Tuesday, 1 December 2015

U9 Indoor Winter Cricket Practices

U9 winter practices have been arranged on the following Sundays at Putlands Leisure Centre, Paddock Wood:

 - 14 February 2016 to 10 April 2016 inclusive, excluding 27 March (Easter Sunday).
 - 4.30pm to 6.00pm

More details to follow in the new year!

Monday, 14 September 2015

CHCC U9's are KENT COUNTY CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Castle Hill are the Under 9 Kent Cricket Board Super 8 Champions 2015!

Angus Hall, Harry Leach, Robert Vizard, Noah Flannagan, Archie Steddon, Henry Parton, Alec Stephen, Rafe Rayment, Aston Burford and Tom Hobbs collected the trophy and their winners medals late in the afternoon today after a full day of 8 beautiful and undefeated games.

The boys beat: Tunbridge Wells, Blackheath, Beckenham, Hollingbourne, Chestfield (League); then Marden (QF), Sevenoaks (SF) and Plaxtol (Final).

The full squad of 10 each played their part in a really high quality tournament where every opposition team had come through qualifying to reach this finals day.

A remarkable 80 Kent teams entered the competition at the start of the season so to emerge as Champions is a real achievement of which the boys should be very proud.

Hopefully the memory of lifting the trophy will stay with each of the boys. Certainly there were many fine individual "champagne moments":

  • Angus Hall sparkled as he led the team in all possible ways taking catch after catch in the field and repeatedly delivering as our top scoring batsman
  • Harry Leach kept wicket beautifully taking a stunning catch, saving many extras and then bubbling over with real batting power
  • Robert Vizard bowled with real fizzing pace and scored crucial runs on the final game
  • Noah Flannagan batted with aggression and took a stinging catch that was so spectacular spectators from another game came across to say cheers to him
  • Archie Steddon caught well and ran with a super zest between the wickets
  • Henry Parton resolute when fending off some real zingy opening and closing bowlers, then he hit out
  • Alec Stephen used his sprightly running to great effect in the field and between the wickets
  • Rafe Rayment took a rare and lovely rounded hatrick!!
  • Aston Burford bowled with pace and he was effervescent in cheering on the team
  • Tom Hobbs took an extraordinary corker of a catch which drew gasps from the crowd and bowled with super rhythm

The team spirit was irrepressible today. The boys played with exuberance and sparkled with a frothing brilliance. They should all be very proud.

After all, CHCC U9s are The KCB Super 8 Champions 2015!

Monday, 7 September 2015

U9 finish third at big Tunbridge Wells Tournament


Our team were the top run scoring side in todays Tunbridge Wells festival.

The Castle Hill Under 9s played like true Champions today at a sun drenched Nevill Ground as they competed hard to repeat their previous years tournament win.

The win record of 4 wins and one defeat meant that the boys finished in an outstanding third place overall in this 16 team event. The one defeat came against the eventual winners, Holmsdale - in a tense and very evenly matched contest our boys lost out by just two runs. The drama was amazing and the team effort exceptional.


In the earlier games against TWCC 4 and Linden Park we scored huge totals with the bat; achieving over 270 and then over 280 in each game.

And wallop!

Ferocious hitting in the final overs of the play off game against East Grinstead meant that we could take the field with a solid target  to defend.

Throughout the day the fielding was sharp and athletic, the bowling was tight and nippy whilst the batting was brisk and aggressive. 

Of course wining is always a team effort and the consistently high performances today were about the combined effort of the group. The boys played with a real commitment for each other - they were clearly determined not to let each other down.

This passion for the collective cause produced some stellar personal high spots:
  • Ben Anderson was lively with the ball against TWCC 4 and energetic in the field throughout
  • Sam Bromley hit the ball really hard against Linden Park
  • Angus Hall scored big and gave us a total to defend by smashing the final overs against East Grinstead
  • Tom Hobbs crashed the bat against Linden Park and TWCC 2
  • Harry Leach closed out the tight play off game with super good wicket taking bowling against E Grinstead
  • Ollie Paler delivered some ferocious pull hitting against TWCC2
  • Henry Parton scored very well with the bat and hit back at the Holmsdale pace attack
  • Archie Steddon weighed in with bash hitting against TWCC 2
  • Alec Stephens spectacularly kept wicket with an acrobatic performance in the Holmsdale game
  • Robert Vizard bowled beautifully throughout, taking a wicket in every game
The boys should be very proud of their attempt to defend the trophy - the friends and family watching certainly were. Well done team!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Super 8s Match Report 12/07

Todays round two of the Super 8s was a resounding success for teamwork in general....

The sandwiches and cakes on show in the clubhouse were a real statement: the cooks amongst the parents had performed to MasterChef levels. The abundance of delicious indulgent cakes, flapjacks and sandwiches set the bar for the day at a super high standard.  This smorgasbord of baking delights demonstrated from the get go the astonishing results that can be achieved by collective effort.

And this clubhouse commitment to team work carried on through the afternoon with various players parents and siblings putting in the full nine yards to keep everyone sated.

Meantime, on the pitch the CHCC A's played with sweet purpose.

The team managed a delicious 4 wins from 4 matches record - beating Horsmonden A, Horsmonden B, CHCC B and last weeks round 1 champions, Marden.

There were some super individual efforts to celebrate in the first 3 matches. Angus, Henry, Alec, Robert and Noah scored well across their matches. Whilst Robert, Angus, Henry, Rafe and Tom bowled consistently well with pace and accuracy. Ben and Noah did especially well as they were making their first A team run outs of the year.

In the final crunch match against unbeaten Marden the CHCC A really took the team message to heart. 

Their steely determination was clear from the start of the match. Batting first, our players showed their desire with their quick singles and super fast running between the wickets being the order of the day. The teamwork was great, Henry and Ollie seeing off some sharp bowling, whilst Angus and Alec really scampered between the wickets at pace to power our score upwards in the last two overs of the innings. Indeed across the whole team the batting pairs were very tasty partnerships.

Once in the field our players were on their toes, they chased down every ball hard, they constantly shouted encouragement to each other and above all they bowled with real purpose. They didn't give Marden a  crumb to feast upon.

The watching parents were vocal and excitable as the excellent game progressed. Wickets were taken by Rafe and Alec. And as the tension mounted in this close fought contest 3 exceptional run outs sandwiched together in the final overs dramatically helped our teams cause.  Then at the end of the Marden innings, Aston stepped up to the real challenge of bowling the final over and polished off the whole performance with a real closer's flourish.

Well done to the team: a super performance to finish joint top of the qualifying group (across the two rounds) and secure a place at the County Super 8s in Beckenham later in the summer. Angus Hall, Henry Parton, Robert Vizard, Alec Stephen, Tom Hobbs, Aston Burford, Ollie Paler, Rafe Rayment, Ben Anderson and Noah Flanaghan should all be very pleased with themselves and their team mates.

The CHCC Bs were also making the club proud at this home round of the Super 8s.

The results didn't go as the team wished but this was not because of a lack of appetite or team endeavour. Our players charged about the pitch with enthusiasm and energy; and they played the matches with hunger and in the right spirit.

The big hitting was really decorative and delivered with a sous chefs panache by Charlotte, Jago, Max and Elliot. Whilst the pace bowling of William McCarthy and Elliot was really fruity and of the highest order.

Even in the difficult matches our players supported each other and tried hard for their team in spite of light showers and some tough opposition. Clearly the top quality cakes and team spirit helped them enjoy the event!

Well done team: Oscar Anderson, Callum Cox, Elliot Freeborough, Robert Henderson Pratt, William Horsford, William McCarthy, Jago Ongley Dellar, Max Wakeham and Charlotte Ward.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Super 8's - round 1 - 5th July 2015

The fast draining outfield at the glorious Horsmonden CC meant that the U9s Super 8s qualifying round 1 took place in surprising sunshine this afternoon after a miserable morning of persistent rain.

The opening match of today's league was the big one, with the mighty Marden taking on our very own Castle Hill A team. This clash of the titans proved to be a bruising encounter for our boys.

The Marden bowlers came out of the blocks at pace - skidding the ball down the still damp wicket with precision and guile. Their rapid attack caused our slightly sluggish batters a good deal of trouble as the ball regularly found the gap between bat and leg repeatedly knocking over the plastic wickets.

Unfortunately, the CHCC bowlers did not manage to hit the same disciplined line and length as Marden had achieved and so in spite of sharp, effectively frugal fielding, the CHCC boys went down in a close match. Indeed, the CHCC five lost wickets proving the difference between the teams.

From this game on the CHCC A team raised their spirits and performance levels winning all three of their remaining matches. Angus Hall was ferocious with mighty swings of his bat; Robert Vizard bowled with pace and bounce from a new angled run up, whilst Harry Leach batted aggressively and took some exceptional reflex catches behind the stumps. A special shout out to Henry Parton for some remarkable play - as usual he batted well and bowled sharply; stand out today was his fielding - specifically a famous one handed caught and bowled plus a remarkable stretching diving catch both of which brought gasps from the crowd.

Well done to the full team of Angus Hall, Henry Parton, Harry Leach, Robert Vizard, Tom Hobbs, Aston Burford, Rafe Rayment and Archie Steddon.

Meantime the CHCC B team was competing hard in their own matches and came away from the day with a creditable won 2 lost 2 score line from their four matches. After a difficult time against Marden and CHCC A team, the boys set about taking the other two (Horsmonden) teams apart.  The Horsmonden B team were comfortably dispatched; the highlight of the team's day was a tense 4 run win over their A team in a tight encounter.  The star of the show was Oscar Anderson taking a wicket in the final over to seal the win.

Debutant Noah Flanagan skippered the team positively in his two games as leader, as did Robert Henderson-Pratt and Ben Anderson in their games.   The energy, commitment and determination of Elliot Freeborough was notable, even being commented on by opposition coaches who were impressed by Elliot's huge desire to win and his super all round skills. Ben Anderson batted and bowled well too and he was stellar in the field taking a blinding catch of a baamethyst came at him like a tracer bullet.  Meantime Oscar Anderson continues to impress with a finely developing talent as a slow bowler.  Other highlights were Robert Henderson-Pratt's impressive catch of a skier in the deep and Noah Flanagan taking 2 wickets off consecutive balls against the mighty Marden.

Well done to all the team of Elliot Freeborough, Ben Perry, Ben Anderson, Oscar Anderson, Robert Henderson Pratt, William McCarthy, Noah Flanagan, Callum Cox and Alex Alfageme.  
We wish both teams well in the return matches to be held at our own idyllic ground next Sunday; at the moment CHCC A team are in second position and CHCC B team are in third position in the league table. The top two teams qualify for the regional finals, so please do cheer us on!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CHCC U9 Tournament - Match Report

A bumper crowd and eight feisty teams enjoyed a remarkable tournament at Castle Hill Cricket Club today. An extraordinary mix of weather which included some pretty grim showers could not dampen the fun. Or indeed spoil the appetite, as marvellous home made cakes and sandwiches made for a Sunday afternoon treat of a tea.

Certainly the tea was of the highest order but alas today our players fortunes were mixed. 

Of our two sides the Castle Hill Reds sparkled intermittently with some fine bowling by Archie Steddon, Ollie Paler and Elliot Freeborough; and super stroke play by Archie Steddon, Ben Perry and  Johan Jackson being especially noteworthy. Also there was some exceptional fielding by all with special thanks to the Ongley Dellar’s for putting their bodies on the line.

A special mention must go to the power hitting of Ollie Paler. The high energy and exciting play off game against (inevitably) Castle Hill Blues saw Ollie lash out with power and panache.  Ollie targeted the short boundary aggressively and so he sent the ball crashing through and over the boundary cones with amazing regularity. Ollie will certainly have bragging rights over his team mates for plenty of weeks to come!

The two wins and two defeats of the day meant the Reds finished with a flourish, winning their last two games and coming in Fifth in the tournament. So, well done to all the team: Robert Vizard, Archie Steddon, Ollie Paler, Elliot Freeborough, Jago Ongley Dellar, Ben Perry, Alex Alfageme, Maxim Ongley Dellar, Johna Jackson and Lucas Best.

Meantime the Castle Hill Blues scored big in each of their four games with Hugo Firmin, Aston Burford, Charlotte Ward and Alec Stephen doing well with the bat. The Blues also had their own big hitter with Henry Parton thwacking the ball over the boundary line to build some very impressive totals across his games. 

The Blues bowling was full of passion though occasionally a little wild so the wide deliveries did mount up. Nevertheless the team stuck to the task and did well in the field with Rafe Rayment bowling with pace and taking a super catch. A won one lost three record for the day seems harsh on the team who did play with spirit and commitment. 

The players did their best to very last ball: Henry Parton, Alec Stephen, Rafe Rayment, Aston Burford, Robert Henderson Pratt, Ben Anderson, Hugo Firmin, Charlotte Ward, Ethan Haggerty and Harry Bull.The Blues ended the tournament in sixth position.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

u9 Festival Castle Hill 28th June

A reminder that the Castle Hill CC U9 softball festival is taking place at the club tomorrow/today from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to come along and see 4 matches taking place at the same time.  

Refreshments are available and the bar will be open!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Success at Robertsbridge for the U9's

The U9 team enjoyed a super successful morning winning the Robertsbridge tournament today, Sunday 14 June.

The boys played beautifully winning their league group and beating Robertsbrige in the final in front of a vocal home crowd. Captaincy rotated between Robert Vizard and Harry Leach who each led the team well.

The dull and cloudy weather conditions were in stark contrast to the power hitting and pace bowling display of our boys.

There were some stellar performances with the bat - boundaries flowed - with very high scoring partnerships in each match from Robert Vizard/Harry Leach; and Alec Stephen/Henry Parton.

Oscar Anderson, Elliot Freeborough, Robert Henderson Pratt, Tom Hobbs and Aston Burford all also played their part with the bat. They showed some strong defensive play and steely resolve to avoid losing wickets and help the team build some huge scores.
Also our bowling was excellent. Wickets were taken by most of the boys and the accuracy was really notable. Everyone made it difficult for the opposition to score runs with special mentions to Elliot and Tom.

The final itself was an excellent hard fought game with Robert Vizard and Henry Parton scoring big. Aston Burford then bowled with real pace to take 2 wickets, as did Henry Parton. The boys then feasted on the winners cakes with real gusto.

Well done U9s, we are all super proud!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

u9 Capel Cricket Club Tournament

A beautiful sunny Sunday morning at Five Oak Green witnessed a really good performance from both of our two U9 teams – CH Lionhearts and CH Crusaders. The Capel CC tournament was our first of the year and our players made a fabulous start to the season.

Each team played 4 games winning 3 and losing 1.

Our teams were the two top performing teams in the mini tournament!

For the Lionhearts Robert Vizard excelled as Captain and all-rounder; with Alec Stephen a formidable big hitting batter and Henry Parton our stand out bowler. The whole team contributed very well with Ollie Paler a top performer in the field; plus Max Wakeham, Hugo Firmin, Oscar Anderson and Tom Hobbs helping the team to build some impressive batting totals.

Meantime for the Crusaders Harry Leach led the team with aplomb, bowling and batting well and taking a most spectacular one handed diving catch.  Archie Steddon also put in a fine all round perfomance,  Rafe Rayment, Aston Burford, Alex Alfageme and Samuel Bromley all bowled well, Ben Anderson played some lovely shots and Charlotte Ward and Felix West steadied the ship when batting, as wickets were tumbling around them.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

CHCC News of the Week

Firsty, the senior game against Sissinghurst tomorrow has been called off - the opposition cannot raise a team.

Secondly, the U11 team have been told that there are some changes to their fixtures - please see the fixture list and U11 page for details.

Lastly please note that U9 practice sessionswill run from 1100 till 1230 on Saturdays.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Outdoor training start dates

Please click on your relevant squad pages to see more details of the start date for your team.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

This weeks news

Firstly on our U9's page is a write up of last years Super 8 competition. Good reading ahead of our upcoming season.

Secondly we now have new signs on our gates at the club - the AGM decided we should have a refresh and include our web address.

Now with signs facing both ways, there should be no excuse for anyone not finding the ground.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Pictures from clean up day

Thank you very much to everyone that helped out today to get the ground shipshape for the coming season.  Here are a few pictures to highlight all the work that was done.

Just a quick reminder to all youth section players, please complete and return registration forms - thank  you!!

Peter Bateman giving the ground a first cut of the season ... and making impressive patterns on the outfield ... and the end result illustrated by a panoramic view of the ground ... not long to go until the season starts.

Plenty of people were hard at work in the pavilion as we opened up for the first time .... unfortunately Henry The Hoover didn't make it through the winter and has had to be retired .... can anyone spare a second-hand hoover?

The First Eleven captain and groundsman hard at work clearing around the pond area .... any excuse for a bonfire!!!

The pond area has been a hidden feature for a while ... we have great hopes for a flourishing wildlife oasis ....

Sadly we've had to cut down one of our large horse chestnut trees .... didn't know Hirsty could do that just with a strimmer?!!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Updated fixtures on fixture page to download/view.

Also attend the sign up day tomorrow and collect the 2015 Fixture card - back by popular demand

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Youth Section Newsletter

As our thoughts turn to the pleasures of another English cricket season, so the youth section of Castle Hill Cricket Club is gearing up for the start of outdoor training.  Please see our first newsletter of the season by clicking here, for some details that you need to get started.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Photos from U9 victory at the end of 2014

Here are the promised photos from September last year - to read the report, visit the U9 page

Please remember that this Saturday is clear up day at the club - please come for however long as you can - things start at 9am - bring your old clothes, gardening tools etc etc

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Updated fixtures now on the fixture page

Fixture cards will again be available this year from Saturday the 28th March 2015. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Re-live our U9 victory from September

A tournament report is now available to read about the exploits of our U9 squad - click on their tab above to read all about our great win

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

2015 U11,U13 and U15 fixtures out

Yes - snow is still in the air but the 2015 youth cricket fixtures are out.

Click on the fixture tab above and you can find all the border league fixtures - in the coming weeks, we'll devise our usual list of just CHCC fixtures which will include confirmed days for the U11's - currently set at the usual Mondays but some may change like last year to avoid bank holidays etc

2015 Clean Up Day

Yes this years day for a clear up is 


The morning starts around 9am - please come along if you have any time to help tidy up the ground, do some running repairs on the clubhouse, perhaps a bit of painting etc etc.

Just wear old clothes (there are no fashion awards on this morning!) and bring gardening tools, fence painting brushes etc etc with you.

Without this day, the club wouldn't look neat and tidy during the season.


The committee