October 10, 2017

J M BREARLEY OBE

Mike Brearley ranks with Fred Perry as one of our most illustrious sons. He has served as Chairman of the World Cricket Committee until July this year for two terms, 6 years in all. Mike, who spent his formative years at Brentham, has had an outstanding career, as well as earning the accolade of the best captain England has ever had. His book "The Art of Captaincy" is considered to be the most telling on the subject.

Mike's first-class career started in 1961 at Cambridge where he scored 76 on his debut against the Australian Touring side and never looked back. He captained the University from 1964 to 1968 and was chosen to tour South Africa with England in 1964/65. Su...

July 1, 2017

Ivor Chaplin the scorer for Brentham Cricket Club has set record after record, not only in the number of games that he has scored at but also CONSECUTIVELY. He has not missed one game in all that time.

He joined the Club in 1964 and for the next three years scored for the 2nd XI. He was promoted to the 1st XI in 1967 and has thus been ever-present for 50 years.

In 2014 he completed 700 consecutive League matches (all the League matches that had been played up to that date) at which point the Score Box was named after him and marked with a suitable plaque.

Michael Brearley compared this feat with the leading wicket takers in International Cricket when he pointed out the Warne had amasse...

June 1, 2017

It used to be the custom for the cricketing Touring side to play a one day game against The Club Cricket Conference, the representative side of club cricketers. In 1961 the Australians, captained by Richie Benaud, played the Conference at Blackheath and were beaten, a unique result and one that remains in the annals of Club Cricket. The extent of the achievement can be judged against by the fact that TheAustralians only lost one other game that season–against England. Richie Benaud was still smarting about it years later.

Brentham had the special memorable attainment of having, amazingly enough, 2 members of the Conference team, John Swann and Joe Misso. John scored 38 not out but Jo...

May 26, 2017

F D Ahl is to be remembered as a leader who made a significant contribution

to Brentham and its future.

Firstly, he spent some years as Chairman of the Club and it was during that period that the

Estate Owners made it clear that they wanted to dispose of their interest in the Club that

originally was to serve the Garden Village. Under Frank's leadership the freehold was

acquired and he guided the Club on its new path forward as a private club. That would have

been a major decision at that time in 1947 so soonafter the war.

Secondly he was instrumental in leading the Cricket Club to the top level of Club Cricket.

He had earlier embarked on a professional career and played for Worcestershire...

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