Thorpe St Andrew

Sir Arthur’s proud Saints aim to go marching on

Just Regional
May 3, 2024 3 mins read

A local cricket club which can count Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among its former players is hoping to add another chapter of success to its long history.
St Andrews Cricket Club are looking forward to the new season, hoping to build upon the memorable campaign they enjoyed last summer.
The club finished runners-up in Division 2 East of the Norfolk Cricket League, thereby securing a quick return to the top flight, and also won the League’s T20 Plate competition in fine style at Manor Park, Horsford.

READY FOR ACTION: The St Andrews cricketers are gearing up for a season of success in league and friendly matches.

On the eve of the new season starting, committee member Paul Oxbury delivered an upbeat bulletin.
“Skipper Syed Hussain is leading the push for honours in Division One where prospects have been enhanced by Craig Wright and Imran Mohammed returning to the club. With wicket-keeper batsman Michael Church making the switch from Caister, the trio will hopefully ensure that the scoreboards keep ticking.
“Away from the pressures of league cricket, the club’s Sunday Friendly XI, skippered by Gareth Ward again has a full programme of fixtures between May and September. The club was one of the founder members of the Norfolk Friendly Alliance and these games provide an ideal opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to improve their skills and enjoy the game,” added Paul.
The club started life as St Andrews Hospital CC in 1886 with the team made up of employees at the establishment.
Fixtures later included an annual game with Norwich City Football Club for many seasons and the club’s most famous player was Doctor (later Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle. The author played several games whilst visiting Thorpe.
During the 1930s the hospital employed a number of prominent sportsmen and opponents had the unenviable task of facing opening fast bowler Jack Lingwood who just happened to be the Norfolk County Cricket Club professional.
The club has traditionally played on the eastern fringes of the city, and has been based at St Andrews Hospital, Little Plumstead Hospital and Dussindale Park, Thorpe, for most of its long history.
Sport used to play an important part in hospital life and the club was initially nicknamed the Hospitalians.
Over 2,000 matches were played on the distinctive amphitheatre of a ground at St Andrews, where three future England Test players – Gilbert Jessop, Bill Edrich and John Edrich – graced the sward. The word Hospital was dropped from the club’s name when it had to leave the ground in 1987.
It entered the Norfolk League in 1980 and has been a mainstay of the league on a journey up and down the divisions.
Club members were pleased to accept an invitation from Norwich CC to share their fabulous facilities and now enjoy playing at the picturesque and renowned Postwick and Ingham grounds, regarded as being among the best in the county, during the summer.
St Andrews are always looking to attract new players and the mixture of league, Sunday friendly, midweek T20s and outdoor net sessions means they can offer something for everyone.
Anyone interested in playing, scoring or umpiring is assured of a warm welcome. Anyone looking for a club in the area or are perhaps seeking a return to the game can contact the club via the St Andrews CC facebook account or visit https:// standrewsnorfolk.play-cricket.com

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