CRICKET AT WORMSLEY
Probably one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world
When Sir Paul Getty was introduced by Mick Jagger to the game of cricket, when they were neighbours in Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, he soon fell in love with the quintessentially English game. Legend has it that the icon of pop would insist on cricket on the television whilst they sat and talked. Before long, the focus of these discussions moved from global events to the goings on at Lord’s, Old Trafford or where ever the Test Match happened to being played. Sir Paul had an insatiable appetite for knowledge and would spend hours quizzing Jagger about the ins and outs of the game.
Over time he was introduced to the cricket establishment and the depth of his love for the game can be seen through his support of the development of the Mound Stand at Lord’s, his acquisition of Wisden and most famously the creation of his cricket ground at Wormsley. He engaged Harry Brind OBE, groundsman at the Oval, to create a pitch at Wormsley and his great friend, Test Match Special’s irrepressible Brian Johnston, advised on all matters cricket and culinary.
The first game on the new ground was fittingly between two local villages that border the Estate – Ibstone v Fingest on Sunday 10th May 1992. These village games continue to this day and form an important part of the history of the game at Wormsley.
The Sir Paul Getty ground was officially opened on Sunday 24th May 1992 by Bob Wyatt (England Captain – 40 caps) who rang the Wormsley Bell and Fred Trueman (67 England caps) who raised the Wormsley Flag. The Sir Paul Getty XI played host to the MCC, watched by Her Majesty The Queen Mother and the then Prime Minister, Sir John Major. To this day, the Sir Paul Getty XI continues to be a cornerstone of cricket at Wormsley with annual matches against the Eton Ramblers, the Arabs and I Zingari – teams steeped in history and tradition and close to the heart of Sir Paul.
Befitting Wormsley’s world-wide reputation as “one of the most beautiful grounds in England”, today Wormsley plays host to a range of cricket, from private and charity matches and a small number of Corporate days each year to Minor Counties, Oxfordshire Cricket, England age-group matches and England Women’s Test Matches.
Cricketers from around the world – from Internationals to the recreational player aspire to have the opportunity to play at Wormsley. Our traditional calendar allows for a number of corporate and private games each year and we look forward to welcoming you to walk in the footsteps of some of the greats of the game!