Welcome to our May newsletter after what has been a washout April, which has severely disrupted the early weeks of the season but is now warming up nicely as we head into the opening round of the Travelbag Surrey Championship campaign – and with some exciting news about the Guildford Festival emerging too.
Guildford’s first team host Leatherhead on Saturday, when the Mayor of Guildford will be officially opening the new pavilion at 3pm. Tom Collins and his side are intent on making a good start as they bid to return to the Premier Division at first attempt.
The friendlies for all three teams against Basingstoke and Dorking were rained off, although happily the warm interlude in between meant matches against Weybridge took place.
Joel Walker marked his debut by hitting 67 from 83 balls in the first team’s victory by six wickets, putting on 112 for the third wicket with Nick French (38) after the visitors were dismissed for 138. Anwar Khan, also in his first appearance, had earlier claimed 3-20 and Jonny Charles took 4-38.
It was an encouraging day for the second team too, over at The Green, winning by a handsome 149 runs. Henry Straw marked his return to fitness by opening with debutants Andru Serdyn (79no) and Andy Parker (45) extending the score to 230-5 in 50 overs.
There were two wickets each for new boys Jake Henderson, Toby Jones and Serdyn plus skipper Chris Coombs in dismissing the hosts for 81.
The only ones to miss out were the third team, who sent an understrength line-up to Old Wimbledonians and came unstuck by 125 runs.
Surrey have signed Indian captain and master batsman Virat Kohli for the month of June, which means he is due to appear in the Guildford Festival match against Somerset from June 20-23, when the sides meet in Specsavers County Championship Division One.
This is likely to bring many extra spectators to Woodbridge Road as Kohli has a massive following, plus worldwide media attention, and enable us to welcome may new people to the ground.
Once again, the junior section will be playing a vital role in helping to run our highly popular tea tent – last year it made more than £8,000 in the four days of the match against Essex and all proceeds go towards the club’s juniors.
Running the tent requires a major team effort but is also great fun and highly sociable, each day generally ending with a jug of Pimms.
There are a number of ways you can lend a hand –
- Helping set up the tent on the afternoon before the match.
- Giving 2-3 hours (or more) of your time to serve in the tea tent (8.30am-6.30pm). This includes serving hot drinks, selling cakes and sandwiches, cooking bacon, making sandwichesa and making up packed lunches for stewards.
- Making sandwiches and rolls (9-11am).
- Providing home-made or bought cakes to sell.
- Helping clear down at the end of each day (5-6.30pm).
- Helping before and during the festival with ordering/purchasing catering supplies from Bookers.
Just in case you think the pace of the game has got too fast, there is now an alternative.
Following the success of Walking Football, you can now try out Walking Cricket. It is aimed at those over-50 and designed for players of all abilities, involving a strong social element too.
Led by a qualified coach, sessions will be held at Woking Leisure Centre from 11am for an hour from May 30. You can book by calling the centre on 01483 771122, with the aim to build up sufficient players in the area to start a league. The man behind it is Darren Talbot, a familiar face to some of those involved in junior leagues.
Women & Girls’ Day
Just a reminder that Guildford will be the venue for this year’s Surrey Women & Girls Day on Tuesday May 22.
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.Women & Girls’ Day, 22 May
Cricket Week 2018
The centrepiece of this year’s Cricket Week, on Wednesday August 1, has been confirmed with Wanderers forming the opposition for an all-day game which will start at 11.30am.Cricket Week 2018
May bank holiday weekend
A busy bank holiday beckons at Woodbridge Road, weather permitting, the first team’s game versus Leatherhead on Saturday followed by Surrey Trust League matches on Sunday and Monday against Camberley (U18s) and Ashtead (U21s) respectively.
Meanwhile, the first team will be hoping to play their ECB National Championship tie at Aldershot on Sunday. It has already been postponed twice.
Club Sponsors, 2018