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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Dates For Your Diary

Dulwich Cricket Club Annual General Meeting

This is to give notice that the Club’s AGM will be taking place on Thursday, 15th November in the clubhouse starting at 7.30pm.

The AGM represents your opportunity to hear about the current state of the Club and to appoint officers and captains for 2019.

This year’s Agenda can be found here, and the Finance Report can be found here.

If you are a member of the senior section, you should have received a e-mail asking you to vote for your Player’s Player of the year. Please respond in time for the AGM if you haven’t already!

Dulwich Sports Club Fireworks Party – Saturday 3rd November

This is the Sports Club’s biggest fund raising event of the year with thousands in attendance. If you are willing to help out on the night (thanks to all those who have already offered) then please let me know at the earliest opportunity.

If not just come down, bring your family, etc, for what is always a good evening whatever the weather!

For more information and to book your tickets in advance please visit Dulwich Sports Club bonfire and fireworks night

Dulwich Cricket Club end of season celebration and awards event

This was scheduled to take place on Saturday, 10th November but has been postponed to a date to be confirmed in mid to late January.

We apologise for this but a number of key people are absent out in Sri Lanka watching the cricket at that time – including our President John Smith and Head Chef for the evening, Prasanna Callaghan.

Once a date is confirmed we will let everyone know.

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New players for 2018

Who We Are 

With a proud tradition running back over 150 years, Dulwich CC is South London's most central cricket club playing high level Surrey Championship cricket.

We run 7 teams on a Saturday, 5 of which play league cricket. Our ground has just undergone redevelopment which included the addition of brand new state of the art nets.

As you would expect with our proximity to the capital, we have a vibrant social atmosphere where players come to enjoy hard fought competitive cricket, but where cricket also forms a key part of their social life.

What We Are Looking For

We have some ambitious targets that involve improved and sustained success. We are looking to recruit high performing 1st and 2nd XI players to join our cause – not just for a season but to be part of our club and part of achieving these goals.

What You Can Expect From Us

We appreciate that people joining our club are committing their Saturdays for entire summers. We therefore commit to making sure that you have the best support to ensure you can perform and develop as a player at our club:

  • Winter net practice at The Oval, home of Surrey CC
  • Two weekly net sessions throughout the summer with our qualified coaches
  • Ad-hoc access to our net facilities and bowling machine
  • One-to-one coaching sessions throughout the season
  • Free playing shirt and cap for every member
  • A lot of fun (just check out a video one of our players made from a game)

Get In Touch

To find out more about joining Dulwich Cricket Club, please contact graeme.hough@hca.gsi.gov.uk

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6 a-side Cricket – Sunday 24th June

Do you have what it takes to beat the 2017 champions? Why not have a go!

All club members are welcome to take part, regardless of age, ability or gender. Teams need to have a minimum of 6 players but squads can be larger, with players taking turns to play. Please feel free to organise your own team or register your name and we will do the rest. Please send your team name to prasannacallaghan@hotmail.com.

See the flyer here!

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Senior Men’s Selection

As we approach the start of the league season this weekend I thought I would just set the scene from a selection point of view.

The Selection Committee has agreed the Selection Policy for 2018. This can be found here. It sets out the criteria for selection that the Committee has agreed to follow, and how it will be implemented. I would encourage you to read it and raise any issues or questions. It is impossible to cover everything but we think it captures most of the key elements.

I would like to emphasise a few things. First there are a number of factors that the Committee take in to account in its selection decisions. Clearly, performance is key but I would also stress attitude and commitment and, importantly, the payment of subscriptions. Communication is also important and all captains have agreed to communicate to players as best they can over the season.

The Selection Committee is happy to hear of any individual issues or concerns so please feel free to speak to any of the captains or myself.

With specific regard to this week’s selection we have had a large influx of new players which is great so it was difficult, in particular with little pre-season to date. Experience shows us that it does not take long for things to sort themselves out. The Selection Committee asks that all players do their utmost for the Club, their team and themselves even if they may be disappointed at where they are playing initially. The Selection Committee will not get everything right and would like nothing better than for players to ask it questions through strong performances, good attitude, etc. There is healthy competition for places so it is down to yourselves to leave the Selection Committee with no option but to select you where you deserve to be.

I would like to make a couple of pleas to players that will make things easier for all. Whilst we know that there will be unavoidable circumstances through the season, please try to minimise withdrawing after you have made yourself available and been selected. Players dropping out causes many problems for a lot of people, including your fellow players. The second thing to emphasise is that if you are injured and possibly doubtful to be able to play at the weekend, that you inform your captain and take a sensible view as to your likely availability erring on the side of caution.

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Selection Committee, to wish all players the best of luck for the 2018 season.

Graeme Hough (on behalf of the Selection Committee)
Chairman of Cricket
Dulwich Cricket Club

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