Stretford has always been a club with rich family links: from the Barlow bros and the School of Fishes to the Dutton dynasty to the Sharp Triplets. Well now we are pleased to welcome Miguel Stoman to the club. Just for the sake of clarity, he is the older brother of Francoise who currently bats four in the Stretford First XI (but that’s the final time we will mention the link)
Miguel,a genuine all rounder has played cricket previously in the UK for Didcot in Oxford and until recently, Southport & Birkdale and will add another layer of depth to our squads.
“I am delighted at having the chance to play at Stretford. The members and players have been very friendly and welcoming”
“I hope to play as much cricket as I can for Stretford and contribute to as many wins as possible.”
“I am looking forward to getting started and joining the team on Thursday. I have some catching up to do with runs and wickets but with hard work I’m confident. I’m also lagging behind with the number of rounds of beer I’ve bought. I hope to contribute off the pitch as well and also round the club!”
We hope you make Miguel feel at home and wish him look for the season!
I am really happy at how the first 6 weeks of the season has started .
The club now is one of the most attractive clubs in the GMCL with its pavillion complete and with the new introduction of the new patio viewing area.
On the field the 3 senior teams have started the season with a positive attitude and so the results and performances have generally been excellent. The first team have won 4 out of their first 6 games with one wash out so the signs are good. With hard work we can compete at top of the league. The atmosphere amongst the players is good and I can see confidence is growing.
New members Ryan Williams,Rich Masterson,Adam Saynor and our new overseas amateur Francoise Stoman have both contributed on and off the pitch.
The Junior section is now in the very capable hands of Thomas Coulson and Ruth Cotton who have brought stability and organisation to the section.
We are getting more juniors joining every week and after hosting the All Stars Cricket Day and the Trafford primary schools Kwik Cricket festival in the last 2 weeks we are expecting more new players.
The club is vibrant at the moment and we welcome any new playing or non playing members with open arms.
We are hosting a ‘FAMILY FUN DAY’ in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Mc Millan Support and we would love to see as many of you as possible at the club on Bank Holiday Monday from 12pm to support such a worthy cause.
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.
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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.
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.
The club is sad to report that stalwart Phil Laker has passed away.
The family have advised that the funeral service will take place on Thursday the 18th at Manchester crematorium at 11.00. After the service there will be a get together back at the club. Our deepest thoughts and condolences to the Laker family at time.
Following the departure of Matt Laker from his role as Junior Manager the club is pleased to announce that it has moved quickly to install Thomas Coulson and Ruth Cotton as leads of the Junior Section.
“I am super proud to be appointed as head of the Junior Section along with Ruth” said a beaming Coulson who can’t wait to get started.
“I am well aware that the task ahead is a huge one but I’ve played at Stretford for many years and I realise the importance of the junior section so I am determined to make a success of the job. We will at least try our best!”
Already the new duo are looking ahead “We have a few ideas even at this early stage which will see the juniors evolve as players and individuals. We want to see players stand up and play to their strengths which will help them push for teams above their age groups and into senior cricket. We want the players to test themselves physically and mentally to better understand their game”
Coulson stressess the importance of team work and how its been important at Stretford. “Stretford’s Junior Section has been very successful over many years thanks to the efforts of our own members. This is something that we want to continue. We want to appeal to all members to give our team of coaches full support from helping with games, or at training even if that means setting up the ground or making a few cups of tea for opposition players. We all will need to work together to build the section”.
Ruth, who by day runs Lancashire’s indoor centre, has plans to improve the organisation, infrastructure and commmunication within the section not least by increasing the number of qualified coaches and coach support workers. If anyone is interested in these courses please contact us.
Director of Cricket, Guy Robinson is also pleased with the new team. “on behalf of the club I would like to wish Tom and Ruth good luck and I know they can rely on everyone to give them the full support needed in the role. Onwards and upwards”
Congratulations and good luck to Stretford’s own Arran Sen who had been selected to join Lancashire’s U13 tour of India starting this week.
Arran is a talented and very hard working all rounder who combines a fluent wristy batting style with bamboozling flighted leg spin and can often be found in our nets practising (probably all day and night if he could).
Huge congratulations to Arran and we hope you enjoy every minute on such a life changing tour of Mumbai! We are proud to have another skilled, committed, and talented youngster coming through the ranks. Keep up your hard work.
The Lancs U13 tour is a pilot project aimed at the Club’s future Academy cricketers undertaking annual overseas tours.
A 16-strong squad will travel to Mumbai alongside coaching staff and parents to play five fixtures, as well as take to part in a development programme designed to improve their cricket skills in a challenging environment.
The tour is also designed to aid development as people as they partake in charity work by working with the Dharavi Cricket Academy.
The young Red Rose side will also train with the Global Cricket School, a scheme founded to provide a holistic cricket experience that helps cricketers gain the competitive advantage. The facility aims at providing exposure to the differing conditions and skill sets required to succeed in a different continent.
You can follow Lancashire U13s tour on Twitter account on the handle @LancsCricketACAand by visiting lancashirecricket.co.uk
Stretford’s Junior ranks are now two weeks into their winter training (at Lancashire Indoor Centre on Fridays at 8pm) and now the seniors are ready to begin preparing for a 2019 promotion push when indoor nets begin on February 7th at 8pm.
Start setting your targets for next season, keep your eye in, turn your arm over or show the selectors that you are up for it!
We would appreciate it if you all spread the word about joining thet club to friends, work colleagues or anyone new to the area because we are always looking to boost numbers.
On behalf of your hardworking and devoted management committee I would like to wish you all the best for this year as we push for a return to Division One at the first attempt. I know with maximum effort from everyone we can achieve our target.
Saturday 25th May @13:30 – League Games
1st XI v Ashton CC (A)
2nd Xi v Bolton Indians (H)
Monday 27th May from 13:00Cancer Care & Macmillan Charity Fun Day
Gates open 1pm & T20 starts at 14:00
See website for details
Friday 31st May @ 17:30 T20 Cup
1stXI v Winton (H)
Sat 1st June @ 13:00 League
1st XI v Denton West (H)