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Easter newsletter 2019

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Welcome to our Easter newsletter, which marks the launch of the 2019 playing programme.

Wisden wonder

Nathan Tilley joined a select group when he was named as Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year in the 2019 Almanack.

Last year he scored 1,256 runs at 139.55 for Reed’s, which included six centuries – four of them exceeding 150. He joins a set of players which features Jonny Bairstow – the first winner in 2007 – and Jos Buttler (2009) and was presented with a leather-bound Wisden at the almanack’s launch dinner in the Long Room by his coach at the school, Keith Medlycott.

Nathan Tilley Wisdens

Nathan Tilley, who is seen on the right of Surrey skipper Rory Burns at the Wisden dinner, displaying their leather-bound Wisdens

Nathan, who is 19, went on to play a pivotal part in Guildford’s promotion campaign, hitting another six centuries in his 873 runs which led to the club finishing top of Surrey Championship Division One.

Busy times

There has been much going on during the winter, on and off the field, with Woodbridge Road looking particularly spruce following work on the outfield and the new perimeter fence.

In the pavilion we have new caterers in Kalm Kitchen, who have made a very good early impression.
Director James Middlehurst writes:

Kalm Kitchen are incredibly excited to be providing the catering and venue management at The Pavilion. We are a Guildford-based catering company with a small café in the centre of Guildford, with a desire to provide exceptional food and service.

Our hope is to help develop the club and make it a place to spend time with family and friends and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

We look forward to meeting all throughout the summer.

Lee Fortis, the head groundsman at the Kia Oval, took charge of the playing area during the winter and his colleagues have spent a considerable amount of time improving the outfield.

A new member of his team, Lee Padwick, is devoting much of his time to Woodbridge Road. Lee lives near Winchester and has been involved in club cricket, along with his family, for most of his life.

Lee Padwick, working at Guildford Cricket Club

Lee Padwick, working at Guildford CC in Woodbridge Road

Pre-season programme

Guildford’s opening match of the season, at Charterhouse School on Good Friday (1pm) is followed by the visit of Basingstoke & North Hants on Saturday (12pm), the second and third teams heading to Hampshire.
Dorking are the opponents on April 27 at Pixham Lane (12pm), the second teams meeting at Woodbridge Road and thirds at Westhumble Playing Fields.

The friendlies are interrupted on Sunday April 28 for an ECB National Club Championship first round tie against Aldershot (1pm), when Tom Collins and his team will be bidding to avenge defeat by six wickets at the same stage last season.

Normandy, who play in Surrey Championship Division One, head to Guildford for the final friendly on Saturday May 4 (12pm), the second teams meeting at Hunts Hill Road and thirds at Stoke Rec.

That all leads into Guildford’s return to the Premier Division, travelling to Banstead on May 11 (12pm).

Youngsters’ launch

There is still time to join the junior squads, so players are encouraged to bring their schoolmates along.

Junior outdoor training starts on Friday May 3 at Woodbridge Road with U9-11s 5.30 -7pm, and the U12-15s at 6.30-8pm. U8s are on Sunday mornings from 10-11am.

Free taster sessions are being staged on May 3 and 10.

For more information or for any queries, please contact Matthew Finnegan (co-chairman, juniors) at

Club members of all ages are reminded of the importance of paying their subscriptions promptly.

Cricket Kit sale – car boot style May 3/10

If you have kit to sell, buy or donate – for juniors or seniors – please bring it to Junior training on May 3 or 10 from 5.30pm. You can decide the price of whatever you’re selling and if you wish to give a small amount of the proceeds towards the junior section that would be greatly appreciated.

We’re also specifically collecting cricket kit for The Lord’s Taverners sport kit recycling scheme, which distributes it throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

Any equipment – bats, cricket bags, clean clothing, shoes or trainers (cleaned, no mud please) will be accepted. We will be based near the nets on both nights. If training is called off because of the weather we will reschedule.

Any queries should be made to Joanne at or Lizzie on

Sweating it out

It might have felt like the Arctic at outdoor training but spare a thought for Guildford trio Freddie Geffen, Jevan Kher and Shoaib Bashir, who had to cope with temperatures of 35c and more, with high humidity, on the Surrey Youth tour to Sri Lanka.

Guildford Cricket Festival

This year’s Guildford Cricket Festival brings us two Specsavers County Championship matches – against Somerset (June 3-6) and Yorkshire (June 10-13).

So we will be holding raffles during both matches to raise vital money for the benefit of the junior section of the club and, therefore, need double the number of prizes. If you or your company would like to donate a prize, please contact Tom Bancroft at

In previous seasons, members and friends have been incredibly generous by offering us gems like Test Match and Wimbledon tennis finals tickets.

We are also on the lookout for helpers for the Festival, please contact David & Justine McMillan at

Mercury’s rising

If the musical We Will Rock You or the film Bohemian Rhapsody – which has won multiple awards – caught your imagination then put Friday September 27 into your diary.

That’s when the stars of We Will Rock You, one of the West End’s biggest musical hits, will be arriving at Woodbridge Road to stage An Evening of Queen. It is one of several events planned for the ground and pavilion this year so please support them. Full details of the night and how to purchase tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Play Guildford Fantasy Cricket

If the reality of a new Guildford season isn’t enough to excite you then what about getting involved in our own Fantasy League?

You can pick your team of Guildford stars within budget for the chance to win points and prizes. Find out more and create your team at:

Dernbach D-Day

It’s the testimonial season for one of Guildford’s most distinguished graduates, Jade Dernbach, and as part of it he will be joined by his Surrey colleagues when they host an event for Surrey and Guildford members during the Guildford Festival.

Details are still being finalised but the date has been set for Tuesday June 11, during the visit of Yorkshire, the second part of our extended festival.

Cricket Week – Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August

Just in case you haven’t booked the time off, don’t forget our Cricket Week.

It starts on Monday July 29 when the U19s will be playing a T20 match (opponents to be confirmed) from 2.30pm, the ladies side following suit at 6pm.

Tuesday brings a six-a-side competition involving 24 players, which made a popular debut last year and starts at 11am.

Wednesday sees the visit of Wanderers CC for an all-day game from 11.30am, followed by Dolphins on Thursday (also 11.30am).

And the week is rounded off by a Junior Day on Friday plus a T20 trip to Shackleford in the evening.

Women’s County Cricket Day

Woodbridge Road will be hosting the Women’s County Championship match between Surrey and Lancashire on Bank Holiday Monday May 6, which the ECB has announced as the inaugural Women’s County Cricket Day.

Play starts at 11am and entry is free. Surrey will be live streaming the match with online commentary.

Marathon walk

Mark Speers – whose talents as a player, coach and even quizmaster have graced Woodbridge Road in the past – is embarking on a remarkable fundraising effort for the MS Society, who support sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis.

Starting from the southwestern most tip of England on Easter Saturday, he hopes to walk all the way to John O’Groats – the northern most outpost of Scotland – by the Whitsun Bank Holiday, a journey of 874 miles. It’s around 30 miles per day and he will be posting updates and pictures on his Facebook page.

‘Speersy’ has been supporting the charity for 3 decades and anyone who wants to boost his efforts with a contribution can do so via Facebook (Mark Speers 965) or through Chad Murrin or Tom Collins.

Guildford Beer Festival – tickets on sale

The Guildford Beer Festival will be staged at Woodbridge Road on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 and tickets are available now.

The Beer Festival features around 130 cask ales and craft keg beers sourced from around 25 independent and micro-breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. The beer line up is extremely varied, with many different ABVs, colours and different styles of beers (IPAs, best bitters, milds, porters, stouts, blonde ales, strong ales). In addition to the main beer bar, a second bar has a broad range of ciders, wines and gins from local producers along with soft drinks.

The Guildford Beer Festival also features live musical entertainment and food will be available.

Keep up to date with developments via twitter at @GuildfordBeer.

Up over from down under

There is going to be a decidedly Australian theme to the English summer, with the Ashes battle coming straight after the World Cup.

Guildford are playing their own part and we are looking forward to the arrival of Queensland U19 captain Angus Lovell, who is due to arrive at the end of next week and will be playing for us in the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship. He was the leading runscorer at national U17 level, breaking a record which stood for 35 years, and bowls off-spin.

We look forward to welcoming Angus to Woodbridge Road.

Club Sponsors, 2019

Guildford Cricket Club Sponsors 2019