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AGM Date Accounced

Thursday 30th January 2020
The Boundary, Lesley Road

PRE EGM 7.30

Proposed Rule Change

Rule 4a – insert “First XI Captain” as a member of management committee with full voting power.

Club Officers 2020

Please use the link to post your nominations. You cannot nominate yourself. To be able to stand for a position you must not be subject to any ban and be fully paid for the year 2019.
Nominations will close one week prior to the AGM. Nominated person will be elected if unopposed if only nomination up to a week before AGM. Nominations for vacant posts will not be
accepted on the night of the AGM however the new committee may co-opt any member following the AGM

Role – Nominated Person (Proposed by/Seconded by)

Vice Chairman
Director of Cricket
Fundraising Chair
Ground Chair
House Chair
Social Chair
Bar Manager
One Other Memeber
Press Officer
Child Welfare Officer
Club Captain
1st XI Vice
2ndXI Captain
2ndXI Vice
3rdXI Captain
3rdXI Vice
Junior Manager
Junior Committee
House Committee
Ground Committee
Fundraising Committee
Social Committee

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True Grit: Australian Leary signs for Stretford and promises to show true fighting spirit

We are delighted to announce that Australian, James Leary has signed for the club for the 2020 season to fill one of our overseas slots. The highly regarded 19 year old from Sydney is an innovative right handed batsman currently playing for UTS North Sydney Bears.

It has been no ordinary journey for James who has already achieved so much at a young age both on and off the pitch. His story is one of defiance, stark realisation and triumph over adversity. His passion for the game has never been brighter and he is intent on giving it his all in trying to achieve his dream.

I’m left feeling humbled very quickly only seconds into our conversation and it becomes clear that this Aussie is someone who thrives with his back to the wall. He has a serious will to win and passion for the game along with with a clear perspective on life that developed early;

“I’m from Sydney and I currently live on the Central Coast in New South Wales. I was born with a heart condition called Aortic Stenosis, which is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. I’ve already had 3 open heart operations in my lifetime when I was one, fifteen and another at the start of 2019.

I live with my Dad and Granddad and have two brothers and two sisters (Duan, Lilly, Kiara and Jezzie) My mum passed away in 2009 when I was 8 and it was about that time I first started playing cricket.”

A young James instantly took to the game of cricket and managed to bag 3/3 off 2 overs and scored 21* retired in his first game. His most cherished moment in cricket as scoring his first century as a 13 year old with his Dad (who is a bloody legend) batting at the other end.

Despite his remarkable duck to water introduction into cricket it was by no means easy. He already overcame a number of odds to begin playing but it was not until his dream was threatened that James began to properly focus on his game

“Dad tried to keep me off the streets as a young kid but I grew up in a really tough area so it was hard up until around 15 when I got into some trouble. I got selected in a touring team to play cricket in Sri Lanka. My Dad had told me that if I ever got into trouble that I would not be able to travel. That was a scary moment and was a bit of a wake up call. I got my head together and needed to be more mature. I got my life on track and completed school and now I’m training exceptionally hard to hopefully one day fulfilling my dream of becoming a professional cricketer. In the end I went on tour and its the only time I’ve ever left Australia but I did score the most runs on that tour including three half centuries at an average of 38 ”

“I love the game, there’s not a day that goes by where I haven’t either trained at the nets or played backyard cricket with my mates, I work very hard on becoming the best cricketer I can be and I hope to bring a focus and will to win to Stretford. I wear my heart on my sleeve and will do anything required to see the team over the line for a win and sing the team song.

“I take my cricket seriously but I love to see people laugh and having fun, I think I’m also very easy to get along with and I love meeting new people, getting to know my teammates and club mates really well. I think my teammates would say that I am a fighter at the crease. I love it when it’s tough and difficult that’s when I bat the best especially when I copping a lot of sledging from the opposition about my unorthodox shots and shot selection I love a celebration when I take a wicket and when our team gets a wicket you will hear my “whoooooo” in the next suburb!”

Over the last few years consistent run scoring has been an issue for the club. The bowling has generally been good and we’ve managed to bowl teams out. I spend a few minutes talking about the club and I ask what he knows already:

“I heard you guys finished third last season and just missed out on promotion however due to a league restructure the standard will be better than last season. So on the field I’m hoping to contribute runs and wickets to drive us up the league and win games. Winning a comp with your teammates has to be the best feeling in the game of cricket! Personally I am setting my targets very high and hope to get a couple of centuries and some wickets!

I briefly tell James about what he can expect in Manchester and at Stretford. I inform him that there is something for everyone whether you like music, sport, art, eating, pubs, clubs but such is his focus on cricket that the conversation again turns to what he can do better;

“Off the field I want to experience some good nights out in Manchester and London. I have a couple of mates from my club in Sydney who play in th Lancashire set up that have told me those places are good for a night out. I’d like to travel a bit to places like Paris, Amsterdam, Ireland and I would like to go to some place with snow. Despite this I do want to start eating a lot more healthier in England than I do in Australia and become a lot fitter than I am at the moment”\ which I think will help my game”

We are looking forward to James joining the Stretford team and can guarantee that he will be well looked after at the club. We wish him luck for the rest of his summer in Australia as our search for new members and players continues.

Join the club here

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Clubmark Complete!

It has taken some pain staking work and a few late nights but I’m pleased that our mid-term Clubmark “Health Check” is complete and signed off by the ECB.

We must not rest on our laurels though! We need to build up our junior section (with link schools, friends of friends, winter nets), recruit more senior players and get more members/parents through some coaching and adult helper courses (all of which we can fund)

Any time that anyone can put back into the club is both needed and appreciated!

If you are thinking about how you can get involved just let us know! Lots of things to get involved with from assisting with the organisation of the junior section, lending some DIY skills in looking after the building, using your green fingers to help on the ground, joining a social committee to arrange some celebrations, doing the odd cricket tea, buying a match ball, sposnoring the club, joining the 100 club, playing a few games, having a drink as a social member………..

I mean, I could go on……..clubmark

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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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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


Madge Sharp

2nd place


Chris Sharp

3rd place


Christine Walsh

All the best


(Chair Stretford Cricket Club)

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April 100 Club Winners

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

It was fantastic to have our first public draw of the 100Club at the official opening of the refurbished pavilion and surrounds on Monday. A great day, with bright but cool weather, saw current and previous members join the Mayor of Trafford in opening the pavilion and then watching a close T20 game where a Stretford Current XI narrowly overcame a Stretford Alumni and guests XI.

100Club results

April 2019

1st place


Jones O’Malley (4)

2nd place


Jones O’Malley (1)

3rd place


V. Armstrong

As you can see, there is no limit to how many entries you or your family have in the 100Club and each one gives you chance of a prize.

Thanks to the new joiners to the club who signed up on Monday – more potential winners and an increased prize fund – and more funds to support the club.

All the best


(Chair Stretford Cricket Club)

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SCC Grand Reopening

SCC in Bloom

 We are holding a grand reopening of the pavilion on Bank Holiday Monday at 1pm. This will be performed by the Mayor of Trafford, Tom Ross. A match will follow at 2pm between a Stretford team and a team of ex Stretford players.

Food will be available and the bar will be open. There will be a raffle with several prizes.

On the day we will be giving playing members and social members the chance to pay their annual subscriptions.

As this is an occasion for all the community, we are presenting the club to new members, especially those with children, who may be seeing the ground for the first time. We offer a fantastic junior cricket experience with cricket for all ages.

We are proud of the advances which we have made to our facilities over the years and ask for your support, by way of subscriptions or donations, to continue to fund this work. Largely due to the generous donations over the years from our Life Members, the ground has seen major improvements. We trust that they will continue to donate generously.

Please make every effort to attend – to support your local club and to meet friends both old and new.

We look forward to seeing you.

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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)