King’s Ely cricketers enjoy a date with The Forty Club

King’s Ely Senior student Tom Stiff claimed seven wickets, including a hat-trick.

King’s Ely Senior student Tom Stiff claimed seven wickets, including a hat-trick. - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely welcomed members of The Forty Club for a game of cricket in the sun.

The visit on June 7 saw the school’s 1st XI team beat The Forty Club by three runs, where King’s Ely Senior student Tom Stiff claimed seven wickets, including a hat-trick.

The Forty Club is known as the largest ‘wandering cricket club in the world’. As a wandering club, it does not own its own ground so always plays away.

The aim of the club since its foundation in 1936 has been ‘to take cricket to the schools’ by offering state and public schools, and Youth XIs, fixtures against experienced cricketers.

Having been created originally for players over the age of 40, The Forty Club now accepts membership from players aged 18 and over.


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Jim Thompson, director of sport at King’s Ely, said: “It was a fantastic occasion along with being a very competitive match.

“We will look forward to competing with them for many years to come.”

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