Van der Stel Cricket Club

Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Van der Stel Cricket Club is a cricket venue in South Africa. Van der Stel Cricket Club is situated in the centre of Stellenbosch, approximately 50 kilometres out of Cape Town. The club is based in the heart of the Cape Winelands and boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The facilities at the club include 4 artificial and 3 turf nets, as well as 2 fields. There are currently three senior men's teams, a women's team, a social team as well as a blind cricket team. The club competes in the leagues of the Boland Cricket Union. Van der Stel Cricket Club is a direct descendant of the first town cricket team of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is the oldest town in South Africa having been founded in 1679 by the then Dutch governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. Cricket was played from very early on in Stellenbosch, and by the 1860's it was by all accounts the most popular sport in the town. There were no special fields or facilities and any open area would be used for matches. In 1864 the first official cricket club was established as the Stellenbosch Cricket Club. In 1865 the secretary of Stellenbosch C.C. addressed a letter to the town council requesting the use of part of the Adderley Square (formerly and currently known as the 'Braak') as a playing field. This request was acceded to and a ‘pitch' was laid out. The field was used from 1865 to 1885.