I hope you have enjoyed a good summer break with your family. A short note with some important news about our Club.
Philip Jansen has decided to step down as President of our Club, having held the post for three years. He’s been a great help to me and has been a generous donor when we were raising funds to extend our clubhouse.
I am delighted to confirm that Stephen Finch will replace Philip as Club President. Many of you will already know him as a Sunday regular. He joined our Club in 1976 as a 1st XI player, became Club Captain in 1983 and moved into Sunday cricket when his knees and eyes started to lose their edge!
He has thus far amassed 5705 runs, 515 wickets and 176 catches in his 41 year career with Stoke. For several years he was Sunday Captain and he has helped many young players make the transition into adult cricket. Most important of all, Stephen is passionate about our Club and was one of several founder donors when we raised £250k to extend the Clubhouse. I’m looking forward to working with him.
We’ve enjoyed another outstanding season in the Surrey Championship. The final league matches will be played on Saturday and I’m delighted to announce our 1st XI has already secured promotion to Division 3. Our 2nd XI will follow suit if they win on Saturday.
Special credit to the 23 players who have turned out for the 1s during the first seventeen weeks, and to all the players in both teams putting the team requirements before their own preferences. James Trower has led the 1s to back-to-back promotions in 2016 and 2017. James is one of many to have progressed through our system into senior cricket, and I’m proud to say that 7 or 8 former colts have played in every 1st XI match this season. Jase Earl has been outstanding with the 2nd XI and has introduced several talented youngsters into senior cricket.
Kevin Morgan has e-mailed to confirm that the Colts Awards date had moved from Friday 8th September 2017 to Sunday 3rd September 2017. The start time will be 4.30pm. There will be a BBQ, a few field games and the bar will be open.
Please join us!