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CPL Finals Day: All the teams and info

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Will there be a new name on the CPL honours bat? Will Bradley Erasmus hit a six into Grove Road? Will anyone replace Will Cooper on the microphone? Will Caribbean Corner be even better than last year?

Some, if not all, of these questions will be answered on Sunday as the CPL reaches a fun-filled conclusion.

The action gets underway at the earlier time of 12:30, with the defending-champion Grove Armada going up against Ben Hanger’s Meads Enforcers side in the day’s semi-final.

While that’s going on, we’ll have the return of Caribbean Corner, complete with rum punch, beers, games and the welcome addition of a HOT TUB, so make sure you’re kitted out correctly because all are welcome.

The winner of the semi final will move on to face the waiting Gogmore Knights in the showpiece match. Teams (or squads in the Armada’s case) for all three franchises can be found below.

That game will get underway at 4pm, but not before our famous catching competition takes centre stage for another year. Sign up at the music tent on the day to enter and, in a last-fielder-standing elimination tournament, try to grab a bar tab or gift voucher as well as the sky high catches we’ll fire at you.

Once the CPL victor is crowned we will have a short presentation ceremony, followed by some birthday entertainment in honour of two of our own – Phil Boast and Sinead Redmond.

With one turning 50 and the other 21, each of them has chosen a slightly different brand of music to help us celebrate. We’ll let you choose who picked what on the day, but it begins at around 7pm and goes on til late (whatever that means).

CPL FINALS DAY TEAMS (OR SQUADS)

MEADS ENFORCERS
B. Hanger (c)
P. Boast
S. Smith
Troy Bolger
T. Drage
L. Westcott
C. Skelton Jr
D. Perks Jr
A. Inwood (Lux)
H. Nuti
R. Patel
GROVE ARMADA
An. Powlesland (C)
B. Erasmus (Lux)
Ja. Loveridge
M. Wiggins
R. Ley
J. Dodd (Lux)
D. Sloan
L. Fisher
S. Toone
D. Shepherd
R. Boast
J. Chapman
K. Menon
M. Sellars
GOGMORE KNIGHTS
J. Ogle (c)
J. Taylor
J. Richards
L. Robertson
W. Smith
R. Redmond
J. Anthony
C. Wakefield
M. Nuti
E. Miah
A. Dillon (Lux)

CPL Round Three: It’s all to play for

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Well, Sunday’s at Chertsey Cricket Club have been a bit good lately. Following on from a superb Colts Day and enthralling President’s Day, we’ll complete a festive trilogy with the conclusion of the group phase of this year’s CPL.

With one game to go, it really couldn’t be tighter in the race for next month’s Finals Day.

The undefeated Meads Enforcers are the only ones sure of their place in the knockout stages, with the Gogmore Knights, Bourne Stars and Grove Armada all hoping to avoid last place.

If you need a refresher on the previous results, and the current state of the league table, take a look here.

With the fight for the remaining two spots tighter than Jack Lloyd’s wallet, it promises to be a nail-biting day.

It’ll kick off with the Knights taking on the Stars at 1pm. The winners are assured a Finals Day spot, with the losers looking for bonus points and a favourable result from the second match to progress.

Then, at 4pm, the Enforcers and Armada do battle in a re-run of last year’s final. The teams for both games are below.

The bar, burger van and music will all be thriving as usual, so take your seats early to avoid disappointment.

GAME ONE – 13:00 START

GOGMORE KNIGHTS
J. Ogle (c)
J. Taylor
J. Richards
L. Robertson
W. Smith
R. Redmond
J. Anthony
C. Wakefield
M. Nuti
E. Miah
A. Dillon (Lux)
BOURNE STARS
G. Burton (c)
D. Risk
Z. Mehtab
M. Main (Lux)
M. Dunn (Lux)
J. Baldwin
S. Eagles
J. Clarke
J. Bailey
J. Perks
J. Jackman

GAME TWO – 16:00 START

MEADS ENFORCERS
B. Hanger (c)
P. Boast
S. Smith
Troy Bolger
T. Drage
L. Westcott
C. Skelton Jr
D. Perks Jr
A. Inwood (Lux)
H. Nuti
R. Patel
GROVE ARMADA
An. Powlesland (C)
B. Erasmus (Lux)
Ja. Loveridge
M. Wiggins
R. Ley
J. Dodd (Lux)
D. Sloan
L. Fisher
S. Toone
D. Shepherd
R. Boast
J. Chapman
K. Menon
M. Sellars

The wait is over….here are the 2018 President’s Day XIs

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Sunday sees possibly the Club’s biggest event of the season, President’s Day, in honour of our 2018 President, Jim Denyer.

This year we’re going back to our roots and going for a more traditional feel, so its all about celebrating the club, the cricket and the occasion.

Before we get into details, we know it’s going to be a jam-packed day, so here is a quick guide to what’s happening when so you can plan your day:

11am – Game starts

12pm – Bar opens for spectators

1pm – 1st Lunch sitting

2pm – Game reconvenes

2pm for 2.30pm – 2nd Lunch sitting

3pm – Treasure hunt starts

4.30pm – 5.30pm – Tea for players then club members

End of match – Presentations and raffle, treasure hunt ends

7.30pm til late – Band Forty45 play

Monday – recover

We’ve had everyone and their dog bashing the door in this week asking who’s in the teams, well, wait no more you cricket-mad bunch, because here they are:

CHERTSEY 1st XI

 

G. Burton (c)

J. Ogle

J. Richards

Z. Mehtab

M. Wiggins

D. Risk

B. Hanger

J. Loveridge

W. Smith

W. Cooper

M. Main (Wk)

PRESIDENT’S XI

 

P. Boast (c) – CCC

R. Redmond (wk) – CCC

J. Oaks – VECC, Durban

E. Botha – WOTCC, Pretoria

B. Erasmus – DCC

A. Dillon – KCC

E. Miah – KCC

N. Wellman – VECC

C. Wakefield – CCC

TBC

TBC

We would ask that, if possible, if coming Sunday please leave the car at home as our car park is going to be tighter than a tin of Tesco Finest sardines.

There will be plenty of entertainment on the day for the family, with a kids play area running all day until it breaks with retro games (limbooooo!) and a treasure hunt for kids only(I’m watching you) running from 3pm til the end of the match with a sugary participation prize. We’re also having a raffle, where for £5 a ticket you have the chance to win a set of Dinner Dance tickets which will be held at The Runnymede Hotel on Friday October 5th, we’ve got a handful to give away. Tickets are to go on sale at the end of the month but they’re worth £50 a ticket so this is a sweeeeet prize on offer! (we’ll give you all the details re the DD another time). History dicates there is a shindig to conclude President’s Day and we haven’t disappointed. We cannot rave enough about the band we’re going to put on for you, Forty45, who many of you may know from regularly playing at the Crown. They’ll be on from 7.30pm playing rock/pop covers, something for everyone, so they’ll be sure to get you all bopping & popping to close the evening.

Now, let’s talk about our favourite things in the world, food & alcohol. You are welcome to bring a picnic and the lovely burger lady will be flipping & frying, we’ve been promised an ice cream van too. Can. not. wait. We’ve also been mooting on for the past few weeks about the Great British Presidents Day Bake Off and its not too late to enter, please just let us know at Comms Towers if you’re bringing a little something and we’ll make sure you’re entered, don’t forget entries need to be at the club for 3.30pm latest please in time for tea. We’ve been promised any cake left over after the players have made a dent will be offered up to club members so we’ll meet you by the VIP tent about half 5 with a ladle yeah?

We do have to get all serious for a moment though & ask that only alcohol purchased from the Bar (which will be open from 12pm) can be consumed on the premises, and normal Club membership rules apply (please check the blue signs by the bar if in any doubt): the day is open to members and their guests only. Right, now we’ve offloaded all that, back to normal.

Bluecaps in Brief: Its Like a Heatwave… Burning in My Heart

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This week we will just take a moment to appreciate everything is looking good in the world – the UK is basking in a heatwave, England (at the time of going to press) look set to make the knock out stages of the World Cup, and all 5 senior teams won at the weekend.

Of course the realist in us knows all three events can turn on a sixpence, but as we sit on the patio with a Drink of Champions™ (other beverages are available) and a St Georges flag round our shoulders, there’s no complaints.

We begin by spreading even more love with a bit of a giveaway. Woooooo! Surrey have offered the club 20 tickets for the Surrey v Glamorgan T20 game on 31st July at the Oval, and you, the lucky Chertsey members, will have first dibs. The tickets are strictly first come first served so once they’re gone they’re gone. If you can let us know by replying to this email if you are interested by close of play on 6th July so we can get back to Surrey with our numbers that would be much appreciated & we’ll email you your ticket.

In case you missed it…

The club has caught World Cup fever and the England World Cup Drinks Deal (for want of a catchier name) is still going strong. You can take full advantage of it again tonight when England take on Belgium in their final Group G match from 7pm. Don’t forget its £2 a pint (Fosters & Pride only) and £3.80 for mini Prosecco bottles until the first goal. After England not being too kind to us in the last two matches deal-wise tonight we may get some purchase against Belgium! Famous last words. The Social League starts at 6pm too so why not pop down to peruse the game beforehand.

Notable mentions…

I think we forgot to say all five senior teams won their matches over the weekend (it certainly makes the newsletter-writing a much lovelier thing to do) – The 1s won against Weybridge Vandals (Greg Burton 56), the 2s came back with all the wheels on their vehicles after beating Old Whitgiftians in deepest darkest South Croydon, the 3s trounced Whiteley Village in 28 overs at the Rec (Liam Fisher 54 not out, Ravi Patel 5-fer), and the 4s beat East Molesey with Chairman Mark Nuti scoring 61 not out (he told me I had to mention that bit).

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The Sunday team took on Chertsey-based Seven Sports in a reduced 30-overs game at the Club, and on the wave of England’s victory against Panama the hosts sent their rivals off back to Abbeyfields within 23 overs.

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Our Australian overseas Will Smith put in some hard yakka over the weekend, getting a 6-fer against Weybridge Vandals then smashing a bonzer 83 not out on Sunday against Seven Sports, ensuring he wouldn’t be drinking grog with the flies (cheers Google translate).

Dates for your diary…

This weekend for your delectation: the 1s take on Merstham at the Club on Saturday, the 2s are away at Epsom, the 3s are at the Rec taking on Shepperton, and its the 4s turn to go south of the river, travelling down to Purley. This Sunday sees the Sunday XI take on Merstham from 2pm.

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The Academy take on Marist in the Social League tonight at the Club from 6pm.

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The Strollers creak back into action on Sunday at Braywood Cricket Club, if you’ve ever been there you’ll know its normally very hot, and in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by stables so a six is normally retrieved dodging angry horses which is always amusing.

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The highlight of the juniors calendar, Colts Day, is pencilled in for Sunday 15th July.

And finally… 

There will be a presence missing from the Old *bleep* Bench for the next few weekends, our unforgettable Fixtures Secretary, and Clubman of the Year, Stuart Bailey, who we hope you will join us in wishing a speedy recovery to after some surgery this week. We may just take this opportunity to reposition the scoreboard to his hospital bed while he’s not looking… get well soon Stuart.

The teams are out for CPL round two!

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Are you ready for another round of the greatest T20 show in town? Because we sure are!

The second matchweek of the Chertsey Premier League is on Sunday 17th June, starting at 1pm and the captains have now made their selection decisions and submitted their teams.

Kicking off the afternoon’s festivities will be the Gogmore Knights and the Meads Enforcers – the two undefeated sides from round one – while the Bourne Stars and Grove Armada take the 4pm slot looking to secure a much needed victory.

If you’re planning to come along to spectate, make sure you do so early, as we’ll have resident MC Will Cooper on the microphone for the first match. If you were present for his spell on the sidelines last month, you’ll know it’s not to be missed.

Our bar, burger van and music tent will be in situ as normal!

GAME ONE – 13:00 START

GOGMORE KNIGHTS
J. Ogle (c)
J. Taylor
J. Richards
L. Robertson
W. Smith
R. Redmond
J. Anthony
C. Wakefield
M. Nuti
E. Miah
A. Dillon (Lux)
MEADS ENFORCERS
B. Hanger (c)
P. Boast
S. Smith
Troy Bolger
T. Drage
L. Westcott
C. Skelton Jr
D. Perks Jr
A. Inwood (Lux)
H. Nuti
R. Patel

GAME TWO – 16:00 START

BOURNE STARS
G. Burton (c)
D. Risk
Z. Mehtab
M. Main (Lux)
M. Dunn (Lux)
J. Baldwin
S. Eagles
J. Clarke
J. Bailey
J. Perks
J. Jackman
GROVE ARMADA
An. Powlesland (C)
B. Erasmus (Lux)
Ja. Loveridge
M. Wiggins
R. Ley
J. Dodd (Lux)
D. Sloan
L. Fisher
S. Toone
D. Shepherd
R. Boast
J. Chapman
K. Menon
M. Sellars

Bluecaps in Brief: A Run-tastic Weekend & Girl Power!

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Well hello!

As we enter the second month of the season (where’s THAT gone by the way), its clear things are well underway down at the Edward Stern Ground.

We have a bit to get through but just one piece of housekeeping before we start – the club’s new Code of Behaviour is now up on the noticeboard near the bar, please can you take time to have a read when you’re passing.

In case you missed it…

We start with a proud well done to our very own Molly Sellars, who played yesterday for Surrey Women against an Aboriginal XI touring side. Hopefully the start of things to come.

Our other lady cricketers the Bluebelles faced their first test of the season, playing two Smash It festivals in a week, firstly at Walton on Thames on Bank Holiday Monday and Egham last Sunday, entering two teams in each and finishing with a second and third place at Walton and a third and first place at Egham!

Finally a well done to four colts coaches (John, Jack, Mark, & Matt H), who all recently obtained their ECB Level 2 Certificates in Coaching Children’s Cricket (Jamie will achieve his next month), ensuring the colts receive the best training for seasons to come.

Notable mentions…

In the runs/jug purchasers this week were Dave Sloane for the 3s in a win against Ripley, scoring an enormous 142 at the Rec, and the runfest continued into the Sunday team with Luke Robertson scoring 110 and Josh Jackman unluckily missing out on his first ton with 99.

Our overseas player Will Smith also secured 6 tidy wickets against Old Emmanuel on Saturday for the 1s.

Dates for your diary…

On the weekend’s card for Saturday are the 1s who take on Horsley & Send away, the 2s are the main event at the club playing Chipstead, the 3s are away at Cobham Avorians, and the 4s take on Walton at the Rec. This Sunday sees the Sunday team take on Reigate Priory Cavaliers at 2pm at the club for what is looking like a Sunday scorcher.

The CPL returns! Join us for the second round of lairy kit, dodgy walk on music and fun in the sun when Chertsey’s answer to the IPL returns on 17th June, when Gogmore Knights take on Meads Enforcers at 1pm and Bourne Stars take on Grove Armada at 4pm. Secure your spectating spot early to avoid disappointment!

And finally… elsewhere in the sporting world there is apparently another tournament around the corner deemed more important than the Ashes, the Cricket World Cup, and the Vitality Blast (no I can’t believe it either)… the football World Cup. The club will be showing all England games where they can, more info next week.

We’re all set for round one of CPL 2018

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The hottest competition in Chertsey is all set to return this Sunday 20th May, following an off-season of transfers and much goading and boasting.

Our April auction produced a few interesting roster moves from all four of our franchise captains but, as we know, matches are won on the field and not in the bidding circle!

With that in mind we are happy to reveal the first four XIs for round one of CPL 2018, which will get underway at 13:00 with the first match, followed by the evening fixture at 16:00.

Last year’s competition was such a fantastic success and was in large part thanks to the huge support it received. Let’s make this one even better!

GAME ONE – 13:00 START

GROVE ARMADA
An. Powlesland (C)
B. Erasmus (Lux)
Ja. Loveridge
M. Wiggins
R. Ley
J. Dodd (Lux)
D. Sloan
L. Fisher
S. Toone
D. Shepherd
R. Boast
J. Chapman
K. Menon
M. Sellars
GOGMORE KNIGHTS
J. Ogle (c)
J. Taylor
J. Richards
L. Robertson
W. Smith
R. Redmond
J. Anthony
C. Wakefield
M. Nuti
E. Miah
A. Dillon (Lux)

GAME TWO – 16:00 START

MEADS ENFORCERS
B. Hanger (c)
P. Boast
S. Smith
Troy Bolger
T. Drage
L. Westcott
C. Skelton Jr
D. Perks Jr
A. Inwood (Lux)
H. Nuti
R. Patel
BOURNE STARS
G. Burton (c)
D. Risk
Z. Mehtab
M. Main (Lux)
M. Dunn (Lux)
J. Baldwin
S. Eagles
J. Clarke
J. Bailey
J. Perks
J. Jackman

Who Landed Where at the 2018 CPL Auction?

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The second annual CPL auction was well attended on Friday night, with a host of players eager to see whether they’d be retained by their franchises, or wearing new colours this summer.

Although the power was handed back to the players this year, none of the eight players that were picked for retention by their captains refused the invitation.

Those decisions helped set up an intriguing auction, with the Bourne Stars setting an early tone by splashing £7m on Dave Risk.

That wasn’t the biggest spend of the night, however, with the Gogmore Knights taking that honour with their £9m purchase of new overseas player Will Smith (more on him soon).

Here’s the full squad lists for all four sides. Who do you think did the best business ahead of the season opener on May 20th?

CPL Auction 2018: The Details

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On Friday April 6th, around 19:30 at the Home of Cricket, the second annual CPL Auction will get underway. And this year, the power is with the players.

That’s because our four franchise captains have the option of retaining up to two players from last year’s squad. But the final decision will be with the player, who can choose to accept his captain’s retention, or refuse it and enter the auction.

Any players retained will be at last year’s price, and will come out of the franchise’s renewed £20m budget and a captain who has a retention refused will not be permitted another choice.

In addition, any luxury players who played at least one senior Saturday fixture for the club last season will no longer qualify as luxury players in 2018, and will also enter the auction.

So there’s plenty of reason to come along and find out who lands where.

 

The Key Dates for the 2018 Season

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The Beast from the East has been defeated, the clocks will soon be going forward and, before you know it, the summer will be upon us.

We’re preparing for the new season by getting the website back into shape, which means the events calendar may be out of action for a little while. So in the meantime we thought we’d put a list of the key dates for the coming season in a news post:

Sunday’s until 22nd April – 9am – Matthew Arnold School – Senior and Ladies Indoor Nets

Friday 6th April – CPL Auction Night

Friday 13th April – Colts Signing on Night

Saturday 14th April – Pre-season Work Day

Saturday 5th May – First Senior League Games

Sunday 20th May – First CPL Games

Sunday 15th July – Colts’ Day

Sunday 22nd July – President’s Day

Sunday 12th August – Ladies’ Smash It Festival

Saturday 22nd September – Colts’ Dinner