Mid-season junior newsletter!

As spring quickly turns to summer the SNCC cricket season rattles along and there’s masses to tell you about…

SNCC at the heart of The Hundred

So you’re the England and Wales Cricket Board and you want to launch the logo of your much-maligned new flagship tournament – who you going to call? Stoke Newington of course. Yep, for those who didn’t catch this social media moment, SNCC was chosen to make the announcement via its social media channels. Twitter and Instagram, newspapers and news websites around the world, lit up on 15th May with the photo which included four of Stokey’s finest: Oscar Parnum (9), Archie Parnum (14), Kiran Parmar (11) and Stan Greenleaf (16).

While the general public reception for the logo was consistent with the negative response to the planned tournament as whole, it certainly lifted the profile of the club and gained us some new friends in high places on Twitter, including former England captains, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the club’s new website do now. You’ll notice the news section is much more active with regular match reports.

Social media

Thanks to Mark Smout (Ellis and Dulcie’s dad) we now have an active Instagram account @stokeycricket and use the same handle to get regular updates on Twitter. If you have photos you’d like to share on social media please do send them to Duncan.

On the field…

With 19 teams taking to the field every week, the club has never been busier. The 1st and 2nd XIs have had a strong start to the season in Division 1 of the Middlesex Championship, while the 3rds are on a two-match winning streak and our 4th XI have taken the field for friendlies the last two Saturdays and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

For the juniors, the U10s are setting the standard so far with the As in second place in their league and the Bs unbeaten after five games. The U17s and U11s have reached the final and semi-final of their respective Area Cups.

For full details check out the news page of the club website.

Off the field…

Please join us in raising a glass to our new sponsors: Highbury Vintners and Canary Wharf Contractors Fund. While the club continues to grow and prosper we remain reliant on the generosity and support of local businesses for big ticket items and the academy programme to ensure the club’s best players have the best opportunity to reach their potential. You’ll be receiving an introductory letter from Highbury Vintners shortly – look out for the special SNCC-only offer. Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters – including long-term headline sponsor Asset Fruit. If you know of a business or organisation that would like to support the club please contact Tom Tanner (07976 288 636 & tomsgtanner@gmail.com).

Cricket World Cup Day/Windrush Cricket Day at the Marshes – this Saturday (8 June)

Please join us at The Marshes for this double celebration of cricket as we remember the halcyon days of West Indian cricket, look to reignite interest in cricket in that community and use the world’s biggest festival of cricket to reach out to all youngsters. There will be kwik cricket, a Dads vs Lads match, as well as masterclasses in the nets, a cake sale and free Caribbean cuisine on offer (courtesy of Hackney Council).

If you would like to lend a hand, bake a cake or play in the dads v lads match, please contact Duncan. Or just come along and have fun! It all starts around 12.30pm.

End of Season Awards Presentation – Saturday 13 July

Save the date for this annual event, where every player receives a medal and we recognise the club’s outstanding performers – the one day in the year for the whole club to come together and celebrate. Food, drink and cricket - Saturday 13 July. Full details to follow.