Harlow Town Cricket Club
Harlow Town Cricket Club - established in 1960 at Stort CC
Address: Harlow Town Cricket Club, The Frank Pavesi Pavilion, Ash Tree Field, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5BE
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Phone: 01279 421 927
Email: [email protected]
The inaugural meeting of Stort Cricket Club was held on 27th July 1960 and was called with the sole purpose of forming a Club to use the, then, new facilities at Harlow Sportcentre.
The meeting was organised by the great and the good of the Town, Development Corporation Officers, Council Officers, Local Business men, etc. Out of this meeting came the founding fathers of the Club, namely:-
President Sir Richard Costain
Chairman Nigel Proudlock
M.C.C, Old Etonian, and a prominent local business man
Secretary Douglas Bull
Old Harrovian, Solicitor and Clerk to the Council
Treasurer Alan Medd
Such was the influence of the above named in cricket circles that the inaugural game in the 1961 season, played on a wicket of outstanding quality had teams captained by Peter May – Surrey and England, and Doug Insole – Essex and England. The teams, a mix of celebrities and first class cricketers, included, Arthur McIntyre, Alec Bedser, Freddie Brown, Alf Fover – All Surrey and England, Eric Bedser – Surrey, Robin Marlar – Sussex, Billy Griffith – Sussex and England, John Warr – Middlesex and England, plus Eric Sykes and Harry Secombe.
The club flourished during the 60s, 70s and 80s and achieved league and cup success on many occasions. However during the 90s the wicket at the Sportcentre began to deteriorate from neglect by the landlord who obviously had other plans for the ground and membership numbers dwindled as a result.
It became clear that the club needed to move which led to the committee taking a proposal to Harlow Council, for the setting up of a Cricket Centre for at Ash Tree Field. This proposal was accepted by the Council and with their support, an application was made for a Lottery grant and the club moved to its new and current home in 1996. Since moving the old ground has been redeveloped and is now a housing estate.
The move was initially problematic both on and off the pitch and it has taken many years, much effort and investment to bring the facilities up to its current level. The club went through a “rebranding” exercise in 2004 with the AGM voting unanimously in favour of a name change to Harlow Town CC with the name of Stort CC remaining on the club crest.
Since this change the club has gone from strength to strength as it enabled the club to maximise its sponsorship potential and become more associated with the town and the local community it serves.
The club was invited to join the Shepherd Neame Essex League in 2012 where it now enters 5 league teams. The club also runs junior cricket for boys and girls from 7 to 16 and now is home to the HTCC Tornadoes our all girls team which will take its bow in 2014.
2014 will also see another first at the club host the Lashings All Stars on Friday 27th June, which promises to be a memorable day.
Since the improvements the club now regularly hosts Essex CCC girls and disability teams as well as West Essex District Cricket rep sides.
2015 will see the club extend its facilities to include a 3rd pitch in the grounds of Passmores Academy (home of Educating Essex fame) where a number of junior games and senior 5th and 6th XI games will take place.
The club has a thriving social scene and a real family atmosphere which is strives hard to maintain. The club continues to be run by volunteers with ALL money raised during the season going toward running cost and improvements both on and off the pitch.