Heytesbury and Sutton Veny Cricket Club was founded in 2007 following the merger of Heytesbury Cricket Club and Sutton Veny Cricket Club where both sides played each other for years at village level but saw the oppotunity of playing leque cricket in 2007 with merging the clubs it would set a good presadent going foward as one club with two teams in the leque . This merger has enabled the new club to continue to field two teams in the Wiltshire League, whilst maintaining a cricketing preosence in both villages, an achievement of which the club is rightly proud.
Currently we now run T20 matches in the week, Sunday friendlies against other villages and one leque team. The club also has a thriving Junior Section which has seen many of its members progress to play for the senior teams as well as achieving representative honours at various age groups. In the last 5 years the club has recently joined up to All stars cricket which is run by ECB all over the county encouraging all young children ages 5-8 into playing cricket and getting involed in sports HSVCC’s has ECB qualified, DBS cleared coaches to running the corse throughtout the summer
Annual match vs Australia House CC
The village of Sutton Veny has a strong bond with Australia. The 143 Australians, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, half way across the world, at the end of the Great War, are buried in Sutton Veny churchyard. Their graves meticulously tended to.
Australia House CC is made up of both military and civil servants and a scattering of ex-pat Australians. They play a variety of matches, that include The Royal Household, The Bank of England as well as Eton College etc. Our humble match is very much a celebration of the ties between our village and Australia and the friendship that sport brings. Certainly like all Australian teams who set foot on English soil, the matches are competitive, especially in an Ashes summer! Recent dignitaries for AHCC have included Hi Excellency John Dauth who played against us in 2009 and 2010.
The annual match is traditionally played on a Sunday in early to mid June. The start is usually late morning , bbq lunch
and then a spectacular tea to round off the day’s events. The event is always well supported by the village and in particular by the Britain-Australia Society (West Counrty), who members meet up to enjoy the sport and friendship of the day.
We also play a Annual Roy Newman match in the summer to rember Roy newman and Lynn Frost . The match is a perennial favourite in the Club’s calendar. This match played during the school holidays, at Heytesbury Park, brings together former and current players, as well as their families and inevitably a strong supporter base to rember them both for there hard work and commitment to the club.
Lynn Frost, wife of current player and groundsman Andy. For many years Lynn led our many Tea Ladies in providing some of the best hospitality in Wiltshire and ensuring our guests from Australia House and those coming down to support the Roy Newman match, were always treated to the finest cakes.
Roy Newman, father of Paul, Rob and Tracey, was a stalwart of Heytesbury Cricket Club for over forty years. First as a player and then as groundsman before his eventual retirement from sport. During the 80s both his sons played for the village, at a time when the Wiltshire League was very much in its infancy, and even today Rob still holds the record for the highest score at Heytesbury park.
His widow Dot continues to follow and support the Club, and it is always a joy when the family all meet down at the ground that Dad had spent so much time looking after. His team, led by Rob and managed by Paul, spans the generations and has featured many former players and now their children or grandchildren who get to play at this historical ground.
Roy passed in 2014 aged 79.