Cricket in Watton-at-Stone
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 (what is now the Sports Field), which was dug out by hand and levelled, has been used since 1910.
The Meadow had its famous ridge (formed to create the cricket table) smoothed out in the 1990s.
Currently, the Cricket Club runs one Saturday-league team and one Sunday team playing traditional fixtures against local village and touring sides.
If you would like to know more about the Cricket Club and its activities, please contact Wilf Emsley on 01920 830986.