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
August Bank Holiday 20/20
Bank Holiday Monday will see a three match T20 with each of the three teams captained by one of the Sykes brothers. There will also be a big hitter competition, so make sure we all get to the Gym this week. Contact: Pip/Jack/Lloyd/Callum to let them know who wants to join in the fun.
HARLOW CC MATCH SUMMARY 22/08/2015
A positive weekend for Harlow with draws for the 1st and 2nd team, whilst the 3rd and 4th teams gained much needed victories as they continue in their quest for back to back titles.
The first team match saw a high scoring draw, which once Upminster posted their huge total of 317-3 was always going to be unrealistic for Harlow to chase especially as they were missing some key players. Upminster openers James Evans (61) and Shafiq Rahman (110) put on 160 for the first wicket, the partnership being broken by Hafiz Yawar, who was the only Harlow bowler to take a wicket as he took the three Upminster wickets to fall. Hafiz finished with figures of 3 wickets for 51 from his overs. Harlow used eight different bowlers in an effort to stem the flow of runs but to no avail as apart from Hafiz and Mustanser Meraj (6 overs for 24) all Harlow’s bowlers suffered in the heat. Harlow began their innings with the intention of playing their shots and trying to force a result. However the Upminister attack bowled with good control and limited the scoring opportunities for the Harlow players, often bowling wide of the off stump with no one on the leg side. Alan Jones fell for 15 and skipper for the day Jon Perry for 32. This brought together the two experienced pros in Harlow’s ranks which was probably Harlow’s best chance of winning the game. Yet the steady accumulation of Hafiz Yawar (52) and the power hitting of Ahmed Khawaja (92 not out) could not bring Harlow close enough for an assault on Upminister’s total. After the departure of Hafiz, Ahmed did his best to get the maximum batting points for Harlow and after some tremendous hitting achieved the target as Harlow finished on 207-4 from 45 overs.
The second team got as close to victory as is possible against local rivals Harlow Town needing just one wicket to claim the win. Harlow lost the toss and were put in to bat by the visitors, Harlow made a strong start with openers Dan Stopp (31) and Dip Basnet (89) dominating Town’s opening bowlers. Young Nathan Khelawon scored an impressive 41 on his first League start for the 2nd team. Luke Hesket (41) and Mitch Howarde (21) saw Harlow through to a competitive score of 250-6. The pick of the Town bowlers was Vic Goddard who finished with 3 wickets for 49 from his 11 overs. In reply Harlow struck early with Lewis Aldred claiming both openers in his first spell. Goddard (28) and Bilal Ali (50) produced a decent partnership to bring Town back into the game, but once these two were out, Town were forced to bat for the draw with only former Harlow player Jay Lowles (25) troubling the scorer. All of Harlow’s bowlers produced decent figures the pick of which was the impressive Lewis Aldred with figures of 6 wickets for 40 from his 18 overs and Luke Heskett 2 wickets for 21 from 11 overs. This exciting match was played in a great spirit and enjoyed by a decent sized Marigolds crowd.
The third team gained an important crucial win away to league title rivals Woodford Wells in what was a thrilling match. The home team won the toss and chose to bat on a hot day, despite the loss of ex-Essex wicket keeper Rollins in the first over Woodford Wells punished the Harlow bowling attack and raced to 80 from the first 8 overs. Acting captain Alan burton then made the decision to bring on Faisal Javed who repaid his skipper with an impressive spell, taking 3 wickets for 39 from 16 overs of accurate bowling. Fax was ably supported by Danny Stone who also took 3 wickets. A late flurry on runs from Woodford Wells left them on 238-9 from their 52 overs. Harlow knew that only victory would keep them in the championship race but some brilliant catches and great use of the new ball, meant that Harlow were quickly reduced to 21 for 3. This was now a big ask of the remaining batsmen but Sonny Ali with 32 helped Jack Davies add 50 for the fourth wicket before Sonny was out to yet another brilliant diving one handed catch. Johnny Allen then joined Davies, and added a further 50. Davies was the prime aggressor and deservedly reached his 50 before unluckily playing on. Another wicket went quickly and at 140 for 5, things looked grim. However, Naeem joined Allen and a telling partnership was formed. Naeem, with some brutal hitting, including regular sixes at key points to keep the scoreboard ticking over and with Allen making 35 before he was adjudged LBW, the game had swung back to Harlow. Javed efforts with the ball had clearly taken its toll and he quickly followed Davies back to the pavilion leaving Harlow 8 down and still 26 required. Stone hit an early boundary but then Naeem took over. With 14 needed, he hit two massive sixes followed by a four in consecutive balls to get that much needed 20 points. Naeem finished 71 not out at over a run a ball and with results going their way, find themselves a narrow 6 points ahead at the top with two games remaining.
The fourth team won the toss and elected to bat and made full use of the facilities by making 229/7 before declaring. Skipper Rob Coldwell (103) recorded his first ton for 2 seasons hitting 15 fours and 3 sixes in his innings. Harry Burton (26) helped get Harlow off to a good start with an opening partnership of 52 before he fell, Biju Mathew (35) hit 7 fours in a quick fire innings as Harlow looked to declare early. Alex Coldwell (25*) scored at more than a run a ball to ensure that an early declaration was made. In response Harlow put their opponents under pressure early and took wickets at regular intervals, openers Sarwat Ali & Tyler Dobson keeping things very tight and the pressure showed for the visitors. Sarwat Ali completed another 5 wicket haul (5-41) but star of the show today was Jack Sykes, returning for his first game of the season, Jack took 4 wickets including a hatrick! An impressive win as the visitors were bowled out in 26 overs for 94. This win sees Harlow confirm promotion for a third season in succession and they now only trail Harold Wood by 3 points in their battle for the title.
Full reports are on Team Pages.
This Weekends Fixtures:
|1st Team||29th August||Orsett||12:30||H|
|2nd Team||29th August||Leigh On Sea||13:00||A|
|3rd Team||29th August||Buckhurst Hill||13:00||H|
|4th Team||29th August||Buckhurst Hill||13:00||A|
Dates for your 2015 diary
Monday 31st August 2015 – 20/20 Day
Saturday 10th October Presentation Evening
Harlow Cricket Club Open Day – Sunday 12th July 2015
Great to see so many people at the Club on Sunday, a successful day all round with players and spectators alike enjoying the cricket. It was also good to see some old faces turn out for the guest side, a special mention must go to Johnny Allen for his impeccable fielding, hope some of the regular players took note on how to take a catch! The senior 30 over match saw another 500+ runs scored on a ‘Cliff special’, remembering that over 600 runs were scored in the Saturday 2’s match. A special thank you to everyone who helped make the day go so well, in particularly Sheila and her bar staff , Karen for her pasta & Strawberries, Libby, Jenny T, Pip and Simon R for manning the barbecue’s.
Harlow Under 15’s beat Epping by 9 wickets to claim the WEDCB Cup, they will now face a team from South Essex in the semi-final of the County Cup.
The 5th team match at Sawbridgeworth IV on Saturday June 6th, saw young Libby Riddell, as the first female selected to represent the club in a senior team playing league cricket. Congratulations to Libby, who is proving to be one versatile young lady, as the previous week she scored for the first team in their game against Shenfield.
Work Party Day March 28th
The Harlow CC committee would like to thank everyone (listed below) for their hard work and efforts. We rely on volunteers to support the club and are pleased that so many turned up for a “fun” day at Marigolds. Alan Howick, John Allen, Neale Baldock, Maggie Baldock, Myles Baldock, Nick Baxter, Pip Riddell, Libby Riddell, Martin Stopp, Dan Stopp, John Perry, Dennis Perry, Mitch Howarde, Dave Whellams, Jim Roberts, Sam Roberts, Jack Roberts, Charlie Roberts, Andy Ralph, Shona Ralph, Grace Ralph, Tracy Sykes, Jack Sykes, Callum Sykes, Simon Baulcomb, Max Baulcomb, Cliff Clark, Luke Monger, Lee Brewster, Nicky Brewster, Tommy Brewster, Ronnie Fuller. Check out the Harlow CC Club Shop for your 2015 kit – https://shop.kalibazar.co.uk/club/harlowcc