friendly cricket and eventually entering a team into the West Herts League, playing at Green Street. After spending several years in this league, the club progressed into the Hertfordshire Cricket League but becoming a nomadic side, having lost the lease of Green Street to London Colney Cricket Club. Subsequently, in 1997 and 1998, progressing further by achieving two promotions from the Sixth to the Fourth Division playing home games at the GEC sports ground, Shenley Park and Laing sports club, the club entered two league XI's for the first time in 1998.

As no knowledge of any previous village team was known about, the colours of the club were selected to be Navy, Red, Navy, with the unique old village lock up being the emblem of the club.

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993 Results for 1993 and Squad details (click the link 1993)

1994 Herts Advertiser notes News Report 1994 pt 1 News Report 1994 pt 2

1995 Involved in the Bryant League see the info added from Borehamwood Times

1996 The first Team finish runners up in Div 5 West Divison of The Hertfordshire League.

1996 De Hav Report 1996 More 1 More 2 More 3 1996 Newsletter

1997 New blood and progress   -   Recent Fixture books...


1998 Roots A history of the club forms from Newspaper articles of old.

1999 The club played outside the Shenley area

Following many years playing in and around Shenley and Borehamwood, the 1999 season saw the club playing outside the Shenley area. The club basing itself at the Woodside Park Club in Finchley, North London. After the MCC took over the running of Shenley Cricket Centre for a couple of seasons, pricing us out of playing there.

2000 Back to our Roots and a New League Structure

At the Nov 1999 AGM members elected to return to the club's roots in Shenley, with financial support from both players and local businesses. For the 2001 season, the committee arranged that we would return to the Nursery ground once more and play ALL home games there. This helped re-establish the name of Shenley Village C.C. after a season of uncertainty and playing at various "home" locations.

After a good season, finishing higher than previous seasons in Division Four both teams competed the season in the newly restructured Hertfordshire Cricket League with a vertical system of 14 Divisions (Premier to Division 13 inclusive) which meant our first XI were placed in Division 9 and the seconds in Division 10, with both teams having high hopes of promotion after consolidation in the last three years. Promotion for the Firsts team to Division 8 followed for season 2000.

2001 Consolidation First and Second teams

Australia Ladies visit Shenley and play England

2002 Hertfordshire Club of the Year 2002

In 2002 Shenley were rewarded when they put Three Saturday teams out and had all three sides promoted and earned the recognition by being awarded the Saracens Herts League's "Presidents Trophy" as Hertfordshire club of the year, the first team to be given the award outside the premier clubs. Newspaper report

2003 More Success

The momentum continued in 2003, with the first and third teams being promoted in consecutive seasons. The second team consolidated. See comments News report

With the help of Sam Seinthan many old and new test players make appearances for the Sunday side .. see the First class Links below.

Roland Butcher player profile Link guests against Elstree.

Farveez Maharoof makes guest appearances for Shenley Sunday side whilst involved with Sri Lanka U19 and Middlesex. Cricinfo player profile Link

Upul Tharanga player profile Link

2004 Flourishing

Flourishing in 2004, the club took over the Shenley Cricket centre colts.

First Team promoted for the fourth time in succession to Div 5 for next year. The Seconds and Thirds survive relegation scares.

Aravinda de Silva makes a guest appearance for the Sunday side against Elstree. Player profile

2005 Continued Progress Promotion 1st Team

The emphasis in 2005 was the growing colts sections and their entrance into the Herts League. Whilst the First team continued their rise up the Saracens Herts League by gaining yet another promotion to Division 4 by becoming runners up in Div 5.


The Second string moved to fifth place in Division 9 as younger players were introduced and played an important part for the club. The Thirds although technically relegated were spared that wretched downfall with the league adding teams into the league.

 

 2006 Consolidation and Promotions for the 2nd and 3rds

In 2006 the colts section grew and produced some good cricket while the younger squad reached the regional final. Meanwhile for the first time in 6 seasons the first team was not promoted, possibly that can be rectified next year. However, the two other teams in the Saracens Herts League gained promotion; The Seconds to Division 8 and Thirds to Division 10. Leading the way to entering a Fourth side for 2007.


Click the year for the end of season tables.


2007 Consolidation is hoped for and a New Begining for the 4th Team.

In 2007 the colts section grew again and was strengthened off the field.

The year SVCC were awarded Club Mark Accreditation and also became a Focus club in Hertfordshire  .


The first team gained a deserved promotion to Division 3, while the 2nds just ran out of steam pushing promotion this season.   The 3rds had a difficult season and the newly formed 4ths with mainly colts began their league excursion and held their own knowing their time will come.

In the World Cup held in the West Indies, Upal Tharanga who played with us in 2003 represents Sri Lanka with Farveez Mahroof 12th Man.


2008    

The First team continue to consolidate finishing 7th in Division Three and have had 7 promotions since 1996. Meanwhile the Second team continued the trend of promotion going back to 2002 with their 3rd progression since then. This means a Shenley Village team has been promoted to a higher division except in 2001. Making 14 promotions in all to date in the Herts league, since joining as one side in 1996. Quite a good milestone for such a young progressive club as ours and no relegations albeit, just a few times in recent years!

The Third side had a tough time and survived a relegation battle through teams dropping out of the league which helped the cause. Meanwhile, the fourth team flurished and ended the season forcing their way into 5th spot just missing out on automatic promotion and remained unbeaten in 11 games from the end, quite outstanding spirit. Then finding out they had been promoted after all in December when the new fixtures were annonced.

The Sunday side had mixed fortunes but the colts went from strength to strength seeing three of the colts sections representing the club at the Herts finals. One team shone and the U10's went  on to win the final. keeping up the tradition of the past few years of the rapid growth of the club. This is also feeding through to the league sides as the juniors add to the established older players and incoming attracted players as we aim higher up the divisions. 

 
2009
2009 saw the 1st XI reach new heights by winning Division Three and therefore promotion to Division Two. Fortunes were different elsewhere with the 2nd XI consolidating their promotion from 2008 and finishing 12, the 3rd XI surviving a relegation battle once again and the 4th XI struggling to adjust to life in Division Twelve. The colts continued to perform well with four teams reaching finals day and the Under 13s securing the cup. 

2010

2010 saw the 1st XI consolidate in Division Two. The 2nd XI proving they wish to go places too by finishing 4th and being promoted into Division Six. The 3rd XI did not manage to survive the relegation battle and were relegated to Division Eleven and hope to revive by looking to bounce straight back. The 4th XI struggled once again but had some very good results but were inconsistant and losing players to injury or helping out other teams but hopefully the club has turned a corner and can with the help of the colts to push on once more. The colts once again performed well during the season in their respective leagues, with the under 10s winning the county title and the under 12s reaching the semi final stages plus the under 13s were quarter finalists. 

2011

The year of our 150th anniversary was celebrated with our 1st match against the MCC and also a game against Cross arrows at Lords in which we lost by 2 wickets in a very close game. A special dinner was held at Porters Park Golf Club to celebrate our special anniversary, with guest speaker Christopher Martin Jenkins and renowned sports photographer Patrick Eager in attendance. On the pitch we had a season of consolidation with all 4 teams finishing in respectable mid table positions. The 1st XI were indebted to our overseas player Dion Ebrahim who in the League scored 1022 runs at an average of 92.91 and took 42 wickets at 13.29. Warren Seeley had an excellent season with the bat for the 4th XI scoring 338 runs at an average of 48.29 and narrowly missing out on the Division 13 batting award.

2012

A season of transition as again all sides remained in their respective decisions. The 2nd XI were unlucky, heading into the last game of the season top of division 6 but losing badly and ending up in 6th position in what was a very tight division. The 1st XI without Dion Ebrahim's contributions relied on young players which meant a tough season but was a good sign for the future. 14 year old Charlie Thurston was the stand out performer scoring 348 runs at an average of 49.71 and in the process finishing 3rd in the League Division 2 batting awards. Geoff Evans with 26 wickets at 12.04 finished 5th in the Division 6 bowling awards, Andy Lewis with 284 runs at an average of 31.56 finished 4th in the Division 11 batting awards and John Smith with 20 wickets at 12.85 finished 8th in the Division 11 bowling awards.

2013

Shenley's 152 year wait for their first trophy ended when the 1st XI won the Readers Herts County Trophy by beating Old Elizabethans in the final by 8 wickets with Charlie Thurston winning the man of the match award for his 81 not out. And a good year got even better when the 1st XI learnt that their 6th place finish was good enough to earn promotion to Division One following a restructuring of the league into Divisions of 10 teams from the traditional 20 teams. The stand out performers for the 1st XI were Jonny Lash with 58 wickets at 12.57 and Lloyd Willingham who scored 427 runs at 30.50. The other teams again had mid table finishes but notable performers for the 2nd XI were Geoff Evans with 48 wickets at 13.90 and Jiten Savani with 40 wickets at 15.73. For the 3rd XI Kev Wood had an outstanding season taking 52 wickets at 11.21. Off the pitch ambitious plans were conceived to replace the worn out nets with new high quality replacements.
 
 
2014

2014 started with Ray McLennan handing over the Chairman's reins to Geoff Evans after many years of service during which the club has grown from strength to strength. During handover Ray saw through the installation of a high quality 4 lane net facility which was financed with the help of a local company and opened by ex England player Angus Fraser and ECB Head Pitch Inspector Chris Wood. This has transformed our training facilities and was installed at the same time as the club took the decision to move all its teams to Shenley with the 1st and 2nd XIs playing on the Main Ground and the 3rd and 4th XIs playing on the Nursery Ground. The new training and playing arrangements provided the launch pad for our most successful season with all 4 teams gaining promotion and the 1st XI retaining the Herts Readers Trophy. In the process we were named Herts Club of the Year. The Ist XI went up as champions earning promotion to the Premier League Championship division for the 1st time in our history. This was a season of stellar performances on the pitch. The 1st XI were bolstered by the arrival of Kris Nissen and Tom Bruce and the regular availability of Charlie Thurston. Charlie topped the Division One batting awards scoring 639 runs at 71.00 and Tom finished 2nd with 765 runs at 63.75. Kris Nissen also had a strong season with the bat scoring 565 runs at 37.67 but his key contribution was with the ball where he took 53 wickets at 13.45, finishing 2nd in the Division One averages. The 2nd team finished 3rd to gain promotion with Rich Evans (433 runs at 54.13) and Vajinder Paul (495 runs at 35.36) starring with the bat. Jiten Savani was the top bowler (50 wickets at 10.56), ably supported by Geoff Evans (46 wickets at 13.65). The 3rd XI went up in 4th place with Jaymin Borkhatria (344 runs at 38.22) leading the batting effort and Kev Wood (21 wickets at 17.43) producing the best bowling figures. The 4th XI promotion was earned on the back of Warren Burr's batting (243 runs at 40.50) and the bowling of Craig Roseman (19 wickets at 19.11) and Harry Munting (16 wickets at 19.50). Our juniors had a successful campaign with under 10 side crowned County champions, and the season ended on a high note as the Ist XI helped by a ton from Tom Bruce beat Botany Bay in the final to retain the Readers Herts County Trophy

2015

The main highlight of 2015 was our hosting of the SCG touring party from Australia. Perfect weather made for a wonderful day at the Shenley Cricket Centre as 2 games were held including an over 50s game on the Main Ground. 2015 also saw the introduction of an under 19 side (Shenley Sharks) playing in coloured clothing as part of a new ECB initiative. The senior sides had a mixed season on the pitch with the 1st XI finding life tough in the Championship and getting relegated, although this was not confirmed until the last day of the season. Tom Bruce had another strong season with the bat scoring 657 runs at 41.06 with Charlie Thurston scored 589 runs at 36.81. The 3rd XI  finished 3rd but were promoted after a league reshuffle. Jaymin Borkhatria scored 526 runs at 40.46 and the bowling was led by Harry Munting (30 wickets at 13.80) and Kev Wood (26 wickets at 14.38). The 2nd and 4th XIs both had good seasons finishing 3rd and 5th respectively. Rich Evans had an outstanding season scoring 512 runs at an average of 73.14, winning the Division 5B batting award in the process. Vajinder Paul (404 runs at 42.00) finished 5th in the Division averages and Dan Bowles (310 runs at 38.75) finished 7th. Jiten Savani was the top bowler taking 36 wickets at an average of 13.19.  George White (354 runs at 35.40) starred with the bat for the 4th XI and Sammy Saleh (26 wickets at 13.19) and Mitesh Damji (16 wickets at 14.75) were the outstanding bowlers. The Ist XI were unable to make it 3 Readers Herts Trophies in succession as they were narrowly defeated by Leverstock Green in the semi finals.

2016

The 4th XI were the success story of 2016 winning their division and being promoted as champions. The season ended on a very high note as on the same day the 1st XI recaptured the Herts Trophy by beating Abbots Langley in a thrilling finish and the under 12s won their junior summer league.  The 1st XI finished 5th in Division One after tailing off in the 2nd half of the season. Charlie Thurston, who made his first class debut at the start of the season, finished 3rd in the Division batting awards scoring 524 runs at an average of 40.31. Lloyd Willingham was consistent at the top of the order scoring 389 runs at 25.93. The bowling was led by leg spinner Nikhil Borkhatria (34 wickets at 18.09) and Kris Nissen, Who was affected by injury, picked up 24 wickets at 20.42. The 2nd XI unluckily missed out on promotion when rain curtailed their last game of the season meaning they missed out by 2 points. Rich Evans (511 runs at 73.00) maintained his consistency and retained the Division 5 batting award and Vajinder Paul scored 580 runs at 34.12. The bowling was led by veterans Jiten Savani (22 wickets at 13.95) and John Smith (27 wickets at 18.96). James Williams was outstanding for the 3rd XI scoring 600 runs at an average of 50 and picking up the Division 9A batting award. Andy Elliott also had a strong season scoring 391 runs at 43.44. James Williams was also the key contributor with the ball picking up 22 wickets at 22.64. The 4th XI promotion was earned on the back of fine batting performances from Warren Burr (338 runs at 37.56) and George White (278 runs at 23.17). Top bowlers were Sammy Saleh (24 wickets at 11.33) and Craig Roseman (21 wickets at 11.67).

2017

Charlie Thurston makes his 1st first class hundred for Loughborough MCCU vs Northants. Tom Bruce makes his international T20 debut vs Bangladesh.

Shenley Village - Herts League placings 1996 to current year    

Champions History

First Team        - Div 3    2009, Div 1 2014
Second Team - Div 10  2002
Fourth Team - Reg Div West 2016


Club Promotions      22         Club Relegations 5


First Team Year Position Division
 Promotions    TEN  
   2016  5th  Herts One
Relegated 2015 9th Herts Champ'ship
Champions 2014 1st Herts One
Promoted 2013 6th
Herts Two
  2012 16th Herts Two
  2011 6th Herts Two 
  2010 11th  Herts Two 
Champions 2009 1st Herts Three
  2008 7th  Herts Three
Promoted 2007 4th  Herts Four
  2006 10th  Herts Four
Promoted 2005 2nd  Herts Five
Promoted 2004 3rd  Herts Six 
Promoted 2003 3rd  Herts Seven
Promoted 2002 2nd  Herts Eight
  2001 6th  Herts Eight
Promoted 2000 5th  Herts Nine
  1999 9th  Herts Four
  1998 11th  Herts Four
  1997 tba  Herts Four
Promoted 1996 2nd Herts Five West
  1995   Bryant League 
1994    

Second Team Year Position Division
 Promotions    FOUR  
   2016 3rd
Herts 5B
  2015 3rd Herts 5B
Promoted 2014 3rd Herts Six
  2013 13th Herts Six
  2012 6th Herts Six
  2011 14th Herts Six
  2010 4th  Herts Seven
  2009  12th Herts Seven
Promoted 2008 4th  Herts Eight
  2007 7th  Herts Eight
Promoted 2006 2nd  Herts Nine
  2005 5th  Herts Nine
  2004 16th  Herts Nine
  2003 11th  Herts Nine
Promoted Champs 2002 champions Herts Ten
  2001 8th  Herts Ten
Restructured League 2000 18th  Herts Ten
  1999 3rd  Herts Four 2nd XI
  1998 5th  Herts Four 2nd XI
  1997 tba  Herts Four 2nd XI

Third Team Year Position Division
 Promotions    FIVE  
   2016  7th  Herts 9A
Promoted 2015 3rd Herts 9B
Promoted
2014 4th Herts Ten
  2013  7th Herts Eleven
  2012 14th Herts Eleven
  2011 14th Herts Eleven
  2010 18th Herts Ten
  2009 17th  Herts Ten
  2008 17th  Herts Ten
  2007 16th  Herts Ten
Promoted 2006 3rd  Herts Eleven
  2005 16th  Herts Eleven
  2004 11th  Herts Eleven
Promoted 2003 3rd  Herts Twelve 
Promoted 2002 2nd  Herts Thirteen
 
Fourth Team Year Position Division
 Promotions    THREE  
Champions 2016 1st Herts Reg Div BW
  2015 5th Herts Reg Div BW
Promoted 2014 4th Herts Twelve West
  2013 15th Herts Thirteen
  2012 15th Herts Thirteen
  2011 12th Herts Thirteen
  2010 18th Herts Thirteen
  2009 20th  Herts Twelve
 Promoted  2008 5th  Herts Thirteen
  2007 12th Herts Thirteen
           
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Good things are again possible this year for the club as it consolidates.

Past & Present = Serving Members of the club  

We require umpires, a scorer and welcome any new players for the season.

It is hoped that the club will be playing within the next years at a higher standard and expectantly one day reach a goal of playing in the higher Divisions, this will have to be achieved with younger players filtering through the teams of today and tomorrow.

 We would encourage spectators and players alike to come along to our home games this season to support, play, Umpire or score.

 

The lock up motto is; Be sober, Do Well, Fear not, Be vigilant." ____________________________________________________________________

 

Summary

 

This has been a brief history article based on the 155 years of a village cricket side [1861 - 2016]. 113 years of actual cricket have been played during this time frame. Today's players carry on the tradition of previous representatives of the club. It is hoped, tomorrow's players will take the same view of past and present players to uphold the values of cricket and they will continue to enjoy the comradeship and competition, whatever their level of ability.

 

Most of the information has been extracted and conveyed in the local newspapers Hertfordshire Advertiser, St Albans Times, and latterly by the Borehamwood Times, the majority of information was gathered from the Colindale Newspaper Library.

 

12 years of Shenley Village juniors. 19th year for the Second Team. 14th year for the  Third team.  10th year for the fourth team.

 

Dave Stubbs




 

 

 

 

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