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Club newsletter, February 2018

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Welcome to our February newsletter as the pace quickens in preparations for the new season, which is now only six weeks away.

Women & Girls’ Day

Guildford will be the venue for this year’s Surrey Women & Girls Day on Tuesday 22 May. It is being staged to promote the game for youngsters, with primary school pupils going through their paces at Woodbridge Road from 10am to 12.30pm and secondary age girls from 1.30-4pm.

That is followed by a T20 match between Surrey and Middlesex – which is being sponsored by Pemberton Greenish – at 5.30pm.

David Watts, president of Guildford, commented: “Having been at The Oval for a Women & Girls’ Day in the past, it was great to see the ground packed with young players and we are looking forward to welcoming them to Woodbridge Road.”

Cricket Week 2018

The centrepiece of this year’s Cricket Week, on Wednesday 1 August, has been confirmed with Wanderers forming the opposition for an all-day game which will start at 11.30am.

Bob Lowe will be managing the visiting team.

Tilley on tour

Guildford opener Nathan Tilley got a taste of Indian conditions when he was one of five Surrey Academy players who spent the February half-term break in Nagpur.

Alongside contracted players Arun Harinath, Freddie van den Bergh and Ryan Patel, plus Academy director Gareth Townsend and performance coach Matt Spriegel, Tilley might have expected plenty of chance to work on his technique against spin. As it was, he spent much of the week ducking and weaving against the resident pace bowlers.

Sporting Wine Club Evening

The club are to host a special wine talk-and-tasting evening with The Sporting Wine Club ( in the pavilion on Thursday 24 May.

The Sporting Wine Club was founded by former England rugby international Simon Halliday, currently chairman of European Professional Club.

He will share his experiences over the last two decades travelling around the world as a sportsman, sampling great wines produced by sporting personalities. Halliday won 23 England caps but also has a cricket pedigree, having played first-class cricket for Oxford University and then club cricket with Esher. The evening starts at 6pm.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Chad Murrin at or on 07767 224632. Spaces are limited.

Easter courses

Easter is fast approaching and one of the club’s most distinguished graduates, Martin Bicknell, is offering an opportunity for youngsters to hone their skills.

He is running a holiday course for seven to 15-year-olds from Tuesday 3 April to Friday 6 April at Charterhouse School, each day’s session 1.30-4pm. The cost of the course is £110 but there is a specially discounted price of £85 for Guildford members. There are only a limited number of places left.

Martin has also renewed his link with Surrey County Cricket Club and will be offering his expertise to the next generation of young bowlers at the county’s academy.

Club Events

Colts news

Winter training for the under-eights has been going well with around 30 youngsters relishing the opportunity to learn the game.

In addition, the new code of laws – which came into force in October – have been added to the front page of the website, with an animated version of the key points in the junior section which is worth reading for players of all ages.

Laws of Cricket 2017 Code

Summary of changes

If you want to refresh your mind about the Laws, the MCC have produced a series of animated examples of certain key points voiced by Stephen Fry.

Lord’s Laws of Cricket Animations

Jo Watson, now a full member of MCC

And finally, our own Jo Watson is delighted to have become a full member of MCC. When women members were finally allowed at Lord’s in 1998, she was one of a group of nine who applied and they have now worked their way to the top of the waiting list.