The Beach Ground has stunning views of The Quantocks & the sea...
Club Website: www.kilvecc.co.uk
Kilve Cricket Club was founded sometime before 1860 when the first edition of the West Somerset Free Press, the local newspaper for this district of the County, recorded a reference to the Club. Little is known about the Club in the latter part of the 19th Century except from the fairly regular reports of matches in the press and the exact playing venue of the Club seems to have moved around the Village. Since the Second World War the Club has had five known venues with the current Kilve Beach ground being established in 1976 and the first game took place there on July 15th 1978 against Wells Cricket Club.
Kilve was one of the first Clubs to join the Somerset Cricket League after its formation in 1972 and achieved its highest league status in 1982 when it gained promotion to the Premier League. The Club at this time also had notable success in cup competitions. The pinnacle being in 1985, when the Club reached the semi-final of the National Village Competition when they were only one match away from playing at Lords but lost to Rowledge CC from the Home Counties.
The Club grew from a small outfit in the early 1970s to a well-respected Village Club in the latter part of the 1990s. Inevitably as senior players moved on and retired the fortunes of the club waned somewhat. Captains struggled to field competitive teams and so Kilve CC slipped down the league tables. A resurgence in recent years has bolstered the strengths of the Club; the 2nd XI that was established in 1983, has returned to its roots in the West Somerset Cricket League, gaining promotion in their first season; the 1st XI have earned their place in Division 3 of the SCL and will hope to rise even higher in the coming years.
In 2012, the Club established an Academy XI to give its developing cricketers the chance to play more regularly. They will play in a league competition for the first time in 2013. Additionally, 2013 sees an Under 11’s side form with regular practise and games on a Friday evening, for boys and girls! With so much cricket on offer, the future of the club looks very bright indeed.