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Old Owen’s Cricket Club – End of Season 2020

Old Owen’s Cricket Club re-commenced the start of the Saracens Herts League fixtures after COVID-19 on Saturday 18th JULY 2020.

The Ist XI Team are in the Championship.
The 2nd XI Team are in Division 7A.
The 3rd XI Team are in Division B East.


The results for last week 12th September are as follows:

Old Owens 1st XI v Hemel Hempstead 1st XI (Away)
Hemel Hempstead won the toss and elected to bat.
Hemel Hempstead scored 227-7 (45 overs) with Old Owens replying with 115 all out (27 overs)
(Highlights: R.Carter 28, C.Robson 22, R.Carter 5-52)
Old Owens lost by 112 runs (4 pts)
*** THE 1st XI WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP  (P9  W6  L1 NR 2  Points 174) *** 

Old Owens 2nd XI v Datchworth 2nd XI (Home)
Datchworth won the toss and elected to bat.
Datchworth scored 144-8 (40 overs) with Old Owens replying with 147-0 (20 overs).
(Highlights: B.Christenson 85 n.o., A.Battersby 51 n.o., A.Rathore 3-14, N.Paropkari 2-12, Robinson 2-19)
Old Owens won by 10 wkts (30 pts).
** THE 2nd XI FINISHED 3rd in DIVISION 7A  (P9  W5  L2 NR 2  Points 194) ** 

Old Owens 3rd XI v Hatfield & Crusaders 3rd XI (Home)
Old Owens won the toss and elected to field.
Hatfield & Crusaders scored 101-9 (40 overs) with Old Owens replying with 105-2 (20 overs).
(Highlights: P.Spellman 41, I.Tyler 25, R.Achillini 2-13, T.Fuller 2-13, A.Hunter 2-17, A.Rajput 2-27)
Old Owens won by 8 wkts (30 pts).
*** THE 3rd XI FINISHED 1st in REGIONAL DIVISION B EAST  (P8  W6  L2 NR 2  Average 25.00) *** 

To see all the results, fixtures and tables click  

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Old Owens Junior Cricket 2019-2020


**** Watch this space in the New Year with regards to a Winter indoor programme ****  


In May 2019 the junior section was started, taking children as young as four, with coaching sessions taking place every Monday night.

The Mini O’s session ran from 5.30-6.15 pm and was a fun high impact introduction to cricket (4-6 year olds).

The Young O’s session ran from 5.30-6.30 pm and worked on the basics of batting, bowling and fielding and an introduction to playing some fun softball matches at the end of the lessons (6-8 year olds).

The Middle O’s session ran from 6.15-7.45 pm and worked on match play, batting and bowling and fielding, leading to playing both soft and hard ball matches dependent on the child’s confidence (9-11 year olds).

The Giant O’s session ran from 6.30-8 pm and was a combination of both Nets Game Scenarios, Batting Bowling and Fielding Drills and wicket keeping drills for would be keepers. With ‘Hard Ball’ matches against teams in the area also played during this time when available (12-15 year olds).

All sessions are run by our dedicated team of Level 2 coaches assisted by Level 1 “Parent” Coaches.

We will be building sessions up so that we are ready to play in the junior leagues in the season of 2020, but for 2019 there will be plenty of opportunities to play friendly cricket against many teams within the local area.

Junior Contacts: 

Fiona Lane

Debbie Palmer


The Cricket Club was pleased to welcome in 2019 our new Development Officer Jim Clarke ( who will again be administering the Junior Section in 2020.

Please see his Newsletters listed below: 

The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO) Newsletter Issue 1
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO) Newsletter Issue 2
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 3
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO) Newsletter Issue 4
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 6
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 7
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 8


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OOCC Winter Nets January 2020





Starts Thursday 23rd January 2019
from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm
(2nd & 3rd team players only)

New members are most welcome and for further information please contact Andy Battersby (2nd XI Team Captain) on 07780 611403 or Ian Tyler (3rd  XI Team Captain) on 07826 896005.

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OOCC Spring General Meeting 26th March 2019 – Minutes

Old Owens Cricket Club Spring General Meeting 26 March 2019 – Minutes held at Old Owens Sports Club.

Start Time: 7.15pm






Welcome, attendance and apologies

Ricci Acchilini, Robin Gupta, Gavin Flook, Alan Hunter, Richard Baker, Emma Fazakerley, Kishan Changlani, Jim Clark, Rory Allan, Ralph Lane, Mark McKinstry, Lewis Hollett, Nama Paropkari, Mick Bungey, Chris Whitworth, Robert Sibley

Attendees:  Tim Lane, Shaun Flook, Brad Lane, Fiona Lane, Sharon Martin, Debbie Palmer, Ian Tyler, Tony Palmer, John Nelson, Ken Rowswell, Chris Palmer,




Matters arising from Annual General Meeting

  • chasing up on non-payers – 3’s had some success

  • lunch & tea catering at home sorted

    evening with a Prem umpire  – didn’t happen but Brad to gauge the need, will probably discuss laws etc with team after a well attended net


Brad to ensure 1’s fully abreast of laws, regs and etiquettes in Championship


Feedback from League AGM

All proposed changes were voted as to our preferences. 2’s and 3’s will start at 1.00pm and play 90 overs, 1’s play half 50/50’s (coloured clothing and pink balls) and half 120 over games (Special Dukes balls), wide rule did not change at any level and in lower divisions remains a gentleman’s agreement between captains (we will put indicative lines down), 1’s when playing away do not pay for teas




Accounts & Finances

  • Bakes gave apologies but provided the accounts, which were available to view but were not circulated prior to the meeting due to a problem sending emails from Play Cricket

  • Subs agreed at £100 or £50 (unemployed/young people).

  • We have £6170 in the account – committed to £5000 spend on junior cricket this year, so we are committed to raising £5000. VP letter has been sent to VP’s and in turn will be sent to all members offering opportunities to sponsor BBQ’s, balls, whole match day. Not getting an overseas player in the form of Dan St Clair.

  • The accounts were approved by the meeting and those present thanked Bakes in his absence.




Captain’s updates

  • Brad – Nets been well attended, at least one new recruit from the Uni, one from Langford, one more from Haileybury, potential for some strong players for 2’s as 1’s squad should be a bit deeper, though no overseas.

  • Nothing from 2’s – Bats is captain and Naman Parapkari is vice captain

3’s – nothing to report – Ian pleased with what he heard about the higher 11’s and juniors





Junior Cricket

  • Jim Clarke, our Cricket Development Officer has been in to 13 schools and soon to start cricket days in some schools. Being paid £450 a month

  • 29 April = Junior Registration Day

  • Monday evenings will be juniors evening

  • Information on brilliant (thanks to Jordan Carter and Inner Media) new website as well as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

  • All members should read The Only Way Is Owens (TOWIO)

    There have been several well attended meetings about junior section and if anyone wants notes or more information they can contact Shaun





Welfare Officer update

  • Sharon not yet able to approve online verification but has requested access and a list of online verifiers – SM will be here on juniors registration day (29 April)

Tim has a spreadsheet of all who have been checked and need checks etc



SM to send out guidance & arrange to be accessible for all who need checking


Facilities and Grounds update

  • Ward Amenities started November 2018 – Edward Clarke (golf green-keeping experience) now employed by Ward and lives onsite, to be mentored by Rick Martin

  • Groundforce weekend is 20/21 April (with 27/28 if necessary)

  • Tim has taken delivery of a load of timber for the wooden sightscreens, which need to be painted etc this Saturday morning

  • New accessories for covers ordered

  • Football goals coming down on 15 April (Ralph coordinating)

  • With a £1000 grant from the Cricket World Cup Club fund we have extended the wi-fi, bought a printer/scanner and a laminator

  • Ground hire – Saturdays on pitch 2 when 3’s away will beFinchley 3’s, on Sundays Finchley Ladies will be on pitch 1, on Sundays pitch will be used by Archway Ladder and Rosslyn most Sundays, County Seniors playing again midweek and we are considering hosting County juniors.

Men’s toilets – was discussed at our AGM. No positive news. Budget  was £5000, quotes have been £18-20,000 so far, Tim has asked about the Association bond being drawn down but this has been decided against

 Tim Lane

 Duckworth Lewis display – slots to be created (Tim)


Tour update

Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 May. Hotel all booked. Around 20 in the tour party, including ample players for 2 fixtures. However, we have not yet got a fixture for the Sunday (Reepham is the Monday). Intention is to play golf Tuesday.


 Brad trying Saffron Walden,

Shaun trying all and sundry


Fixture card

  • League starting 1 week later this year, on 11 May, ends 7 September

  • 27 April – 1’s home vs Cockfosters, rest of club intra club on pitch 2

  • 4 May – 1’s in T20, rest of club home vs Harpenden XI (thanks to Alan Hunter)

  • 19 May – Club Day – open day

  • Ralph has again offered to arrange a fixture vs the school

Naman has offered to try to arrange some Sunday matches if there is demand


Ralph/Fiona to have card printed off (and update VP’s list)


Fund Raising / Social Events

  • Quiz night Friday 10 May arranged by Emma and Katie – £5 per person (£10 inc food), teams of 6, looking for 10 teams, bring friends and family, prizes

  • Family Activity Day – July or August Sunday

  • Inaugural Fantasy Cricket League – £20 per team, prizes, all funds to juniors

  • Tim has made connections with the Owens Parents Association and sponsored a race in a pending race night on behalf of the Junior section

Robin Gupta has kindly agreed to sponsor an entire match day (per Tim’s letter to VP’s mentioned above)


All to come to quiz and arrange teams

Chris Whitworth to deliver Fantasy League


Cricket World Cup Club Weekend

  • Should happen during World Cup (30 May to 14 July) with 7-9 June recommended nationally

    Maybe amalgamate with Family Activity Day – ask Jamie George if Saracens can arrange a 6 a side on a Friday?


 Shaun to coordinate


Any Other Business

  • VP lunch 5 April at The Mercer on Threadneedle Street – thanks to Mark McKinstry for arranging again

  • 100th anniversary in 2024 – plans already started, with Lisa Takahashi (Keith Freeman’s daughter) having agreed to paint the ground which will be available to buy as a print, Rob Sibley has agreed in principle to arrange a tour of the West Indies, a 2024 Committee will be set up in due course

  • Ian Tyler agreed to arrange a midweek game

Ken Rowswell proposed that player promotion and being dropped is confirmed verbally rather than via text / WhatsApp etc – the meeting agreed with this


Ian to arrange midweek game

Shaun to inform absent captains and vices about etiquette for moving players up & down XI’s

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Old Owens Cricket Club Dinner – Friday 29th November 2019

Old Owens Cricket Club Annual Dinner 
Presentation of Trophies

Friday 29th November 2019 
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
(at Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 4NF) 

(Cost £30 per person)

If interested please reply to Richard Baker asap at with a list of numbers attending, menu choice and where you would prefer to be seated (Tables 8-10 persons) by the latest 20th November.

Payments can be made by cheque payable to Old Owens Cricket Club and sent to Richard Baker
at 18 Ashmount Road, London, N19 3BJ or make a payment on the night.

Also on the night will be raffle prizes (so can all members bring something for the raffle, if possible) and if anyone has anything to be auctioned please bring along!


1. Homemade Soup (V, GF)
(Served with Fresh Crusty Bread)

2. Duck Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Dip

3. Avocado Tomato and Mozzarella in a Basil Dressing (V, GF)

4. Prawn and Crayfish Cocktail


1. Traditional Roast Turkey
(Served with a Sage Stuffing, Roasted Potatoes and Pigs in Blankets)

2. Braised Beef in Red Wine Gravy

3. Baked Fillet of Salmon with Lemon Dressing (GF)

4. Vegetarian Lasagne (V)

(All Main Courses are served with Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, New or Roast potatoes)


1. Traditional Christmas Pudding
(Served with Brandy Sauce)

2. Raspberry Gin Cheesecake (GF)

3. Hot Chocolate Pudding

4. Fresh Fruit Salad


Filtered Coffee and Mince Pies

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Old Owens C.C. Fixtures – Saturday 7th September 2019

Old Owen’s Cricket Club commence the start of the Saracens Herts League on Saturday 11th MAY 2019.

The Ist XI Team are in the Championship.
The 2nd XI Team are in Division 7A.
The 3rd XI Team are in Division 10B.

The Fixtures for this Saturday 7th September 2019 which will be the last matches of the season are as follows:

The 1st XI are Home to Shenley Village 1st XI (start 11.30 am).
(Ground: Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 4NF)

The 2nd XI are Away to Northwood 2nd X(start 12.30 pm).
Ducks Hill Road, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, HA6 2NR)

The 3rd XI are Away to Cockfosters 3rd X(start 12.30 pm).
(Ground: Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, EN4 9JG)

The results for last Saturday 31st August 2019 are as follows:

Old Owens 1st XI v Flitwick 1st XI (Away)
Flitwick won the toss and elected to field.
Old Owens scored 97 all out in 41 overs with Flitwick replying with 100-2 in 10.5 overs.
(Highlights: J.Wickham 22, L.Peters 19)
Old Owens lost by 8 wickets (1 pt)

Old Owens 2nd XI v Totteridge Millhillians 3rd XI (Home)
Totteridge Millhillians won the toss and elected to bat.
Totteridge Millhillians scored 159 all out in 42.2 overs with Old Owens replying with 141-6 in 36 overs (Revised target was 138 in 39 overs due to rain).
(Highlights: K.Changlani 52, N.Paropkari 35, L.Hollett 26 n.o., T.Fuller 4-21, A.Sutton 2-23, R.Martin 2-33)
Old Owens won by 4 wkts (30 pts)

Old Owens 3rd XI v Northampton Exiles 3rd XI (Home)
Northampton Exiles won the toss and elected to bat.
Northampton Exiles scored 244-5 in 45.5 overs with Old Owens replying with 102 all out in 30 overs (Revised target was 211 in 39 overs due to rain).
(Highlights: A.Hunter 30, S.Carter 25 n.o., G.Taylor 20)
Old Owens lost by 142 runs (10 pts)

To see all the results, fixtures and tables click  

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Old Owens C.C. Junior Section meeting 2nd September 2019

There will be a meeting for Old Owens Junior cricket section at Old Owens Sports Ground on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 7 pm.

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. Previous minutes (3rd June 2019)
  2. Summary of the season
  3. Next season’s junior teams
  4. Development plan
  5. Membership fees 2020
  6. Cricket parties
  7. AOB

Please click here for the minutes of the Juniors Meeting held on the 3rd June 2019 at Old Owens Sports Ground.


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Old Owens C.C. ‘Family Fun Day’ Monday 26th August 2019

Old Owens C.C. are having  a ‘Family Fun Day’ on Monday 28th August 2019 at Old Owen’s Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, Northaw, EN6 4NF, starting at 11 am (This is the rescheduled event that was cancelled on the 28th July due to the weather).

The event will start at 11 am with a junior match to be followed by an adults game to commemorate past players who are no longer with us.

Other events will include Softball, Fun activities for all the Family and a BBQ plus the Bar in the pavilion will be open for drinks.

Entry on the day is FREE  and everyone is welcome.


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Old Owens C.C. ‘Family Fun Day’ Sunday 28th July 2019 – Cancelled

*** The  event was cancelled due to the weather and has been rescheduled for either Sunday 25th August 2019 or Monday 26th August 2019  (TBA) *** 

Old Owens C.C. are having  a ‘Family Fun Day’ on Sunday 28th August 2019 at Old Owen’s Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, Northaw, EN6 4NF starting at 11 am. 

Old Owens C.C. Family Fun Day

Please  see the Flyer on the left for all anticipated activities on the day!

Everyone is welcome!