Harefield Cricket Club
Address: Knightscote Farm, Breakspear Road, Harefield, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB9 6NE
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Phone: 01895 822225
Perched on top of a hill, in an agricultural environment yet still inside the North West corner of the M25, lies the village of Harefield, home of Harefield Cricket Club.
A small club in terms of catchment area, there have nonetheless been some famous names associated with Harefield Cricket Club, both inside and outside the world of cricket.
A former president of the club is the world renowned heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub, and the current President is none other than former New Zealand fast bowler turned commentator, Danny Morrison, who had a number of seasons as the overseas professional in the 1980s.
The current club house opened in the late 1960s and was improved with extensive modernisation before the 2012 season, when both bars were refurbished, and an extra large changing room was added to the side of the club house, in order to accommodate players from a second pitch situated behind the main ground.
In 1977, the club took on its first foray into league cricket entering the Lee 75 league, and remaining there until it was amalgamated with the Thames Valley and Three Counties Leagues in 1992, becoming what is today’s Thames Valley League.
Over the years the club has been extremely fortunate to have secured the services of a number of exceptional overseas professionals, of which Danny Morrison has been the most famous. Successful professionals from New Zealand and Australia have long been associated with Harefield where ties to the Antipodes are strong, with an ANZAC graveyard also present in the village.
Since 2006, a succession of Zimbabwean internationals has played for Harefield making a huge contribution to the rising status of the club. The 2014 season saw both Chamu Chibhabha and Mluleki Nkala returning to the club as overseas professionals and once again both contributed hugely to the club’s success with runs, wickets and coaching efforts.
It is in recent years that the club has really begun to flourish. This season sees the 1st XI in the top division of the Home Counties Premier League for the second year running. The 2nd XI are still in Division 2 of the Thames Valley League after finishing runners up last season.
Neither side has ever reached as high a standard as this, in fact, the 2nd XI are only one division below where the 1st XI were in 2009. It also should be noted that 11 members of last year’s 1st XI squad and 18 members of the 2nd XI squad all came through the junior teams at the club.
Players from the club have also gone on to represent a number of minor counties sides, including Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire, as well as having a number of junior players in the Middlesex academy through the years. The club is an example of reaping the rewards of continued efforts of the committee, the coaches, parents and players alike.
Even in the off season Harefield CC is still a sporting hub, with the club running a football team, a darts team and has ties to the local archery club. Sport aside, it is a social place summer and winter with extensive none playing membership.