Under 8s to Under 18s
One month into the start of the season and progress on the fundraising to build our new nets is going fantastically well – we now estimate that we are over halfway to our target with £40,000 set aside for the project.
What have we all been doing?
We welcomed in the new season at our very first quiz night with nearly 100 people in attendance. All the age groups were represented brilliantly. Everyone had a huge amount of fun doing the quiz and enjoyed a fish and chip supper followed by Jenny’s homemade brownies and icecream! We managed to raise an incredible £1900 for the nets project – big thanks to Jenny and Caroline for organising and for all those who gave their time to help out or donated prizes for the raffle.
Cricket registration for juniors has also exceeded expectations with 410 juniors playing cricket which means that membership this year is up 12.5%. Word of mouth and some clever use of social media has helped a lot.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of many people either adding a little amount to their registration fees or making direct donations – So far we have raised £1,000 through our gofund me page and another £1,000 from direct donations. Thank you to all who have donated.
We also raised a further £1,000 after being given the opportunity to feed the rugby community at their annual awards night. The weather was fantastic and a crew of volunteers cooked for 4 hours non-stop. We cooked and sold everything we were given and more. A huge thanks to a whole host of people – Matt Webb for cleaning the grills before we arrived, Steve Frost for relentless burger cooking, Stuart Atkins for front of house serving, Bob Ford for helping us get started and clearing up, Pat Keene for teaching us how everything works and a relief crew about 3 hours in that helped us get to the end. Finally also to Mike Stallard – rugby chairman for letting us get involved.
So what next…?
We have a number of grant applications which we have either applied for and are awaiting a response or we want to apply for – Anyone who would like to help us fill these forms in and who might be inspired to write compelling responses would be much appreciated please email [email protected]
We continue to look for sponsors for the new nets and the junior section. We will have 4 highly prominent advertising opportunities visible 365 days of the year. We are contacting new perspective companies but if you are interested or you have contacts locally that could help, please again get in contact – history suggests club sponsorship is most likely to come through the members of the club and their wider contacts.
In July we are planning to make the most of the Junior’s (Colts) day. We will be looking to make this a great afternoon at the club with food, drink and entertainment for adults and children. We are looking for parents who would be willing to help us get this organised. Please email [email protected]
And finally… we will be launching a sponsorship opportunity for the children to participate in July – more to follow on this crazy challenge.
As a committee we want to thank EVERYONE who has either contributed their time or donated money so far. We are very grateful, but we still have further to go. So if you haven’t donated please go to https://www.gofundme.com/oldrutscricket-nets every bit of money counts.
Please spare a little time to help us finish the year with all our sponsors in place, a range of grants applied for and a great Juniors day at the club in July.
We have got fantastic momentum behind this campaign now and we are confident that with this final push we will be signing the building contract in the Autumn.
There was disappointment all round on Saturday as three of our four fixtures fell foul of the weather.
After an opening weekend win over Epsom CC last week, the First XI were keen to build on their early season form. Winning the toss and electing to field first, they didn’t take long to justify captain Cooper’s decision. Churt CC were reduced to 50-4 before the rain came with the wickets shared between a run-out (Trimmings), Cooper (2) and Bryan (1). Despite the best efforts of the Ruts players to get back out, the rain didn’t relent and both sides went away with 4 points. The First XI are at home to Purley CC this weekend.
This bank holiday weekend saw the much anticipated return to league cricket for our senior Saturday XIs. With pre-season being hit with inclement weather, it was a case of into the unknown for most players, while it was brilliant to see some new players making their debuts for the club.
The 1st XI discovered that winning feeling again with a tense, 6 run win away to Epsom CC. After contributions of 48 and 41 from the returning Joe Riches and Russell Bryan ,the boys looked well set
The under 8s played their first ever cricket match today, a friendly against our own Under 9s .
It was perfect weather at Wimbledon Chase School and the spectators got to enjoy a good standard of cricket across both teams, bags of energy and enthusiasm and a little bit of ‘flossing’ in the field! The boys had a lot of fun and it was great to see them enjoying their cricket so much. We wish both teams the best for the upcoming season ahead!
After two successful weekends of pre-season cricket, we move into May in good spirits and begin our league campaigns this coming Saturday.
So far the 1st XI have had two good run-outs, defeating Chessington CC and narrowly coming up short against Walton-on-Thames CC while the 2nd XI have unfortunately missed out on their warm up games through a combination of opposition drop outs and poor weather.
We’ve welcomed Dan Sharples, our 2018 overseas player, to the club over the past fortnight and he’s quickly taken a liking to Poplar Road’s track, blazing a quick-fire century on debut.
There’s also been a good start for the Sunday 1st XI in the Surrey Trust with wins against Dorking and Spencer. The weather may have tried it’s best to prevent it but the lads put in strong performances to take the games. Top bowling performances from Fraser Trimmings and Trishan Patel restricted Dorking to 105. While a maiden 50 for the club from newcomer James Gribble ensured a strong score against Spencer. All in all positive signs for the season ahead.
This coming weekend, the 1st XI begin their campaign away to Epsom CC, the 2nd XI are at home to Valley End CC, the 3rd XI are at Nursery Road hosting Valley End CC while the 4th XI take on Sunbury CC in an away fixture. We’d love to see as many of you at the club over the weekend to enjoy the benefits only the cricket season can bring – sun (sometimes), drinks (often) and good cricket (occasionally).
A reminder that if you’re yet to pay your annual membership, this can be done in a matter of minutes by paying at the bar the next time you’re at the club. Just ensure you keep your receipt and hand it to Richard Slatford once paid.
Senior outdoor training is also underway now on Thursday evenings at the club from 6:15pm.
Finally, a huge thank you must go to Neil Robinson and his team who have created a brand new website for the club during the off-season. If you are yet to visit www.oldrutscricket.co.uk , please take a look as we’re extremely proud to have such an impressive website that promotes the club and all the brilliant work that’s going on at Poplar Road. We also have a new email address, so any correspondence should be sent to ‘[email protected]’.
We hope you’re as excited as we are at the prospect of a brilliant 2018 season and look forward to seeing you at the club over the coming months.
We’re delighted to announce that Dan Sharples will be joining us from April as our 2018 overseas player.
Dan is a kiwi batsman playing for one of New Zealand’s strongest clubs, St Albans. Sharples moved from former club Kaikorai, to St Albans mid-way through the 2016/17 season and, in the current season is one of the club’s leading 1st XI batsman. In-fact, after the first two rounds of the Christchurch Metro Premier Men’s Two-Day competition, he is the leading run-scorer with 173 runs at 57.67.
As our 1st XI prepare to compete and push for promotion in Division 3 of the Surrey Championship we are delighted to welcome Dan to the club and wish him well for the season ahead.
The 2nd XI have been a strong side over the last few years, regularly competing for the top spot in Division 1 and this year will be looking to carry that on with an eye on promotion under new captain Evan Watson.
Evan is a life member at the Ruts and is a true representation of what the club is about both on and off the field with his strong all-round playing abilities as well as his humble and highly sociable character off the field. We wish him well this year as captain and hope he can help take the second team forward in gaining much desired success.
This year we’ve seen our indoor nets move to Wimbledon College on Edge Hill.
With high quality facilities on offer to get rid of those off-season cobwebs we’re looking in good shape ahead of the 2018 season. There have been lots of positives with the club making good strides forward while attendances have increased drastically from last year in spite of the snow and we have plenty of new faces to show. Training takes place every Thursday from 19.30 until 21.00 at Wimbledon College secondary school.
The club has always been proud to produce young talent that have gone on to play first team cricket such as Joe Riches, Richard Woolland, Ross Trimmings and many more. In the last few seasons we have seen the growth of 3 individuals in particular who now at the age of only 13 have all played for the top teams of the club both on a Saturday and Sunday. Ayush Patel, Fraser Trimmings and Trishan Patel, all of which have represented Surrey age group, will be looking to build on strong 2017 campaigns and show off their all-round abilities in 2018. Ayush in fact holds the record for the youngest seniors 50 in the club, breaking his older brother, Eshen’s, record. In the next few weeks Fraser and Trishan will be packing their bags to prepare for Surrey tour to South Africa, which will both be a great opportunity to learn and develop, as well as get in good form for the coming season.