2022

December

The snow melted and that started problems in the pavilion. A joint under the sink in the scout hut toilet burst and water gushed out spreading right through the hut and into the mower store. Another joint burst above the home team changing room, water gushed through the light fittings bringing the ceiling down, and flooded the room. Our Bowdry came in very useful.

Who’s for a net???

Jazz afternoon at the club on the 11th December.  Warm inside but freezing outside.

       

We have had heavy frosts and even a sprinkling of snow. Perhaps the grass will now stop growing!

November

Surrey CCC held a farewell dinner at the Oval for Richard Thompson who has now become the Chairman of the ECB. You will recall that Richard opened our new nets in June. The key speaker was Sir John Major and Richard Stilgoe composed and played a witty song about Richard. In his response he even gave Newdigate a plug.

I thanked him for the evening and a part of his reply was:

‘the memories will live on and the desire to make our great game better, stronger and more popular will drive my sense of purpose. Thank for your kind words John, they mean a lot. We must stay in touch and if I can help you or Newdigate in anyway I am here for you. With my very best wishes, Richard.”

JC. – He has an unenviable task but if anyone can make a success of the job then he is the man.

Lewis Davies has announced that he will be stepping down as Saturday 1st XI skipper. The good news is that he still wishes to play on a regular basis.

October

Hundreds of people visited the Newdigate village bonfire on the evening of the 28th October where they enjoyed a magnificent fire, fireworks, funfair rides, food, drink and mulled wine.

The hedge by the nets has been trimmed, dead trees, branches and thousands more acorns have all been put on the bonfire.

We have now received our Clubmark Certificate for 2022-2025.

On Sunday, 16th October the under 14s gathered at the club for an afternoon of pool, table tennis, pizzas, playstation and watching Liverpool beat Manchester City. We also discussed the controversy over backing up and how we expect Newdigate players to behave.

The grass is growing well on the square and thousands of acorns have been lifted from the outfield.

September

The annual dinner and dance took place on the 30th September at Stanhill Court Hotel. It was a great success, good food, drink and company. the raffle and auction went down well. Here are some pictures.

After the excitement of the day before it is back to work. Here is groundsman Derek and his assistant James cutting and scarifying the square.

The coaches versus juniors match took place on the 18th September followed by a barbecue (thanks Andy) and then the junior presentation. (see Junior Section for details of all the winners and more pictures) This was the final game of the season on the Brocus.

The two captains toss up and Pierre Tartari and Mark Bishop officiate

The juniors

The ‘coaches’

                       The trophies

                               Dan Jones officiates

On the 11th September the Sunday team played at Merton and as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II both teams held a minutes silence.

James Penfold and John Callcut received an invitation from Surrey President David Pakeman to spend the day at a reception in the Prince of Wales Suite at the Oval on the 4th day of the test against South Africa. Here they are pictured with former England and Surrey paceman Alex Tudor. The day was marred as on the way back we heard of the death of the Queen.

The league season came to an end on the 3rd September with a win for the 1st XI at Woodmansterne and Wandgas conceding the 2nd XI match. It has been a very tough season with both teams getting relegated but were we downhearted? You wouldn’t think so looking at these pictures with players celebrating Allan Cooper’s 40th birthday into the early hours.

August

On the August Bank Holiday Monday we ran our annual 6-a-Side competition in aid of the Little Roo Neonatal Fund. Six sides participated and the winner was the Dorking Grizzlies. This was a very happy day enjoyed by a big crowd.

The second week of our Summer Camp is up and running. Here are some of the children having a good time lead by Anna Lewis.

An amazing match took place on the Brocus on the 21st August. Newdigate scored 301 and in reply the Bushmen amassed 291. See ‘reports’ for the full details.

Centurion, David Callcut

The Surrey Slam finals were held at the magnificent Valley End Cricket Club on the 21st August.

 

Newdigate played against Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth (AMY) who batted first. After a patchy early start we settled down well. Jagadeesh Subbiah and George Warne taking excellent catches in the outfield and Dave Arnold taking a very smart stumping. Valley End is a large ground so sixes were the order of the day and AMY had some powerful hitters. After their 20 overs they scored 190.

Allan Cooper and Dave Arnold got us off to a steady start but then wickets fell at regular intervals against AMY’s excellent seam attack.

We were all out for 136 in the 20th over so our dream was over.

The Bowls Club invited the cricket club to play a match on the 18th August. Great fun was had by all and thanks to the bowls club for supplying a nice supper.

Wow!!

Congratulations to the Newdigate Earthquakes in the quarter finals of the Surrey Slam. Godalming set a daunting total of 192 to chase and Newdigate  set about their target with aplomb. Despite two early run outs they carried on regardless. Big hitting from Jagadeesh Sabbiah (36), Tom Collard (55), Joe Haynes (27) and George Warne (18) saw us home with an over to spare. Spare a thought for Andy Kehl who collided with George Warne going for a catch and ended up in hospital.

Congratulations Andrew Major.

There were seventeen nominees for the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Grassroots Cricket Awards ceremony at the Oval on the 7th August. Andrew Major was shortlisted along with six other nominees. At a tense and emotional climax it was announced that Andrew was the winner. He follows John Callcut who achieved the same award in 2018.

  

Newdigate Earthquakes secured a good win against Cobham Avorians on the 2nd August  and have moved to the quarter finals of the Surrey Slam.

 

July

Summer Camp is here.  25th – 29th July.

Twenty two of the best players in the Surrey Ladies Cricket League were selected to play a match against each other on the 25th July at Cheam Cricket Club. Newdigate’s Anna Lewis, Charlie Collard and Jackie-Ann Goldsmid were selected.

Anna and Jackie-Ann first came to the club as a result of Chance to Shine.

On Friday, 22nd July the annual golf match against Newdigate Old Boys took place at Slinfold Golf Club.

 

Exactly seven years ago our under 13s won the league.

How many of those lads are playing for Newdigate now ?

On Saturday, 16th July James Penfold hosted a Chairman’s lunch. The guests enjoyed excellent food provided by Constantin Mitran and his family. James thanked those present for their contributions to the success of the club and announced two new vice presidents, Pam Odun and Bill Turner.

Many stayed to watch the second team beat Byfleet and were delighted to see Anna Lewis take four wickets on her league debut.

This message was received on the 14th July.

Bill Turner sent this message:

July was the One Hundredth draw of The Centurion Club.

The Club would like to thank all our members hugely for your continued support over the years, many of you who are founder members, dipping into your bank account pockets since the first draw in April 2014.

In those eight and a bit years The Centurion Club has paid out £19,422 in prizes and the Cricket Club has benefited to the tune of some £20,000+  to help doing all the good things that happen in our club, including of course our wonderful new(ish) pavilion and, recently, the excellent new nets. 

Thank you once again.

Bill

With the Saturday first and second teams struggling it was good to see the club gaining success at junior level. In the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship tier 3 east division our under 12s won their league by 12 points. The under 14s had to beat Oxted & Limpsfield league leaders, in the tier 3 east division,  in the final match of the season. This they did thus winning their league by one point. After training on the 8th July both teams enjoyed a cake specially baked to mark their achievements.

June

Sunday, 19th June was a historic day for Newdigate Cricket Club as their new nets were formally opened by Richard Thompson, Chair of Surrey County Cricket Club.

The day started with the Newdigate All Stars giving a demonstration of their skills and – as over a hundred people, boys and girls, men and women aged from 5 to 85, gathered around the nets – Chairman James Penfold welcomed everyone. He spoke about the five years’ work in raising the necessary £50,000 funds, and he particularly thanked the Surrey Cricket Foundation/ECB, Sport England, the Newdigate Parish Council and the Newdigate Community Centre for helping with funding. But the key element was crowd-funding, when members and the village came forth to support the project in vast numbers, which meant installation could start in May.

The nets are used seven days a week throughout the summer and are a gathering point for young and old. The original nets were installed in 1994 and were just not safe. With so many young people at the club the committee realised that something had to be done, so this was a great achievement.

We were delighted that Richard Thompson, the Chair of Surrey County Crickt Club, could spare the time to come along. He is a great advocate for grass-roots cricket and has turned the county club into a highly successful business. He was accompanied by David Gill, trustee of the Surrey Cricket Foundation, Vice Presidents Lord Saville of Newdigate and Andrew Wates, and it was good to see former Surrey and England off-spinner Pat Pocock joining in the festivities. Councillor Helyn Clack – who had been delayed due to an appointment at Guildford Cathedral – joined us later to lend her support. A number of former players also came along.

Richard Thompson cut the ribbon and in reply to the Chairman’s speech, he praised the way the club has developed within the community and how – despite being far away from the Oval – the club is very much part of the Surrey Cricket Family. He announced that the Oval will be giving the club 100 tickets for the Vitality Blast 20/20 quarter -final as a thank you. He couldn’t resist mentioning the fact that Surrey are unbeaten so far this year!

Anna Lewis bowled the first ball and Stephen Kehl batted.

The barbecue was then lit and an inter-club game started, people finally leaving the club as rain settled in during the late evening.

A thoroughly happy day.

Our new nets take shape.
All our surplus cricket equipment has been delivered to the Lords’ Taverners pick up point in Leatherhead and will eventually be delivered to needy cricket loving youngsters in places as far apart as Africa and Brazil.
On the 10th June the club hosted the Dorking Schools’ Countdown Cricket competition for girls. The Brocus was filled with excitement and laughter.  Six schools entered  – St. Johns, St. Pauls, Surrey Hills, North Downs, St. Martins and St. Josephs. The Countdown Cricket system was used at St. Martins emerged as worthy winners. Thanks go to the umpires Dave Wrightson, Andrew Major and Pierre Tartari.
Graham Capel’s work for the Midweek XI over many years was acknowledged when the players presented him with a naval decanter.
Newdigate cricketers enjoy the Platinum Jubilee festivities in the village.
…. and the bring home the silverware

The Jubilee celebrations started early, as Newdigate CC brought home the win in the inaugural “It’s a Knockout” competition.

After a score draw in the first round of Target Bowls, Newdigate CC took the lead against local rivals, The Village Club, with an expected and consummate victory in the rounders, winning 28-8; however the scores were quickly levelled following the very hard fort relay sack race!

Newdigate regained the lead after TVC were disqualified for attempted foul play in the Over and Under, water bucket challenge.

However, accusations of skulduggery were quickly sent in the opposite direction, as the Tug of War rope looked to have been tampered with; falling apart in the first round and denying the more rotund side in the competition what would surely have been an easy victory.

The loss of this event in the competition meant that The Cricket Club could take an unassailable lead with a victory in the very much misleading “Plunger Challenge”, which would have been more suited to a swinger’s party. Worryingly, NCC picked up the victory, to seal then win, with TCV getting the consolation victory in the Dog Scurry Run final event.

Newdigate Village Club 3 : 4 Newdigate Cricket Club

Well done and thank you to all that took part (from left to right):
Anna Lewis, Sarah Oram, Amelia Brien,Karen Fordree, Mark Treliving, Mike Duthie, James Penfold, Dexter Duthie, Aiden Jones.
Dan Jones. In the centre – Elaine Borg and Jon Bell.

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Another step forward for the club. After hours of work setting up both the hardware and the software, we are now in a position to be able to Stream our games live over YouTube.

Due to restrictions and potential issues with consent, these will initially only be adult games / games with limited Under 18s where we can get consent from the parents.

YouTube Channel

Assuming the game is being scored on Play Cricket, we are also able to interlace the score onto the stream.

May

Here’s a nice picture of a happy Sunday XI having beaten Dorking in the VCL. As our ground was free Karen organised a fun match which was a great success.

The girl’s competition scheduled for the 20th May had to be cancelled due to persistent rain. Fortunately it stopped after lunch enabling the first All Stars Cricket session to start at 6.00 pm.

We hosted the Dorking Schools’ Countdown Cricket Competition on the same day as the contractors arrived. St. Pauls, Surrey Hills, St. Josephs, St. Johns, St. Martins and North Downs participated on a glorious summer’s day. St. Martins  remained unbeaten and became champions.

At 7.30 am on the 17th May our contractors, Slatters, arrived and dismantled the nets. They are no more!

Phil Mumford brought his son Jacob along for a net on the 16th May. Little did they know that they are the last people to use the nets before they will be dismantled. Here is Jacob with JC and a couple of pictures of Derek Underwood opening the nets in 1994.

14th/15th May – A weekend best forgotten. The 1st XI lost to Byfleet as did the 2nd XI who recorded seven ducks as they were shot out for 40!! It then rained on Sunday causing the fixtures to be cancelled.

JC freezing cold at the under 14 match at Chipstead – 12th May. Charlie Stimpson’s coat is ‘slightly’ too large but nevertheless very welcome.

We have just heard that Alwyn Holder passed away on the 9th May. He was in his nineties and had been unwell for some time.He became a Vice President in 1969 but he will be remembered for his wonderful team of horses which he drove around the village. He competed in international carriage driving competitions and had a special friendship with Prince Philip. Our condolences go to Beryl and the family.

Junior coaching is underway at Newdigate.

Newdigate Earthquakes got off to a good start in the Surrey Slam by recording a solid win away against Dorking on Tuesday, 3rd May.

April

Cricket has started in April sunshine. Our first match on Saturday 23rd April saw a victory against Merton but next day the Sunday XI (see below) lost to Crawley. It was great to be back.

10th/15th April – Getting ready for the season.

March

On the day that cricket legends Shane Warne and Rod Marsh died eight young Newdigate cricketers were enjoying their Russell Haigh Bursary session at the Surrey Cricket Centre.

The funeral of Jenny Clark took place on the 3rd March at St. Peter’s Church, Newdigate. Many will remember the Six-a-Side tournaments which raised money for Diabetes UK. These were in memory of her son Peter Clark who tragically died in 2002 in his mid-twenties as a result of diabetes.  Peter enjoyed his cricket and his Mum presented the trophy to the winning team.

 

February

The AGM was held at the pavilion on the 24th February. Our Chairman gave an illustrated presentation detailing all that has been achieved throughout 2021. The committee was re-elected en-bloc with the exception of a Fixture Secretary. Come on guys we need someone to step up. He revealed that our new, totally enclosed nets will be installed at the end of May. The finance has been raised thanks to the combined effort of John Callcut and James Penfold. However, more is needed so please support the crowd fundraising initiative that will shortly be announced. Here is a picture of our proposed nets.

 

The Russell Haigh Bursary started on the 11th February at the Surrey Cricket Centre in Burpham.

January

Derek gave the square its first cut of the year.

The first indoor net took place at Belmont School on the 27th January. They will continue on Thursday evenings.

First Aid courses run by North East Surrey Training (NEST) were held at the club on the 12th and 19th January.  21 coaches and members attended which was an amazing turn out.

On the New Year bank holiday a group of members got together to clear the leaves that had settled all over the ground. The fence around the square has been removed in order to clear the accumulated leaves. Looking good

The Saturday 1st and 2nd XI fixtures and Sunday fixtures are now out and they can be seen on the calendar or at play-cricket. The ladies fixtures can also be viewed. Following the take-over of Fullers by a Chinese company the long running sponsorship deal has been terminated. Apparently it was one of the longest ever running sponsorship deals within the sporting world. The league will continue to be called the Surrey County League but it is now being sponsored by the famous Kentish brewery, Shepherd Neame.