• 09 AUG 15
    The Grayshott Tea

    The Grayshott Tea

    After the fun of the club’s Beer Festival the previous weekend, Grayshott Cricket Club had another challenge on Saturday 8th August.

    Grayshott Cricket Club had been shortlisted as one of six clubs in the Yorkshire Tea Great Cricket Tea challenge.

    During the Division 2 game between Grayshott and Chiddingfold, Sports Telegraph writer Gareth Davies and Xanthe Clay food expert and feature writer for the Telegraph weekend magazine visited Grayshott to share the experience of a Grayshott tea and the club’s role in both community and cricket.

    xantheXanthe and Gareth pictured here giving a special thank you to the Tea Ladies, spent several hours at the club listening to how club teas were organised each week and more importantly the effort that went into them with everything being home made. Gareth has since taken to Twitter to share a few photos he took.

    Xanthe nominated the cake pictured below baked by Laura Hurrell (who recently suffered the disappointment of not getting onto the Great British Bake off competition) that was couriered to Michael Vaughan, all as part of the final tasting to determine the winner. You can see  that Michael Vaughan enjoyed it….


    Xanthe spent a long time in the kitchen with the ladies and helped out with the presentation on the table for the photo shoot. There are plenty of photos to view.

    The Grayshott tea for the day was organised by Karen Sampson with help on the day from Barbara Roberts and Vanessa Riley all pictured here during the photo shoot.2015tealadies

    Contributions came from many individuals within the club and what a tea it was for the cricketers at tea time as they got to sample;


    Bacon Brie & Basil rolls (Barbara Roberts)

    Salmon & Cream Cheese Wraps (Karen Sampson)

    Egg & Cress Sandwiches (Karen Sampson)

    Pulled pork with Coleslaw/apple sauce (Neil Sampson)

    Chicken Tikka Sandwiches (Vanessa Riley)

    Homemade Sausage rolls (Danny Brown)

    Beef & Horseradish Sandwiches (Karen Sampson)

    Spicy Chilli Beef on Gem Lettuce (Vanessa Riley)

    Cheese & Tomato Sandwiches (Karen Sampson)


    Fruit Cake (Hilary Haywood)

    Coffee & Walnut (Betty Clapham)

    Ginger Flapjacks (Emma Sampson

    Cherry Bakewells (Karen Sampson)

    Handcrafted Cup cakes (Karen Sampson)

    Chocololate Brownies (Ellen Brown)

    Chocolate Brownie layered cake (Alex Ford)

    Carrot Cake (Vanessa Riley)

    Strawberry Cream Gateaux (Alex Ford)

    Homemade Malt Loaf (Karen Sampson)

    Scones (Rita Legg)

    Homemade Cricket Cake (Laura Hurrell)

    Fruits Kebabs were made by Debbie Brown and Betty Clapham also provided some table decorations all in the club colours. The ladies kindly donated their tea money to the Help the Heroes Charity – Well done Ladies.

    It all started when one of our cricketers, Neil Sampson saw the opportunity to get the “Grayshott Tea” its due recognition, he entered the club into the Yorkshire Tea Great Cricket Tea Challenge.

    The first challenge was to say in no more than 100 words why Grayshott has the best cricket tea in the land. So this is what Neil wrote;

    “Duck rolls crisper than Michael Vaughan’s cover drive. Pulled pork cooked slower than Geoffrey Boycott’s run rate. Just two pieces of the puzzle in Grayshott’s Tea of the Year 2014. From savoury to sweet, players push the boundaries with succulently moist cupcakes iced with handcrafted club emblems and a square cut of chocolate traybake. Washed down with a perfect blend to complete a quintessential British tea to trump any competition in the land.”

    Neil then had to say in no more than 100 words why he was so proud to be part of Grayshott Cricket Club. The outcome is that Grayshott is one of six clubs to be shortlisted for the best Cricket Tea in the land.

    Final judging takes place this week together with a 1000 word particle in this Saturday’s Telegraph supplement.

    Good luck Ladies….

Grayshott Cricket Club