Catford & Cyphers Cricket Club
The Catford & Cyphers Cricket Club is formed by consolidating three clubs namely: The Catford Cricket Club formed in 1890 formerly based in Penerley Road, Catford; The Cyphers Cricket Club formerly based in Kings Hall Road Beckenham and Forest Hill Cricket Club formed in1882. The Catford and Cyphers lost their ground and started playing in the old Forest Hill ground; cricket has been played for the last 100 years on this ground. The clubs combined have produced many fine players who went on to play in different county cricket, and Jim Laker became one of the finest bowlers in international cricket of all times.
Currently the club is functioning with 16 active teams in 5 XI teams, 3 Sunday XI, 1 20/20 and 1 each in under 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 21.
The starting of new millennium marked a turning point in club’s activities. In the year 2000 the club implemented a new 5 year plan which covered all the concerns of the club. The club organized its Cricket Festival in July 2001 which was very well received. The committee also decided to develop their Colt’s team. In the 2001 season David Golbey a 1st XI player scored over 1000 runs combined in League and non league for the club. In the away matches Saturday 3rd XI and Sunday XI teams had very fine run with positive results in South London and Kent region.
The club continued its good run in 2003 with the 1st XI finishing 3rd in the table with the 2nd XI finishing 7th in their league standings. In 2007 the 1st XI continued to hold the apex position in Kent League division II. The management also made some changes in team captainship.
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