Shenley Village Cricket Club News pages

02 Oct 2017 : SVCC Race night, Sat 25th Nov 2017

Hello Clubmates

We are under starter's orders for the Shenley Village CC Race night!

Come and have a great night and support the Club.

It is on Sat 25th Nov at The Chapel on Porters Park Drive in Shenley, doors open at 6.30pm and things get underway at 7pm.

There will be 8 horse races over the course of the evening. Your ticket includes a fish and chip supper, dessert, and coffee/tea. We will also be running our own, reasonably-priced bar.

Tickets are priced at £15 for an adult and £10 for under 16s. 

It will be a fun event so please bring along family and friends.

There will also be a chance for you to be a horse owner, to put on the fur collared coat, name your own nag, have your name and horse's name printed in the programme for the evening, and collect the owner's prize of £15 per race. You can buy a horse for £5 each, and there are 8 horses in each of the 8 races.

So here's what you need to do....

1) Please let me know how many tickets you want, by emailing me on or calling/texting on 07774 796037.

2) When booking also let me know how many horses you would like to own (£5 each) and choose a name for your nag(s).

3) Make payment by either;
- cheque payable to 'SVCC' and posted to 20 Russet Drive, Shenley, Herts, WD7 9RH
- by bank transfer to SVCC's bank account (sort code 204734, Acc no. 60390763) using your surname as reference

4) Food: As a vegetarian alternative to the fish & chip supper you can have a vegetarian burger and chips. Please confirm your vegetarian choice when booking otherwise we will assume you want the fish & chips.

5) Raffle: please let me know if you wish to donate a prize for the raffle.

I do hope you make it.

Best wishes.......Chris Stanley



18 Aug 2017 : Shenley U13's crowned ECB U13 National Champions

Having won their own Hertfordshire Junior League County Championship, then going on to knock out the County Champions of Suffolk, (Mildenhall CC), Surrey, (Royal Ascot CC), and perennial Middlesex Champions, (Eastcote CC), in the London and South-East Regional Finals 10 days earlier, Hertfordshire’s Shenley Village CC headed to Rugby School Tuesday for the ECB’s U13 National Club Championship Finals day. The boys and four parents travelled up Monday night, were hosted by the ECB who laid on dinner and put the team up overnight. The semi-final draw was made over dinner pairing Shenley Village with Derbyshire and the North of England Regional Champions, Denby CC, whilst the Gloucestershire and South and West Regional Champions, Dumbleton CC drawn to play the Bedfordshire and Midlands Regional Champions, Bedford CC.


Denby, who boasted 6 County players in their ranks, won the toss and decided to bat first. They started well reaching 50 for 2 in 9 overs before being pegged back by Oliver White, (3 for 12 off 4), and Will Poynton, (3 for 15 off 3), to finish on 85 for 9 from their 20 overs. The champagne moment of the day came when Graydon Orchard took the most tremendous catch at “deep-cow-corner” well over and indeed behind his head to account for one of Derbyshire’s leading County batsman this year. Other notable performances in the Denby innings were Mitchell Wagstaff’s 33 retired off 34 balls and two very tight bowling spells from Toby Elliott and Zahid Nasser, both of whom ended with figures of 0 for 12 off their respective four overs.


Shenley’s reply got off to a disastrous start that saw them 0 for 2 off 1.3 overs! But a steady 18 from Max Delyfer, 21 not out from Oliver White and a blistering 29 off 14 balls from Toby Elliott saw Shenley safely home and into the final in 14 overs.


The other semi-final saw Gloucestershire’s Dumbleton CC bowled out by Bedford CC 74, only for Dumbleton to then bowl Bedford out for 58, thereby setting up an all-southern final.


Shenley won the toss and decided to bat. Statistically, Dumbleton have one of the best bowling attacks in the country, rarely having conceded more than 60 runs in the T20 format of the game all season. Both openers Ryan Kilimister and captain Will Guilderson were particularly impressive, the latter having England’s Jake Ball effusing over his, and indeed Shenley’s Toby Elliott’s, fast bowling potential. A well-crafted and doggedly determined 30 retired from Shenley’s Max Delyfer, supported by a crucial 14 runs towards the end from Ben Werter enabled Shenley, who kept losing wickets at vital stages, limp to 102 all-out.


A very fired up spell from Toby Elliott, who removed two of Dumbleton and Gloucestershire’s highest scoring County batsmen in two balls, seemed to set Shenley on their way as Dumbleton were reduced to 34 for 5 in 7.2 overs. Sam Baines and Archie Bailey looked like they were taking the game away from Shenley as they added 36 Dumbleton runs in the next 4 overs. But a maiden, followed by a double wicket maiden from Oliver White put the brakes on before Zahid Nasser, also with two wickets in 2 balls saw Dumbleton bowled out for 81, Shenley getting home by 21 runs.


England’s Jake Ball, (who doubled up as drinks carrier in the final), presented the medals to four very tired, but very proud teams who had beaten off more than 1,600 other teams.

12 Aug 2017 : ECB National Finals

Having survived the just over 1,600 teams that entered this competition, our U13's have made the ECB U13 National Club Championship Finals Day, which is being played at Rugby School on Tuesday, August 15th. The semi-final is at 10:30pm with a second match due to start at 2:15pm. I know it is a working day, but no club side from Hertfordshire has ever made the National Finals, so any and all support would be very welcome.

If you are coming, please let me know by return email and I will send you the map received from the ECB. Alternatively, head for Barby Road, Rugby CV22 5DR, entering via the School Shop Gates and then drive around the edge of The Close to the Pavilion. Cars can park around the edge of The Close next to the James Pavilion.

10 Aug 2017 : Clubmark Status achieved!


I'm pleased to announce that we have been successfully re-accredited for Clubmark status for a further 3 years following a long and onerous review process that we have been going through since March. ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and is licensed from Sport England as part of their wider Clubmark scheme. ECB Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means our club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people.

Achieving Clubmark status is critical for our club so thank you all for your efforts in making Shenley the great club it is. I'd particularly like to thank my hard working committee and those of you that give up your time to assist in the running of the club. Without your efforts we would not be in this position. What was particularly nice was the positive comments we received from Ben Wallis (Head of Development, Herts Cricket) during the review. He was very complimentary about the leadership and governance in place at our club and said this was one of the best Clubmark reviews he has undertaken. It's nice to know the hard work we all put in is being recognised.

Finally, a message just received from the England and Wales Cricket Board: "Congratulations to all those involved at your club for this achievement and for all that they do to promote cricket locally. Having a network of sustainable clubs is vital for the future of the game and achieving Clubmark status shows that you and your volunteers are at the forefront of this".


Geoff Evans


04 Aug 2017 : Shenly's U13's make it to the ECB National Club Championship Finals

Having won our, (Hertfordshire), County Championship, then beating Suffolk's County Champions, (Mildenhall), Shenley U13's yesterday won the London and South East Regional Finals, beating Royal Ascot, (who represented Berkshire), and Eastcote, (Middlesex) along the way. Each of those sides had also beaten champions from other counties in the south-east of England.

We now head off to the National Finals, (first ever club side from Hertfordshire to get this far), which are being played at Rugby School in Warwickshire from 10:30am on Tuesday, August 15th, with the final is also being played that afternoon. We will be joined by the three other regional winners, who this year are from Gloucestershire, (Trimbledon CC),  Derbyshire, (Denby CC), and Bedfordshire, (Bedford CC). The draw will be made on the Monday evening at Rugby School. The ECB are putting us up on the Monday night, supplying coloured clothing, (which the boys get to keep), and we were advised this morning that Sky will be doing a piece on the National Club Championship which will be shown during the first England / West Indies test being played at Edgbaston from August 17th!!

24 Jul 2017 : Availability

This has been just about the very year worst team selection year I can remember - and it is seriously effecting 2, if not 3 of our senior sides who are now in relegation battles as a result!!!

Can I please appeal to everyone concerned to both update their availability on the Club website, (contact me by return if you cannot remember your login/password).

Perhaps more importantly, please respond to captains on availability for Saturday's as quickly as possible as this really does have an effect on the sides James, (3rd XI), and I, (4th XI), can select.

By way of an example, last Saturday's 4th XI was only selected at 9:30pm last Friday night because those selected kept their skippers waiting for answers.

As an FYI - FOUR juniors are coming back from holidays next week to play in the U13 National Club Championship Regional Finals Day - that is commitment!!!

Please, please, please try to help us, and YOUR CLUB, out.

Thanks in advance.

24 Jul 2017 : U13 ECB National Club Competition

Shenley Village U13's comfortably won their 3rd round ECB National Club Competition tie against Mildenhall by 6 wickets at the Cricket Centre yesterday. Details can be found on the Club's homepage in the latest results section.

The team now go on to play the winner of the tie between Royal Ascot CC, (from Berkshire) and Cublington CC, (Buckinghamshire), at 10:30am on Thursday, August 3rd, at St Albans School/Old Albanians CC in the Regional semi-final. If they win that, they will then play the winner of Eastcote CC, (Middlesex) and Linton Park CC, (Kent), at 2pm, that same August 3rd afternoon in the Regional Final. The four regional winners then progress to National Final's Day at Rugby on August 15th.

It is a working day, but any support would be truly welcome, especially as a number of the U13 parents have changed holiday plans as part of their commitment to SVCC and this very talented U13 team so their boys can play in the regional finals of the ECB's National U13 tournament on Thursday, August 3rd.


22 Jul 2017 : Please reserve these dates in your diary

Hello Clubmates

Hope you are keeping well and enjoying The Summer.

Just wanted to reserve a couple of dates in your diary for the two major Shenley Village CC social events ;
Sat 25th Nov 2017 - Race Night in The Chapel on Porters Park Drive, Shenley.
Fri 16th March 2018 - Dinner Dance at The Cricket Centre

More details will be sent out nearer the time but it would be great to see you at either or both events.
It is also worth reminding members that The Committee are intending to present to the next Club AGM a proposal on Member subscriptions being based in part on the support members give to these key social and fund-raising events.


Best wishes....Chris

19 Jul 2017 : Club Survey 2017
We are keen to get your opinions on how the club is run and all current members should shortly receive an email which includes a online survey request. If you could take the time to complete and return the survey it would be much appreciated. If for some reason you don't receive the email but would like to participate in the survey please advise Geoff Evans at

26 Jun 2017 : Upcoming Midweek Matches At Shenley

We have a number of midweek games coming up at Shenley and would welcome your support:

Tuesday July 4th - we have a friendly game arranged against a touring team from Mumbai. This will be 40 overs per side starting at 1pm. The team from Mumbai comprise mainly businessman who are over here for a short stay to play a couple of matches and take in the Lords test match. There will also be an important Under 13 game vs Radlett on the Nursery Ground, starting at 6pm, so if you can't make it during the day pop in on your way back from work to enjoy some cricket.

Wednesday July 12th - we have arranged a game against Taranaki Wanderers, a touring side from New Zealand. This is the side Tom Bruce played for and previously coached by Dion Ebrahim. Their side will be comprised of mainly 17 and 18 year olds and we expect them to provide strong opposition. We will be looking to put out a young side with the nucleus of our under 19 squad supplemented by a few strong senior players. Game starts at 1pm.

Wednesday August 16th - we have our traditional biennial match vs the MCC. This is an all day game starting at 11.30am. These are always close and hard fought games and we hope to put out a strong side on the day.

All the above games will be held on the Main Ground at Shenley and the bar will be open all day. If you're able to pop down and support your club it will be great to see you.