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Thames Ditton Cricket Club have played on Giggs Hill Green at least since 1833, the date of their first recorded match. A copy of the scorecard from that game against Twickenham CC, is in the Pavilion.

Since that time many famous cricketers have played on the Green. Heathfield Stephenson, who in 1861/62 captained the first English side to tour Australia, played for the Club. He is the first player featured on a mural in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pavilion showing many of the famous cricketers who have played on that ground. His nephew, Maurice Read, was the first Thames Ditton player to score a century in a club match. He became a professional with Surrey, and played 14 test matches for England in the 1880s and 1890s. In 1892 Tom Richardson, the great Surrey and England fast bowler, came to live in Angel Road. He played many times for the Club until his death in 1912.

In the 1890s Thames Ditton, and their rivals Mitcham, were regarded as the leading clubs in Surrey. Matches between the two clubs attracted crowds of up to 5000 spectators. Other England cricketers played for the Club on occasions, Leonard Braund and Tom Hayward amongst them.

The Centenary Year was celebrated in 1933 with matches against Twickenham. Eddie Watts, one of three brothers in that era, went on to play for Surrey. He took all 10 wickets for Surrey v Warwickshire in 1939, and had not the War intervened may well have become a test player. He returned to play for TDCC when he retired from first class cricket in 1952.

England Players who have played for the Club:

Maurice Read

Maurice Read, who was born at Thames Ditton, on Feb. 9, 1859, and therefore belongs by birth to the only county for which he has ever played, does not need a very lengthy introduction to our readers. From the day of his first appearance in the Surrey eleven in 1880, down to the present time, he has played a prominent part in county and other first-class cricket, and he was never been in better form than during the first half of the season of 1889.

Unfortunately, at the very height of the summer, when he was batting more consistently than at any previous part of his career, he had the misfortune to severely injure one of his fingers in making a catch in the Surrey and Yorkshire match at Sheffield. This accident prevented him from appearing for the Players, either at the Oval or Lord’s, and another injury kept him out of the most important match of the Oval programme-the return with Notts on the Bank Holiday. Despite all these disadvantages, however, he left off for the year with a very fine record.

Maurice Read visited Australia as a member of Shaw and Shrewsbury’s team in the winter of 1884-85; again under the auspices of Shaw and Shrewsbury in the winter of 1886-87, and for the third time in 1887-88. For the first tour he had a batting average in eleven-a-side matches of 16.2; in the second tour a batting average curiously enough of exactly the same value-16.2-in eleven-a-side matches, and 25.19 in all matches. On the third visit his average was 16.10 in eleven-a-side matches, and 23.2 for all engagements.

On the whole, therefore, it cannot be said that on Colonial grounds he has come up to his English reputation. Of his doings for Surrey, however, since he first appeared for the eleven a column could easily be written. Maurice Read does not belong to the strictly orthodox school of batsmen, but plays a game of his own, and plays it well, hitting brilliantly on all sorts of wickets. His fast bowling is occasionally effective as a change, and as an outfield he certainly ranks among the English players who come nearest to William Gunn, being a very fast runner, and having a sure pair of hands.

Born: 09 February 1859, Thames Ditton, Surrey
Died: 17 February 1929, Winchester, Hampshire
Right Hand Bat
Test Debut: England v Australia at The Oval, 1882
Last Test: England v Australia at Lord’s, 1st Test, 1893
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1890
Statistical Record: TESTS
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Batting 17 29 2 461 57 17.07 – 2 8 –

Tom Richardson

One of the finest bowlers to grace the game of cricket, with an action described by Neville Cardus as being “like a great wave of the sea about to break”. Tom Richardson was a complete pace bowler, fast, accurate, and with a devastating break back. He had an unending appetite for bowling that may have eventually overstressed his powerful frame, leading to his sudden death at only 41. He took an astonishing 290 wickets in 1895, despite playing half his matches on the friendly Oval wicket, and without the benefit of a second new ball. His greatest match, in a losing cause, was at Old Trafford in 1896, taking 13-244 in the match – H.S Altham wrote of this performance “no finer example of courage, stamina, accuracy and pace is to be found in all the annals of the game”.
Born: 11 August 1870, Byfleet, Surrey
Died: 02 July 1912, St Jean d’Arvey, Savoie, France
Right Hand Bat, Right Arm Fast Bowler
Test Debut: England v Australia at Manchester, 3rd Test, 1893
Last Test: England v Australia at Sydney, 5th Test, 1897/98
First Class Debut: Surrey v Cambridge University at The Oval, 1892
Last First Class Match: Somerset v Australians at Bath, 1905
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1897
Statistical Record: TESTS
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Batting 14 24 8 177 25* 11.06 – – 5 –
Balls M R W Ave Best 5 10
Bowling 4498 191 2220 88 25.22 8-94 11 4

Leonard Braund

Over 17,000 first class runs, 25 centuries, a thousand wickets and 500 catches illustrate Len BraundÕs all round prowess. A powerful right hand bat, he favoured the leg side, and took an aggressive approach. He originally bowled fast-medium but switched to leg-breaks, and became possibly the best leg spinner in England in the first decade of the 20th century. He had deceptive flight, considerable spin, and pace from the pitch. He was the best amongst many good slip fielders, not surpassed in that position until the advent of Hammond. He played a few times for Surrey, but after not establishing himself in the side qualified for Somerset where he played for many years. After retirement he became a first-class umpire, much respected by the players, and officiating up to the Second world war.
Born: 18 October 1875, Clewer, Berkshire
Died: 23 December 1955, Putney Common, Surrey
Right Hand Bat, Leg Break Bowler
Test Debut: England v Australia at Sydney, 1st Test, 1901/02
Last Test: England v Australia at Sydney, 5th Test, 1907/08
First Class Debut: Surrey v Warwickshire at The Oval, 1896
Last First Class Match: Somerset v Derbyshire at Weston-super-Mare, 1920
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1902
Statistical Record: TESTS
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Batting 23 41 3 987 104 25.97 3 2 39 –
O M R W Ave Best 5 10
Bowling 634.1 144 1810 47 38.51 8-81 3 –
Tom Hayward

Born: 29 March 1871, Cambridge
Died: 19 July 1939, Cambridge
Right Hand Bat, Right Arm Medium Bowler
Test Debut: England v South Africa at Port Elizabeth, 1st Test, 1895/96
Last Test: England v Australia at Lord’s, 2nd Test, 1909
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1895
Statistical Record: TESTS
Statistical Record: TESTS
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Batting 35 60 2 1999 137 34.46 3 12 19 –
Balls M R W Ave Best 5 10
Bowling 893 42 514 14 36.71 4-22 – –

Club Archives

These are now held for safe keeping at the Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND, Tel: 01483 518737 Fax: 01483 518738

Email: shs@surreycc.gov.uk

The records remain the property of the Club, but are on ‘long lease’ to the History Centre. The lease is governed by the ‘Terms of Deposit’, which defines the responsibilities of both TDCC and SHC. In general terms they define :

Conservation of the records – packaged in acid-free material and stored in secure fireproof strong rooms where temperature and humidity levels are maintained at a stable level. Indexing and cataloguing of records is done by qualified archivists.

Access to the records – the records are made available for public consultation, subject to strict rules regarding copyright legislation and the Data Protection Act. The records must remain within the History Centre

Withdrawal – individual items may be withdrawn on a temporary basis for up to three months maximum, subject to certain procedures, and only by persons authorised to do so by the Club.

To get an idea of what is there (the full list runs to 20 A4 pages), you can use the internet as follows :

www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistorycentre

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