Blackheath Cricket Club News - 2018

Proposal to Take Over Grafham Ground
As most members will be aware, Blackheath CC has recently been offered the opportunity to take over the Grafham ground (south of Bramley just off the A281), as a new second ground. We’re keen in principle to do this, but we will need to undertake a major upgrade of the Grafham facilities and we’re applying for substantial grant from Sport England - for further details, click here. We need to show Sport England that the project has the full support of our members, so if you’re happy to do so, please take our one question survey and help make it happen.
2018 End of Season Awards and Averages

Many congratulations to all this season’s award winners at the club awards dinner on 29th September.

Many thanks to Alexandra Jones and all the other cooks and helpers for a great meal.

For a full list of award winners click here and to see all the end of season averages click here and click here for the end of season photo selection.

Pictured here is Pete Melhuish being presented the Stevens Cup at the I'Anson Dinner by former England test captain, John Emburey.

Congratulations to the 2nd XI

Congratulations to Simon Mansell and the Blackheath 2nd XI who achieved promotion from Div 3 of the I’Anson League on 15 September with a comfortable win at Hindhead.

Though it wasn’t quite enough to catch champions Farncombe (who finished just 0.12 points ahead), if finished off a great season in which the team comfortably surpassed their own expectations. Roll on next season and Div 2 …

U15s tour to Isle of Wight

What was certainly the strongest Blackheath U15 team ever to leave these shores departed for the Isle of Wight on 23 July, fresh from finishing joint third in the Surrey Junior Invitational League.

Though the team was somewhat too strong for the opposition in all three games they played (against Shanklin CC, Ventnor CC and Hambledon CC in Hampshire on the way home), a great time was had by all – for a selection of photos from the tour, click here.

Stevens Cup Winners
A brilliant finals day at Blackheath saw us snatch a thrilling last gasp victory against Grayswood in the Stevens Cup Final. After man of the match Mitch McMullan made 33, a collapse followed and only vital late order runs from Hugh Jolly (27) and Archie Freeth (24) got us to 117. That looked well below par, but following a strong start Grayswood also collapsed and, with 3 wickets falling in an amazing final over from skipper “Bertie” Bertola, they were bowled out just 2 runs short. For more pictures click here and for a full report see the Guildford Dragon
U13s Hampshire Tour

On the evening of Friday 4th May an enthusiastic and excited group of cricketers gathered at the Holiday Inn Express, Southampton for the annual Blackheath Cricket Tour - read all about it in the tour report (many thanks to Helen Curtis)....

Club Handbook

Click here to download the club’s 2018 handbook.

Newsletter   Junior Section Information
With winter training for both seniors and juniors starting this Sunday (14th January), the cricket season seems not so far off now, and here is a Club Newsletter attached with some reflections on last year and news about a few changes in the coming summer.

Click here to download the club’s 2018 Junior Section Information and Winter Coaching booklet

Surrey Introduction to Scoring Course 2018
Building on the launch of Play-Cricket Scorer, ECB has continued to listen to scorers and, throughout the winter, has developed a FREE scoring solution for Windows and Apple Mac.  Play-Cricket Scorer Pro provides an alternative scoring option that meets the needs of the dedicated scorer in the recreational and professional game. ECB and ECB ACO are touring the country showcasing the functionality of Play-Cricket Scorer and Scorer Pro to all in attendance. These events are free to attend and open to all and on Tuesday, March 13th Blackheath will be hosting one of these events. If you are interested, please click on this link to register:

The event will begin with an overview of Play-Crickets tools, setting the scene, highlighting the importance of scoring to the game and both the features and benefits of Play-Cricket’s products for scorers, administrators and players.You will then receive a demonstration by a representative of the new Play-Cricket Scorer Pro software and Play-Cricket Scorer app followed by a Q&A giving you the opportunity to raise any questions. Finishing off the evening you will have an opportunity to meet product experts from the recreational and professional game who have been developing and extensively testing Play-Cricket Scorer Pro during the winter months. Throughout the event, the technical product development team will also be on hand and available to discuss any necessary queries.