Cricket at the Yew Tree

Home to the World's Oldest Cricket Club?


Chalvington and Ripe Cricket Club (CRCC) was once one of the main club sides in the country and the grounds at the Yew Tree Inn have been their home since 1762. In centuries gone by, the Sussex county team played here against legendry players such as W. G. Grace.

What's more, we have played continuous cricket at the Yew Tree Inn Chalvington ever since, making it one of the oldest continuous cricket grounds in the World!

Many famous cricketers have played here, including Chris Adams, Baroness Rachel Heyhoe-Flint, James Kirtley, Peter Moores, Phil Tufnell, Alan and Colin Wells. We have seen national cricket played here in the form of England's Women's Cricket team and international play with the famous Australian Crusaders visiting the Yew Tree ground.

2012 marked the 250th anniversary since CRCC and a series of thrilling events were organised to celebrate its history, culminating in a match against David English's famous Bunburys. The Bunbury Cricket Club brings together many famous cricketers and stars to raise money for charity.

Read the full story from Russell Taylor and Michael O'Callaghan CRCC at 250.


Cricket is still played at the Yew Tree Inn Chalvington. Games take place on Wednesdays and some Saturdays from May through to September.

It is obviously weather orientated, but we play a number of full games each week and several different cricket sides play from here.

All the cricket teams are always on the look out for new members. So why not come and join us?

Please contact us at the Yew Tree Inn so we can put you in touch with the captain for the most relevant team.

Call 01323 811326.

You can alse hire the ground privately, including for your wedding!

Alternatively, if you just want to sit and relax, our 7 acre grounds provide the perfect place to watch an engrossing game of cricket, whilst enjoying a drink and good traditional pub food, on a long summer afternoon!