The early history of Ickenham Cricket Club is lost in the mists of time. It is known that the Club played in its early years on the Rectory Field, an area of land in the heart of the village adjacent to St. Giles Church. Rectory Field is now a housing estate. The Club then moved across to the other side of the village to what is now known as Milton Court, this is also now a housing estate.
It was widely held amongst many of the older members, now sadly no longer with us, that Brigadier Flavell was largely instrumental in obtaining permission for us to move to the Oak Avenue ground in or around 1928. The members set to and laid out a cricket square and did their best to level the outfield, which at one time was a ploughed field, some of the furrows still can be seen. The Sims family, well known local builders, were instrumental in establishing the ground and outfield. The Club had a ground but no pavilion, this turned up in the shape of two first world war army huts which were literally nailed together. A pavilion full of charm and character but not much else, a bar; basic kitchen, outside toilets, no heating except for a cast iron pot bellied stove. After cricket many happy social evenings were spent in the old pavilion, normally a dart match was arranged against our opposition, sometimes the old piano was rolled out, a sing-song ensued. Great simple fun, long before the days of the disco.
The Second World War interrupted normal club cricket fixtures as many clubs were forced to close as their members were serving in the armed forces. Any gaps in the fixture card were filled by matches against the Home Guard, the A.R.P. or Service Elevens. A fixture against Ickenham during the war years was something to be looked forward to, as the club was able to obtain a steady supply of beer, which was not otherwise available.
The year 1949 saw Ickenham going on tour to the New Forest area of Hampshire. This first tour was the brainchild of the then president, Brigadier E.W.C (Ted) Flavell and one or two other senior members, and has been a regular annual event ever since. Two interesting documents record the events of that very first 'annual tour'.
After the war club cricket all over the country flourished, Ickenham was no exception, a third eleven was established on an area of ground adjacent to the main ground known as Ickenham Green but affectionately as 'The Deanery' or 'The Moss'. With the Club thriving the Committee felt it necessary to establish the future of the Club for once and for all. The Club made a giant step forward and purchased the ground, which hitherto had been rented from the now defunct Middlesex County Council. The purchase of the ground faced in the late 1950s cost the Club the princely sum of £5,000, for the Club an absolute fortune. The members dug deep in their pockets and with the help of a loan the purchase of the ground was completed.
The First World War army hut was beginning to show its age and in the early 1960s a programme of pavilion improvements was commenced, we now had inside toilets and showers. The pavilion roof was leaking quite severely and as part of the Club's 125th celebrations it was decided to raise funds to re-cover the roof. However, fate took a hand in 1974 and the Club was burnt down. It took over a year to assemble funds and obtain planning permission to rebuild the Club.
A whole season was spent changing in a wooden hut and using the various pubs in the village for hospitality. In November 1975 the happy day arrived when the Club was finished and ready for use. Subsequently in the 1980s the Club was extended to provide what is now the very fine changing rooms, toilets and showers.
In the 1970s Club cricket changed forever. No more friendly games on a Saturday because of league cricket. Ickenham duly joined the Truman's 75 League. The first eleven in three consecutive years 1976, 1977 and 1978, winning the first division championship and remaining unbeaten. In 1977 Ickenham came close to an inaugural appearance at Lord's losing to Bowden in the Haig National Club Trophy semi-final. A wonderful and detailed account of the competition is given by captain Jim Room in his reminiscence of the ICC cup run.
In 1979 the Club joined the Thames Valley Cricket League. The following year, in 1980, the club produced a notable achievement when all three elevens won their respective divisions. The first eleven, in the main home-made talent, was producing outstanding performances.
One person who was an influence during the 80s and 90s was the 'Doc' who allegedly filled every post from washer-up to President. It is people like Doc O'Connor who have built Ickenham Cricket Club into what it represents today.
The Club reached the semi-final of the now defunct Haigh National Knockout Cup, losing to Bowden Cricket Club from Cheshire. Batting first Ickenham made a formidable score that was more than enough to see off our visitors. Unfortunately rain took a hand and after tea the game was abandoned. Sad to say the match was replayed the next day and Ickenham were a rather poor second. However we did win a national competition, in the also now defunct Wrigley Indoor Trophy played at the indoor school at Lords. A never to be forgotten day!
Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, Ickenham was consistently successful in the very strong Thames Valley League, with all XI's regularly finishing in the top third of the table. The 1st XI won the championship outright in 1995 and both the 2nd and 3rd XI's also won their respective leagues' competitions during this period. Ickenham also won a number of local and regional limited over competitions during this period including the Bertie Joel Cup in 1983 and the Middlesex 20 over competition in 1995.
A great feature of Ickenham cricket during the past thirty years or so have been the number of great people in every sense of the word from overseas that have played and enjoyed their cricket at Ickenham. There are too many to mention individually but some that immediately spring to mind include Robin Smith (Hampshire & England), Daryll Cullinan (South Africa), Andrew Jones (New Zealand), Campbell Newman, Grant Mckenzie, Bruce Warner, Dave Leonard, Andy Leonard, John Smith (all from New Zealand) and Neville Wright.
In 1999, with club cricket in the UK being restructured along County lines, Ickenham, being based in Middlesex, decided to leave the Thames Valley league and join the Middlesex County league where we continue to play to this day. We have enjoyed various degrees of success during this period, the highlight of which was undoubtedly the 1st XI's promotion to the Premier Division of the league for the 2005 season. The last couple of years have not been as successful, and the 1st XI was relegated to the Middlesex Championship League in 2015. However, the club remains hungry and ambitious for success and is determined to return to winning ways.
In 2004, Nicky Sims, an associate member of the club, got together a group of women to form 'Ickenham Belles', a womens cricket team to play friendlies with other womwn teams in the area. From a small but select group, the women's team grew with each season until in 2009 the 'Ickenham Women' entered the North London Women's Cricket League. In their inaugural season they took a credible second place which, together with a strong girls section at the club, has seemingly assured the future of women's cricket at Ickenham. 2009 also saw one of our young colts, Rebecca Mannick, selected and playing for a Middlesex County 1st team.