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

A mixed weekend with the weather affecting most of the games.

The first team went down at home to promotion seeking Harlow Wood. After being put into bat Harlow made 233 for the loss of 8 wickets. Batting highlights were skipper Rehman Ahmed’s great knock of 77 and late explosive innings from Nicky Baxter as he hit 44 from only 31 balls. Harold Wood reached their target in 41.4 overs, the end of game was played in some farcical weather conditions with heavy rain and terrible light spoiling the contest.

The second team maintained their promotion push with a 10 wicket victory away at Gidea Park and Romford, Harlow have now only lost two wickets in the last two matches combined. Having won the toss Harlow put their hosts into bat on dampish wicket, they managed to restrict Gidea Park to 184-9 from the 50 overs, with 3 wickets a piece for both Luke Monger & Luke Heskett. In reply Harlow made short work of surpassing their target in only 27 overs, with an brilliant opening partnership from Conor Ramsay (89 *) and Luke Monger (92*).

The third teams match was disapointly abandoned as a draw with Harlow in a strong position against Shenfield.  Harlow chose to bat and produced one of their best batting performances of the season, declaring on 282-9 after 45.3 overs, Sunni (97) and Faz (62) were the leading run scorers for the home team. In reply Harlow had their opp0nents in all sorts of trouble on 134-7 with 11 overs remaining, Faz (13 overs 4 wickets for 28)  and Sunni (5 overs 2 wickets for 20) were the pick of the bowlers with two producing great all round performances.

Congratulations to the 4th team who cemented a fourth successive promotion with their closely fought draw against Woodford Green. Harlow won the toss and chose to bat, they were indebted to Ilhan Mustafa who scored 83 not out, as they reached 221 in their 50 overs, Rob Coldwell (34), Biju Mathew (24) and Arshad Muhammed (33) also made notable contributions. In reply Woodford Green were 7 runs short of the Harlow total from their 45 overs.  Ilhan Mustafa was also the pick of the Harlow bowlers with 4 wickets for 57 from his 15 overs.

The 5th teams match away to Birchanger II’s suffered a similar fate as the 3rd teams, Harlow scored a massive 353-7 from 44 overs with skipper Jack Sykes hitting another century, his 115 come from just 69 balls,  Imran Ahmed 65 and Myles Baldock  52, his first half century for the club were the other main run scorers. But once again the weather forced the abandonment with the home side on 259-3.

 

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

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Essex Under 15’s County Cup Winners 2016

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.

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Jake hits a big six

Reece and John carried on the good work and after 12 overs we were at 54-1 but we still had not hit a boundary. Reece fell with the score on 70. That brought Jake to the wicket and in the space of 4 overs smashed 27 including one mighty 6, that got us to a really competitive 118 off 20 overs. John Tasker batted with great maturity and common sense ending 35 not out allowing the others to have a whack. Thomas boshed a very quick dozen at the end and what looked like being a modest score, ended up being a very challenging one.
Leigh’s reply was dealt a savage blow in the first over when Thomas clean bowled John Spencer for 0 with a beautiful yorker. Abbas and Thomas kept it very tight with neither going for many and at half way Leigh had only mustered 35 with Abbas chipping in with a wicket, Leigh were under a lot of pressure.
Jake and Reece also gave nothing away each picking up wickets and with 5 overs to go Leigh needed close to 12 an over. All the boys that bowled stepped up and did a fantastic job, Albie and Mike both took 2 wickets each and late on even Louis got in on the act.
The boys all fielded like tigers with barely a misfield in 20 overs, clearly spurred on by their Fergie like pre game pep talk from the coach!  Harlow won by 33 runs. (Harlow 118-4, Leigh on Sea 85-9)
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Max is presented with Cup

A fantastic win by the lads, a first ever County Cup win for Harlow CC , which sees us advance to the National rounds with a game against the Herts winner at some point soon.

Presidents Day

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.

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Harlow CC – Grand Draw

Draw to be made during our Presentation Evening/BBQ

Tickets £1 each available  behind the bar.

Prizes to include

Signed Print 55cm x 45 cm (England & South African Captains)

4 piece Wicker Picnic Basket

Large ‘Tumblin’ Stuart Minnion

Basket with Bottle of Wine and Chocs

Bouquet of Flowers

And more to come…

Grand Prize Draw Poster

 

U15 Cup Winners

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

Date for your Diary – End of Season BBQ: 3rd September 2016

 

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Select the above link to checkout your Harlow CC Fantasy Cricket Team

 

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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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

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.)

 1953

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.

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