Welcome to our spring newsletter, as we prepare for the start of the new season. We’re hoping that the grim cold and wet weather which hung on throughout March will give way to a much more friendly April suitable for outdoor practice and matches.
It’s been an exciting week for the club, with the long-awaited project coming to fruition. The final touches were being applied inside and outside – which included landscaping the front of the building – and the handover took place on Friday. Although it is not in operation this weekend, the pavilion will come into use next week.
Originally constructed in 1937-38 in time for Surrey’s maiden first-class match in Guildford, it has been extensively updated and extended with much-improved facilities for players, officials, spectators and caterers.
There will be two chances for members to familiarise themselves with our new headquarters – on Saturday April 14 the main bar, which is on the first floor, will be open from 12pm with hot meals and sandwiches available for visitors and spectators watching the second team’s friendly against Basingstoke (1pm start).
And on Sunday April 15, when the under-18s are playing their first game of the Surrey Trust League campaign against Normandy, there will be tours available from 1pm.
Guildford’s annual general meeting will be staged on Thursday May 3, from 8pm, two days before the opening Travelbag Surrey Championship matches. The teams for those games will be announced on that evening.
All three senior sides are due to open their campaigns against Basingstoke on Saturday April 14, with the first and third teams away and the seconds at home.
Seven days later, Weybridge are the opposition for all three again, the first and thirds at home this time with the seconds heading to The Green. Sunday April 22 is the date for the Royal London Cup clash at Aldershot, although the dreadful weather means either the date or location for this match could change.
The final round of warm-ups takes place on April 28, Dorking’s first team heading to Woodbridge Road and the other sides away.
All friendlies are due to start at 1pm.
Selection for the Basingstoke games was due to be done after Saturday’s outdoor training session and players are requested to show their availability on Pitchero as soon as possible.
Selection for the rest of the season will take place on Tuesdays, with the sides posted on the same evening.
Midweek fitness training starts on Tuesday April 17, from 6-8pm, with the focus on conditioning – particularly in the early stages – fielding and skills.
Thursday net sessions start on Thursday April 12, again from 6-8pm, and will continue throughout the season.
There has been no increase in the cost of subscriptions this year, with seniors £120 and students £85. Payment is possible via Pitchero as well and members will be informed when the link is completed. Please pay your subs as soon as possible.
Match fees remain the same as last season – seniors £15, students £10 and juniors £5.
Have you got any spare kit?
The club will be collecting spare kit which will be donated to Afghan cricketers, who are highly talented but have very little equipment to call their own.
Please don’t bring it down yet, while we make ourselves at home in the pavilion. An announcement will be made in the near future.
Wine Tasting Evening
The club are staging a wine tasting evening in the pavilion on Thursday May 24 (6pm), which will be hosted by former England rugby international Simon Halliday of the Sporting Wine Club.
He will be introducing wines produced by his contacts in the rugby world and many others from around the globe. There will also be a raffle with prizes, including a case of wine. This is open to all club members but space is limited, so if you wish to attend contact Chad Murrin on 07767 224632 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guildford’s U16 player Freddie Geffen was given the honour of captaining Surrey’s junior academy team in their Easter tour to South Africa. They suffered some mixed results early on but finished with a resounding 10-wicket victory over Boland in Paarl.
All junior fixtures are now on Pitchero, so players are requested to fill in their availability as soon as possible.
Guildford’s overseas player for 2018 will be Andru Serdyn, who will be flying in from South Africa in time for the start of next week’s outdoor training sessions.
Andru, who is 17, is captain of Swartland High School in Malmesbury in the Western Cape and represented Boland West Senior in the Cricket South Africa Rural Week earlier this year. A batsman/wicketkeeper who is also keen to bowl when circumstances allow, he is Boland U17 captain and has already played at first team level for Malmesbury CC.
Andru also has umpiring and coaching qualifications. He will be staying with family friends and everyone at the club is looking forward to meeting him in the next few weeks.
Keep up to date
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