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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

£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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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

£110

Jones O’Malley (4)

2nd place

£66

Jones O’Malley (1)

3rd place

£44

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

Gary

(Chair Stretford Cricket Club)

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SCC Grand Reopening

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 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)

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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.