Guildford Cricket Festival

 

We’re already set for a packed 2019, which will bring a bumper Guildford Festival in June 2019 when county champions Surrey will play first Somerset – who they trounced by an innings there last summer – from June 3-6 and then Yorkshire, from June 10-13.

This year the fixtures and dates are:

  • Surrey CCC v Somerset CCC (Specsavers County Championship Division 1) four days starting on Monday 3 June (11.00 am start – gates open 9.30 am).
  • Surrey CCC v Yorkshire CCC (Specsavers County Championship Division 1) four days starting on Monday 10 June (11.00 am start – gates open 9.30 am).

We’re already set for a packed 2019, which will bring a bumper Guildford Festival in June 2019 when county champions Surrey will play first Somerset – who they trounced by an innings there last summer – from June 3-6 and then Yorkshire, from June 10-13.

The first-class fixtures see two Specsavers County Championship matches at Woodbridge Road – starting on Monday 3 June (Surrey v Somerset) and Monday 10 June (Surrey v Yorkshire).

Somerset return to Woodbridge Rd (Monday 3 June) hoping to avenge their heavy innings defeat in 2018. Put in Surrey amassed 459 with half centuries from Rory Burns and Scott Borthwick before former Guildford colt Ollie Pope hit a century. When Somerset batted, the unexpected bowling star for the champions was Ryan Patel whose career best spell of 6 -5 wrecked the Somerset batting who were bowled out for 180. Following on they were dismissed for 210 with 4 wickets a piece for Morne Morkel and another Guildford old boy, Jade Dernbach. That victory took Surrey to the top of the table, a position they never lost on their way to the title.

The following week (Monday 10 June) we entertain Yorkshire, a fixture that brings together the two most successful teams in the history of the County Championship. Surrey had the edge last season with two convincing wins in the Championship but between them they provided 7 members of the England squad that beat Sri Lanka in the winter.

Last time the two sides met at Guildford, back in 2002, Surrey won by 6 wickets with Ian Ward scoring an unbeaten 124 in the second innings to steer Surrey to victory. To add to the mix, Surrey have added former Yorkshire all rounder Liam Plunkett to their ranks for 2019 whilst Yorkshire signed former Surrey bowler Matt Pillans.

Why is it called the Guildford Cricket Festival?

It’s the traditional name for the week when Surrey CCC come and play professional cricket at Guildford. Surrey’s principal home ground is of course The Kia Oval in London, but the county has played at Guildford since 1938.

There is always a distinct Festival atmosphere – our ground at Woodbridge Road is transformed by sponsors’ tents on the boundary edge, along with seating for over 2,000 spectators.

Guildford Cricket Festival

Tickets and further information

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available in advance or on the gate.

Advance purchase tickets online from:

https://www.eticketing.co.uk/surreytickets/default.aspx

Tickets purchased in advance cost £15 per day for adults (U-16 juniors who are accompanied by an adult pay £1).

Tickets purchased at the gate on the day cost £20 for adults (£1 for U-16 juniors). Note that that cash only is taken at the gate – no cards.

Surrey Members are entitled to free admission on all days upon production of their 2019 Membership Card. Members may use their Guest Vouchers on any day. Guildford Cricket Club Members are also entitled to free admission on all days upon production of their 2019 Membership Booklet.

Bag search at the entry gate

Stewards may conduct a search at the entrance gates of all bags carried by spectators.

Where may I sit?

All seating is unreserved, except for the Corporate Marquees and one stand reserved for Surrey members. It’s best to arrive early to choose where you wish to sit.

May I park my car in the ground?

No. The Pavilion car park is closed on all days. Cars are parked on the grass at the Railway End of the ground, but spaces are allocated only to players, match officials and guests of those companies which hire the corporate hospitality tents. We will make every effort to allow parking at the Railway End by cars with a Blue Badge.

If you do not have a car park pass or a Blue Badge, you will not be able to park inside the ground.

Public parking in the centre of Guildford is difficult. The Car Park at Guildford College is not available this year. The nearest public car park is at Mary Road GU1 4QU; details of public car parks in the town centre.

You may also use the park and ride at Guildford Spectrum at Parkway (GU1 1UP), which is nearby.

Guildford Park & Ride


The nearest drop-off point on the Park & Ride bus route would be at Guildford Bus Station, from where it is a short walk back to Woodbridge Road.


Guildford Cricket Club is an easy walk from Guildford main railway station and the bus station.

May I buy food and drink at the Festival?

Volunteers from Guildford Cricket Club operate a combined Public Refreshment Tent and Beer Tent. This is located at the Railway End in the marquee section closest to the Woodbridge Road.

All profits from the Refreshment & Beer Tent go towards junior cricket at Guildford CC.

Are there facilities for Surrey CCC members?

Yes. There is a stand at the Railway End of The Sports Ground and a marquee with seating reserved for Surrey CCC Members. These are on the Dapdune Wharf side of the ground, furthest from the Woodbridge Road.

Corporate Hospitality Marquee Guests

Your host will supply your Ground Admission Ticket. You may enter the ground via the turnstiles at the Pavilion End (Wharf Road) or the Railway End (in Woodbridge Road close to the Woodbridge Café).

Corporate Hospitality Marquees Nos 1-7 are located at the Railway End of the ground. The name of the hirer is displayed by the entrance, which is at the rear (i.e. the car park side).

Guildford Cricket Festival 2019 info sheet


Other Surrey matches at Guildford

In August, the Surrey Stars will play four Kia Women’s Cricket Super League T20 matches at Guildford. The dates are 8th, 15th, 20th and 25th August.

Preferred Hotel Partner – The Angel Hotel, Guildford

We are pleased to recommend the historic Angel Posting House Hotel to visitors attending the Guildford Cricket and Beer Festivals in June. The Angel is a short walk from Guildford Cricket Club and right in the town centre. Stephen Ball (General Manager) looks forward to welcoming visitors – please give the reference “GUILDFORD CRICKET” when booking in order to receive preferential terms.

The Angel Hotel
91 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DP
01483 564555
www.angelpostinghouse.com
reservations@angelpostinghouse.com

Corporate Hospitality Marquees

May I hire a Corporate Hospitality Marquee?

Hiring a marquee or taking a table in a corporate hospitality tent at the Cricket Week has long been a very popular way for the major local companies to entertain clients and contacts in a stylish and relaxed environment.

As a result of the successful Cricket Festival last year, Guildford has been allocated two four-day Specsavers County Championship Divison 1 matches in 2019 which means that there is more availability than usual for corporate marquees and all-inclusive match day hospitality. We are offering this on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June.

Play commences at 11.00 am on all days.

Further details, booking form and Terms & Conditions:


Or contact Chad Murrin on 07767 224632, email: chad_murrin@msn.com.

Cricket Week Sponsors

Are there opportunities for companies to be involved as sponsors?

Indeed there are. For further information, contact Chad Murrin on 07767 224632.