by Jago Pearson
Harbledown Cricket Club kick starts its 150th birthday celebrations on Sunday as it welcomes a Kent Village League Select XI to its Rough Common ground.
Harbledown is one of the oldest clubs in Kent, having first been established in 1868.
The former Kent Village League champions will host a village league select side which features some of the best village cricketers in the county.
Skippered by Canterbury and Wye’s Max Campbell, the invitational side will also feature players from Chestfield, Bapchild, Street End, Ash and Wingham.
Harbledown Cricket Club chairman Graham Vaughan said: “We look forward to welcoming the cream of the Kent Village League crop to Harbledown this weekend as we celebrate our special anniversary.
“While many clubs up and down the county are sadly struggling for members, Harbledown continues to go from strength to strength, even into our 150th year. We welcome players of all abilities and are a thriving social club with a real village spirit.
“It will be great to see friends, families, past players and prospective new members join us this weekend for what promises to be a very enjoyable and competitive day’s cricket.”
Harbledown first XI is currently mid-table in Division One of the Kent Village League having finished runners up in 2017, The second XI is riding high at the top end of Division Four.
Sunday’s match is the first major event on Harbledown’s anniversary calendar, which culminates in a gala dinner at the St Lawrence ground on September 15.
The game starts at 1.30pm on Sunday. There will be a BBQ and the bar will be open. All spectators are welcome. The ground is behind Rough Common Village Hall on Rough Common Road.
Harbledown Cricket Club is always pleased to welcome new playing or social members. For more information visit the club’s website.