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History of the Club

Origins

Edward Alleyn, the Shakespearean actor, founded his College of God’s Gift in Dulwich in 1619. It grew steadily in size and stature for two and a half centuries until, in 1882, it split into two boys’ schools: Dulwich College and Alleyn’s School. Dulwich College remained on the Common, and Alleyn’s School settled into its new premises in Townley Road.


Foundation

Edward Alleyn Cricket Club, for former pupils of Alleyn’s School, was founded at a meeting on 18 April 1884. The name was changed to Alleyn Old Boys’ Cricket Club on 17 January 1906 and for many decades it played friendly cricket around south London – in those days there were no leagues – occasionally pitting itself against the Old Alleynian Cricket Club, created for former pupils of Dulwich College in 1928.


Famous names

The most famous Old Alleynian cricketer was Trevor Bailey, who captained Dulwich College in 1941 and 1942 before going on to make his England debut in 1949. He played 61 matches for England, scoring 2,290 runs at 29.74 and taking 132 wickets at 29.21.

Most notable among Alleyn Old Boys players was Mickey Stewart, who captained Alleyn’s School in 1949 and 1950 before first taking the field for England in 1962. He played in eight games for England, scoring 385 runs at 35.00 but without ever scoring a century.

League cricket

Both clubs continued to play friendly cricket until they both joined Division Two of the South Thames League in 1973. Alleyn Old Boys had a fine year when both its teams were promoted as runners-up in 1981. During the 1980s, the Surrey Championship grew rapidly and Old Alleynians switched to the larger league in 1988, followed by Alleyn Old Boys in 1995. Alleyn Old Boys enjoyed its golden years from 1995 to 1999, when the 1st and 2nd XIs ascended rapidly through the divisions, securing three champions’ pennants in 1995, 1996 and 1998 and being promoted as runners-up a further three times. It remains a matter of historical curiosity that Old Alleynian never won a league title in its history.

The golden age

The Club's finest years, 1995 to 1999, saw a very settled 1st XI take the field. Jim Bridgeman, the wicketkeeper, and Chris O'Gorman would open the batting. The middle order would be Chris Foster, Rowan McGill, Phil Venier and Oliver Lucking, who could also bowl very effective slow inswing. The all-rounder was Simon Talbot in 1995, who made way for Christian Berglund the following year. The pacemen were Gary Brook and Damien Carson (after Mark Banfield moved to Australia at the end of 1995). Off spin was provided by Nick Reeve and Ben McGill.

The 2nd XI was also very stable. The best-remembered team would have Richard Godfrey and Simon Banfield opening the batting, with Alex Stevens and Duncan Tyler (also the wicketkeeper) coming next. Andy Monk batted at five initially, before being replaced by Alex McLean. Mikael Berglund represented the youth policy. The seam bowlers were Mickey Laggett, Gareth Edwards and the captain, Justin Naish. Jack Bodinetz and Ian Absolon bowled off-spin.

The 1st XI was unbeaten for two years in 1995 and 1996. In 1996, Christian Berglund captained the team to victory in the cup on Wednesday 21 August, the league on Saturday 24 August, and died suddenly on Wednesday 28 August. The club's highest and lowest points had happened in a few transient days. Christian Berglund is remembered through a clock on the Clubhouse roof and an annual trophy between the Club and Alleyn's School.

The merger

Alleyn Old Boys voted to change its name to Alleyn Cricket Club on 14 July 2003, but by December a great change had swept through Dulwich, in the name of a rent review undertaken by The Dulwich Estate. Old Alleynian was in a precarious situation as a tenant, as was Honor Oak Cricket Club, which had joined the Surrey Championship in 1972, winning one league title in 1985. On 8 December 2003, Alleyn Old Boys merged with Honor Oak, and subsumed Old Alleynian on 27 September 2004. The merger was overseen by Bob Joyce (Alleyn Old Boys), Dan Norcross (Old Alleynian) and John Dixon (Honor Oak). The three clubs proceeded as one: the Alleyn and Honor Oak Cricket Club, which secured its first league title under that name in 2005.

Into the future

A secure future was assured when Alleyn’s School took over the ground in 2007, whereupon Bob Joyce retired as Chairman after serving in that position for 25 years. The club shortened its name to Alleyn Cricket Club on 24 November 2014.


Committee since 1985

Chairman

Secretary

Treasurer

League

Fixtures

Colts

1st XI

2nd XI

3rd XI

Sunday XI

Professional

1985

S. R. M. Joyce

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

M. B. Chambers

∙∙∙

M. J. Edwards

G. A. Swann

M. A. Shortland

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

1985

1986

S. R. M. Joyce

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

M. B. Chambers

∙∙∙

M. J. Edwards

G. A. Swann

M. A. Shortland

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

1986

1987

S. R. M. Joyce

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

M. C. Dennis

D. H. Tyler

M. A. Shortland

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

1987

1988

S. R. M. Joyce

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

M. J. Banfield

S. N. Bragg

M. A. Shortland

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

1988

1989

S. R. M. Joyce

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

M. J. Banfield

S. N. Bragg

M. A. Shortland

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

1989

1990

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

G. A. Swann

∙∙∙

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

1990

1991

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

∙∙∙

N. P. Reeve

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

J. A. White

G. A. Swann

∙∙∙

J. M. Bridgeman

∙∙∙

1991

1992

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

∙∙∙

J. M. Bridgeman

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

J. A. White

G. A. Swann

∙∙∙

J. M. Bridgeman

∙∙∙

1992

1993

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

∙∙∙

D. H. Tyler

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

J. M. Bridgeman

K. T. Rodwell

∙∙∙

P. J. Venier

∙∙∙

1993

1994

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

∙∙∙

D. H. Tyler

D. M. Hankin

∙∙∙

J. M. Bridgeman

M. C. Edwards

∙∙∙

P. J. Venier

∙∙∙

1994

1995

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

R. W. Godfrey

D. H. Tyler

D. M. Hankin

M. P. J. Wilkins

J. M. Bridgeman

J. Naish

∙∙∙

P. J. Venier

∙∙∙

1995

1996

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

R. W. Godfrey

D. H. Tyler

D. M. Hankin

M. P. J. Wilkins

C. P. A. Berglund

J. Naish

∙∙∙

P. J. Venier

∙∙∙

1996

1997

S. R. M. Joyce

J. A. White

R. W. Godfrey

D. H. Tyler

K. C. Harris

M. P. J. Wilkins

O. A. Lucking

J. Naish

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

1997

1998

S. R. M. Joyce

A. R. McLean

S. J. Banfield

D. H. Tyler

K. C. Harris

M. P. J. Wilkins

O. A. Lucking

A. W. Stevens

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

1998

1999

S. R. M. Joyce

M. H. Berglund

S. J. Banfield

R. W. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

M. P. J. Wilkins

O. A. Lucking

H. R. de Mel

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

1999

2000

S. R. M. Joyce

M. H. Berglund

S. J. Banfield

R. W. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

O. A. Lucking

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

2000

2001

S. R. M. Joyce

T. D. Ladhams

S. J. Banfield

R. W. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

O. A. Lucking

M. I. Godfrey

H. R. de Mel

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

2001

2002

S. R. M. Joyce

T. D. Ladhams

S. J. Banfield

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

O. A. Lucking

K. N. McGee

H. R. de Mel

K. C. Harris

Zulqarnain Mushtaq

2002

2003

S. R. M. Joyce

M. W. Logan

S. J. Banfield

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

T. D. Ladhams

P. D. Cohen

R. V. B. Manik

K. C. Harris

D. A. Dundon

2003

2004

S. R. M. Joyce

M. W. Logan

J. M. Dixon

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

S. A. Teesdale

T. D. Ladhams

I. B. Dowman

K. C. Harris

Ali Jaffer

2004

2005

S. R. M. Joyce

M. W. Logan

R. K. Flower

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

T. D. Ladhams

D. J. Collins

I. B. Dowman

K. C. Harris

R. Tudor

2005

2006

S. R. M. Joyce

M. W. Logan

R. K. Flower

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

D. C. Ranson

D. J. Collins

I. B. Dowman

K. C. Harris

S. G. Kenlock

2006

2007

S. R. M. Joyce

M. W. Logan

B. J. S. Cullen

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

W. J. Murday

R. W. Clayton

P. D. Cohen

K. C. Harris

S. G. Kenlock

2007

2008

K. C. Harris

M. W. Logan

B. J. S. Cullen

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

W. J. Murday

R. W. Clayton

P. D. Cohen

K. C. Harris

S. G. Kenlock

2008

2009

K. C. Harris

M. W. Logan

B. J. S. Cullen

M. I. Godfrey

K. C. Harris

P. D. Cohen

M. H. Berglund

R. W. Clayton

M. Persaud

K. C. Harris

S. G. Kenlock

2009

2010

K. C. Harris

M. W. Logan

B. J. S. Cullen

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

T. J. F. Bevan

R. W. Clayton

Adil Ahmed

K. C. Harris

C. E. J. Thompson

2010

2011

K. C. Harris

M. W. Logan

B. J. S. Cullen

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

T. J. F. Bevan

S. V. D. Merwe

B. Thys

K. C. Harris

L. J. Anderson

2011

2012

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

W. A. C. Bevan

R. W. Clayton

R. A. Smith

K. C. Harris

J. E. Lawrence

2012

2013

P. D. Cohen

T. M. Part

T. M. Part

G. A. Swann

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

W. A. C. Bevan

R. W. Clayton

Matiullah Haidar

K. C. Harris

J. E. Lawrence

2013

2014

P. D. Cohen

T. M. Part

T. M. Part

G. A. Swann

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

W. A. C. Bevan

R. W. Clayton

Nauman Farooq

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

2014

2015

P. D. Cohen

T. M. Part

T. M. Part

G. A. Swann

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

W. A. C. Bevan

R. W. Clayton

∙∙∙

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

2015

2016

P. D. Cohen

T. M. Part

T. M. Part

G. A. Swann

K. C. Harris

J. M. Bridgeman

W. A. C. Bevan

R. W. Clayton

∙∙∙

K. C. Harris

∙∙∙

2016


Clubman of the Year

1995     Jim Bridgeman
1996     Christian Berglund (posth)
1997     Kit Harris
1998     Fiona Keene
1999     Oliver Lucking
2000     Lyndsey Seddon
2001     Hugh de Mel
2002     John Rice
 (posth)
2003     Robbie Manik
2004     John Dixon
 (posth)
2005     Tim Ladhams
2006     Dale Ranson
2007     Dan Norcross
2008     Sophia Murday
2009     Manny Cohen
2010     Tom Bevan
2011     Digby Hunt
2012     Antonia Cohen
2013     Matiullah Haidar
2014     Will Bevan
2015     Adrian St John (posth)

Highest innings


200*

Rowan McGill

Sunday XI

v Twickenham

1999

177*

Micky Stewart

Club XI

v Elmers End

1954

162*

Clem Lambert

Adhoc XI

v Twickenham

2003

154

Abid Khan

3rd XI

v Woodsterne

2002

154

Masood Arman

4th XI

v Oxted

2011

149

Ashish Rai

3rd XI

v Ashford

2010

147*

Nick Pikesley

2nd XI

v Oxshott

2001


Best bowling figures


9-1

Kit Harris

Adhocs

v Kingston

2014

9-27

Paul Sherlock

2nd XI

v Bickley

1981

9-31

Dan Goodwin

1st XI

v Guildford City

2014

9-33

Mark Banfield

2nd XI

v Catford

1980

9-38

Martin Dennis

1st XI

v Sydenham

1990

9-48

Robert Smith

4th XI

v Whitgiftians

2005

9-50

Richard Cockell

2nd XI

v Lloyds Bank

1975



Most runs in a season


900

Tom Bevan

2010

826

Rowan McGill

1999

820

Chris Thompson

2010

687

Tom Eadon

2015


 

Most wickets in a season


58

Mark Kenlock

2006

55

Graham Worsley

1982

53

Tom Bevan

2010

52

Damien Carson

1996

 

Highest totals by each team


1st XI

270-3 dec

v Kenley

1997

2nd XI

258-7 dec

v East Molesey

2003

3rd XI

366-3 dec

v Woodmansterne

2002

4th XI

241-4 dec

v Chessington

2010

Sunday XI

299-3 dec

v Twickenham

1999

Adhoc XI

300-5 (40)

v Crofton Park

2013

 

Lowest totals by each team


1st XI

32

v Blackheath

2003

2nd XI

25

v Nat West Bank

1988

3rd XI

48

v Warlingham

2002

4th XI

55

v Old Rutlishians

2009

Sunday XI

55

v Battersea

1997

Adhoc XI

28

v Kingston

2011

Club honours and dishonours

1981

1st XI

South Thames League

Division 2

Promoted

1981

2nd XI

South Thames League

Division 2

Promoted

1995

2nd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 7

Champions

1996

1st XI

Surrey Championship

Division 7

Champions

1996

2nd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 6

Promoted

1997

1st XI

Surrey Championship

Division 6

Promoted

1998

1st XI

Surrey Championship

Division 5

Champions

1999

2nd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 5

Promoted

2003

3rd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 2

Promoted

2003

2nd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 4

Relegated

2005

2nd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 5

Champions

2006

1st XI

Surrey Championship

Division 4

Promoted

2007

1st XI

Surrey Championship

Division 3

Relegated

2010

3rd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 1

Promoted

2011

3rd XI

Surrey Championship

Division P

Relegated

2012

3rd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 1

Relegated

2013

3rd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 2

Relegated

2014

3rd XI

Surrey Championship

Division 3

Relegated

2014

1st XI

Surrey Championship

Division 4

Relegated