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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.

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June and July 100 Club Winners

The 100 Club has been drawn. Well done to the winners!!
Please note our Treasurer, Liz Armstrong, is away for a week but will deal with the distribution of prizes on her return.

The 100 Club is a vital source of income for the club and all money we receive will enable us to develop our facilities and safeguard the future of cricket for everyone in Stretford, Old Trafford and Gorse Hill for years to come. If you or your friends would like to join please get in touch.

If any current players are unable to devote time to taking up a cricket or management position this is a great way of getting involved! Just a tenner per month and now you have more chance of winning!

 

CLUB 100 WINNERS (2)

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Welcome to Stretford Cricket Club

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Stretford CC is as a founder member of the Greater Manchester Cricket league (GMCL) but our history dates back to 1857!

We are a friendly welcoming club and pride ourselves on the development of our club from juniors to facilities.

The excellence of our junior development and commitment to highest standards were recognised when we were one of the first clubs in Lancashire to become Clubmark accredited.We have a first, second & third and a Sunday Friendly team in the GMCL as well as T20 and over 40’s cricket.

New members are always welcome whether they want to play Senior or Junior cricket or join as a non-playing Associate member.

Stretford CC are also a centre for the ECB All Stars cricket in initiative for 5-8 year olds.

To get in contact, please head over to the contact page and fill in your details. Thank you!

Shabaz Sarfraz goes over the top
Shabaz Sarfraz launches a ball over the long on boundary