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Life Member, John Fish, dies aged 82

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Life Member, John Fish, has died over last weekend aged 82
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John had a long association with SCC and kindly donated many hours of service to the club over the years where his skills as a plumber were invaluable. He was extremely committed to the club and was instrumental in helping it expand after it moved to the Lesley Road site.

I first met John when I was a junior member at the club around 1998 and I must admit that, at first, his razor sharp forthright views and 365 grey suits were quite scary. As time moved on far from being scared I realised John actually possessed a very dry, Yorkshire wit and loved to talk about future plans for the club and who was doing what.

When we last spoke at the Adrian Fish Junior Trios (a memorial intra club junior tournament for his son Adrian) I informed him that the three containers we have for cricket machinery are rusty, full of holes and beyond repair. I advised him that we had been quoted £1500 just for supply of just one container. Immediately John recoiled in true white rose style and said “that’s too expensive, you want to get one off the back of a lorry”. I walked away to leave John guffawing at his own joke.

On behalf of the club I would like to pass on condolences to Pat, Stuart, Heather, Kath and Gareth and the rest of the family.

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Stretford’s Co-op Season

Sometime ago the club applied to be selected as a “Local Cause” for support from Co-op. We were notified that we’ve been selected ahead of many applications in the area. We would like to thank Co-op for choosing Stretford Cricket Club.

What does this mean? I hear you ask. Well if you are already a Co-op member and do your shopping there, or have indeed used the funeral services then you will already be helping local causes and I would be grateful if you logged on and selected Stretford as your cause.

If you are not a member, it’s almost free to join on the website (a quid). For every £1.00 spent the club will get 2% paid directly to us. It’s a great way to support the club. Our project will focus on the youngsters in the community and at the club to ensure we remove barriers to physical activity, increase social inclusion, encourage the uptake of cricket and the chance to be part of a wider community.

Please spread the word with friends and family.
https://www.coop.co.uk/local-causes

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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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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…..