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After all, it all makes sense

Congratulations and good luck to Stretford’s own Arran Sen who had been selected to join Lancashire’s U13 tour of India starting this week.

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Arran is a talented and very hard working all rounder who combines a fluent wristy batting style with bamboozling flighted leg spin and can often be found in our nets practising (probably all day and night if he could).

Huge congratulations to Arran and we hope you enjoy every minute on such a life changing tour of Mumbai! We are proud to have another skilled, committed, and talented youngster coming through the ranks. Keep up your hard work.

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The Lancs U13 tour is a pilot project aimed at the Club’s future Academy cricketers undertaking annual overseas tours.

A 16-strong squad will travel to Mumbai alongside coaching staff and parents to play five fixtures, as well as take to part in a development programme designed to improve their cricket skills in a challenging environment.

The tour is also designed to aid development as people as they partake in charity work by working with the Dharavi Cricket Academy.

The young Red Rose side will also train with the Global Cricket School, a scheme founded to provide a holistic cricket experience that helps cricketers gain the competitive advantage. The facility aims at providing exposure to the differing conditions and skill sets required to succeed in a different continent.

You can follow Lancashire U13s tour on Twitter account on the handle @LancsCricketACA and by visiting lancashirecricket.co.uk

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Join us at Winter Nets

Stretford’s Junior ranks are now two weeks into their winter training  (at Lancashire Indoor Centre on Fridays at 8pm) and now the seniors are ready to begin preparing for a 2019 promotion push when indoor nets begin on February 7th at 8pm.

Start setting your targets for next season, keep your eye in, turn your arm over or show the selectors that you are up for it!

We would appreciate it if you all spread the word about joining thet club to friends, work colleagues or anyone new to the area because we are always looking to boost numbers.

On behalf of your hardworking and devoted management committee I would like to wish you all the best for this year as we push for a return to Division One at the first attempt. I know with maximum effort from everyone we can achieve our target.

Shabaz Sarfraz goes over the top
Shabaz Sarfraz launches a ball over the long on boundary
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January Junior Cricket Training

Our junior winter nets begin on Friday January 4th for twelve weeks from 8-9pm at Lancashire Cricket club indoor centre.
At only £3 per session we cater for all abilities from under 7’s to under 15’s throughout the winter program.
We would love to involve new members so invite your friends to come along.
We look forward to seeing you there and starting our preparations for 2019!

When you arrive look out for Matt Laker who will get you signed in

 

 

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November 100 Club Winners & New Year

Sorry for the delay with announcing the winners of the 100 Club for November. We are currently without a lead fundraiser and promoter for our draw so if you are able to help out please get in touch. In fact we also are short of a Secretary and Social Lead.

The results are as follows:

Winner : D Adamson £110
Second : M Coulson £66
Third : N Mitson £44

As we pass into the new year we will announce the December winners.

All that remains now is to wish you a lucky and healthy 2019! See you on the other side.

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Spreading the Festive Spirit

Free entry alert!!

Don your snazzy jumper and head down to the club on Friday7th December from 7.30pm to celebrate the festive season with your friends and family!

Bargain priced hot food will be available on the night, plenty of fun and games with prizes up for grabs and DJ Mikey Bauble will be spinning the seasonal tunes.

If you wish to enter into the secret santa (£5.00 suggested) or reserve a seat please contact us now

 

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Stretford install Laker as new Junior Manager

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The club is delighted to announce that Matthew Laker has been elected as Junior Manager. Laker himself is a product of our successful junior section and is a long time member. His family has been heavily involved in the club for over 35 years and we are pleased that he wants to oversee a new era for the junior section. Laker has gained his coaching badges with the LCB recently and already has over 2 years experience of working and coaching young people in the county. We hope you will support him in helping to build the section.

After many years of service, Andrew Fletcher is stepping down as Junior Manager. Fletcher guided Stretford’s Junior Section to over 10 trophies and played a key part in developing many youngsters who have gone on to higher levels. We wish to express our thanks for all Andrew’s committment and effort in his role and we are grateful that he has chosen to remain part of the Junior Coaching Team as U13’s Manager.

We are proud to announce that Matt Laker has been installed as Junior Manager to oversee the development of our prestigious junior section. Together with the support of Director of Cricket, Guy Robinson, Laker is eager to make an impression;

The committee and I want our young people to have fun during training and we will bring fresh new ideas to help develop our section and players

Laker is keen to express that it’s not going to be an easy task but is confident that a constant parental engagement project is key to having an effective section;

I will be contacting all members and having regular meetings and updates to properly involve parents. Consulting parents, players and volunteers on some of my ideas and asking them for their views is a priority because we will all have to buy in to move forward.

Laker’s message is clear and one parents and members alike should be excited about;

I want our players to develop and learn new skills from the under 9’s all the way up to our under 19s t20 team within a fun and safe environment that me and my coaching team will be striving to create.

Matt Laker (right) awarded his club cap by Director of Cricket Guy Robinson
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Bonfire Night Spectacular -5th November

“The best local family bonfire in Trafford” – Guy Robinson
“Safe, Spectacular and great value for money” – John Foulkes

Head on down to the club on Monday 5th November from 6pm and enjoy the best local fireworks display around at a great price.
The fire will be list from 6pm and the displays between 7pm and 8pm. Tickets are on sale now online in the events section of our shop, or simplay show up and pay on the gate.
There will be food and drink available at reasonable prices and entry is £5.00 for an adult or £3.00 for a child. Families may gain entry for £15.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

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Friends, Stretfordians, Countrymen, SCC complete signing of batsman Josh Julius

Friends, Stretfordians and Countrymen lend me your ears! It is our pleasure to inform you that we will be welcoming another overseas player for the 2019. Josh Julius is an exciting and very driven Namibian batsman who is currently playing for CCD in the Namibia Premier League. Julius has featured in the national U19 team and continues our proud association with Cricket Namibia, tracing the footsteps of the late great Raymond van Schoor, Namibia legend Craig Williams and current national player Danie van Schoor. We wish Josh all the best for the next season, bid him runs and that he will strive for things impossible.

SCC: Hey Josh, thanks for taking some time to speak to us. We are looking forward to next season and having you in the UK.

JJ: Thank you for giving me the opportunity!! I wanted to get over to the UK the first year after school but unfortunately things didn’t go as planned. So this has been a long time coming and I’m really pumped for it.

SCC: I know you’ve played Namibia U19s so have some experience already but what is your view of Namibia withdrawing from the Cricket South Africa 3 Day and 1 Day Competitions?

JJ: Oh it’s very disappointing. We do not play enough games in Namibia so those competitions make our cricket much better. It’s seriously going to hinder the development of younger players.

SCC: So what’s the idea of your decision to come to the UK?
JJ: I really just want to enjoy my cricket make some runs for Stretford and gain some experience from this journey in a different country

SCC: I like the sound of that. Despite the lack of games though, you must be working hard on your game, I understand you are in the middle of a purple patch with the bat?
JJ: Yeah I want to continue this from into the 50 over competition next weekend and further that to when I come over to the UK 💪🏻💪🏻

SCC: We hope so too!
JJ: I have passed fifty six times and got one hundred this season so far so I want to keep this going and hopefully help CCD improve the league position.

SCC: CCD will certainly be pleased with that form! How long have you been playing and always at CCD?

JJ: I have been playing at CCD for over 10 year now. I joined the club at 12 and loved it ever since.
SCC: What’s good about the club?
JJ: I think it’s the fact that we are a family at the club you know… we care about each other . We don’t have the best facilities unlike the other clubs, but we do our thing. We play cricket hard, like it’s supposed to be played and I enjoy that.
SCC Yeah, like that about CCD being a family club. SCC is built on the same foundation. Everyone gets stuck in.
JJ: Yeah and i like that on and off the field


SCC: Who has been a big influence on you both on and off the pitch?
JJ: Norbet our coach at CCD and he has been my coach from U17 Nam side too. He makes time for everyone and treats people with respect and he is so knowledgeable about the game. He can talk all day about cricket.

SCC: What sort of player are you? Describe yourself on and off the pitch?
JJ: I am the type of player that likes a challenge, always gives 100% and I try and stay cool and calm under pressure. Even if I fail I keep my head up. Off the field really I am just a relaxed guy. I’m chilled; don’t go out much. I’d rather play fifa 😂 with the boys that’s me
SCC: We did hear you were a bit of a FIFA demon. FIFA tournaments are popular when we have rained off matches Stretford
JJ: Nice then i will fit in perfectly😂

SCC: Have you been warned about the weather?
JJ: Yeah rainy,overcast and cold, so said Danie
SCC: Ha……and you still want to come?!
JJ: Yes for sure!
SCC: Brilliant! We look forward to you coming and I know the guys will make you feel welcome. Lets hope for plenty of runs and wins for the team!
JJ: Thanks, really excited and cant wait!

 

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Building Bridges: SCC Sign South African Francoise Stoman

We are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of talented all-rounder Francoise Stoman for the 2019 season. Stoman hails from South Africa and, in signing for Stretford follows in the footsteps of Roelof van der Merwe, Gareth Steenkamp and Erin Ewerts.
He has kindly taken time out from his matriculation celebrations, exam finals and busy cricket schedule to introduce himself to Stretford. We know you will make him feel very welcome as he seeks to develop his game and assist the club with its target of promotion!


SCC: Hi there, thanks for taking some time out to speak to us. Please could you inform our members where you are from and what club you play at. How long you been playing?
FS: I’m Françoise Stoman from Kempton Park in Johannesburg. I have been playing cricket from the age of 6 and playing for Avion Cricket ClFub for 13 seasons and play for Kempton Park High school 1st team and also the captain
SCC: Wow that’s along time to play at one club. Are you quite proud of the club? Does your family have involvement?
FS: Yes it is a long time especially since I’m only 18 years old. Yes the club has a proud history and i’m proud of what it has already accomplished from being on the brink insolvency to winning titles. We are working towards a goal to bring the club back to the top.

SCC: Your family as well?
FS: I have an older brother who was also involved with the club but he moved clubs 2 seasons ago to play at a rival Kempton club. My dad had lots of involvement with the club. He coached my brother up to U14 and was always there for us. In recent years he finished coaching and became more of a supporter. We just need more people to help improve and better the club
SCC: That sounds like a similar story to what we are doing. We need more helpers also. SCC is over 160 years old and we all like to get stuck in and do hard work.

SCC: So what inspires you to continue to improve?
FS: Mostly the drive to accomplish my dreams and to prove people wrong. I love doing the unthinkable and playing cricket gives me the opportunity to do that. I can express myself on and of the field.
SCC: That’s a great attitude and sounds good for someone coming overseas to play. So what sort of player then is coming to Stretford?
FS: I would say I always aim to be a positive player. I think batting and bowling is only about output and that is my focus. I love the longer format because it gives me time to settle at the crease and build.
SCC: Never say die?
FS: Yes I always encourage myself to go until I can’t go further. I don’t like losing but it gives you a better learning experience when you lose that you can use to improve.


SCC: So your a genuine all rounder? Any personal career highlights and team highlights?
FS: A batting all rounder. I played cricket for 12 years and won trophies with teams and individually but it really bugged me that I had not scored a ton. That was tough for me because each year I have set goals for myself and for the most part I achieved them. Finally this season I scored a new school record 213 from 144 balls.

SCC: So you still haven’t scored a ton?!
FS: Hahaha !!
SCC: the team?
FS: Team highlight was winning our tour this year in my final year playing school cricket. The season prior to that was poor so it was nice to finally bag the trophy with a great bunch of lads.

SCC: That’s a fairy tale ending yeah to end your nightmare of not scoring a ton! Some people never get one!! Is this just the beginning for you? What are you hoping to achieve by playing in the UK?
FS: I just cant describe the feeling. Its something I will hold on to until the day I leave the earth. Now I have that milestone I know that I can do it. Having my father present when I scored 200 was special. He has helped me every step of the way for 12 years of playing cricket. Also my coach Johan Fourie who has pushed me this year. He has given me so much in such a short time and to score runs was my way of thanking him for all the advice and input he has given me.

SCC: You are obviously excited about coming to Stretford and the UK? Have you been over before? What are you plans whilst here?
FS: I’m really excited it’s going to be huge for me. I would like to help Stretford gain promotion to a higher league and continue to do what I love. I do have some other hobbies and I’m very exited at the prospect of seeing some live football, especially Chelsea !!!
I’ve never been to UK but have been to other European countries and also Asian countries. I will definitely do some sight seeing and maybe visit the Bridge and hopefully go to watch a cricket game between England and Australia in the Ashes.
SCC: Would you have celebrated Barkley’s 97th minute equaliser right in José’s face?
FS: Is that one of those trick questions?!??!! Most definitely! A Chelsea legend buzzing off to a rival – that’s what you get! 😂 Only joking. It was harsh from the Chelsea staff member but I wont lie, I was over the moon when he scored 😂
SCC: There are a few United fans at Stretford who are not used to things going against them. Mainly the younger lads. It gets quite heated in the bar!
FS: Yes well my brother supports united and it can also get heated at home between the 2 of us 😋

SCC: Haha. I’m sure we can sort out a few football matches. On an unrelated note, what are the three things you would take to a desert island?
FS: Wine gums, Chocolate milk, Women😂😂
SCC: I will stock pile wine gums and chocolate milk for you if you score a 50 every week
FS: Deal!!

SCC: Do you have an elephant in your back garden?
FS: No unfortunately not 😂😂 but we do have ducks 😂😂
SCC: And a lion?
FS
: Also not only 3 brave dogs😂😂
SCC: Are the ducks in the score book last weekend?
FS: 😂😂No we really have 2 ducks and the third is in the book yes 😂😂

SCC: Is there anyone you model your own game on? AB? Or are you much more of a Dean Elgar?
FS: I actually really like the England players. Woakes he is someone I admire. He always enjoys his cricket and loves playing the game. He always puts the team first and that’s what I like mostly. He never quits and always tries his best for his country
SCC: Interesting. Woakes seems to be the ultimate pro and such a nice bloke. If you do half as well as him you will be doing well for yourself and we hope that your stay with us helps you fulfil your dreams. You will have a blast.
FS: Thanks, I can’t wait. It’s nice to know that i’m going to be able to play for a hard working club with fun people with good hearts and great humour. I’m so excited and really looking forward to the UK summer.