This year’s championship visitors are Northants, who last played at Guildford in July 2001. Newly promoted to Division one for 2020, they will hope to fare better than last time when Surrey won by an innings and 55 runs inside 3 days.
This year the fixtures and dates are:
- Surrey CCC v Northamptonshire CCC (Specsavers County Championship Division 1) four days starting on Friday 15 May 2020 (11.00 am start – gates open 9.30 am).
- Surrey CCC v Somerset CCC (Royal London Cup – 50 overs) one day Sunday 26 July 2020 (11.00 am start – gates open 9.30 am).
In 2001, Northants won the toss and were skittled out for 120 with Alex Tudor taking 5-54 and Ed Giddins 3-18. Fears that it could be a low scoring match were dispelled by Surrey’s reply which was built round a century from Ali Brown, his 103 coming off 140 balls.
Well supported by 47 from skipper Adam Hollioake, 46 from Michael Carberry and an unbeaten 42 from Ian Salisbury they totalled 368, a lead of 248. Northants’ second innings once more showed their fragility against quick bowling as Guildford’s own Martin Bicknell tore through their batting, taking 7-60 from his 21 overs; Mike Hussey and Graeme Swann top scoring for the visitors with 41 apiece.
Surrey CCC’s second match on Sunday 26 July 2020 features a return from their now regular visitors Somerset, but this time in the 1 day Cup. Somerset had the upper hand winning both the 50 overs matches last season en route to taking the title.
Other matches at Guildford include Surrey’s women, who will also be in action, firstly with a couple of warm up T20’s against Kent on Sunday May 3rd and then with a 50 overs match on Thursday July 2nd in the London Championship.
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.
Tickets and further information
How do I get tickets?
Tickets are available in advance or on the gate.
Advance purchase tickets online from:
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 2020 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 2020 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.
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).
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.
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.
Surrey play Northamptonshire in a four-day County Championship match at Guildford, from Friday 15th May until Monday 18th May.
Further details and booking form:
Or contact Chad Murrin on 07767 224632, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.