Our Club History
Cheltenham Moorabbin Services Club Cricket Club (now Kingston Heath Cricket Club) was formed to participate in the 1990/91 cricket season by a group of mates that had played cricket at different clubs and decided to create a club that they could make their own. A General Meeting was held with Garry Cox being elected President, Simon Edgeworth as Treasurer and Gary Brown as Secretary. Tim Edgeworth was appointed Club Captain. The team enjoyed Premiership success in their first season in Federal Matting Competition and were promoted to 1st Matting for 1991/92.
The Club played its home games at Cheltenham North Primary School on the corner of Bernard St and Chesterville Road in Cheltenham until that facility was demolished in 1994 which resulted in the club playing two seasons at St Leonards College before settling in at Kingston Heath Reserve (50 Acres) for the 1996/97 season, utilising the RSL club as our unofficial clubrooms.
Simon Edgeworth took over the Presidency of the Club in 1991/92 for the first of seven seasons in this role. This season also saw the addition of a men’s 2nd X1 with a 3rd X1 being added in 1996/97.
In 1997/98 the Club transferred to the stronger City of Moorabbin Cricket Association (now South East Cricket Association) along with the adoption of our new name Kingston Heath Cricket Club - “The Kookaburras”. The 1st XI gained immediate success winning the D grade Premiership under the captaincy of Troy Warner.
In 1999/2000 season, KHCC fielded an Under 12 team for the first time, a product of the hard work and many hours dedicated to the Milo Have a Go program over the previous years by club stalwarts Simon Edgeworth and Gary Brown.
Garry Cox returned to the club in 1998/99 as President again, with a vision to make Kingston Heath a force in women's cricket and was responsible for the introduction of an under 14 girls junior team made up of students from three local schools through a sports partnership. They enjoyed immediate success with a premiership in the first year and gave the club the motivation to launch a senior women’s team in 2001/02 captained by Gill Hardman in the WCCC competition.
The lack of any facilities at Kingston Heath Reserve hindered our progress, with the local council reluctant to provide any infrastructure around the “village green” oval. After much negotiation we received permission to have practice nets erected in 2003, funded predominantly by the club.
Subsequently, we were offered use of Southern Road Reserve and its modest pavilion the next year and the club relocated to its present home in 2004. Again, we financed the erection of nets at our new home. Kingston Heath Reserve has continued to be our second oval, catering for our Men’s and Women's lower grades and excess junior teams.
Our own pavilion, shared off season with St Bede’s Mentone Junior Football Club, has enabled us to operate a licensed canteen and run social activities. Extensive improvements were made by Kingston Council, with a significant financial contribution from KHCC and a Grant from Cricket Victoria, during the 2019/20 season for which we are very appreciative.
The club has enjoyed good on-field success, highlighted by the 2008/09 season in which our 1st, 2nd, 3rd Men’s XIs and the Women’s XI all won premierships. We have also had considerable success in boys’ and girls’ junior teams, catering for all age groups and abilities, including involvement in Cricket Victoria introduction and modified programs. Many senior players have progressed from our junior ranks. In addition, a number of former juniors have achieved CV Premier 1st XI selection.
In season 2020/21 (hampered by the COVID 19 pandemic), we fielded six men’s teams (1st XI in Longmuir Shield), three women’s teams, three boys’ teams, two girls’ teams and a Blasters program. The men’s 2rd XI won the Quiney Shield flag.
The 2021/22 sees us field teams in SECA’s highest two grades, Longmuir Shield and Woolnough Shield, which in conjunction with our very strong women's cricket teams makes KHCC one of the strongest clubs in the Southern Bayside area.