Published: 13th May, 2019
Surrey CCC teamed up with the Cricket World Cup yesterday (May 12th) to bring the World Cup Trophy to the picturesque Tilford Cricket Club.
The visit – part of the World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan – coincided with a family festival match between Tilford CC and the historic Authors CC, a team with heritage dating back to 1891 who have featured players including P.G. Wodehouse, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.
Tilford themselves are amongst the oldest club sides in the county, setup in 1886. They now have three sides, playing in the I’Anson League as well as running one of the county’s most prolific ‘All Star Cricket’ setups, with nearly 150 children enrolled in their programmes.
The Trophy Tour, which also saw the World Cup flown over the capital by the London Air Ambulance earlier in the day, allowed hundreds of young cricketers, spectators and players to have their pictures taken with the trophy. It also visited the famous Barley Mow, a pub directly next to the ground that has fed and watered both Tilford players and their oppositions for many years.
Authors CC (L) and Tilford CC (R) pose with the trophy during the innings break
Jon Surtees, Head of Communications at Surrey CCC, said: “When we were given the opportunity to collaborate on the World Cup Trophy Tour, we wanted to show the world what cricket in Surrey can be like.
“Many cricketers and spectators will have enjoyed the beauty of Tilford CC over the years and now, with the Cricket World Cup making its first appearance on the Green, fans around the world will also get the chance to see its traditional cricketing beauty.”
Nigel Martyn, Chairman of Tilford Cricket Club, concluded: “Tilford CC were delighted to welcome the ICC World Cup trophy to our quintessentially English village ground.
“Whilst proud of Tilford’s rich cricketing history we look to the future, with nearly 150 local children involved in our All Stars programme. We are sure the World Cup visit will inspire a new generation’s love for the game.”