Welcome to our latest newsletter in a busy time for the club both on and off the field.
Excitement mounts for finals
No, we’re not talking about the World Cup but Surrey Championship T20 finals day, which is being staged on Sunday July 15.
It’s being hosted by Sunbury, who are taking on East Molesey in the first match at 10.30am.
Then it’s the turn of Guildford – who have so far beaten Worcester Park, Banstead and Ashtead and are led by Jack Cunningham – to pit their wits against Reigate Priory in the second semi at 1.30pm.
Whoever emerges as the winner (from Sunbury, that is, not Russia) heads to the group four area finals day on July 29, with the task of facing Roffey and – if successful – either Alton or the victors of the Kent competition.
Guildford will be seeking to emulate the display shown against Ashtead, who were beaten by 43 runs at Woodbridge Road. Nathan Tilley (31), Matthew Teale (61) and Tom Collins (30) led the hosts to 163-7 before dismissing Ashtead for 120 in 18.4 overs, Duncan Selmes and Jonny Charles claiming three wickets apiece with two for Freddie Geffen.
Sunbury will be providing a barbecue and their bar will be open throughout while the World Cup final, should anyone still be interested in it, will be on the screens in the pavilion bar.
Just in case anyone is thinking of doing a rain dance, please hold off until after our Cricket Week, which starts at the end of the month.
- First comes a double-header on Monday July 30, when the U19s take on Cranleigh in a T20 clash, defending the county crown won last year in such an exciting fashion at Epsom. That is followed at 6pm by the ladies taking on Hursley.
- A six-a-side event is being considered for Tuesday July 31, if you are keen to take part please contact Jonny Charles.
- Wednesday August 1 sees a combined first and second team entertaining The Wanderers, managed by Bobby Lowe, in an all-day match from 11am.
- Thursday August 2 brings another all-day game, with a combined second and third team entertaining Dolphins, again starting at 11am.
- Friday August 3 will juniors day, with the programme being published closer to the time.
Perfect weather greeted the 80th anniversary Guildford Cricket Festival in mid-June, excellent attendances seeing Surrey crush Somerset by an innings and 69 runs to take over from them at the top of Specsavers County Championship Division One.
It was Surrey’s first win in a Championship match at Woodbridge Road since 2002 and the manner of their success meant they claimed three innings victories in succession for the first time in 60 years. The match was all the more special given Surrey included four players who rose to the first-class game via Guildford colts – Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Ollie Pope and Will Jacks.
Players from both sides, officials and the media, some of whom used the top floor of the pavilion, were highly complementary about the club’s rebuilt headquarters. As usual, there was a magnificent effort by the volunteers who ran the refreshment and beer tents, the main one being combined for the first time. Groundsman Jonny Nolan and his assistants produced an excellent pitch for the match.
That followed another superb Beer Festival, spearheaded by Chad Murrin and his outstanding team, which brought thousands of thirsty drinkers into the club to sample an extended range of ales, ciders et al.
How are we doing?
It’s been an inconsistent past five weeks for the first team in Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 1. A 179-run hammering by Farnham at home was followed by a five-wicket defeat at Spencer, when Alex Sweet’s superb 133 on his first appearance of the season was eclipsed by Sam Wyatt-Haines smashing 100no in 51 balls. They are still looking for some of them.
Defeats by Normandy (seven wickets) and Sutton (37 runs, despite bowling out the visitors for 128 with Chris Coombs claiming 5-24) left Guildford sliding down the table. But Esher were then beaten by five wickets, Adam Appleton taking 4-45 and Jon Hedges making 47no. That was followed by a 127-run hammering of Rutlishians as Henry Straw (90), Matt Teale (72) and Andru Serdyn (62no) starred in the home side’s 275-5dec. Vikram Singh and Anwar Khan took two wickets each in the reply, which was finished off for 148 by off-spinner Serdyn’s 3-5 in 7.3 overs. Straw’s quality shone in his 124 out of 259 against Beddington, who were dismissed for 210 with two wickets apiece for Appleton and Singh plus three from Teale. It left the team fourth and well in touch with the leaders.
It’s been a highly successful few weeks for the third team, starting with a 143-run hammering of Wimbledonians at Stoke Rec. Skipper Tim Walter (109no), Jon Hedges (76) and Nick French (67no) cruised to 270-1dec, the Raynes Park side being finished off for 127 by Ahmed Hussain (4-21) with two wickets each for Jon Burrowes, Shane Isaacs and Cameron Green.
Callum McLean’s 70 led Guildford to 193-7dec at Woking & Horsell, who were 171-5 when Hayden Sajeeswaran turned the game on its head with two wickets in as many balls before – with two wickets apiece from McLean and Hussain – producing a run out for the final wicket and walking off with the biggest smile in the world.
The only blip was a bad day at Cheam, Guildford bowled out for 78 thanks to Ed Stovell’s nine-wicket haul. But Esher were then beaten by 10 wickets – McLean five wickets – after being dismissed for 123, Jaedyn Bartosh-Short hammering 98no in the victory charge. Farnham withdrew in the final game, leaving Guildford third and nine points off the top.
A low-scoring match at Walton was lost by 34 runs, the home side bowled out for 174 by Anwar Khan (2-30), Freddie Geffen (3-33), Cameron Green (2-33) and Henry McMillan (3-13). Yet that proved to be a winning total as a second-wicket stand between Geffen (34) and Will Jenner (59) was followed by a complete meltdown to 140 all out, Ben Shaw’s 18 the only other score in double-figures.
Henry McMillan was in the wickets against Reigate Priory as well, claiming 5-42, two wickets apiece from Green and Khan ensuring Priory were 167 all out. Oscar Martin (75no) and Jonathan French (74no) secured victory by nine wickets with 10.3 overs to spare.
League records fell as the U15ss continued their table-topping Premier League campaign.
A swashbuckling 133no by Lewis in an unbroken partnership of 243 with Henry (70no) was the highlight as they overwhelmed Reigate. Good all-round team performances have been the key to their excellent season but it’s tight at the top with just two games left.
Sadly, a mid-season blip saw them lose their county cup semi final against the eventual champions Esher.
It’s proving a triumphant summer for the U13s after they claimed the Two Counties League title.
Their programme included home and away wins against Finchampstead and Valley End, the away match against Finch being the game of the season as the strong hosts were bowled out for 131 in the 19th over, replying to 147-3 from 20. A closer finish saw Valley End beaten by four runs at home.
It’s been a highly successful season so far for the U12s, having won 15 of the 16 matches to date. As a result, Guildford are currently at the top of both the 30-over Academy and 20-over leagues.
Leading the run-scorers are Jacob Audley (315), Lucas Kher (236) and Freddy Scott-Gall (200 at an average of 100). All three have hit half-centuries, as have Adam Thomas (averaging 73) and William Lacey. Freddie Kay is averaging 41.3 and Archie Collins 38.5.
The leading wicket-takers are Kieran Finnegan (15), Cameron Sim (12) and Jacob Audley (10). Max Towers has kept wicket with great skill, involved in multiple run outs, while in the field William Lacey (11 fielding wickets) and Freddie Kay (6) have excelled, as has Gian Smith.
Good individual displays have assuaged the disappointment of the U9s being unable to land a victory in matches against strong sides from Normandy, Horsley & Send and Woking & Horsell.
Importantly, the team have been learning about competitive cricket and are in good spirits.
Four of the most experienced players – Alex Styche-Patel, Navashen Duby, Soham Datta and Ollie Gooding – stepped up an age group to play for the U10s, all enjoying significant roles in three excellent wins against Farnham, Shamley Green and Cranleigh.
There are three league matches left before August brings a cup campaign.
Tilley’s run glut
It’s been a remarkable final year at Reed’s for Nathan Tilley, who became the first ever player to score 1,000 runs in a season for the Cobham school. His five centuries included a highest of 200 and he finished with 1,253 runs at 139.2.
In all Tilley, who is 18, scored 14 centuries for the first team in his time there and is now looking forward to adding a few more more for Guildford’s first team and Surrey representative teams during the rest of the season before heading to Australia for the winter.
Guildford will be making a return trip to Windsor on July 22 to play Royal Household at their wonderful ground in Home Park. Anyone wishing to attend needs to notify Tim Walter at least five days prior to the match, for security reasons.Guildford CC v Royal Household CC
Date for the diary
Just when you thought it might be safe to go back into town after the season, we will be staging the Guildford Quiz Night in the pavilion on Thursday October 4.
So round up your friends, particularly the ones with a bit of grey matter or good memories, to form a team of six for what should be a fun evening, which will start at 6 for 6.30pm.
Teams are welcome from all sections of the club and sponsors with topics covering general knowledge topics, not least politics, history, geography, music and even sport.
Veteran quizmaster Mark Speers is going to be in charge, setting the questions and ensuring good sportsmanship all round.
There will be spot prizes and a raffle, the bar opening from 6pm for a night when we raise money for the club.
Entry for each team is a highly reasonable £30, which includes supper too.Guildford Quiz Night – entry form
Club Sponsors, 2018