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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 ยฃ5.00 for an adult or ยฃ3.00 for a child. Families may gain entry for ยฃ15.00 (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.ย 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 ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 perfectly๐Ÿ˜‚

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 Franรงoise 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 Josรฉ’s face?
FS: Is that one of those trick questions?!??!! Most definitely! A Chelsea legend buzzing off to a rival โ€“ that’s what you get! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Only joking. It was harsh from the Chelsea staff member but I wont lie, I was over the moon when he scored ๐Ÿ˜‚
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 ๐Ÿ˜‹

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, Women๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ but we do have ducks ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
SCC: And a lion?
FS
: Also not only 3 brave dogs๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
SCC: Are the ducks in the score book last weekend?
FS: ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚No we really have 2 ducks and the third is in the book yes ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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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Smith Solves England Opener Crisis

The country’s Cricket’s Chief Selector, baseball loving hooray Henry, Edward Smith, has pitched the ultimate curve ball following the retirement of nabuchadnezzar run getter Alistair Cook by announcing that he is set to scrap using opening batsman.

Since the retirement of Strauss, England have discarded opening batsmen like used toilet paper, each player ending up soiled and flushed back down into the country cistern. Ironically, used toilet paper amongst the runs more than one of Strauss’s replacements.

A cursory look down the county statistics to find out who may be the next uber driver off the app tells a sorry tale. Once billed as the new Michael Atherton, Haseeb Hameed averages only 5 more runs than walking wicket Fidel Edwards at 9 runs per innings this season.

Smith has acknowledged that some players may have had a raw deal. Nick Compton enjoyed some sucess but was deemed “too slow”. Modern cricket fans don’t want to drive a Volvo if there is a cheap lease deal available on something more sporty like a champagne coloured Vauxhall Omega.

Smith has taken the bold step of allowing England’s number 3 and 4 to start off the innnings with England opting to bolster the lower order with a new number 12 and 13.
The line up will get its debut outing in a trial 100 ball match, the new ECB concept deisgned to move the game on to the next generation. The date of the game will be decided when ECB Chair Colin Graves has copied the rules off the back of his fag packet.

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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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Stretford Upset Applecart as Jaffer Squeezed Again

Stretford continued their fine form in recording a powerful 122 run victory away against fiscally stimulated Walshaw on Saturday.

From the moment Corey Fagen helped Ali’s first ball out the ground there was a sense of excitement that iCare sposnored Stretford could take advantage of a short boundary, solid wicket, rapid field, previously beaten opposition, heightened belief, underdog spirit and a lost ball; truly a perfect a storm.

Stretford piled on runs as quickly as a a retired footballer gains pounds. Corey Fagan again weighed in with a 119 from only 60 balls. Walshaw simply had no answer to Fagan’s relentless stroke play, hitting nine fours and nice sixes and instantly damaging Walshaw’s confidence

Despite Fagan’s fireworks it was fellow Australian country boy Dillen Watson who controlled the remainder of the innings falling five short of his own richly deserved century.

Close friends Fagan and Watson have proven a big hit for Stretford and it was fitting that they were batting together when Fagan passed 100 for the first time, building a 110 run partnership in the process.

Adding to his half century against high flying Greenfield, Matt Armstrong chipped in with 47 during another 100 run partnership with Watson and provided a welcome return to form for the promising U19 captain.

Even the presence of ex-India Test match batsman Wasim Jaffer in the Walshaw ranks could not prevent Stretford amassing 316/7 who stood motionless at mid wicket as cricket balls whizzed by.

It was a day to forget for the Walshaw bowlers. Australian Weal took three wickets for a hefty 83 runs and Ali was swatted for 98 off 15 overs. Only Leg Spinner Khan, who did not play in the previous cup game, returned an economy rate below 5 runs per over finishing with 2 for 65 off 15 overs.

Walshaw showed a a distinct lack of intent in their reply however Stretford’s bowlers, especially skipper Benjy Evans, were able to extract more life out of a docile pitch than that of the opposition.

Walshaw slumped to 30 for 3 with Evans outstanding. Bhojani gloved a rising delivery from Evans behind for a sedate 11, Grant found the leading edge of the dangerous McClung who was caught at mid off for 12 and Khan steered a catch to Sarfraz at gully off Evans.

Walshaw were now in a massive hole and Jaffer showed his world class talent in dominating in a 70 run partnership between himself and Greer who fell for 13. Wickets tumbled but Jaffer seemed impregnable. He serenely passed his century but Stretford chipped away at the other batsmen cleverly attempting to starve him of strike. Indeed Stretford limited Jaffer to 77 balls but still had the time to stroke 13 fours and five sixes before holing out to deep mid wicket for an average bolstering yet impressive 111 off Grant.

Benjy Evans was the chief destroyer for Stretford who picked up 4-40 and Alex Grant’s purple patch continues taking 3 for 49. The pair have formed a formidable opening partnership and have now taken 25 wickets between them against some quality oppositions.

More hard work is required to move up the league table however the brand of exciting and spirited cricket being played by such a young side is heartening

Stretford’s 2ndXI lost at home to Dukinfield by 51 runs however Matt Laker turned in a brilliant all round performance taking 6 for 47 with the ball and scoring 79 runs with the bat.

Next week the first team travel to Heyside and the second team host Unsworth.

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Grant & Fagan Star as SCC ease past Brooksbottom

20180526_184402Stretford’s 1st XI made short work of beating Brooksbottom by 7 wickets on Saturday and secured a third win in five games in the process.

It was another magical day for Alex Grant & Corey Fagan, both producing match winning performances against a side boasting two of the league leading run scorers.

Skipper, Benjy Evans removed the dangerous Quereshi without scoring and strangled Brooksbottom’s run rate with figures of 1 for 12 off 8 overs. Brooksbottom slipped to 42-4 when Grant had overseas player Bonavia caught behind and then trapped run machine Gower LBW. Despite a battling 38 from Hopton, Brooksbottom continued to lose wickets without showing any determination to bat their allotted overs. The gregarious Grant claimed 5 wickets for 26 and Corey Fagan chipped in with a further three wickets. Brooksbottom were rolled out for 89 with 18 overs remaining.

Stretford gained a bonus point by chasing down Brooksbottom’s meagre total with the loss of only 3 wickets. Corey Fagan punished the hosts dismal fielding by blasting four sixes and seven fours. His 66 not out was far from being blemish free but was essential in securing the victory while the merry-go-round of batsmen at the top of the order continues to spin around him. Stretford reached 90 for 3 from only 16 overs.

Stretford travel to mid-table Walshaw next weekend with increased confidence while the second team host Dukinfield.

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Grant & Fagan ensures lovely day for Stretford as Stayley wither in the sunshine

Stretford added a league win to their impressive victory over Walshaw in the cup when they recorded a confidence boosting 4 wicket victory over Stayley on a glorious Saturday.

After winning the toss, Stayley, enjoyed some good fortune in reaching 29 before Bird edged behind for the first of Alex Grant’s five wickets. Peter Skuse fell just prior to the first drinks break for a kitchen sink style for 47 when he was stumped off the bowling off Fagan with the score on 62.

In the face of some gargantuan hitting from Ahmed (58) Stretford’s lines and lengths became more disciplined and proved too much for Stayley. Ahmed was brilliant run out by Tom Coulson who threw down the stumps at the none-strikers end which provided a vital turning point. Along with a wonderful catch by Matt Armstrong, tumbling one handed down leg side behind the stumps off Grant.

On a small ground with a rapid field, Grant finished with figures 5-55, his second first team five wicket haul. The popular Grant has endured a lengthy spell on the side lines through injury and was impressive particularly in the second half of his spell, beating the bat on numerous occasions.

Although being hit for 5 sixes, Corey Fagan returned figures of 2-44 and miserly skipper Benjy Evans 1-32 off 12 overs.

Important contributions from Dillen Watson (28*) and Ben Riddell (16) guided Stretford home with 16 overs remaining but a blistering 76 from 59 balls from Corey Fagan damaged a shell-shocked Stayley early in the 2nd innings after Stretford slipped to 30 for 2. His 70 run partnership with O’Malley proved pivotal in securing victory.

Perhaps the most important moment in the match was a dropped catch by M Rehamn who spilled Fagan on 30 at mid-off. These momentary lapses from such an undoubted talent will frustrate the Stretford faithful who will be wanting more from Fagan who had a brilliant hundred in the palm of his hand.

Next week Stretford will be looking to continue their good form against Royton at home to make it 3 wins in 4 games

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Weems Wipes Out Walshaw

Stretford’s 1st XI bounced back in style following a difficult start to the league campaign with a thrilling 9 run victory against an affluent Walshaw side, featuring ex-India Test Batsman Wasim Jaffer, in the Per Fit Windows Cup on Sunday.
Batting first, an understrength, Stretford again failed to bat all their allotted overs however amassed an impressive 205. Corey Fagan hit 71 and there were also useful contributions from Tom Coulson (24) Dillen Watson (21) and debutant Ebrahima Shaikh (20)

In reply Walshaw slumped to 65-5 thanks with Benjy Evans, Kamran Hussain and Corey Fagan in the wickets. An 80 run partnership was broken by Joe Weems who uprooted Wasim Jaffer’s off stump for 86. Weems continued his aggression and captured his first five wicket haul for the 1st XI, finishing with figures of 9 overs 5 for 52.

Walshaw were bowled out for 196 on a glorious day for Stretford who will hope to have more players available in the coming weeks in an effort to improve their league form.