The home where a famous cricketer honed his skills at Warboys is going up for sale

The garden lawns where cricketer Zak Harvey honed his skills are going up for sale along with the Victorian villa which is on the market for the first time in more than a century.

The home at Warboys has been in the family for 109 years but is now being sold at the next Cheffins property auction.

Mayfield has stayed in the hands of the same family since it was built in 1907.

Passed from generation to generation, it has a number of Victorian period features which have been untouched since it was built, including cast iron fireplaces and bay windows.

With three bedrooms, a conservatory, two bathrooms and mature gardens it is owned by John Harvey, 67, whose grandparents, Benjamin and Dorothy Ashley built it.

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He said: “We preserved the majority of the main house and the features which were installed by my grandparents all those years ago.

“We added a double garage and a veranda and a brick built outhouse with wooden greenhouse. I have trained over 125 winning greyhounds from the purpose-built kennels in the garden which can house up to six greyhounds at a time.”

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Harvey’s son is well-known cricketer, Zak Harvey, who plays for the Northants Saints and who honed his skills on the bowling machine in the garden of Mayfield.

Simon Gooderham, Cheffins director, said: “Mayfield is an opportunity to modernise a substantial house set on a no-through road.

“It has been the most wonderful family home to the Harveys since 1988.

“It is hugely rare for a property to have never come to the market since being built over one hundred years ago.”

Guide price is £400,000 to £425,000 and the adjoining land has a guide price of £80,000 to £100,000.

The sale is on September 28 at 2pm at Cambridge.

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