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News from Woodbridge Road – lockdown edition 5

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An evening with Jade Dernbach & Rikki Clarke – Monday 1st June, 8pm

This Monday the club is delighted to be running a Q & A evening with Jade Dernback & Rikki Clarke from 8pm on Zoom, hosted by Harrison Charles. You will be able to log on from 7.50pm and the event will last approximately one hour. This is an amazing opportunity to engage with two former England internationals!

The Zoom meeting ID is 614-596-2938.

Jade Dernbach

Jade Dernbach is a fast bowler who plays for Surrey County Cricket Club, having played some of his early cricket for Guildford CC. He is currently the Surrey T20 Captain. He also represented England between 2011 and 2014. He made his first-class debut in 2003 and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2004 and 2009.

Born in South Africa and initially schooled at St John’s College, Johannesburg, Jade moved to England at the age of 14. After impressing for the England Lions in the West Indies in the early part of 2011, he was called up to the senior team as a replacement for Ajmal Shahzad for the knock out stages of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and made his Twenty20 and ODI debuts later that year against Sri Lanka.

He has taken 31 wickets from 24 ODI caps, 39 wickets from 34 matches for the England t20 side and a total of 712 career wickets across all formats for Surrey, England & Jamaica Tawallahs in the CPL.

In the 2012 ICC World T20, he and Steven Finn equalled the tournament record for the highest 10th wicket partnership. He was also named in the T20I XI by Cricinfo for his performances in 2013.

Derek Pringle described Jade in The Daily Telegraph as a fast bowler who is capable of obtaining conventional and reverse swing, as well as of deceiving the batsman by bowling a variety of slower balls.

Rikki Clarke

Rikki Clarke is an all-rounder who currently plays for Surrey County Cricket Club, having also played some of his early cricket for Guildford CC.

He began his career as a professional cricketer with Surrey in 2000, making his list A debut in 2001 and first-class debut in 2002, scoring a century against Cambridge UCCE, followed by 153* against Somerset at Taunton on the way to Surrey winning the County Championship that year.

The following year Rikki made his ODI debut for England, taking a wicket with his first ball. Later in 2003 he played his first test match. Between 2003 and 2006 he played two Tests and 20 ODIs. At the end of 2007 he left Surrey to become Derbyshire’s club captain after feeling a change was needed; he spent one season there before moving to Warwickshire, where he enjoyed a highly successful nine years in which he won the 2012 County Championship, 2016 One-Day Cup and 2014 T20 Blast.

Rikki’s return to Surrey could hardly have gone better; claiming 49 wickets and scoring 500 runs on the way to winning another County Championship and he was nominated for the PCA Player of the Year. He was the Surrey’s Player of the Year in 2019, thanks to 713 runs and 47 wickets in the Championship.

In total, across all formats he has scored 17,520 runs and taken 773 wickets.


Limited opening of the nets at Woodbridge Road

We are now ready to take bookings from Members, whose 2020 subscriptions have been paid, for use of the nets at Woodbridge Road. Jack Cunningham will oversee the complete running of the nets / supervision with a team of volunteers and slots will be available from 12-6pm each day. Jack’s e-mail address is and mobile number 07786 965727. We anticipate that we will be able to extend the opening times after a short trial period with earlier start times and later finishes as we get more supervisors on board.

Our opening of the nets is being done in accordance with the very strict guidelines issued by the ECB which you will be able to access via the Guildford Cricket Club website through a link in our own guidelines regarding use of the nets. Please read both of these documents before making a booking. It is essential that we strictly comply with all the instructions contained in them. Please do not contact Jack Cunningham to book nets directly.

In accordance with ECB regulations we want to draw your attention to the fact that we are only open to fully paid Members for the 2020 season. We have to keep a record of everyone entering Woodbridge Road in the event of our having to track and trace anyone because of possible contact with a person who subsequently tests positive for Covid-19 or indeed has symptoms. This can only be done through our membership database.

You should also note that all our members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult living in the same household throughout the duration of their session. Entry to the ground will be through the gates at the Railway End of the ground where there will be limited parking. Please look to arrive five minutes before your booking when the gates will be opened and we ask that you leave immediately after your net session.

The booking system is set up to offer 45 minute slots at times when we are able to have the necessary supervision as required under the ECB regulations on site. Please print out and bring a paper copy of your booking to be seen by the supervisor on site.

Finally, the guidelines advise if players are experiencing difficulties in maintaining their membership through loss of earnings because of the pandemic they should contact the Guildford Cricket Club Treasurer.

We hope that you will, finally, enjoy having a bat and bowl in the nets and that we may see more members joining or re-joining the club.


Five questions with Darren Bicknell

Each week for the remainder of lockdown we’ll be asking one of our top players, past and present, five questions to learn a little bit more about them and their cricketing life. This week is former Surrey and Nottinghamshire batsman Darren Bicknell.

  1. What’s your first cricketing memory?

    Remember playing cricket with Martin and my stepdad Viv in Pirbright and Dad was hitting some catches with a new bat he had bought for me and the handle came straight out of the splice when he was hitting a catch – I was distraught!!!

    First cricket match was for Normandy U15s at Normandy Cricket Club as an 11-year-old and batting at 11. I remember getting 7 not out and was proud as punch.

  2. Who is the best cricketer you’ve played with?
    There are a few reasons why you could pick your best:

    Most gifted – Kevin Pietersen

    Made the most of his ability – Ashley Giles

    Best match-winner – Waqar Younis or Saqlain Mushtaq

    Most consistent – Martin Bicknell

    Best professional – Alec Stewart

  3. Who is the messiest in the dressing room?
    Most wicket keepers for some reason but probably the worst was Graeme Swann.
  4. Who’s the biggest badger?
    A choice between Jason Ratcliffe or Nadeem Shahid from my days with Surrey!
  5. What has been your favourite moment on a cricket field?
    Tough question as there have been a few:
    – Debut at Edgbaston for Surrey in 1987

    – My 228 not out for Surrey against Nottinghamshire at Guildford Cricket Club in front of friends and family

    – Winning the County Championship with Surrey in 1999

    – Winning the County Championship for Notts at Canterbury in 2005

    But probably my favourite would be getting my first 100 for Surrey v Hampshire at the Oval in 1987. What made it even more special was that it was against Malcolm Marshall, arguably the greatest fast bowler ever. When I got out I had to walk past him to get to the changing room (actually he was about 50 yards away) but he made a beeline for me and as he walked past me he tapped me on the shoulder and said “well played young man”. It was a brilliant gesture and one that will stick with me for always and a true reflection on a great man and how our great game should be played.


Virtual Race Night – Saturday 6th June, 8pm

On Saturday 6th June we will be running a virtual race night on zoom, starting at 8pm.

The Zoom meeting ID is 850-5674-6415 (password 902339)

How it’s going to work:

  • There will be six races consisting of eight horses
  • Entry fee is £10 which will mean you own a horse, as well as getting the chance to place two bets on each race

If the horse you own comes 1st you will win £30, with 2nd place receiving £20 and 3rd place £10.

The betting will be done via a points system: if you select the winning horse, you get 5 points; if you select a horse that places (2nd or 3rd), you get 2 points.

Your points will be combined over the six races to put into a leaderboard; the overall winner on points will receive £60, with 2nd place winning £40 and 3rd place £20.

If you would like to buy a horse, please message Olly Birts on 07920 043789. We have already sold 31 of the 48 horses so get in there quickly to avoid missing out!


GCC Quiz Night – tonight (28th May), 8.30pm

We have another instalment of the GCC quiz to bring you this week, where we will be testing your knowledge once more! Last week we had a fantastic quiz with 21 participants; in the end it went down to a sudden death question, where the McMillan’s ended up as winners.

For those who haven’t taken part yet, the quiz has been running for a few weeks now, hosted by men’s 1st XI bowler Jonny Charles.

We hope to see as many of you this week as it’s a fantastic way of staying connected with the cricket club, as well as having a huge amount of fun with familiar virtual faces!

The Zoom meeting ID is 889-7160-0031 (password 376315)


Batters vs Bowlers Challenge week 4

This weekend we returned to the team challenges and a 30-minute timed run, as well as again competing on the no. of press-ups in two minutes & a timed plank.

30-minute run:

  • Batters – 77.1km + 16 bonus km for improvements on previous weeks (13 runners)
  • Bowlers – 74.4km + 15 bonus km (12 runners)
  • Bowlers win on average distance covered
  • A big shout out to Jack Cunningham, who was the only person to achieve a 25%+ improvement!


  • Batters – 34 mins 9 secs (10 people)
  • Bowlers – 35 mins 32 secs (13 people)
  • Batters win on average plank
  • 87% of people have improved their time since week 1

Press ups:

  • Batters – 648 (10 people)
  • Bowlers – 833 (14 people)
  • Batters win on average press-ups
  • 87% of people have improved their number since week 1

So… the batters won 2-1!

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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