As we approach the new year, I wanted to thank again all our wonderful volunteers and players for helping us to retrieve so much during 2020. A difficult season for many but we rescued it well and played 132 matches across the club between July and September.
For your final holiday reading, I would recommend you to this month’s (January) Cricketer magazine. David Frith writes an excellent article entitled ‘Guildford – the real cradle of cricket’. For those of you who naively thought Hambledon (Hampshire) was where cricket started, you will be reminded that the first recorded game of cricket actually took place in Guildford in 1550. In addition, for our Junior section and the historians amongst you, Peper Harow recorded their first game in 1727. So let’s put things in perspective – one disappointing year’s cricket in 2020 shouldn’t really be a hardship in the context of 470 years of cricket in Guildford …
Looking forward to 2021, as you know, we have a new team driving cricket at the club with Joe Pipkin and Chris Coombs leading the cricket committee and Olly Birts now in place as Director of cricket. You will hear plenty more from them soon with their plans for the next few months leading up to the new season.
We can also look forward to Surrey CCC returning to Woodbridge road from May 27 to May 30 for their county championship match against Gloucestershire and a further white ball game later in the summer. We also look forward to the Guildford beer festival returning to GCC after the 2020 cancellation. Please ensure you are signed up to our social media channels where our twitter and instagram pages are increasingly active and keeping us all informed.
At these challenging times, I also want to thank everyone who supported our recent fundraising for Oakleaf, our local mental health charity whose work has never been in greater demand. Not only did we beat our financial target but it was fabulous to see on social media various players delivering Christmas care packages to the local Oakleaf cmmunity. The values of our club are as important as the cricket.
So we are all set for 2021 and, although many Covid challenges remain, the passion and commitment from those driving GCC cricket should be exciting for all. We may have less money but we have the same ambition.
Thank you for your continued support – please stay safe, support each other and visualise a fun and rewarding year of cricket.
Chairman, Guildford Cricket Club