Castle Cary Cricket Club
1837 - 2012
175 years
of glorious cricket at
Castle Cary Cricket Club
Download a copy of the 175th year brochure here
Excerpt from the Cary Visitor magazine 1896, words by W.S Donne, a leading figure in the club in the late 19th century::
In 1837 a cricket club was formed under the name of "Castle Cary & Ansford Cricket Club". The rules then drawn up are still in existence, and are very curious and interesting; and in the account book one finds that the fines for improper language, being late and irregular at practice were a source of considerable income for the club!
In 1859 as the club was composed of mainly Cary players, the name was changed to "Castle Cary Cricket Club".
In 1869 the club moved from Hadspen to the Cary "old field", moving again to it's current location in 1891.
The 1900 Olympic Games
In the final of the 1900 Olympic games cricket tournament was played between the French and English. The English side was made up from members of the Blundells School old boys and Castle Cary Cricket Club.The game was played at Vélodrome de Vincennes. An emphatic second innings captured victory for the visitors. Knowledge of the game would have been lost but for the forethought of John Symes, a member of the victorious team, who kept a scorecard in his own writing.
175 and all that!
In true Olympic spirit the Club retained the Olympic trophy for cricket, first won in 1900, by defeating the French representative side in both the T20 evening game and the all day match.

Over 200 spectators gathered to see the closely contested games on the Wednesday evening and all day Thursday and for once the sun shone.

The Thursday evening dinner was attended by over 120 people to see winners and runners up medals presented by the chair of the Castle Cary Town Council to players as well as mementoes to umpires and scorers. All youth team players were given a miniature cricket bat at the beginning of the week to collect autographs of the French team.

Somerset County Cricket Club entertained the French visitors to lunch at the County ground in Taunton on the Wednesday morning and old Blundellions, Tiverton provided the other half of the Olympic opposition on the Tuesday.

The game was mentioned on TMS (Test Match Special) by Vic Marks who played for his old school against the French on that Tuesday and all three games were featured on South West Television news.

A very successful week that will be remembered by all for a long time, as well as recorded on the newly commissioned honours board, that will be in the pavilion for all to see in the future.