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Cricket Chairman’s Introduction and update

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GCC members,

It has been little over two months since I took over from Bob as the club’s Cricket Chairman and so, having spent a little time finding my feet, it is about time I took the opportunity to properly introduce myself and update you on a couple bits.

For those who don’t know me, I joined the club back in 2012 having moved to the area. Prior to that I played at a number of clubs in Norfolk, where I grew up. At Guildford, I have played the majority of my cricket in the first XI and was fortunate enough to captain the side between 2014 & 2017. More recently, a combination of personal commitments, and the simple fact that my cricketing skills not quite being what they used to be, have meant that I have not played as much as I would have liked.

I am delighted to have taken on the Cricket Chairman role. Guildford is a wonderful club, not because of the incredible facilities or high level of cricket on offer, but because of its people. I have made some very close and lifelong friendships through Guildford, as well as many many fond memories both on and off the field. Being Cricket Chairman gives me a chance to give back a little to the club that has given me so much over the last 9 years.

Turning to the role. I am pleased to say that the new look cricket committee sat for the first time last week. It was a packed agenda, focused on getting the ball rolling on a variety of things that we will be looking to focus our efforts on to get ready for the 2021 season. I will update you on all of these things in due course, but one thing to flag now is winter training. COVID is making planning a little tricky, however the ECB have now released their latest guidance last week following the new government restrictions. For us this means:

– Our junior programme planning isn’t hugely impacted and just needs a little tweaking to ensure compliance with the guidance. This is almost finalised, with training due to begin in late-January (running on Sundays). Full details of what this looks like, including how to sign up will be released in the next week or so.

– For seniors the restrictions are much more limiting and so we are needing to think more carefully about what out winter training will look like. We will provide further details as soon as possible, but rest assured that we are committed to providing a training programme for the senior section in some format.

I also wanted to flag that the Cricket Committee has grown slightly this year with both myself and Chris Coombs (Dept Cricket Chairman) coming on board, as well as our new Director of Cricket, Olly Birts, and Duncan Selmes, who is going to be taking on a new role as a ‘player liaison’ – designed to ensure that members have an independent voice on the committee so that we are fully sighted on what you are enjoying and what you feel might need a little more attention. Duncan will provide more detail.

A big thank you to all involved in that committee, your time and services are very much appreciated by the club. All in all, there is a lot going on ‘behind the scenes’ at the moment and there will be plenty more from me and others over the coming weeks and months as we look to keep you informed on how plans and priorities are firming up for the 2021 season and beyond. In the meantime, should you have any questions of the Cricket Committee, then please do get in touch.

Finally, a shout out to the Movember team. Having set out to raise £640 they knocked it out the park and have raised over £1700 for Oakleaf – a tremendous effort. If you want to offer some final support – the team would be incredibly grateful. You can find details on the club’s social media pages.

Best wishes,

Joe Pipkin
Cricket Chairman.