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News from Woodbridge Road – Edition 1, 2021

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Welcome to 2021

Hello and welcome to ‘News from Woodbridge Road’, the 2021 newsletter from Guildford Cricket Club; The real ‘Cradle of Cricket’. Continuing from last season, we will be sharing our news weekly during the 2021 season so that you can keep up-to-date with all the developments, fixtures, results, and events at Guildford CC.

Plans for Training & Coaching

Earlier this week the government took the next step on their roadmap out of lockdown. This was an important and exciting one for us, as outdoor sport is now permitted.

We now have ECB guidance on what this means for us. Though we are still working through some aspects, the headline is that we are able to continue with our intention to get cricket going as planned:

Juniors
– Mon 5th – Thurs 8th April: GCC Easter Camp.
– Fri 9th April: Weekly junior coaching starts.
– Sun 11th April: Weekly U8 coaching starts.

Seniors
– Sat 3rd April: Men’s training (1000 – 1200).
– Sat 10th April: Men’s (1300 – 1500) & Women’s (1000 – 1200) training.
– Wed 14th April: Women’s weekly training starts.
– Thurs 15th April: Men’s weekly training starts.

We will be using the booking system that was in place last year for signing up to training sessions (both juniors & seniors). This ensures we can record who has been using our facilities and will enable Olly and his coaching team to plan ahead – both of which means we can train in a safe and secure environment.

Over the coming days we will share more information as to what you can expect to be in place at Woodbridge Road to ensure that we are in line with ECB guidance and government restrictions, this will include details from Olly on how you can expect training sessions to run safely. Further details and more specific guidance on how matches will need to operate will be provided as we approach games later in April.

We know many of you will be wanting to get down to Woodbridge Road to practice in the nets in your own time, especially with the improved weather this week. The guidance allows for this, provided that you do not exceed government restrictions, i.e. the rule of 6 or two households plus the maintaining of social distancing. We are keen to enable members to make use of the nets/ground outside of organised training and are working on a means of managing this appropriately and safely. However, for this week please contact Olly (07920043789) to arrange a suitable time so that he is around to provide access to the ground – this will primarily be during the daytime this week. He will also provide details on entering the ground and protocols that will need to be followed.

Guildford: The real ‘cradle of cricket’

Lord’s? The Oval? Hambledon? Cricket didn’t start at any of those legendary grounds, says David Frith.
It’s extremely difficult to correct a claim so deeply entrenched. MCC say Lord’s is the “Home of Cricket” while The Oval boasts the first English Test match and much else. Equally, most cricket aficionados accept without question the fruity tales concerning the Hampshire village of Hambledon…However…if one were to gather all the early significant landmarks in the development of the game of cricket, there at the top of the list stands the old Surrey town of Guildford.
Interested to learn more? Clink to link here.

Surrey Umpires Challenge

Surrey CCC have launched another campaign to get as many people as possible trained as Stage 1 Umpires. The aim is to get as many parents and players as possible to complete the course so they can assist with junior cricket matches, have more confidence to stand in adult cricket, or simply have a little more understanding when playing/watching the game. You can complete the challenge using the following link: Click to link here.

Online Scoring Courses

For anyone wishing to brush up on their scoring skills there are the following online courses available. The ECB is offering a free basic online scoring course which would be ideal for those with no prior knowledge. Clink to link here.
For those involved with junior cricket the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship has put together a range of online training modules. Clink to link here.

Umpire & Scorer wanted for our Saturday Men’s 3rd XI

We are seeking both a scorer and umpire for our 3rd XI Saturday team for the 2021 season.

We play 18 games throughout the season and it would be a great chance for a parent, family member, or junior to become involved in the senior set-up. You will be reimbursed for your time while spending a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday around the team.

If you are interested, please contact Cameron Green on 07801 573814
or email c.green98@sky.com

GCC Cricket Week 2021

Tim Walter has been hard at work once again organising Guildford CC Cricket Week. This season it will run from Monday 2nd August to Friday 6th August, fixtures are listed below:
– Monday 2nd  August @ 11.30am: GCC six-a-side; @ 6pm Guildford Women T20 v TBC.
– Tuesday 3rd  August @ 2pm: GCC U15s v Ealing CC; @ 6pm GCC U19’s v Valley End CC.
– Wednesday 4th  August @ 11.30am: GCC 1st/2nd XI v Wanderers CC.
– Thursday 5th  August @ 11.30am: GCC 2nd/3rd XI v Surrey University.
– Friday 6th  August: Junior day.
Social events are yet to be added due to the calendar, so please keep a watch out for further updates.

Upcoming Club Fixtures

– Saturday 17th April: Guildford CC 2nd XI v Basingstoke & North Hants CC (Woodbridge Road).
– Saturday 17th April: Basingstoke & North Hants CC v Guildford CC 3rd XI.
– Sunday 18th April: Wonersh & Shamley Green Juniors U12 v Guildford CC U12.

Other Events @ Woodbridge Road

– Saturday 5th June: Player of the Month.
– Saturday 3rd July: Player of the Month.
– Saturday 7th August: Player of the Month.
– Friday 27th August: Junior Awards Evening.
– Saturday 4th September: Player of the Month.
Don’t forget – you can keep up to date with Club news and activities on a weekly basis via our Pitchero bulletin.

View from the Railway End

A new closing feature for our newsletter which contains a light-hearted and humorous look at cricket in general (and not just GCC based). If you have any interesting, quirky, and/or thought-provoking cricketing anecdotes, stories, or cartoons – then please do submit them for our consideration. We will aim to add as many as possible throughout the season!
Please send submissions to membership@guildfordcc.com along with your name and associated GCC team (if relevant). Please also indicate whether you wish to remain anonymous as we aim to thank you for your submission in the newsletter.

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