CRICKET: Join winter net practice


Willoughby, Dunchurch & Bilton and Oakfield


After an encouraging start to their senior and under 15 pre-season training, it is the turn of Willoughby Cricket Club’s younger teams to get their preparations under way this weekend for the coming months.

WCC’s Under 11s and Under 13s began their preparations yesterday Saturday (February 7), at the excellent indoor hall facility of Warwickshire College in Rugby, from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Sessions will be running each Saturday through February and March up to Easter, before outdoor training commences in April for the summer.

New players are always welcome, so please feel free to come along and get involved at any of the indoor sessions, or contact the club for further information.

The mens/adult section and Under 15s sessions continue every Tuesday evening also until the end of March, from 8.15pm to 9.30pm.

For further details on playing at Willoughby CC, and joining the club and any of their pre-season sessions, please contact Karl Quinney on (01788) 542441, or 07775 883102; email at, or visit the club website at


Dunchurch & Bilton Cricket Club’s winter nets are on Sundays at Lawrence Sheriff School, from 11:00 - 12:30 at a cost of £4.

New players are very welcome to come along, for more information please visit


With the new cricket season not far away, Oakfield Cricket Club are starting their winter nets sessions. They begin at the end of January and will run to April 1. They will be on Wednesday evenings and will be at the Collingwood Centre, Rugby School (formerly Bishop Wulstan School).

There will be three sessions; 6-7pm for U11s and U13s, 7-8pm for U15s and U16s and 8-9pm for U17s and seniors.

Oakfield welcome players of all ages and abilities to their winter nets and to the club for the forthcoming season, however there is particular focus on welcoming junior members and their families. All nets sessions are run by fully qualified ECB level 2 coaches who are DBS checked. These sessions will focus on the core aspects of the game (batting, bowling and fielding) and

they can be paid for on an weekly basis.

Oakfield Cricket Club is based in Rugby on the Coventry Road. It is a thriving club with excellent facilities and caters for all. Oakfield have seven adult teams, including a ladies team and three junior teams who compete at U11s, U13s and U15s level in local leagues. The club also have plans to set up an U9s team this coming summer, therefore catering for children as young as six. As part of the U9s development, the club will be holding a number of weekend taster sessions in April. For further details please contact Richard Burnett on email at or on 07855 401463.

The junior cricket league matches take place on a Tuesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer and not only are these teams supported by the club’s seven ECB qualified coaches, the coaches also run a junior training session every Friday night throughout the summer at the club’s ground on Coventry Road. Whilst the starting date needs to be confirmed, the U11s and U13s will be from 5-7pm and U15s and U16s from 6-9pm.

In 2012 the club achieved Clubmark accreditation in recognition for its excellent junior section and how well this is run. It

is the club’s desire and ambition in 2015 to grow the junior section of the club further and we would like you to be a part of that.

In the adult section of the club the 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI compete in the Warwickshire Cricket League on Saturdays, whilst the Sunday XI for the first time will compete in league cricket this year alongside traditional friendlies.

On a Wednesday night the 1st XI and 2nd XI play in the Rugby & District 20 over league and finally our very successful ladies team, who play on Monday evenings, have dominated all local competitions for the last four years.

For further details please contact either Richard Burnett or Steve Bacon, email or on 07842590049 or visit the club website at