It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Harley who passed away last week.
Described by most as a “character”, his larger than life personality and enthusiasm for all matters cricket-related meant that once met, never forgotten! He brought fun and laughter to the game, but took the matter of wicket-taking very seriously! Known for his long hair and equally long run-up he played most of his cricket in recent years at New Ash Green and then Hartley but his lasting legacy will be his John W. G. Harley cricket fixture facebook group which has saved many a game in recent years from being cancelled and which gave him much pride and satisfaction. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May of this year, he vowed to continue playing cricket three times a week throughout the remainder of the season. A feat which he duly achieved. Sadly, John lost his short battle with this deadly illness on Wednesday November 19th 2014 aged just 53. He will be missed by all those whom he touched during his all-too-short lifetime.