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History of Hawks Cricket Club

A Founder of the club - Burt Browne

Club History

Hawks Cricket Club was founded in October 1969 when a group of eight West Indian Cricketers working at The Standard Telephone Company in New Southgate, became disenchanted with the way The Works Cricket team was being run and decided to form their own West Indian based Cricket Club.

The original name was Caribbean Hawks, but when it came to registering the Clubs name with The Club Cricket Conference (CCC), it was shortened to just Hawks as they already had an abundance of clubs with the name ‘Caribbean’ in their title. The CCC were very helpful and advised our members on how things worked and the rules on how to run a cricket club.

Cuthbert “Bert” Browne, one of the founders of the club made a decision at that time to shape the club and develop it into what it is today. Bert visited his friend and former cricket colleague Frankie Grant and persuaded him to join the newly formed Hawks. Frankie went on to be a driving force in the club and thanks to his commitment the club has survived some turbulent times.

When it came to the first ever match against Ardleigh Green in April 1970 at The Elms Sports Ground Coppermill Lane Walthamstow E17, known today as The Douglas Eyre Playing Fields, only Bert and Ken Baithwaite of the eight former STC members played in the match which they lost. Some names to remember from back then are, Charlie Chin, Loxton Heath, Lester Plummer, Peter Williams and many more.

Although Hawks has always been a competitive side, we have never won any of the major trophies, although we came close in the Clive Lloyd Trophy semi-finals twice, the very first year being in 1974 and then again in 1985, losing to Central Road Services (CRS} a selected London Transport team in 1974. In the 1985 semi-final the players who played in that match still find it a very bitter pill to swallow, as they were in with a winning chance.

Over the years Hawks has joined with two clubs to be known as Hawks Combine Cricket. Firstly Ford Enfield Cricket Club from which came John Best, Glenn Forrester and Evan McDaniel. They then joined with Dagenham Cricket Club from which came Gary Lord who along with Petrus William, Hubert Ryan and Eddie Webb are now the main driving force in taking the club forward.

Under the guidance of Gary, Jason Samuels and Petrus the club is now in the process of resurrecting their colts’ section and getting young West Indian cricketers into cricket which is greatly needed in the community.

They are looking for kids who wants to play cricket, boys and girls from age five. Also needed is as much volunteers as possible to help to run this project, which will also include women’s cricket and a softball team.

Please get in touch with the club if you would like to volunteer or join.