2019 Seniors Outdoor Training Arrangements

We are running two sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, both starting at 6.15 – 6.30pm. Thursday evenings is focused on our higher teams and is by invitation only. If you have not heard from either of our 1st and 2nd team captains (Ed Stolle or Oliver Stewart) then you should aim for the Tuesday evening session. Tuesday evenings will begin on Tuesday 16th April, information on Thursday evenings has been communicated separately.

For the benefit of new players this split is done to manage numbers as we are a large Club. It is also flexible so people can, and will, move between sessions. Essentially if you have attended Sunday evening indoor nets then Tuesday is the evening for you certainly to start with, unless you have received an invitation for Thursdays.

Outdoor training takes place at our main ground (address below) and will focus on nets and some fielding if conditons allow. If the weather is not too good we will do our best to get a message on to our website or on Twitter (@dulwichcc) but please use your common sense also.

Giant Arches Road, off Burbage Road, Dulwich SE24 9HP

The amount of light is limited at this time of year but we will do our best to provide the best practice we can.

I will be communicating a few more times in the next week or two about pre-season matches, our selection process and other key bits of information so please keep an eye on e-mails and our website.

Any questions please ask.
Kind regards
Graeme Hough
Chairman of Cricket

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Dulwich CC Pre-Season Dinner

The Executive Committee has decided to postpone the Dulwich CC event planned for Saturday, 16th February. It has been agreed that an event closer to the start of the season will be better timing and enable us to look forward to the season and give a good welcome to our new players in 2019. The proposed date will be agreed by the end of February but is likely to be towards the end of April or early May.

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2019 Senior Winter Nets

Dear all,

Dulwich Cricket Club’s indoor nets will begin in early February with details as below. These are our ‘club’ nets and are intended to cater for players of all standards. Please note that there are separate indoor nets for potential 1st and 2nd which will be by invitation only and communicated separately. We are A large Club and we run separate sessions to be able to cater for the numbers.

Date:  Sunday 3rd February (to Sunday 7th April)
Time:  6.008.00 pm
Location:  Dulwich College Sports Centre, Pond Cottages, London, SE21 7LE
Cost:  £10 for full paying members, £5 for concessions (under 18s, unemployed, students)

Please note that there is no access for attendees to the Sports Centre car park; cars may be parked in the main Dulwich College car park.  The nearest station is West Dulwich and buses also pass nearby. Also note that existing members should bring their ID card; for new members you will be required to register membership with the Sports Centre and purchase an ID access card (a one off charge of £5).

We have 4 lanes booked with a maximum attendance at each session of 32 people to ensure they run smoothly. As in previous years attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis. These nets are open to all members and new players of all abilities with priority being given to new members where possible.

Please contact Graeme Hough by e-mail only with your availability for the first two sessions on the 3rd and 10th February and to book a place – graeme.hough@homesengland.gov.uk

Graeme Hough

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Ginger Thurlow – A True Dulwich Stalwart

I am sorry to report that JL received a call from Andy Lang on Wednesday 28th November to say that Gerald Victor Thurlow passed away on Wednesday 28th November.

‘Ginger’ as he was affectionately known was a true gentleman and a real Dulwich CC stalwart. Ginger first joined our club as an umpire and occasional player in the 1960’s. Ginger’s true domain was the bar where his description of his own achievements on the park and those of others was truly heroic. Ginger was a great bloke to play with and to socialise with. When fielding, Ginger considered that he did well to stop the ball. He was convinced that there was a hole in his shins. Many of us who played with him witnessed feats of fielding that are not present in the T20 game! Ginger’s game was certainly a talking point in the bar!

Ginger introduced the award of the ‘Worthington E’ cap to the Sunday Third XI games. After the match was concluded, Ginger would award the cap to the least distinguished performer or perhaps the most distinctive or bizarre contribution. Unsurprisingly the award often went to one of the Bowyers or sometimes to Alan Armstrong, Jim Gibson, Bob Hope or Gavin Burden.  Unsurprisingly, Frank Jackson or John Edwards might have protested but they won it too! The weekly award demonstrated Ginger’s impish sense of humour, his natural wish to emphasise the fun side of cricket together with his abhorrence of keg beer. Ginger would have the team travelling miles to frequent one of his favourite pubs (The Hope) or merely get us to go out of the way to sample the nectar supplied by Young’s brewery.

Members of Dulwich Cricket Club were privileged to share Ginger’s time with Herne Hill Wanderers’ CC, Croydon & District Pawnbrokers CC and also Peckham Thursdays CC.  Ginger was able to combine some work in Insurance with a lot of mid- week cricket. The match was only the prelude to singing and drinking, accompanying Bob Bampton on the squeezebox and watching Georgie on the ‘spoons’. The range of songs was impressive with performances to match. Ginger himself was no slouch as a singer – ‘Burlington Bertie’ being one of his favourites. Those of us privileged to know and play with Ginger realised that after the game, the whole evening was set up with perhaps some impairment of senses on the following morning!  Ginger made friends easily but, in those days, he was often seen with Duncan Ryder and the Keene family. Woodsie told me that he learnt many things as a young cricketer from those weekday matches.

Ginger was a naturally generous man and proud of his club. After he finished wearing whites (flannels or umpires coat) he continued to come along to watch Dulwich perform at home. Some few years ago, Ginger was admitted to a nursing home in Sidcup where he was regularly visited by his great friend and supporter over forty years, Andy Lang.  I know that the Alan & Adie Armstrong were frequent visitors. JL, Jimmy and I went to visit Ginger. As soon as we talked about the old days, a glimmer would come in to his eye and he would recall some event that made smiles in everyone’s face. Ginger never cared about statistics and averages – he was more interested in taking part, enjoying the game and sharing each other’s company. He was great company, a natural raconteur, a man with a sense of humour and someone who always made newcomers welcome. He also had some strong views as friends will recall!

I suspect that Ginger was in his mid- eighties. We will find out more at his funeral which takes place at 4-15pm on Tuesday 18th December at the Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End Road. BR3 4TD. If I have missed something out, please contribute about the passing of a true gentleman of Dulwich Cricket Club. I hope that DCC can be well represented at the end of Ginger’s innings.

I end with sadness but with fond memories.
John Smith

The photograph below shows some old timers from the 1970s and 80s – Lance Keene, Peter Rice, Francis Bowyer, John Sunter, John Smith, Andy Ford, Colin Smith, Jeremy Gotch and Stuart Courtney. Seated are Jimmy Gibson, Andy Lang, Ginger Thurlow, John Lawrence, Giles Bowyer, Peter Rochford, John Soldan and David Woods.

We have received a number of tributes:

Peter Rice wrote – Many thanks for telling me of the sad news of Ginger’s passing. He was indeed one of the Club’s true characters & I have fond memories of him umpiring & of course in the bar, particularly after the Herne Hill Wanderers match. I hope to be available to attend his funeral.

Andy Niven wrote – It was Ginger’s enthusiasm for the game and a genuine interest in how everyone was health wise and cricket wise.  Great fun to be with and one of those guys you couldn’t help but love and enjoy being with. A Top man!

Jim Gibson wrote – Sad news indeed. Your tribute sums him up perfectly. A wonderful warm bloke who loved a pint and a laugh at any time of the day or night. I still have one undying memory of bowling from Smithies house end and a batsman hitting the ball very hard straight past me. Brian Jeacocke and Ginger Thurlow gave chase. The ball won, unsurprisingly.

Peter Rochford wrote – very sorry to hear about Ginger, he was in some of my earlier games at DCC in the late 70s, everything you said brought back those earlier memories of Ginger and how he made a new member laugh and feel at home.

Pat, Lance and Perry Keene wrote -Thank you for letting us know about Ginger.  Very sad news. Lance, Perry and I have been reminiscing about the old cricket days and what a lovely lot of memories. Before insurance, Ginger was a postman so his party piece was “I am going to write myself, a letter and make believe it came from you” followed by “I’m shy Mary Ellen I’m shy”.  So those were the days as far as cricket was concerned. Everyone enjoyed the cricket but what was also important was the families and supporters that came every week.

Stuart Courtney wrote- Thanks for letting me know. Ginger was always great fun and you have paid him a lovely tribute. Please let me know when the funeral is.

John Sunter wrote- So sorry to hear the news of Ginger’s passing. I hope the attached photograph will evoke some happy memories.

David Woods wrote- Sad news indeed. Pat’s words reminded me of my Herne Hill Wanderers days at the age of fifteen when she and Alan along with Lance Perry and Ginger chauffeured me around to all the games. He gave me my first Gray Nicholls cricket bat, got me drinking proper beer and was largely responsible for me joining Dulwich CC at the age of sixteen. His infectious smile, jokes, songs and being a caring friend will always be remembered. Thanks Ginger

John Soldan wrote – John, those are brilliant words and if you had not included the name of who you were writing about, we would all have shouted “that’s Ginger”. You have summed him up magnificently and we have lost a friend and a great character.

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John Smith – Thank You!

Dulwich Cricket Club’s Annual General Meeting held last Thursday (15th November) truly signalled the end of an era. After 32 years at the helm John Smith has stood down as President of Dulwich Cricket Club.

John has joked (we think) many times over the years of his wish to step down as President but, over the last 12 months, this has become a reality. Partly due to his health issues, but also he felt it the right time. After 32 years, who could argue with that. All through his time John has stressed the honour and pleasure that the role has given him.

It has hard to put in to words the impact and contribution John has made to the Club. He has led it through some difficult times in the past and I know that he is pleased that he has stepped down when the Club is in a stronger position than it has been for many years. Not only has John been a leading light within the Cricket Club, he has also made significant contributions over the years to the wider Dulwich Sports Club. In addition, John was instrumental in the establishment of the Southwark Community Sports Trust which gives our Club a fantastic facility on our doorstep. Outside of this John was at the forefront of the establishment of the 4th XI league within the Surrey Championship.

Through all his time as President he has led us with honesty, diligence, humour as well as a lot of hard work much of which takes place behind the scenes and goes unnoticed by many. He has been a regular, familiar face in the bar always having an interest in the performances of the teams and individuals, and making new players feel welcome. John has also been a regular on a number of Dulwich Cricket Club overseas tours and smaller ones within the UK.

At Committee level he has kept the Club focused on the priorities and always looking to how we can improve, whilst making everyone who gives up their time feel involved and valued.

I am sure that many players and associates of Dulwich Cricket Club past and present will join me in thanking John for everything, and to wish him all the very best for the future. Thankfully, he is not going away and will continue with his involvement with the Southwark Community Sports Trust and as a ‘player’ for the Club. It is fair to say that John’s contributions over the years have been far greater off the field than on it!

I will close with some words from John himself about his time as President sent from Sri Lanka where he is enjoying the current Test series..

‘I have been privileged to serve as President of Dulwich Cricket Club and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the Club in future seasons.   I cannot end my years of office without thanking countless friends and fellow members who have contributed so much to making Dulwich Cricket Club such a progressive, profitable and important club. Over the past 30 years it has been my privilege to serve alongside really resourceful Treasurers, efficient and wise Secretaries supported by enthusiastic committee members and fund raisers. On the field, the many captains have been a source of great inspiration and leadership.  Dulwich tours have provided so many rich experiences whilst enhancing our Club’s reputation.  Our coaches, age group managers and junior administrators, umpires and scorers volunteer to put in so many hours to bolster our club.

For me, Dulwich Cricket Club has always provided an atmosphere where juniors, ladies and men of all ages can enjoy their cricket. We are lucky to be part of a wider Sports Club where all the sports can share in the growth and development of our facilities. In closing, I recall my first season at Dulwich in 1977. It seems like only yesterday but the outstanding theme has been the great camaraderie and generosity of Dulwich players, real enjoyment on the field and many substantial sporting achievements. ‘

John will be an incredibly hard act to follow and in no way do I expect to be able to fill his shoes and achieve all he has done. But we all owe it to John to carry on the legacy he has left as best we can to make Dulwich Cricket Club stronger, on and off the field. He would not want to dwell too much on the past and would urge us to look forward but,


Thank you, John.

Graeme Hough
President of Dulwich Cricket Club

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