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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…..

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Junior Cricket Update: Numbers up and Coach Development

Despite the lack of actual cricket matches the club is pleased to advise you that controlled Junior training sessions are now into their third week this Monday.

The interest generated by 6 week winter sessions has not been lost as now over 40 children have signed up to attend on Monday. These numbers are fantastic relative to numbers last year and even better when taking into account three months of lockdown.

We are reaching the stage where we would like to encourage keen parents to get involved on the evening, even as far as administration goes, keeping registers or even helping with cricket drills. Anyone who is interested please speak to Guy or Ruth.

Here is a small gallery of pictures taken today when our coaches attended a Coach Development Meeting where ideas, drills and techniques were shared and consolidated ready to deliver quality sessions to our juniors

Keep up the good work and thanks

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Junior Training to Return on June 15

Following my email from last week we have been working with our Coaches, along with recent ECB guidelines to introduce Junior training sessions back at Stretford Cricket Club starting on Monday 15th June 2020.

So that we have an idea of numbers please can you email ( to let me know if your child/s would be attending the sessions. We will follow up with phonecalls midweek. Plan is that we have a 1:5 ratio (1 coach with 5 kids) in 5 groups on each Mon evening and the session will be for 1 hour,  each group will stay with the same Coach for the 1 hour and move around to the 5 different stations throughout the session. 

The hour session will be done between hours 6-8pm depending on how many children we have booked on each week but I can confirm when I know from the responses and availability.

If you are interested in attending sessions all we ask is a payment of £20 through the attached link, and there will be no charge of fees on the night of the training. If you have already paid an associate member fee prior to this, a £5 top up will be required to ensure the membership for the training sessions.

This fee is only valid for the period of the Covid-19.

All club kit and equipment used will be sanitised throughout the sessions and social distancing will be adhered to at all times.  Parents will be required to stay on site to ensure supervision of their child/s at all times throughout the sessions.

Please ensure they bring their own refreshments, water, drink bottles to the training sessions, as the clubhouse will only be open for toilet facilities -nothing else will be available.

I have also attached a link to the current ECB website on any immediate queries you may have in relation to training/safety of sessions

However from the Club perspective if you do have any concerns, either prior to the training starting on the night – please discuss them with myself as Junior Manager.

Hope to hear from you all soon.

Ruth Cotton, Junior Manager

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Memberships 2020: Renewals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Let’s face it, there is never a good time for a global pandemic and UK lockdown. It came at a very dissapointing time for all friends of Stretford Cricket Club following so much winter work by the members.

We secured funding to relay the square, signed a new kit deal, secured new sponsors and ran a sucessful winter training program for young beginners to bolster numbers in the junior section. We also were looking forward to our overseas players having a big impact with also a couple of new senior playinga additions.

Unfortunately, all that work, the cricket fixtures, training and pre-season work has been on hold and suspended while we wait further news from the ECB and we all make progress along the Government’s lockdown roadmap.

As you have probably realised that we have to work hard to continue to run the club to ensure it is secured for the future and we have all our usual overheads to pay without any of the income from bar sales we rely upon.

Since we have moved beyond May 1st, I must advise all members that their memerbship have now expired and now need to be rewed. We are requesting, and would be very grateful, if all members (senior, junior and social members) renew as an associate member this year at the rate of £15.00.

The Associate Membership will allow you to access the club grounds during lockdown in line with government guidance with a guest however there will be no access to the club house and if you were a full playing member last season and aged over 18 you will be able to vote at the AGM.

As we continue along the COVID-19 road map and details are announced about training we will release details of how training can be carried out and managed at the club safely. If we do play some form of cricket later into the summer we will implement our “pay as you play” rate for senior players. Further details will also be announced about possibel Junior training and cricket matches but at the moment we are following ECB advice fully.

I would like to ask members wanting to renew to head over to our Join Us page to complete an online form in order to update our records. You may pay your Associate Membership online or by arranging a BACS transfer to Stretford Cricket Club (Sort Code 16-32-28 Account Number 12925625 but please use your name as a clear payment reference.

Once again thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the club in the near future

Chris Sharp
Club Secretary