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Cricket this weekend: bar & BBQ on offer!

It was fantastic to see cricket back on at Woodbridge Road last Saturday and Sunday, with two good games! It was great also to see so many youngsters enjoying some senior cricket – something we want to encourage for the rest of the season.

Over the coming weekend we have a full program of cricket. On Saturday we have the final warm up matches with a triple header against Normandy with the 1st XI at home and the 2s & 3s away at Normandy.

On Sunday the Academy side plays away against Sunbury in the Surrey Trust league.

Fixtures are going up on Pitchero so please look out and update your availability when you can. Just to reiterate, we can only select players that have paid their 2020 subs or have an arrangement in place with the treasurer – Rajeev Sanwalka – rajeevsanwalka@me.com.

We are pleased to confirm that the bar will be open at the clubhouse house on Saturday and Dave Squires will also be running a BBQ at the club from 5.30pm on Saturday evening; all members are welcome to watch the 1st XI game vs Normandy and attend the BBQ .

Given the current circumstances we will need to take a register of all people attending .

Hope to see some of you there on Saturday.

 

Guildford Cricket Week: 27-31 July

Now that the go-ahead has been given for the recreational season to start, Guildford Cricket Week is expected to go ahead as planned, albeit with the odd COVID-related alteration!

Wednesday will be the centrepiece of the week – for the first time we are asking past players and their family members to join us, to catch up and discuss the happy memories of yesteryear. The present-day players have said they would dearly love to see as many past players as possible, so we really hope as many can make it as possible.

Monday July 27th:
Guildford CC U19 v Cranleigh CC: 2pm start
Guildford U13 – U15 v Normandy CC: 5.30pm start
Catering: BBQ from 4pm.

Tuesday July 28th:
Guildford six-a-side: 1pm – approx finish 7pm
Four teams will play in a round-robin event.
Players to provide their own food and drinks.

Wednesday July 29th:
Guildford CC (1st/2nd team) v Wanderers CC: 11.30am start
Catering: Players to provide their own lunch/tea. There will be a BBQ from 5pm. We dearly hope as many members, their guests and past players will come down and enjoy the evening.

Thursday July 30th:
Guildford CC (2nd/3rd team) v Surrey University Old Boys: 11.30am start.
Catering: Players to provide their own lunch/tea. There will be a BBQ from 5pm.

Friday July 31st:
Junior Evening: 6pm start
Catering: BBQ from 6pm.

Teas/coffee and the bar will be open during the week

 

Martin Bicknell

Five questions with Martin Bicknell

Since the beginning of lockdown, we’ve been 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 & England seamer, Martin Bicknell.

  1. What’s your first cricketing memory?Playing cricket with my Dad on Pirbright green, must have been very young. After that, watching him play for Badshot Lea. Earliest cricket I watch would have been the ’76 series against the West Indies.
  2. Who is the best cricketer you’ve played with?Tricky. Saqlain Mushtaq would have to be up there as a spinner, Waqar Younis the best fast bowler and probably Ramprakash the best technician as a batter.
  3. Who is the messiest in the dressing room?Adam Hollioake would have to be pretty high on that list. Jimmy Ormond was running him fairly close, plus his clothes stank after a day in the field.
  4. Who’s the biggest badger?Andrew Caddick. Knows everything about everything!
  5. What has been your favourite moment on a cricket field?Plenty. Test debut, Test return and playing a big part in the win against South Africa at The Oval. Winning the Championship with Surrey in 1999 after 28 years of trying to win it was pretty special. Any Lord’s final win and the celebrations that followed were pretty special times.
 

Guildford's cricket story

Guildford’s Cricket Story

Renowned cricket writer, David Frith, compiled a fascinating story to mark the 75th anniversary of the Guildford Cricket Festival.

This history of the game reveals the important part the town has played in its development from the earliest times and illustrates the unique and extraordinary cricket heritage that Guildford and its surroundings provide.

Packed with photographs, it also charts the 1st class cricket played at Woodbridge Road and the success of Guildford Cricket Club too.

The book can be purchased with a limited edition hardback for £75, signed by David Frith, Darren and Martin Bicknell, Ashley Giles and Rikki Clarke. Alternatively, the paperback offers fantastic value at £5, plus postage and packing. It is a must for every lover of the game.

To purchase Guildford’s Cricket Story, please contact  Tim Walter by either emailing him at timothywalter@hotmail.com or phoning on 07882 054111.

 

 

The Second Match That Never Was – Cup Semi-Final

Wimbledon CC v Guildford CC

We are travelling to SW19 in what should have been, before the cancellation of the Tournament, the second Saturday of the Tennis Championship, more commonly known as Wimbledon, hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It was first held in 1877 and is regarded, by many, as the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. To many it is a highlight of mid-summer with images of strawberries and cream, Champagne and polite orderly queueing to get into the Courts. I first went there with my mother, in 1969, for a Davies Cup tie between the UK and Romania. It was a doubles match between Mark Cox and Mark Stillwell v Ille Nastase and Ion Tiriac. The Romanians (no they were not those who wanted to stay in the EU) prevailed over 5 sets and it was our first sight of the marvellously talented but flawed genius Ille Nastase. Today would have been Ladies Finals day. Memories of Ann Jones, Virginia Wade, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Steffi Graff, Martina Navratilova and the wonderful Williams sisters spring to mind.

Moving forward I had another reason to remember Wimbledon. This time it was to attend a football youth coaching course which was held in the car park of Plough Lane the home of Wimbledon F.C who were known as the crazy gang led by Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise. The coach on the course was, Barrie Williams, the manager of Sutton United. He was quite inspirational. His background was as an English teacher with a love of Shakespeare and Kipling. I became a closet Sutton United fan and was delighted when Barrie presided over what was one of the greatest F.A Cup shocks of all time. In January 1998, in the third round of the F.A Cup Sutton were drawn against the Cup holders Coventry City of Division one (now the Premier League) and beat them 2-1 at Gander Green Lane. The pipe smoking, Shakespeare/Kipling quoting manager of the non-league victors had more than just a few minutes of fame on national TV.

So back to the biggest sporting event in SW19 today. Our boys looked up for it from the moment they subjected Manoj to a barrage in the nets. Ollie G won the toss and decided to bat. Not sure why but he is 11 now and I am not sure he wanted to hear about the merits of bowling first from me. We opened up with Big Nav and Soham. They went at it hard from the first ball. We could have done with ball boys and girls from the tennis so far was the ball being hit. In this competition you retire at 30 and both Nav and Soham carefully managed to watch the score board and on 29 both went for the maximum which they achieved and retired with us on 75 off 8. Alex and Toby came in and the assault continued the boundary ropes were being peppered. For some reason the preferred the big hit to the quick single and it worked – well just as I had that thought that they were both out. 130 off 14. Ollie and Josh added 20 off three before Ollie was bowled. Josh followed shortly afterward which brought in Lorenzo to join Ben who were not out and we posted a final score of 173. Edward – the hero in the quarter-final did not get a bat to day. But he got to open the bowling with Lorenzo who both bowled tightly, picked up a wicket each and after four overs Wimbledon were 25-2. Lorenzo and Ben kept it tight and but no further wickets and the batting tempo was increasing. 80-2 off 8. Soham and Alex then put some pace on the ball and took a wicket each in each of their first two overs but both shipped a few runs 126-6 off 12. Wimbledon needed 44 from 6 overs. Both Josh and Nav bowled maidens. Which brings in Ollie. They took a liking to him and he went for 16 in four balls. We have seen that look before and the left arm seamer was like a raging, chuntering bull as he headed back to his mark. I would not have wanted to be the matador – I mean batsman. A fast in swinging Yorker did for him. 142-7. 28 from three needed – never a chance as Nav wrapped it all up with the first ball of the 15th over helped by very good catch from Toby behind the stumps. It was a wonderful team performance today which made us all very proud. I was drawn back to the pre-match comments made by Barrie Williams, in the match programme, before that epic win against Coventry where he quoted a line from Kipling about “the everlasting team work of every bloomin’ soul”. Very fitting words to reflect upon our win today.

On the way back to Guildford Ollie says “the pubs and restaurants are open now Pop” – me “so what ?”. Well Dad says you are taking us all out to lunch. After three months some things never change. The bank of Mum and Dad is about to be raided again!

I heard that recreational cricket returned today – it never stopped as far as I and my imagination are concerned.

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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