Nailsea Cricket Club goes online

PUBLISHED: 15:41 23 February 2011 | UPDATED: 15:41 23 February 2011

Nailsea Cricket Club appeals to businesses for help.

Nailsea Cricket Club appeals to businesses for help.


NAILSEA Cricket Club are aiming to bring their history into the 21st century with the online publication of the club’s documented past and are looking for support from local businesses to keep their traditional yearbook running for generations to come.

Established in 1856 and playing league cricket since 1973, Nailsea have amassed a substantial archive of scorebooks, annuals and other memoirs, which have sat gathering dust in filing cabinets.

With the West of England Premier League now adopting online scorecard entry, one Nailsea 1st XI player struck upon the idea of having all the club’s records held online for quick and easy access.

So, the scorebooks were dusted off (hopefully for the last time) and the project began towards the end of 2010. To date, 1st XI league scorecards have been individually entered by hand back to 1983 and can be viewed online at

Although admitting he had underestimated the sheer scale of the task, the man responsible for the project said “with such a strong youth section at the club, hopefully seeing the club records will give the junior players something to aspire to.”

In the meantime the club’s annual review has also gone online, with copies dating back to the first edition in 1983 now able to be viewed at

Over the years many famous faces have been persuaded to pen a piece for the review, amongst them Bill Athey, Gary Lineker, Peter Roebuck, Tom Graveney, Mervyn Kitchen, Richie Benaud, David Gower, Jack Russell and Ian Botham.

The club are determined to persevere with going to print in 2011, but are now seeking support from local businesses to help preserve their traditional yearbook.

If your company would like to advertise in Nailsea Cricket Club’s 28th annual review, please email for more information. A list of other opportunities to sponsor the club can also be found at

With fundraising very much top of the agenda, Nailsea CC will also be hosting a quiz night on February 26, 8pm at the Grove Sports Centre. Cost per head is £6, which includes quiz entry and fish and chips.

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