2018 Review


Good news – the sun has come out and it’s much warmer. More good news – our application for funding with the ECB Small Grants Scheme has been successful. We will be having artificial grass laid on the balcony to replace the tatty carpet.

Who’s for cricket ???? ………. One month to go.

If Matt is looking at this from sunny Sydney, don’t worry.  We were cutting the grass two days ago in bright sunshine!

(Newdigate Cricket Club – 18th March at 10.30 am)

Each year the Surrey Cricket Foundation hosts a Club Cricket Conference at the Oval for the benefit of cricket clubs throughout the county. There are many trade stands and a series of workshops covering a variety of topics such as retention of players, funding, GDPR, new playing initiatives etc. etc. Such is the reputation of the conference that two delegates came up from Cornwall, despite the poor weather, especially to attend! It is a great opportunity for networking and the club was represented by Pierre Tartari and John Callcut. The Chairman was scheduled to attend but he had a hospital appointment that couldn’t be missed.

Snow swirls across the Oval (above) – some trade stands (below). Our friend Alex Slatter from Notts Sports is on the left talking to Chris Whitaker (Chief funding officer of the ECB) and our specialist insurance broker, Colin Mico is on the right.

For the 2018 season we welcome Matt Dedes as our overseas player. Matt is currently playing for Bankstown Cricket Cub in the Sydney grade league, a top order batsman who can equally turn his arm over as a spin bowler. Matt will be arriving around the 14th April.

We are so indebted to the Haigh family who provide funds for the Russell Haigh Bursary. Here are the recipients at the Surrey Cricket Centre with their coaches.



A Chance to Shine seminar was held at the Surrey Cricket Centre on the 27th February. Despite the bad weather about twenty clubs from the county were represented. Since its inception over three million young boys and girls have experienced cricket nationwide.  Last year in Surrey 120 schools participated and 23696 children attended the sessions. We will be  holding our own sessions at Newdigate Infants School, North Downs, Surrey Hills and St. Martin’s Primary Schools.

Vice President, Nick Crawford, has introduced a periodic Jazz Sunday and Constantin Mitran provides fine dining. Nick set this up as a thank you to all those people who supported him and the band when they were regulars at the Six Bells.

The picture taken from the balcony shows a fine winter’s day just before the onset of snow.

Our funding application to the ECB Small Grants Scheme has been submitted. We are hoping to carpet the balcony with artificial grass. The fund has been over-subscibed so we must keep our fingers crossed.

A First Aid Course was held at the club on the 7th February which was attended by six club members.


The Annual General Meeting was held at the club on Sunday, 7th January.

It was a real case of the ‘changing of the guard’ with four key members standing down and making way for fresh blood.

Roger Bailey (Chairman), Andy Wood (Secretary), Steve Jones (Treasurer) and John Callcut (Junior Co-Ordinator) had put in over 50 years of service between them. The club owes them a debt of gratitude.

Taking their places will be Mike Cooper, Jon Pritchard, Steve Kehl and Andrew Mayne. We wish them the best of luck in their future roles.

All other committee posts can be seen in the ‘Who’s Who’ section.