Knights Valley Cricket Club
“Knights Valley Cricket Club is committed to promoting and providing cricket playing opportunities to all individuals of any age and ability and to enhance the sporting and social experience of its club members. To be proud of our club and pasisonate about our game.”
How we got to today…
Here’s a little run down of how our club came about and has developed and grown our the years…
Knights Valley Cricket Club was officially formed in the winter of 2010.
Conceived over a pint or 2 in the garden of the Cleveland Bay Pub at the end of the 2010 season, Knights Valley grew from a careless whisper to a fully fledged club. The name Knights Valley was dreamt up by two of our members, Kev and Pete Finlay, and is an amalgamation of two areas of Chandlers Ford, them being Knightwood and Valley Park.
We are a friendly club playing league cricket, we enjoy socializing together and all get along very well. We play to win but also to have fun!
Being a newly formed club, we started out in the lowest division in the Hampshire leagues, regional Division 4 South Central and originally, home was at the Southampton Sports Center and this served us well in our first season. The club gained promotion in our debut season, playing some wonderful cricket and showing unity from the off.
We finished 3rd, moved up to Regional 3 South East and were able to secure a new home ground, King George 5th Playing fields in Winchester.
After playing a season at the new home ground, we finished mid-table. This wasn’t so bad after a truly awful 2012 season, where the only winner was the atrocious weather. In total 8 games were called off and 4 or 5 games were played on soft, slow and damp pitches, which are grim to say the least.
On the 11th of June 2013, mid way through the 2013 season, the club was delighted to officially gain the use of a new home ground, Knightwood Leisure Centre in the heart of Chandlers Ford, the new home ground was on the doorstep of the squad and is a cracking pitch, lovely surroundings and great facilities.
After gaining a couple of new players and saying goodbye to one or two, we won 8 of the 14 league matches we played, leaving us in a more than respectable 6th position. Of the 5 team above us we beat 3 of them.
2014 and 2015 were tough seasons for the club, the loss of some key players and tough times recruiting resulted in a testing time for the club but many key individuals stuck around and saw us through.
in 2016 we won our league with the loss of only 1 match to earn promotion up 2 divisions to Regional 1 where we currently are today. We now play our cricket at Hunts Farm and undoubtedly have one of the best wickets in the league.
We are looking to further expand our club, fight for further promotions and ensure that the future looks bright for Knights Valley.
Follow us on twitter: @knightsvalleycc