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Life Member, John Fish, dies aged 82

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Life Member, John Fish, has died over last weekend aged 82
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John had a long association with SCC and kindly donated many hours of service to the club over the years where his skills as a plumber were invaluable. He was extremely committed to the club and was instrumental in helping it expand after it moved to the Lesley Road site.

I first met John when I was a junior member at the club around 1998 and I must admit that, at first, his razor sharp forthright views and 365 grey suits were quite scary. As time moved on far from being scared I realised John actually possessed a very dry, Yorkshire wit and loved to talk about future plans for the club and who was doing what.

When we last spoke at the Adrian Fish Junior Trios (a memorial intra club junior tournament for his son Adrian) I informed him that the three containers we have for cricket machinery are rusty, full of holes and beyond repair. I advised him that we had been quoted £1500 just for supply of just one container. Immediately John recoiled in true white rose style and said “that’s too expensive, you want to get one off the back of a lorry”. I walked away to leave John guffawing at his own joke.

On behalf of the club I would like to pass on condolences to Pat, Stuart, Heather, Kath and Gareth and the rest of the family.

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Stretford

Exponents, players, from everywhere else
Plume away from Edge Lane Station to Stretford Mall
To play Bradman’s shots and deliver like Wes Hall
Just wait, and let the sight of this vivid field of green
be the place where dreams become real

Maybe, think, why play anywhere else?

Brooding clouds bound azure skies beyond the door
as worms feast upon rusty autumn leaves
The light merely a stranger upon the shore

Rollers glisten with the biting frost, wholly, untamed
Hopes for the season ornament the darkness
While the heroes of tomorrow wait, as yet, unnamed (with pad rash)

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Stretford’s Co-op Season

Sometime ago the club applied to be selected as a “Local Cause” for support from Co-op. We were notified that we’ve been selected ahead of many applications in the area. We would like to thank Co-op for choosing Stretford Cricket Club.

What does this mean? I hear you ask. Well if you are already a Co-op member and do your shopping there, or have indeed used the funeral services then you will already be helping local causes and I would be grateful if you logged on and selected Stretford as your cause.

If you are not a member, it’s almost free to join on the website (a quid). For every £1.00 spent the club will get 2% paid directly to us. It’s a great way to support the club. Our project will focus on the youngsters in the community and at the club to ensure we remove barriers to physical activity, increase social inclusion, encourage the uptake of cricket and the chance to be part of a wider community.

Please spread the word with friends and family.
https://www.coop.co.uk/local-causes

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Ground Improvement work gathering pace

Our ground Improvement plan is now in full swing. We secured 33k from SUEZ Communities Trust to resurface our uneven playing square and install an astroturf wicket.

Thanks to Chris Sharp who spearheaded the funding bid and took a massive amount of work and time between September 2019 and Feb 2020.

It’s an exciting time for the club as we seek to improve our ground for current members, attract new players and the wider community.

We encourage everyone to help us attract new members and players, there is loads of opportunity at Stretford. We also welcome everyone to hire our astroturf wicket for work and social matches through next season and beyond.

The next stage of the improvement plan will see the arrival of a new heavy roller to maintain the square, two new sightscreens at the north end thanks to Rob Renforth and his exhausted band of sponsored cyclists and a new outdoor bar and patio area for everyone to enjoy the cricket and to free up our lounge bar for functions.

Come and ride the SCC wave and let’s aim as high as we possibly can!

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Club Caps for two Stretford Starlets

Two of Stretford’s rising stars were presented their club caps this week following excellent performances in the 2ndXI.

Jamie Cotton (5/31 v Monton)and Evan Turner (5/44 v Whalley Range) both captured five wicket hauls against senior opposition; outstanding bowling figures for two young spinners. Keep up your hard work lads, we are proud of you and our junior section. Transferring performances from junior matches to senior is a great sign for the future.

The club caps for elite performance are in association with the Stroke Association. A donation has been made of £50 to the association for every cap we give out. Three recent Stretford members have been victims of Stroke and our best wishes go to Rana Saqlain of our senior section for a good recovery.

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Positive Covid Test for Opposition: Club Closed Until Monday 24th August

Unfortunately we have been informed this morning that a player from the opposition 3rd XI senior team fixture last Sunday has been tested positive for COVID 19.
Therefore all use of all club facilities are as now closed until Monday 24th August .
This also means that ALL fixtures both Junior and Senior are cancelled at both home and away venues this weekend .
Because of our strict cleaning policy of the toilets and restricted access to the clubhouse we expect there should be no reason for any alarm .
Anyone who played in that fixture is advised to take a test as is anyone who is showing any symptoms.

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U15s turn up heat on the Range

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Stretford’s U15 team, captained by Adam Taylor, served up a much improved performance, winning by 27 runs, on Tuesday night at home to Whalley Range; a side who had beaten the Boundarymen in their last match.

Stretford batted first opening up with Aaran Sen and Evan Turner and simmered along to 30 without loss from 8 overs; carefully navigating the new ball. Turner produced a selection of nicely timed straight drives and neat cuts before the sharp Ismail took his wicket caught and bowled for 15. Sen, patience personified at one end, was joined by Uwais who instantly used his feet to the Range spinners driving through cover for four on several occasions. As Stretford looked to up the rate Uwais was run out for a run an impressive run a ball 31. With wickets in hand, the scoring rate was brought to the boil by the now set Sen who steamed on to 43 (retired) with sucessive boundaries. Tom Murphy (26*) finished the innings off in style cloberring two sixes and a four and Stretford closed on 120-2 off 20 overs.

The Range reply was bubbling nicely at 48 for 0 from 9 overs with Ismail and Jack up with the rate before Stretford’s spinners turned up the heat. Cotton took an impressive catch at long on off the bowling of Turner (1-16) to dimiss Ismael for 22 and opening partner Jack perished for 24 caught and bowled by Uwais (1-6) to cap an impressive evening. Wickets began to roll as Sen tempted two Range batsmen down the track only for the bails to be removed by keeper Murphy with the batsmen well short of their ground.

Huzaifa (2-3) captured the remaining two wickets to seal a dominant win, in the end, for Stretford by 27 runs.

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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.