Baggy Blue #3

The 2018 Awards Night was a great opportunity to award the club’s third ever ‘Baggy Blue’. It takes a lot to earn the numbered club cap; decades of service, year after year as club captain or maybe even a 1000 run / 40 wicket season. The Baggy Blues get together each year to decide if anyone is worthy of the honor. Once a member has been awarded their Blue, they get to put their number on club kit.

The current Baggy Blues (Ian Oakes and Dan Cowell) were more than happy to award Baggy Blue #3 to Teddy Easthope. As well as playing for the club for 11 years, 5 of them as captain, Teddy has tirelessly organised the teams every week, taken on some of the jobs that no one else wanted to do and has recently taken over the coaching of our junior section,

2018 End of Season Awards

Its been a great year for the club, wining the Regional League Championship East and Kent Village League Division 2. Everyone played their part to help the club to league victory, but here are the award winning, stand out players for the 2018 season.

Saturday Batsman – Jamie Keeler
Saturday Bowler – Joey Pratt
Sunday Batsman – Jack Dylan
Sunday Bowler – Teddy Easthope
Player’s Player – Joey Pratt

The White Hart Hythe Tea of the Year goes to Dan Cowell & Hannah who served up a superb feast. We look forward to next years offering.

2017 End of Season Awards

Thanks to everyone who came along to the 2017 End of Season Awards Dinner last night, hope you all had a good time. Lots of awards were handed out to some deserving members and some great stories were passed around, some of which will be re-told at the Christmas drinks session.

What a fantastic year its been at Saltwood CC. 26 matches and 23 wins, champions of Regional League Div 1A East, runners up in KVL Div 3, 92 junior members, 2 juniors playing their first senior cricket matches, 1 Baggy Blue cap handed out, another successful summer camp for the juniors, two new senior members and another great Aussie in Ben Davies

Thanks to Hythe Life Magazine for sponsoring:

  • Saturday Batsman of the Year – Ryan Hall
  • Saturday Bowler of the Year – Brice Dempster
  • Sunday Batsman of the Year – Ben Allon
  • Sunday Bowler of the Year – Teddy Easthope
  • Players’ Player of the Year – Ryan Hall

And now the one you’ve been waiting for…… The White Hart Tea of the Year 2017 goes to…….. Jonathan Brady and Arthur Leaver who pulled out all the stops for the last match of the year, knocking Brice of the top spot. Commiserations to Joseph Libby who picked up the Wooden Spoon award for the lowest scoring tea, better luck next year Joey.

Saltwood CC have awarded an honorary life membership to Ian Oakes. Every aspect of our club has quite simply transformed under Ian’s term as Chairman and an honorary life membership is a fitting tribute;

The colts section is booming, senior cricket continues to grow. He’s sourced and funded new nets, new wickets, new scoreboard and all new playing/training kit for all members.The ground he’s managed to constantly improve, he takes it upon himself to maintain as head groundsman. He’s enabled us to have an overseas for the last three years.

Everything which has helped to developed our club, Ian has been at the source of it all. There isn’t enough praise you can heap on Mr Oakes which reflects the continued selfless commitment he has given our club over the years. Blow the dust of the record books, turns out he could actually play cricket boasting over 470 wickets for The Wood. And top it all, he’s not a bad bloke. Well done Ian, thoroughly deserved.

Saltwood beat Hythe Green in season opener

Saltwood CC (220-8) started the season with a win over local rivals, Hythe Green CC (148 ao). The new wicket played well for its first outing and will only get better given more time to dry out. (more…)

2015 Spring Newsletter

The cricket season is creeping up on us so its time for all members to fill out their membership forms and encourage their friends to join the club. As you’ll see from the 2015 Spring Newsletter you can get some free club clothing for recommending new playing members and also the chance to win a hot air balloon flight from one of our new sponsors, Kent Ballooning. Junior members (all under 18s) will need to complete the slightly longer membership form.


Recommend 1 new playing member at get a free club cap


Recommend 2 new playing members and get a training top


Recommend 3 new playing members and get a match jumper




Natwest Cricketforce 2015

nwcf2014The Saltwood CC Natwest CricketForce event will be on the 28th March and we need as may members as possible to come along and help get the club ready for the season ahead. If the chance to help your club and the free BBQ isn’t enough to entice you along then how about a chance to win a hot air balloon flight thanks to our sponsor, Kent Ballooning. Paying your subs by the 28th March gets you one entry into the prize draw and helping out at Natwest CricketForce gets you another, so put the date in your diary with a leisurely 10am start. If our army of junior members want to bring a parent with them to help out they get an extra entry into the prize draw!

There’s loads to do as the pavilion needs a good wash down and a new coat of paint, the drive needs a scrub and the entrance tarted up. If the funding comes through we might be putting our new sight screens together, but if not we’ll patching up the old ones so bring as many tools as you can and we’ll make short work of the list and get in the nets.

Balloon flight prize draw is open to anyone who signs the register with their contact details and helps for at least 2 hours. No cash alternative, draw will take place on the 29th March, the chairman’s decision is final.

Saltwood CC 50 Club

Saltwood Cricket Club LogoThe cricket season is over for another year but work hasn’t stopped at the ground. Soon after our last home match the £20,000 wicket renovation and extension project started thanks to funding and support from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Shepway Sports Trust and Kent Playing Fields Association. The top surface of the old square has been dug up, levelled and re-built with an extra five wickets built from scratch. We will have eight wickets ready for the start of the 2015 season and another five ready for 2016.

The improvements to the club’s facilities don’t stop there. The committee have already raised £4,000 of the £6,300 needed to buy a new roller engine and sightscreens and are hopeful to secure the remaining £2,300 in the next few months.

Thanks to funding from Sport England we will be running our first ‘Satellite Club’ at Brockhill School. The 13 week course will run on Tuesdays from April 2015 and help to build the profile of cricket and Saltwood CC. We’ll also be running coaching sessions at SCC for those that want to progress to playing for the senior teams.

In another first for the club, senior net practice will be run by an ECB L3 coach who can hopefully teach us all how to bat, bowl and field properly!

Despite raising over £27,000 in the last few months for improvement projects, we still need to raise funds to pay the day to day expenses involved in running the club. If you think the committee’s efforts to raise over £70,000 in the last few years is worthy your appreciation then please buy some tickets for the 50 Club. The 20 weeks of free coaching alone is worth at least one ticket from every playing member so please print the form and fill it in. Tickets are just £10 each and there are 13 prizes on offer in December.

SCC Colts



Saltwood CC Colts start on the 28th April and you can join today for just £25 a year. That includes the 12 scheduled Monday night training sessions and any other events that we organise. Please download the membership form and bring it with you on the first night or drop it off at 34 Tanners Hill Gardens, Hythe, Kent CT21 5HX

Saltwood CC Juniors

Some changes for Saltwood CC Juniors in 2014. We’ve switched from Thursdays to Mondays so we don’t clash with football training and we’ve split up the age groups so the coaching will be targeted at the type of cricket you’ll be playing at school. Annual subs are £25 and include the 12 scheduled practice sessions during term time, plus any extra sessions that we run during the summer holidays. The juniors section is for boys and girls from Year 3 upwards with each age group practicing according to the ECB guidelines. (more…)

Indoor Nets @ Folkestone CC

three-hillsWe’re all booked up for 6 weeks of pre-season nets at the Three Hills Sports Park (Folkestone CC). It all starts on the 19th Feb from 9.30pm to 10.30pm and costs just £3 a week with the last session on the 25th March.

If you need a lift to Folkestone, please email me at and I’ll try to get things organised. Attendance last year was poor and showed in the early season performances. For those that aren’t driving, you can get a pint at the bar afterwards. Luckily for the injury prone, they have a nice supply of ice to apply to injuries.


Natwest Cricket Force 2014

nwcf2014The 2014 Natwest Cricket Force weekend is the 5th and 6th April so put the dates in your diary and get ready to do some work. The ECB have kindly given £350 to the club to spend at Jewson so all we need now is the workforce. (more…)

50 Club

scc logo full sizeIts time for the ‘50 Club’ and you can download the application form right now, so please take the time to buy some tickets and support the club. Its £10 a ticket and there are 13 prizes on offer in December.

All profits will go towards paying the many costs that the club has. We need to raise £1000 for some work on the trees at the ground and here are just some of the bills that we rack up every year; (more…)

Saltwood vs Minster

A fantastic win for Saltwood, played in good spirit against a nice bunch of lads from Minster CC. After winning the toss and putting Minster into bat, Cowlo’s decision wasn’t looking to bright at 70 for no wicket. A change of bowling and a great run-out proved to be the inspiration for a mini collapse, taking Minster from 70-0 to 97-4. (more…)

SCC vs Herne Bay CC

After a week of rain it was nice to see the sun returning for our match against Herne Bay CC. Cowlo lost the toss and Saltwood were put in to bat against the opening pair of Beeson and Gillard. With Jeremy (4) still banned from the cut shot until 1st June he decided to use his pads instead but found that standing right in front of the stumps was not a good plan of action. (more…)

Volunteer’s Match – Kent v Warwickshire

Kent Cricket Board and Kent County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to present the following special themed fixture for Kent Cricket Clubs. Thursday 15th August 2013, Yorkshire Bank 40 Kent Spitfires v Warwickshire Bears, floodlit, @ Canterbury.

We can get four complimentary tickets per team so we’ll have 8 tickets up for grabs. As you can see from the title its a “Volunteer’s Match” and a way to thank the volunteers at Saltwood CC so if you want a ticket why not give yourself a chance (more…)

Saltwood School Cricket

The first of the Saltwood School Cricket Club practice sessions was washed away by the rain. But I did get to meet the coach, ex Kent, Leicestershire and England Lions pace bowler Robbie Joseph.

The school club starts again on the 3rd June from 3.45 to 5.45, followed by the SCC Academy from 6 to 8pm and we’ll hopefully be able to keep hold of Robbie to teach some of our younger senior team players how to bowl nice and fast. Coaches will be confirmed for the SCC Academy asap.


Saltwood CC Academy

After a long wait the SCC Academy is finally ready! 5 weeks of coaching from UKCC2 coaches from Top Flight Sports for anyone aged between 14 and 25. We know that one of the coaches with be Tim Bishop who is the overseas pro at Sibton Park and opens the batting the them in the Kent Cricket League – Premier Division. Second coach to be confirmed. You do not have to me a member of Saltwood CC to take part, although you will be offered the chance to join the club at the end of the 5 weeks.

6pm to 8pm on Mondays from 3rd June through to July 1st.

Please send an email to to book your place. (more…)

SCC & Elham Valley vs The Rain and a 50* for Frank Hobbs

With predictions of rain sweeping in at 5pm there were calls for a 20/20 match from back seat captains, but this was quickly ignored. With Captain Shah phoning in his orders to stand-in Dan Cowell, Saltwood won the toss and elected to bat despite Ian’s life long rule of bowling first.

‘Fresh’ from his 55 the previous day, G decided to conserve his energy for the next round of league matches by getting bowled for 0 in the first over and was quickly joined by Tom Carr (0) leaving Saltwood on the verge of an epic collapse at 5-2. (more…)

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