Nets throughout the summer
The last formal junior training was 28 July and Sunday 30th for the U8s.
The nets can still be used but players must be supervised by an adult at all times and must wear the appropriate safety kit. However, Senior Training takes place on Thursday evenings and Women’s Training on Wednesdays, so best to avoid those times.
Congratulations to the U15s who have reached the last 16 of the National ECB cup.
Following their County Cup victory, the team took on the Kent Champions Broadstairs overpowering them with excellent contributions for our bowlers and fielders who restricted them to 94-7 from their 20 overs. We then knocked off the target with 9 overs to spare and by 8 wickets, Charlie top scoring with a belligerent 35.
The next phase saw them travel to Lindfield in Sussex. This was a much sterner test as was the weather. An overnight deluge meant the ground was soggy in places and so the start delayed for more than 2 hours but with more rain forecast the teams opted for a 15 overs a side match.
Guildford went on all out attack with Charlie, Matty and Freddie seeing us to 137-4. Lindfield, unbeaten for 2 years, started in similar vain and by now the rain clouds were gathering and run rate came into the equation.
With their attacking opener retiring on 53, the balance swung narrowly in our favour and a few balls later the heavens opened and a torrential downpour washed out any more play. They finished on 80-3 in the 10th and we were home and not so dry by less than .5 of a run!
We now face the Middlesex Champs, Eastcote in the South finals, a very tough task.
The U13s’ ECB campaign sadly ended in the playoff round when they faced Eastcote in a nailbiting encounter. Guildford batted first and made 118-7 with Luca retiring on 30, well supported by Bryan and Codey. Eastcote began with a flourish with both openers retiring but then Guildford struck back. 2 wickets apiece for Shoaib and Alfie brought Guildford back in contention but it wasn’t quite enough as the Middlesex side reached the target with 3 balls to spare and by 3 wickets.
The weather, having taken a turn for the worse, and the advent of the holiday season, has meant some frustrating match days all round.
The U17s missed out on the next round of the cup on run rate having been thwarted by an opposition concession. The league campaign followed in a similar vain with a couple of winning concessions when the oppositions couldn’t field a team, good for the league position but frustrating from the playing perspective. However they showed their true mettle against Merrow with a 28 run win, Freddie retiring on 53 and then taking 3 wickets and a catch. Not far behind was Toby, against his old side, pulling off a brilliant airborne catch to add to his 47.
The U15s should have had plenty of action, but two teams conceded and another match was abandoned due to torrential rain, but not before Charlie had made his mark with 52 no. They did finish one game, beating Camberley by 39 runs. Freddie, with 48, top scored as one of the opposing bowlers Emily took 5 for 10 … good to see girls playing in boys’ teams. Let’s hope the England World Cup win inspires some more girls to take up the sport.
The new Premier league play offs are well under way with the U13s having mixed fortunes. This league looks like being expanded next year with more opportunities for other age groups. The U13s are well placed in both the Two Counties and West Surrey leagues, though the weather has intervened in crucial games. Special mention to Anu who took 3-2 against Finchampstead, Kimi’s 3-8 and Luca’s 44 both against Pyrford.
The U14s suffered a rare defeat against Epsom but bounced back with an emphatic 97 run win over Chobham with half centuries from Edward and Henry and Aman and Duncan not far behind. They are assured of a play off place in the West Surrey League and could still take the title.
The U12s have won 3 of their 4 matches in July and are chasing second place in the 2C league. Meanwhile the U11s, having won their division in the West Surrey, have been kept busy with a couple of friendlies as they warm up for a run of T30 games featuring teams they don’t normally play.
The U10s have yet to show the form they display in the nets on match days, so something to work on for next season.
Finally, the U9s had another opportunity to show off their “thunderbolt” celebration in an exciting win over Albury.
If you are over 13 and wish to try Senior cricket, then please apply via Pitchero to join the 4th xi. Several friendly matches are being arranged during the summer and it’s a great way to gain experience of longer form cricket. Most matches are on Saturday afternoons.GCC page Pitchero