We field 3 teams in the I’Anson League, currently with the 1st XI in Division 1, the 2nd XI in Division 2 and the 3rd XI in Division 6, and we were I’Anson Division 1 champions in 2019 and runners-up in 2020 and 2021. Founded in Grayshott, Hampshire in January 1901, the league draws its member clubs from Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex and is believed to be the oldest continuously-operating village cricket league in England. Many of its members have fine village grounds, and all are within 45 minutes drive of Blackheath.
We field at least one and sometimes two teams every Sunday during the season, playing a mixture of friendlies and "development" games that give our older juniors a taste of adult cricket.
The standard of opposition varies considerably, from friendly local rivals to strong wandering sides. This means that on Sundays we are able to accommodate cricketers of almost any standard, and we take pride in the fact that everyone is welcome at Blackheath.
We also compete on alternate Sundays in the National Village Cup, and in both 2019 and 2020 Blackheath were champions of the Surrey group.
Evening and Midweek Cricket
We play short knock-out matches on some Tuesday evenings in the I'Anson Stevens Cup, which we won in 2018 and again in 2021. There are also occasional longer midweek fixtures, including our annual Cricket Week in early August, the height of the club's social as well as cricketing calendar, when we entertain some excellent opposition, including the MCC.
Men's winter training for the 2022 season is on Sunday mornings from 10-11.30am at Cranleigh School, starting on 9 January. During the summer, training is on Wednesday evenings at Blackheath from 6.30-8pm.
For further information or to discuss joining the club, just contact one of the squad managers listed below.
I'Anson League Information
For general information about the I'Anson Cup competitions, league rules etc, see the I'Anson website.
The home club needs to report the result to Gill Rooney (with points) by NOON on the Monday after the match. This can be done in a variety of ways:
Phone/text: 07917 853290
Phone: 01420 473799
Fax: 01420 473714
By the web site if your club has a Play Cricket site that is linked to the I’Anson site
The result, with a match report, needs to be sent to Carl Obert, the Sports Editor of the Herald Group, by 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Clubs from Divisions 4 & 5 may submit just the result and details of any notable performances. Clubs from Divisions 1, 2 & 3 need to submit a full score card and details of the match. This can be done by: