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Thumbs up for Tom and Usman as Awards Flood In

2019 was a season filled with promise for Stretford. There were highs and lows for a young side containing only one veteran. Finishing third was a good solid achievement for the club.

A hightlight for Stretford were the consistently excellent performances by home-grown off spinner Thomas Coulson who has been in the awards with the GMCL now the season has ended.

GMCL give awards at the end of season dinner for the best performing players in each Division (cup matches not included). These are given for best performance by players playing over 50% of the season’s games in that Division, which for the Saturday Competition is 12 games, Sunday Prem, Div 1 & Div 2 is 10 games, Sunday A, B, C & D is 7 games or pro rata where the number of games is different.
Named Professionals, Overseas Professionals and Overseas Amateurs are not included in the awards.

Thomas collected the best bowler award after amassing an amazing 56 wickets at 6.98 and also was named Div 2A Most Valuable Player. The MVP is calculated using an algorithm with the Cric HQ Scording and Results System and allocates points based on the value of the individual performance in each game.

Winning the MVP award is hugely impressive and was secured when Coulson stole a march on his team mate Ryan Williams towards the end of the season who was in the running all year along with the likes of Barnes of Edenfield and Dangerous Danny Hawthorne of Ashton.

Sunday superstar Usman Hassan was also in the awards and very much the  stand out performer in the Sunday 3rd XI. Usman is unavailable to play on Saturdays due to other committments however demonstrates that he is a class above.

Usman smashed 348 runs at 43.5 and also won the fielding award for good measure plucking 8 catches.

Congratulations Tom and Usman, I hope 2020 is just as good.

 

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September 100 Club Results

September 100 Club Results

The club has been hosting the Urmston Pub Quiz for the last three Thursdays – with one more week to go before the pub reopens. It woudl be nice to see a few SCC teams taking part on final week next week from 8.30pm

Quizmaster Dave pulled the names from the hat and i’m quite frankly outraged that Margaret Sharp hasn’t won again!

1st Myra Turner £117.50
2nd Gary Armstrong £70.50
3rd Andy Fazakerley £47.00

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and if you fancy joing the 100 Club and winning cash please let us know

I thankyou

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Stretford bid to level Playing Field

We all know the club has its points of excellence; great people yes, picturesque semi rural setting yes – Manchester Craft Lager yes. However, beyond the imperious iron gates, the seductive blue and gold bordered patio (which is ripe for a BBQ in the sunshine) and the expertly extended pavilion we still believe that we must continue to work and develop your club.

If over the last season you have been the victim of a ball which has shot along the ground, or dodged a ball that has leapt from a good length, or if you prefer to blame the pitch for your dismissal instead of your shot selection, or if the wicket hasn’t been flattened that week because the heavy roller is leaking oil then listen up; we hear you!

Let me lift the lid on how the ground desperately needs investment and what we plan to do about it because of course we recognise that due to the nature of the land upon which we are built the playing surface requires attention due to subsidence. We also know that the machinery we use to maintain the square is older than the groundsman himself. If the opposition request that the pitch be rolled at tea there are only a handful of people who even know how to start the heavy roller further more how to stop it by wedging a cricket stump into the engine. This just wont do! We want inclusion for everyone!

To this end the club is pleased to announce that we launched an ambitious project to secure £45000 funding from the SUEZ Communities Fund in order to refurbish the playing square, invest in new grounds maintenance machinery and plant a perimeter hedge to replace the concrete wall. The plan also includes the installation of a state of the art artificial wicket at the east end of the square to open up opportunities for hire-outs and community use whatever the weather.

SUEZ Communities Trust is an independent, not for profit funding organisation dedicated to making lasting improvements to community life and the natural environment. The Trust is a registered Environmental Body through the Landfill Communities Fund and an Approved Body through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

SUEZ Communities Trust distributes funds contributed by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

The Trust’s funding programmes are designed to improve a broad range of publicly accessible amenities which benefit a wide cross section of the community.  Whether improving a local play area or a nationally significant historic building, each project has the potential to transform the community in which it is based

The refurbished playing square will encourage better cricket and open up the playing of cricket to the wider general public and young people in Trafford. If we are successful in securing funding the work would begin towards the end of August 2020 and we would seek to play the final few home games at a different venue. The club will look to off set any costs and loss of income by utilising the outfield for a music and beer festival, a family fun day and other social activities.

There is a small team working on the project and the club now has ten weeks to submit a final bid having it made it through to round two last week. We will keep you posted on developments.

In the meantime I would be grateful if as many members as possible encourage people to use the club for a function and to take advantage of our very competitive bar prices. We will be required to find 10% of the funding towards the project ourselves so we need the money!!

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August 100 Club

100 Club Winners August 2019

Well done to this month’s 100 Club winners and thank you to everyone who takes part.

This weekend saw the end of the playing season for the 1XI and 2XI, with wins for both, and just one more weekend for the 3XIs to fit in two rearranged fixtures. So we had August’s draw at the senior end of season presentation night on Saturday. The 1XI secured 3rd place in their division and mid-table for the 2XI and the players celebrated players-player, top batsmen and top bowler in each team.

The Players-Players for 1XI, 2XI and 3XI drew the winning numbers from the bag – and some of the winnings was spent at the bar during the evening 😊

It is not just the club socials and presentation nights that go on at the club, we have been hired out for a range of events including birthday and Christening parties. With the playing season over, the club is available weekends and in the week – so if you need a venue please do get in touch.

If you know of a group that could use our fantastic facilities during the day in the week or over the winter period then please do let me know.

100Club results

August 2019

1st place

£117.50

Jones O’Malley (1)

2nd place

£70.50

T. Riddell

3rd place

£47.00

B. Evans

All the best

Gary

(Chair Stretford Cricket Club)

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June 100 Club Winners

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.

100Club results

June 2019

1st place

£117.50

Madge Sharp

2nd place

£70.50

Chris Sharp

3rd place

£47.00

Christine Walsh

All the best

Gary

(Chair Stretford Cricket Club)

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Stretford March on to Semi-Finals

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

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Sen spell sends D&D down the River

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!!

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Bem-vindo ao clube: SCC sign Miguel Stoman

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!

rpt

 

 

 

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So far so good: Doc’s early season review

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.
Cheers
Guy