As part of the push, a well attended general meeting of the
nascent Five Oak Green cricket club was held at the King's Arms with the Rev.
In what looks like an early form of sponsorship a Mr J.T.
Baker from the Quarry Hill Brewery had made a field available and it was said
that a pitch would be laid down with immediate effect.
The Rev. Lachlan was appointed captain with the Rev. Case as
president. Regular practice nights were to be held and the club looked forward
to some "interesting matches."
a Married v Singles match looks to have been an annual
affair towards the close of each season with a game at Tolhurst's Field in
September 1895 ending in a decisive victory for the Singles. They batted first
and made 132 then promptly dismissed the Marrieds for 32 -- scraped together not
in one innings but two !
It was suggested the Marrieds, who were captained by the
Rev. Lachlan, may have been short of players because the hop season was in full
Despite the heavy loss, all adjourned to the King's Head for
a first-class tea followed by a smoking concert with the Rev Church, captain of
the Singles, presiding.
In 1924 end of season figures showing Capel having played 14, won 9,
lost 4 and drawn 1. S. Tully topped the batting with 227 runs from 13 innings
for an average of 17.46.
D. Taylor, who hit the highest score of the season with a
71, also topped the bowling with 40 wickets at an average of 7.4.
Sid Waterman, a regular since 1919, averaged just 4.4 from
11 innings but there were happier times in December 1927 when he married Miss
Elsie Tolhurst, with the club giving the happy couple a dinner service to mark
Just two months
earlier, in another show of unity, the football club had offered to fund the
labour and half the material costs of enlarging
the pavilion - an offer readily accepted at the cricket club's annual
meeting which also boldly agreed to run a second team from 1928
Cricket was played in a truncated form in the Second World
War but one day in 1942 proved special when a Capel District Side took on a
London Counties X1 in Five Oak Green.
The match featured
Leslie Compton, brother of Denis, and Alf Gover, famed Surrey and England fast
bowler who ended with figures of 8-38) the visitors recording a comfortable
success despite a bold 60 from Peter Sunnucks, a Kent player turning out for
the home side.
He lifted the total to 135 all out but Leslie Compton's
run-a-minute 79 helped secure an easy win for the opposition.
In a move possibly well ahead of its time, permission was
granted in May 1946 to play matches on a Sunday - the day now used almost
exclusively by the current club. The president back in 1946 was Sir Henry
d'Avigdor Goldsmid with Mr C. Pemble captain and chairman.
In 2012, the new club, re-formed after a gap of 40 years,
commemorated the famous 1942 game with a match against local rivals King's Hil
from West Malling.
Ex-England and Kent star Derek Underwood and local MP Greg
Clark attended along with 89-year-old Raymond Bousfield who played in the 1942
event as people celebrated the return of cricket to the parish.
Several years on the club continues to flourish, witnessed not least by its extended
pavilion, a thriving team with a full fixture list, a ladies' section and a healthy junior presence.