Cricket in Watton-at-Stone
Currently, the Cricket Club runs one Saturday team which plays competitive cricket in the Hertfordshire League and one Sunday team playing traditional fixtures against local village and touring sides. In recent years we have twice won the Hertfordshire Village Trophy. There is a strong social element to being a member of Watton-at-Stone Cricket Club which goes back a long way….
The earliest record of a Watton cricket-match was reported in the Hertford, Cambridge and Isle of Ely Mercury, dated 8 August 1829, with a win for Watton in a two-innings game ‘with three wickets to go down, against eleven from the Tewin Club’. In the 1850s the Cricket Club was known as the Watton & Benington Cricket Club and for many years played at Woodhall House where the Head Butler was a regular player. The pitch on the Meadow, with its views of the village church, was dug out by hand and levelled in 1910. The Meadow had its famous ridge (formed to create the cricket table) smoothed out in the 1990s and the ground now boasts a level square set on a slope that Lords would be proud of.
If you would like to know more about the Cricket Club and its activities, please contact Brad Williams on 07801 790915. You can get all the information about our current activities at www.pitchero.com/clubs/wattonatstone.