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Club newsletter, June 2018

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Welcome to our June newsletter, which has news about the Guildford Festival, the Beer Festival and other events plus a look back at how the club’s teams have been getting on over the past few weeks.

Guildford Festival

June is a crucial month for the club and every member can offer vital support to help out.

Although Virat Kohli’s stint at Surrey never turned into reality, owing to a neck injury, Woodbridge Road is expected to be full of spectators when Somerset arrive for the Specsavers County Championship Division One match from June 20-23.

This is the 80th anniversary of the inaugural Festival staged in 1938 and Surrey will be hoping for their first victory since 2002. Among the home side are likely to be a strong contingent of players who rose through the Guildford Juniors section to first-class level – and beyond – in Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Ollie Pope and Will Jacks. Ollie and Will have both been making exciting progress this season.

Guildford Cricket Festival 2018

The tea tent is a major fundraiser which frequently generates around £6,000 worth of vital funds which go towards equipment, coaching and resources for all the junior players at the club.

It’s immense fun, if hard work, for those taking part and a great way to get to know more about the club. Helpers are needed throughout the Festival and donations of cakes – home made or bought from shops – are wonderful ways to contribute as well.

If you can help in any way then please email Kate Perceval at

The beer tent is another vital source of revenue for the club and a wonderful social hub throughout the match, giving old friends a chance for their annual reunion while watching the cricket.

The Guildford Beer Festival, run so well by Chad Murrin and his dedicated team, will be staged at the railway end of the ground on Friday-Saturday June 15-16 and has become an essential part of the club’s year.

It is the ninth year of the event and more details of the beers available can be found via

There is one session on Friday evening (15 June) and two sessions on Saturday 16 June, afternoon and evening.


Pavilion opening

Opening the new pavilion at Guildford Cricket Club, May 2018

Opening time: Guildford chairman Robert Charles, Mayor of Guildford Nigel Manning, club president David Watts and Richard Gould of Surrey CCC at the pavilion launch.

The sun shone as Guildford’s newly refurbished and extended pavilion was officially opened on Saturday May 5.

The Mayor of Guildford, Nigel Manning, did the honours – one of his final duties before handing over his chain of office – and there was a distinguished gathering of guests from Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and club members going back several generations.

David Watts, president of the club, welcomed everyone and praised the vision of GBC leader Paul Spooner and Surrey chief executive Richard Gould – along with the work of many others – in bringing the £1.95million project to fruition.

Former club presidents Charles Woodhouse and David Frith were among the guests.

Player-of-the-month presentations

With the league campaigns now in full flow, the first player-of-the-month awards will be dished out on Saturday (June 9) in the pavilion at Woodbridge Road.

Social supremo Jonny Charles is in charge of proceedings and hopes to get cracking as soon after 7.30pm as possible, depending on the finishing times of matches.

How’s it gone so far?

1st team

Three wins out of five see Tom Collins’s side sharing top spot in Travelbag Surrey Championship Division One. A nine-wicket trouncing of Leatherhead at Woodbridge Road was followed by Beddington’s visit being rained off after just 20 overs. Two dropped catches proved crucial in the loss by three wickets at Chipstead, captain Collins having earlier made 86no, but wins over Valley End and Chessington, both by five wickets, righted the ship, the latter seeing debutant bowlers Anwar Khan (2), Jake Henderson (4) and Freddie Geffen (4) share the wickets. Nick French produced two calm innings to harvest the points at Valley End and Chessington.

Tom Collins handed out new caps to three first team debutants in the victory at Chessington

Trying it on: Skipper Tom Collins handed out new caps to three first team debutants in the victory at Chessington.

2nd team

Rushing out Cranleigh for 67 to win by six wickets started a successful campaign so far, winning by six wickets, followed by an abandonment at Beddington. Dulwich inflicted the only defeat so far and another beckoned at the hands of Valley End until newly-converted off-spinner Matt Teale’s four-wicket burst secured success by 37 runs. Acting captain Henry Straw and Vikram Singh’s unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 54 secured a winning draw against Walton in the first of the time games. The team lie second in Division One.

3rd team

Tim Walter’s side opened with 46-run victory over Hampton Wick thanks to Will Jenner (45), Callum Green (49) and Callum McLean (38no), followed by Cameron Green’s 3-30. A washout against Farnham did not come until Jevan Kher made his first half-century in league cricket. Jaedyn Bartosh’s exceptional 76 could not save Ashford from inflicting defeat by two wickets. Worcester Park were then routed for 78, Cameron Green taking 3-9 and Callum Green’s journey from Loughborough University seeing him hit 39 in a seven-wicket success. Replying to 212-5dec at Sanderstead in the first time match, Bartosh was in form again with 56 and Will Jenner hit 30 as a losing draw was secured at 162-7.


A steaming Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday at Banstead saw Guildford advance into the last eight of the Surrey Championship T20. First Joel Walker (49) and Nathan Tilley (54) ensured the side led by Jack Cunningham reached 166-5 against Worcester Park, who were bowled out for 74 by spinners Jonny Charles (5-12), Jake Henderson and Freddie Geffen. Banstead, given a bye against Ashford, then reached 118-8 with Geffen and Anwar Khan taking three apiece. Tilley’s 65 and Fred McMillan (26) guided Guildford close to victory, which was completed by Nick French off the final ball of the match to win by six wickets, teeing up a clash with Ashtead.

Academy & Development

The Academy (U21) side have enjoyed two heavy wins in the Surrey Trust League, the first by nine wickets over Ashtead, who had been beaten in the Wasim Raja Shield final last September. Jonny Charles (4-11) and Cameron Green (3-25) dismissed them for 112, openers Nathan Tilley (40) and Oscar Martin (56no) effectively finishing the match. In the second match, Beddington were restricted to 162-6 despite 54 extras, Callum Green (38) and Fred McMillan (44no) speeding Guildford to victory by seven wickets. The Development (U18) side have only had one outing so far, a high-scoring clash with Camberley which saw Matty Stephenson crack a magnificent 134no, including 16 fours and two sixes. But the total of 271-5 from 40 overs proved not to be enough, Camberley winning by six wickets with 2.2 overs to spare thanks to Glenn Taylor’s unbeaten 178.

Matty Stephenson

Matty Stephenson celebrates scoring his 134no against Camberley in front of the Woodbridge Road scoreboard.


Developing skills and fostering a love of the game is the aim for the club’s youngest age group, who also have a full programme of matches in the West Surrey League.

Manager Nick Gooding is developing a squad built around a core who experienced U9 league cricket last season, the rest being new to competition, the WSL programme starting with victory over Albury following by narrow defeats against Leatherhead, Farnham and Pyrford – the latter by one run.

Progress is being seen each week, a great credit to the coaches for giving up their time on Friday evenings for training – their work is greatly appreciated.


The U12s have made a clean sweep of their first five games.

Among several strong performances, Jacob Audley was the first player to pass 100 runs while Lucas Kher recorded the first half-century with his 51no against Blackheath. William Hargreaves was the first bowler with five wickets for the U12s and Freddie Kay has claimed five dismissals in the field too.

Adam Thomas and Lucas Kher have been selected to represent Surrey and Jacob Audley was included in the Inner County side.


Six wins and a solitary defeat have brought a strong start for the U15s.

Playing in the new county-wide league, they began with an emphatic victory over Esher with half-centuries for Harry J and Aman, who went on to take 4-4.

That was bettered by Chan’s 6-6 in skittling Epsom for 31, Yuvraj finishing with 5-20 against Cheam.

The ECB Cup saw Tom and Lewis hit half-centuries against Normandy, Aman being the star of of an exciting three-wicket win over Pyrford as his 6-9 included a hat-trick of top-order batsmen. He cracked 21 on top of that and Valley End are the next opponents with a semi-final spot up for grabs.


Two senior Juniors found time amid preparations for their GCSEs to showcase their many talents.

Matty Stephenson has twice finished unbeaten on 99, as well as his century for the Development League side, Freddie Geffen’s three wickets apiece in two T20 matches and 4-10 on his first team debut suggesting an exciting talent breaking through.

Go Fest 2018

Go Fest – the UK’s family festival of sport, dance, health and fitness – is being staged at Surrey Sports Park on July 21-22 this year.

A host of sports are included with more information available by emailing or calling 01483 497065.

Guildford CC members and their families are entitled to a 15% discount.

Bar opening times

The bar in the pavilion will be open each Friday evening during the season from 6-8.30pm and on Saturdays from 12pm to 9pm, plus on other ad hoc occasions, details of which will appear on the club website.

And finally …

The Surrey Trust League U21 match against Beddington on May 29 had a surprise visitor – the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, which landed just outside the playing area, near the gate at the railway end.

Two of the crew jumped out and ran towards the town centre, where an incident had taken place, while their colleagues were happy to answer questions from spectators and a growing number of passers-by, although they turned down chairman Robert Charles’s suggestion of taking out social membership. The helicopter remained on the ground for just under an hour before departing again, having not been required in the end.

Touching down: The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance made a surprise visit to Guildford’s Surrey Trust League game against Beddington.

Club Sponsors, 2018

Guildford Cricket Club Sponsors 2018