56 year old, ex-Chingford CC 2nd XI captain and ex-Essex over 50's player.
Currently residing in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Bryan was one of the greatest fast bowlers to ever wear the Chingford
shirt and it was a familiar sight in the 60s and 70s to watch him
bowling over after over down the hill at the Kimberley Way end. Bryan
represented the Club between 1956 and 1982 capturing 883 wickets, the
vast majority of which were at 1st xi level and the 10th highest total
in Club History. Bryan was 1st xi Captain in 1977 and also did a spell
as Vice-President in the 1980s. A truly Chingford All Time Great.
Bryan wrapped up his career in the 1980s representing Essex Over 50s
and I know he had many fond memories of his time with the County Vets.
Bryan was also actively involved in our sister Club, The Chinghoppers
and was President of the Hoppers in 1986 and a Life Vice President till his passing.
Harwood was the son of Chingford legendary bowler Jock Harwood, but
unlike his father he was an opening batsman, full of talent and
determination, who sold his wicket dearly. He was also an occasional
bowler, moreso in his early years at the Club
Derek was the oldest surviving member not in age but in terms of his debut for the Club. He first appeared for the 3rd
XI in May 1946 in the same game that Buddy Jessop played his first game
for the Club. The two excited youngsters travelled together to
Broxbourne by bus. Although Derek opened his account with a duck, he had
the consolation of picking up a wicket so his senior career was under
Runs were soon flowing from the Harwood willow and from the records we have Derek amassed 7333 runs, which make him the 38th highest run scorer in Club history. His tally included 5 centuries, including a monumental 142 for the 2nd
xi at Highgate in 1951. I remember Derek being delighted to receive The
Young Clubman Award for that year(awarded to him posthumously in 2008
at the Club Supper, we even managed to include a copy of the press
cutting of the match from The Chingford Guardian for him!)
I believe Derek also scored a half century against an Essex XI, which he was extremely proud of.
Derek regularly played up to 1977, but I also remember the last game of the 2nd
xi season at Eton Manor in September 1983 when Derek answered a Jeff
Runciman SOS to come out of retirement and help the Club out. Poor Derek
ended up with a broken hand for his troubles getting stuck in on a
difficult pitch, but such was his bravery.
had hung up his boots he was a regular at the Club, he spent several
years scoring for the Colts as his talented son Steve learned the game.
In more recent times Derek was a fixture around the ground on match days
and he particularly enjoyed events like Cricket Week.
also an avid supporter of our sister Club Chingh
Buddy's trademark was as a deadly
accurate seam bowler,and rarely if ever did he bowl a loose delivery
and was the 4th highest wicket taker in Chingford CC history with an
incredible 1300 wickets. What is also amazing was his bowling average
was just 14.05 and his economy rate 2.81 runs per over.With the bat
Buddy also made some useful contributions and he scored 5774 runs for
Buddy was a great team and clubman, always finding the time to encourage young players and pass on words of wisdom
In the early 1980s Buddy moved on
to Woodford Wells CC so he could play with his sons Barry and Mark and
he concluded his career at Monkhams Lane
Buddy was also actively involved in
our sister Club Chinghoppers CC, and was President in 1976 and Senior
Life President at the time of his passing