2016 Awards Dinner

2016 Award Winners, sponsored by Hythe Life Community Interest Company & Hythe Life Food Festival. Many thanks for their support this year.

  • Players Player – Jack Gooding
  • Best Innings – Tom Carr
  • Saturday Batsman – Joey Pratt
  • Sunday Batsman – Teddy Easthope
  • Saturday Bowler – Joey Pratt
  • Sunday Bowler – Shahid Rajput
  • Duck League – Joe Pritchard (and Barry Wire, but he wasn’t there)
  • Tea of the Year – Ryan Hall
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27 Years at The Wood

11 seasons on from Tom’s original article….
Stats update….approximately
450 matches, 370 innings, 4300 runs, 471 wickets at an average of just under 20.

The 2005 season marks Ian’s 17th season with the Wood. In that time he has taken 388 wickets (including 212 children) and scored almost 3500 runs. These stats may suggest that he is a multi-talented cricketer, but really what they tell us is that Ian has played a lot of games for the Wood.

He has batted on 281 occasions, and although records are unclear here, it is safe to assume that he must therefore have played nearly 400 games for the club. Since making his debut in 1989 he has batted in at least ten games every season, not allowing work, loss of form, conservatory building, or lack of ability to prevent him turning out for the Wood. In 1993 he bowled an incredible 279.1 overs, although he only bent his back for 0.1 of these overs (probably after being hit for four by a one armed batsman).

Aside from the odd season when Ian really couldn’t be bothered (1998 and 2004), Ian’s bowling stats are surprisingly impressive. He has taken over 30 wickets on six occasions and won the much talked about (by him at least) KVL best bowler award in 1999. His best bowling (9-45) also came during this season, although his stats here are slightly misleading, as the average age of the opposition batsman was 12, and it was Chris South (running uphill) who removed their star player. 2000 was another good season for Ian with the ball, although his stats would be even better if he hadn’t come face to face with his very own Dr. Moriarty, going by the name of ‘Rusty’, in a small field somewhere in Somerset. Indeed Ian’s stats on tour would make interesting reading, and would certainly not be difficult to compile (in the case of his batting at least). A spectacular pair on the 2002 tour remains a career highpoint, if not for Ian, then for most of his watching teammates.

Ian has hit five 50s for the Wood and his stats clearly show that he could do better. When on form (2000/2001) Ian is a valuable middle order batsman, and has won many games shepherding the tail through the inevitable nervous Wood collapse. Of his 281 dismissals, it is safe to assume that at least 240 of these were highly amusing. From the ‘Yes, No, Yes, No, **** it’ exchange with Richard Owen to his ‘controversial’ dismissal for ‘Obstructed the field’ ‘Ninja’ has managed to manufacture some superb ways of getting out. For all his 388 wickets and inspired victories as captain, it is these comic moments that stick in the memory.

Like the young Hollywood actress trying to forget her earlier work in a soft porn flick, Ian will never be able to shake of his past glories. All his teammates know that for every great delivery, or Caribbean drive, there is the possibility of an amusing cock-up. Teammates see the woman coming out to bat, and they know instinctively that she will hit Ian for a one bounce four. The one-armed batsman will be bounced, the kid will receive Ian’s quicker ball. The real story, the glorious moments cannot be told by stats alone.

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Saltwood beat Hythe Green in season opener

Saltwood CC (220-8) started the season with a win over local rivals, Hythe Green CC (148 ao). The new wicket played well for its first outing and will only get better given more time to dry out. (more…)

2015 Spring Newsletter

The cricket season is creeping up on us so its time for all members to fill out their membership forms and encourage their friends to join the club. As you’ll see from the 2015 Spring Newsletter you can get some free club clothing for recommending new playing members and also the chance to win a hot air balloon flight from one of our new sponsors, Kent Ballooning. Junior members (all under 18s) will need to complete the slightly longer membership form.


Recommend 1 new playing member at get a free club cap


Recommend 2 new playing members and get a training top


Recommend 3 new playing members and get a match jumper




Natwest Cricketforce 2015

nwcf2014The Saltwood CC Natwest CricketForce event will be on the 28th March and we need as may members as possible to come along and help get the club ready for the season ahead. If the chance to help your club and the free BBQ isn’t enough to entice you along then how about a chance to win a hot air balloon flight thanks to our sponsor, Kent Ballooning. Paying your subs by the 28th March gets you one entry into the prize draw and helping out at Natwest CricketForce gets you another, so put the date in your diary with a leisurely 10am start. If our army of junior members want to bring a parent with them to help out they get an extra entry into the prize draw!

There’s loads to do as the pavilion needs a good wash down and a new coat of paint, the drive needs a scrub and the entrance tarted up. If the funding comes through we might be putting our new sight screens together, but if not we’ll patching up the old ones so bring as many tools as you can and we’ll make short work of the list and get in the nets.

Balloon flight prize draw is open to anyone who signs the register with their contact details and helps for at least 2 hours. No cash alternative, draw will take place on the 29th March, the chairman’s decision is final.

Saltwood CC 50 Club

Saltwood Cricket Club LogoThe cricket season is over for another year but work hasn’t stopped at the ground. Soon after our last home match the £20,000 wicket renovation and extension project started thanks to funding and support from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Shepway Sports Trust and Kent Playing Fields Association. The top surface of the old square has been dug up, levelled and re-built with an extra five wickets built from scratch. We will have eight wickets ready for the start of the 2015 season and another five ready for 2016.

The improvements to the club’s facilities don’t stop there. The committee have already raised £4,000 of the £6,300 needed to buy a new roller engine and sightscreens and are hopeful to secure the remaining £2,300 in the next few months.

Thanks to funding from Sport England we will be running our first ‘Satellite Club’ at Brockhill School. The 13 week course will run on Tuesdays from April 2015 and help to build the profile of cricket and Saltwood CC. We’ll also be running coaching sessions at SCC for those that want to progress to playing for the senior teams.

In another first for the club, senior net practice will be run by an ECB L3 coach who can hopefully teach us all how to bat, bowl and field properly!

Despite raising over £27,000 in the last few months for improvement projects, we still need to raise funds to pay the day to day expenses involved in running the club. If you think the committee’s efforts to raise over £70,000 in the last few years is worthy your appreciation then please buy some tickets for the 50 Club. The 20 weeks of free coaching alone is worth at least one ticket from every playing member so please print the form and fill it in. Tickets are just £10 each and there are 13 prizes on offer in December.

SCC Colts



Saltwood CC Colts start on the 28th April and you can join today for just £25 a year. That includes the 12 scheduled Monday night training sessions and any other events that we organise. Please download the membership form and bring it with you on the first night or drop it off at 34 Tanners Hill Gardens, Hythe, Kent CT21 5HX

Saltwood CC Juniors

Some changes for Saltwood CC Juniors in 2014. We’ve switched from Thursdays to Mondays so we don’t clash with football training and we’ve split up the age groups so the coaching will be targeted at the type of cricket you’ll be playing at school. Annual subs are £25 and include the 12 scheduled practice sessions during term time, plus any extra sessions that we run during the summer holidays. The juniors section is for boys and girls from Year 3 upwards with each age group practicing according to the ECB guidelines. (more…)

Indoor Nets @ Folkestone CC

three-hillsWe’re all booked up for 6 weeks of pre-season nets at the Three Hills Sports Park (Folkestone CC). It all starts on the 19th Feb from 9.30pm to 10.30pm and costs just £3 a week with the last session on the 25th March.

If you need a lift to Folkestone, please email me at ian@saltwoodcc.com and I’ll try to get things organised. Attendance last year was poor and showed in the early season performances. For those that aren’t driving, you can get a pint at the bar afterwards. Luckily for the injury prone, they have a nice supply of ice to apply to injuries.


Natwest Cricket Force 2014

nwcf2014The 2014 Natwest Cricket Force weekend is the 5th and 6th April so put the dates in your diary and get ready to do some work. The ECB have kindly given £350 to the club to spend at Jewson so all we need now is the workforce. (more…)

50 Club

scc logo full sizeIts time for the ‘50 Club’ and you can download the application form right now, so please take the time to buy some tickets and support the club. Its £10 a ticket and there are 13 prizes on offer in December.

All profits will go towards paying the many costs that the club has. We need to raise £1000 for some work on the trees at the ground and here are just some of the bills that we rack up every year; (more…)

Saltwood vs Minster

A fantastic win for Saltwood, played in good spirit against a nice bunch of lads from Minster CC. After winning the toss and putting Minster into bat, Cowlo’s decision wasn’t looking to bright at 70 for no wicket. A change of bowling and a great run-out proved to be the inspiration for a mini collapse, taking Minster from 70-0 to 97-4. (more…)

SCC vs Herne Bay CC

After a week of rain it was nice to see the sun returning for our match against Herne Bay CC. Cowlo lost the toss and Saltwood were put in to bat against the opening pair of Beeson and Gillard. With Jeremy (4) still banned from the cut shot until 1st June he decided to use his pads instead but found that standing right in front of the stumps was not a good plan of action. (more…)

Volunteer’s Match – Kent v Warwickshire

Kent Cricket Board and Kent County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to present the following special themed fixture for Kent Cricket Clubs. Thursday 15th August 2013, Yorkshire Bank 40 Kent Spitfires v Warwickshire Bears, floodlit, @ Canterbury.

We can get four complimentary tickets per team so we’ll have 8 tickets up for grabs. As you can see from the title its a “Volunteer’s Match” and a way to thank the volunteers at Saltwood CC so if you want a ticket why not give yourself a chance (more…)

Saltwood School Cricket

The first of the Saltwood School Cricket Club practice sessions was washed away by the rain. But I did get to meet the coach, ex Kent, Leicestershire and England Lions pace bowler Robbie Joseph.

The school club starts again on the 3rd June from 3.45 to 5.45, followed by the SCC Academy from 6 to 8pm and we’ll hopefully be able to keep hold of Robbie to teach some of our younger senior team players how to bowl nice and fast. Coaches will be confirmed for the SCC Academy asap.


Saltwood CC Academy

After a long wait the SCC Academy is finally ready! 5 weeks of coaching from UKCC2 coaches from Top Flight Sports for anyone aged between 14 and 25. We know that one of the coaches with be Tim Bishop who is the overseas pro at Sibton Park and opens the batting the them in the Kent Cricket League – Premier Division. Second coach to be confirmed. You do not have to me a member of Saltwood CC to take part, although you will be offered the chance to join the club at the end of the 5 weeks.

6pm to 8pm on Mondays from 3rd June through to July 1st.

Please send an email to ian@saltwoodcc.com to book your place. (more…)

SCC & Elham Valley vs The Rain and a 50* for Frank Hobbs

With predictions of rain sweeping in at 5pm there were calls for a 20/20 match from back seat captains, but this was quickly ignored. With Captain Shah phoning in his orders to stand-in Dan Cowell, Saltwood won the toss and elected to bat despite Ian’s life long rule of bowling first.

‘Fresh’ from his 55 the previous day, G decided to conserve his energy for the next round of league matches by getting bowled for 0 in the first over and was quickly joined by Tom Carr (0) leaving Saltwood on the verge of an epic collapse at 5-2. (more…)

Close finish against Ramsgate Corinthians

After a complete stuffing by Brook last week in the Regional League Saltwood were determined to get their first victory of the season against Ramsgate Corinthians.

With rain predicted for later in the day the match was cut down to 35 overs each form the start and Ramsgate got off to a good start by winning the toss and electing to bat first. A solid start by the openers before Tom Leaver took them both out (45-1 and 48-2) A steady middle order performance left Ramsgate on 157-6 off their 35 overs. (more…)

Another Sport England Grant

More good news for Saltwood CC! Another successful application to the Sport England Small Grant fund and £4,000 to buy some equipment to keep the wicket in top shape. With Hythe Green CC holding their home league matches at our ground we decided that more kit to help with wicket prep and repair was vital. Here’s what we got…..

Total Play Climate Cover, 2 Total Growth Cover Germination Sheets, Scotts Rotary Fertiliser & Seed Spreader, Weasel Decompactor, Drag Brush Drag Mat and a SISIS Truspread Drop Spreader. (more…)

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