CRICKET: Willoughby spring clean with Cricketforce

Friendly fixtures this weekend

After a few months recuperation and hibernation, followed by a series of useful indoor net sessions at the Rugby campus of Warwickshire College, Willoughby CC get their 2011 cricket season underway this weekend.

Before the club’s South Northants Cricket League commitments kick in on April 30, this Saturday sees new 1st XI skipper Martin Nichols take a WCC XI to face Southam (1.30pm start) in the first of two weekend friendly fixtures.

Players to meet at Southam CC for 1pm. Team news for this Saturday – and all forthcoming weekends, can be found on the club website –

The weekend’s fixture is then followed on Monday by the club night/net session, for all senior players and also those youth players aged 16 to 19 and also from the Under 15 team.

The re-introduction of the Club Night/Net Session got off to a great start last Monday with a larger than expected attendance, and the weekly sessions are intended as a ‘drop-in’ affair for all players that can make it, from anytime between 6.15pm and dusk – weather permitting.

For further details or to confirm any sessions are on, see the club website or drop a text to 07775 883102.

Ahead of the new cricket season, The Green was a hive of activity on a beautiful spring morning last Saturday for Willoughby CC’s ‘Cricketforce’

Players, officials, members and parents with an age range of 7 to over 70 played their part in a spring clean indoors and outdoors.

NatWest CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities.

It encourages people to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovations to clubhouses and grounds.

Willoughby were one of the record 1,914 clubs across the country that signed up for this year’s Natwest Cricketforce, and the morning saw a whole host of jobs undertaken, with refreshments, a barbecue breakfast and free T-shirts courtesy of the scheme.