150 not out as village club marks a major milestone

Cricketers in action at Chatton.
Cricketers in action at Chatton.

It has survived floods, thefts and thrashings but a north Northumberland cricket club refuses to give in.

Chatton Cricket Club has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years but this weekend marks a milestone in the now thriving club’s history when it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The club is holding a Big Bash Event on Sunday, with a hog roast, fully licensed bar, bouncy castles, children’s games, face painting, tombola and other attractions.

A 20-20 exhibition match will take place against local rivals Eglingham.

President Max Renwick said: “We have survived thrashings, floods and thefts at our ground but are now stronger than ever.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of cricket in Chatton and hope that many will join us for what should be a fantastic day. The emphasis is on fun.

“We would particularly like to see cricketers who have played for, or against, Chatton in the past.”

The archives record a match in 1864 between Chatton Park and Berwick, and that a Chatton team beat Wooler in 1878.

Interest appears to have ebbed and flowed in the late 19th century, but cricket flourished between the two world wars.

Revitalised by George Dixon, the club located permanently at its current ground, next to Chatton Bridge, in 1932. The pavilion was built with panelling from the ship the SS Carmania.

After the Second World War, Chatton became a stalwart member of the local leagues.

In 1972, the present pavilion was built.

Fortunes dipped in the early 2000s with the club leaving the league. However, it was revived by Max and a group of enthusiasts and has since gone from strength to strength.

The club now plays around 20 matches each season and can draw from a pool of 40 players.

Sunday’s family fun day starts at 1pm.

A highlight of the day will be a charity auction, held by local auctioneer Jim Railton, at 4pm.

Lots coming under the hammer include a week’s holiday in an Alpine chalet and a limited edition of three prints of a specially-commissioned painting by the celebrated local artist Robert Turnbull.