A BIT OF HISTORY FIRST
The Club was first created as the Shizuoka Ken Cricket Club in Autumn
1983 by three cricket crazy blokes, namely
David Hunt (Yorkshire), John Elliott(Durham) and Robert-Gilles Martineau(Bourgogne,
France. Actually cricket is being played and sponsored by a famous winery
in Burgundy!). The first game was played on November the 3rd, 1984 against
the Yokohama Country & Athletics Club. Since then, John went back to
Durham , while David had to cease cricket activities due to heavy family
and professional commitments.
PURPOSE OF OUR CLUB
To put it simply, we created
this Club with the main goal
to enjoy our cricket,
make new friends and have a good time!
There are still two participants in that historic game active in Japan:
Richard Anthony "Tony" Fordyce(England) of the YCAC as well as Robert-Gilles
"Grandad/Bilbo" Martineau (France) of the Shizuoka Ken CC. The Shizuoka
side even featured a lady, namely Sally Louis, from Wales, who actually
bowled very well, and a Japanese rugby player, Masami Watanabe, who came
and played shod in rugger shoes!
Mucha Cricket & Petanque Club was created by Hisatsugu Umehara
and Yoshinori Sugisaki in 1992, although
it has been dormant recently
Fuji Cricket Club was founded by Glenn Carter in 1993
after a fateful meeting between Glenn Carter(Australia), Patrick
Harrington (England) and Robert-Gilles Martineau at the now-defunct
Bandwagon Bar in Shizuoka City. Glenn had a mat fixed on a concrete pitch
near the Fujikawa River. Would you believe that on a single photograph
taken on a clear day you can see the cricket pitch, the Shinkansen bullet
train and Mount Fuji! Glenn has since left these shores and the club is
mainly looked after by Mark McTamaney and Anton McCloy, both from New Zealand.
Shizuoka Ken CC changed its name to Shizuoka Kytes Cricket Club in
1997, based on all the birds of prey flying over the pitch! The bird finally
appeared on the Kytes shirts on April 24th, 2005.
Shizuoka County Cricket Club was founded in 1998 to synchronise all
cricket activities in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Meanwhile Professor Makoto Yamada of Kobe City International Studies
University and Robert-Gilles Martineau helped create the Japan Cricket
Association in July 1988
and have it accepted as an Affiliate Member of the ICC (administered by
Lt. Col. John Stephenson at the time) with the backing of England in July
1989. The JCA's authorities were handed
over to the Japanese in 1996 under the insistent demands by Mssrs. Trevor
Bailey and Minoru Mito. After a second coup d'etat inside the JCA
in the year 2000, the Japanese Members called on all Cricket players, foreigners
and Japanese alike to rejoin the JCA and take an active part in its organization.
The JCA has since moved forward, but unfortunately, most records prior
to 2000 have been either lost or undisclosed with a consequent confusion.
The JCA went up one notch in 2004 by organizing the ICC-EAP Tournament,
the virtual qualification round for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Fuji
which presently prides in two concrete-laid pitches.
The Shizuoka Kytes Cricket Club has already organised tours to various
parts of Japan including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Takamatsu (Shikoku)
and Shodoshima Island as well as four tours to New Caledonia. It has also
sent Japanese University Cricket Players to English & Cricket Seminars
A lot of work was started on the ground along Abe River in 2004 to
accomodate spectators, teams and officials.
2005 saw the start of a real Cricket Youth programme in Shizuoka City.
Finally we put our own homepage online on March the 22nd, 1999 not
only to advertise ourselves but also to be of some use for the whole cricket
community in Japan!