Gerrards Cross Cricket Club News pages

01 Mar 2017 : GXCC: Annual pre-season dinner: Saturday April 8th, 2017

Dear members and friends of Gerrards Cross Cricket Club,

The new Cricket season is just around the corner, a matter of weeks before rivalries and friendships are renewed on and off the field of play.  To help us prepare for the upcoming campaign, we are re-launching our popular annual pre-season dinner which will be taking place at the clubhouse on Saturday 8th April  at 7.30pm for 8pm; dress code smart. This year, it is open to one and all (which means all genders, races, ages, persuasions and cricketing abilities!) and I anticipate and appreciate your support in making this a wonderful evening.

This year, our Master of Ceremonies will be the new Chairman, Peter Westaway, who will no doubt share some of his thoughts and plans for the season ahead. Justine Hampshire and her staff will be serving some fabulous food. And during the meal, as in previous years, we will have the pleasure of listening to two speakers: first, a member of the club (still to be persuaded!) will say a few words to welcome our guest after-dinner speaker.

Then we will hear from our guest speaker who this year will be the vastly experienced and always entertaining Roger Dakin. Roger has been a huge success speaking at our events in years gone by and he is known across the land as an extremely humorous and witty raconteur, as well as a terrific storyteller. A former England hockey goalkeeper, Roger describes himself as a non-spinning off-spinner and hard-hitting number 6 bat, as well as a golfing bandit off a 24 handicap!

Finally, we are also planning to hold a raffle with some exciting prizes, and an auction of an item of sporting memorabilia (to be revealed on the night!).

So overall, a lot to look forward to and a night not to be missed.

Tickets are £45 (£30 for under-25s).

If you would like to attend, please email me, Bunny Warren at or phone/text me on 07432 612847 as soon as possible but definitely before March 24th to book seats/tables and to inform me of any dietary requirements. Once you have done this, please send payment either by sending a cheque made payable to Gerrards Cricket Club, at

75 Wyatt Close, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 5YY

or preferably by paying directly by BACS to GX Cricket Club at

Barclays, a/c 50372472, sort code 20-02-06 (Ref: Annual Dinner).

Thanks in anticipation, really looking forward  to seeing as many of you as possible to get the season up and running. 

Yours in cricket,



09 Feb 2017 : GXCC: HELP needed please!

Fellow cricketers,


The cricket club needs your help!


For the past 6 years , we have invited an overseas player to come over and spend a season at GXCC as a coach and player. As you may be aware they have tended to come from Australia and have been both popular and successful members of our club -  this is primarily down to our connections in this part of the world and a robust vetting process.


We are very keen to extend an invitation to a new overseas player this season and to that end we need to find suitable accommodation preferably in reasonable proximity to GXCC. It is likely our overseas player will hail from Australia or New Zealand as before and will be in the 22 – 25 age range. They are usually very low maintenance, self-sufficient and our previous hosts ( the Russells and the Hunts ) have enjoyed their company enormously.


This year we need to find a new home for our overseas visitor  - it would be fantastic if there is anyone out there amongst our members who would be able to help out. Please could I ask you all to have a think about this and let me know as soon as possible  if you would be able to house our guest this summer. It is likely he would arrive in time for the first match on the 22nd April and would leave soon after the last league match on September 2nd.


We do need to hear from you as soon as possible as flights/visas etc take several weeks to organize.


Please do get in touch with me if you are willing to do this or if you need more details on what is involved.


Many thanks in anticipation.


Peter Westaway

GXCC Chairman


phone: 01753 481690 (H), 07788 414793 (Mobile).

04 Feb 2017 : GXCC: An update for colts and parents

Dear parents and colts,

This email is designed to provide a quick update to those of you that weren't able to get along to our session at the clubhouse on Wednesday evening (Feb 1st). The purpose of the evening was to explain in more detail how the coaching offer from GXCC is changing this season. Nigel Bruce explained his Future Legends coaching set-up and how it will be organised over the summer as well as for winter nets and Easter training. The strong emphasis that came through was the aim of providing safe and enjoyable cricket for boys and girls of all standards. And that this will hopefully encourage them to participate in junior teams in years to come, and more importantly that they cultivate a love for the game by having fun.
We also talked about the importance of the club providing support to the junior sides when necessary in terms of helping out. And also about the desirability of giving colts the opportunity for those who feel ready for senior cricket by welcoming them into the Saturday 3rd team  or the Sunday team.
If you weren't there on Wednesday, please still feel free to send any questions or suggestions you might have about how we could be doing things better..

On more practical matters, let us draw your attention to three other matters.

1. The winter nets are carrying on at Beaconsfield High School and spaces are still available this Sunday (February 5th). The first session has received great feedback so please try to get along. And for those of you who may have other muddier sporting commitments, if the weather causes those games to be called off, it's not too late to turn up on Sunday morning.

2. We are in the process of entering the age/group sides into their respective competitions for next season. It's really helpful if we can get an early idea of how many people are going to be in each age group, so the sooner you can send your annual subscriptions to Suzy Pitcher, the easier it becomes for us.

3. Finally, you may have seen that a quiz night is planned for Friday February 17th. This is intended to be for all club members including colts parents (and even the older colts). So it would be great if we could have a few tables from our junior membership to give you all the opportunity to meet other members of the club. If you're interested, please let Bunny Warren know (

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you.

David Snushall, GXCC Colts Organiser (

Peter Westaway, GXCC Chairman (, 07788 414793)

25 Jan 2017 : GXCC 2017: Welcome to the cricket season from the new chairman

Fellow cricketers and cricket-lovers,

Happy New Year and welcome to the new cricket season. You might feel it's too early to think about playing cricket, but as far as the year ahead is concerned, plans are already in full swing to make 2017 a successful season on and off the field for everyone involved at Gerrards Cross Cricket club.

First, let me introduce myself. I am Peter Westaway, the new chairman of Gerrards Cross Cricket Club. I am taking over from Charlie Hunt after a fine innings from him. I have been a member of the club for about ten years. I  still play regularly in the 3rd XI and I know all about the importance of the colts set-up having seen my son Sam go through the age groups and senior teams.

We have a few changing faces on the committee too. Between us, we are very keen to help move the club forward next season and beyond. We think there are three key elements to achieving this: By promoting successful and enjoyable cricket at all levels for colts and adults; by making sure the social side of the cricket club flourishes and involves as many people as possible; and by making sure that we finance ourselves sensibly.

As far as the cricket goes next season, 2017 is a critically important year as the First XI try to get back into the Home Counties Premier League at the first attempt. New skipper Elliot Green is working hard to pull together a squad to make this happen. And of course, we're keen to see the 2nds and 3rds do well next year too, as well as establishing regular Sunday cricket again.

In the provision of colts' cricket, we have made some exciting changes this year. We have engaged Future Legends to run all of our junior coaching activities. This is run by Nigel Bruce and his team of experienced coaches (which will include some of the existing coaches from our own club) and we are confident that this set-up will deliver a high-quality and enjoyable environment for our future stars (boys and girls) to develop their cricket skills and hopefully nurture a passion for the game. Winter Nets are already under way at Beaconsfield High School with spare places still available for a range of age groups (parents should already have details in an email from David Snushall).

I also want to draw attention to an opportunity for parents to come down to the club on Wednesday evening, February 1st at 7.30pm to hear from Nigel, David and myself about the new arrangements and to answer any questions you might have about how it will work. Please try to get along if you can, this really is your chance to get your voice heard.

On the social side of the club, we will continue to run a number of events throughout the year that will be designed to bring club members together, have some fun, and hopefully raise some funds for the club at the same time. Bunny Warren is overseeing these events and there are two specific dates to put in your diary already.

**first, and this one is quite soon, we will be holding a quiz night on Friday February 17th; more details to be sent out very soon.

**second, we are re-introducing the popular pre-season dinner to be held on Saturday April 8th.  As in previous years we will be having a guest speaker, and I'm pleased to say we're welcoming back the services of Roger Dakin, former GB hockey goalie and renowned hilarious after-dinner speaker, many people's favourite from our past history.  Perhaps most importantly, in a long overdue break with tradition, both men and women will be very welcome to come along to this esteemed occasion. So let's really try to relaunch this dinner in style, and feel free to invite along players, friends of the club, whoever will enjoy the evening. More information to follow soon.

Of course, cricket clubs do not run on good intentions alone, and the financing of our club continues to be a balancing act between the spending we incur on various activities relating to playing cricket and running the club, and the money we get in from subscriptions, match fees, the patrons and sponsorship. On that basis we have decided to keep the annual subscriptions unchanged this year. But we have decided to raise match fees for adults from £5 to £10 per match (with a suitable discount for students as before). This still leaves the total cost of playing cricket at Gerrards Cross in line with or below the level charged by other clubs in the area. We think this still represents great value for money for an afternoon's entertainment!

Please join with me and the Committee in helping to make 2017 a really successful season. My hope is that Gerrards Cross Cricket Club can strengthen our reputation for being a place where we play a high standard of cricket, but at all levels we play it fairly, we have fun and we establish a reputation for being the friendliest club for opposition players, umpires and visitors.

If anyone has any thoughts or comments about how the club could be run better, feel free to get in touch with me. Or if you feel you could help out in any way, with time, money or enthusiasm, please step forward to help.

Thanks and see you when the season gets under way. Yours in cricket.


Crossford House,
14 Bulstrode Way
Gerrards Cross
Phone: 01753 481690 (home); 07788 414793 (mobile)

03 Jan 2017 : Practice Nets at GX

Dear Member,

It has come to our attention that the nets are being used during the Winter months.

The Groundsman has requested  that the nets are left alone and not used until they have been serviced and prepared for use -   this will be sometime in early April and we will inform members in due course when they are operational.

Thank you for your co-operation.

GXCC Committee

10 Jul 2016 : U10s win Kwik Cricket Tournament

GX U10s 239-5 beat Cookham Dean U10s 234-4 in the 6 over tournament final

The GX team  was: Oli Henry, Robbie Davies, Robbie Spittal (left before semi), Max Mowle (left before final), Anshiv, Rohan, Toby Hewson.

We entered the 15 team tournament on Sunday 3rd July – generously hosted by Woburn Cricket Club.

Teams were in three groups: winners of each progressed to the semi final plus the best third place.

GX won their four six over a side group games with ease:

GX 198-0 beat Beaconsfield 136-1

GX 161-1 beat Holmer Green 90-6

GX 160-0 beat Farnham Common 117-5

GX 206-0 beat Wooburn 127-1

In the semi final GX faced Bledlow Ridge who had also won all four games. In a tight match GX 147-0 beat Bledlow Ridge 138-4 (net 118).

In the final GX faced a very good Cookham Dean team.

We bowled first – and Toby took a diamond duck (wicket first ball) – but then Cookham were to hit a six and two fours. They then made the mistake of hitting it to Anshiv who doesn’t drop catches.

Fielding well we were keeping the runs down. Anshiv took another catch – and Oli stopped a certain boundary. The innings was coming to a close – it was hard to score runs – when Rohan took a fabulous catch. Last ball of the innings – no ball, 3 scored. Another ball was needed – and Robbie Davies took a wicket – caught and bowled. The innings closed on 134.

Batting first were Oli and Max – they struggled to get off the crease such was the bowling. Max was bowled and the innings was on just two runs with two balls left. Max – then hit two fours with consecutive balls. 110 after the first pair

Anshiv and Rohan came into bat. Anshiv can hit it well – he hit a six, a four. Was then caught out!

We were on 118 with two overs left. In strode Toby and Robbie Davies.

Toby hit a four, then another. Then foolishly the boys ran themselves out. Robbie hit a four.

Then controversy! Attempting a run out – Cookham Dean threw the ball against a hat – that the bowler had lazily left on the ground. Penalty – five runs.

Into the final over we needed 8 to win. We hit a two, then a four. Then disaster struck, a no ball – the boys ran – and again were run out! We still needed 6 to win. Two balls left.

Toby hit a four. Last ball. Two to win.

Bowler comes in Toby hits it – one run scored. But wait……four overthrows! And a no ball run given – suddenly we are five ahead – with another ball to face.

Toby needs to just stay in – not lose his wicket. A great ball – but Toby plays safe. Match won by 5 runs…..the hat saved the day.

An amazing day – well done the boys – our first trophy of the season is now in the cabinet.

The five runs we received because of the hat incident meant that it was a moral draw. Managers agreed that both teams should get winners medals.

The Woburn hosts were thanked –they had put on a brilliantly well organised festival. Well umpired and well run.

GX under 10s had won their first trophy of the season.

24 May 2015 : Code of Conduct
Dear Members

I just wanted to remind all players and parents that as club we have a code of conduct that we expect all members and spectators to abide with. This code can be found on our website, we also want to play aggressively but fairly as set out in the MCC Spirit of Cricket. I hope you are enjoying the season so far and wish you well for the rest of the season.

Kind regards

Chairman GXCC