CRICKET: Wallingford on move to Blewbury

Herald Series: Wallingford CC chairman Shan Rahulan (left) and Blewbury Village Community Interest Company director Derek Watson (right) outside the new pavillion at Blewbury with looking on (from left) Blewbury Village Community Interest Company director Anita Prosser, Wallingford CC chairman Shan Rahulan (left) and Blewbury Village Community Interest Company director Derek Watson (right) outside the new pavillion at Blewbury with looking on (from left) Blewbury Village Community Interest Company director Anita Prosser,

Wallingford CC are moving seven miles down the road to set their headquarters in Blewbury.

The club’s move away from the Hithercroft means that for the first time in 140 years there will be no organised cricket played in the town.

And former Wallingford CC chairman Ian Saunders said that if the club had not decided to move, it could have closed within two years.

“Players did not enjoy playing at the Hithercroft due to the low bounce of the pitch there, and due to the escalating costs, we might have struggled on for one more season, but not for much longer,” he said.

Current Wallingford chairman Shan Rahulan said the move came about because of improved facilities at Blewbury & Upton CC.

“Blewbury have built an excellent pavilion and have relaid their pitch,” he explained. “Several of our players play friendly matches for Blewbury on Sundays, so there are good relations betwen the clubs.”

The two clubs will keep their separate identites, with Wallingford, founded in 1872, having two teams in the Cherwell League and Blewbury playing on Sundays.

Derek Watson, a director of the Blewbury Village Community Interest Company, who operate the pavilion, said: “We think it’s a great move. We know a number of their players very well, and it helps fund the facilities for the rest of the community.”

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9:55pm Tue 28 Feb 12

The Mole v2 says...

About time too, the old place was a dump. Loved the old guys who used to turn up and heckle everyone though
About time too, the old place was a dump. Loved the old guys who used to turn up and heckle everyone though The Mole v2

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