The Forty Club bowls by King’s Ely

King's Ely welcome members of The Forty Club to play a sun-blessed and competitive game of cricket

The visit on June 7th 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 marvellous hat-trick.

The Forty Club is reputed to be the largest ‘wandering cricket club in the world’. As a wandering or nomadic club, it does not own its own ground and so always plays away.

The historic 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 who will encourage young cricketers to play the game to the highest standards of performance and behaviour, and in the best spirit of the game.

Having been created originally for players over the age of 40, and being still the leading UK cricket club created for that purpose, The Forty Club now accepts membership from players of 18 years and older. 

Director of Sport at King’s Ely, Jim Thompson, said: “We have a long standing association with The Forty Club so it was great to host them again at King’s Ely. 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.”