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About the Club

The club was formed in 1923 with the title of 'Brook and Sandhills Cricket Club' (Sandhills being the hamlet adjacent to Brook). In these early days - and indeed up to and including the Second World War, keenly contested matches were played against other local village sides, with post match entertainment across the road at the Dog and Pheasant - and nothing has changed. As with the pub, the Pirrie Hall has been a feature of Brook since the beginning; the front area has always been the pavilion for the cricketers, with the main body of the building being used for local community activities.

After the war horizons expanded; the fixture list including clubs from further afield, from the South Coast to London, and quality players arrived. The wandering club, Sydenhurst Ramblers (originally a country house team from the Sydenhurst estate a few miles away), also started at that time and remains very closely linked to Brook.

Up until the late 1980s Brook continued to play friendly cricket with two Saturday and Sunday sides, and a Colts team for the youngsters. The pressure for league cricket however was irresistible if the club was to continue to attract good players, and so in 1988 the Surrey League was joined, which was celebrated by the 1st XI being champions immediately. Success has been achieved in a number of summers since, and Brook continues to field a 1st and 2nd XI in the Surrey Championship on Saturdays, a Sunday side with high grade club opposition, and there are Club tours every two years. In 2005, the 1st XI won Division 3 of the Surrey Championship, won Division 2 in 2007, as well as the limited overs knockout competition, the Flora Doris Cup. Now amongst the top 20 clubs in Surrey, having comfortably maintained 1st Division status and retained the Flora Doris Cup in 2008, 2009 saw the 2nd XI promoted and also marked, for the first time, the introduction of a very successful Development XI for our young players. In 2011 the 1st and 2nd XIs enjoyed successful League seasons, as did the newly titled Sunday side ' Brook Sunday' .

In 2013 Brook entered the I'Anson league. A full schedule of Saturday and Sunday matches is on the agenda, plus Juniors matches with coaching on Thursday and Friday evenings.

The picturesque ground in its rural setting and with its excellent wicket remains a popular venue for cricketers from far and wide - including overseas touring sides.

If you would like to join the club please contact David Carpenter on 07817 210044 or click here for their web site and go to the Club Officers page.

TO HIRE THE PIRRIE HALL
go to the Hall Hire page
or contact the Hall Manager
on 07807 693 973 or email hallmanager@pirriehall.co.uk
(email preferred)