Grayshott Cricket Club is an open to all, family orientated cricket club situated in East Hampshire on the Hampshire/Surrey Border. The club was founded in 1896 and is one of the founder member clubs in the I’Anson Cup Competition.
The club has in excess of 200 members, the majority of them junior members and being an open to all club, we attract young cricketers from all the surrounding areas, including Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Haslemere, Headley, and Liphook.
Grayshott is the only club that has played throughout the history of the competition, being the oldest competitive village league in the country. The competition was founded in Grayshott so the club has a strong affiliation with the competition and the ethos of village cricket.
Throughout most of its history the club has fielded two adult teams but in recent years with both expansion in the league and the number of junior members at the club, this number has increased to four teams with the focus on giving juniors more opportunities to play competitive adult cricket at different levels.
The club is very proud of its facilities on offer at the Sportsfield in Grayshott with excellent outdoor net facilities and a recently refurbished pavilion.
A few years ago the club also became a registered charity to help supporting its aims and also to help the club be more self-sufficient. The club has several fathers and sons playing cricket, emphasing the family element of the club.
Pictured above is our excellent Outdoor Net Facilities, installed in 2009, enhanced in 2014
Junior Cricket has been played at Grayshott since 1959 and the club has always had a good reputation for promoting young cricketers, part of the club’s ethos being to develop young cricketers so they can play adult cricket in a safe environment. Testament to this is that the majority of all 1st and 2nd XI players are either former or current junior members at the club.
In 2004, with around 30 junior members, the club acquired Clubmark accreditation, the first village club in Hampshire and the I’Anson Cup Competition to achieve this accreditation. An invite to become one of Hampshire’s Focus clubs followed shortly and the club is proud that it continues to retain both accreditations.
Since that time the junior membership has increased from 30 to over 160 in 2014 with the number of teams increasing from three to a record highest of ten in 2014, with aim of giving more children the opportunity to play competitive cricket. The club welcomes girls to play the game.
Don’t they look happy! Our U11 Pelicans team who developed so well over the 2014 season
In 2013 the club also launched an aged 5 to 7 cricket for fun section that has proved very popular.
The club competes in the Two Counties Youth league and has entered on odd occasions into the South East Hants District League. Over this period the number of children at the club playing representative cricket has increased in 2014 to 20 boys at district level, with 3 boys at County level.
The club provides fourteen weeks of Winter Indoor Coaching to most of the age groups.
In 2014 the club was successful in winning the TCYL Under 9 ,Under 11 league and the Under 15 league. The Grayshott Under 15 team was awarded East Hampshire Junior Team of the Year in 2013 and voted Sport Haslemere Team of the Year in 2014.
Grayshott is a safe and peaceful village and, with a population of around 2,500. It has a great sense of community, which the club is a part of, with many local businesses supporting us, no more so than Grayshott Pottery our club sponsor for many years.
Grayshott is an award winning village amidst beautiful National Trust countryside on the North-East Hampshire, Surrey border. The village has a very active community supported by an excellent village website, the local Parish Council and East Hants District Council, with the club having an excellent relationship with all of them.