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.
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).
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.
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.
The Academy take on Marist in the Social League tonight at the Club from 6pm.
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.
The highlight of the juniors calendar, Colts Day, is pencilled in for Sunday 15th July.
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.