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Hubert Doggart

Hubert Doggart

Throwback Thursday


Doggart still holds a place in cricket’s record books and a life-long love of the game.

Former Sussex captain Hubert Doggart was hoping to pay a visit to the Horsham Festival this week, 70 years after he first represented the county at Cricket Field Road.

Last week he celebrated his 89th birthday watching the Lord’s Test, travelling from his home in Chichester on the Arun Valley line that passes by the Horsham ground.

Doggart could never be said to have had a quiet life. A former treasurer and president of MCC, for ten years he chaired the Friends of Arundel Cricket Club. He was at the Sussex players’ reunion at Hove last month and still keeps in touch with old team-mates from the 1950s and 1960s.

His enthusiasm for cricket has never left him. But for deciding aged 15 that he would become a teacher, his first-class career would have lasted much longer. He captained Sussex in 1954 having played twice for England, against West Indies in 1950.

His unbeaten innings of 219 for Cambridge University, against Lancashire in 1948, remains the highest score on debut in a first-class match Back then, he was a member of a distinguished batting order at Fenner’s featuring, in different years, Trevor Bailey, John Dewes, Doug Insole, the great Peter May and David Sheppard.

Doggart played on and off for Sussex until 1961, making 10,054 first-class runs at an average of 31.51 and buried deep in cricket’s archives is a scorecard that depicts a Horsham match in which Doggart played in 1944. He was representing Sussex as a teenager against the RAF – and was dismissed for a single by another famous Sussex figure, Arthur Gilligan. Three years later he did make a century on the ground, for MCC against the Horsham club.

So what have been the biggest changes in game during his time? “The big bats have altered it. My bats weighed 2lb 3oz,” he said. “Yet Denis Compton could still time his shots, whereas batsmen today thump the ball. I used to bounce a ball on my bat to find the driving spot. But players now have to contend with extra pressure that we did not have.”

His book ‘Cricket’s Bounty’ - 33 articles on the game and what he refers to as ‘six extras’ on history, literature, heroes and friendships – comes out in October.

Weddings at Sussex CCC

Weddings At Sussex CCC


Tuesday July 15th at The County Ground was special for more than just the welcome victory over Glamorgan in the NatWest T20 Blast. The evening also included a match-up of two lovebirds who came together in holy matrimony in front of a congregation of friends and family.

However, despite the beautiful dress, morning suit, pretty bridesmaids, smiling congregation, confetti and champagne, this wedding wasn’t all that it seemed. It was in fact a very realistic ‘flash mob’ wedding that we staged to show off the venue to potential brides and grooms who are planning their big day.

The club has become a really popular venue for weddings over the years and it’s easy to see why when you consider all we have to offer here. Award winning catering, naturally lit hospitality suites, numerous parking spaces, highly trained staff and Saturday availability, make the home of cricket in Sussex the ideal location for your special day. And yes, we are also licensed to hold civil ceremonies in our historic pavilion.

Special thanks must go to Ozone Weddings in Church Street, Brighton, who supplied all the outfits and made sure our pretend wedding, looked just like the real thing. The bride and groom looked stunning, as did the bridesmaids.

We held a ceremony on the grass in front of the club shop for all the cricket fans to see as they entered the ground, officiated over by an umpire, and then went in front of a packed Herbalife south-west stand where our bride threw bouquets into the crowd – people who caught the flying flowers won tickets to a match of their choice and, who knows, are maybe next in line to tie the knot at the County Ground?!

Because the match was live on Sky all the fun was captured on TV too, so the message went out loud and clear to thousands of viewers at home, and sitting in the ground, that the venue has everything you need to make your special day that bit extra special.

If you are interested in booking your wedding at Hove or if you have another special event in mind, please get in touch with our commercial team who will be pleased to arrange a visit where you can take a tour and see for yourself what we have to offer.


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