Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hounslow Leisure Cricket Club. Looking forward to the 2018 cricket season. Will have a couple of spare slots for new fixtures next summer, so give us a shout if your team are up for a mid week 2020 against the mighty Leisure....


This popular electronic beat combo having Some Bizzare photo shoot at the famous Alf Gover Indoor Cricket School on East Hill, Wandsworth (now a block of flats), It's not a great look for a regular Top40 indie/ pop band. It was the early 80s, and maybe it was acceptable then, but not quite sure what the thinking was, if they are indeed cricket fans or if the idea of some A&R department? But, who are they? My mate Dipesh Modi, when they got mentioned one time in conversation, had never heard of them. They are still together, nearly 40 years now, have had 50 plus UK chart hits, and have sold over 100m records worldwide, They've just released a new album and are on a massive world tour. Like the England team currently in Australia, they Just Cant Get Enough... (I've generally thought them to be a bit over rated myself but, ironically, this tune is a good one. ....click here to Enjoy the Silence.) 


Thursday 16th November, Red Lion, Isleworth. HLCC End of Season Awards and Drinks. Special guest; Brett Wilson, last seen 13 seasons ago just before he headed back home to Brisbane, Queensland, having attained legendary status in the 3 years and 32 games he played for Hounslow Leisure. Very impressive stats; 38 wickets at 10.7, an economy of 3.3, 1104 runs at 58.1, including 10 50's and a top score of 92. And in attendance, most of the team that would have played many of those 32 games with Brett...Phil, Mike, Don, Jim, Adam, Chris, Knobby, Robert, Rick, Paul.... (plus a few of the more recent chaps; Waseem, John, Wendel, SteveP...). Great to see you Brett, and look forward to seeng you again one day when HL get to tour Australia. Back to 2017, and Wendel picked up Player of the Season award for his 289 runs, 10 wickets and 9 catches. John and Ian also shared top wickets with 10. The first time Wendel and Brett have been seen together in the same room. Just imagine if we had had both of them playing on the same team? (Wendel joining Leisure the season after Brett left). Next up, the Magdalen CC AGM, January 19th.


Ah, memories from the summer of 2016....cricket, beer, picnics, referendums....Great cover to the NS; Cameron (in his new job as assistant groundsman), Farage (conked out on too many Spitfires), May, Boris, Sturgeon (cutting up the Ucake), Corbyn...Really wouldn't want any of them anywhere near one of our games of cricket, although Magdalen do play Sonning, where May lives, so theres always a grim chance...


Cricket Lovely Reggae

Robert Calvert; writer, poet, musician, and on/off lyricist and singer with space rockers Hawkwind, got a few of his Pink Fairies, TRex and fellow Hawk chums to help him record a couple of cricket themed tunes a few years back, to coincide with a West Indies cricket tour of England.

He co-wrote Hawkwinds mega 1973 hit 'Silver Machine' and indeed sang on the original take, until the rest of the band decided that then bassist Lemmys vocal was more suited for the single release. Despite being a bit peeved about that, it fortunately did not stop Calvert from penning a large number of Hawkwind, and solo, classics throughout the 70's and 80's...

Click to read how his 'Cricket Lovely Reggae' and 'Howzat' songs came about below...fair to say, perhaps, not his best work, but hey, its cricket lovely reggae...


Season 2017

That's it all done for the 2017 season. Leisure played 15, won 8. 4 cancelled. Wendel topped the batting with 289 runs, also topped the catching with 9, and shared the top wickets with Ian and Swainy with 10 each. Sunday Magdalen CC's season finised last Sunday with a washout. Played 20, won 14, drew 1, 5 cancelled. Wendel topped the batting with 956 runs, Imran the bowling with 32 wickets, and Waseem the catching with 10. Steve finsihed with 29 keeping dismissals for Mags and 7 for Leisure. HL's AGM sometime in Jan/ Feb. Mags end of season curry, 13/10.

Click here for the Magdalen CC stats for the season


Match reports 2017

V Hatfield Heath Cricket Club. The annual trip to Essex for our traditional 2 innings Saturday game, a highlight of the season for most HL players. The weather forecast all week for the Saturday was not good, and the game seemed potentially very much in doubt. Come Friday afternoon, the outlook dramatically changed for the better and it was game on. Arriving Saturday morning to the Heath, it was sunny, but a little damp and chilly. HL have been going through a mini injury crisis of late with knee, back, and broken finger scenarios, and it was only a few minutes before the due start that the final 11 were decided upon, despite 2 of our players still being an hour away. HH batted first and we felt we had done well to keep the home team to just 109 from the 20 over first innings. That was quickly put into perspective somewhat, as we lost 2 wickets in the first 2 balls of our reply, and regular wickets fell thereon, as we limped to just 81/9, a first innings deficit of 28. HH knocked it around 2nd innings, they have some good batters and know their pitch well (they celebrate 150 years next year). A couple of rain stops, including 45 minutes for the second, meant that the 30 overs for the 2nd innings had to be reduced to 25. Back on, and HH finished up on 166/7, with Leisure requiring a run rate busting 195 from our 25 overs for victory. Was going to be tough and within 3 overs we were 3 down. We had high hopes for Wendel and Waseem, but once they had both departed, it was effectively all over. A couple of big shots form Umair at the end took us up to 136, before he became the last man out, in the 25th and final over, with HL falling a very disappointing 58 runs short. On paper, we looked as strong as it gets with plenty of bowling options and reliable run getters, and we believed that this could be our year, but it was not to be. HH are an established team, having just finished 3rd in Div2 of the Herts and Essex Cricket League and play good cricket. As usual, the game provided plenty of champagne moments; Pauls pair, (Catching practice, including a first ball of the innings golden duck), Ricks direct throw run out from mid off at one stump, and Wendels high and fast slip catch off Swainy. So, for the day; 3 wickets for Wendel, 2 for Ian, Swainy and Leo, 2 catches each for Umair and Leo, 58 runs in total for Wendel, 36 for Umair, 22 for Waseem, and between the rest of us, not much else ...Final scores: HH 109/5 and 166/7. Leisure 81/9 and 136/10, a sound 58 run defeat.

V Navigators. The excitement of the local derby was building just as lunchtime downpours threatened to spoil the game. On arrival at the ground, the sun was shinning, yet the wicket still damp and soft. Navigators in to bat, and 20 overs later had posted a respectable 146/7, despite several dropped catches from the Leisure. In response, Knobby fell early, caught fast and low at point. The Tallent bros made 25's. With 60 needed from the last 10 overs, Alex let loose the Goose and hit a quick fire 35no, including a couple of 6's, but Ian scoring the winning runs with 14 balls remaining. 2nil bragging rights to the Leisure this season, with pizza and beer on the patio, as the sun set on 2017 midweek cricket.

V Richmond Yorkers. The return match. 140/3 from HL, Yorkers were 57 from 10. With 45 needed from the last 4, and then 26 from the last 2, it seemed we were just in control. 11 required from the last over had us woried, then suddenly four needed off the last ball. Not hit hard enough and only 2 scored for a HL 1 run win. Richmond 139/5. Very tight game played in the right spirit. Josh 42retrd, Kieron 39retrd, Jim 20no. 2 wickets for Josh, 2 run outs, one a Kieron direct throw from the boundary.

V Phoenix. 2nd game in 2 evenings, Pheo having been soundly beaten by Magdalen CC last Sunday at Kempton were obviously keen for revenge against more or less the same team. Pheo batted first and at 10 overs were 120/1, smashing it all around the park. The next 10 overs were slightly better for HL, Pheo finishing up on 202/8, their opener run out on 99 in the last over. Paul with 2 wickets, a great overhead catch from Wendel, and a catch from keeper Knobby. Ian took his 100th wicket for Leisure, a moment that we had been waiting a few weeks for, so well done Ian. Our response wasnt so great, all out for 80 in 12.3 overs, topscorers extras22 and Wendel21. A rather chaotic start to the match, with some travellers only having been moved off the pitch an hour before the start of play.

V Chelmbridge. Great to be back at West End Rec after a three year gap, playing against a strong mix of CWoA, Elmbridge and Esher players. We sensed it would be a good game and indeed it was. HL raced to 81 from 8 overs before losing our first wicket. The home team bowled well and HL managed just another 62 from the last 12 overs to post 143/7, Rashid scoring 55, and 17's for Bicky, Wendel and Ibby. Chelm were 72 from 10, exactly half way there, and apart from a spell where we peggged them back for a short while, Chelm managed to maintain the run rate, going into the last over with just 8 needed, duly knocked off with 1 ball to spare, also with 7 men down. 2 wickets apiece for Paul and Wendel, and 3 catches for Wendel. Knobby kept wicket, exceeding most peoples, but not his own, expectations. The light went the last 4 overs, signalling the need for earlier starts from now on.

V Waseem XI (Cancelled).

V Old Cals. Don't recall ever playing 30 and retire for batters at Ruxley Lane, but it seemed to work in our favour this evening. Their top three all retired, and it looked like we might struggle to take a single wicket until Parky took 2 in 2, including their skipper Dan, bowled for a golden. After the openers left, the run rate slowed with OC's finishing up on 134/2. Knobby was in fine form in response, despite running out Bicky early on, as was Mr Burton, with both having to retire. 50 runs were scored off 4 overs mid innings to get ahead of the run rate. Not sure if OCer Beeks knew which side he was playing on this eve as he helped Knobbty to his 32no with misfields and dropped catches. Jim fell on to his stumps for a duck, but Parky and Swainy continued to knock it around to secure victory with 13 balls to spare. Will we still be doing this in another 25 years time? Probably....

Next game V Old Californians, 25 Years of playing OCCC. They had the better of Leisure in the early days, i.e. they won the first 10 encounters, and did drop us for a few years, but results have been much more even in recent times. Early games were played home and away at Boston Manor Park and Kingston Fairfields.

V GSK. The forecast wasn't great for the evening, but we squeezed in the 36.5 overs needed just before a mega downpour, as the clouds lifted for our second meet of the season. GSK, all out for a casual 146 with 4 wickets for Shafiq and 2 for SteveP. Waseem (35 retired) and Shafiq (10) got HL off to a great start and the momentum was maintained with Swainy (38 retired), Adam (24) and Steve and ChrisB at the end with plenty of big hit boundaries, as HL won with 19 balls and 8 wickets to spare. Some rather average fielding from the GSKers this evening with Swainy dropped at least 4 times, and several balls going through the legs for boundaries. 1 each for the season.

Between Leisure games, the Magdalen CC Rain, beer and cricket Tour to Bournemouth, July 2017...

V Superstars. The oppo restricted to just 140/5 from the 20, thanks to a good bowling and fielding performance from the Leisure (3 wickets for Adrian, a fine slip catch from Wendel, and 2 catches and a stumping from Skipper Steve). HL made hard work of chasing the score down in the fading light despite a solid 47no from Adrian and 20's from Hitesh, Waseem and Swainy, Alex finally hitting the winning runs with 3 balls to spare, 6 wickets down, in a tense finish. Only Don prevented the oppo from outlasting us in the bar.

News from Magdalen CC. The season is well up and running, having now played 11 Sundays, skipper Waseem on a 6 game winning streak. Imran currently leads on boths runs and wickets, despite a double ton from Wendel at Northfields. Later this month the annual tour, this year to Bournemouth, with games in Poole and the New Forest.

V Harrow. Leisure (172/4) beat Harrow (112/5) by 60 runs. Scorching evening in Sunbury, won toss and batted first. 65no from Adrian and 33no from Jim. 2 Wickets for Chris B and catches for Swainy, Waseem and Wendel. Knobby took a wicket with his first ball. Old foes Harrow, we have now played 42 times in 25 years and, appropriately, we tie at 20/20. (with 2 no results). (The Navigators were also playing this evening, a mile or two down the road at Staines and Laleham CC and chased down 126 with 8 balls to spare v Staefa)

V Thames Water. Losing by 10 wickets with 10 overs remaining in a T20 is not what one would call being particularly competitive. Alas, such was the case against local rivals and friends TW. Batting first and losing 3 of our middle order in one over didnt help, as we limped to 111 all out, 29 from Rick, including a partnership of 35 with Hardeep, gave us some respectability, when at one point we were 46/6. 10 overs later it was all over, thanks to some major twatting from the Twater openers...

V Westminster. A joint Leisure/ Navigators game, it got cancelled anyway due to the appalling weather.

V GSK.A cooler evening after the recent heatwave. GSK batted first and finished up on a below par 167/5 from the 20. A couple of run outs including a great piece of work from Ian. At 95 from 10, HL were cruising, Wendel and Karthik having scored 30's, but tight bowling, good catching and regular wickets slowed up the run rate, HL finishing up a disappointing 18 short, 8 down. A missed opportunity.

V Pheonix CC. At last, our first home game of the season! Hounslow chased down 175 to win with 10 balls to spare, thanks to a steady 38 from Kathik and a smashing 78 no from Wendel. HL did well to restrict Pheonix to just 17/55 after a they made a flying start, Rick taking 3 wickets, Mike 2 stumpings and Wendel a blinding catch on the boundary.

V Old Californians: Cancelled (rain)

V Kingston Taxes: Cancelled (opposition)

V Harrow. Harrow 87/10 16.4 overs, Leisure 61/10 17.3 overs. Do not underestimate any low score! A very harrowing result. Imran 4 wickets. Chris B, Swainy 2 each, extras 12....

V CWoA: Cancelled (opposition)

V Richmond Yorkers: 112/7 from HL not the best. Richmond easily reaching the score with 3.5 overs to spare.

V Navigators. Won.


Cruel Summer

We all enjoy playing cricket, but it can be a real cruel game sometimes. Fielders dropping dollys off your bowling, being tonked on a flat wicket by a well set batter, or being judged lbw first ball by a clueless umpire,.. And when you hear that these (not so young) slips are back, singing live on tour, together again, for the first time in 30 years, and all the above is beginning to happen on a regualr basis, you could well be heading for a Cruel Summer...


Match reports 2017

V Navigators 3/5. The 2017 season has started. Broken grounds machinery resulting in a change of venue the day before the game, and the inevitable cold, cloud and rain (after the driest and sunniest of Aprils in decades) couldn't stop the now traditional seasons opener v The Navigators from taking place. Navigators 101 from 15, Leisure 102 from 14.3 overs. A win for the Leisure, with 3 balls remaining. Wendel 3 wickets and 27 runs. 2 catches for Jim. A first for Leisure, as the covers came on for 30 minutes whilst rain stopped play. Thanks to Frank for sorting us out with such short notice.

From this evenings game, starring the sliding Karthik. 


2017 Fixtures

3-May NAV 500 AWAY
THURS 18-May CWofA 530 HOME
WED 19-Jul OLD ACT 545 NAV A
WED 16-Aug CWofA 530 AWAY
SAT 9-Sep HHCC 1100 AWAY

Summary of results 1992 to 2016

2017 sees Hounslow Leisure Cricket Club celebrating 25 years of playing old foes LB Harrow and the Old Californians. Had we been playing Wandsworth in 2017, then they also would have been part of the party, but we were unable to arrange a fixture this year. Had we been playing Ealing this year, that would have been 20 years. However, Reg and MM aren't as young as they once were and this fixture seems to have now fizzled out....


Soldiers watching The Army v West Indies @ Aldershot,
August 1933. Three day game, check out the scorecard.


This Friday, 24/2, The Don finally leaves LBH, and HLCC have their AGM.


The Men in...Black...

When the Stranglers (and friends) played The Media, 1979. Read the match report here...

Hugh C and Capt S take a quick single


2017 Dates

Hounslow Leisure AGM, St Margarets. Fri 24/2, 7pm

Hounslow Leisure first game confirmed Wednesday 3/5 @ Home v Navigators

Magdalen CC AGM, Champagne Charlies, Fri 20/1. 7pm

Magdalen CC Lords Indoor School Nets booked starting Monday 13/3, 8-9pm

Magdalen CC first game confirmed 23/4 v Sonning


Magdalen CC at Ashford CC, April 2012. Warm up prior to the first game of the season not going too well...and the day didn't get any better... Mags v Ashford scorecard April 2012

Who was the 'unsure' who scored the 160 for the oppo? The middle order of Jacques, Mike and Paul, all out in one over in response....

The Cricket E.P.


2016 Season

Summer 2016. Hounslow Leisure CC played 15, won 8, lost 6, 1 tie. 5 lost to the weather. Waseem top scorer with 289 runs, Wendel 2nd with 212. Rick top wicket taker with 15, Paul, 2nd, with 13. Swainy top catcher with 6.

If your team fancies a mid week 2020 game v Hounslow Leisure CC, we will be looking for a couple of new fixtures next season, so give us a shout...

Magdalen CC Sundays finished last week. Waseem ended up top scorer also, with 835 runs, Imran 2nd with 791, Hooky, top wickets with 52, Ian, 2nd, with 23, and Waseem/ Imran top catchers with 10 each. Magdalen played 26, won 12, drew 6, lost 8.


Match Reports Summer 2016

Our last game, v Hatfield Heath CC was rained off, bringing 4 months of Hounslow Leisure cricket to an end for 2016. Highlights included wins against the toughest of oppositions Wandsworth, Old Californians and GSK, within the space of 7 days in July. Stats, and AGM to follow..

V GSK. 1/9/16. The last midweek game of the season found HL in Boston Manor for this 18/18 clash. The heroics of our previous game v GSK a month ago, however, couldn't be repeated as we lost our last 7 wickets for just 21 runs, folding to 89 all out, even missing out on 4 overs of batting. Paul (32) and Steve (24) scoring the bulk of the runs. Paul, Wendel and Swain picked up a wicket each, but GSK easily knocked off the total with 7.3 overs to spare.

Leisure players were out in force last night (30/8/16), either playing or spectating, at the annual Hounslow Navigators v Hounslow Mayors charity match, held at the Indian Gymkhana Club. The Navigators thought 149 was very gettable at half time, but hopes were soon dashed as we slipped to 11/5 within 5 overs. HLers Adam, Wendel, and Paul mustered 2 runs between them, but Steve showed some resistance with 25no at the end for the team to finish 50 short on 98, 8 down. Despite the result, and some dodgy umpiring decisions, the Mayors charities were up by £400 on the evening.

V Richmond Yorkers. 25/8/16. Hot and humid in Sunbury for our last home game of 2016. Scoring just 131 to post a score felt 20 or 30 too light and indeed proved to be the case. HL were 67 from the first 10, but unable to kick on in the 2nd 10, finishing up on 131/7. 25's from Noman, Steve and Extras, and Jim smacking a couple of handy 4's in the last over. Richmond were 82 from the first 10 and continued to knock it around, recording a rare win, with 15 balls to spare. Shafiq and Swain both bowled well for their 2 wickets each, but Richmond the better team on the evening.

V CWofA. 17/8/16. The away fixture at Chessington on a scorcher of an evening. Lovely setting, blue skies, 25 degrees. Just perfect for a game of cricket. Unfortunately, some bright spark next door chose tonight to have a bonfire. However, HL didnt mind a little smoke during the game as we blazed our way to 160/7 from the 20. 49 runs from Wendel, including a dot and 5 4's in his first 6 balls, and 2 rather large 6's. Swainy, who was well up and running with 21, went Ape, as he was run out, a result of a joke call from Wendel. Alex, Paul and Steve chipped in with quick runs at the end. In response, WofA were 65/3 from 10, but HL kept it tight in the field and with the ball, all the bowlers taking a wicket each. With 30 needed off the last over, and Chris Burton at the crease, an HL win was never in doubt. (CWofA 131/7)

V Ealing Engineers. With a full team of HLers at the ground early and raring to go, hopes of any repeat of the memorable epic clashes with Ealing of recent years were dashed when the oppo turned up an hour late with just 5 players. Rather disappointing but as the game must go on, a 15 over, 8 a side, 30 and retire game was finally started at 6.45pm. Highlights included an Alex 30, 2 wickets for Rick (Hardeep being one of them, stumped by Steve), 2 catches for Swain, including Paul, bowled by Leo, Noman catching Waseem. Don and Olivia played, and Mike umpired. We made the best of a frustrating situation and for the record, if it really counts, HL lost by 8 runs (120/4 v 112/6), the defeat sealed in the fading light, Paul bowling Wendel with 15 still needed from 11 balls.

V GSK. 2nd game this week and the BIG one. GSK are strong and very competitive (they have kit with their names on and do pre match knock ups) and HL haven't won this fixture very often in recent years. Tonight, with superb batting from Waseem and Adam, we did the business. GSK batted first, got off to a blistering start, 50 from the first 5. Wickets started falling, and as did the run rate. Despite a flurry of runs the last couple of overs, when we could have kept it to under 150, GSK finished up on 166/9. Still a good score, but could have been 200 odd at one point. Wendel took 3 wickets, Adam took 2 (off his first 2 balls), and Leo, Ian, Swain and Paul chipped in with 1 apiece. 2 catches and a stumping for Steve. We needed a solid start and Wendel (19) and Waseem (53no) duly obliged. Wendel fell, caught on the mid off boundary, having hit a massive 6 over the tennis courts the previous ball. Waseem batted extremely well but had to retire once he'd got his 50 (5 6's, 3 4's), only for Adam to take over the mantle with a forceful 53 (before he had to retire also), including  6 4's and 2 6's. 20 needed off the last 3, became 5 from 2. Steve and Alex (15no) there at the end, HL winning with 8 balls to spare. Jubilant scenes and pizza in the club house. Including the Windsor game last Sunday, in which most of us were involved, and HL beating Wandsworth last week, its been 4 wins from 4 in an almighty week of cricket.

V Old Californians. HL don't need motivation when playing OC's, but when the oppo mention before the game that they have won all their 10 games this season, then HL really have no option but to try to make it 10 from 11. Overnight and morning rain had threatened to spoil the game. Despite the new covers not being used, the rain stopped at lunch to give just enough time to reasonably dry out the wicket. OC's reckoned their best bet was to put us in. Leo was out for a golden, but Waseem (35) and the returning, and chomping, Wendel (78), his first HL innings in nearly 2 months, put on a tasty 127 partnership with plenty of boundarys, including an 18 from one Terry over. Paul then ran himself out without facing a ball, but Swainy (29no) and Burton (12no) kept the momentum going to post a competitive 163/4. OC's got off to a decent start, ahead of HL at 10 overs, with both openers getting 40's, despite easy drops from Waseem and Swainy. Rick took both out, and a third, for 3 for 30, after which the OC innings fell away. A catch and stumping from tonights keeper Waseem, and a couple of runs outs. Wendel had OC skipper Dan caught behind for a duck, Leo bowled Terry and Knobby caught one, for HL to finish up winners by 30 runs. A satisfying win indeed.

Breaking news. Sunday 31st, Magdalen bowl Windsor Great Park out for 45, and win before tea, by 6 wickets...4 wickets apiece for Ian and Hooky.

V Wandsworth Planners. Showers and sun on Wandsworth Park this evening as old rivals took the field for the 22nd time in 24 years. Despite a lively wicket and tight bowling from Ian, Wendel. Paul and Swain, the outfield was fast and the boundarys short as WP racked up, an under par, 141/5. 2 Wickets for Paul, and a stumping and catch for Nigel, guesting behind the stumps. Leo and Waseem opened up for HL and made a partnership of 95 before Waseem was bowled for 39. Leo scored the winning runs in the 16th over, and notched up his maiden Leisure 50 with a 4 in the process. Wandsworth a little under strength this evening, but a solid performance from the Leisure...Rick turned up half an hour late, having gone to the wrong venue...

Magdalen CC on Tour to Kings Lynn, Norfolk 2016. Sunshine, beer and cricket against 3 great oppositions, in fantastic settings, Thornham, Hockwold and Castle Rising.

V CWoA. An epic 3 hour game fought out in the scorching heat of Sunbury this evening ended in a tied result, with 117 runs a piece. HL batted first with Paul (39no) and Waseem (34no) the two main contributors (the other 9 scoring 21 between them, including goldens for Adam and Steve, skittled out by the Pathak boys, who took a combined 6 wickets for 25 from 7 overs). With 118 needed for victory, and 10 needed off the last over, CWoA, despite 2 wides, couldn't score the 1 run needed off the last ball to clinch victory, a tie being the appropriate result for the evening, taking into account Hounslow having 17 players on the pitch and also some scoreboard and last over rules confusion. 2 wickets for Swain. Thanks go out to the Navigators for making up the numbers, to Alex for not being able to count to 20, and to Will for bringing his Tower of Mayhem to Sunbury this evening...

News: Hounslow Navigators play the Hounslow Mayors XI, Tues 30 August, India Gymkhana, Isleworth.

V Chelsea Cobblers. New fixture, and new venue. South Park, Fulham. HL too strong this evening, as CC were reduced to 90/8 from the 20, and duly knocked the total off with over 6 overs to spare. 3 wickets for Swainy who looked almost quite fearsome on this uneven, poorly maintained LBHF recreation ground wicket. 3 wickets for Rick, who took the pace off, and 2 for Paul. A shaky 30/3 at one point, but sensibly knocked off by Adam (36no) and Swainy (19no) with plenty of drinking time to spare...

Blast from the past: June 2003 when Hounslow Leisure played Hounslow Homes in a one off at Trailfinders. Leisure won by 16 runs, Jonny Walker taking a couple of wickets, Robert scoring his all time high of 22, and aussie Rowan scoring a 50.

V Harrow Planners. Our 400th game ended in a 142 run defeat, our worse ever, as HL crumbled to a miserable 81ao in less than 15 overs, chasing a mammoth 223 set by Harrow. Limited Hounslow bowling resources and a fast outfield, but a fine 119no from opener K Patel, and 48 from Wiggan, enabled Harrow to post a rather competitive 223/2 from 20 overs, the highest score we've ever conceded in a 2020. A rate of 11 an over is no small task, a challenge we failed to rise to this evening,  Swainy (13), Alex (18) and extras the only ones to make double figures. Harrow now lead the honours board 19/18, having played 39 times since 1992 (1 tie and 1 abandoned game).

HLCC June 2016 

V Superstars. 10 years of playing Superstars ended in a low scoring, last over defeat this evening, with just a total of 215 runs scored. Batting first, facing tight bowling, HL mustered a rather light 107 runs for 8, Waseem (32) and Will (10) the only 2 to score double figures. A fine deep catch by SteveP dismissed the rampant Superstars opener with 46 on the board. With reduced bowling resources, HL did well to take it to the last over, Superstars needing 9 to win, and duly completed with a wide and 2 4's, with the loss of 7 wickets. A 2 wicket maiden for SteveM and 2 wickets each for Leo and SteveP.

V Ealing Engineers. Leo (23) and Waseem (42) in a 50 run opening partnership, with chip ins from Alex, Swainy (30no), SteveP and wides, helping HL to 177/3 from the 20. Always in control despite 95 runs off the last 10 overs, Ealing finishing up 36 runs short with 141/5 in response. 3 wickets for Paul.

V Pheonix. Cancelled...rain...

V Thames Water. HL won the toss and batted. 85 at the half way mark, finishing up on 137/7 from the 20, with a rather dismal 14 coming from the last 5. 25no's from Waseem, Alex and Wendel, HL had to be sharp to defend. 88 at the half way mark for TW, 4 overs from Rick for 7 runs squeezing the oppo. 20 needed off the last 2, TW finally falling 7 short, 8 down, for a HL win, in a very tight and tense game. 3 wickets each for Ian and Wendel. A few Ashford CC players on both sides this evening, all 22 players batted, and true HL sportsmanship shown as a key batter, caught on the boundary rope, literally, was recalled, and a 6 conceded.

V Old Californians. Cancelled - rain, wind, cold....

V Harrow Planners. At last... the season gets underway for proper. With no time to relax from his journey... Knobby... run out, for a golden duck, second ball of the innings. 1 for 1. 17 overs and a 149 run partnership with Noman (32) later, Imran was next to go, having scored 85, including 4 consecutive 6's in one poor chaps over, helping HL to 163/3 from the 20. Harrow wickets regularly fell, and despite a couple of quick fire 30's from the oppo, the total was never under any threat, Harrow all out for 120 in the 17th. 3 wickets for Rick, 2 each for Shafiq and Imran, and 1 each for Leo, Ian and Paul, 2 stumpings for Mike.

V CWoA. Cancelled. Morning/ lunchtime downpour.

V Elmbridge BC. Cancelled.

Sad news. Alan Smith, a previous Leisure player has recently passed away. Incredibly, he started playing cricket in his 60's, very tall and lean and was an immaculate opening bowler with his line and length, and would often bowl his 4 overs for not very many. Batting; very correct, but perhaps suited to the longer game. A gentleman, a wonderful artist (I visited his exhibition of paintings one time at Chiswick Town Hall), and a cricket lover. He last played for Leisure in 1998, a game on Lampton Park in his honour, by which time he had retired to the south coast.

V Hounslow Navigators. 2016 has started. Won toss, opted to bat. 135/1 from 18 overs (Waseem, Wendel, Lux 25no's). Navigators win with 6 balls remaining, 136/2, both for Noman, a catch from Knobby. Great to be back on a pleasant early May evening.


2016 is going to be...EPIC...

HP says "I'm well up for it, cant wait, its been a long winter. Done some training, got some new kit, including new boots."

Hounslow Leisures first game at home on Tuesday 3/5. Check out the fixtures below....

Magdalen CC starts next Sunday 17/4 v Ashford....


2016 World Cup T20 final. Eng v WI

Watch the last 4 balls here: Carlos hits 4 6's in the last over...

What a 2016 World Cup T20 tournament and final at Eden Gardens?! England's batting started poorly, then recovered somewhat, thanks to Roots 54 and Buttlers 36 to reach 155. England's bowling started tremendously, Gayle, Charles and Simmons out to Root and Willey for not very many, West Indies batting recovered, courtesy of Samuels 85no, then started to slip as wickets fell, until 19 needed off the last (Stokes) over...Enter Carlos Braithwaite. What a finish...Well done to the West Indies and to Captain Sammy.

Really enjoyed having the women's tournament running along side. West Indies women beat Australia in their final at the same ground earlier in the day, with similar scores and last over finish, albeit not needing a colossal 19 off it...


HLCC Fixtures 2016

TUES 03-May H 5.00 Navigators
THURS 12-May H 5.30 Elmbridge
WED 18-May A 5.30 CWoA
THURS 26-May A 5.30 Harrow
TUES 31-May A 5.45 Old Californians
THURS 09-Jun H 5.45 Thames Water
THURS 16-Jun H 5.45 Pheonix
WED 22-Jun H 5.45 Ealing
THURS 30-Jun H 5.45 Superstars
THURS 07-Jul H 5.45 Harrow
WED 13-Jul A 5.45 ChelseaCobblers
WED 20-Jul H 5.45 CWoA
THURS 28-Jul A 5.45 Wandsworth
TUES 02-Aug A 5.45 Old Californians
THURS 04-Aug A 5.45 GSK
THURS 11-Aug H 5.45 Ealing
WED 17-Aug A 5.30 CWoA
THURS 25-Aug H 5.00 Richmond
TUES 30-Aug H 5.00 Navigators
THURS 01-Sep A 5.00 GSK
SAT 10-Sep A 11.00 Hatfield Heath


Laird's, the home of MCC.

 Methlick Cricket Club, Aberdeenshire...


Leisure v Magdalen

Hounslow Leisure played Magdalen CC 3 times in the noughties, two of which were abandoned due to thunder storms, both about 30 overs into the game. (Duckworth Lewis calculations suggested one a piece). The only completed game ended in a tie, Leisure needing 2 off the last ball to win.

As a few Magdalen players drifted away and with more Leisure players looking to play Sundays, this mid week fixture fizzled out before it really ever got going.



Hounslow Leisure Cricket Clubs Mid off season evening/ agm Friday 29th January, St Margarets, 7pm. First few HLCC 2016 fixtures booked - Hatfield Heath Sat 10/9, confirmed games v Phoenix, Wandsworth, CWofA, Harrow, Superstars, OC's, GSK, Ealing with.more to follow....Magdalen CC nets at Lords booked for March (24,31) and April (7,14), Magdalens first game v Ashford 17/4, and tour to Norfolk booked for July 22/23/24...


Fast and Loose

I doubt he kept up with the Test scores whilst rocking around the world, and the only reference I could find to anything Lemmy and cricket related is this... a few words from JJ Burnell, the Stranglers bass man....

"I first recall meeting Lemmy at about 3am when I answered a rather insistent knock on the door of the flat I shared with Wilko. My room was nearest to the front door and Wilko wasn’t in. He said he was a friend and could he just sit down for a while. He said he would let himself out. It was obvious the guy was totally wired. Over the next few years our paths crossed and he would always have an envious dig about us doing TOTP. We arranged a cricket match against the press one day and he was supposed to play. He turned up with a doctor’s note. He had a verruca.

A few years back I bumped into him backstage at Guilfest surrounded by one armed bandits and I said it didn’t look quite right that his beard and hair were all jet black but he replied that’s what was expected of him. Last summer we had the pleasure of playing with Motörhead at the Eden project. After we came off he came over to me and graciously said that they should have been supporting us! He was always gracious to me. A class act. A huge presence in the pantheon of rock.

Listen here to Fast and Loose Motorhead


The snapper behind the lens on many an excellent high def photo on this page, Steve, demonstrating the classic forward defensive stroke. Foot forward and,...pad.....and lbw...


August 2005. HL umpires Rick and Mike and batters Adam and Wendel, returning to the pavilion, having just posted a winning score of 196/2 from 20 overs. v Feltham Garrison. Wendel hitting 109no, including two 6's over the fence.

HL battled FGCC on 21 occasions, the last time in 2012, winning 10, We played 3 games in 94/5, losing all three horribly, and were dropped for a decade. Hostilities were resumed in 2004, We were a better side by then and we fought out some epics, mostly played at the MoD gaff in Feltham. Alas, they struggled for players the last couple of years and sadly folded and thus there ended our rivalries.

They once told me about a tour game they played and somehow lost. From the Barley Mow Pub in Wellington website:...

Seb Coe (not that one) of Sampford Arundel CC in Somerset, contributed 283 not out in his side's successful chase of 332 to beat touring team Feltham Garrison. The home team won by one wicket thanks to a last wicket stand of 107 between Coe, who hit 18 sixes and 40 fours, and the local pub landlord...

Incredible, they were never too mad on people called Sebastian...


Shekie goes to Bollywood

So, this is why our 2013 star player hasn't been around a great deal recently.

'My debut Bollywood song 'Oh Kuriye Batana', feat AD Boyz' by Shekie Ab

You can hear/ buy it on the net....