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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.

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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