Welcome to Harlow Cricket Club
Playing Cricket since 1774, Harlow Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country and is one of the major centres for amateur sport in Harlow.
Harlow CC fields four senior teams in the Essex Shepherd Neame League and a senior team in the Herts and Essex Cricket League on Saturdays and a friendly team on Sundays. The clubs first XI are playing in Division One, the second XI Division Two, with the third and fourth XI’s both playing in the Premier League, after both gained promotion in 2014. It’s a landmark season as it’s the first time that Harlow CC have been represented in the Premier Division of the Essex Shepherd Neame League. Another first and notable achievement for the Club, is that, after playing friendlies for 2 years, the club is fielding a 5th XI playing league cricket, in the 6th Division of the HECCSport Herts & Essex League. The Club’s vibrant Colts section was one of the first in the county to achieve Sport England Clubmark accreditation in 2003 for its work with children and young people. The Club fields’ junior teams at Under 9, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16 age groups and families are encouraged to enjoy the Club’s facilities. New players are always welcome at Harlow Cricket Club. Whether you are a young player wanting to learn how to play the game, a social player who wants to play the occasional game, a budding 1st XI player or a spectator, everybody is welcome. The Clubhouse and bar is open at weekends for spectators to enjoy the action on the pitch. To join the Club: Senior players please email: email@example.com or come along to one of the Wednesday evening net practice sessions. And for junior players, both boys and girls, please contact Paul or Christine on 01279 421763 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Players missing: Sean Coldwell, Simon Jones, Conor Monk and Ilhan Mustafa.
What a shame the weather spoilt the final day of the season with three of our four matches being abandoned due to the heavy rain. On the plus side with most matches in the league also being disrupted it meant that the two outstanding issues to be resolved both went in our favour, with the First team avoiding relegation with a 7th place finish and the Second team clinching promotion to Division one.
The first team entertained Upminster who had already secured the Division One title, Harlow gave their opponents a guard of honour as they came on to the pitch, a fitting tribute to the team that had dominated the league since week one. Harlow batted first, needing 200 runs and maximum batting points to avoid any threat of relegation. Although there was an ‘end-of-term’ feel to the game, Hafiz and Alan Jones remained focussed on their task. Jones (33) was the first to be dismissed, smashing a cut shot to extra cover where the fielder took a sharp catch without really moving. Hafiz reached 49 before being adjudged LBW, a disappointing end to the Harlow opener’s injury-hit season. A typically classy knock of 65 by Ahmed Khawaja took him to 1005 league runs for the season and consolidated his place as the lead run-scorer in the Division. Contributions by Zabi Hakimi (25) and Mustanser Meraj (34) saw Harlow finish on 239-9 off their 50 overs. Shahbaz Butt, their hard-hitting opener, and Will Chuter, normally Upminster’s No. 11, got the visitor’s innings off to a purposeful start. Chuter in particular entertained his team mates with a series of lofted cover drives for 4! The rain, which had grown increasingly strong throughout the second innings, finally forced the teams off the field with Upminster on 69-0 off 15.4 overs and the game was abandoned. Club skipper Rehman said “As a club in general, we have done well after around 16 players not being available to us at the start of the season. Two of our five teams achieved deserved promotion with the other three teams all finishing well in their respective leagues. The first team started slowly with good draws from all of their timed games. After the limited overs we were had an outside chance of promotion, winning majority of the games. However, going back to the timed games, we knew we had to work hard for it and we fell short, as a result we had to battle to avoid any relegation fears in the last couple games. The league was extremely close this year. We finished 7th, but normally 202 points would see you around 3rd or 4th. I am proud of the team, we knew it was going to be a tough season, after losing 6 squad players, but the rest of us stepped up. We are looking to rebuild a stronger team next season and with new facilities being built at the club, there are exciting times up ahead for the club.”
The second team won the toss and chose to bat, a decision that suited both sides, as opponents Horndon needed a batting first victory to give them any chance of maintaining their Division Two status. Harlow bowled and fielded superbly restricting Hordon to limited runs with Harlow skipper deciding to open the bowling attack with Danny Stone and Lewis Aldred. Horndon after 23 overs were only on 43 runs, but Harlow were struggling to take the early wickets they needed. The breakthrough came with a run-out as opener Freeman was dismissed for 12, Lewis Aldred then took the wicket of Petts for 4 with a smart catch by Nathan Khelawon. Joe Riddell then dismissed opener Robert Hutcherson for 14 runs compiled painstakingly in 22 overs, with stand-in wicket keeper Dan Stopp taking the first of two catches. Harlow’s chance of dismissing Horndon cheaply was scuppered by a middle order partnership with James Hutcherson (31) and Schalk Roeland not out, seeing Horndon through to a respectable 186 for 7 in their 50 overs. Danny Stone although wicket less produced another great spell of controlled bowling as he ended with figures of 16 overs for 34. Lewis Aldred and Denis Perry took two wickets apiece with young spinner Reece Galvin picking up the other Horndon wicket to fall. In reply Harlow were always likely to struggle with the rain starting to fall early in their innings and the Horndon bowlers giving the Harlow openers very little in the way of loose deliveries, Luke Monger was the first to fall for 15, clipping one to the keeper off his legs. The prolific Nathan Khelawon suffered a rare failure as he was given out LBW for a duck. Surath Bastola was next out for 15 caught at mid-off. Simon Baulcomb was then also given LBW for 7. With the score on 76-4 the rain became too heavy for play to continue as the teams were forced to retreat to the changing rooms. After a break of around an hour the rain relented somewhat and with both teams eager to force a result, the game restarted, Harlow made a valiant attempt to get the runs needed for victory but eventually were forced off as darkness fell. Dan Stopp top scored for Harlow with 59 as Harlow finished 137-6 in 38 overs. Harlow were relieved to hear that the games of their two closest rivals had also been abandoned due to the rain, meaning that promotion to Division One was confirmed. A great season for 2’s which now see’s the club at the highest ever level with the first and second team in Division one, the 3rd team consolidating their Premier league status and the ever conquering 4th team now heading for Division two of the 3rd XI league.
Skipper George Messenger said “What a season for the second team if you had asked me at the start of the season, do I think we could get promoted, I probably wouldn’t of been too keen on the idea, Andre Riddell started the season as captain and got us off to a good start but with other commitments inside and outside the club he stepped down, leaving the option open to whoever fancied it! And what a Wally I was to step up and say yeah I’ll do it. But my idea of going into every game and telling the boys to enjoy it instead of worrying about winning games, just go out there and enjoy it, and for some reason this ended up working. I admit I was very lucky as everyone started finding there form players returning from uni and young Nathan Khelawon coming into the side after finishing school cricket, I was rubbing my hands. Ramsay ended up scoring back to back 50’s+ Nathan scoring nearly 600 runs in half a season Luke monger being consistent with bat and ball, Dan Stopp and Zabi making useful contributions with the bat, Danny Stone as always managing to keep his bowling tight and Lewis Aldred and Joe Riddell taking wickets and supporting the bowling attack, with Reece Galvin and Dennis Perry being two key spinners in the side this season, which is very rare at this level of cricket, at one point we had actually had three including Jake messenger, who was kidnapped by the 1st team. But all round great performances many memorable games, that I will put down as some of the best games I’ve played in, notably chasing down 44 to win a game in the last 5 overs, all this adding up to why we deserved to get promoted in the end. A lot of hard work has gone in from Jon Perry, Luke Heskett, myself and Andre this year in skippering and sorting out a team, As well as support from the other captains within the club. I just hope this can continue and see us remain in Division One, as we deserve it! It will be a test for the team but one we are willing to step up to, with a lot of young players coming through; I think we will be up to the challenge. HOOOOWWWWSSSS THAT for a season!
A much changed 3rd XI suffered defeat away at Woodford Wells, batting first, skipper Whellams (19) decided to promote himself to opening the batting with Sunni (14) both were out after making decent starts, Atif (22) and top scorer Faz (39) were the only other batsman to trouble the scorer as Harlow were dismissed for 159 in only 32.4 overs. This gave opponents Wells the opportunity to chase down the score before the weather deteriorated, they duly obliged surpassing Harlow’s total in 31 overs with the loss of 4 wickets, Muhammed Faisal was the pick of the bowlers for Harlow with 2 wickets for 39 from his 9 overs. A very good season for the 3’s sees them finishing a respectable 5th in the Premier League.
The 4th XI already crowned champions of their league faced a strong Harold Wood side who won the toss and elected to bat, they posted a decent total of 201-9 from their 50 overs. No surprise that the pick of bowling for Harlow was the prolific Tyler Dobson, taking another 4 wickets, Tyler incredibly took 47 league wickets this season and was actually third in the bowling list for the whole of the SNEL. With the weather taking a turn for the worse batting was not easy for Harlow and only skipper Rob Coldwell with 30 made a notable contribution to a score of 72-6 before rain caused the abandonment of the match, with the abandonment it meant the Harlow extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches.
Harlow CC player made Essex u13s Girls Player of the Year. Matilda Prince receiving the award from Graham Napier at the County Ground. Matilda joined the Club in 2009 and was selected for the Essex County Girls Squad in 2014
She made her VI XI debut this year but her availability was limited because of her County commitments.
3rd July 2016 – County Cup Final Home v Leigh-on-Sea
Leigh-on-Sea won the toss and elected to field
Result – Harlow won by 33 runs
A sunny day greeted the teams for a change, Max and John Tasker got us underway against some accurate seam bowling, but with some intelligent shot making and some speedy running between the wickets they were able to keep us ticking along at 5 runs an over. Max went first trying to hit a 6 over point but only managing to dolly one up. Asad came in with instructions to tee off which he tried to do, but only managed 5 before holing out going for another booming drive.
Isle of Wight Tour
Harlow CC have just returned after another successful tour of the Isle of Wight, for which Allied Transport & Storage kindly sponsored the tour shirts.
Harlow, taking a young squad enjoyed two games against strong opposition from Shanklin CC and Ryde CC. There were some notable performances, in particular from Jack Sykes and Player of the Tour, Lloyd Sykes; both passing half centuries. Wickets though were hard to come by, so both games ended in narrow defeats for the touring side.
The entire tour party finished the trip with some great memories both on and off the field and are already planning the next ‘overseas’ tour for 2017!
Sunday 10th July 2016
The years were rolled back last Sunday when Simon Baulcomb’ XI challenged the Club’s President’s XI to match and also to celebrate Simon’s 40th season at Marigolds, the pretty home of Harlow Cricket Club for well over a hundred years.
In Simon’s team were mainly past members with whom he has played with since the 1970’s colt’s team right through to the first XI. Many of whom travelled from distant places such as Cornwall, Wales, Norfolk, Sussex and Oxford.
Alan Howick’ President’s XI was similar in format also with past and present as well as a few of his guest players.
At the beginning of each innings, for Simon’s XI, the seven year old Jessy twins opened the batting
For the first over and after tea, the Presidents two grandchildren (Jack 11 and Charlie 7) also reciprocated with the first over of the next innings.
The President’s XI as per tradition with Captain James Butler choosing to bat first and achieved 240 runs over forty overs. A big knock by Ahmed being the main contribution along with a beefy 20 plus from Hugo Morris and a smoother version from Mark Sullivan. After a splendid traditional cricket tea, the Baulcomb XI chased the score with Simon scoring a swashbuckling innings of 74 not out to just fail to reach the winning score by 19 runs with the 11th wicket falling the last over. Simon’s defeat was largely blamed upon ‘Wacker’ Mayhew who kept getting in the way of Simon’s brutal drives and also was last out trying to relocate the ball into the next county.
A fabulous day, well supported with plenty of spectators and many old friends reunited with each other with stories getting longer and repeated frequently during the evening with the beer flowing well into the evening with, as in the past, Waller last to leave.
Easy way to raise funds for your Club.
Easyfundraising.org is a great way to raise money for the Club just by shopping online.
You don’t pay anything extra.
Just go to: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/harlowcc and sign up and shop.
Select the above link to checkout your Harlow CC Fantasy Cricket Team
Our team kit is supplied via Fenton Sports
Harlow’s new kit is now available to buy online at Fenton Sports. Currently there is only playing wear available for Seniors and Juniors but within the next few days, a range of training kit and leisure wear will also be available.Follow the link below and you can buy the kit online.
New Community Clubhouse
5 years from the original vision the building of Harlow’s new Community Clubhouse has now commenced.
The project has not been without its challenges, each year bringing with it both setbacks and successes. However, with perseverance, most of the problems have been resolved and sufficient funders have been secured to be able to start work on the project.
As well as all the normal facilities the building will have 4 changing rooms and being located between Marigolds and Spicers Field the building will serve each ground equally. Although it has not been possible to fund everything at this stage, Phase 1 of the new building will have all the facilities necessary to comply with Sport England and ECB specifications. This will enable the Club to become an essential part of Sport England’s efforts to increase participation in a healthy lifestyle. Not only will the new building be a much improved home for the Club’s cricketers it will be an invaluable asset for the whole community of Old Harlow not just today but for the future.
Over the next few months every effort will be made to raise funds for Phase 2 of the build and the Club is actively looking for individuals, companies and charities who would like to be part of this exciting project.
The project would not have been possible without a very generous legacy from our late president, Vince Dunn who sadly passed away in 2006 and to whom the Club is extremely grateful. Amongst other funders the Club is also extremely grateful to Sport England from whom they have received a £500,000 grant.
Hire the Clubhouse for all your private parties
History of Edwardian & Victorian cricket and Harlow Cricket club
Just published, with Profits going to the new club house fund.
Our President, Alan Howick has just published the history of our club and its formation, covering the history of cricket and Harlow’s involvement since 1761.
Copies are available in the club house (Sheila has a stock at £5 each) and also at his office in Gothic House, Old Harlow.
Alan said “I started going through copies of old newspapers and records from the mid 19th century back in the 1980’s and the collection of news cuttings, some artefacts from
Moor Hall Cricket club (with whom we merged around 1900) started to generate a story along with the games involvement within our community.
“I also established the approximate date we and two other cricket clubs started to use Marigolds, our beautiful and I feel unique cricket ground where the game has been played
for well over 140 years.
Harlow Cricket club has a proud heritage, as old as the MCC, older than Lord’s, older than ‘The Ashes’ history and would you believe an international cricketer who played with a certain ‘W G Grace’
The book asks questions, why did the magnificent stately manor houses of Mark Hall and Moor Hall be allowed to be lost to our community?
Both of their Victorian owners were enthusiastic cricket lovers and promoters of the noble game in Harlow.
Harlow Cricket Club, in more recent times……..
Extracts from the minutes books for 1945, Through to 1959…….little seems to have changed
The first minute book in our procession (1945/1952) (and second 1952/1959) is the earliest documents
available and the contents start in the spring of ’45, just before WW2 was about to conclude.
1945 – AGM Notes for the 7th March
The minutes of the previous meeting were read out – being the 18th March 1943 Note: Sadly we have no knowledge to know what the club was doing, or was it
active during the two year gap?
The President was Lt Col. S F Gosling DSO. A WW1 War Hero, little known other than of a local family.
The subscription for the coming year was set at 10/- (50p) and Mr Hill who ‘kept the wicket’ was paid £3.3.0d as an honorarium.
The Hoare Memorial Fund was established. Mr ?? Hoare was a member of the Hoare Family banking dynasty and granted use of Marigolds to a Trust and as a permanent recreation ground in 1921.
1946 February meeting – The committee discussed the feasibility of a full time groundsman to care the cricket, tennis and bowls club’s needs. At the next meeting in March they talked of a cricket practise wicket
In September it was agreed that Harlow Hockey Club should be allowed the use of Marigolds in exchange for a payment of £5.50d per season (Dr Norman Booth, who was Chairman for the cricket club was also involved with The hockey Club and worked to broker both clubs in using and enjoying each others company at Marigolds (sic). It didn’t work.)
At the December meeting it was noted the hockey club could not accept the sum requested. Eventually a sum of £2 was accepted as a contribution towards the costs of maintaining ‘the field’.
1947 January meeting
It was agreed to pay Mr E Hills the sum of £15 to keep the ’field mowed’. Food licence: The club applied to the ‘Food Ministry’ for a permit to secure ration goods for team teas. The budget for these ‘commodities’ was 8/-. (40p)
At the October meeting there was talk of introducing Sunday cricket at Marigolds. (As the tennis club played every Sunday there would need to communicate and agree
terms with them to be able to play matches and also gain the approval of the Trustees of Marigolds – known at that time as the: Central Sports Trust – CST)
1948 – January – beginning of a new era of pavilions
Enlarge the existing pavilion was on the agenda.
(An application was made to the Harlow Development Corporation to acquire land immediately behind the building but HDC declined because “they could not agree to the pavilion standing on its present site and that present sanitary arrangements would not be allowed”. HDC suggested drainage could be arranged with a new building sited at the rear of Marigolds [being the house of that name]. The Committee agreed to proceed with the aim in building a new pavilion at The Wayre corner of the ground.)
AGM – 4th February/48
Agreed to approach the CST for their consent to build a new pavilion and to be named ‘The Hoare Memorial Pavilion’.
February committee meeting – let’s get together……….
Dr Booth, (in an attempt to…) brokering a closer relationship with the Harlow Hockey Club (HHC) he was quoted as saying that the HHC were willing to help with the new Pavilion during their playing season.
April meeting – we are pals together now…..
Reported that a meeting has taken place between both HCC & HHC ‘to work together in close cooperation’.
A formation of a Cricket League in Essex was reported.
July meeting – the end of that short love affair then!
Proposed and seconded by the committee to write to the HHC and say “due to the lack of support from them HCC could not agree to them playing on our field during the winter season”
The secretary is speaking to the Ministry of Disposals about a ’hut’.
December – beginning of a relationship with Essex CCC and a bad one with Mr Cakebread
Essex CCC benefit match fixed for April/49 and Mr Cakebread employed to repair the ends of the table.
No news from The Ministry about the ‘hut’.
1950 AGM 3rd February – a varied meeting
New scoreboard erected and considered one of the best in the region. But, to spoil the feel good factor, the Rev Bevan recorded his objection to Sunday cricket and promoting sweepstakes.
He wished to be disassociated with these two points.
September meeting – not else happened since the AGM apart from……General talk about how to finish off the new pavilion
1951 –concern about new players?
April meeting – new blood, Applications to join from two Epping players. The committee felt the new members must be told locally based players are given priority with selection
October meeting – new President in waiting, Brig. E Todhunter to be approached to be the new President to succeed Lt Col Gosling. (He was born in his family’s estate of Kingsmoor House. He served during WW2 as a Brigadier with the Royal Horse Artillery and captured in North Africa in 1941. He escaped in 1943.
He joined with the Italian partisans and helped dozens of POW’s escape. He was the High Sherriff of Essex for 1964/65. He was also married into the Swire family.)
1952 – January meeting, the first in the new pavilion
February – the death of Lt Col Gosling was announced.
April – Meeting held at “The Hoare Memorial Pavilion” was recorded
July – Minutes state “an approach from the Harlow Hockey Club to use part of the old pavilion as a dressing room during the winter”. The request was declined. (Don’t they ever give up?)
Reference to the ‘Old boys Cricket club’.
(They played their cricket on Spicers field and were a separately constituted cricket club from HCC.)
January meeting – Dinner Dance announced to be at The Victoria Hall, price of 9/6d per Ticket
AGM – 6th February – we need a bar! The question was raised of installing a bar. Committee to investigate along with the Trustee’s. Sunday cricket again, need to approach the Trustee’s
March meeting – open view to encourage new members and have a beer? The need to stock ‘intoxicating liquors’ was raised and agreed for both members and visitors.
May meeting – Plans to apply for an ‘intoxicating liquor licence’.
August meeting – Ladies Tea committee agree for their kitchen to be used as a bar (here they come again………) The hockey club apply for use of the ground, pavilion and bar for their matches. Declined!
September meeting – invitation to attend the ‘Harlow New Town Cricket League Dinner’ at Harlow Mill
November meeting – Trustee’s suggest an amalgamation between HCC and the Old Boys CC , hich may help resolve the problem of Sunday cricket? (Reason: The OBCC play on Spicers Field with no Sunday restrictions whereas Marigolds is in use (part) by the tennis club and the Sunday observance issues as well.)
1954 January meeting – The Trustee’s have relented HCC can play on Sundays on Marigolds as long as both the tennis and cricket clubs agree that: cricket matches can be played on one Sunday per month in April, May, August and September as long as the tennis club have one in Saturday in July.
HCC agree to join the ‘Harlow & District Cricket Association’
AGM in February
Essex CCC reported as being delighted with the facilities provided for theirv2nd XI match .v. Suffolk last summer. Another match booked for this August .v. Surrey 2nd XI.
April meeting reported £3.4.6d profit from the recent dinner & dance
June meeting – playing membership again Concerns raised as to whether it was advisable to accept members from outside districts?
October meeting – neighbours complaint, Dr John Busby who lives in Marigolds House (behind the west boundary) has complained as to the ‘Discourteous nature toward his wife complaint about the continued damage caused to his fence’ (by cricket balls during practise).
New Bar! Existing tea room to be converted into a bar and a new tea room to be built at the back of the pavilion for the ladies tea committee.
1955 AGM – we beat Stortford!
High praise in the secretaries notes being the first win against Bishops Stortford in the modern history of HCC. Mr Westrop complained members were not staying on after the game to entertain our visitors at the bar. (he was implying that it was same few who got ‘stuck’ after each game and ended up buying the drinks – no change there then)
April Meeting – dinner & Dance cancelled, poor support , it was mentioned that one member thought the location for the event (in the New town) was the main reason.
July meeting the John Arlott letter, Mr Arlott requested the use of Marigolds for match involving the local Liberal Association. The club felt against this as the proceeds were to go to the association and as it was a political event the club could not be associated with. (in the end a game was played against HCC elsewhere on the basis it was for ‘charity’. The local media reported the funds went to the Association, the club was not happy)
October meeting – the hockey club again, don’t they ever go away? Request for the use of the pavilion for changing facilities in the winter? Another NO was the answer. Being due to the lack of HHC support during HCC campaign for Sunday cricket at Marigolds.
December meeting –re-turfing of the two ends carried out (more to come on this)
1956 – Not much happened until the thief! And the rest of the year
June meeting – Reported the thief of biscuits and chocolate from the kitchen! Discovered after the Harlow college cricket day. The Head Master was written too for an explanation.
1957 AGM in February – The new President was NA, so the Rev Bevan took the chair (there was no mention of gambling and the meeting was not held on a Sunday either) (in fact, going through the minutes nothing else much happened either)
Next meeting (no month reference) Electric light estimate received, all agreed to accept but need an EGM first. Cost £35.
July meeting – ‘light’ on the biscuit thief Letter of apology from the Harlow College Head Master. And go ahead with the electrical installation.
1958 – AGM in March – Dubious work on the wicket repair Club to withhold payment to Mr Cakebread as unhappy with the works carried out (in fact it was so poor, Essex CCC were unable to play their minor county match that season and that was the end of their use of Marigolds.)
September meeting – new kitchen All-out effort to finish off the ladies tea kitchen extension required
1959 – Re-turfing issue still boiling
January meeting reports that a Solicitors letter has now been received and replied to. HCC suggested a compromise with Cakebread but he has now claimed to have issued a Summons. Therefore any suggestion of a ‘compromise’ has been withdrawn.
AGM – The new President, Brig; Todhunter was in attendance (not a good start for his first meeting!)
Pretty depressing meeting for him and the members, re-turfing issue causing pain, Essex CCC withdrawing and it rained a lot.
May meeting – hotting up a bit now (not the weather) Cakebread letters for payment received, we reply “no, if you threaten us with legal action, so do it, we are not paying!”
June meeting – Poor Mr Pearson, Plea for payment direct to Mr Pearson who was Cakebread’s sub-contractor (the guy who actually cocked it all up!) Claiming Cakebread has not paid him, “not our problem” says HCC your issue is with him, not us.
NOTE: There is a file of correspondence on this issue.