Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018, a year we hope will bring success and enjoyment for everyone at Guildford.
Cricket week 2018
After the success of the last two years, the Cricket Week will be staged from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August, with matches involving all sections of the club.
Although final details still have to be confirmed, it will be launched with a T20 double-header, the U19s playing in the afternoon followed by a Ladies match in the evening.
Tuesday brings a father-and-sons’ day while on Wednesday the first team are in action, their opponents still to be confirmed.
Thursday sees the return of Dolphins to take on a combined second/third team, with the week coming to a close with a juniors’ day.
So even if you have booked an all-inclusive trip to the Caribbean and forgotten the insurance, cancel it immediately and stick that date in the diary.
The visit of Somerset for the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash from June 20-23 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Guildford Festival but there will be plenty of other county matches at Woodbridge Road as well.
Surrey Stars have already enjoyed success at the ground in the past and, after last year’s break because of the pavilion development, will be in action three times in the Kia Super League. They take on Southern Vipers on Sunday July 22, Yorkshire Diamonds seven days later and then Loughborough Lightning on Wednesday August 9 in the women’s T20 competition.
Some of the best youngsters in Surrey will be on view in late July as the U17s play Kent in a three-day clash from Tuesday 24 July.
There’s a return for Surrey’s second team at the end of the summer too, Surrey entertaining Yorkshire over three days from Tuesday 12 September.
Construction delays have caused a delay to the completion of the new pavilion but we are looking forward to making ourselves at home at the start of the new season. Members keen for a look round will have a chance to do so on Sunday 15 April, when the U18s play Normandy.
It might seem some way away but Easter will soon be with us 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.
New club captain Tom Collins and his squad have been hard at work since the start since November and welcomed several of the leading U15s to their final practice before Christmas.
They returned to action early in the new year and from 14 February the practices will be extended to include all senior members and colts who are U16 and above.
These sessions run from 7-8pm at the Surrey Cricket Centre in Burpham and cost £2.50 per hour.
Colts & Juniors
This year subscriptions are payable online through Pitchero and are due to go live in February. Paying as early as possible is a major help to the club and means you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the season.
Junior training resumes on Sunday January 28 at Royal Grammar School’s indoor sports centre, running for eight weeks (excluding Mothering Sunday on March 11).Winter training events
There will be free taster sessions for the girls – running from 11am for an hour – on January 28 plus February 4 and 11, for those wanting to try out cricket for the first time. The only requirement is wearing clothes in which you can move around easily.
Training will be divided into the following groups: Women and girls (12-1pm); U6-8 (1-2pm); U9-10: (2-3pm); U11-12 (3.30-5pm); U13 (5-6.30pm); U14-14 (6.30-8pm).
Girls are invited to the age groups as well as the 12-1pm session while newcomers are welcome to all relevant groups plus the tasters. Age is calculated as being from September 1 and those groups remain the same to the end of next season.
There is no parking on site at RGS but there are three public car parks within easy reach.
Looking to build on her achievements of last season will be Georgina Goodwin after a matchwinning display against Brighton. She destroyed the Sussex side’s middle and lower-order after they were threatening to post a competitive score by claiming 6-21, leaving Guildford with a target of 109, Alice Gibbs having taken two important wickets earlier.
The runs were chased down with 16 overs to spare as Katy Robinson (17no) and Surrey U17 Goodwin (28no) completed the job.
And finally …
Guildford are constantly on the lookout for new players and sponsors. If you know anyone then bring them along.
Club Sponsors, 2018