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In 1966, while the rest of the country was celebrating World Cup glory on the football field, Beckenham Cricket Club was celebrating its centenary year. In addition to the many events organised, the club produced a pamphlet of its history. It contains details of all the sections associated with the club and is an interesting read but with far too much information for these pages.

I have collated some of the more salient points to create a potted history of the cricket section, largely from the words of Ronnie Bryan. Ronnie, with characteristic modesty, makes little reference to his own contribution to the Club.

Ronnie played 40 matches for Kent between 1920 and 1937 making 7 fifties amongst his 1154 runs; he died in 1970, 3 days short of his 72nd birthday. Other contributors to the 1966 work from which I have taken much of the content below are: H. Rob Copeland for the

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John Dunn - Chairman in 1966

history of Beckenham itself; Charles Langford for information on the Primary Club; and John Dunn the chairman of the club during the centenary year.

Peter Wiseman's history of the club's cricket week 1893-1993 is also a worthy document. It is thanks to these people and the countless others involved in the club that we have such a long and esteemed history.
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On lookers   To the left here is a sketch by JHB depicting early cricket at Beckenham. The fielders were required to stand still and if they were struck, the batsman was deemed out (hence they are all covering tender parts of their anatomy!). Silas "The Finger" Squeeres is umpiring at square leg holding a stick to protect himself from irate batsmen. However will the sketch depicts the very early days of Beckenham cricket it is possible to make out the Crystal Palace television mast in the background therefore dating it at the earliest in the 1950s.
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