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Season 2003
This is the "Big One".....

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FIXTURES 2003

APRIL

Apr 27 Chadwick Away 2.00

MAY

May 04 Pitch Opening  Home 2.30
May 11 Elthorne Home 2.30
May 18 Chertsey Rec. Home 2.30
May 25 Shamley Green Away 2.30

JUNE

June 01 Tilford Away 2.00
June 08 Fairlands Home 2.30
June 15 Engelfield Green Home 2.30

CORNWALL TOUR

June 21 to be arranged Away 2.30
June 22 Mt. Hawke Away 2.30
June 23 Perranporth Away 2.30

JUNE (cont')

June 29 North Croydon 2 Home 2.00

JULY

July 06 Pinkneys Green Away 2.00
July 13 Lyne (tbc) Away 2.30
July 20 Brookwood Away 2.00
July 27 Pirbright Home 2.30

AUGUST

Aug 03 Fairlands Away 2.30
Aug 10 Westfield Away 2.00
Aug 17 Windlesham Home 2.30
Aug 24 Cove 2 Home 2.30
Aug 01 Chobham 2nd XI Away 2.00

SEPTEMBER

Sep 07 Hawley Away 2.00
Sep 14 Banstead Away 1.00

tiniball.gif (219 bytes)   It was a long time between updates, but there we go! As keen followers of the club will know new recruits and a positive outlook meant the 2003 season ended with much positive to look back on. The previous year was a little disappointing in the way of results yet although the number of outright wins was only a few more than then, the re-jigged team's performance as a whole was coherent and efficient on many occasions. Where on occasion we let ourselves down was in the same department as last year, where we failed to total enough runs to secure a draw or outright win. Fielding showed much promise, and often limited opponents scoring opportunities to keep us in contention. Some 'orrible dropped catches from time to time didn't help though!

tiniball.gif (219 bytes)   Before all this though was the pre-season part of the year. This kicked off with the Treasure Hunt and Grand Draw, warmly received by cars full of manic eagle-eyes with brains in overdrive, who wound their way through the lanes of picturesque east Hampshire. Not that they had too much time to appreciate the views - the route and challenging questions were set once again by Beefy Turner and his cunning mind, suitably aided and abetted by Adie Lamberth with his quite devious mind! The cars' occupants also had to obtain certain items along the route which took them through not only well-known places such as Odiham but also through, round, past and almost under many more not-so-familiar places as well. It was quite worrying at one point when the convoy of vehicles saw a car containing the organiser's grinning faces pass them in the opposite direction - just what did they know? At the end of the day, it was Alan Hull and his carload who were the worthy winners for the hotly contested 100 top prize. The Grand Draw took place the same afternoon in the Hare and Hounds with many prizes, top of which was a brand-new DVD player. A good day was had by all and a 100 donation was made to the Landlord's personal favourite charity, the Premature Baby Unit at Frimley Park Hospital. The Racenight at Chobham R.F.C. was an even more enjoyable event than the year before, and that is really saying something!

The new pitch - you better believe it

tiniball.gif (219 bytes)   Of course next up was the one thing WECC won't forget for some time to come, the culmination of years of saving and fundraising. The new grass wickets was a major step on the evolutionary path the club has taken in recent years to increase the club's profile in the village and improve our facilities. Thankfully the first home scrap of the year, also the first home game in three years, indeed the first game on grass in West End for over twenty years (!) was a grand opening occasion involving inviting key members and players from present and past. The rain of previous days finally relented to give us a dry, warm and sunny day for 120 people to have a good time. The rejuvenated (I like that word) home ground's surface was best described as going "Good to Soft" as President Paul Bates gallantly led his team to some sort of a result. No, you'll have to read the match report to find out what! Click any fixture above/right to be taken to that game's match report, if it is available. (Time constraints!) The season couldn't have got off to a much higher profile start.

tiniball.gif (219 bytes)   Next up was the Tenth anniversary tour and our eighth to Perranporth - undoubtedly our favourite destination. Players old and new were ever so slightly press-ganged into the trip of a lifetime (well, the month of June anyway) which was let down a bit by Sunday's cancelled game at Mount Hawke due to inclement weather (rain, fog, monsoon, etc.) The Perranporth game on the Monday was a far better affair with some familiar Cornish faces putting in a welcome appearance, all of whom did their level best to scupper us!

The Surrey County Cricket Centre
George Abbot School
Burpham, Guildford
Surrey GU1 1XX.
Tel: 01483 598880
Fax: 01483 598881
guildford@surreycricket.com

tiniball.gif (219 bytes)   With the promise our younger players are showing and the continuing enthusiasm of the colts, not to mention the positive approach of everyone else, 2003 certainly turned out to be one of the noteworthy seasons of recent years and has hopefully sowed the seeds for WECC's future for some time to come. Next up will hopefully be (at long last) our own practise nets on the recreation ground. Some may say we need it but it' s perfectly true to say that the more activity there is to be seen on the ground, the better for the village - and us. Here's to 2004!

The Committee.

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