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Coton Cricket Team

Coton Hall United Cricket Club was established in 1897, the team most probably being made up of workers from the Coton Hall estate. The photograph below dates from between 1897 and 1910. The owner of Coton Hall, the Reverend Sir William Macdonald Honyman is pictured with the team.

An article in the Whitchurch Herald dated July 1897 reports on a match against Prees cricket club

Regular friendly fixtures were arranged with neighbouring teams until play was suspended during the war years. In 1946 they joined the Whitchurch & District league until this was disbanded in 1953. The club subsequently joined the second division of the Shropshire Cricket league and their heyday was during the 1970s and 1980s when three consecutive league championships were won.

One of their star players was Ken Batho who on 20 July 1968 took all 10 wickets in the match versus Fenns Bank & Iscoyd Cricket Club. This is such a rare and outstanding feat that the opposition invited him to their annual dinner so that a formal presentation could be made to him to commemorate the event. Whitchurch Museum & Archives have this trophy, pictured below, in their collection.