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Above: Three U15s – Toby, Shoaib and Jevan – who represented Surrey Schools at the Kia Oval recently

Cricket week is coming

Book those days off, here comes the 2019 Cricket Week.

In a five-day extravaganza which puts Wimbledon, Henley and Royal Ascot into the shade, Woodbridge Road will be throbbing with players of all ages and abilities.

It launches on Monday July 29 with an U19 Surrey Vitality T20 clash between Guildford and Cranleigh, from 2.30pm, followed by a ladies match from 6pm, with a barbecue for players and guests from 5pm.

Tuesday July 30 sees the club six-a-side competition, from 1pm, looking to build on its highly successful launch last year. It’s a round-robin, each player contributing a dish for tea. Once the cricket is over, around 7pm, there will be a dodgeball competition in front of the pavilion plus a barbecue afterwards.

Wednesday July 31 sees an all-day match (11.30am) between Guildford and The Wanderers, where additional lunches and teas can be provided (please call Tim Walter on 07882-054111 or email him at timothywalter@hotmail.com).

Thursday August 1 sees another all-day game, where a Guildford second/third team take on The Dolphins from 11.30am.

That is followed by a barbecue from 5pm, when all those who supported the club through the cricket and beer festivals last month will be thanked.

Friday August 2 wraps it up with a double-bill – at Woodbridge Road the junior festival takes place from 6pm, which will be a mixed age event using both the main square and artificial pitch, with a barbecue afterwards. Meanwhile, a fathers/sons team will be heading to Shackleford in the evening for a T20.

The bar will be open throughout the week, so don’t miss the fun.

Guildford Cricket & Beer Festivals – a big thank you

Club chairman James Geffen writes:

“I would like to thank all our volunteers, friends, supporters and sponsors who helped to make this year’s festivals such a success for the club.

“These events require a great deal of work, especially this year with the two four-day matches and the unhelpful weather. The club relies on the profits from the festivals to provide high quality facilities and coaching for all our cricketers of all ages.

“From all of them, to all of you – thank you.”

It was a great shame that Woodbridge Road’s second four-day match – the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Surrey and Yorkshire – was so badly affected by rain that more than half the playing time was lost, which cost the home side their chance of pushing for victory after making Yorkshire follow on. That robbed Surrey of the opportunity to make up for a heavy defeat to Somerset in the first match.

The groundstaff who did such a wonderful job at the Guildford Festival

More action might have been lost but for the magnificent work of the groundstaff, led by Martin Biggin, who performed heroically in coping with more than a month’s rain on the first day to get the second started on time.

How are we doing so far? First team

It’s proved a frustrating return to the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship Premier Division for Tom Collins and his side, who found themselves ninth at the end of June.
Five defeats from the first eight matches have underlined the fragility of the batting but, with a little more fortune, they might have claimed at least two more victories than the sole success at Esher. Rain removed more than 20 overs from the match at Sunbury, who were able to bat out to 126-7 after Nathan Tilley’s 80 led the hosts to 245-4dec. And a week later, Sutton’s final pair blocked out after Tilley (89) had top-scored in Guildford’s 263-7dec.

Leading batsmen are Tilley (299), Matt Teale (239) and Collins (221), while fast bowler George Barlow has been the outstanding performer with the ball, his 16 wickets backed up by Angus Lovell (14) and Duncan Selmes (10).

Second team

Guildford’s second team, also promoted to the Premier Division last season, find themselves with an almost identical record of one win, two draws and five defeats. The victory at Sunbury featured Jevan Kher (58) and Tom Bancroft (66) starring in an innings of 215-5dec, off-spinner Shoaib Bashir underlining the potential he is showing by taking 3-39, supported by two wickets apiece for James McMillan, Jake Henderson and Paul Stephens to dismiss the hosts for 173.

Third team

Determined to be different, the thirds have claimed three wins so far to sit seventh in Division One, the early triumphs against Sutton and Hampton Wick Royal followed by a seven-wicket beating of Old Whitgiftians which was owed to openers Will Jenner and Dylan Lawson making half-centuries as a target of 155 was overhauled inside 16 overs at Stoke Rec.


It’s been a successful first season so far for the Grizzlies in the Surrey Slam T20.

They top their divisions in both the evening and Sunday competitions, two wins out of four in the latter augmented by a concession before a defeat to Woking & Horsell Lions. That record is echoed in the SW Region Group C, having secured a path through to the knockout stage.


A sole appearance so far saw the Academy XI beat Sutton by 40 runs in Surrey Trust League Tier 1 Group 1.

Tom Geffen’s storming 75 from 55 balls, building on 41 earlier by Jack Cunningham, took the hosts to 220 all out in the 40th over. Paul Stephens (3-23) was supported by two wickets apiece from Matty Stephenson and Henry Turrell as James McMillan’s team bowled out the visitors for 180.

Colts U15s

An emphatic eight-wicket victory over East Molesey this week ensured Guildford progressed to the regional stage of the National Championship – where the club have a magnificent record in recent years. Three U15s – Toby, Shoaib and Jevan – represented Surrey Schools at the Kia Oval recently.

U15s, who have reached the regional stages of their competition


It’s proving an excellent season for the U12s, with six wins in nine league matches and some fine individual performances, the team gelling impressively along the way.

Guildford are currently fifth in the 10-strong WSCYL but have matches in hand against teams above and performances against the leading teams in the table are highly encouraging despite the loss of the team’s unbeaten record last weekend.

In the Two Counties League it’s looking even better as Guildford sit top, an imminent double-header against Valley End crucial to chances of taking the title.


Team supremo Nick Gooding reports:

“The U10s are now adjusting to playing hard ball cricket. They no longer look like penguins when running between the wickets. Three wins out of four was a very satisfying and well-deserved return for their efforts in June. We had back-to-back wins over Blackheath, a defeat against a very good Wonersh side followed by an excellent win, on the last day of the month, against Cranleigh at home. Navashen Dubey has been awesome with the bat and our death overs bowlers Ollie Gooding and Alex Styche-Patel can’t stop taking wickets.”

This year’s U10s

Fantasy League

Organiser Adam Appleton writes:

“As we head towards the half-way mark of the season, the Fantasy League sees the Finnegan clan ruling the roost, with junior leading the way. The top performing batsman is currently Nathan Tilley by a distance (he’s expensive for a reason). with youngster Benjamin Garrett and Jack Cunningham in pursuit.

“Hayden Saijeeswaran leads the way in the bowling stakes, with Finnegan Jr’s decision to select himself paying clear dividends. First team paceman George Barlow rounds completes the top three.

“The all-rounders are led by our resident Aussie, Gus Lovell. Oscar Martin’s performances for the Grizzlies sees him second with our resident Kiwi Matt Teale in third.

“Jevan Kher’s runs see him leading the wicket-keeper standings, though Andy Parker is finding form with the bat and Ross Richardson has only just entered the fold following the end of the school year.”

Christmas at Woodbridge Road

Well it might seem a bit early to some but our event managers and caterers Kalm Kitchen are staging a Christmas Shared Party Night on Friday December 6. You will be greeted by the ice queen and woodland animals with a choice of canapes and glass of prosecco. Then it’s upstairs for a three-course meal before dancing into the evening with a live DJ.

Prices start from £35 with tables of 10 available, inclusive of VAT, with more information and bookings available by email at info@kalmkitchen.co.uk or by calling 01483 813360.


Don’t forget – you can keep up to date with the club’s activities on a weekly basis through our Pitchero bulletin.

Club Sponsors, 2019

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The draw for the 2018 Guildford Cricket Club Colts section grand draw raffle was made Guildford CC on Sunday 16th June.

  • 1st Prize: 2 x Tickets to England v Australia Test match at the Kia Oval 2019
    Tim Blythe: Ticket no: 01307
  • 2nd Prize: 4 Lord’s Taverner’s Hospitality tickets for the Guildford cricket festival 2020.
    Elliot Hurst: Ticket no: 03324
  • 3rd Prize: Spa morning for 2 at the Harbour Hotel, Guildford.
    Francis: 03589
  • 4th Prize: 4 x tickets for a Middlesex CCC match and tour of Lord’s cricket ground
    M Collis: Ticket no: 01039
  • 5th Prize: 4 x tickets for the Guildford cricket club beer festival 2020, Guildford
    Derek Nicholl: Ticket no: 00226
  • 6th Prize: 2 x Silent Pool Gin distillery tour vouchers, Guildford.
    Julia Tilley: Ticket no: 01304
  • 7th Prize: Jonny Bairstow signed Gray Nicolls cricket bat.
    J McTaggart: Ticket no: 01254
  • 8th Prize: 2 x Hog’s back brewery tour vouchers and beer, Tongham.
    Robinson: Ticket: Ticket no: 03359
  • 9th Prize: Dinner for 2, The Jetty, Harbour hotel, Guildford.
    Alan Brockbank: Ticket no 03198
  • 10th Prize: Framed Guildford cricket club print.
    Ben Taylor: Ticket no: 02564.

Thank you all for your support.

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Welcome to our June newsletter as we prepare for the Guildford Festival, an exciting double-header which sees Somerset and Yorkshire taking on champions Surrey in the Specsavers County Championship.

It will be the first time Woodbridge Road has hosted two four-day matches since the festival began in 1938 and we are hoping the weather will be kind to us. Somerset – who were beaten here by an innings last summer – were runners-up to Surrey in Division One last year and the sides have already drawn at Taunton this season, their clash starting on Monday June 3. Yorkshire last visited in 2002, when they were defending champions, and arrive seven days later.

Don’t forget that in between comes the Guildford Beer Festival, on June 7-8, a vital event for the club and one which also attracts thousands of people to the ground.

After extensive work during the winter, the pavilion now features a number of pictures featuring players who have risen through the club to first-class and international level.

Please lend a hand if you possibly can, even if it is just for an hour, as the Guildford Festival is the opportunity to put the club on show and make vital revenue to keep the club’s finances in good shape.

And if you can bring a cake along, refreshment tent supremo Justine McMillan would be particularly grateful.

She is in need of helpers for setting up on Saturday June 1 from 10am to 12pm.

Jade’s big night out

During the Yorkshire match, Guildford will be hosting an event for one of the club’s most distinguished graduates, Jade Dernbach, on Tuesday June 11.

An evening of music and entertainment from 7pm until 10pm features Randy & the Rockets plus an opportunity to meet the players, with the bar open and food available on site.

Advance tickets are £10 and cost £15 on the night, U10s free if accompanied by an adult.

Bookings can be made via ronnie@jadedernbach2019.co.uk or https://jadedernbach2019.co.uk/.

Jade (pictured at top of post, credit: photographer Mark Sandom) has made 24 one-day international and 34 T20 appearances for England and was a key figure in Surrey winning the County Championship last year.

Nick Peters

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Nick Peters, who died on May 20 aged 51.

Nick was a fast bowler who rose through the club’s colts section and played 16 first-class matches for Surrey in 1988-89, his best performance a stunning 6-31 against Warwickshire at The Oval in 1988. He went on to claim 10 wickets in the match.

Also that season, Nick was also one of three Guildford colts – along with Darren and Martin Bicknell – who appeared in the Surrey side on the 50th anniversary of county cricket coming to the town, when Hampshire were the visitors to Woodbridge Road.

He left the Surrey staff following the 1991 season and also played club cricket for Esher. After quitting the professional game, he went on to teaching and then became a clinical psychotherapist.

A minute’s silence was observed in his memory prior to the Esher v Guildford match in the Surrey Championship on May 25, following a short tribute from Tim Walter, his captain and team-mate.

How are we doing so far? First team

After opening with two defeats, there was delight and relief when the first team got off the mark with a 48-run win at Esher in the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship Premier Division.

A shortage of runs was the main concern, being dismissed for 55 at Banstead after the hosts had reached 177-8 in their 50 overs. And when East Molesey visited, a total of 137 in 42.2 overs might still have been enough had fortunes gone Guildford’s way, a one-wicket defeat coming instead.

At Esher, skipper Tom Collins (63) pushed himself up the order and enjoyed a crucial fifth wicket stand of 115 with Matt Teale, who hit a powerful 77, for Guildford to reach 230 all out in 46 overs.

Duncan Selmes (3-37) and Jamie Odell had Esher in early trouble at 38-3, off-spinners Jonny Charles and Angus Lovell taking two wickets apiece to dismiss the hosts for 182. A trip to Wimbledon completes the early 50-over matches before the nine all-day games.

Second team

It’s been a difficult start for the second team on their return to Premier level, losing all three outings.

East Molesey inflicted defeat by 109 runs in the opening match, reaching 261-5 and then dismissing Guildford for 152 despite Jaedyn Bartosh-Short (49) and Tom Bancroft (38) leading the resistance.

The highlight of a 121-run setback at Weybridge was young off-spinner Shoaib Bashir claiming 3-45 from his 10 overs in a total of 288-5. Jon Hedges (36) and Oscar Martin (31) were the main contributors in a reply of 167.

It was a much closer battle against Spencer last week, Archie Freeth and Bashir the tightest of the bowlers as the visitors made 256-8. Despite Henry Straw’s 102, adding 146 for the second wicket with Martin, Guildford fell 22 runs short at 234-8.

Third team

There has been a strong start to life back in Division One – following promotion last year – for the third team, claiming two wins out of three so far under new captain Cameron Green.

After struggling against a very strong East Molesey outfit in the opening match, a convincing response came in thumping Sutton by 101 runs, pick of the performances being Hayden Saijeeswaran’s 4-11 off six overs.

And fellow promoted side Hampton Wick were hammered by 207 runs following outstanding batting displays from Dylan Lawson (95) and Jevan Kher (93no) plus a quickfire 106no for Carlos Maloney to amass 348-2 from 50. Skipper Green’s 3-14, augmented by two wickets apiece for Callum McLean and Malorie Bartosh-Short, underlined his confidence that the side can only get stronger.


Guildford’s bid to retain the Edwards Cup – the Surrey Championship’s T20 crown – ended in defeat on Bank Holiday Monday.

Although Staines & Laleham were beaten by 10 wickets in the opening match of the Super Monday tournament at Cranleigh – being bowled out for 75 before Angus Lovell (54no) and Nathan Tilley (16no) knocked off the runs – the second match ended in defeat by eight wickets.

Tilley (36no), Matt Teale (16no) and Ross Richardson (10) were the only batsmen to reach double-figures in a total of 96-7, Harvey Stiles claiming 5-13. The runs were knocked off in 13.4 overs.

Defeat at Basingstoke & North Hants at May’s Bounty on May 12 also ended Guildford’s interest in the ECB National Club Championship. Having beaten Aldershot in the first round, Guildford recovered from 11-2 to make 225-3 in 40 overs through a third wicket stand worth 132 between Lovell (89no) and Fred McMillan (69), Matt Teale’s 54no dominating an alliance of 82.

Unfortunately it just wasn’t quite enough, Basingstoke winning by six wickets with three balls to spare.


It’s been a successful start for our new side, the Guildford Grizzlies, who play in the Surrey Slam T20 competition.

Featuring a number of colts, second and third team players and a member of the women’s squad, they have won all three matches so far. Worplesdon & Burpham were their first victims, beaten by 31 runs led by Matty Stephenson (50no) and Oscar Martin (3-16).

Camberley Cannons were spiked by 43 runs (Martin 46, Ashish Rasally 4-13) and Grayshott Ghosts found themselves spooked by 40 runs (Aqeel Iqbal 39).


There have been many outstanding contributions across the junior age groups.

The term “completely different ball game” is one that the U10s are quickly understanding as they make the transition from soft to hard ball cricket. Batting with a helmet and running in pads is proving to be quite a challenge.
Although ending in defeat, Guildford competed well against Horsley & Send while the clash with Normandy could have gone either way but Shamley Green and Wonersh inflicted heavy defeats. Manager Nick Gooding reports that his small squad are “a very together group who support one another on and off the field”.

Guildford U13s have had a mixed start to the season – four wins and four losses so – with some tough fixtures in the Surrey Junior Invitational League. Leading run-scorers to date are Milo Roe, who has an outstanding outstanding average of 168 after five innings), Niko Dahl (78.5 ave after five innings) and Kieran Finnegan.

Leading wicket takers are Roe, Finnegan, Dulain Jayakody (including a five-wicket haul) and James Mundy.

The U15s have won five of their seven matches while the U11s have claimed two out of three so far.

U14 George Brew has a current batting average of 122, Will Ayton scoring 78 in an U15 SJIL fixture.

It is proving a successful campaign for two U15s, Hayden Saijeeswaran already having 13 wickets, Toby Finch’s haul of 11 wickets including 7-21 in the SJIL.

Pope visits Guildford

One of Guildford Colts’ most recent graduates to the top level, Ollie Pope, paid a visit to training night on Friday May 24. Ollie played some of his earliest cricket at Woodbridge Road, going on to gain a professional contract with Surrey and playing two Tests for England last year. He is currently recuperating from shoulder surgery.

Ollie Pope with U10s during training at Guildford Cricket Club

Can you fill vital roles?

After several years of great support to the junior cricket section at Guildford, Jo Watson will be taking on responsibility for the seniors’ fixtures at GCC – so the search is on for a replacement.

Key responsibilities include organising fixtures from U9s to U17s, managing pitch bookings, organising entries to leagues and making registrations on Play-Cricket/Pitchero, among other administration queries.

All inquiries should be made to Matthew Finnegan, co-chairman of the junior section at mfguildfordcc@hotmail.com or by calling him on 07500-082667.

The club is also seeking someone with marketing expertise to help in promoting Guildford CC, details available from chairman James Geffen at jamesgeffen@btopenworld.com.

Kalm Kitchen

Our caterers, Kalm Kitchens, have been in place since the beginning of the season and director James Middlehurst says: “The entire Kalm Kitchen team have been enjoying getting to know more about the club and its members.

“We will be developing new food concepts over the coming weeks and working closely with the club to evaluate the food expectations for all the members.”

Cricket Week

It will soon be Cricket Week, which runs from Monday July 29 to Friday August 2, the fourth year since its inception.

Organiser Tim Walter is looking to improve it every season, the idea being to involve players at all levels of the club. Captains and junior managers will be making approaches over the coming weeks regarding availability and full details of social events will be published closer to the time.

Tell Sidd

A good friend of the club, Subrahmamya Siddaarth (“Sidd”) is coming over from India to study for an MBA at the London School of Economics, starting in September. He asks if any club member is looking for an individual to share a flat or has a room available to rent in central London.

Sidd is aged 22 and from Chennai. Last summer, when he heard that Virat Kohli was due to play for Surrey at Guildford, he arranged to fly over and visit us for a holiday. Unfortunately Kohli pulled out, through injury, and when Sidd arrived at Guildford he had to make do with a cardboard cutout instead, although he was able to meet the Indian captain during his visit while in London.

Sidd has remained in constant contact and returned in April, where he linked up with his good friend Chad Murrin, who thoroughly recommends him as a prospective living companion. He will be studying at the London School of Economics, which is based in Aldwych, so needs to be within easy commuting distance.

Anyone looking for a flatmate, particularly one who loves cricket, should contact Chad at chad_murrin@msn.com or on 07767 224632) and he will put them in touch with Sidd.

Kit exchange

The kit exchange at junior nets at the start of the season has helped to equip some new players and others who have had a growth spurt while the rest has been donated with the help of Surrey CCC, who are organising a shipment to Sri Lanka, where it will be invaluable to clubs and schools.

This is a change from the original scheme but organiser Lizzie Geffen hopes all those will be happy with the alteration, not least with ramifications from the bombings in Sri Lanka having made it even harder for youngsters there to be able to afford kit.

Thanks to all those who contributed.

Dates for your diary

The next player-of-the-month awards will be held on June 29 (covering May and June) and July 27, with a quiz night being proposed for the latter date.

And look out for the end of season party, which is pencilled in for Saturday September 21 in the pavilion at Woodbridge Road.

Don’t forget either that the pavilion will be hosting An Evening with Queen on Friday September 27, when a dazzling collection of performers from London’s West End – including stars of the smash hit musical We will Rock You – join together to present a tribute to one of the world’s great rock bands. Tickets start from £28 and are limited.


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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Welcome to our Easter newsletter, which marks the launch of the 2019 playing programme.

Wisden wonder

Nathan Tilley joined a select group when he was named as Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year in the 2019 Almanack.

Last year he scored 1,256 runs at 139.55 for Reed’s, which included six centuries – four of them exceeding 150. He joins a set of players which features Jonny Bairstow – the first winner in 2007 – and Jos Buttler (2009) and was presented with a leather-bound Wisden at the almanack’s launch dinner in the Long Room by his coach at the school, Keith Medlycott.

Nathan Tilley, who is seen on the right of Surrey skipper Rory Burns at the Wisden dinner, displaying their leather-bound Wisdens

Nathan, who is 19, went on to play a pivotal part in Guildford’s promotion campaign, hitting another six centuries in his 873 runs which led to the club finishing top of Surrey Championship Division One.

Busy times

There has been much going on during the winter, on and off the field, with Woodbridge Road looking particularly spruce following work on the outfield and the new perimeter fence.

In the pavilion we have new caterers in Kalm Kitchen, who have made a very good early impression.
Director James Middlehurst writes:

Kalm Kitchen are incredibly excited to be providing the catering and venue management at The Pavilion. We are a Guildford-based catering company with a small café in the centre of Guildford, with a desire to provide exceptional food and service.

Our hope is to help develop the club and make it a place to spend time with family and friends and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

We look forward to meeting all throughout the summer.

Lee Fortis, the head groundsman at the Kia Oval, took charge of the playing area during the winter and his colleagues have spent a considerable amount of time improving the outfield.

A new member of his team, Lee Padwick, is devoting much of his time to Woodbridge Road. Lee lives near Winchester and has been involved in club cricket, along with his family, for most of his life.

Lee Padwick, working at Guildford CC in Woodbridge Road

Pre-season programme

Guildford’s opening match of the season, at Charterhouse School on Good Friday (1pm) is followed by the visit of Basingstoke & North Hants on Saturday (12pm), the second and third teams heading to Hampshire.
Dorking are the opponents on April 27 at Pixham Lane (12pm), the second teams meeting at Woodbridge Road and thirds at Westhumble Playing Fields.

The friendlies are interrupted on Sunday April 28 for an ECB National Club Championship first round tie against Aldershot (1pm), when Tom Collins and his team will be bidding to avenge defeat by six wickets at the same stage last season.

Normandy, who play in Surrey Championship Division One, head to Guildford for the final friendly on Saturday May 4 (12pm), the second teams meeting at Hunts Hill Road and thirds at Stoke Rec.

That all leads into Guildford’s return to the Premier Division, travelling to Banstead on May 11 (12pm).

Youngsters’ launch

There is still time to join the junior squads, so players are encouraged to bring their schoolmates along.

Junior outdoor training starts on Friday May 3 at Woodbridge Road with U9-11s 5.30 -7pm, and the U12-15s at 6.30-8pm. U8s are on Sunday mornings from 10-11am.

Free taster sessions are being staged on May 3 and 10.

For more information or for any queries, please contact Matthew Finnegan (co-chairman, juniors) at mfguildfordcc@hotmail.com.

Club members of all ages are reminded of the importance of paying their subscriptions promptly.

Cricket Kit sale – car boot style May 3/10

If you have kit to sell, buy or donate – for juniors or seniors – please bring it to colts training on May 3 or 10 from 5.30pm. You can decide the price of whatever you’re selling and if you wish to give a small amount of the proceeds towards the junior section that would be greatly appreciated.

We’re also specifically collecting cricket kit for The Lord’s Taverners sport kit recycling scheme, which distributes it throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

Any equipment – bats, cricket bags, clean clothing, shoes or trainers (cleaned, no mud please) will be accepted. We will be based near the nets on both nights. If training is called off because of the weather we will reschedule.

Any queries should be made to Joanne at Juniorfixtures@Guildfordcc.com or Lizzie on lizziegeffen@btopenworld.com.

Sweating it out

It might have felt like the Arctic at outdoor training but spare a thought for Guildford trio Freddie Geffen, Jevan Kher and Shoaib Bashir, who had to cope with temperatures of 35c and more, with high humidity, on the Surrey Youth tour to Sri Lanka.

Guildford Cricket Festival

This year’s Guildford Cricket Festival brings us two Specsavers County Championship matches – against Somerset (June 3-6) and Yorkshire (June 10-13).

So we will be holding raffles during both matches to raise vital money for the benefit of the junior section of the club and, therefore, need double the number of prizes. If you or your company would like to donate a prize, please contact Tom Bancroft at tom_bancroft@hotmail.com.

In previous seasons, members and friends have been incredibly generous by offering us gems like Test Match and Wimbledon tennis finals tickets.

We are also on the lookout for helpers for the Festival, please contact David & Justine McMillan at torrecottage@icloud.com.

Mercury’s rising

If the musical We Will Rock You or the film Bohemian Rhapsody – which has won multiple awards – caught your imagination then put Friday September 27 into your diary.

That’s when the stars of We Will Rock You, one of the West End’s biggest musical hits, will be arriving at Woodbridge Road to stage An Evening of Queen. It is one of several events planned for the ground and pavilion this year so please support them. Full details of the night and how to purchase tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Play Guildford Fantasy Cricket

If the reality of a new Guildford season isn’t enough to excite you then what about getting involved in our own Fantasy League?

You can pick your team of Guildford stars within budget for the chance to win points and prizes. Find out more and create your team at: https://guildford.fantasyclubcricket.co.uk/.

Dernbach D-Day

It’s the testimonial season for one of Guildford’s most distinguished graduates, Jade Dernbach, and as part of it he will be joined by his Surrey colleagues when they host an event for Surrey and Guildford members during the Guildford Festival.

Details are still being finalised but the date has been set for Tuesday June 11, during the visit of Yorkshire, the second part of our extended festival.

Cricket Week – Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August

Just in case you haven’t booked the time off, don’t forget our Cricket Week.

It starts on Monday July 29 when the U19s will be playing a T20 match (opponents to be confirmed) from 2.30pm, the ladies side following suit at 6pm.

Tuesday brings a six-a-side competition involving 24 players, which made a popular debut last year and starts at 11am.

Wednesday sees the visit of Wanderers CC for an all-day game from 11.30am, followed by Dolphins on Thursday (also 11.30am).

And the week is rounded off by a Junior Day on Friday plus a T20 trip to Shackleford in the evening.

Women’s County Cricket Day

Woodbridge Road will be hosting the Women’s County Championship match between Surrey and Lancashire on Bank Holiday Monday May 6, which the ECB has announced as the inaugural Women’s County Cricket Day.

Play starts at 11am and entry is free. Surrey will be live streaming the match with online commentary.

Marathon walk

Mark Speers – whose talents as a player, coach and even quizmaster have graced Woodbridge Road in the past – is embarking on a remarkable fundraising effort for the MS Society, who support sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis.

Starting from the southwestern most tip of England on Easter Saturday, he hopes to walk all the way to John O’Groats – the northern most outpost of Scotland – by the Whitsun Bank Holiday, a journey of 874 miles. It’s around 30 miles per day and he will be posting updates and pictures on his Facebook page.

‘Speersy’ has been supporting the charity for 3 decades and anyone who wants to boost his efforts with a contribution can do so via Facebook (Mark Speers 965) or through Chad Murrin or Tom Collins.

Guildford Beer Festival – tickets on sale

The Guildford Beer Festival will be staged at Woodbridge Road on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 and tickets are available now.

The Beer Festival features around 130 cask ales and craft keg beers sourced from around 25 independent and micro-breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. The beer line up is extremely varied, with many different ABVs, colours and different styles of beers (IPAs, best bitters, milds, porters, stouts, blonde ales, strong ales). In addition to the main beer bar, a second bar has a broad range of ciders, wines and gins from local producers along with soft drinks.

The Guildford Beer Festival also features live musical entertainment and food will be available.

Keep up to date with developments via twitter at @GuildfordBeer.

Up over from down under

There is going to be a decidedly Australian theme to the English summer, with the Ashes battle coming straight after the World Cup.

Guildford are playing their own part and we are looking forward to the arrival of Queensland U19 captain Angus Lovell, who is due to arrive at the end of next week and will be playing for us in the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship. He was the leading runscorer at national U17 level, breaking a record which stood for 35 years, and bowls off-spin.

We look forward to welcoming Angus to Woodbridge Road.

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Welcome to our first newsletter of the year as we head towards the 2019 season, hoping that it will be every bit as exciting and successful as last year.

Come on Aussie, come on …

Guildford have recruited Queensland U19 captain Angus Lovell as our overseas player for the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship campaign, when the side will be back in the Premier Division after promotion last year.

Angus is a top-order batsman – the leading run-scorer at Australian U17 level, breaking a record which had stood for 35 seasons – and also bowls off-spin.

At Queensland he is working with former Surrey (and England ODI) captain Adam Hollioake, who is part of the state’s coaching team.

Angus is due to join us at the start of the season and we look forward to welcoming him to Woodbridge Road.

Who’s in charge?

All the captains and managers for the coming season have been confirmed and they are – club captain/Saturday 1st team: Tom Collins; 2nd team: Chris Coombs; 3rd team: Cameron Green; 4th team: Ahmed Hussain; U21s: James McMillan; Surrey Championship T20: Jack Cunningham; U19 T20: Matty Stephenson; Surrey Slam: Rav Garcha.

Ladies – 1st team manager: Katherine Robson; 2nd team captain: Vicky Derman.

Colts managers – U9 boys: Tony Hunt; U10: Nick Gooding; U11: Nick Tearle; U12: Angela Armstrong & James Gover; U13: Matthew Finnegan; U14: Alistair Brew; U15: Neil Garrett; U17: Chris Perceval. Girls U13 & U15: Charley Teale. Contact details for each of the teams can be found on the club website at guildfordcc.com/junior-cricket/junior-cricket-managers/.

Friendlies update

There’s a new-look to pre-season with the first team opening their programme of friendlies by visiting Charterhouse on Good Friday April 19 (1pm). The school are coached by one of our most distinguished graduates, Martin Bicknell, and in recent years have featured current Guildford first team players Jonny Charles and George Barlow.

A day later (April 20) brings matches for all three sides against Basingstoke (first team at home, rest away at May’s Bounty). On April 27 the first and third teams travel to Championship second division side Dorking, with the seconds at home, and on May 4 the firsts host first division Normandy (12pm), the seconds travelling and the thirds at home on Stoke Rec.

Before the friendlies start, our first outdoor practice session is scheduled for Saturday April 6, from 10-1pm. Food will be on offer afterwards with a work party following.

New faces

The club’s general committee has two newcomers, Rajeev Sanwalka taking over as treasurer from Rob Sweet – who has done a magnificent job bolstering the finances over a long period – and Nick Gooding supervising governance and Clubmark. Club members will doubtless get an early opportunity to meet Rajeev when they pay their subscriptions.

A new social committee has been formed by David & Justine McMillan and Rob & Kathryn Sweet and they are preparing a programme of events.

Grounds for optimism

A new team led by Lee Fortis – head groundsman at the Kia Oval since 2012 – have taken over at Woodbridge Road and their work is already paying dividends on both the square and the outfield. Last year Lee won the ECB Bernard Flack Memorial Trophy for producing the best County Championship pitches in the country.

During the winter months, a small team led by Tim Walter have been researching and identifying pictures to feature in the pavilion, in conjunction with Surrey CCC. There will be a new catering team in place for the start of the season.

The exterior of the ground has also taken on a fresh look with the erection of a new perimeter fence on the Woodbridge Road side of the ground.

Practicing hard

U10s manager Nick Gooding reports that his youngsters are back in the nets at Royal Grammar School on Sunday afternoons. They are training well and looking forward to the new season, when they will be playing hard-ball cricket for the first time. Newcomers are welcome – they must have been under 10 on September 1 2018 to be eligible – while girls under 12 on the same date also qualify for the team. Nick can be contacted by email at nicholasgooding58@g-mail.com.

Great enthusiasm is also being shown by the parents as demonstrated by two mums heading off to Horsley and Send CC for training on a scoring app and one dad is on an umpiring course.

See the remaining Winter Nets schedule
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Subscriptions can be paid through Pitchero.
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Fancy a bargain?

A sale of second-hand cricket kit at Friday night junior nets at Woodbridge Road at the beginning of the season is being organised.  The date has yet to be finalised but please start collecting anything that you might like to sell or donate.  We are also liaising with Surrey CCC for surplus kit so that we can make a donation to young cricketers in this country and abroad who do not have any.  More details to follow.  Please contact Lizzie Geffen at lizziegeffen@btopenworld.com if you have any queries.

Cricket week extra – July 29 to August 2

An extra event has been added to our cricket week, which starts on Monday July 29. We will be taking a team to Shackleford on Friday August 2 for a T20 match (6pm), which will be followed afterwards by drinks and a curry at the nearby Cyder House.

Membership subscriptions

This year, all adult, junior and social club subscriptions are payable online through Pitchero and these are live and ready to be bought now. There has been no increase in the cost of subscriptions again this year, with seniors £120 and students £85.

Paying as early as possible is a major help to the club and means you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the season.

Fancy a slam?

If T20 cricket appeals then why not sign up for our teams in the Surrey Slam?

Guildford Grizzlies will compete in the midweek and Sunday leagues with teams comprised of Saturday second and third team players plus senior colts. Rav Garcha will captain both sides and their matches will be on a regional league basis, followed by a knockout with finals at the end of the season. If you then please send Rav an email at ranveergarcha@yahoo.co.uk.

The women’s team (Thunder) will play in their inaugural competition, a mixture of midweek and Sunday matches. More information is available from Vicky Derman by calling her on 07584 291709 or email at ocean.vd@gmail.com.

You can also find out more about the competition via www.surreyslam.com/.

Mercury’s rising

If the musical We Will Rock You or the film Bohemian Rhapsody – which has won multiple awards – caught your imagination then put Friday September 27 into your diary.

That’s when the stars of We Will Rock You, one of the West End’s biggest musical hits, will be arriving at Woodbridge Roads to stage An Evening of Queen. It is one of several events planned for the ground and pavilion this year so please support them. Full details of the night and how to purchase tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Festival call to arms

This year’s Guildford Cricket Festival brings us two Specsavers County Championship matches – against Somerset (June 3-6) and Yorkshire (June 10-13).

So we will be holding raffles during both matches to raise vital money for the benefit of the junior section of the club and, therefore, need double the number of prizes. If you or your company would like to donate a prize, please contact Tom Bancroft at tom_bancroft@hotmail.com.

In previous seasons, members and friends have been incredibly generous by offering us gems like Test Match and Wimbledon tennis finals tickets.

We are also on the lookout for helpers for the Festival, please contact David & Justine McMillan at torrecottage@icloud.com.

Guildford Beer Festival – tickets on sale 1 March 2019

The Guildford Beer Festival will be staged at Woodbridge Road on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 and tickets will be on sale via the GBF website from 1 March 2019.

The Beer Festival features around 130 cask ales and craft keg beers sourced from around 25 independent and micro-breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. The beer line up is extremely varied, with many different ABVs, colours and different styles of beers (IPAs, best bitters, milds, porters, stouts, blonde ales, strong ales). In addition to the main beer bar, a second bar has a broad range of ciders, wines and gins from local producers along with soft drinks.

The Guildford Beer Festival also features live musical entertainment and food will be available.

Keep up to date with developments via twitter at @GuildfordBeer.

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Welcome to our Christmas newsletter, wrapping up what has been an exciting 2018 for the club, bringing success on the field and the delivery of our new pavilion at Woodbridge Road.

Guildford Cricket Festival

We’re already set for a packed 2019, which will bring a bumper Guildford Festival in June 2019 when county champions Surrey will play first Somerset – who they trounced by an innings there last summer – from June 3-6 and then Yorkshire, from June 10-13.

It will be the first time since 1992 that the ground has hosted two County Championship matches, both likely to draw excellent crowds given Somerset finished second last year – albeit some distance behind Rory Burns’s champions – and Yorkshire have a great following wherever they play in the country.

This will also double the workload for our team of volunteers so anyone who can offer help, even if it is for a limited time, is asked to contact Justine McMillan at torrecottage@sky.com.

Guildford Beer Festival

Just to ensure no one gets thirsty between the two matches, the Guildford Beer Festival will be staged at Woodbridge Road on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8.

It will be the 10th anniversary of an event which has proved hugely important in the life of our club. Chad Murrin and his team are planning yet another superb occasion, with tickets going on sale early in the new year. You can keep up to date with developments via twitter at @GuildfordBeer.

New chairman’s message

At the autumn general meeting in October, Robert Charles stood down after seven years as chairman and was succeeded by James Geffen, who has had a long association with the club with his sons Freddie and Tom having made their way through the colts section to the senior teams.

He has sent this message to club members:

I feel very honoured and excited to have been elected as chairman.

Robert Charles has done a terrific job over many years and I am very grateful to take on the role with the club in such good shape. I will now do all I can to help the club develop and deliver our plans over the next few years.

Guildford are a highly successful club and our first team playing in the Surrey Championship Premier Division. We are successfully implementing a five-year cricket plan, we have a first-class ground, the new pavilion, a thriving junior section, a growing women’s section and we are the envy of other clubs in hosting first-class cricket.

Apart from ice hockey, this is the only professional sport played in Guildford and next year we have two matches. We are financially sound, benefit from an excellent commercial programme and have wonderfully active and committed volunteers.

Recent club planning discussions have highlighted where we would like to concentrate our efforts over the next few years. They are:

  • Bring the four sections of the Club closer together – men, women, juniors and social, so we are ONE club.
  • Increase the social activities of the club so everyone feels welcome and can enjoy themselves. We are particularly keen to involve our junior section parents.
  • Make full use of our new pavilion.
  • Constantly look to improve the playing, coaching and training experience for all.
  • Look to develop our marketing and communications strategy to promote the club, enthuse members and attract new members and sponsors.
  • Run a financially sound, safe and fun cricket club.

To do all of this we are always on the lookout for more volunteers. Our current need is for individuals to help develop the social side of the club and specialists in the fields of marketing and communications – PLEASE come forward!

In the meantime, if you have any ideas, concerns or observations please get in touch. This is your club and we want to continue to make it a great and fun place to be.

James Geffen (jamesgeffen@btopenworld.com)

Captains for next year and nets dates

Tom Collins will lead the first team for his second season, having spearheaded Guildford’s immediate return to the Surrey Championship Premier Division. Chris Coombs continues in charge of the seconds, fresh from promotion last summer, while Cameron Green succeeds Tim Walter as third team skipper after they stormed to their league title.

James McMillan has been appointed captain of the Surrey Trust League U21 side, Matty Stephenson carrying on in charge of the U19s after they reached the county final. Rav Garcha will lead Guildford’s assault on the Surrey Slam.

Winter nets start for the first and second teams on Wednesday 9 January from 7pm at the Surrey Cricket Centre, with players for the third and fourth teams joining the action on 15 February.

Cricket Week – July 29 to August 2

Among the highlights of the last two seasons have been Cricket Week and mastermind Tim Walter has unveiled the programme for the third Woodbridge Road extravaganza, in the hope that we will be blessed with fine weather again.

It starts on Monday July 29 with a Surrey Trust League T20 match in the afternoon and a ladies T20 from 6pm. Tuesday July 30 features a 6-a-side competition – last year’s inaugural event was a great success – while Wednesday July 31, the centrepiece of the week, sees an all-day match against The Wanderers. The new month brings another all-day game for a combined second and third team against The Dolphins, while the week finishes with Junior Day on Friday August 2.

Social events

Chairman James Geffen is finalising a list of social events to run through 2019 and they will be announced in first newsletter of the new year.

Ground news

Work has been going on through much of the autumn to replace the fencing on the Woodbridge Road side of the ground.

Colts news

Junior winter training starts on February 3 and takes in eight consecutive Sundays until March 24.
It is being staged again at the Royal Grammar School Sports Hall, just off the High Street.
The programme each week will be:

  • 12-1 Women and Girls
  • 1-2 U6-8
  • 2-3 U9-10
  • 3-3.30 Break
  • 3.30-5 U11-12
  • 5-6.30 U13
  • 6.30-8 U14-15

All abilities are welcome, with age calculated from 1 September, 2018.

There will also be three taster sessions for newcomers on 3,10 and 17 February, 2019.

More information is available from Matthew Finnegan at mfguildfordcc@hotmail.com.

U10s news

U10s supremo Nick Gooding is already bubbling over with enthusiasm for the coming year and has sent this message:

U10 is the age group where hard-ball cricket is played for the first time in competitive games, so I imagine Santa’s sleigh may well be filled with pads and helmets etc. We have recently learned who will be our opponents in the West Surrey League next season. We shall be playing, home and away, against Blackheath, Cranleigh, Horsley & Send, Normandy and Wonersh & Shamley Green Juniors. So all local derbies and no more trips around the M25 for us in 2019.

We were very light on numbers in this age group last season and relied on players stepping up from the U8s. With this in mind, we are being proactive in recruiting new players aged 10 and under on September 1 2018. Anyone wishing to join in should contact me at nicholasgooding58@gmail.com.

Getting the ump

The Surrey Association of Cricket Officials are running a series of umpiring training courses during the spring months, including one at the Surrey Cricket Centre which stretches over two Saturday mornings (February 23 and March 2). More information is available via:


And finally …

Congratulations to one of the club’s most distinguished graduates, Ashley Giles, who has been appointed as the new managing director of England men’s cricket.

Ashley made his league debut for Guildford’s first team as a 14-year-old in 1987, his time at the club a launchpad for an illustrious career with Warwickshire and England, which included being an integral member of Michael Vaughan’s Ashes-winning team in 2005.

Since his early retirement from the game, having suffered a hip injury, he has enjoyed a successful coaching career with Warwickshire (in two spells), Lancashire and the England one-day side as well as being a national selector.

That’s it for now – a merry Christmas and happy new year to all our members, sponsors and friends. Don’t forget to keep up to date via the club’s Facebook page and Twitter.

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What a summer it’s been.

Promotion for all three senior teams in the Travelbag Surrey Championship – two of them winning league titles – plus T20 success means there will be plenty of silverware to collect at the league dinner on October 19. And Guildford’s junior teams have once again made an impact, winning trophies and developing young players as they head towards senior cricket.

The new pavilion was opened in April – although there are some finishing touches still to apply – and a highly successful couple of weeks in June saw another excellent Beer Festival followed by big crowds witnessing Surrey hammer Somerset, who arrived as leaders and departed vanquished by an innings, Rory Burns’s team their way to claiming the Specsavers County Championship title for the first time since 2002.

That 80th anniversary Festival saw four graduates of Guildford’s colts – Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Ollie Pope and Will Jacks – included in the home side and, soon after, Ollie Pope made his England Test debut.

This newsletter looks back on the season and picks out some highlights while also including news from around the club.

First team

A run of six straight victories took Guildford back into the Premier Division at first attempt, much to the delight of Tom Collins in his first season as captain.

Three defeats in five weeks in mid-season, following by a losing draw at Leatherhead, had left the promotion campaign very much in the balance. But wins over Valley End, Chipstead, Chessington, Farnham, Spencer and Camberley guaranteed promotion and it meant that five bonus points in the narrow defeat at home to Esher, who joined Guildford as runners-up, secured top spot.

There was no doubt about the star of the show – Nathan Tilley hit six centuries the final eight matches to finish with a remarkable 873 runs at 109 a time, which made him the highest scorer in Division One by more than 200 runs and third overall in the Surrey Championship – despite only playing 11 league matches, spending his early weeks turning out for Reed’s School.

He received excellent support from Alex Sweet (459 at 51) while Fred McMillan’s 399 and Joel Walker’s 333 included some vital early innings while the batting order was depleted.

Off-spinner Jonny Charles was the outstanding bowler, claiming 34 scalps at 20 in his first full season at first team level, holding together the attack. Duncan Selmes (23), Joe Pipkin (20) and Jamie Odell (16) all shone despite having to miss a number of matches and there were promising contributions from George Barlow and Freddie Geffen.

Captain Collins led the side with considerable flair, constantly chipping in with runs, wickets and fine catches and showing a selfless attitude which was an example to all his team-mates. With coach Jeremy Greaves, he is already working hard to ensure Guildford make an impact on the return to the Premier Division next season.

Second team

Guildford’s 2s made their own return to Premier Division level, finishing just three points behind a Sutton side who had looked completely uncatchable at one stage.

Three defeats in the first seven matches did not augur well but victory over Esher sparked a run of six wins in the time games, four of them bowling second, heading into the final five weeks in second spot.

Losing to Walton caused a wobble but the resilience of the side was shown with superb victories over Normandy at home and then Sutton away. Promotion was secured in beating Old Rutlishians in the penultimate game before a celebratory demolition of Esher in the final outing.

An experienced side, often captained by Chris Coombs, enjoyed batting strength thanks to a strong line-up led by Henry Straw’s remarkable 599 runs in just 10 innings plus important contributions from Matt Teale, Andy Parker, Adam Appleton and brothers Nick and Jonny French.

The wickets were shared around, Vikram Singh showing great consistency with 25 victims and Teale’s promising off-spin bagging 21 wickets.

Third team

Going up as champions of Division Two came as the result of an enjoyable campaign, which brought 12 wins from 18 games, losing just three of them.

Skipper Tim Walter, who moved from on-field to off-field maestro midway through the summer, reckons the strength of the top two teams was a major benefit and believes that seeing the 1s and 2s arriving from their own victories on the opening week of the season to watch their clubmates made a great impact.

Jaedyn Short and Jon Hedges led with the bat while Callum McLean, Jon Burrowes and Cameron Green were the outstanding bowlers, mixed in with many other fine contributions.

When the captain was sidelined a trinity the trinity of Jons – Hedges, French and Burrowes – conspired to maintain the pace.

James Telling and Sanjay Kher were invaluable as scorers.

There were three outings for the fourth team, two on a Saturday and one on a Sunday, Ahmed Hussain’s side going down after a hard fight on each occasion but the matches offering opportunities for young players to have a first taste of adult cricket.

In the bank: Guildford achieved a new first in winning the Edwards Cup on a gloriously sunny Sunday at Sunbury


A new first for Guildford came when Jack Cunningham led his side to the Surrey Championship T20 crown, collecting the Edwards Cup on finals day on a scorching midsummer day at Sunbury.

Wins over Worcester Park and Banstead on the Whitsun bank holiday and then a success against Ashtead had earned a place on finals day, albeit against the Premier Division frontrunners Reigate Priory.

Guildford’s 175-6 was built around openers Joel Walker (57) and Nathan Tilley (30) before Joe Pipkin (29) and Fred McMillan (34no) made vital late contributions. Freddie Geffen struck vital early blows by claiming a return catch off Richie Oliver – his coach at Tonbridge School – and bowling Chris Murtagh for nine, the rest of the attack backing him up well with fellow off-spinner Jonny Charles (3-23) and Tom Collins (1-17) particularly effective.

That set up a final against East Molesey, Tilley (34) and Walker (29) again launching the innings successfully. A dramatic collapse was halted by Collins (28), gaining vital support from Jamie Odell (10) before Guildford were bowled out for 132 in the final over.

Although Dominic Reed (32) made a dashing start to the reply, he was one of two victims for Geffen and fine back-up in the field – including three run outs, two by Oscar Martin – piled the pressure on Moles, who crumbled to 76 all out as Charles finished with 3-5 in three overs.

It was Guildford’s fourth victory over a Premier side in the competition and set up a trip to Horsham for the national competition’s area finals.

Sussex side Roffey, so often an obstacle in recent years, proved too strong in successfully defending 126-8, Tilley (41) and George Barlow (21) the main features in a reply which tailed off to 103 all out.


It was a moderate season for Guildford in the Surrey Trust League, the U21 Academy side finishing midway up Tier One Group One after four wins in eight games. Much entertaining cricket was played, though, with an excellent spirit shown throughout. The highlight of a truncated programme for the U18 Development side was Matty Stephenson’s unbeaten 134 in the home match against Camberley.


Guildford Thunder reached the final of the ECB Vitality T20 Surrey Cup. Spencer were beaten by three runs, Oscar Martin making 45 and James McMillan taking 4-30. Next came a semi-final thriller against Wimbledon, Matty Stephenson (47) and Oscar Martin (50) taking the side to 126-3 and Stephenson claiming 3-23 as the reply fell a run short. But in the final Cranleigh’s 148-8 proved way too many, earning them victory by 59 runs.


Matty Stephenson led from the front as Guildford won the Surrey Cricket Foundation’s Denis Jacobs Cup.

The captain made 50 out of 124-6 from 20 overs in the final against Oxted & Limpsfield, Tom Perceval’s 21 the next best. Then he claimed 2-14 in four overs, Harry Foster weighing in with 2-20 from three as O&L were restricted to 111-7, bringing victory by 13 runs. Banstead had been seen off by 77 runs in the quarter-final and East Molesey were the semi-final victims, beaten by six wickets.

That victory helped to compensate for a frustrating season in which oppositionteams conceded or cancelled far too many matches, much of the squad also featuring in the U19 side.

Trophy team: Guildford U17s celebrate winning the Denis Jacobs Cup, bating Oxted & Limpsfield in the final.


Guildford finished runners-up in the Surrey Premier league, level on points with champions East Molesey, who took the title on the head to head match. Semi-finalists in the cup as well, several squad members won overall junior awards. Best bowler was Aman Ashfaque with 30 wickets, Jared Robinson took the fielding award for his five catches and a run out in one match, as an outfielder, and Dylan Lawson was named newcomer-of-the-year. Altogether, the team performances exemplified their attitude, skills and enjoyment.


It was another highly successful season for the U12s, who took part in the West Surrey 30-over (Academy) and 20-over leagues.

Four players finished the in the top 10 for runs scored in the Academy League – Adam Thomas (averaging 76), Jacob Audley, Freddy Scott-Gall and Lucas Kher. William Lacey also scored a half-century. In all the U12 leagues, the leading scorer was Jacob Audley with 349 runs.

Three players finished in the top 15 for wickets – Kieran Finnegan (best in the whole league), Cameron Sim and Lucas Kher. Finnegan totalled 24 in both leagues to be top overall.

Guildford won 18 of the 22 matches played – an impressive 82% win rate – and took the T20 competition for the second year running. They were fourth in the highly competitive Academy league, the highlight a 10-wicket thrashing of Weybridge.


The final month of the season in the West Surrey League and Cup saw a defeat against Blackheath and another narrow reverse at the hands of Horsley & Send but were balanced by excellent victories over Cranleigh and Normandy.

To round off the summer there was match between the parents and lads, staged on the main square at Woodbridge Road thanks to groundsman Jonny Nolan. Although the elders batted well, they were outplayed by players who showed the progress they had made through the campaign.

Manager Nick Gooding was delighted by the efforts and help of both players and parents, with special mention of Heather Styche-Patel as scorer, working excellently with her husband cum umpire Manoj. Hard ball cricket cannot come soon enough.

Colts awards

A highly successful end-of-season awards night saw the club’s youngsters rewarded for their achievements this season.

Surrey Advertiser best cricketer: Freddie Geffen (U16); Fielder: Jared Robinson. (U15 – five catches and a run out v Bank of England); Bowler: Aman Ashfaque (U15). Batsmen (U14): Will Ayton and Ben Garrett – unbroken stand of 295 v Spencer, scoring 144no and 121no respectively). Best spinner: Shoaib Bashir (U14). Senior wicketkeeper: Ben Garrett (U14); Junior keeper: Max Towers (U12); Newcomer-of-the-year: Dylan Lawson (U15); Most improved player: Mia Gandhi (U10); Best senior colts all-rounder: Stefan van Biljon (U13); Junior colts all-rounder: Adam Thomas (U12). Pairs: Lorenzo Valducci & Nav Dubey (U9).

Age group awards – U8 coach’s award: Archie O’Donnell; U9 batsman: Navashen Dubey; Bowler: Ollie Gooding: Coach’s: Soham Datta; Player-of-the-year: Alex Styche-Patel. U10 batsman: Alex Jourdan; Bowler: Jonny Habgood; Coach’s: Luke Tearle. U11 batsman: Gian Smith; Bowler: Henry Callanan; Coach’s: Harrison Way. U12 Batting: Jacob Audle; Bowling: Kieran Finnegan; Coach’s: Cameron Sim. Clubman: Matthew Turner; Catcher: Dulain Jayakody; Newcomer: Niko Dahl; Playing up: Freddy Scott Gall. U13 batting: Matthew Bennett; Bowling: Lucas Kher; Coach’s: Dan Hitchcox; Fielder: George Brew; Newcomer: Stefan van Biljon. U14 batting: Ben Garrett; Bowling: Shoaib Bashir; Coach’s: George Negus. U15 batsman: Henry Turrell; Bowler: Aman Ashfaque; Coach’s: Harry James; Champagne moment: Lewis Hill making a century.

Cricket Week

Once again the club were graced by wonderful weather for our cricket week, organiser Tim Walter clearly having a direct line upstairs, with all sections of the club joining in. The inaugural six-a-side on Tuesday was a particular success, much of it thanks to the good work of Jonny Charles, while the centrepiece of the week – the all-day match against The Wanderers – saw the home side go down by 37 runs after a hard-fought encounter. David Squires and his team provided ideal refreshments throughout.

Robert Charles and Rob Sweet

As many members will know, our chairman Robert Charles and treasurer Rob Sweet are standing down after distinguished spells in their respective posts.

Guildford president David Watts paid tribute to them: “Robert and Rob have done the club great service over the past decade. They have put in thousands of hours of unpaid work, which together have left us in a very strong position.

“Robert has been an outstanding chairman and will be greatly missed. He has been chairman through a tricky spell for the club during the building of the new pavilion, dealing with so many issues which have come out through that and a lot more.

“Rob’s stewardship of our finances has entailed a lot of specialist accountancy work and we owe to him the excellent financial position we now find ourselves.

“We are very lucky to have had two such dedicated servants, along with everyone else who give so much of their time to Guildford Cricket Club.”

Successors to the two amigos will be elected at the autumn general meeting, which is being held in the pavilion at Woodbridge Road on Thursday October 25 at 7pm.

Social events

The Kiwi contingent in the club will doubtless be in good voice on Saturday November 10 when England take on the All Blacks at Twickenham, kicking off at 3pm. So it’s an ideal chance for everyone to get together – whoever they support – at a pub in Guildford to watch, followed by an early evening curry. If you are keen please contact Tim Walter on 07882-054111 or timothywalter@hotmail.com.

Guildford’s annual trip to the races comes on Saturday December 8 when we head to the prestigious Tingle Creek meeting at Sandown Park, which is easily reachable by car or on the train with Esher station next door. Tickets are £20 with Tim Walter the contact on 07882-054111 or timothywalter@hotmail.com.

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The draw for the 2018 Guildford Cricket Club Colts section grand draw raffle was made in the presence of David McMillan at Guildford CC on Sunday 1st July.

  • 1st Prize: Two tickets to England v India Test match at the Oval (9th Sept)
    Ticket No: 08038 – Harry Schofield
  • 2nd Prize: Four tickets to any Middlesex CCC match and tour of Lords (2018)
    Ticket No: 09394 – B Ward
  • 3rd Prize: Alastair Cook signed Gray Nicholls cricket bat.
    Ticket No: 08736 – Paul Calothcast
  • 4th Prize: Meal for Two voucher at the March Hare Brasserie, Guildford.
    Ticket No: 07783 Brian Skinner
  • 5th Prize: Champagne afternoon tea for Two at the Ivy castle view, Guildford.
    Ticket No: 08072 – Harman
  • 6th Prize: One to one coaching session at the Surrey cricket centre, Guildford.
    Ticket No: 09398 – Kate
  • 7th Prize: 4 x Hogsback brewery tour vouchers and beer, Tongham.
    Ticket No: 11709 – R Tarrant
  • 8th Prize: Four ball at Milford Golf club, Milford.
    Ticket No: 07761 Mountford
  • 9th Prize: Framed Guildford cricket club print.
    Ticket No: 07561 – David Frith

Thank you all for your support.

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