Cricket: Harlow CC: View from the President’s Box

A View from the Presidents box
Alan Howick

AS the first XI were away down at nearby Epping, I thought it to be a good excuse for a short trip to support the boys or as our resident Cricket correspondent Andy describes as ‘The boys in Green’ or the ‘baggy caps’.

Well, it must have been around the early 1970’s when I last played at Epping for our Saturday 2nd XI and it seemed not a lot has changed (or
improved) since some forty years having passed them by. Such a shame, Epping have such an attractive ground but sadly now, seems to lack much love and attention.

Anyway, I turned up when we are 120 for six and it looked grim. Sadly I had to miss the excitement of our tail wagging furiously and our bowlers making our hosts batting struggle thus us ending with a very important victory.

Instead I had a 300 yard dash in the pouring rain to get to my car and return to Marigolds (and in the sunshine) to meet a client so I had the opportunity for an excellent entertaining afternoon witnessing our guests Haleigh & Thundersley 2nd XI who easily knock off 244 (what looked like a decent Harlow score to defend) and in style and still with eight wickets to spare. Good entertainment for the natural observer, for sure.

I was pleased once again for Jack Sykes with another fine NO innings although he was obviously uncomfortable and in some pain whilst fielding, or looking for an excuse to being substituted perhaps?

On Spicers Field our 3rd XI closed on a much needed victory and pleased to see two old war horses in Dave Welham and Dan Stone still turning over their arms and taking much needed wickets

Later in the evening I chatted with Russ Davies who skippers our 5th XI, he was beaming with pride about his youngsters performance and contribution to an entertaining low scoring Harlow innings making it
almost impossible to defend but his joy was the way ‘The kids’ conducted themselves albeit in defeat. It is not always about winning, it is also what you put into the game of cricket that is important. They certainly seem to have ‘The spirit of cricket’ in them, so important at that tender age. I do hope it lasts.

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