An intro by the Chief Executive of the Children’s Trust
“On behalf of all the children, young people and families we support at The Children’s Trust, I wish all those taking part in the 2019 Tadworth Charity Blast event, a great day of cricket.
And, to everyone attending today, thank you so much for supporting the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We are extremely proud of our local ‘Tadworth’ heritage and equally proud that we now reach tens of thousands of children throughout the country via our Brain Injury Community Service (in partnership with several children’s hospitals) and our online portal, the BrainInjuryHub.co.uk.
Thanks also to the organisers for, once again, putting on a great day’s entertainment.”
A brief history of Tadworth CC
League cricket came to Tadworth in 1995, and by 1999 Tadworth had won the Surrey Downs League for the first time as champions.
About tadworth cricket club
Tadworth Cricket Club was established in 1903. It moved to the present site sometime before WW1. But it was much smaller in those days with a marquee being erected every Saturday. In 1919 a sum of £200 was raised and a larger square was cleared of stones to commemorate the home coming from the War. The outfield was ploughed and seeded to create the spacious ground it is today.
During WW2 the common became a gun site and vehicles and ammunition were stored here prior to D-Day. In 1951 a small pavilion was erected with the bar following in the 1960s. A match between an English Ladies team captained by Rachael Heyhoe-Flint and TCC opened a new pavilion. This was a heady period for the club when it was invited to the Oval and Tadworth’s President, Arthur Phebey (ex Kent CCC) brought teams to Tadworth that included Derek Underwood, Mike Denness, Alec Stewart and Brian Luckhurst amongst others.
In 2003, the centenary of the club was marked by Alec Stewart (Surrey and England) playing a match at Tadworth full of celebrity players. In 2010 the club achieved ECB Clubmark accreditation.
During the last 10 years the club has developed a very active colts section and several of the current 1st, 2nd and Sunday team players have graduated through the club from those days. There are close connections with local schools and today the club has a strong and vibrant squad who play competitively in two league teams on Saturdays and a social side on Sundays.
Tadworth is known throughout the local area as a warm and welcoming club, and with the best teas in Surrey!
We are also known for our stripy green and gold blazers – which can not be missed – and have been spotted not only in Tadworth but also at Lord’s, the Oval and other major sporting events.
The link with the Children’s Trust
the children's trust
In 2017, Tadworth Cricket Club decided to adopt the Childrens’ Trust in Tadworth as its local charity and the first “Tadworth T20 Blast” in aid of the Childrens’ Trust was held on 2nd July 2017. The first Sunday in July has traditionally been our President’s day – a day for all Tadworth teams to come together – so it seemed very appropriate to use this day to host the event. Tadworth’s new kit now also prominently features the Children’s Trust logo on its shirts.
4 teams participated in the inaugural Tadworth T20 Blast, which attracted many spectators, friends and families from the local community. The all day BBQ, tea & cake stall and especially the Youngs Pimms tent proved particularly popular. The day was rounded off successfully by The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead who came to present the winning trophy and the raffle prizes on a glorious summer’s evening.
Following on from the success of the first Tadworth T20 Blast which featured teams each captained by one of our younger players, in 2018 we have expanded the format to include 6 teams.
in 2018 we expanded the format to include 6 teams, and we pioneered the new 100 ball format proposed by the ECB!
In 2019, we have more teams represented and as the 6 over Blast off final in 2018 was a real highlight, we will be introducing a shorter format to the matches in 2019.