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We are pleased to announce that an Alumni Group approved at the AGM  has been set up for past members. It is principally aimed at former players who have left the club, but will also welcome their partners and social members who have moved on from the club. Alumni will not be members of the club with the rights this entails, but it is aimed at keeping in contact with people who were once very involved with the club.

Those that join the Alumni Group will receive announcements and  newsletters during the season, details of news items particularly relevant to them, and an invitation to an annual Alumni Day at the club, etc. There will be no fee to become an Alumni.

There has been a marvellous response to this initiative and so far over 50 past members have joined. At least 3 of these played for the club as far back as the 1960s and went on the club's first overseas tour to Holland in 1969.

The first Alumni Day has been set for Saturday 17th August and existing members are obviously encouraged to attend and meet up with old friends.

An Alumni section has been set up on the left hand side of the club website where Chris Hurd will post notices, etc, to the Alumni Group.

The Management Committee would like to thank Chris for initiating and developing our new Alumni Group.

Last Week's Match Reports

Buckhurst Hill 1st XI v Wanstead 1st XI

A comprehensive 7 wicket win by the firsts against Buckhurst Hill kept us at the top of the league on Saturday.  Captain Kishen won the toss, put Buckhurst Hill into bat, and proceeded to take full advantage of the conditions, putting on a bowling masterclass. He finished with 7 for 29 off 15 overs in a total of 80 all out, supported by Zain who took 2 for 2 before he had to retire mid-over with a slight injury.
Our reply got off to a flying start, thanks to Tom and Hassan putting on a partnership of 51, before Tom fell for 26 to a superb one handed catch. We lost Robin shortly after, but Hassan calmed any nerves with 3 fours in an over.  He finished on 42 not out as we reached 81 for the loss of 3 wickets in the 15th over.
Wanstead 2nd XI v Hornchurch 2nd XI

Only a few things are guaranteed in life; Wanstead's 2nd XI winning another toss is one of them and when won, electing to bowl first. Hamza steamed in for an over before unfortunately getting injured. Marley and Finlay started tidily getting to drinks (17 overs) at 83 for 3. Post drinks, Hornchurch restarted well, getting 41 off the next 5 overs before Abhay and Zoraiz took a couple of crucial wickets, getting us back in the game at the second drinks break (156 for 6 off 34 overs). The same bowling partnership polished off the tail, ensuring no wag and finishing off with combined figures of 19.3 - 2 - 40 - 6, leaving Hornchurch all out for 174.

Zoraiz and Pav started the innings looking to continue their fine opening partnership and as things look set, we lost our first wicket for 40. Hornchurch consistently chipped away, leaving Wanstead on 113 for 4 and a sudden flurry of wickets reduced Wanstead’s score to 118 for 6. All of a sudden the game which looked like a relatively simple chase now looked like a mountain to climb on a deteriorating pitch. Finlay and George put on a crucial 30 run partnership before the skipper threw away his wicket at the worst possible time. With 25 runs to win and 2 wickets in hand the game was truly in the balance. 

George and Krish, the ninth wicket partnership, chipped away… ones here, twos there - and the score scrambled to 160. George then decided this was the over (against the opposition captains' bowling)… dot, dot, 6, dot, 4, 4 - a huge over going for 14. Scores were now level and the tension was relieved. Fittingly, George hit the winning runs, finishing on 30 not out off 47, causing celebrations to erupt around Overton Drive. A big shoutout to Krish, putting everything on his wicket with 7 off 34 as it also wouldn’t have been possible without his contribution! 
A great close win for the Wanstead 2s who still sit 16 points clear in the league.

Wanstead 3rd XI v Woodford Wells
After losing the toss, we were asked to bowl first on Woodford Wells tiny, postage stamp sized ground. A disastrous opening saw some very wayward bowling carted to the boundary, starting the game with 37 runs in the first three overs. However, we began to settle as Sulayman Tahir bowled with daring drift and our bowlers began to pick up wickets to stem the flow of the runs; most notably Paul Richardson, who ended with 4 wickets. At 248 for 8 our eyes lit up, knowing 300 or less would be more than attainable, however, their number 9 (who scored a hundred opening the batting for their 2nd XI the week before) entered the fray with clever sweeps and crashing boundaries, leaving the boys bewildered. The rapid 92 by their number 9 coupled with a steady 24 by their number 10 helped to mass a total of 370 all out in 49.5 overs. It was a formidable total after having them on the ropes but one we had no choice but to try to hunt down.
With the Herons crying out for a solid foundation we found ourselves succumbing to the pressure, losing 2 wickets in the first three overs. However, enter Sulayman Tahir (“A New Hope”) who manufactured a memorable innings, spoiling the crowd with mesmerising drives and impeccable timing. Whilst he formed the back bone of our resistance, there were eruptions that further unsettled the innings as a run out decision went our way. As Antony Smith went for a solid 28, Shoab Iqbal (29) soldiered on with Sulayman but our stars' exquisite innings of 129 came to an end as he was caught at cow corner. This led to a collapse as we tried to continue the heroic run chase, but the gamble left our lower ordered exposed and they were unable to see out a draw as we were bowled out for 278 in 39.2 overs.  

It wasn’t the win we craved but it was a very valuable 8 points gained. It looks like it will be a spicy scrap to the end to stay in the Premier but the difference in points remain tight at the bottom of the league. We go back into battle next week, hoping to defend our fortress at Nutter Lane vs Brentwood who sit 3rd in the league. Can we finally get the win we desire? Stay tuned!

Wanstead 4th XI (134 for 8) beat Horndon on the Hill (133) by 2 wickets

A tale of collapses at Nutter Lane as the 4s continued their upturn in form with a needlessly close win against Horndon on the Hill.  Sat just one point behind the opposition at the start of play, the skipper won the toss and elected to bowl knowing the depth of batting should have left any score chaseable.  The Horndon openers seemed to like the seam bowling, taking what felt like plenty of runs as the sun came out. The first wickets eventually came, but Horndon sat at 119 for 2 looking to build a formidable total. Spin was brought on after drinks, and this proved to be the silver bullet as Horndon's batting fell away completely with the loss of eight wickets for just 14 runs, including 5 wickets with the score unmoving on 122. Pavan Sunkara took 5 wickets for 13 runs, and Neil Patel took 3 for 5. Both bowled excellently and completely changed the game.

Setting out to chase a modest 133 in 61 overs, Zafar Saiyed took the initiative early on hitting all corners of the ground with a quick-fire 39. With the top order all making starts, the 4s found themselves 132 for 5, needing just two to extend our unbeaten run to 4 weeks. Clearly, the magnitude of the occasion was too much, as Horndon somehow took a hat trick. The skipper has to take a fair chunk of the blame after taking off his pads before the first of the three wickets, showing his ability to jinx even the most comfortable of wins remains alive and well. Another big win sees us jump to 6th in the table, potentially with ambitions to look upwards rather than downwards for a change.

Wanstead U12s v Hutton U12s

Wanstead U12s hosted Hutton on Sunday afternoon in the last 16 of the Brian Taylor competition. Wanstead won the toss and elected to bat, with the intention to set the opposition an imposing target, however, a combination of good bowling, difficult batting conditions and three unnecessary run outs left Wanstead in a spot of bother at 101 for 7, despite an excellent 50 from Hayaan. Fortunately this team is blessed with 11 all-rounders and the Wanstead tail wagged impressively to add 70 runs for the last 3 wickets to take us to a much more competitive total of 171. Bodhi led the way with a vital 43 runs, but was ably supported by Leo, before Moosa and Toby added a valuable 32 runs for the last wicket.

The strength of Wanstead’s bowling attack is such that the target always felt defendable, but a good start was required and that was exactly what we got when Furqan took 3 wickets in the first 3 overs of the innings. When Hayaan dislodged Hutton’s captain for 23, the momentum was well and truly in Wanstead’s favour, and Hutton were eventually dismissed for 62 to secure a 109 run victory. Hayaan ended with 4 wickets to cap an impressive day.

This extremely talented team still has further room for improvement, but if they manage to do that they are serious contenders for the trophy.

Wanstead U13G v Frenford U13G
Tuesday 16th July

Wanstead's U13G team hosted Frenford in the Essex hardball league at Nutter Lane for the final match of the group stages. Wanstead won the toss and chose to bat first (surprise surprise) and once again, there was a very complete batting display from all the girls.  The openers set the platform and the girls that came after continued to push the runs along at a nice rate.  The most noticeable development through the season has been the running between the wickets, and this was on full show today.  After settling in for the first couple of overs and seeing a spread field, the girls were pretty much picking up singles at will.  All this resulted in Wanstead finishing on 133 for the loss of one wicket (Saanvi (32 retired), Sienna (22 retired), Kiah (16) and Arya (14 not out)). 
Over to the bowlers.  Firstly a mention to our two stand-in wicket keepers, Saanvi and Olive, who were outstanding behind the stumps, with only 4 byes conceded in the whole innings.  The bowling itself was spot on from the first ball.  Both Sienna and Olive ensured Frenford weren’t able to get runs away at all and were very economical at the start.  This followed through to the rest of the bowlers, who all bowled very tight lines supported by excellent fielding.  The most notable bowling performance came from Anushka who finished with 2 overs, 1 maiden, 2 runs, 2 wickets.  From an umpire’s viewpoint the line and length were far better than what this umpire ever saw her dad produce.  Other wickets were taken by Kiah (1) and Saanvi (1) and one run out for Sienna, closing out the Frenford innings on 81 for 5. 
So with that win, we conclude the group stages and we look ahead to finals day.  While the result was nice to see, more importantly it was really nice to see some of the younger girls already having an impact in an age category well above them which bodes well for the future.  Thanks, as always, to the parents for all the support and Romit for scoring.

Bradley & Co - June Update
A limited report this month I’m afraid. Our Bradley presentation evening had to be postponed . The waders are back out of the cupboard.
However, Wanstead CC has produced some exciting results recently, notably our 1st X1 who travelled to Peterborough in the last 32 of the National Cup and won by 8 wickets. Two great innings by Hassan Hameed (100 not out) and Robin Das (76) saw us over the line. We were then rewarded with a home tie against Wimbledon in the last 16.  With a rain affected match and a lot of hard work by so many people, the team pulled off a stunning victory, winning by 68 runs. Into the last 8, opposition unknown at the moment. The 1st X1 also, in the only game played in the Essex Premier League on that day, won comfortably against local rivals Chingford, winning by 9 wickets and going top of the Premiership. They have also made it through to Finals day at Billericay on Sunday 14th July in the Essex T20 competition.
The 2nd X1 remain top of their respective league.
Hopefully the waders can go back into the cupboard soon.
Tony Richardson - Bradley & Co

Update The bad weather and cancelled presentation evening means I’m a week late in announcing our Bradley June winners - sorry about that. The following eventually received their awards: Senior Men - Hassan Hameed Senior Women - Iqra Khan Junior Boys - Mohammed Usman Junior Girls - Deetya Padala Non-Players Award - Carl Lewis Many congratulations to each. Tony Richardson

Adult Nets

Adult Men’s Outdoor Nets at Overton Drive are now every Wednesday from 6.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Please indicate your availability for all early season matches by logging on to this website and clicking on the “Availability” tab. It is very helpful If you also mark if you are Unavailable.

2024 annual membership subscriptions for playing, junior and social memberships are now due. If you have not already re-registered, Adult members (both Playing and Social) can do so by going to  https://membermojo.co.uk/wccar and for Juniors  (U18 on 1st September 2023)  go to https://membermojo.co.uk/wccjm .

New playing and social members welcome!

If you're an existing member and you haven't yet renewed your membership for this season, we'd encourage you to do so as soon as possible by following the 'Registration 2024' link in the left hand menu.

If you are not currently a member but are interested in playing for one of our men's teams this year, please contact Martin Pluck (pluckmartin@gmail.com). We currently have 6 teams that play on weekends during the summer, and we train on Wednesdays at Overton Drive.

We are proactively encouraging women to play cricket and currently have two women's teams, so if you are interested in joining them, please contact Helen Quinlan (helencquinlan@gmail.com) or Nehal Dave (Nehaldave8@hotmail.com). Training takes place on Thursday evenings each week during the summer, and matches are normally played on a Sunday.

Our girls teams train on a Thursday evening and the boys on a Friday evening at Overton Drive, although Year 1 and 2 children train together on Fridays. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jon Gritten (jongritten@gmail.com) regarding the boys teams and Helen Quinlan (helencquinlan@gmail.com) for more information on the girls teams. Matches are normally played on Sundays and some mid-week evenings. If you are a parent of a junior, you are welcome to join us at the matches and the training sessions, and we'd encourage you to take out a Social Membership too.

The bar is open from 4.30pm on Friday evenings, and anyone can take out a Social Membership (follow the 'Registration 2024' link in the left hand menu), which then gives you a discounted rate on drinks!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Congratulations to the hardy herons who completed the notorious Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge - walking 24 miles in 12 hours and climbing the three highest peaks in Yorkshire – on Saturday 16th March. Big Shout-out to Jeggsy for organising the event.

So now you can do your bit by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/f/herons3peaks

The club is raising funds for our long-term charitable partner, “The Wanstead Charity”, a local charity providing for the homeless and those in need in the local community, as well as for club funds so we can continue our capital investment into our facilities.

Any support would be much appreciated.

Many thanks!

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New Principal Club Sponsor

I am delighted to announce that the club has entered into an agreement with Bradley & Co ( https://www.bradleyandco.uk/ ), whereby with effect from 1st January 2023, the West End and City based Human Resources strategy and Management Consultancy firm will take over from Keatons as the club’s principal sponsor.

Said Bradley & Co founder Paul Bradley; “For my professional life I have taken immense pride in nurturing, cultivating, and developing relationships and talent. My career technically began at Wanstead CC where I completed my school work experience in the early nineties. With lifelong roots in Wanstead, and a long-standing personal connection to the club, I am proud to be investing in grass roots cricket, and the Wanstead community”.

Many of you will remember Paul’s late mother, Linda, who provided wonderful catering at the club for many years.

I would like to thank Keatons for the amazing support, which they have given the club over the past 8 years.

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 3rd XIBrentwood CCHome (Nutter Lane) 12.30pm
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Junior Fixtures
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 Under 19Belhus CC Won by 31 runs
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