Cricket week is coming
Book those days off, here comes the 2019 Cricket Week.
In a five-day extravaganza which puts Wimbledon, Henley and Royal Ascot into the shade, Woodbridge Road will be throbbing with players of all ages and abilities.
It launches on Monday July 29 with an U19 Surrey Vitality T20 clash between Guildford and Cranleigh, from 2.30pm, followed by a ladies match from 6pm, with a barbecue for players and guests from 5pm.
Tuesday July 30 sees the club six-a-side competition, from 1pm, looking to build on its highly successful launch last year. It’s a round-robin, each player contributing a dish for tea. Once the cricket is over, around 7pm, there will be a dodgeball competition in front of the pavilion plus a barbecue afterwards.
Wednesday July 31 sees an all-day match (11.30am) between Guildford and The Wanderers, where additional lunches and teas can be provided (please call Tim Walter on 07882-054111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday August 1 sees another all-day game, where a Guildford second/third team take on The Dolphins from 11.30am.
That is followed by a barbecue from 5pm, when all those who supported the club through the cricket and beer festivals last month will be thanked.
Friday August 2 wraps it up with a double-bill – at Woodbridge Road the junior festival takes place from 6pm, which will be a mixed age event using both the main square and artificial pitch, with a barbecue afterwards. Meanwhile, a fathers/sons team will be heading to Shackleford in the evening for a T20.
The bar will be open throughout the week, so don’t miss the fun.
Guildford Cricket & Beer Festivals – a big thank you
Club chairman James Geffen writes:
“I would like to thank all our volunteers, friends, supporters and sponsors who helped to make this year’s festivals such a success for the club.
“These events require a great deal of work, especially this year with the two four-day matches and the unhelpful weather. The club relies on the profits from the festivals to provide high quality facilities and coaching for all our cricketers of all ages.
“From all of them, to all of you – thank you.”
It was a great shame that Woodbridge Road’s second four-day match – the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Surrey and Yorkshire – was so badly affected by rain that more than half the playing time was lost, which cost the home side their chance of pushing for victory after making Yorkshire follow on. That robbed Surrey of the opportunity to make up for a heavy defeat to Somerset in the first match.
More action might have been lost but for the magnificent work of the groundstaff, led by Martin Biggin, who performed heroically in coping with more than a month’s rain on the first day to get the second started on time.
How are we doing so far?
It’s proved a frustrating return to the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship Premier Division for Tom Collins and his side, who found themselves ninth at the end of June.
Five defeats from the first eight matches have underlined the fragility of the batting but, with a little more fortune, they might have claimed at least two more victories than the sole success at Esher. Rain removed more than 20 overs from the match at Sunbury, who were able to bat out to 126-7 after Nathan Tilley’s 80 led the hosts to 245-4dec. And a week later, Sutton’s final pair blocked out after Tilley (89) had top-scored in Guildford’s 263-7dec.
Leading batsmen are Tilley (299), Matt Teale (239) and Collins (221), while fast bowler George Barlow has been the outstanding performer with the ball, his 16 wickets backed up by Angus Lovell (14) and Duncan Selmes (10).
Guildford’s second team, also promoted to the Premier Division last season, find themselves with an almost identical record of one win, two draws and five defeats. The victory at Sunbury featured Jevan Kher (58) and Tom Bancroft (66) starring in an innings of 215-5dec, off-spinner Shoaib Bashir underlining the potential he is showing by taking 3-39, supported by two wickets apiece for James McMillan, Jake Henderson and Paul Stephens to dismiss the hosts for 173.
Determined to be different, the thirds have claimed three wins so far to sit seventh in Division One, the early triumphs against Sutton and Hampton Wick Royal followed by a seven-wicket beating of Old Whitgiftians which was owed to openers Will Jenner and Dylan Lawson making half-centuries as a target of 155 was overhauled inside 16 overs at Stoke Rec.
It’s been a successful first season so far for the Grizzlies in the Surrey Slam T20.
They top their divisions in both the evening and Sunday competitions, two wins out of four in the latter augmented by a concession before a defeat to Woking & Horsell Lions. That record is echoed in the SW Region Group C, having secured a path through to the knockout stage.
A sole appearance so far saw the Academy XI beat Sutton by 40 runs in Surrey Trust League Tier 1 Group 1.
Tom Geffen’s storming 75 from 55 balls, building on 41 earlier by Jack Cunningham, took the hosts to 220 all out in the 40th over. Paul Stephens (3-23) was supported by two wickets apiece from Matty Stephenson and Henry Turrell as James McMillan’s team bowled out the visitors for 180.
An emphatic eight-wicket victory over East Molesey this week ensured Guildford progressed to the regional stage of the National Championship – where the club have a magnificent record in recent years. Three U15s – Toby, Shoaib and Jevan – represented Surrey Schools at the Kia Oval recently.
It’s proving an excellent season for the U12s, with six wins in nine league matches and some fine individual performances, the team gelling impressively along the way.
Guildford are currently fifth in the 10-strong WSCYL but have matches in hand against teams above and performances against the leading teams in the table are highly encouraging despite the loss of the team’s unbeaten record last weekend.
In the Two Counties League it’s looking even better as Guildford sit top, an imminent double-header against Valley End crucial to chances of taking the title.
Team supremo Nick Gooding reports:
“The U10s are now adjusting to playing hard ball cricket. They no longer look like penguins when running between the wickets. Three wins out of four was a very satisfying and well-deserved return for their efforts in June. We had back-to-back wins over Blackheath, a defeat against a very good Wonersh side followed by an excellent win, on the last day of the month, against Cranleigh at home. Navashen Dubey has been awesome with the bat and our death overs bowlers Ollie Gooding and Alex Styche-Patel can’t stop taking wickets.”
Organiser Adam Appleton writes:
“As we head towards the half-way mark of the season, the Fantasy League sees the Finnegan clan ruling the roost, with junior leading the way. The top performing batsman is currently Nathan Tilley by a distance (he’s expensive for a reason). with youngster Benjamin Garrett and Jack Cunningham in pursuit.
“Hayden Saijeeswaran leads the way in the bowling stakes, with Finnegan Jr’s decision to select himself paying clear dividends. First team paceman George Barlow rounds completes the top three.
“The all-rounders are led by our resident Aussie, Gus Lovell. Oscar Martin’s performances for the Grizzlies sees him second with our resident Kiwi Matt Teale in third.
“Jevan Kher’s runs see him leading the wicket-keeper standings, though Andy Parker is finding form with the bat and Ross Richardson has only just entered the fold following the end of the school year.”
Christmas at Woodbridge Road
Well it might seem a bit early to some but our event managers and caterers Kalm Kitchen are staging a Christmas Shared Party Night on Friday December 6. You will be greeted by the ice queen and woodland animals with a choice of canapes and glass of prosecco. Then it’s upstairs for a three-course meal before dancing into the evening with a live DJ.
Prices start from £35 with tables of 10 available, inclusive of VAT, with more information and bookings available by email at email@example.com or by calling 01483 813360.
Don’t forget – you can keep up to date with the club’s activities on a weekly basis through our Pitchero bulletin.
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