2019 Review


On Sunday the 14th July  everyone witnessed the most amazing ICC World Cup Final which saw England beat New Zealand. The match was tied – the super over was tied – but England won as they hit the most boundaries. An unbelievable climax to a fantastic competition. The club hosted Coldharbour and the television was on showing the match on free to air Channel 4.


On the 13th July the Chairman hosted a dinner at the club for past and present stalwarts. A very convivial afternoon was spent enjoying excellent food and drinks provided by Constantin and Cristina Mitran. The guests stayed to watch the first team play against Merrow.


On the 17th June we hosted the Dorking Schools’ Girls Kwik Cricket Competition. This was a happy day and St.Josephs were the winners and went through to the Surrey finals at Epsom College. During the tournament we had a surprise visit from Cody Irvine and his family. They are over for a family wedding in Newcastle.

Once again Capel CC should be congratulated for staging their annual 6-a-Side competition. It rained heavily throughout the morning but they still managed to stage an under 9 knock-out competition for the stoic teams that remained. We lost to Southwater. The under 11s started on schedule but the number of pitches had to be reduced from three to two, so that presented enormous problems for Ben Brearley and his team. Nevertheless, the competition was finished. We lost to Southwater A and Capel B but beat Southwater B.

Merstham CC have had ‘visitors’. Just shows how vigilant we need to be.  Always lock the gate after use.

Chance to Shine came to a soggy end on the 12th June as the final session for year two was cancelled. Over the past few weeks we have delivered five sessions to year one and three sessions (two cancelled due to rain) to year two of Newdigate Infants School. This is the children’s first experience of cricket and through this they join All Stars on a Friday evening on the start of their cricketing journey.

On the 11th June we hosted the Dorking Schools’ Boys Kwik Cricket Competition. The standard seems to improve every year. This year’s competition was won by St. Pauls closely followed by St. Josephs and the Weald. This picture shows some of the players having a great day.

Despite the dreadful weather Village Day still took place on the 8th June. We took the mobile cage down to the area and invited people to bowl at the stumps. Here is Tom Stimpson having a go and Krisztina getting expert tuition from Roger Beale. Thanks to Pippa Beattie for supplying the balloons which decorated the cage.


Congratulations to Harry Ellis. He took a hat-trick against the Jesters on Sunday, 2nd June.


On the 30th May we hosted the Surrey over 60s fourth eleven who played against Kent.

Congratulations to Matt Clarke. He recorded his second century of the season with a chanceless 110 not out against Wandgas in the premier league match on the 18th May.

It is a shame that we have had to withdraw from the under 11 ‘Smash-It’ league. In the past the Surrey Youth Games has featured girls cricket. Under ‘Chance to Shine’ we have visited local primary schools and each year have had a good squad. This year, for various reasons, cricket has been withdrawn from the Games thus the incentive for schools to run after school cricket has been lost.  Our approaches with the exception of one school have been negative. We have several under 12 girls and we hope to be giving them matches with the ladies and some of our ESCL games.

Tyler Ridder, our overseas player has arrived. We introduced him to all the juniors at the 3rd May training session. The temperature dropped and the heavens opened. Welcome to England Tyler!!

The next ‘On the Front Foot’ broadcast on Susy Radio will take place on the  2nd May from  7.00 – 9.00 pm.


Spare a thought for our midweek general, Graham Capel. He has had a serious altercation with a circular saw that has severed the tendons in his left hand. Brilliant surgery at the Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has returned movement to his fingers but it will be some time before we see his flighted left arm spin on a Wednesday evening.

Susy Radio are great supporters of the club. Hear the latest ‘On the Front Foot’ broadcast. Go to 10 minutes at the following site to hear what they said about us. http://www.susyradio.com/2019/04/08/local-cricket-chat-with-the-first-on-the-front-foot-of-2019/

We regret to announce that Roger MacKinnon of Sturtwood Farm has sadly passed away after a long illness. Over the years Roger has been a generous benefactor and supporter of the club. We send our condolences to Bridgit and the Clark family – Caroline, Neil, Samuel and Thomas.

NatWest Cricket Force (6th April) is traditionally the day when it is ‘all hands on deck’ to get the club ready for the new season. As usual there were lots of jobs to be done in order to get everything ready for the new season in just one weeks time! Here is the group having a break and a well deserved cup of tea and a bacon roll. JC is missing as he took the picture.

Publicity is ramping up for All Stars Cricket. On the 2nd April we did a promotion at Newdigate Infants School.


On the 22nd March we held a parent’s evening during which we discussed all the plans for junior cricket in 2019. Our Chairman, James Penfold, gave a presentation outlining all that will be happening during the forthcoming season. He made an appeal for assistance and in particular he requested help with doing the weekly registration and organising the selling of second-hand equipment.

Two mates from Australia – Matt Dedes and Dylan Mares.

On the 10th March a group of Coopers and Thompsons took part in the Banham Marsden March – a walk from the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham to the Marsden in Sutton. This was organised by Susannah the sister of Surrey’s Richard Thompson who herself has undergone breast cancer treatment. Our own Allan Cooper took part along with his sisters Angela and Suzie. So far they have raised nearly £10,000.If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause then go to:


Throughout the winter Redhill Probationary Service has been supplying us with teams of workers. Their primary job has been to clear leaves and a very good job they have done too. They came again on the 7th March and cleared all the twigs that had fallen from the trees in the centre of the field and cleared more leaves around the pavilion and on the side next to the woods. They also removed the netting from around the square and put up the posts and rope.


100 days to go until the start of the ICC World Cup Cricket Competition. The event was launched on the 19th February at Trafalgar Square. We are one of 1800 clubs throughout the country who have registered to be a Cricket World Cup Club and we have applied for a £1,000 grant to improve club facilities.

Winter nets are being held at the Belmont School in Holmbury St. Mary. See the calendar for the session programme.

The Russell Haigh Bursary is under way at the Surrey Cricket Centre. Here are the players with their coaches Andy and Neil.

Following the cold snap we have had problems at the pavilion. Jill Earp was walking her dog on the 1st February when she heard an alarm going off. James and Charlie inspected only to find water cascading from the changing room ceiling. Fortunately, plumber Nigel Pankhurst, was in the village and he cut off the water and identified the faulty joint.

Water stained walls
The faulty joint

The drying process is now taking place but new lagging is required and the stained walls will have to be re-painted.


Our AGM held at the club on Thursday, 10th January was extremely well attended. Chairman, James Penfold gave an excellent illustrated presentation describing the aspirations of the club within a Five Year Development Plan. This can be seen under Club Information on this website. We said goodbye to a number of committee members – James Bettesworth (membership), Stephen Kehl (treasurer), Tricia Kehl (social), Andrew Mayne (junior co-ordinator), Allan Cooper (1st XI Captain) and Paul Bettesworth (2nd XI Captain). They were replaced by Graham Capel, Jon Pritchard, Pippa Beattie, Phil Mumford, Lewis Davies and Dan Jones. Contact details of all the new committee can be found under Who’s Who. At the meeting Monjur Elahi was presented with the Club Person of the Year Award.


Evette Burton and John Callcut ran a two hour coaching session at the club on the 2nd January to blow away the cobwebs. Ten players attended and enjoyed a variety of fielding, batting and bowling exercises.

Many congratulations to William Harmsworth who was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the magistracy. William has been a magistrate for 35 years serving East Surrey and Mole Valley. We think he should have got an MBE for umpiring the mid-week team for so many years!!