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Adrian Fish Junior Trios: August 20th

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The annual Adrian Fish Junior Trios will take place at the club on Thursday 20th August 2020 from 9:30 onwards.

The trios is an all day event, with no cost to participate for juniors. Players will need their own packed lunches & plenty of fluids for the day.

The event is for hard ball players so all players will need full protection & equipment & whites. The teams will be drawn on a seeded basis on arrival and they will be in teams of 3. There is always good competition on the day with a trophy to be won and names on the honours board.

Adrian Fish joined Stretford in 1975 aged 11 along with his brother Gareth, who was 12 (older brother Stuart had joined in 1973). Adrian was at school with Mike Laker (Chris and Mathew’s dad), while Gareth was in the same school cricket team as Guy Robinson. The two brothers played for the under 13s, then the under 15s, who were the first junior league champions. When they moved up to the under 18s they repeated their success with another championship. He finished his junior career stuck on a hat-trick when he dismissed the last two batsmen in successive balls to win the final match of the season. Adrian was a keen senior player who became a 2nd team regular. He bowled off-spin and liked to field on the boundary where his big hands and long throw surprised plenty of unsuspecting batsmen. 

Off the field he used his practical skills around the club, helping to run the bar and keep the place well maintained. When the pavilion was completely refurbished in 1985 Adrian and his dad John led the reconstruction of the bar and kitchen. The new club was officially reopened by the local MP and the Mayor made a presentation to John and Adrian Fish and three others in recognition of their efforts. 

Sadly two years later Adrian was taken ill and died in 1988. The club had occasionally organised a junior trios, one of which Adrian won, so the Adrian Fish Junior Trios was launched as a fitting memorial to him. 

We hope you are all able to take part or support the trios to make it fun, competitive and a very enjoyable day.

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2021 Kit Revealed and Available to Purchase at the Club and In-store from Friday

We are pleased to announce our new kit for next year has been revealed and will be available to buy at the club and in-store at the cricket world shop from Friday.

Thanks to our sponsors Care Solution Manchester, Specialeyes and Cricket World for their support. We are delighted that they have all agreed a three year deal therefore these kits will last you a long time.

Vinny Walsh will be donning his mask and gloves and swimming in hand gel in a gazebo located next to our Beer Shack.

There is a match on from 6 so why not come down and have a look.

Prices for shirts all come in around 20 quid (less VAT for junior sizes. There are sweaters, training shorts, caps and club hoodies also available.

You can also buy items online. For any non club related gear you purchase we will receive a % back to the club as a donation and you’ll get a discount. Use STRETFORD5 to activate or tell them you are a member in store.

Look in store itself on Chester Road near the Gorse Hill Pub, it’s an Aladdin’s Cave of cricketing treasure. See website for opening hours

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Two Wins on the Spin but it’s Seam Doing the Damage

On an unsettled Saturday, Stretford hosted Winton in round 2 of the Covid season. Winton won the toss and elected to bat first on a slow and low Stretford wicket. Despite the slugglish nature of the pitch, Stretford quickly took the initative, seizing five dramatic wickets for 28 runs inside the first ten overs. Ryan WIlliams 6-20, Saleem Akram 3-28 were the chief destroyers in bowling out Winton for a modest 112. Only Tom Derbyshire showed any resistance with a solid 48.

In reply Stretford lost two early wickets with only 16 runs on the board but Major Khan (36), Williams (16*) and Rich Mathewson (18) ensured there was no termial collapse. Stretford won by 4 wickets.

After the victory Williams praised the attitude of the players “Today was a great win not just for the team, but for the club as a whole. We conducted ourselves superbly in a hard fought win. It was good to see different players taking their chance; this time it was Munir, Rich and I, which shows we have depth. There is a great buzz around the club from the junior section upwards. If we build on this momentum it will be interesting to see how far the club can go”

Following their hyponychium chow down seven days earlier in tied game against Worlsey, the 2ndXI entertained an uber green Monton at Wythenshawe and hoped for a more relaxing afternoon.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Renforth was left pondering whether he had made the right decision after he was dismissed for just 1 after 7 balls (cricket. Stretford’s misery continued early on when opener Sarfraz was bowled and Riddell snicking off for just 4. Stretford slipped to 28-3. There was plenty of middle order grit and determination from Walmsley Page and Wright who saw Stretford steer towards another steady score of 155 ao.

Skipper Renforth and young gun Taylor looked to make early in roads into the monton battoing line up after the break. Taylor’s left arm over the wicket was economical, going for just 12 off his 5 overs. Whilst Renforth again lead from the front taking two wickets at the top including a impressive catch from young prospect Tuner at cover. With a caught and bowled the second team skipper added to his four the previous week. With Page and Wright refreshed after their battle with the bat they took a newly sanitised ball and went to work with pace and fire. Page bowling 6-13-3 and Wright a short sharp 2-4-1. Including a run out from returning Marshall, Stretford took control. With Turner and Cotton revving up the spin at the end of the innings with Cotton adding to his scalps last week and Turner getting his maiden Senior wicket at Stretford, Monton were dismissed for 85 giving Stretford a 70 run victory. A solid start for the seconds however tough tests to follow for the boys in blue

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Success for Stretford on Week One

With both the 1stXI and 3rd XI picking up victories and the 2ndXI involved in a tie it proved to be a highly successful opening weekend for Stretford’s senior sides. With 85 miles in their legs from last weekends fundraising bike ride we are delighted that two of our cycling hero’s stood out on week one.

Stretford 1sts hosted Swinton Moorside in the first game of the Covid reduced season.
With the ground looking superb, Stretford won the toss and elected to bowl first- the forecast was for rain after four months of lockdown sunshine. There were few new faces in the team despite the lack of cricket. Welcome Rana, Saleem and Aaron Wild. Stretford without any spinner due to the absence of last year’s leading wicket taker Tom Coulson who has gone and got himself a job.

Stretford Captain Ryan Williams opened the bowling with new boy Saleem Akram, they both started well with very few runs scored from the first 8 overs.

With only 15 runs on the board, Benjy Evans (3-18) finally got the important break through with a lovely inswinging delivery to bowl the opening batsman.

Swintons batting lineup collapsed under some very tight bowling from the Stretford attack, all bowlers chipping in with the wickets. Evans and the Doncaster Dynamo Adam Saynor were particularly impressive.

Swinton were bowled out for 84 and Stretford were strong favourites to wrap up the game. With various 2019 batting collapses fresh in the memory it was always going to be a nervous total to get on a wicket which was very slow and low.

Opening partnership of Keeper Matthew Armstrong and Vice Captain Ocean O’Malley steadily but confidently knocked the total of 85 off, both being not out at the end of the innings with Armstrong 49* and O’Malley 23* leading Stretford to a 10 wicket win.

Captain Ryan Williams was pleased with the performance; “it was a great win for the lads especially after a frustrating wait to get the season started, it was good to get out on the field and play in the manner we did. The bowling unit delivered everything I expected. There were a few rusty deliveries however was great to see everyone chip in and contribute. The batting was superb to knock off the total without losing a wicket is always a great showing for the supporters and locals to see. Next week we take on Winton CC again at home so would be great to see faces down on Saturday to support the lads”.

Awaiting Match Reports…..

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Young Talent Shining Bright at the Boundary

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Stretford’s U13s team began their cricket schedule this week with a home friendly vs local rivals Urmston. The team contained an exciting blend of new, young and more experienced but more important; bags of potential.

In a “Pairs” cricket format, where every player bats and bowls, Stretford found themselves in defecit of the starting score of 200 following a difficult opening spell from the Urmston attack however the ship was steadied by the middle order. New all rounder Zayaan scored a sensible 12 runs with youngster Natasha playing a supporting role.

With 4 overs remaining in the first innings Stretford were poised at 227. Skipper Jamie and new partner Evan strode into the middle with purpose. With clear calling, fluent stoke play and positive mentality Stretford pushed the score up to 260. The highlight of the innings was Evan’s Gilchrist-like like slog sweep for 6 over deep mid wicket.

However, Stretford’s work was not complete. Urmston’s long batting order with an abundance of talent was not going to be any easy to subdue. Opening bowler Oliver boosted the young lions hopes with a wicket with fourth ball. A great start.

Natasha also bowled a superb 2 overs bowling Urmston’s opening batsman through the gate with some tricky leg spin. With Urmston 213 after 4 overs victory was not assured. New all rounder Evan, turned up the heat bowling his 12 balls for just 2 runs.

The Stretford attack was nothing short of brilliant. Charlie bowling a very aggressive 2 overs picking up 2 vital wickets in the middle. Despite their inexperience in match situations Eesa and Blake also bowled at a crucial time and managed to bowl to a set plan which showed real maturity at a young age.

As many experts stress you don’t win as individuals you win as a team and throughout the entire innings Stretford’s fielding was in a class of its own. 5 run outs from the team was a vital element of the team’s success and should be applauded and used as our benchmark. Every players application of skills they have learned and practiced came to the fore when the team needed it.

The two “death” bowlers Jamie and Zayaan showed excellence towards the close of the match going for just a net total of 7 runs which woudl help to win any game of cricket.

All in all a fantastic game of cricket played in a safe and friendly environment.

If your child wants to be a part of Stretford’s junior section, we welcome you all to Monday night trainings. We have a special Covid sign up rate and interactive sessions for all age groups.
Robert Renforth

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Week 1 Preview

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It has been so long since Stretford played any cricket that I totally forgot how to write a preview for the upcoming week. I genuinely had to ask management members for a memory jog and yet, there has been so much going on. It shows how much work has been going on behind the scenes that we’ve been totally wrapped up in it. I’m now suitably exercised.

Last weekend a group of hardy and committed members completed a marathon bike ride around 35 GMCL cricket grounds, covering over 70 miles in the process. It was very hard going for the lads but so rewarding at the finish. Delierious head shaking, knowing nods of tiredness and John Wayne sideways shuffling were tell tail signs of just how much of a challenge this proved to be be but we are delighted to say that the fundraising target of £2500.00 is in sight. Thank you to Robert Renforth for pulling this together, all people who took part, helpers and of course everyone who donated.

A large amount of work has gone into getting the club ready to begin the cricket season. I would like to pay tribute to Ian Holding and Phil Spencer who have been ever present during the lockdown keeping the club in tip-top condition. It was clear to see while taking part in the bike ride that our ground is head and shoulders above many in the local area and we all appreciate the hard work they put in. If anyone would like a crash course (sorry poor choice of phrase) in using a mower or strimmer then I am sure they will be pleased for your help even if this was for a couple of hours per week or month.

The club is satisfied that it has met all the requirements to host cricket games and have organised training sessions in a COVID secure environment. The club has purchased temporary changing rooms for players in the form of gazebos and all indoor access to the club other than the disabled toilet is not accesible. The bar is now located outside near to the scorebox and is card only. Coffee, tea, snacks and soft drinks are also available from there. Hand gel is available at the gate, bar and toilets and social distancing signs and markers have been put in place. Spectators are more than welcome at the ground to watch all our cricket but must not gather in groups of more than six people if not from the same household. Please bring your family and friends to enjoy the sun and cricket – they may come as your guest up to two times however we encourage everyone to join the club as a social member! Many thanks to John Grant, John Foulkes and Mary Foulkes for getting the club ready.

An incredible amount of work took place in winter to attract new juniors to the section. Despite the delay in restarting the season we are so pleased to see growing numbers in the junior ranks. We have hit a milestone, 50 members. This may not sound like much but its the start of a rebuilding project. Thanks to efforts by Ruth Cotton, Guy Robinson, Robert Renforth, Tom Coulson, George Riddell, Ben Riddell, Ben Lomax and Matt Armstrong for their committment in delivering quality, safe and enjoyable training sessions. Feedback has been very positive so please spread the word.

Our first junior League fixture takes place on Friday night as the U13s, captained by Jamie Cotton play host to Didsbury from 6pm. The bar will be open again and it what better way to relax on a Friday after work by coming down to support the team?! Many new players will be starting their Stretford journey and making their debuts. Come along and give them a cheer!

While the club has been closed to members and the public we have provided storage and work space for Stretford Food Bank which has been an incredible eye opener. The sheer number of people who dedicate their free time into helping vulnerable members of society is amazing. The organistion involved in providing food to the people in only one area is huge. It (unfortunately) seems that Food Banks are here to stay and while Stretford Food Bank may not be around at the club for much longer we hope we can continue a close partnership in the future.

At the weekend the 1stXI host Swinton Moorside from 1pm on Saturday the 2ndXI play Worsley (at Wythenshawe) On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain South West Manchester. If you fancy a run out Sunday morning the U11s play over the meadows at Ashton on Mersey from 9am. We are pleased to welcome back some old faces and new members to the squads, in particular Munir Khan, who is back from his travels around Oldham. Good luck to the new boys.

All seniors must pay subs by by August 1st to be available for selection. You can pay here and view the subscription policy.

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Cricket Returns to Stretford

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After four months of lockdown, where we’ve all done our bit by doing nothing. The shackles have been broken and Senior Cricket is returning to Stretford!

Confirmation has been received from the ECB and the GMCL that we will be starting on Sat 25th July .

Saturday and Sunday fixtures will be 40 overs per side. Saturday teams will play 10 fixtures in a division of 6 teams playing all home and away. Sunday details due out shortly . Please direct message Guy Robinson ASAP on 07879 623390 to confirm that you will/ will not be playing this season or if you have any questions.

The club will be fllowing all ECB guidlines with hosting fixtures and we will brief all players at the first senior training session which will be July 16th from 6.15pm

The club has introduced a special “COVID” rate for subs set at £60.00. If you have already paid full subs you can request a refund via Liz Armstrong or opt to carry over the credit to next season. If you have already paid Associate rate and or any money for nets you will be required to top up the difference. Please, we encourage all players to do this before teh first match. Match fees will remain at £10.00 because we will still have to pay umpires, scorers, match ball, hand gel. There will be no teas provided so bring your own. Any questions please contact Guy Robinson

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Junior Cricket Update: Numbers up and Coach Development

Despite the lack of actual cricket matches the club is pleased to advise you that controlled Junior training sessions are now into their third week this Monday.

The interest generated by 6 week winter sessions has not been lost as now over 40 children have signed up to attend on Monday. These numbers are fantastic relative to numbers last year and even better when taking into account three months of lockdown.

We are reaching the stage where we would like to encourage keen parents to get involved on the evening, even as far as administration goes, keeping registers or even helping with cricket drills. Anyone who is interested please speak to Guy or Ruth.

Here is a small gallery of pictures taken today when our coaches attended a Coach Development Meeting where ideas, drills and techniques were shared and consolidated ready to deliver quality sessions to our juniors

Keep up the good work and thanks

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Junior Training to Return on June 15

Following my email from last week we have been working with our Coaches, along with recent ECB guidelines to introduce Junior training sessions back at Stretford Cricket Club starting on Monday 15th June 2020.

So that we have an idea of numbers please can you email (sccadmin@stretfordcricketclub.co.uk) to let me know if your child/s would be attending the sessions. We will follow up with phonecalls midweek. Plan is that we have a 1:5 ratio (1 coach with 5 kids) in 5 groups on each Mon evening and the session will be for 1 hour,  each group will stay with the same Coach for the 1 hour and move around to the 5 different stations throughout the session. 

The hour session will be done between hours 6-8pm depending on how many children we have booked on each week but I can confirm when I know from the responses and availability.

If you are interested in attending sessions all we ask is a payment of £20 through the attached link, and there will be no charge of fees on the night of the training. If you have already paid an associate member fee prior to this, a £5 top up will be required to ensure the membership for the training sessions.

https://stretfordcricketclub.co.uk/product-category/membership_stretford/

This fee is only valid for the period of the Covid-19.

All club kit and equipment used will be sanitised throughout the sessions and social distancing will be adhered to at all times.  Parents will be required to stay on site to ensure supervision of their child/s at all times throughout the sessions.

Please ensure they bring their own refreshments, water, drink bottles to the training sessions, as the clubhouse will only be open for toilet facilities -nothing else will be available.

I have also attached a link to the current ECB website on any immediate queries you may have in relation to training/safety of sessions

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1676621/updated-guidance-for-return-to-activity-in-a-club-setting

However from the Club perspective if you do have any concerns, either prior to the training starting on the night – please discuss them with myself as Junior Manager.

Hope to hear from you all soon.

Ruth Cotton, Junior Manager

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Memberships 2020: Renewals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Let’s face it, there is never a good time for a global pandemic and UK lockdown. It came at a very dissapointing time for all friends of Stretford Cricket Club following so much winter work by the members.

We secured funding to relay the square, signed a new kit deal, secured new sponsors and ran a sucessful winter training program for young beginners to bolster numbers in the junior section. We also were looking forward to our overseas players having a big impact with also a couple of new senior playinga additions.

Unfortunately, all that work, the cricket fixtures, training and pre-season work has been on hold and suspended while we wait further news from the ECB and we all make progress along the Government’s lockdown roadmap.

As you have probably realised that we have to work hard to continue to run the club to ensure it is secured for the future and we have all our usual overheads to pay without any of the income from bar sales we rely upon.

Since we have moved beyond May 1st, I must advise all members that their memerbship have now expired and now need to be rewed. We are requesting, and would be very grateful, if all members (senior, junior and social members) renew as an associate member this year at the rate of £15.00.

The Associate Membership will allow you to access the club grounds during lockdown in line with government guidance with a guest however there will be no access to the club house and if you were a full playing member last season and aged over 18 you will be able to vote at the AGM.

As we continue along the COVID-19 road map and details are announced about training we will release details of how training can be carried out and managed at the club safely. If we do play some form of cricket later into the summer we will implement our “pay as you play” rate for senior players. Further details will also be announced about possibel Junior training and cricket matches but at the moment we are following ECB advice fully.

I would like to ask members wanting to renew to head over to our Join Us page to complete an online form in order to update our records. You may pay your Associate Membership online or by arranging a BACS transfer to Stretford Cricket Club (Sort Code 16-32-28 Account Number 12925625 but please use your name as a clear payment reference.

Once again thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the club in the near future

Chris Sharp
Club Secretary