Festivities are well under way in Lower Bourne this summer, as The Bourne Cricket Club celebrate their 125th anniversary.

The club were founded in 1898, when local men decided they wanted a village cricket team to compete with those already established in Farnham and other surrounding villages.

In the subsequent 125 years the Bourne have seen a number of successes and notable milestones, including making history by taking part in the first village game to be broadcast on national radio – a victory against Tilford in 1936 which attracted the attention of BBC listeners.

A total of 47 trophies have been won by the senior teams through the club’s history, making them one of the most historically-successful sides to compete in the I’Anson League.

The Bourne currently have two men’s teams competing in the local I’Anson Cricket League, a midweek side taking part in a Twenty20 cup competition and a team playing a mix of friendly fixtures throughout the year.

There is also hope of a women’s team featuring in the near future.

One of the other key components of the Bourne’s success and longevity has been a focus on the development of young players.

Today is no different, with a thriving youth section which this summer has seen 150 players from ages five to 12 – with eight mixed teams – entered in leagues from under-eight to under-12 level.

While recent years have not seen many additions to the trophy cabinet, the club have continued to provide a friendly, inclusive environment for those wishing to play cricket competitively or socially.

As long as cricket has been played on the Bourne Green, many enjoyable afternoons have been shared and lifelong friendships forged on and off the pitch.

The sense of community spirit which was such a strong pillar of the club’s founding is still very evident today.

A series of special events have already taken place to mark the landmark anniversary, with several others planned.

With a proud history, a buoyant current membership and foundations laid for a successful future, the Bourne Cricket Club looks to be incredibly well set for the next 125 years.

To help secure the club’s financial future they are running a silent auction, with numerous prestigious items available.

Anyone who would like to bid should visit https://uk.givergy.com/TheBourneCCAnniversary

Matt Du Gay