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The first known link between Rudgwick and the noble game of cricket occurred long before the club was officially formed in 1849. The Reverend Reynell Cotton (1717 - 1779) who was born in Rudgwick played cricket for The Hambledon Club on Halfpenny Down in darkest Hampshire.

The earliest evidence of cricket being played in Rudgwick appears to be an article on the Sussex Agricultural Express of 1838 which records that games of cricket were played between the villages of Rudgwick, Ashington and Dorking.

In the early 1840's games were played against several other Sussex sides. Rudgwick did well in these games largely due to the prowess of the Napper brothers William and Edwin. They are thought to be the only players from Rudgwick to represent Sussex and the M.C.C. and the Napper family were instrumental in founding Rudgwick Cricket Club.

In 1933 R.C.C. were due to play PGH Fenders X1 that included Australian test players and county players from Surrey and Middlesex. Unfortunately heavy rain prevented any play and the game was reduced to a game of shove halfpenny in the Queens Head public house. In the following year against the same team Rudgwick scored 50 for one when rain again brought proceedings to an early conclusion.

R.C.C. first played league cricket in the Arun Valley League and currently play in The Village League, which consists of village sides primarily between Horsham and Guildford who play cricket a good standard of cricket according to the ethos of fair play and fun. R.C.C. were Village League Champions in 1997.

In 1994 the club played a charity match in aid of Save the Children against a team led by Christopher Martin - Jenkins who is a Rudgwick resident and club Vice President. In 1999 to celebrate the clubs 150th Anniversary R.C.C. played a charity cricket match against a celebrity side led by Derek Underwood, but unfortunately once again the match had to be abandoned at tea due to rain saving the celebrity side from being beaten.

 


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