History

IBM moved to Hursley in December 1958.

Tony Mills was the man behind the formation of the Cricket sub-section of the Laboratories Club, and the first official game was on the 15 May 1962. Until 1967 the Club led a nomadic existence, and home games were played at various grounds in the area. Fleming Park, Hursley Park, Chandler's Ford, St Cross, the Winchester council pitches at North Walls and KGV, and Southampton Sports Centre, were all used.

IBM instigated the formation of the Winchester Evening League, and have been members of the Hampshire League since it began.

The Clubhouse was formally opened on the 29 April 1966, and the first cricket match was played on the new sports field on the 10 June 1967. The original Clubhouse was the little bungalow on the bend of the road, about half way between the present Club and the main House.

Those responsible for the foundation of the Club in 1962, with Tony Mills, included John Williams, John Davies, Ken Simmonds, Nobby Clarke, John Brazier, Alec Lovegrove, and Norman Chandler. The following year they were joined by Brian Palmer, Terry Cooper, David Beech, and Bash Kara.

With a due nod of respect to John Williams, Brian Parrish, Gil Collins, Dave Burdett, Bevan Smedley, and Etienne Rademaker, my vote as the best all-round cricketer to have played for IBM Hursley is split between Bash Kara and Derek Johnson. Others who have left their mark include Jon Hinde, Vaughan McDermott, Steve Chandler, Tony Adams, Brian Morley, Richard Saville, and Malcolm Pollard. Brief cameos by the likes of Brian Palmer, Nico Spits, Bernie Waldron, Terry Patchin, Mike Hickman, Philip Martin, Martin Howard, Tom and Chris McDermott, and Andrew 'Jimmy' James, also spring readily to mind.

No history would be complete without mention of outstanding service to the Club by our groundsmen in the early years, Ted Ingram and Ray Wilson. John Faller masterminded the Newsletter that was published between 1981 and 1993, and Brian Lowman was the model Club Steward. Also, there has been no more gentlemanly gentleman than Ted Legge, our umpire.

Bob Elliott

IBM Hursley CC Historian