The fixtures for the 2019 season have been confirmed by Fixtures Secretary Jonny Bridcut. There are 21 games in total.
The biennial Pink Elephants fixture returns and Weybridge, who stepped in at the last minute last season to replace Newdigate, are retained. There is also a new fixture at Kew. The traditional Hurlingham contest has moved to the bank holiday weekend in August.
There is, sadly, no Jesters tour this season - nor is it likely to return any time soon. After many years of heroic recruitment, tour manager Simon Rawson has hung up his boots. Given Simon's unique ability to attract players from far and wide, the Committee came to the reluctant conclusion that he is irreplaceable. Any future tours are mostly likely to be one-off affairs.
It means we bid a fond farewell to matches against Bryanston Butterflies and Canford Cygnets, both of whom provided wonderful hospitality and some memorable matches and personal rivalries over the years. However, we will still play the Hampshire Hogs on the first Sunday in July.
Cygnets stalwart Mark Mitchener described the yearly tour match as "one of our favourite fixtures for more than a decade... I enjoyed everything from the annual Wolfie/Iron Man showdowns, to the boat races, and the chance to add a few names to the list of actual first-class cricketers I've played against!"
All the matches are listed below, with full details available on the 2019 Fixtures page…
Sunday 14 April Old Merchant Taylors
Sunday 28 April HAC
Sunday 5 May Chingford
Sunday 12 May The Bedouin
Sunday 19 May Pink Elephants
Sunday 26 May Amersham
Sunday 2 June Newdigate
Saturday 8 June Jesus College, Cambridge
Sunday 16 June Barnes Common
Sunday 23 June Kew
Sunday 30 June Bishop's Stortford
Sunday 7 July Hampshire Hogs
Sunday 14 July Maidenhead & Bray
Sunday 21 July Weybridge
Sunday 28 July Northwood
Sunday 4 August Eastcote
Sunday 11 August Chobham
Sunday 18 August Middleton Stoney
Saturday 24 August Hurlingham
Sunday 1 September Wargrave
Sunday 8 September Eversholt