7th December 2015

3rd & 4th teams set for Pennington!

Sway Cricket Club is delighted to announced that both Sway 3rd and 4th elevens will play at Lodge Road Recreation Ground in Pennington for the 2016 season.

The Club is indebted to the co-operation and assistance of both Lymington & Pennington Town Council and Bashley Cricket Club in making this happen. We also must pass on our sincere thanks to both Milford CC and Lyndhurst & Ashurst CC for being such accommodating hosts over the last few years.

Pennington Recreation Ground is of course a ground well known to Sway  - the club has played over 500 innings there and scored 6,000 runs with our 3rd XI based there in 2009 and 2011. Whilst there is a lot of work to be done to prepare the square for the new new season, the ground boasts a long established square and decent outfield along with a good facilitates in the pavilion. Most importantly, it is just about the closest suitable ground geographically to Sway so the move will help bring the Club together both on and off the field.

Anorak's Pennington Fact: Dave Hurrell is the leading Sway batsman at Pennington with 357 runs at 15.5 but the king of the ground is undoubtedly Charlie Smith who averages 71.50!

The cricket ground at Lodge Road has an interesting history. Originally the land formed part of the small Yaldhurst estate with the house remaining extant to this day to the north of the ground. In 1932 one of the sporting superstars of the era, Gilbert Oswald "G.O." Smith purchased Yaldhurst House. Smith had been a double cricket and football blue at Oxford, before joining "Corinthian Causals", the leading amateur club of the day and went on to score 132 goals in 137 matches. Smith went on to captain England on at least 13 occasions. As well as football, Smith was a fine cricketer who turned out for Surrey of several occasions.

In the late 1930's Smith sold the land which is now the recreation ground to the Council for the  sporting & recreational enjoyment of the local people.

 
England football captain G O Smith - benefactor of Pennington Recreation Ground

The cricket square was laid out in this period and has remained in use ever since. The ground became the home of Pennington Cricket Club and has remained so for at least 60 years. Around the turn of the millennium, Pennington withdrew from league cricket to become a friendly side and remain good friends of Sway against which we enjoy several friendlies each years.

In recent years the ground has played host to both Sway and Bashley teams with the latter being the current tenants. The prospect of weekly league cricket returning to Lodge Road in 2016 for the first time in many years would not doubt be pleasing the the grounds benefactor!