Well that's another week nearer to being Covid restriction-free ticked off - from next Monday we can go to a sauna, celebrate a life event (getting a new pair of jogging bottoms count?) with 30 people (no dancing, that'll save us Cllr Nuti's shape throwing thankfully). The biggie though is you can go inside a pub. Halla-bloomin-loo-yah. But. At the time of going to press we are still waiting on the ECB guidance with regards to spectators so at the moment we're putting the bar opening of 17th May on ice until we're given the nod before we throw open the doors.
Opening the Batting
In the meantime have you reserved your space for our ladies & girls session next Monday evening from 6pm? We will have two fun activities for you - we'll be easing you in with some fun drills to show you what its all about. You just need to be 12 or over, and no experience is required (reply to us let us know of your interest).
We'll also have a friendly inter-club match on the go between our existing ladies and girls sides for you to watch too.
The first Saturday of the Seniors league season nearly looked it wasn't going to happen with a predicted biblical downpour Saturday morning but thankfully the savvy amongst us got the covers on and the three games that went ahead were only affected minimally. Even the Rec (the 4s hosting Normandy) got going (after a wicket shuffle mind) and after some toiling by the bowlers (including Ed Marsh (two wickets in one over, three in total) they were unlucky not to get the win which came for Normandy with only two overs to go.
It was a positive week for the Reisch family overall though with father Felix carrying his bat for said 4s scoring 106* (earning a place on the Surrey Championship Play Cricket honours board) and sons Jack receiving three notable mentions below across the week for the U13s and MJ making his hardball debut on Monday night.
The 3s travelled to Old Hamptonians and Boasty, making his first ever 3s appearance, we feel may finally have found his new spiritual team - but was run out just shy of his half century on debut. Things got a fairly tasty in the second innings - 3s bowling, Joe Clarke found himself on a hat trick twice, and the win coming through for the 3s in the penultimate ball of the match.
Over at the Club it was a special outing for the 1s, with Molly Sellars making her scoring debut (neatest scorebook ever btw - happy Comms), and the welcome return of Mr Karthik Menon, who looked in fine form. After a scrappy first batting innings we had a frenetic text exchange with The President himself Mark Pulling positioned on the patio at the Club (us at the Rec) as Haslemere batted which read:
33-2 16 (16th over in Comms speak)
33-4 16 hat trick ball
Which bowler's this?!
JA. No hat trick
33-5 2 balls later 17(th over)
What on earth is going on?!
The cause of the mad panic? Jamie Anthony (JA) ripping through the Haslemere order, ending with astounding figures of 6-23, a mention on the Surrey Championship Play Cricket honours board, and topping off a momentous first opening league Saturday back for all.
On Sunday the Ladies, fresh from their friendly win against Ashford, began their second ever extended overs match and first in the Surrey Women's League Division 2 playing Godalming in front of a magnamimous Abbey Field crowd. Setting Godalming 85 from their 28 overs (Katie Weston 19, Carli Weston & Dee Douglas 14 each), when it came to bowling it was clear to see they were much improved, with three wickets for Beth Bailey, and one each for Bonnie Edwards with a quick-thinking c&b, Bluebird Bronwyn and Mary O'Farrell sharing the best of the rest, but in the end Godalming edged over the line. Onto Walton on Sunday...
Back to the Club and the Sunday XI decided to inject a bit of much-needed fun into proceedings in their match with Woodpeckers, adopting "shot selection" bingo for your opening waft of the bat. Captain Ravi Patel had his first knock of the season (61) and Josh Fyfe ended on figures of 4-27 along with a run out and a win.
Note to all: More of the same this weekend please...
Super Sunday also saw a Chertsey XI also travel over to The Great Park to take on a Royal Household XI no less, scoring 107 off their 30 overs but unfortunately their oppo surpassed the target with the help of 70+ off the first wicket, a good afternoon was had by all.
Tuesday night saw our first foray into the Surrey Champo T20 Competition with a home tie against frenemies Staines & Laleham - the last time we played them in a 20-over format (a rearranged league game) we had them all out for 57 but batting first, Chertsey dipped to 21-3, recovering superbly however with foundations laid by Jack Ogle & Ben Hanger and a late knock from Jacob Loveridge paving they way to a decent score of 137-9, and thankfully S&L crumbled, ably assisted by a Cooper 5-fer and now we're off to Normandy in the next round...
Friday 7th May
U13s 90-9 v Chobham 177-2
Jack Reisch 13, 1-7, Josh Hawksley 1-14
Saturday 8th May
1st XI 154 a/o v Haslemere 69 a/o
Karthik Menon 48, Jamie Anthony 6-23
2nd XI v Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians ABANDONED
3rd XI 177-8 v Old Hamptonians 176 a/o
Phil Boast 48, Joe Clarke 5-27
4th XI 210-5 v Normandy 211-7
Felix Reisch 106*, Ed Marsh 3-25
Sunday 9th May
U10s 127 v Camberley 27
U11 dev 42 a/o v Thames Ditton 111-2
Scott Russell 8, Jasper Henton 1-14
U13 dev 82-3 v Weybridge 97-5
Matthew Barnes 25 (ret), Jack Reisch 26 (ret), Ethan Burrell 2-6, Jack Reisch 2-7
U14 dev 130 v Woking & Horsell 113 a/o
William Morris 45 (ret)
U15 59 a/o v Weybridge 201-3
Charlie Eagles 16, 1-24
Sunday XI 194-6 v Woodpeckers 100 a/o
Ravi Patel 61, Josh Fyfe 4-27
Ladies 85 a/o v Godalming 86-6
Katie Weston 19, Beth Bailey 3-11
Tuesday 11th May
T20 Competition - 1st XI 137-9 v Staines & Laleham 80 a/o
Jacob Loveridge 39, Will Cooper 5-11
Wednesday 12th May
U10 dev 108-3 v Pyrford 71-14
Nathan Osborn 14, Danny Battams 4-9
U13 dev 120-3 v East Molesey 133-6
Tonight we're super excited to see the return of the Social League after its postponement last season. Teachers Salesians will start things off taking on Vet Labs at the Edward Stern while Dads Army take on the Chertsey Ladies in a tasty match over on Abbey Field.
Thursday 13th May
U11 dev v East Molesey (A)
Social League begins
Friday 14th May
U14 dev v Walton on Thames
Saturday 15th May
1st XI v Kempton (A)
2nd XI v Normandy (H)
3rd XI v Thames Ditton (HRec)
4th XI v - Stoke D'Abernon (A) - Friendly
Sunday 16th May
U9s v Camberley
U12s v West End (Esher)
U13s v Finchampstead
U14s v Sunbury
Sunday XI v Princes Head
Ladies v Walton on Thames (A) 2pm start - League
Monday 17th May
U11 dev v Maori Oxshott
U15 v Camberley
Wednesday 19th May
U10 dev v Kempton
U11 dev v Ashstead
Ladies v Walton on Thames (A) 6pm start - Slam
Dates For Your Diary
17th May - Girls & Ladies Open Evening
30th May - CPL Round 1
27th June - CPL Round 2
11th July - Colts Day
18th July - President's Day
25th July - CPL Round 3
29th August - CPL Finals Day
There's been a lot of chatter about the squads on the terraces but the first round of the CPL swings by next Sunday (how's that come round so fast), we're just giving the neighbours a bit of warning to board up the windows.
To end, we are hugely pleased to announce we now have another two sponsors on board; West End Garage, who's logo's new home is the nets next to the clubhouse and Surrey Timbers who will have a space on the side of the scorebox. Let's introduce you to them if you aren't familiar with them already:
West End Garage, Surrey & Berkshire's premier local Kia car dealer with dealerships near Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley, Guildford, & Woking. Established in 1969, they pride themselves on a relaxed personal approach and offer a 7-year warranty on vehicles. Check them out here: https://www.westendgarage.co.uk/
Based in Guildford, say hello to Surrey Timbers, a family-run business established for over 25 years specialising in supplying local & exotic hardwood timber and host one of the largest and rarest timber stocks in the UK. Check them out here: https://www.surreytimbers.co.uk/
Space is filling up fast so to buy a space on the scorebox or to look at our other options available visit https://chertseycc.org.uk/pages/sponsors
We're off to do some rain dancing, speak soon.