17th February 2017by Stewart Webber

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Batty as Senior cricket coach at Purley.

Jonathan (JB) is a former player for Surrey CCC and latterly Gloucestershire CCC. He played as wicket-keeper batsman often opening the batting.

JB was a regular fixture in the all-conquering Surrey side around the turn of the century when they won 3 County Championship titles. He captained Surrey in 2004 and was awarded a “benefit year” in 2009.

JB equalled the world record for the most catches in an innings, with 8 against Kent in 2004 and then shortly afterwards broke the world record for the most catches in a match with 11 against Lancashire.

Ian Botham is quoted as having described JB as “the best wicket-keeper batsman never to have played for England”.

JB is a very experienced cricket coach having been a member of the coaching team for the England Development Programme (U17), coach at Gloucestershire and the England Women’s Squad. He is now a teacher of Geology and the Head of Cricket at Caterham School.

Matches – 221
Innings – 346
Not Out – 38
RUNS – 9685
Highest Score – 168*
Average – 31.44
100s – 20
50s – 41
Catches – 605
Stumpings – 68


10th September 2015by Stewart Webber

Sunday 13th September is our Colts Presentation which kicks off at 4pm with a fun coaching sessions with Ian followed by a BBQ.

Purley Sports Club is eager to announce that cricket legend Gordon Greenidge has confirmed he will be in attendance.

Gordon played in 108 Test Matches and 128 One Day Internationals, scoring over 12,000 runs and 30 centuries. He was part of the all conquering West Indies team of the 70s and 80s which included such greats as Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Michael Holding. He was half of the West Indies prolific opening partnership with Desmond Haynes. The pair made 6,482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history

We are expecting Gordon to arrive at 4pm and he will be around to chat with everyone and will be happy to sign autographs and will be available for photo opportunities.