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HWRCC to join Holi Festival with batting net challenge

Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club is delighted to be involved in the Holi Festival 2024 – hosted by Thecrazegroup.

Members of the club will be on hand with our “batting challenge” net – as well as getting involved in the celebrations.

Thecrazegroup has kindly offered to donate a percentage of the event profits to the pavilion rebuild project – and we will also be taking donations on the day.

What is Holi? The Festival of Colors, Love and Spring explained

Organiser Surbhi Agrawal said: “We’re fully behind our local club, ready to lend our support in every way possible to see it thrive and bring the joy of cricket to everyone involved.”

Sam Kemp, Chairman of HWRCC said: “We’re delighted to have been invited to be involved in the Holi celebrations.

“Community is a vital part of our club so it will be great to learn more about the celebration itself.

“And of course, we can’t wait to share the story of our club and give people the chance to have a go themselves at a bit of cricket.”

The event is being held on March 16 at YMCA Hawker.

There will be kids’ activities, a raffle, amazing food and bazaar stalls, colour stalls, and a tombola.

Adult tickets cost £16, kids aged 4-12 £8 and toddlers get in free of charge.

You can get your tickets here:

What is Holi? The Festival of Colors, Love and Spring explained

Holi, known as the Festival of Colors, Love, and Spring, is a Hindu celebration that venerates the eternal love of Radha and Krishna and symbolises the victory of good over evil with Vishnu’s triumph as Narasimha over Hiranyakashipu. Originating in the Indian subcontinent, Holi has spread to Asia and parts of the Western world.

It marks the onset of spring, the end of winter, and the flourishing of love, while also heralding the beginning of a fruitful harvest season. Lasting a night and a day, it commences on the evening of the full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Phalaguna, typically in mid-March.


Holi is a sacred Hindu tradition celebrated as a holiday in many states of India and Nepal, with regional observances in other countries. It serves as a cultural celebration, inviting people of all backgrounds to partake in the joy by exchanging colored water and powder, as well as a time for Hindus to reflect on renewing relationships, resolving conflicts, and letting go of past emotional burdens.

Furthermore, Holi carries religious significance, exemplified by the legend of Holika, underscoring its multifaceted importance in Hindu culture and beyond.

Opening Up Cricket: Charity boss on why rain breaks aren’t all bad

Anyone who has played cricket for even a short amount of time will know about those frustrating rain delays… and long breaks in play.

The lower-order batsman hanging around waiting to put the pads on – an issue less relevant at The Wick.

However, Mark Boyns – who set up Opening Up Cricket – believes it’s these breaks that sets cricket apart as one of the best sports for promoting and maintaining good mental health.

Mark founded the charity in 2014 after his friend and Sefton Park CC team-mate Alex Miller took his own life.

Since then, Mark and his team of volunteers have delivered hundreds of sessions to cricket clubs across the UK and abroad.

Their message is about promoting mental wellbeing and raising awareness of good mental health.

Mark kindly took some time out to talk to us about why cricket is such a valuable sport for keeping the mind happy and healthy.

And while they may seem annoying at the time – Mark believes those pesky rain delays are one of the main benefits to playing our beautiful game.

“The length of cricket games – even the shorter formats – gives you the opportunity to spend more time with people.

“There are naturally long periods where you’ll be sat there talking – tea, during rain breaks or while you’re waiting to bat.

“This gives us the space and time to have conversations. These could be about nothing in particular but they give us the potential to build friendships and close bonds within a team.”

Mark also highlights other aspects of cricket that have benefits to mental health awareness and resilience.

“Cricket is very much a game where you’re responding to changing situations.

“Whether it’s keeping on top a run rate, building an innings, or setting the right fields – cricket helps build the mental skills to deal with these situations.

“And a huge part of this is team work – cricket is very much a sharing experience.”

Cricket also offers a huge range of opportunities for people to start in the game – or to keep involved as the years start to catch up.

Mark points out: “There are so many different aspects to cricket and opportunities for people within club settings – playing, coaching, scoring, umpiring, working the bar, making teas, organising events and tours.”

You can find out more about then great work Opening Up Cricket does here:

ECB Chief updated on Wick-Heathfield partnership

Sam Kemp, HWRCC Chairman, joined James Watson, Head of HWRCC Girls Cricket and head of PE at Heathfield Junior School, met Richard Thompson the Chief Executive of the ECB on Monday.


Richard was joined by Hannah Bruce, Head of Public Policy for the ECB.


The meeting was held to promote the fantastic partnership he Wick has built with Heathfield Junior School.

Richard was interested to understand how the partnership had been established. He and Hannah also heard about the great opportunities the Wick provides to boys and girls from Heathfield to play the competitive cricket that they want to play but often struggle to access through the state school system.

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Update from the Chairman

Another busy “off-season” week for the Wick…


Great to see indoor winter training up and running, particularly hooking up with an old friend and ex-Wick coach, Monte Lynch. He was kindly giving his time to helping lead the girls training on Sunday. We were also very grateful to Ariana Dowse, wicket-keeper/batter for the Sunrisers (Sunrisers women’s cricket) who also gave her time for free and ran some great coaching sessions for the aspiring keepers amongst the girls (and giving a few tips to your Chairman!)


The Pavilion Rebuild team met on Monday. We were delighted to hear that the initial feedback from the Royal Parks for our pavilion rebuild plans is really positive. They also gave strong signals of their support for our plans for the temporary accommodation that will be in place for both the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Watch this space for more details. Please also put the date of 26 February evening in you diary when we will be presenting all the latest plans to those that can attend an on-line presentation from members of the Rebuild team. Invite to follow soon….


On Wednesday Dom Spray, our Head of Juniors Cricket, and I attended a Surrey CCC Club Development Roadshow at Wimbledon CC. There was a wide and varied agenda but particular focus on support for volunteer coaches and club administrators. We are so grateful to all our voluntary coaches but we need more! On that topic, a big shout out to Keerat Khaira who is not only completing his Level 2 Core Coaching qualification as I write, but also received a bursary from Middlesex CCC to do this.


Congrats to K, and if you would like to get involved as a coach, or in any capacity to support our junior cricketers, please let me or Dom know.
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A message from the chairman – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. It feels great to say that the season starts later this year!
I was delighted earlier this week to take part in a discussion / consultation session with Junior players and parents. The call which was set up to present and review the plans and options for the pavilion rebuild. More than 40 people joined the call so we had excellent participation and lots of valuable feedback for the project team to take on board. It was very pleasing that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone was excited and impressed by the speed at which the plans have developed. Thanks to all of the Project Board who, under Matty Davies’ leadership, are working so hard for all of us.
Whilst the plans look great, it now seems certain that the costs of the rebuild will exceed the insurance pay out, let alone the costs of temporary accommodation until the new pavilion is open for business. This is because we are not only improving what we had before but also we are taking the opportunity to solve for some infrastructure issues that have developed in the last decade or so. These include, for example, the drainage system. It’s not very exciting stuff (!) but now that we operate 12 months of the year, and with a larger number of users, the septic tank we have used for so long is no longer fit for purpose. As a result we will be taking the opportunity to connect our drainage to the main sewer system on Park Road. The cost for this alone could run to £100,000. This means our fundraising is still a critical part of the program. To that end please look out for more exciting and fun events planned before the season starts.
Speaking of the season start, good luck to all those who will be taking part in the first indoor winter training sessions this Sunday. Have fun and no injuries please!
Finally, the 2024 Surrey Championship league fixtures are now published and will be on the website and across our social media channels soon. Bring on 11 May when the Adult season starts!
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Your club needs you… Please! A message from the Chairman

My message to everyone this week is more of a request for help than an update of off-field events.
We have two key roles that are critical for the efficient running of the club that are currently vacant:
  • Membership Secretary; and
  • Junior Cricket Welfare Officer
Phil Miles and Dean Hewitt respectively, have both done a great job fulfilling these roles for the club over the last few years, but both will be stepping down for 2024.
Both roles are typically very quiet in the off-season. The Membership Secretary would be part of Russell Hoadley’s Treasurer team and typically involves 2-3 hours work per week during the season. The Junior Cricket Welfare Officer is a member of Dom Spray’s Junior Committee and also works in partnership with Zubair Ahmed, the Club Welfare Officer. Workload depends on how well behaved we all are (!) and also oversees the ongoing governance structure and documentation of our Junior section. Ideally this role would be filled by the parent or guardian of a Junior player.
No qualifications or experience are required for either role. Phil and Dean will work with you to ensure a smooth handover, so if you would like to get involved in the running of the club by succeeding either of them I would love to hear from you.
In other news, this Thursday a group of us from the Pavilion Rebuild Project Team will be meeting our insurance claim advisor, and representatives from both the Royal Parks and the insurance company. This will be a good opportunity for us to connect key stakeholders and to get a better picture of the next steps. I’ll share any actions arising from that meeting with you all next week.
Finally a reminder that the Captains’ Selection Meeting will be be held at St John’s Church, Hampton Wick on Tuesday 28th November 2023. It will start at 7.30pm. The AGM will follow immediately afterwards at the same venue.
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Update from the Chairman

Happy Diwali to all our members!

As I mentioned last week, our indoor winter training is now booked at Esher College and Tiffins Boys School starting on Sunday, 14 January. All Junior age groups will be involved.

With that in mind, now is a good time to let everyone know that we are delighted to announce that Mo Ahmad will be our Junior Head Coach for 2024. Mo has worked as a coach for us in recent years and is now making the step up to this position. He is already working with Dom Spray, Chair of Junior Cricket, and James Watson, Head of Girls Cricket, to develop an inclusive and exciting coaching program for all our Junior cricketers.

We continue to work with the Royal Parks to agree the most suitable form of temporary accommodation until the pavilion is rebuilt. Several options are still being considered. As soon as we have a decision we will let you know. We hope the demolition of what remains of the pavilion will be completed by Christmas.

With regards to the rebuild itself, we were delighted that the insurers confirmed last week that our claim has been approved. This represents a major milestone for us but does not mean our own fundraising efforts come to an end. Far from it. The insurance proceeds we hope will cover much of the cost of the new pavilion; however, the running costs of the cricket club without pavilion related income are still significant and will not be funded by membership subscriptions alone. Other items we will need to fund include the temporary accommodation costs and any improvements we want to make to the new pavilion and its related infrastructure.

Have a great week and enjoy the final knockout games of the Cricket World Cup. Can South Africa follow up their rugby success with another triumph in India?!

Sam Kemp

HWRCC Chairman

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Update from the Chairman

Wow and wow again! That was the general sentiment of all those who were able to join us at our 160th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday last week.

It was a fantastic occasion where we were royally entertained and celebrated all that’s good about the Wick. Thanks so much to the Dream Team of Messrs Collier, Lefeuvre, Richards and Dowling that worked so hard to organise it. Also many thanks to those that donated items for the auction and raffle.

Now that their forensic investigation is complete, we have at last been given the green light by the insurers to demolish what’s left of the pavilion and the clear the site. This will probably take a few more weeks once we have awarded the work to a contractor. One immediate benefit of this is that Harlequins Amateur rugby club will be able to resume training on the outfield of our main pitch. Until the site is cleared all training and matches have been consigned to the Kings Field.

As I mentioned in my update last week we have booked the indoor training facilities at Esher College and Tiffin Boys School for our indoor winter training program. The first sessions will run from Sunday, 14 January 2024. Details will soon follow from the Juniors leadership team.

We are looking for a new Membership Secretary for the club. After several years in the role, Phil Miles is stepping down. This is a critical role and many thanks to Phil for his diligence in that capacity.

Off season the workload is pretty light but during the season it requires a couple of hours a week. If you would like to get involved in the running of the club and are well organised and good with data please let me know. You are just the right person to take over from Phil!

Finally, this week will see many events to celebrate the build up to Diwali next Sunday, 12 November. Have fun and best wishes to all those taking part!

Update from the Chairman

As I write this week’s update I’m delighted to say that we have just secured our indoor winter training venues for 2024 at Esher College and Tiffin School (dates to follow). Normally I wouldn’t be so excited about something which I consider “business as usual”, but with so much focus recently on the pavilion rebuild agenda, it’s really important to remember that our cricket is still the most important thing and it still goes on.

I’m also excited our 160th Anniversary Dinner which takes place at the Richmond Hill Hotel tomorrow.

It’s going to be a special event in many ways. Firstly, because it celebrates our long and distinguished history; secondly because it recognises all the individuals on and off the pitch that make the club such a fantastic place to play cricket, rugby and other sports; and finally because it gives us a great opportunity to continue our fundraising efforts with more than 200 members and friends of the club in attendance.

Talking of fundraising, I checked our JustGiving account and our Crowdfunder account earlier today. Regardless of the amounts we have collected in each, we have had almost 600 donations. That’s a justified reflection of the wide reach we have to so many interested parties and stakeholders in and around our community. I thank you all.

Unfortunately I have nothing to report regarding our insurance claim. We have now provided them with all the information they have requested and more. Disappointingly they have told us they are inundated with flood damage claims so we still wait to hear from them.

To all our South Africa and New Zealand rugby supporting members and friends, good luck in Paris tomorrow!