About Henley Cricket Club
Henley Cricket Club run four Saturday Senior Sides, one Sunday Senior Side, an “Occasionals”
Senior side who play a number of matches on Wednesday and Friday evenings from May – July.
The Saturday League sides play as follows for 2017:-
1st X1 Home Counties Premier League Division 1
2nd X1 Thames Valley League Division 1
3rd X1 Thames Valley League Division 5b
4th X1 Thames Valley League Division 7b
The club has a thriving junior section with teams from U9 – U15 and a girl’s team playing in the
Berkshire Youth Cricket League.
Henley Cricket Club was founded by Archibald and George Brakspear in 1869, with a ground at Barn
Cottage, Remenham Lane [the old pavilion can still be seen in the cottage garden]. This was a club
for gentlemen and so in 1886 Henley Town Cricket Club was formed for the working man and they
played at the present ground in Matson Drive.
The Great War ended cricket for both clubs and it was not until 1931 that Henley Cricket Club was
reformed by Bill Brakspear and he had the grounds man, Lew Rose build the pavilion which stood
until the replacement in the picture above was completed in May 2010.
As the Brakspear family involvement declined and the Brewery sides ceased to Participate, in 1974
the brewery granted Henley CC a 30 year lease on the ground. As the end of that lease approached
it appeared that the ground might be used for some other purpose than cricket, however, after
protracted negotiations the club was offered the opportunity to purchase the ground and after much
fundraising this was completed in December 2005.
After many years of playing friendly cricket, the club decided, rather belatedly, to embark on league
cricket in 1988 and has made extraordinary progress in the two decades that have followed this
The Club joined the 3 Counties League initially running 2 Saturday X1s, and rapidly progressed
through the divisions to become league champions in 1994. We then moved to the Cherwell League
and eventually won the first division title in 1999, so winning promotion to the Western Feeder
League of the newly formed Home Counties Premier League. Two short years later we were again
Champions and so promoted to the First Division.
We have consistently finished in the top half of the table and in 2004 we won the Championship, just
16 years after setting out on our journey! We repeated the feat in 2009, 2010 and 2013. And again in 2014!
We have come a long way since 1974