Well done to this month’s 100Club winners and thank you to everyone who takes part.
June’s draw took place at our latest management meeting. Attempts to have the draw at the weekends home game were foiled by the need to cover a number of duties.
It prompts me to use this months notice to remind everyone about the great benefits you gain from helping out. Taking part, learning skills, engaging with others are all proven ways of improving your Health and Wellbeing. They are also often fun. No matter the scale everything you do is always helpful and gratefully received.
Just drop the email above a note, or speak to anyone from the club, if you can help. Maybe with support to the team delivering training or help with production of the food on match day (teas). Maybe you could help with a specific event: take a shift on a BBQ or on the bar. Maybe your business could provide sponsorship.
Stretford’s 1st XI are now only one game away from reaching the Per-Fit Windows League Cup final following an excellent four wicket victory away at Werneth.
Ryan Williams (3-25) turned on the style with early wickets after winning the toss and electing to field. Werneth were in a jam at 65-5 until Khan (32) and Christmas (62) shared a 70 run partnership. Adam Saynor removed Khan to keep Werneth at bay and Ocean O’Malley applied the lock with a tight 3-29 off 8 however Walker chipped in with an enterprising 20. The Werneth innings closed on a very competitive 183 all out. Stretford’s highest successful run chase this season has been 143 away at Deane and Derby so the target would be a test especially without key batsmen Miguel Stoman who was injured the previous day.
Stretford got off to the worst possible start when Christmas wrapped up Armstrong’s leg stump for a duck. Wilson (2/28) caused further pain when Francoise Stoman chipped to square leg for 20. O’Malley provided brief resistance being bowled for 11 by the same bowler t leave the score at 47-3. Williams (55) and Sharp (23) took the Stretford score beyond 100 before Sharp fell at 109. Controlled hitting from off spinner Coulson (39) took Stretford over the line with four overs to spare.
Following three away ties in previous rounds the club have been drawn at home against old rivals Westleigh. The match will take place on Sunday 21st July and Stretford will be hoping to pin another giant killing badge on their sash as they strive for their first piece of first team silverware for 13 years.
Coulson’s impressive form with the ball continued in the League last Saturday when he took a career best 7-32 against Oldham, a team who beat Stretford in the first game of the season. Oldham were skittled on a slow but turning pitch for 113.
Stretford lost Armstrong early who was adjudged LBW sweeping off spinner Hussain however some lusty blows from Miguel Stoman (34) moved the score to 42 before other opener Jefferson was run out in unexpected fashion and Williams was stumped. A collapse was averted at 70-4 when Francoise Stoman (20*) and Sharp (17*) shared a patient 40 partnership.
The 6 wicket victory was comprehensive in the end. While Friarmere are clear at the top of the league the win ensures Stretford remains in promotion contention at the half way point. The club entertain South West Manchester on Saturday who occupy 4th spot
A result which may have slipped under your radar at the weekend was the 3rd XI’s impressive 34 run victory away at Deane & Derby.
Batting first Stretford posted 146 all out with a typically swashbuckling 58 by Usman Hassan providing the bulk of the runs. There were important contributions from Paddy Lampton 14, Arran Sen 17 and an obdurate 15 from Kenny Cotton who stitched the top order together.
Stretford’s failure to bat the alloted 40 overs was perhaps a source of regret with Deane & Derby reaching 55 for the loss of only two wickets. The floodgates were opened by Shoaib Sarwar 3 for 20 and an amazing spell of 5 for 12 from 13 year old lancs prodigy Arran Sen who ripped through the hosts order. Deane and Derby slumped to 112 all out. Sen’s arsenal of bamboozling legspin with variations was too much for the hosts and ensured the MVP award was only going one way.
The 34 run win made it a treble win weekend for Stretford. Keep it going!!
Stretford has always been a club with rich family links: from the Barlow bros and the School of Fishes to the Dutton dynasty to the Sharp Triplets. Well now we are pleased to welcome Miguel Stoman to the club. Just for the sake of clarity, he is the older brother of Francoise who currently bats four in the Stretford First XI (but that’s the final time we will mention the link)
Miguel,a genuine all rounder has played cricket previously in the UK for Didcot in Oxford and until recently, Southport & Birkdale and will add another layer of depth to our squads.
“I am delighted at having the chance to play at Stretford. The members and players have been very friendly and welcoming”
“I hope to play as much cricket as I can for Stretford and contribute to as many wins as possible.”
“I am looking forward to getting started and joining the team on Thursday. I have some catching up to do with runs and wickets but with hard work I’m confident. I’m also lagging behind with the number of rounds of beer I’ve bought. I hope to contribute off the pitch as well and also round the club!”
We hope you make Miguel feel at home and wish him look for the season!
I am really happy at how the first 6 weeks of the season has started .
The club now is one of the most attractive clubs in the GMCL with its pavillion complete and with the new introduction of the new patio viewing area.
On the field the 3 senior teams have started the season with a positive attitude and so the results and performances have generally been excellent. The first team have won 4 out of their first 6 games with one wash out so the signs are good. With hard work we can compete at top of the league. The atmosphere amongst the players is good and I can see confidence is growing.
New members Ryan Williams,Rich Masterson,Adam Saynor and our new overseas amateur Francoise Stoman have both contributed on and off the pitch.
The Junior section is now in the very capable hands of Thomas Coulson and Ruth Cotton who have brought stability and organisation to the section.
We are getting more juniors joining every week and after hosting the All Stars Cricket Day and the Trafford primary schools Kwik Cricket festival in the last 2 weeks we are expecting more new players.
The club is vibrant at the moment and we welcome any new playing or non playing members with open arms.
We are hosting a ‘FAMILY FUN DAY’ in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Mc Millan Support and we would love to see as many of you as possible at the club on Bank Holiday Monday from 12pm to support such a worthy cause.
Well done to this month’s 100Club winners and thank you to everyone who takes part in the 100Club.
It was fantastic to have our first public draw of the 100Club at the official opening of the refurbished pavilion and surrounds on Monday. A great day, with bright but cool weather, saw current and previous members join the Mayor of Trafford in opening the pavilion and then watching a close T20 game where a Stretford Current XI narrowly overcame a Stretford Alumni and guests XI.
Jones O’Malley (4)
Jones O’Malley (1)
As you can see, there is no limit to how many entries you or your family have in the 100Club and each one gives you chance of a prize.
Thanks to the new joiners to the club who signed up on Monday – more potential winners and an increased prize fund – and more funds to support the club.
We are holding a grand reopening of the pavilion on Bank Holiday Monday at 1pm. This will be performed by the Mayor of Trafford, Tom Ross. A match will follow at 2pm between a Stretford team and a team of ex Stretford players.
Food will be available and the bar will be open. There will be a raffle with several prizes.
On the day we will be giving playing members and social members the chance to pay their annual subscriptions.
As this is an occasion for all the community, we are presenting the club to new members, especially those with children, who may be seeing the ground for the first time. We offer a fantastic junior cricket experience with cricket for all ages.
We are proud of the advances which we have made to our facilities over the years and ask for your support, by way of subscriptions or donations, to continue to fund this work. Largely due to the generous donations over the years from our Life Members, the ground has seen major improvements. We trust that they will continue to donate generously.
Please make every effort to attend – to support your local club and to meet friends both old and new.
The club is sad to report that stalwart Phil Laker has passed away.
The family have advised that the funeral service will take place on Thursday the 18th at Manchester crematorium at 11.00. After the service there will be a get together back at the club. Our deepest thoughts and condolences to the Laker family at time.
Following the departure of Matt Laker from his role as Junior Manager the club is pleased to announce that it has moved quickly to install Thomas Coulson and Ruth Cotton as leads of the Junior Section.
“I am super proud to be appointed as head of the Junior Section along with Ruth” said a beaming Coulson who can’t wait to get started.
“I am well aware that the task ahead is a huge one but I’ve played at Stretford for many years and I realise the importance of the junior section so I am determined to make a success of the job. We will at least try our best!”
Already the new duo are looking ahead “We have a few ideas even at this early stage which will see the juniors evolve as players and individuals. We want to see players stand up and play to their strengths which will help them push for teams above their age groups and into senior cricket. We want the players to test themselves physically and mentally to better understand their game”
Coulson stressess the importance of team work and how its been important at Stretford. “Stretford’s Junior Section has been very successful over many years thanks to the efforts of our own members. This is something that we want to continue. We want to appeal to all members to give our team of coaches full support from helping with games, or at training even if that means setting up the ground or making a few cups of tea for opposition players. We all will need to work together to build the section”.
Ruth, who by day runs Lancashire’s indoor centre, has plans to improve the organisation, infrastructure and commmunication within the section not least by increasing the number of qualified coaches and coach support workers. If anyone is interested in these courses please contact us.
Director of Cricket, Guy Robinson is also pleased with the new team. “on behalf of the club I would like to wish Tom and Ruth good luck and I know they can rely on everyone to give them the full support needed in the role. Onwards and upwards”