Hatfield Heath is a picturesque and friendly village located in Essex, England. Cricket has been at the forefront of village life for over a hundred years. Our ground, The Heath, is situated in the heart of the village on show to all those who pass through. It is a wonderful place to be during the summer months. The club play on Saturdays in the Herts and Essex Cricket League, as well as friendly matches on a Sunday.
Help us celebrate our 150th anniversary
Cricket has been played on our unique, ancient heath for a century and a half. The local village derby between Hatfield Heath and Hallingbury on 22nd September 1868 marks the first recorded match. For many years, cattle and sheep grazed the ground keeping the outfield under control but there were times when the grass was tall enough to hide a person lying down and runs had to be restricted to six if the ball was lost! In 1894, the playing area was levelled for the first time and the ground as we know it today took shape. However, in 1944, a bomb fell on the square, completely devastating the ground and it wasn’t until 1949 when cricket was played again. The local landmark, the pavilion, was opened at the start of the 1966 season with over 100 people attending the ceremony.
OnSunday 8th July, we plan to celebrate the past, present and future with a festival of cricket. Details of the day will be announced on the club website and in the village magazine soon. The club and ground embodies the true spirit of village cricket and we’re confident cricket will be at the heart of the village for another 150 years.