Welcome to our June newsletter as we prepare for the Guildford Festival, an exciting double-header which sees Somerset and Yorkshire taking on champions Surrey in the Specsavers County Championship.
It will be the first time Woodbridge Road has hosted two four-day matches since the festival began in 1938 and we are hoping the weather will be kind to us. Somerset – who were beaten here by an innings last summer – were runners-up to Surrey in Division One last year and the sides have already drawn at Taunton this season, their clash starting on Monday June 3. Yorkshire last visited in 2002, when they were defending champions, and arrive seven days later.
Don’t forget that in between comes the Guildford Beer Festival, on June 7-8, a vital event for the club and one which also attracts thousands of people to the ground.
After extensive work during the winter, the pavilion now features a number of pictures featuring players who have risen through the club to first-class and international level.
Please lend a hand if you possibly can, even if it is just for an hour, as the Guildford Festival is the opportunity to put the club on show and make vital revenue to keep the club’s finances in good shape.
And if you can bring a cake along, refreshment tent supremo Justine McMillan would be particularly grateful.
She is in need of helpers for setting up on Saturday June 1 from 10am to 12pm.
Jade’s big night out
During the Yorkshire match, Guildford will be hosting an event for one of the club’s most distinguished graduates, Jade Dernbach, on Tuesday June 11.
An evening of music and entertainment from 7pm until 10pm features Randy & the Rockets plus an opportunity to meet the players, with the bar open and food available on site.
Advance tickets are £10 and cost £15 on the night, U10s free if accompanied by an adult.
Jade (pictured at top of post, credit: photographer Mark Sandom) has made 24 one-day international and 34 T20 appearances for England and was a key figure in Surrey winning the County Championship last year.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Nick Peters, who died on May 20 aged 51.
Nick was a fast bowler who rose through the club’s Junior section and played 16 first-class matches for Surrey in 1988-89, his best performance a stunning 6-31 against Warwickshire at The Oval in 1988. He went on to claim 10 wickets in the match.
Also that season, Nick was also one of three Guildford juniors – along with Darren and Martin Bicknell – who appeared in the Surrey side on the 50th anniversary of county cricket coming to the town, when Hampshire were the visitors to Woodbridge Road.
He left the Surrey staff following the 1991 season and also played club cricket for Esher. After quitting the professional game, he went on to teaching and then became a clinical psychotherapist.
A minute’s silence was observed in his memory prior to the Esher v Guildford match in the Surrey Championship on May 25, following a short tribute from Tim Walter, his captain and team-mate.
How are we doing so far?
After opening with two defeats, there was delight and relief when the first team got off the mark with a 48-run win at Esher in the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship Premier Division.
A shortage of runs was the main concern, being dismissed for 55 at Banstead after the hosts had reached 177-8 in their 50 overs. And when East Molesey visited, a total of 137 in 42.2 overs might still have been enough had fortunes gone Guildford’s way, a one-wicket defeat coming instead.
At Esher, skipper Tom Collins (63) pushed himself up the order and enjoyed a crucial fifth wicket stand of 115 with Matt Teale, who hit a powerful 77, for Guildford to reach 230 all out in 46 overs.
Duncan Selmes (3-37) and Jamie Odell had Esher in early trouble at 38-3, off-spinners Jonny Charles and Angus Lovell taking two wickets apiece to dismiss the hosts for 182. A trip to Wimbledon completes the early 50-over matches before the nine all-day games.
It’s been a difficult start for the second team on their return to Premier level, losing all three outings.
East Molesey inflicted defeat by 109 runs in the opening match, reaching 261-5 and then dismissing Guildford for 152 despite Jaedyn Bartosh-Short (49) and Tom Bancroft (38) leading the resistance.
The highlight of a 121-run setback at Weybridge was young off-spinner Shoaib Bashir claiming 3-45 from his 10 overs in a total of 288-5. Jon Hedges (36) and Oscar Martin (31) were the main contributors in a reply of 167.
It was a much closer battle against Spencer last week, Archie Freeth and Bashir the tightest of the bowlers as the visitors made 256-8. Despite Henry Straw’s 102, adding 146 for the second wicket with Martin, Guildford fell 22 runs short at 234-8.
There has been a strong start to life back in Division One – following promotion last year – for the third team, claiming two wins out of three so far under new captain Cameron Green.
After struggling against a very strong East Molesey outfit in the opening match, a convincing response came in thumping Sutton by 101 runs, pick of the performances being Hayden Saijeeswaran’s 4-11 off six overs.
And fellow promoted side Hampton Wick were hammered by 207 runs following outstanding batting displays from Dylan Lawson (95) and Jevan Kher (93no) plus a quickfire 106no for Carlos Maloney to amass 348-2 from 50. Skipper Green’s 3-14, augmented by two wickets apiece for Callum McLean and Malorie Bartosh-Short, underlined his confidence that the side can only get stronger.
Guildford’s bid to retain the Edwards Cup – the Surrey Championship’s T20 crown – ended in defeat on Bank Holiday Monday.
Although Staines & Laleham were beaten by 10 wickets in the opening match of the Super Monday tournament at Cranleigh – being bowled out for 75 before Angus Lovell (54no) and Nathan Tilley (16no) knocked off the runs – the second match ended in defeat by eight wickets.
Tilley (36no), Matt Teale (16no) and Ross Richardson (10) were the only batsmen to reach double-figures in a total of 96-7, Harvey Stiles claiming 5-13. The runs were knocked off in 13.4 overs.
Defeat at Basingstoke & North Hants at May’s Bounty on May 12 also ended Guildford’s interest in the ECB National Club Championship. Having beaten Aldershot in the first round, Guildford recovered from 11-2 to make 225-3 in 40 overs through a third wicket stand worth 132 between Lovell (89no) and Fred McMillan (69), Matt Teale’s 54no dominating an alliance of 82.
Unfortunately it just wasn’t quite enough, Basingstoke winning by six wickets with three balls to spare.
It’s been a successful start for our new side, the Guildford Grizzlies, who play in the Surrey Slam T20 competition.
Featuring a number of Juniors, second and third team players and a member of the women’s squad, they have won all three matches so far. Worplesdon & Burpham were their first victims, beaten by 31 runs led by Matty Stephenson (50no) and Oscar Martin (3-16).
Camberley Cannons were spiked by 43 runs (Martin 46, Ashish Rasally 4-13) and Grayshott Ghosts found themselves spooked by 40 runs (Aqeel Iqbal 39).
There have been many outstanding contributions across the junior age groups.
The term “completely different ball game” is one that the U10s are quickly understanding as they make the transition from soft to hard ball cricket. Batting with a helmet and running in pads is proving to be quite a challenge.
Although ending in defeat, Guildford competed well against Horsley & Send while the clash with Normandy could have gone either way but Shamley Green and Wonersh inflicted heavy defeats. Manager Nick Gooding reports that his small squad are “a very together group who support one another on and off the field”.
Guildford U13s have had a mixed start to the season – four wins and four losses so – with some tough fixtures in the Surrey Junior Invitational League. Leading run-scorers to date are Milo Roe, who has an outstanding outstanding average of 168 after five innings), Niko Dahl (78.5 ave after five innings) and Kieran Finnegan.
Leading wicket takers are Roe, Finnegan, Dulain Jayakody (including a five-wicket haul) and James Mundy.
The U15s have won five of their seven matches while the U11s have claimed two out of three so far.
U14 George Brew has a current batting average of 122, Will Ayton scoring 78 in an U15 SJIL fixture.
It is proving a successful campaign for two U15s, Hayden Saijeeswaran already having 13 wickets, Toby Finch’s haul of 11 wickets including 7-21 in the SJIL.
Pope visits Guildford
One of Guildford Juniors’ most recent graduates to the top level, Ollie Pope, paid a visit to training night on Friday May 24. Ollie played some of his earliest cricket at Woodbridge Road, going on to gain a professional contract with Surrey and playing two Tests for England last year. He is currently recuperating from shoulder surgery.
Can you fill vital roles?
After several years of great support to the junior cricket section at Guildford, Jo Watson will be taking on responsibility for the seniors’ fixtures at GCC – so the search is on for a replacement.
Key responsibilities include organising fixtures from U9s to U17s, managing pitch bookings, organising entries to leagues and making registrations on Play-Cricket/Pitchero, among other administration queries.
All inquiries should be made to Matthew Finnegan, co-chairman of the junior section at email@example.com or by calling him on 07500-082667.
The club is also seeking someone with marketing expertise to help in promoting Guildford CC, details available from chairman James Geffen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our caterers, Kalm Kitchens, have been in place since the beginning of the season and director James Middlehurst says: “The entire Kalm Kitchen team have been enjoying getting to know more about the club and its members.
“We will be developing new food concepts over the coming weeks and working closely with the club to evaluate the food expectations for all the members.”
It will soon be Cricket Week, which runs from Monday July 29 to Friday August 2, the fourth year since its inception.
Organiser Tim Walter is looking to improve it every season, the idea being to involve players at all levels of the club. Captains and junior managers will be making approaches over the coming weeks regarding availability and full details of social events will be published closer to the time.
A good friend of the club, Subrahmamya Siddaarth (“Sidd”) is coming over from India to study for an MBA at the London School of Economics, starting in September. He asks if any club member is looking for an individual to share a flat or has a room available to rent in central London.
Sidd is aged 22 and from Chennai. Last summer, when he heard that Virat Kohli was due to play for Surrey at Guildford, he arranged to fly over and visit us for a holiday. Unfortunately Kohli pulled out, through injury, and when Sidd arrived at Guildford he had to make do with a cardboard cutout instead, although he was able to meet the Indian captain during his visit while in London.
Sidd has remained in constant contact and returned in April, where he linked up with his good friend Chad Murrin, who thoroughly recommends him as a prospective living companion. He will be studying at the London School of Economics, which is based in Aldwych, so needs to be within easy commuting distance.
Anyone looking for a flatmate, particularly one who loves cricket, should contact Chad at email@example.com or on 07767 224632) and he will put them in touch with Sidd.
The kit exchange at junior nets at the start of the season has helped to equip some new players and others who have had a growth spurt while the rest has been donated with the help of Surrey CCC, who are organising a shipment to Sri Lanka, where it will be invaluable to clubs and schools.
This is a change from the original scheme but organiser Lizzie Geffen hopes all those will be happy with the alteration, not least with ramifications from the bombings in Sri Lanka having made it even harder for youngsters there to be able to afford kit.
Thanks to all those who contributed.
Dates for your diary
The next player-of-the-month awards will be held on June 29 (covering May and June) and July 27, with a quiz night being proposed for the latter date.
And look out for the end of season party, which is pencilled in for Saturday September 21 in the pavilion at Woodbridge Road.
Don’t forget either that the pavilion will be hosting An Evening with Queen on Friday September 27, when a dazzling collection of performers from London’s West End – including stars of the smash hit musical We will Rock You – join together to present a tribute to one of the world’s great rock bands. Tickets start from £28 and are limited.
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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