Entries by johandesilva

4s vs Stoke Newington 3s - 03/07/22

4s Swashbuckle past Stokey ‘Imagine needing 1 to win and f***king it up’ These were the words delivered by a member of the Stoke Newington cordon as new batsman Ali Kazmi prepared to face his first delivery for HCC 4s with just a single required to secure victory. 30 seconds later and Ali had ripped […]

4s vs Brondesbury 4s - 11/06/22

Du Toit and Blackett star in Bushey runfest! As is often the case at 3rd and 4th team level you may find yourself playing a team some distance from their home patch. That was again the case this weekend as we travelled not to the leafy surroundings of Brondesbury but to Bushey in Hertfordshire a […]

5s vs Hampstead 6s - 04/06/22

What's our philosophy, with regard to putting out teams in lower leagues? That's the question this week. That's been the question all season, really, for players at my end of the club's spectrum. When Freddie had to pull out of the ones on Saturday (Congratulations Freddie! Welcome to the world baby Craig), there was trouble […]

Sunday Friendly XI vs Monkey Nomads - 05/06/22

A close game, but Pushkev beat us in the end. Pushkev? Not the famous chess manoeuvre (Fischer vs Spassky game 31, Reykjavik 1972). Nor yet  a Pushkev penalty. I refer, of course, to the Nomads' deadly bowler, Pushkev. The first team sheet for this game included two keepers, one skipper, and several alternate skippers. But […]

Obituary - John Cleary, HCC Club President

John Cleary, the esteemed President of Highgate Cricket Club, has sadly died at the age of 81. He was the longest serving member of the club having joined in the late 1960s. John was a stalwart member of the 3rd XI in the days where we fielded three teams, a useful off-spinner and very enthusiastic […]

Festival of Inclusive Cricket - 19th August 2022

Highgate Cricket Club team-up with inclusion charity Power2Inspire to host free Festival of Inclusive Cricket: The Festival of Inclusive Cricket is coming to Highgate Cricket Club. Power2Inspire, a charity delivering sports events for people of all abilities, have teamed-up with us to bring its sell-out sports festivals to London for the first time. The family […]

Match Report 4s vs Wembley 28/05/22

Bouncing back at the fortress: Around this time last year I wrote a match report around the theme of‘Bouncebackability’ as HCC 4XI sought to get back to winning ways after a chastening reverse. That report focused on the man first coined the phrase, the gargoylian former Crystal Palace target man Iain Dowie. One year on and the […]

Summer Cricket Camps - Bookings Open!

Please find below links to our Summer Camps for the 2022 season - everyone is welcome and if you or anyone you recommend us to has any questions, please do get in touch! Week 1 (18th - 22nd July): https://www.openplay.co.uk/view-course/62845 Week 2 (25th - 29th July): https://www.openplay.co.uk/view-course/62847 Week 3 (1st - 5th August): https://www.openplay.co.uk/view-course/62848 Week […]

Match Report 1s vs Ealing Trailfinders 28/05/22

Highgate would come into the weekend's fixture relatively unscathed, seeing off the last three games with three wins. Playing away at Ealing Trailfinders, the side would be met by a ground fit for a post card, but a pitch lacking in what Maori describe as Mauri & Wairua (terms for Life force and Spirit). Nonetheless, winning the toss, […]

Match Report Sunday Friendly vs Chesham Arms 29/05/22

A relatively strong Highgate Sunday XI took on pub team Chesham Arms at the FOD on Sunday. No-one could have predicted that drama which was about to unfold... Certain sources (JDS) had suggested Chesham were probably "weak" and "just a pub team" so it was with these preconceptions swirling in my head that I went […]