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 270 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 many of our current adult teams are made up of players 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 175 in 2018 with the number of teams increasing from three to a record highest of fourteen in 2018, with aim of giving more children the opportunity to play competitive cricket. In 2017 the club embraced the ECB’s ALL STARS initiative attracting a further 90 children in 2018 between the age of 5 and eight years of age.
The club welcomes girls to play the game and in 2019 will be launching a dedicated Girls only coaching group for Girls aged 7 to 10 years of age.
Our U9 Tigers team who won the SEHDL in 2018, what a summer it was, see the clour of the grass….
In 2013 the club also launched an aged 5 to 7 cricket for fun section that proved very popular and his since embraced the ECB’s ALL STARS initiative.
The club competes in the Two Counties Youth league and South East Hants District League. Over this period the number of children at the club playing representative cricket has increased in 2018 to 30 boys at district level, with 2 boys at County level. Two Girls have also play at district level.
The club provides fourteen weeks of Winter Indoor Coaching to most of the age groups.
Our Junior teams are fairly successful as you can see from our Honours Board.
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.
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.