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News from Woodbridge Road – lockdown edition 6

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Woodbridge Road Nets Update

We now have two grass nets on the square which can be booked on the booking link – guildford-cricket-club.appointlet.com.

We have also extended the opening time to 8pm so all four nets will be available from 12-8pm .

As per last week’s communication, the nets are only available to fully paid up members of the club. Please do not try to book a net if you are not a fully paid up member; the same applies if you try to attend a net booked by someone else. Once again, if you are experiencing difficulties in maintaining your membership through loss of earnings because of the pandemic you should contact the Guildford Cricket Club Treasurer.

We are also hoping the ECB will relax the 2 person per net situation in the next few days but until we hear from them we have to adhere to the existing guidelines.

 
Ricky Clarke

Five questions with Rikki Clarke

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 former England all-rounder Rikki Clarke.

  1. What’s your first cricketing memory?I remember being at a cricket ground from the early age of 4 playing in the nets and around the boundary edge while my dad was playing. I had a Gunn & Moore Diamond bat that was full-sized but got cut down for me.
  2. Who is the best cricketer you’ve played with?For me it is KP. He was so naturally gifted but with that he worked incredibly hard as well. He made even the best bowlers in the world look average many times.
  3. Who is the messiest in the dressing room?Without a doubt Sam Curran. He has recently moved to sit next to me and his kit is everywhere. But it’s not just his Surrey kit, there is Adidas and England kit everywhere as well.
  4. Who’s the biggest badger?Scott Borthwick, hence his nickname being Badger. Knows everything and just loves cricket so much. Just has to be doing something cricket related even when you’re out having a meal or a drink.
  5. What has been your favourite moment on a cricket field?So many to name but for me to be in the middle with Morne Morkel when the winning runs were hit for us to win the County Championship in 2018 definitely is up there as one of my proudest moments.
 

Pick your England ‘Flop’ XI since 1995

A few weeks ago you picked your greatest England test team from the last 20 years, so by popular demand, we are now challenging you to pick your ‘flop’ XI of a few one-cap wonders as well as players who, in the last 25 years haven’t necessarily showered themselves in glory in an England test shirt! This is an XI where the batsmen dream of the numbers in the bowlers’ averages and vice versa. We’ve extended this one back another five years as for the most part selection became somewhat more consistent after central contracts were introduced! FYI, you may need to google some of these!

We’ll publish the results in next week’s newsletter. All you need to do is pick your side from the players below and send to Jon Burrowes by Wednesday, 10th June, either by email to jpburrowes@live.com or by WhatsApp/text on 07525 850150.

Your team should take on of the following formats:

  • 5 batsmen, 1 all-rounder, 1 WK, 4 bowlers
  • 4 batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 1 WK, 4 bowlers
  • 5 batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 1 WK, 3 bowlers

Batsmen

  • Ben Duckett – 110 runs @ 15.71
  • Usman Afzaal – 83 @16.60
  • Ian Ward – 129 @ 16.12
  • Darren Maddy – 46 @ 11.50
  • Ed Smith – 87 @ 17.40
  • Alan Wells – 3 @ 3.00 (1 cap)
  • Steve James – 71 @ 17.75
  • Aftab Habib – 26 @ 8.66
  • Jason Gallian – 74 @ 12.33
  • Chris Adams – 104 @ 13.00

All-rounders

  • Samit Patel – 42 runs @ 16.77 / 7 wickets @ 60.14
  • Ian Blackwell – 4 @ 4.00 / 0 @ 0.00 (1 cap, 0-71 from 19 overs)
  • Gavin Hamilton – 0 @ 0.00 (2 innings) / 0 @ 0.00 (1 cap, 0-63 from 15 overs)
  • Zafar Ansari – 32 @ 9.80 / 5 @ 55.00

Wicket-keepers

  • Warren Hegg – 15 runs @ 7.50 / 8 ct, 0 st

Bowlers

  • Boyd Rankin – 1 wicket @ 81.00 (1 cap)
  • Simon Kerrigan – 0 @ 0.00 (1 cap, 0-53 from 8 overs)
  • Darren Pattinson – 2 @ 48.00 (1 cap)
  • Sajid Mahmood – 20 @ 38.10
  • Jimmy Ormond – 2 @ 92.50
  • Richard Dawson – 11 @ 61.54
  • Chris Schofield – 0 @ 0.00 (2 caps, 0-73 from 18 overs)
  • Min Patel – 1 @ 180.00
  • Mike Smith – 0 @ 0.00 (1 cap, 0-89 from 23 overs)
  • Amjad Khan – 1 @ 122.00 (1 cap)
  • Simon Brown –  2 @ 69.00 (1 cap)
  • Ian Salisbury – 20 @ 76.95
  • Jon Lewis – 3 @ 40.66 (1 cap)
  • Gareth Batty – 15 @ 60.93
  • Jake Ball – 3 @ 114.33
 

Batters vs Bowlers Challenge week 6

This week, the first week in which cycling was introduced, we were all challenged to collectively cover a massive 1000km, either running, walking or cycling. Although we didn’t quite make the target, between 39 participants, we managed a huge 949.76km in just one day!

Individual distances as follows (in no particular order):

  • Matt Teale – 177.84km
  • Olly Birts – 21.38km
  • James Crouch – 27.59km
  • Tom Geffen – 17km
  • Adam Appleton – 50.8km
  • Malorie Short – 15.32km
  • Brett Hosking – 17km
  • Tehmina Sadiq – 10.01km
  • Vicky Derman – 3.82km
  • Tom Collins – 26.79km
  • Fred McMillan – 21.21km
  • James McMillan – 18.55km
  • Tim Goodman – 24.13km
  • Andy Parker – 17.09km
  • Tom Shrives – 1.02km
  • Tom Bancroft – 11.08km
  • Justine McMillan – 74km
  • Henry McMillan – 64km
  • Cam Green – 11.64km
  • Jack Cunningham – 9.62km
  • Alex Sweet – 31.09km
  • Jon Hedges – 18.31km
  • Harrison Charles – 28.52km
  • Martin Montgomery – 6.86km
  • Jevan Kher – 16.5km
  • Jonny Charles – 29.58km
  • Rav Garcha – 9.65km
  • Maraka Saunders – 17.19km
  • Callum McLean – 17.19km
  • Maryam Hafiz – 10.26km
  • Katy Robinson – 3km
  • Elliot Charles – 8.02km
  • Jaedyn Bartosh-Short – 15km
  • Duncan Selmes – 15.1km
  • David McMillan – 10km
  • Charley Teale – 23.29km
  • Ben Shaw – 36.21km
  • Robyn Bentley – 5.89km
  • Wayne White – 16.39km

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.

 

‘The man in white is always right’

According to a 2005 book by David Fraser regarding the laws of cricket and umpiring the above is true. So, how about we update it a little..?

‘The person in white is always right’ – and that person could be you!

How well do you know the laws of cricket? Click on the link below for a free challenge that could help you and our club:

www.surreycricketfoundation.org/news/surrey-umpires-challenge-30147/

The link also shows a league table of the top 20 club subscriptions across the country, and Guildford currently isn’t on it! So let’s aim to remedy that; it’s well worth it, and all for free (plus a few hours taking the course at home).

Good luck and let’s aim high!

 

Saturday Race Night – tonight

All 48 tickets have been sold for tomorrow’s virtual race night which will be hosted by Olly Birts & Harrison Charles.

A few details to remind you ahead of the night:

Dress code: ‘A day at the races’ – dust off your best racing attire!

Zoom meeting ID: 850-5674-6415

Timings:

  • ZOOM open: 7.50pm
  • Race 1 – Stay At Home Derby: 8.15pm
  • Race 2 – The Pro’s Plate: 8.30pm
  • Race 3 – Ashes ’05 Classic: 8.45pm
  • Race 4 – Bat Maker’s Chase: 9pm
  • Race 5 – The Hundred Hurdle: 9.15pm
  • Race 6 – The County Cup: 9.30pm

Look forward to seeing you there!

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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