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
A great weekend for the club, with four wins and a draw from the five matches played on Saturday. A big thanks to Andre for organising the food on Saturday evening, once again a really good night for all that stayed.
The first team dominated their match at bottom of the table Orsett claiming a straight forward win. Orsett won the toss and chose to bat and were soon struggling with Nicky Baxter making an early breakthrough dismissing opener Plom for a duck. Baxter went on to take four wickets for 42, with Ross Vasani also taking 4 wickets mopping up the tail, Luke Heskett took the other two Orsett wickets as Orsett were dismissed for 150 in 33.5 overs.
In reply Harlow eased to a 5 wicket victory with 9 overs remaining, Alan Jones (45) and Hafiz Yawar (35) got the innings off to a solid start and Ahmed Khawaja (43) saw Harlow home.
After last week’s disappointment at losing to Harlow Town, the second team bounced back with a bang against Leigh-on-sea, winning by 168 runs. Having won the toss skipper Andre Riddell decided to bat on a ‘Cliff Special’ openers Luke Monger and Dan Stopp didn’t Andre down with a magnificent opening partnership of 177 with both players scoring 82. It was league best for both players and a record opening partnership for the 2’s. With the platform set the rest of the order were able to bat with freedom, Dip Basnet (28), Andre (10), Amir Farooq (24), Simon Baulcomb (24*) George Messenger (13*) all contributed to a huge total of 292-5 from 45 overs.
In reply Leigh made a steady start with both openers looking comfortable, but once Danny Stone made the breakthrough with the last ball of his excellent spell Harlow never looked in trouble with all their bowlers dominating the batting. Amir Farooq was once again the pick of the bowlers with amazing figures of 5 wickets for 16 runs in his 9 overs.
The third team remain unbeaten for the season after managing to hold on for a battling draw against Buckhurst Hill, after winning the toss Buckhurst Hill decided to bat and set a target 233 for Harlow. Mudasser and Jack Davies were the pick of the bowlers for Harlow taking 3 wickets apiece with Sunni and Dave Whellhams picking up the other two wickets.
In reply Harlow were always on the back foot with early wickets falling, It was left to the lower order batsman to secure the draw with Jack Davies in particular capping a great all round performance with a great knock of 53. Young Harry Burton (31), Haider Rasool (10) Mark Rundall (14*) and Ali Zahid (15*) all contributed towards the Harlow total of 170-8. The result keeps Harlow top of the league, just 2 points ahead of the nearest rivals Chelmsford.
The fourth team maintained their unbeaten start to the season after another clear cut victory against Buckhurst Hill, Harlow won the toss and choose to bat and despite the loss of Sarwat Ali in the first over Harlow went on to score 262-8 declaring in only the 43 over. Liam Coldwell (72) and Ilhan Mustafa (92) were the main scorers forging a brilliant partnership for the 3rd wicket. Alex Coldwell (14) Biju Mathew (30) Rob Coldwell (20) and Joe Barrett (11) all contributed to the score. In response Buckhurst Hill struggled throughout to get a partnership established at Harlow took control – all 6 bowlers used shared the wickets as they tumbled at regular intervals. Liam Coldwell 2-24, Tyler Dobson 2-30, Simon Jones 2-8, Sarwat Ali 2-46, Thomas Smith-Hughes 1-15& Sean Coldwell 1-5 doing the damage as only David Rofe (47) did any damage for Buckhurst Hill. The result keeps Harlow top of the league, just 6 points ahead of the nearest rivals Harold Hill.
The 5th team got back to winning ways with emphatic victory over local rivals Sawbridgeworth at the Heath, after winning the toss skipper Jack Sykes choose to bat, Harlow struggled initially with early wickets falling but soon recovered with Max Baulcomb scoring an excellent 52 and Jerromburns 30 putting the innings back on track. But the turning point for Harlow was the partnership of Hoskins 68 not out and Daniel Whellams 33 not out as the pair put on 105 in quick time for the 8th wicket, leaving Harlow on a more than decent 258-6 from their 45 overs.
In reply Sawbridgeworth were never in contention with wickets falling at regular intervals, with openers Sykes and Baulcomb taking 2 scalps each, debutant J Hikmatshah who hit the deck hard with serious pace. In the space of 4 overs Sawbridgeworth lost another 5 wickets leaving Harlow on the brink of victory. Hikmatshah picked up the last remaining wicket, with a delivery that jagged back in taking the batsmen’s’ off stump. This completed the rout with Sawbridgeworth being bowled out for 116.
Full reports are on Team Pages.
This Weekends Fixtures:
|1st Team||July 4th||Hadleigh & Thundersley||12:30||H|
|2nd Team||July 4th||West Essex||13:00||A|
|3rd Team||July 4th||Wanstead||13:00||H|
|4th Team||July 4th||Harold Wood||13:00||A|
|5th Team||July 4th||Woodford Wells V’s||13:30||H|
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.
Charity Cycle Ride in Aid of the MacMillan Trust
Blind Auction for a signed cricket shirt!
A good friend of mine, Gary Neve, from the golf club is completing RideLondon 100. This is a 100 mile bike ride in which he has pledged to raise monies for the Trust.
Gary has obtained Ravi Bopara’s England shirt, actually worn against Sri Lanka in 2014 and signed by many of the team. All proceeds go towards Gary’s final donation challenge For the Macmillan Trust.
I’m looking to raise a few pounds for Gary and hope you will be generous and give me your best bid for this shirt (unframed but in a very attractive Tesco bag) by letting me have your best offer by my Presidents Day Match at the end of June.
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.
Dates for your 2015 diary
Monday 31th August 6 a-side Competition
Saturday 5th September End of Season Barbeque
Saturday 10th October Presentation Evening
Check out the Harlow CC Club Shop for your 2015 kit – https://shop.kalibazar.co.uk/club/harlowcc