A Review of the 1935 Season

In order to publicise the Club and attract new players the General Committee minutes of 9 April 1935 reported:


It was agreed to rent from the Railway Company a space near the booking office for one poster for twelve months at 35/- per annum and to ask Mr Poynter to devise a suitable poster.


The playing records were as follows:






1st XI




2nd XI




3rd XI





Under Frank Harley, the 1st team were unbeaten until they lost to Walthamstow on 29 June and went on to chalk up an impressive 17 victories.


Len Parslow topped the thousand runs with 1092, and was in tremendous form in Cricket Week:




v South Woodford



v S Dunstone’s XI



v B Roper’s XI



v Freebooters



v North London


Len also made 101 v Cheshunt. The other centurion was Don Spencer whose season’s aggregate of 937 included 123 v Wanstead, while Noel Westerhout contributed an impressive 807 runs.


Captained by C Burden the 2s won seven and in the game v Walthamstow Bill Adamson performed the rare feat of 9 wickets in a match when he took 9-50 with the other wicket being a run out!


However in the Sunday A game v J Townrow’s XI, H Noak (who was a South West Ham CC player) went one better when he took 10-24 against Chingford – incidentally this was a match in aid of Chingford FC.


 It appears that Bill Adamson enjoyed his bowling, for on Sat 1 June he bowled 25 overs for the2s v Buckhurst Hill – claiming 6-72, and then on the next day, Sun 2 June , he churned out a further 23 overs in taking 3-38 v North London!


Old Askeans showed no mercy in their game against the Sunday Bs when they rattled up 347-6 before declaring!


On 10 July Chingford entertained Essex Club and Ground, and put up a strong batting performance with 233-3 on the board, Len Parslow starring with 87. The County replied with 241-7, despite Don Spencer’s 4-54.


The 3rd XI match at Eton Manor on 13 July saw Eton Manor’s last pair amass a staggering 112 for the last wicket, in a match that we lost by 102 runs!


The Guardian in August 1935 reported:



Essex cricketers, including those who have made a big reputation in the cricket world, will figure in a charity match against the Chingford CC at Forest Side, Chingford on September 1st. The proceeds will be devoted to the Chingford Hospital Aid Society and it is hoped that the public will make every effort to support the match. The charge for admission will be 6d in the case of adults and 3d for children, and an afternoon’s entertaining cricket is assured.

The following Essex cricketers will definitely take part:- Maurice Nichols, HD Read, LC Eastman, Jack O’Connor, J Cutmore, E Rist, Ray Smith, C Boswell, PH Wade, J Russell,and P Smith. Chingford will be represented by F Harley (captain), G Downes, LF Parslow, WG Spencer, FG Cheesewright, HA Fruin, DM Crafer, A Adamson, G Chapman, SF Bland and NE Westerhout. The umpires will be F Culpin and A Metcalfe and the scorers, G Richardson and V Emly.

The match has been organised by Messrs Lancaster, Spencer, Fruin and Parslow while LC Eastman has arranged the Essex County XI


The match ended in a heavy defeat as Chingford made 153, Derek Crafer top scoring with 39. Francis Harley took 6 wickets for Chingford, but it was not enough as the County XI replied with 238.


Bill Adamson took 7-54 for the Sunday Bs v Asterisks and 7-33 in the 2nd XI match v Buckhurst Hill on 31 August to go past 100 wickets for the season and he ended the year with 114.


With the ball Jock Harwood captured a healthy 83 wickets (which included the wicket of the legendary Dennis Compton in the match v Stamford Hill) and Gordon Downes took 69. Francis Harley contributed 65, including 8 wickets in the matches v Brockley and Loughton.


In the Tennis Section the Cornish Challenge Cup was won by Mrs H Warren (Ladies’ Singles) and Mr WR Harper (Men’s Singles) and the Petingall-Norbury Trophy (Mixed Doubles) was won by Mrs H Back and Mr James Wisbey  The Ladies Doubles was won by Mrs GC Gaines and Mrs LW Loe, while Mr James Wisbey and Mr WE Sansom claimed the Mens Doubles. In matches the results were Played 11 W6 D1 L4


During the winter a hockey pitch was used by Old Felstedians at the pavilion end of the ground, while at the other end a football pitch was used by Chingford FC.