Now unless you've been out of the loop Claire you will have noticed we will be entering into another bi-annual football torture sorry tournament from Friday evening, Euro 2020 sorry Euro 2021. You can clearly see football is not our first language - but i'm sure by the Czech game on the 22nd we'll be singing Vindaloo with our face fabulously adorned with the St Georges flag.
England's first foray will be this Sunday from 2pm against Croatia (the bar is open from 1pm), and you as a member are very welcome to come and spectate with us, we'll be offering the time-honoured CCC tradition of £2 a pint until the first goal, but as ever there are some rules we need to be mindful of (because where would we be without rules? Yeah there...)
We'll also be showing Wales v Switzerland on Saturday and then Turkey on Wednesday.
Now, back to cricket before we break out in hives.
Opening the Batting
June marks Women's Big Cricket Month and we'll be celebrating our vibrant and increasing ladies and girls sections with gusto.
The Chertsey Ladies are playing more cricket than ever, featuring in three competitions currently. There's the Surrey Slam, consisting of 16-over, short sharp games. The Ladies are in their third year, and currently third in the table in this format. Then there's the Surrey Women's Cricket League Division 2, a longer format (30 overs) and in our Ladies' first outing in this competition, they currently find themselves 2nd in the table. Finally there's the Social League, again, its a first outing after originally joining in 2020. You may be familiar with it - it's the Thursday night T20-fest where they meet the likes of Pirates, Vet Labs, and Marist.
Below are the fixtures for this month, along with results so far, so support them wherever you can. Our big focus game will be this Sunday, which sees the Ladies' inaugural Sunday game at home, hosting Sutton in the league from 2pm.
3rd June - Social League - Ladies 96-3 v Football Club 124-7
Bonnie Edwards 2-12, Mary O'Farrell 21 (ret)
6th June - League - Ladies 50 a/o v Purley 148-6
Amy Bailey 25, Beth Bailey 3-18
10th June - Slam - Ashford v Ladies (A) 6.30pm
13th June - League - v Sutton (H) 2pm
16th June - Slam - Shepperton (A) 6pm
17th June - Social League - Salesians (H) 6pm
20th June - League South Nuffield (A)
27th June - Smash It - Walton (A)
You can find all the info re Women's Big Cricket Month here or using the hashtag #womensbigcricketmonth across social media.
Now, we have been kindly offered by the lovely people at Surrey CC some free tickets for their Vitality Blast & Royal One Day Cup campaigns which we can in turn impart as a members-only perk. The games are as follows:
Monday June 21st – Vitality Blast vs. Essex 6.30pm start
Friday July 30th – Royal London One Day Cup vs Northants 11am start
If you would like a ticket can you let us know by next Tuesday, 15th June, with the amount you'd like (max 4 per person for the T20 to give everyone a go and fill your boots for the One Day Cup). The tickets are on a first come first served basis so please reply to us here at Comms early as you can to avoid disappointment and we'll send the tickets through electronically once we have them (usually a couple of days before the game). Surrey will also have one eye on the June 21st lockdown easing rollout too, and if this gets pushed back, The Essex tickets may be reviewed, just pre-warning.
It was a week to throw praise on the bowling tribe, with the cherry flingers coming up trumps on more than one occasion...
The 4s were over at the Rec facing Woking & Horsell and they started brightly bowling first, Tommy Duffy neatly earning himself 2 wickets in his first over, bagging 4-18 in total over the course of the afternoon. "Beardy" Steve Reynolds found himself on a hat trick and Will Turner and Sam Woolford were the most effective with their catching in the field, Will coming away with two and Sam with three, Sam in particular the difference with one catch a worldly off the bowling of Ed Marsh, (4s bowling W&H out for 78) and going on to carry his bat with 25* once it came to the reply, Will Turner injecting a bit of impetus into things too top scoring with 27, the 4s seeing things home within 20 overs.
The 1s headed over to Croydon to face Trinity Midwhitgiftians, and batting first, Simon Bell ended a good week with 25, but it was 8th & 9th bat Jacob Loveridge and Will Cooper who were prevalent, putting on 69 of the 155 runs accumulated. Trinity started strongly in reply, but once the openers had gone they collapsed and fell to 103 all out, Will Cooper (with another 4-fer) and Jack Ogle cleaning up the middle order and tail between them.
The 3s were over at Westfield facing Woking & Horsell, a ground firmly in our top ten village grounds ever by the way, and bowling first, Joe Clarke finished with figures of 4-19, Sam Stratton narrowly missing out on the best figures spot bagging three and W&H finishing all out for 76. Elliott Bloomfield and David Sloan dropped down from the 2s and fared well, Elliott carrying his bat with 52* and David with 11. The win came within 14 overs and (in name the 3s) joined the 1s at the top of their respective trees.
The 2s faced a strong Sutton side at home which included none other than Ravi Bopara's brother, cementing CCC as the place to be for a demi-celebrity cricketer. Sutton put on over 200, a tough ask, and Cade Skelton excelled with 25* & 3 wickets but the day resulted unfortunately in a loss.
The Ladies headed over to Abbeyfield to take on Purley on a bumper Sunday afternoon. Bowling first, Beth Bailey took a wicket in the first over, going on to take another two in the game to add to the season's total. The Bluebirds' Bronwyn Main bagged a wicket in her first over too and piled on the pressure with her exquisite back of the hand bowling, having multiple shouts turned down throughout her stint. Captain Lorna Bailey was unlucky not to claim another wicket in the last over too, and Purley finished 148-6. In return the Ladies faced some attritional bowling from Purley, Amy Bailey showed patience accumulating 25, Lorna Bailey with the shot of the day, a lovely hook shot to the offside but Purley sadly came away with the win.
Over at the Club the Sunday XI faced The Blues, a team of young Conservatives, and it was a family affair for Chertsey - with Maff Barnes taking the field with brother James and Dad Nick, and Jack Reisch with Dad Felix. Maff & Jack were fresh from playing for the U13s in the morning to make their Sunday debuts in the afternoon - Maff impressing and taking a wicket first ball and Jack batting confidently, out on 10, both coming off to rapturous applause from the CCC crowd for their effort and entertainment. James Harrison, a face not unaccustomed to CCC through our mutual association with Crest Nicholson, made his debut also and went on to top score with 28 and take 2-10, so a productive afternoon, Hugh Aish-Lyons and Connaill Keating also in the wickets with two each. The Blues set 176, not an unassailable Sunday target, but unfortunately it wasn't to be and the Sunday XI were all out for 132.
Thursday 3rd June
U11s 111 a/o v Leatherhead 84-7
Zach Edwards 14, Jasper Henton 2-2
U13s 110-5 v Teddington 147 a/o
Thomas Howles 31 (ret), Barnaby Rowe 30 (ret), Jack Reisch 2-24
U15s v 121-3 v Woking & Horsell 101-7
Alex Fenner-Melham 76*, 2-13, James Barnes 2-26
Saturday 5th June
Surrey Championship - 1st XI 155-9 v Trinity Midwhitgiftians 103 a/o
Will Cooper 35*, 4-32
Surrey Championship - 2nd XI 73 a/o v Sutton 208-6
Cade Skelton 23, 3-35
Surrey Championship - 3rd XI 78-2 v Woking & Horsell 76 a/o
Elliott Bloomfield 56*, Joe Clarke 4-19
Surrey Championship - 4th XI 82-2 v Woking & Horsell 81 a/o
Will Turner 27, Tommy Duffy 4-18
Sunday 6th June
U9s 58-5 v Egham 99-2
U10s 140-15 v Woking & Horsell 147-12
Oscar Toogood 19, Harry Mann 4-9
U12s 99-9 v Weybridge 81-9
Ethan Burrell 24, 3-5
U13s 79-8 v Woking & Horsell 135-5
Dylan Moseley 17, 2-10, Matthew Barnes 2-14
U14s v Valley End
Mark Lemon 31, Josh Fyfe 4-6
Sunday XI 176 a/o v The Blues 132 a/o
James Harrison 28, 2-16, Connaill Keating 2-16, Hugh Aish-Lyons 2-18
Ladies 50 a/o v Purley 148-6
Amy Bailey 25, Beth Bailey 3-18
Wednesday 9th June
U10 dev 68-7 v Shepperton 117-4
U11 dev 26-12 v Kempton 119-9
Alfie Meredith 10, Enan Palmer 4-18
U13 dev v Stoke D'Abernon - Cancelled
U14 dev 105-6 v Pyrford 88
Mickey Grigg 30 (ret), James Pearson 2-6
Thursday 10th June
Social League - Dads Army v Otters 11
Social League - Football Club v Vet Labs
Social League - Pirates v Salesians
Slam - Ladies v Ashford (A) 6.30pm
Friday 11th June
U11 dev v Maori Oxshott
Saturday 12th June
Surrey Championship - 1st XI v Maori Oxshott (H) 12pm
Surrey Championship - 2nd XI v Valley End (A) 12pm
Surrey Championship - 3rd XI v Egham (HRec) 1pm
Surrey Championship - 4th XI v Old Rutlishians (A) 1pm
Sunday 13th June
U9s v Valley End
U10s v Camberley
U13s v Merrow
U14s v Merrow
League - Ladies v Sutton (H) 2pm
Monday 14th June
U11 dev v East Molesey
U12s v Weybridge Vandals
Tuesday 15th June
U15s v Normandy
Wednesday 16th June
U9 dev v Cobham Avorians
Slam - Ladies v Shepperton (A) 6pm
Dates For Your Diary
27th June - CPL Round 2
11th July - Colts Day
18th July - President's Day
25th July - CPL Round 3
29th August - CPL Finals Day
18th September - Colts Dinner
We've been asked in recently weeks where you can find the fixtures for the season. The answer is aside from here each week, the fixtures are online and can be found either at the Match Centre or the Calendar on the website, or Play Cricket.
We're off to find the St George's bunting, it's coming home....