The club probably had its golden period in the 1960s and 1970s, when we regularly fielded three XIs on both Saturdays and Sundays, in addition to midweek fixtures. In the days before the Sunday league began in the professional game, various benefit and social matches were staged at the Chalfont Park ground. There are several photographs, clearly taken at the Chalfont Park ground, which feature international cricketers, such as Jim Laker, Micky Stewart and Raymond Illingworth. The outstanding player at the club during this period was Brian Bradley, a prolific batsman.
In 1971 we won the Uxbridge Knockout Cup for the first time, and our playing strength remained strong throughout the decade. David Osborne was the outstanding batsman of this period, an opening batsman with a fantastic eye and sublime timing, and Martin Stevens the outstanding bowler, a seam bowler of metronomic accuracy and a more than useful batsman, too. Other outstanding players from this era were Len Devonshire (batsman and shrewd captain), Graham Lewis, Frank Howard and Richard Cavendish (batsmen), Ken Gardner, Eric Stevenson and Bob Wheldon (all rounders), Rex Butcher and Bill Clarke (seam bowlers), and Robert Mills (spin bowler). Brian Bradley was still a regular player in this period, too.
Also during this period, a number of outstanding young players made their mark, including Kevin Barry, Paul Dolphin and Oliver Ash, all very talented batsmen. These players were the first products of our new youth system, and Adrian Cornish and Peter France senior, especially, and many others, did sterling work with the juniors in this era. Other club stalwarts of the 2nd and 3rd XIs during the 1970s included Ernie Bunce, Tom Dodd, John James, and Ken and Derek Hewston.
By the mid 1970s, league cricket was starting to take root in the south of England, and we decided to be one of the founder members of the Lee 75 League. Initially, a lot of the better players chose to carry on playing friendly cricket on Sundays, because this was thought to be the best standard of cricket available at the club. However, before long, league cricket became the top priority for all club players, and Sunday cricket began its steady decline. The hockey section started in 1970, and the squash courts were built in 1972. Initially, the revenue from the squash courts was very lucrative but, unfortunately, the club soon started to become lazy with regard to fund raising and financial planning. Thus, when the squash revenues started to decline, the club found itself in financial difficulties. The clubhouse started to fall into a state of disrepair, and there were no financial resources to do anything about it.
The playing side remained reasonably strong during the 1980s, and we continued to field three XIs on Saturdays. However, by this time, the steady decline in Sunday cricket had begun. The 1988 season was arguably our best ever. Under the captaincy of David Banner, we won both the Lee 75 League and also the Uxbridge Knockout Cup. The outstanding bowler of this era was Ashley Barnes, a match winning seam bowler, who produced some phenomenal performances for the club during the mid to late 1980s, most notably during the hugely successful 1988 season. The outstanding batsmen in the early 1980s were Frank Howard and Oliver Ash. Later on in the decade, some outstanding young players started to make their mark, most notably David Banner (wicket keeper batsman), Stuart Dalrymple and Robert Jones (batsman), Giles Payne (off spinning all rounder), Tim Barry, Conrad Gamble and Peter J. France (seam bowling all rounders) and David O'Connor and Andrew Cornish (seam bowlers). Sam Machin also began a long career with the club as wicket keeper. During the mid 1980s, the first influx of Asian players, from the Sir Ali club, started to play for us on Saturdays, with great success, most notably Zamir Khan, Satish Sharma, Shahid Din, Nasir Ahmed, Shabir Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed and Abdul Sattaur.