The Cross Arrows is a club that plays matches on the Lord's Nursery Ground.
Originally set up for members of MCC staff to give those a chance to those who worked at Lord's to play cricket as they were too busy during the regular season to have time, nowadays anyone who has an association with Lord's (male or female) can join.
The Cross Arrows Cricket Club has a proud history over many years, and many distinguished members, both past and present, have represented the Club in its matches at Lord's.
Cross Arrows teams and its opponents enjoy the opportunity to play a match at Lord's during September and to ensure that the true spirit of the game and the values of the Club continue.
Often these matches help to celebrate a particular milestone for the visiting team, helping other Clubs around the country celebrate anniversaries who have applied to play the Cross Arrows at Lord's.
Prior to 1880, the staff at Lord's played occassional matches against other local clubs, under the name 'St John's Wood Ramblers CC'. However, legend has it that there was already another club in the area with that name, and the side were on the lookout for a new name.
After overhearing travel plans for an upcoming game against Northwood CC (near Harrow, Middlesex) as being "Cross 'Arrow way", co-founder of the club Jimmy Fennell replied "That's it, let's call the club the Cross Arrows", and the name stuck.
When the first set of club rules was drafted, the second rule stated that 'the members shall consist of MCC employees only' but this rule was relaxed a few years later. The current rules allow for the election of full members (past and present employees of MCC and tenant organisations at Lord's) and associate playing and non-playing members (MCC members, certain cricket candidates and others at the discretion of the committee). In 1953, the rules were altered to first allow female members to join.
The Cross Arrows fixtures take place at the conclusion of the cricket season, and while traditionally this means matches took place in September, recent pressures of the first-class fixture list mean that some of the matches extend into October.
Today, Cross Arrows play 50-over friendlies against a variety of clubs, with some regular opponents including Stage, Gentlemen of Worcestershire, Stock Exchange, Butterflies and MCC.
The match against MCC is unsurprisingly Cross Arrows' biggest fixture of the year, and is played to a high standard.
Cross Arrows history is filled with some remarkable performances with bat and ball. Albert Trott - who played Test cricket for both England and Australia and remains to this day the only man to hit the ball over the Lord's Pavilion held the highest Cross Arrows score, when he made 207 not out against Cockfosters in 1898. This record stood for over a century, before it was beaten by Kevin Sedgbeer in 2001, who scored 226 not out against Adastrian Cricket Club.
Chris Stone is the only Cross Arrows player to achieve the feat of taking all ten wickets in an innings, finishing with 10/92 in 1974 against Metropolitan Police.
In a game against Young Amateurs of Middlesex, RCS Titchener-Barrett took five wickets in five successive balls in 1963. 'Titch', who was still playing for the club in 1991, also took 9/46 against the Metropolitan Police.