Indoor winter nets start on Sunday the 6th February 2022 at Winston Churchill School Sports Centre, Hermitage Road, Woking GU21 8TL. Sessions will be every Sunday 4-5pm until 10th April 2022. Cost £5 per session.
New members always welcome.
It was with great sadness we learned of the passing of Dave Bourne, aged 79, who suffered a heart attack whilst enjoying a round of golf on 17th August 2021. Dave became one of our most prominent members during a 60 year association with the club and contributed immensely to our development over that period.
Dave was a left hand opening bowler and a useful late middle order batsman taking 1,354 wickets at 15.68, scoring 6,118 runs at 15.53 and holding 177 catches during 843 games with the club.
Joining the club in 1958 he was instrumental in the formation of the club’s 2nd XI in 1966 a side which he captained until 1969. Moving up to the 1st XI Dave became Captain in 1974 holding the post until 1977 and again in 1981 when the club became Wey Valley Cricket League Champions for the first time in our history. His playing days ended back in the 2nd XI as captain in 1988 and again from 1993 to 1997, followed by some seasons of umpiring.
His honours include Club Cup winner in 1977: 1st XI Bowling Cup in 1977, 1978 & 1986; 2nd XI Bowling Cup in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 & 1988 and 2nd XI Batting Cup in 1970 & 1971. He also served as Fixture Secretary between 1977 and 1981 but will probably be best remembered for being a generous, influential and high profile Club President from 1983 to 1996. The President Day Matches he hosted were one of the club’s highlights each year.
He was also involved in the foundation of the West Surrey Colts Leagues in 1978 and his company, Carman Heating, were the League’s original sponsors.
A true club man whose final request was for his coffin to be draped in the club flag.
Dave’s family have requested that tributes be made by way of a donation to the Frimley Park Hospital, Blood Cancer Unit. The club have made such a donation; anyone wishing to make further donations should visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rememberingdlb.
With the vaccine roll out and infection rates falling we are hoping that 2021 will be a full season although games will be subject to ECB Covid Guidelines.
The Saturday side are hoping to make a strong start to their first full season in the Premier League. We now have a full set of Sunday fixtures for both the 1st XI and the 2nd XI which started with a limited fixture list last season. The 1st XI should remain competitive against a good standard opposition whilst the 2nd XI will be a breeding ground for new talent and a sanctuary for old talent.
A T20 team has been entered in a local fairly relaxed midweek league and other midweek social games are being arranged. These games are a good opportunity to relax after a hard day and we hoping to attract few new faces who have been out of the game for a few years.
On the Juniors front we now have two professional coaches who will compliment our internal coaching team. Their costs will be funded through the training session fees. The Under 15s will be playing in the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship. We also have about 60 enrolments into the All Starts and Dynamos programs. Friday training nights look to be fairly frenetic so any help for this vital part of the club would be welcome. This could involve anything from coaching to cooking sausages, registering juniors or serving behind the bar. Whatever your skills are I’m sure we can find a use for them.
Over the winter the Committee have been in discussions with the council, our councillor and other users of the Memorial Field concerning its development, including the installation of new nets. We are making good progress although this more of a long term project. In the meantime we are giving the clubhouse a bit of a face lift whist it is closed for Covid. This should be ready to open subject to Boris and the builders on the 21st May. An official re-opening is planned and further details will be released shortly. It is hoped that following the refurbishment we will be able to make more use of the clubhouse enabling us to fund the new nets.
Finally, the committee have co-opted Gemma Chasmer as our Development Officer. Gemma is pulling together a five year plan prior to meeting the Surrey Cricket Board Development Manager who will give us direction on how to move towards our goals. Once this is completed is it will be presented to the membership for approval.
It looks like exciting times are ahead and the weather at present seems to be ideal for cricket.
The season started with a guard of honour for Steve Clarke as he took to the field for his 50th season with Ottershaw on what was coincidentally his 1,000 game for the club.
Steve made his debut as a 15 year old against local rivals on Chobham on 27th May 1972 and has gone on to take 1,108 wickets as a bowler, score 5,656 runs and held 306 catches. He has captained the Sunday XI for the past 15 years and it is a testament to his fair, friendly approach that has seen the team go from strength to strength whilst other clubs have struggled to field Sunday sides.
This long playing record was detailed on a “Gold Disc” presented to Steve which seemed an appropriate memento for the owner of Archive Records in Addlestone.
The clubhouse has also been re-named as “The Steve Clarke Pavilion” in his honour and we all look forward to joining Steve in the bar when it re-opens after the lock down.