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An evening with the Bicknells

Monday 11 May, 8pm

This Monday the club is delighted to be hosting a Q & A evening with Darren & Martin Bicknell from 8pm on Zoom. You will be able to log on from 7.50pm and the event will last approximately one hour.

The Zoom meeting ID is 845-5862-0127

You will be able to ask questions on the following subjects:

  • When they look back did they find it beneficial to play senior men’s cricket at an early stage?
  • How important is the physical and mental side to the game?
  • Memories of their time playing for Surrey CCC;
  • Martin: playing Test Match Cricket;
  • Darren: his move to Nottinghamshire as a player;
  • The importance of giving back after their playing days;
  • Their favourite memory of playing for Guildford CC;

Darren and Martin both joined Guildford CC in 1980 after Brian Ruby (Junior Head Coach) spotted their talent and invited them to join up at 13 and 11 respectively.

They were both already a part of the Surrey junior set-up and their talent and drive to improve was evident from an early stage, each starting in the 3rd XI before working their way up to make their first team debuts aged 15.

Darren, a left-hand opening batsman, was regarded as a potential England player for a long period, highlighted by three A-team tours in the early 1990s. He was unfortunate to just miss out, competing with the likes of Graham Gooch, Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart for a place at the top of the order in the test team.

At Surrey he relished playing the anchor role in a team packed with stylish strokemakers. After 13 seasons at The Oval, he joined Nottinghamshire in 2000, where he continued to flourish, his 1,131 runs at 49.17 a key part in their County Championship title run. He retired at the end of the following season.

Martin played in four Test matches, with the last two against South Africa in 2003 coming 10 years after two appearances in the 1993 Ashes series; England had played a record 114 matches between his appearances. He was considered unlucky to be overlooked while being a prolific wicket-taker in domestic cricket and a key bowler as Surrey won three County Championships in four seasons between 1999 and 2002.

He was a highly effective medium-fast swing and seam bowler who reached 1000 first-class wickets for Surrey in 2005, having achieved the milestone in all first-class matches a year earlier. In 2000 he produced match figures of 16-119 for Surrey against Leicestershire at Guildford, the second best match figures ever returned for the county. His figures in the second innings of 9-47 ensured the match was over by lunchtime on the third day!

Both remain heavily involved in the game.

Darren is chief executive of the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust, Chairman of the Cricket Committee of Nottinghamshire CCC and head coach of the county’s under-15 side. He was also captain of Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club last year.

When Martin retired in 2007, he immediately took up the position as Director of Cricket at Charterhouse School and later took up the role of Surrey CCC’s Academy bowling coach. He is also on the Cricket Committee at Surrey and is the current captain of Lashings.


Support the club by shopping online!

As we all know, the current lockdown has created unprecedented challenges for all businesses and organisations and the club is no different. Many of you may be aware that the Guildford Beer Festival and Guildford Cricket Festival are two of the club’s main sources of revenue, and the cancellation of these has left a big hole.

A few of our members have been looking at ways of raising funds for the club that are practical during lockdown, and one of these is through doing something that we all do on a regular basis – online shopping!

All you need to do is visit the Guildford Cricket Club page on the Club Together Now website before you do any online shopping to check whether the retailer you want is listed, then click on the link. For every purchase made through this link, a % will go to the club.

The web address is, so please share with your family and friends – every little helps!

If you have any questions on how this works, please contact Jon Burrowes on 07525 850150.


Batters vs Bowlers Challenge week 2

This week’s challenge had a couple of extra elements to it, with press-ups and planks added to the mix along with another 30-minute running challenge. As well as covering as much distance as they could in 30 mins, players were also challenged to do as many press-ups as they could in two minutes as well as plank for as long as they could.

Teams this week were as follows:


Collins; Cunningham; Sweet; F McMillan; White; Bancroft; Bartosh-Short; F Geffen; T Geffen; Hosking; Shrives; Hedges; Parker; J Kher; Greaves; E Charles; Goodman; Montgomery (walking for 1hr 15 mins)


Birts; Selmes; Teale; J Charles; H Charles; Coombs; Pipkin; J McMillan; H McMillan; Appleton; Crouch; Burrowes; Garcha; McLean; Freeth; Nicholls;


The batsmen won the running challenge for a 2nd week in a row with a total distance covered of 103.2km by 17 runners; across both teams there were worthy performances from Joe Pipkin, who again covered a massive 8.1km, and Duncan Selmes with 7.9km in 30 mins, as well as noticeable improvements on last week from Jack Cunningham and Jonny Charles who both increased their distance by more than 10%.

It was the bowlers who came up trumps on the press-ups – led by Matt Teale with a huge 103 in his two minutes and Tom Bancroft with 94 – and planks. The top plankers were Adam Appleton at 5 mins, 3 secs and Matt Teale again at 4 mins, 36 secs.

Overall this means the challenges are tied at 2-2 with it all to play for going into week 3, when the women’s teams will also be getting involved!

These challenges are a great way to maintain fitness during lockdown, so if you would like to get involved, please contact Olly Birts on 07920 043789.

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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