Hollingbourne Cricket Club has taken the decision to withdraw from the Kent Village Cricket League because of a lack of players. Other local clubs are also leaving the League for the similar reasons including Detling and Teston.
The Club has been in Hollingbourne since 1870 and Chairman Ian Gutteridge has been quoted as saying ” We are doing things to keep going, there are many possibilities and I have spoken with people at Bearsted Cricket Club about them basing a team in Hollingbourne but these talks are at an early stage”.
The Hollingbourne ground is in a natural bowl below the North Downs on the Pilgrim’s Way to the rear of the Dirty Habit PH in Upper Street. More information about Hollingbourne Cricket Club including current fixtures is at http://hollingbournecc.co.uk/
In the late 1980’s the Club appealed to villagers to raise £8,000 to buy the freehold of the ground.
It is thought that the high cost of housing in Hollingbourne and in other villages has meant that younger people who might wish to play village cricket cannot afford to buy houses locally. This means that many Kent village cricket and football clubs have to attract players from elsewhere in order to continue.
Hollingbourne Parish Council has unsuccessfully pressed Maidstone Borough Council to include affordable housing in Hollingbourne with the recently approved housing developments in the village. The lowest prices for a two bedroomed house in Godfrey Meadow was £535,000 and the two further approved developments are expected to be more expensive.
Pictured below is the Hollingbourne Cricket Ground.