Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2010
Here I am writing about the most eventful year in the history of Harrow St. Mary’s Cricket Club, looking out of the window witnessing one of the numerous dull and grey weekdays.
I never thought that I’d live to see the day when the club, which I joined sometime in the early 80s, would finally have its own ground and clubhouse. Never mind me, but I don’t think that anyone from my playing days would think it could happen.
I joined this club because my wife had had enough of me sitting at home and doing nothing much other than make her life miserable with my inactivity and constant bouts of grumpy moods.
She found the club in the Yellow Pages. At that time I would never even think that gradually but surely I’d get involved with the club so deeply and live to see this day.
It seems incredible that a club started for the sons of farmers of Harrow to play matches against the famous Harrow School would take such a long time to get to the current stage.
The day I joined, I was welcomed, but with a little bit of reservation and trepidation. Understandably so, I’d say. After all, subjects from the far away colonies were very few and far between in Harrow then.
An announcement was made at the beginning of the season to the existing members that a great spinner from India was joining them. Little did they know that the so called spinner was, in fact, a medium pacer and of an Indian kind at that.
I only wanted to play a game of cricket in order to occupy my summer days out of the house. In the early days I met with match fines for excessive appealing, but I have to say that I learned a great deal from the seniors about the way the game is played and about the level of behaviour that is expected of the players and members of the club.
During this time, I became more and more involved with the club affairs and, for some reason, I began to promise to all the senior stalwarts of the club, and I mean seniors in the literal sense, that I’d ensure the club’s existence after their departure from this planet.
Eighteen years ago I and another member decided to reinstate our colts section. Initially started to arrest the declining membership and players it gradually brought its own success.
So, here we are. A new location and facilities envied by most of Harrow Borough. A place we can call home without being ridiculed and without the constant abuse that playing in a public park sometimes brought. A base where current and the future colts, social members, families and senior players will be able to enjoy cricket and have a quality time together.
In a way, I feel relieved and vindicated. My personal promise and to our past members who are no longer with us is nearly fulfilled. Now it passes on to the current and future generation to ensure that this remains our home and moves forward to a better and a bright future.
The only sad thing for me is all the ghosts that have been left behind in the park after 125 years. Let’s hope they make the short journey up the road with us.
Let’s make March 26th the most successful day in our history with the help of NatWest CricketForce.
Here are some of the organisations providing assistance for the club's CricketForce event:
Tarrants Timber - http://www.tarrantstimber.com/
Tool Shed and children - http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/project_info.php?id=3
Conservation Foundation - http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/
Town and Country gloves - http://www.townandco.com/
Harrow Garden centre - http://www.wyevale.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-Wyevale-Site/default/Stores-StoreDetails?storeID=Harrow
Primark - http://www.primark.co.uk/
Akzo Nobel - http://www.akzonobel.com/
FSA - http://www.thefsa.net/
SSS caterers - http://www.ssscaterers.co.uk/cms/index
Hoopers carpets - http://www.hooperscarpets.co.uk/
O2 - http://www.itsyourcommunity.co.uk/
EasyJet - http://www.easyjet.com/asp/en/book/index.asp?lang=EN
Abacus Electrical - http://www.problemsolved.co.uk/PINNER/Electricians/ABACUS_ELECTRICAL
Willis Removals - http://www.willisremovals.co.uk/
Sue Singer - http://www.suesgardendesign.co.uk/ssgd/ssgd_DesignServices.aspx
Durant cricket - http://www.durantcricket.co.uk/
Tapis Tiles - http://www.tapis.uk.com
Selco Trade - http://www.selcobw.com/
Preeti catering - http://www.preeticatering.co.uk/
Cumberland Hotel - http://www.cumberlandhotel.co.uk/
Jack Petchey - http://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/?