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: harlowccweb@yahoo.co.uk   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: paulbaxter.riverside@ntlworld.com

Weekend Summary

Another soggy Saturday saw numerous matches called off throughout the county, our 1st team were in a reasonable position after they managed to post a total of 235 all out in 46.4 overs, before the rain kicked in and forced the match to be abandoned, it was all the more disappointing for Mohammed Waqas in his final match for the club, as he scored a brilliant 101 from 104 balls, Ahmed with 35 was the only other notable contributor.

The 2nd team produced a near perfect performance against Fives and Heronian’s saw Harlow pick up a much needed 20 points to once again climb up to third place. The game threatened not to start with wet weather on the previous night leaving its mark on a very soggy outfield. Surprisingly, Fives elected to bat despite conditions that clearly favoured the bowlers. After only 3 overs, the rain kicked in and after a short delay, play restarted and Fives were 39-0 from 8 overs. Aldred (2-19), claimed the first scalp having Lalor-Harbourd (17) caught behind and Riddell (1-36) prized the wicket of Brathwaite with a rank long hop that was well caught by Aldred in the deep. The rain continued to fall and batting proved difficult after Harlow’s slower bowlers found deviations in the pitch and bowled with great control. Stone had Dennis (7) caught behind for his solitary wicket but, the standout performer was left arm spinner Perry who proved incredibly difficult to put away. His 9 overs went for only 16 runs and saw him take 4 wickets, 2 of which were stumped, 1 LBW and another which saw a fantastic catch from Jake Messenger in the deep.Only Ross Summner (43 not out) really troubled the scorers after Perry’s spell but a wicket a piece from Aldred, Monger and Messenger meant Fives could only manage 126 runs. Monger got Harlow’s chase off to a positive start and with rain looming, 20 overs would needed to be bowled to constitute a game. Monger planned on getting the job done before the 20 and hit a classy looking 16 before playing a loose shot straight to mid off.

Simon Jones, returning from university played a very useful supporting role and excelled in his innings. The spotlight however shinned on Zabi Hakimi who dispatched the bowling attack to all ends of the ground with some shots that the likes of Jos Buttler would have been proud of. His innings of 79 included 4 6’s. Jones (27*) finished the game off with a back foot punch through extra cover for 4 to top off what was, an excellent game for the visitors, winning by 9 wickets

The 3rd teams away match at Upminster was called off without a ball being bowled.

Harlow 4ths returned to winning ways on Saturday with an emphatic win over 4th placed visitors Westcliff on Sea. Harlow were asked to bat and  piled up the runs steadily throughout the innings helped by 30 no balls! Conor Monk (58) continued his fine form this season and Ilhan Mustafa & Ken Aldred both chipped in with 38 a piece as Harlow amassed 239 all out in the 45th over.In response Tyler Dobson took a wicket with the first ball of the visitors innings then followed up with bowling the other opener soon after.  The rain then came and interrupted the game when Westcliff were on 26-2, for 90 minutes but that didn’t deter  Harlow. On the resumption Westcliff only added another 42 runs to their total leaving Harlow winners by 171 runs! Max Baulcomb 3/11, Tyler Dobson 2/13 and Thomas Smith-Hughes 1/6 were the pick of the bowlers.

The 5th team’s match away to Stansted H & Elsenham II was also abandoned due to rain,  Stansted H & Elsenham scored 238-5, Harlow in reply were struggling at 79-4 when the rain forced the players off.

U15 Cup Winners

Under 15’s reach County Cup Final after beating Wanstead in a tense semi-final.

Harlow T-20 team qualify for the quarter finals for the first time

A third successive win saw Harlow reach the quarter finals of the SNEL cup after a 28 run victory over league rivals Loughton. Harlow’s remarkable run continued in the tournament and despite a below par score of 124, Baxter stole the show top scoring with 40 and, returning figures of 3-14 from his 4 overs.

Electing to bat, Ramsay (10) and Perry (21) got Harlow off to a quick start before Ramsay fell caught behind to Saeed. Ahmed hit one lusty blow over cover for a maximum but he and Howarde both fell cheaply leaving Harlow at 43-3.

Baxter held the innings together with a good knock of 40 which, included four 6’s but only G Messenger (11) was the remaining batsman to reach double figures. Harlow crept over the 120 mark in the last over but with an unusually slow Marigolds outfield, the slow bowlers would look to play a key role in Loughton’s chase.

Harlow made the breakthrough in the first over when a Baxter Yorker went through the defences of Khail for nought. He would claim another in his second over with a low full toss which clean bowled Scarlioli for only 2.

Bilal Butt (15) threatened to get Loughton back on track hitting Sykes for a straight six but once again, Baxter proved too good, finding the outside edge which was caught behind.

Some resistance from Turner (18) and Gymer (22) didn’t prove too costly as neither were scoring at the required rate but Heskett (3-17), bowled with superb control in his first spell and dismissed both. Messenger (0-10) and Perry (3-17) continued to restrict the runs and despite some last ditch heroics from Malik (22) where he hit Heskett for a big 6 over cow, he would sky one straight down Baxter’s throat which saw Loughton bowled out for 96.

Harlow’s batting is certainly an area for improvement but the bowling department delivered, along with some excellent fielding. The win saw Harlow reach the knockout stages of this tournament for the first time and despite the incredibly tough group stage draw which includes Buckhurst Hill, South Woodford and Wanstead, Harlow have a chance of topping the group which would mean a home quarter final. A great testament to the way Harlow have played in the first 3 fixtures.

 

 

 

Arthurs Farewell Session

Arthurs Farewell Session

Bon Voyage

The Club said goodbye to one of its longest serving coaches on Thursday 26th May.

Arthur Steward started helping to coach the Colts back in 2000 when his son Cieran joined the Club. Despite Cieran giving up cricket to concentrate on Tennis, Arthur remained at the Club and became one of the mainstays of the Club’s Coaching Team.

Not only has Arthur coached during the summer months ever since but he has worked through the winter at the Club’s softball nets held at St Nicholas School since their inception. For a number of years Arthur has managed either the u10s or u11 teams and regularly helped out at the Club’s interclub practice matches.

Many of the Club’s young batsman playing in the senior XIs now were first coached by Arthur at St Nicholas.

Arthur has recently retired and is moving back to his home town Portsmouth and will leave a large hole in the Club’s Coaching Team that will be hard to fill.

We wish Arthur and his wife Kerry a long and happy retirement together.

Paul and Christine

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Kit

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.

Harlow CC Senior
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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.

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Presentation Evening

Harlow Cricket Club held its annual Presentation evening at the Club following a very successful season.

The Club’s Colts scooped five of the eight Team Trophies in the West Essex District winning the under 13 and 15 Cup and the under 9, 10 and 15s League.

In their respective senior leagues the I and II XIs finished in 4th place, the III XI were runners up and the V XI finished in 6th place. However, pride of place went to the IV XI who finished in first place in the Premier League.

Chairman Simon Radbourne said, ‘Both the Colts and the seniors have had a really good season especially with so many Colts supporting the Club’s senior teams. I would just like to acknowledge and thank all our volunteers who help manage and coach the Colts and help run the senior teams without whose help none of this could be achieved.’

 

Harlow CC 2015 AWARD WINNERS

1st XI Player of the Year
Nick Baxter

2nd XI Player of the Year
Dipendra Basnet

3rd  XI Player of the Year
Mudasser Naeem

4th XI Player of the Year
Sarwat Ali

5th  XI Player of the Year
Tom Best

Under 21 Player of the Year
Alan Jones

Young Player of the Year
Tyler Dobson

Clubman of the Year
Jack Sykes
Tracy Sykes

Colt of the Year
Mustafa Shah

Under 13 Player of the Year
Myles Baldock

Under 10 Player of the Year
Tommy Brewster

Under 9 Player of the Year
Harris Hamid

WEDCB 2015 Presentation

West Essex Presentation 2015

West Essex Presentation 2015

Back row left to right: John Tasker, Callum Sykes, Giles Silk
Front row: Harris Hamid, Tommy Brewster, Ben Hart, Ronnie Fuller

 Press Release: 13th September 2015

Harlow Cricket Club’s Colts scooped five of the eight Team Trophies at the recent West Essex District Cricket Boards annual Presentation morning held at Hockerill CC. The Club won the under 13 and 15 Cup and the under 9, 10 and 15s League.

Furthermore, three of the nine individual Players of the Year awards were won by Harlow players. Ben Yeats won the under 13 batsman award and Myles Baldock won the under 13 bowler award. They were joined by Mustafa Shah who won the under 15 bowler award.

Harlow players, Harry Burton, Giles Silk and Callum Sykes also won three of the six Jack Petchey awards presented.

Chairman Simon Radbourne said, ‘The Colts have had a really good season not just in their own Colts competitions but in ably supporting the Club’s senior teams. I would just like to acknowledge and thank all our volunteers who help manage and coach the Colts without whose help none of this could be achieved.’

 

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.

Alan Howick

alan.howick@hbproperty.co.uk

Cricket in Harlow The first 139 years By Alan Howick

Cricket in Harlow
The first 139 years
By Alan Howick