The Priory Cricket Club was founded in 1938 and played their first match in 1939. The Club amalgamated with Hastings & St. Leonards Cricket Club in 1957. This remarkably powerful club played at the Hastings Central Recreation Ground.
The Grounds made way to the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in 1995 and the Club moved to Horntye Park off Bohemia Road, St Leonards. The statue of a cricketer (Ian Botham) playing a spectacular hook shot now stands where the ground used to be, and the ball he has just hit may be seen on the wall above one of the shops in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.
Over the years, Hastings & St Leonards Priory has provided and continues to provide players for the Sussex County Cricket Club, namely in recent years:
Mike Yardy (Captain of Sussex and an England World Cup Winner)
Kirk Werners (South Africa U19’s)
Adam Barton (Sussex & MCC Young Professionals)
Alan Oakman (Sussex and England)
Matt Machan (Sussex & Scotland)
Nick Philips (Sussex & Durham)
Morne van Wyk (South Africa)
Chris Morris (South Africa)
Josh Poysden (Warwickshire & Yorkshire)
Many of the Club's cricketers were “home-grown” and their success at the most senior of levels is a tribute to the outstanding community cricket coaching provided by the Club for children from the age of 5.
1995 saw the establishment of the first new County standard ground for almost 100 years at Horntye Park, enabling the Club to move alongside its rich and historic collection of vintage photographs. These remarkable pictures can be seen on the walls on the first floor at Horntye featuring photographs of some of the great international touring teams of the last 100 years. Teams who played at both grounds together with some of the English Greats who joined them.
The 1948 Australians included in their number Ray Lindwall, Neil Harvey, Don Bradman, and Sidney Barnes, and the 1963 West Indians, pictured at Lord’s, include Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Seymour Nurse, Frank Worrell, and Garfield Sobers. Our young and enthusiastic players follow indeed in a distinguished tradition.
On the walls of the Graeme Mounsey Room are photographs from 1938 to 2018 including that of the Eleven who in 2004 defeated the celebrated Lashings International team including Courtney Walsh, Mark Waugh, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Aravinda de Silva, Alvin Kallicharan, Vasbert Drakes and company could not prevent a stirring victory for the hosts on a day that attracted a crowd in excess of 1,000. Also in the room hangs a photograph of the 1983 Priory squad who reached the final of the William Younger National Club Competition played at Lord’s. Sadly Shrewsbury narrowly defeated our team in low scoring game, but that day will never be forgotten by those who were there.
Hastings & St Leonards Priory CC have been extremely successful on the pitch whether that was the Old Central Ground or at Horntye Park. CLUB HONOURS include;
SUSSEX PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: 1978, 1985, 1989, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2011.
Runners up: 1974, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008.
SUSSEX LEAGUE CUP WINNERS: 1986 1987, 1996, 2013.
Runners up : 1985, 1989, 1991, 2002, 2003.
NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Runners up 1983.
Regional Winners: 1978, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2015.
Our Junior Sides and Ladies Team have met with great success in recent years. Our emerging coaching programme is designed to develop our junior cricketers into 1st XI players with aspirations to become professional cricketers. We develop young boys and girls alike with many opportunities for both sexes becoming more easily available every year.
Where to find us...
The home of Hastings Priory is currently Horntye Park Sports complex, located behind the fire station on Bohemia Road. Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1EX