We are now approximately a third of the way through another very busy season and so I thought that it was time for an update of progress to date and to remind you about forthcoming events.
Once again, the Junior Section has been incredibly successful in signing up local children to our ECB-approved coaching scheme, with around 150 kids being taught cricket on the Green across two sessions every Friday evening. Many thanks to all volunteer coaches for their assistance in helping to run this substantial programme which will run for a total of 10 weeks.
Another exciting feature of this season is that our older juniors have started their first competitive cricket and, I’m pleased to report, have so far won 2 out of 2 matches including a recent close-fought win against Hambledon. Congratulations to the players and coaches for such a great start and long may it continue !
World Cup Visit
The whole of the cricketing world is now captivated by the World Cup competition and it was a huge honour for the Club to receive a lengthy visit from the ICC World Cup trophy team last month. We were blessed with fine weather and it was truly extraordinary to have the iconic trophy with us for several hours, giving us the opportunity for many great photos and memories that will stay with Junior and Senior players alike for many years to come.
The day was a great success for the Club in terms of profile, enjoyment of all who attended and also by generating some additional fundraising and I would like to say a very big thank you to Geoff Coombe for taking the lead in pulling the whole day’s activities together. Geoff did an amazing planning job and was very ably assisted on the day by the Social Committee, many other members assisting with parking, BBQ etc, the Hounsham’s amazing new mobile ice cream stall and, not least, Jayne-Ann, who helped to lead the charge in the tea and cake stand ! The stand was stocked with delights which had been baked by a whole army of (some unlikely) chefs and thanks to everyone who contributed towards making the day such a memorable occasion.
The Tilford and Authors sides with the ICC World Cup Trophy
We held a very successful Quiz Night after the first league games of the season and very many thanks to Ben Matthews and the Social Committee plus other helpers for making this such a good evening which also raised a significant amount towards Club funds.
Tilford Fete – Saturday 13th July
This is fast approaching and, as previously mentioned, it’s a case of everyone please:-
- Providing tombola items to Gemma, Jules or Claire who are now actively collecting stuff
- Putting in an hour or two to help us run our stalls on the day
The sooner that we can collect items in, the easier it is to label it up and store it in advance, rather than having a mad rush at the end so please bring along any items that you might have for collection ASAP !
We have made a decent start to filling our tea rota, which is available for viewing on our website www.worldoftilfordcricket.com but we still have some way to go to cover all games. We have also increased our payment to £90 to prepare and clear away tea. If any of you can help or know anyone who might be interested in doing a tea or two for us, then we would be most grateful. The rota shows which dates remain uncovered and who is skippering each game and so please just get in touch with the relevant captain to let him know that you (or others) may be able to help.
We recruited well during the winter and this has been reflected, in particular, in the results of the First Team which lies in a very close second place to Blackheath in Division 1. Unfortunately we saw a rather under-par performance earlier this week which resulted in us being knocked out of the Stephens Cup. We have two crucial away games coming up against Frensham and Blackheath in which positive results would see us building a very strong league position. Our new recruits, George Ellis, Henry Clinton and Steve Fuller have all had a very positive impact which bodes well for the remainder of the season.
Our 2nd XI have already had a couple of wins in an extremely competitive Div 2 and are lying just under halfway. With improved availability in future weeks, there is confidence in their ability to consolidate a healthy league position.
The recently promoted 3rds are also holding their own in Div 6 with an early win under their belts (tight in some cases) and they have been unfortunate, on a couple of occasions, to come up against players who would normally be playing in higher divisions. The new home ground arrangement with Elstead is working very well and we hope to recruit one or two further players into the squad before the end of the season.
Sunday cricket continues to thrive with some top quality fixtures and performances from old hands and new recruits alike. Sundays provide an opportunity for all abilities to play and keep or retain form especially new recruits and those not able to play on any given Saturday. Please continue to support this hugely enjoyable and vital aspect of Tilford cricket!
Thanks, once again, to all of you that have contributed to making the season a success to date and please do continue to support the Club in any way that you can, examples of which are :
- Tea rota – slots still to be filled
- Tilford Fete (13th July) – donating prizes and manning the stalls
- Juniors coaching – slots to be filled
- Making yourself available on Saturdays and/or Sundays
I look forward to seeing you on the Green.