On this grey miserable Friday we're going to try and lighten your mood if we can [first_name] - so we have a few things to celebrate for you for starters. Today marks one hundred days until the 100 Years at Grove Road Cricket Week beginning on June 12th, and we have released some interesting sponsorship opportunities to get the local businesses involved to join us in celebrating.
First up though on the schedule is the 100 Year Celebrations Kick Off Party on March 25th - have you got your Peaky Blinders-inspired outfit ready to party like its 1922? Visit the 100 Years section over on the website for the details of all that's going on. You can also go back in time and see what we've been up to over the last hundred years on our timeline here, and if you want to contribtute to this let us know.
Chertsey Win County Playoff - We're Off to the Regionals!
Something to be very happy about this week is that we came, we saw, we conquered the Indoor Surrey Slam Championship - the county edition. For those who were there or viewing at home via the live feed (hi to the 45 of you who joined - some of you even got a shout out - we're looking at you Mr Phil Boast) it was a proud if not strange time, we won a tournament, in February, our first bash at it no less, knocking out some experienced oppo along the way (winners Wimbledon in the quarter final for example) so we should be super proud of how far we have come.
If you want to replay the game visit our friends at T20 Co's YouTube channel at Surrey Indoor League Final: Chertsey V Old Hamptonians or watch the abridged official highlights which went up on the socials and YouTube today (Chertsey v Old Hamptonians County Indoor Final) via our fair hand (so its as carnagey as you'd expect).
To the match. Chertsey batted first - Jake Taylor continuing his electric form with the bat and retiring off 9 balls (we're just glad we were behind some reinforced glass for all the teeing off), and along with Ben Hanger their quick-thinking got the total up to 35 off just two overs, Ben retiring with 27 in the 6th over. Jack Ogle's speedy feet were unlucky not to bag a few more, but at losing his first wicket in the fifth over the score was 67-1 and the hard work had started to make things a bit easier, an incredible par score seeing as the usual is 120-ish after 12. Luke Westcott and Ed Marsh brought up 28 between them and then it was time for Karthik Menon, who deals mostly in 4s and 6s anyway (remember that CPL century last season), so this would be right up his straza. Ed Marsh made him work for his 31 off 15 though, earning a brief respite when the ball got stuck in the hall fittings. Luckily the game was being live-scored (we couldn't keep up) and streamed (hello to the 45-odd of you who tuned in for the game via YouTube - swizzy innit). So after Jake Taylor was allowed back in (as a reward for retirement) he could have another go at trying to break things, and ending on 41 (including four 4s), Chertsey completing their innings on 162-4.
In reply all Chertsey had to do was learn from the semi final and limit the extras, and the trio of Luke Westcott, Ed Marsh, and Ben Hanger kept things tight for the first three overs. Over 5 brought on Jack Ogle, who's rockets bagged him two wickets in his first over and a neat 8 runs in the process. This only encouraged Old Hamps' decline, with wickets three and four coming over the next two overs.
Running out of options and with no retirees to make a reappearance at the end Old Hamps were well behind the eight-ball, and after four run outs in the innings, they were taking risks. They never quite recovered from the slow start, so it was just a matter of whether they would see out the overs or whether Chertsey would bowl them out.
The end came in the last over with the reappearance of Jack Ogle, after two boundaries and via a lightening-quick stumping by wickie Jake Taylor, we could finally celebrate.
Chertsey now move on to the regional finals phase, taking place in Beckenham (Kent's out ground) on Sunday 20th March, where they will take on the outcome of Purley and Ickenham in the quarter final once their county final is decided this coming Sunday, then if we win the the semi final, rather excitingly a trip to Lords is on the cards. Lords, can you imagine? We're not getting too giddy just yet.
Purley and Ickenham's outcome can be followed here: https://ecbindoor6.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_cup?id=57618
First 2022 Sponsorship Packages Released...
We are starting to put together our sponsorship packages for the season (with the 100 Years at Grove Road celebrations featuring heavily):
We are looking for local companies to sponsor one of our four Chertsey Premier League Teams - the Bourne Stars, Meads Enforcers, Grove Armada, and reigning champions Gogmore Knights. Here is the package:
Chertsey Premier League Kit Sponsorship
Price: £500 per team for 2 years minimum
The CPL (Chertsey Premier League) is CCC's take on the Indian Premier League, and attracts all the big names (the services of ex-England International Monty Panesar were secured for the Meads Enforcers last season for example) as well as involving every section of the playing membership. In its 6th season, and to tie in with our 100 Years at Grove Road Celebrations, the competition is excitingly having its own sprinkle of magic. This package is for the shirt sponsorship for a minimum period of 2 years.
100 Years at Grove Road Celebrations Corporate Marquee Hire
Price: £500 per tent
Catch the jewel in the 10 Years at Grove Road week crown, a Chertsey CC XI v the Lords Taverners on Sunday 19th June from the comfort of your own marquee, including refreshments, for you and your guests. The package includes:
If you would like to take advantage of any of these packages, be quick as we've had lots of interest already, contact firstname.lastname@example.org soon as you can.
Dates for Your Diary
25th March - Centenary Celebrations Kick Off Party - bar open from 6pm
7th May - First weekend of League cricket
29th May - CPL Round 1
12th June - 19th June - 100 Cricket Week
26th June - CPL Round 2
10th July - Colts Day
17th July - President's Day
24th July - CPL Round 3
28th August - CPL Round 4
Well, we'll leave you with that little lot.
RIP Shane Warne (1969-1922) - what an innings...