CRICKET: Willoughby - young and old welcome this season

Play at Willoughby last summer
Play at Willoughby last summer

Pre-season training starts this week

Cricketers young and old invited and welcome at Willoughby CC this season

With the new cricket season approaching, Willoughby Cricket Club are extending an invitation for cricketers of all ages to get involved with the club this year.

The club begin their pre-season training and net sessions in the coming weeks, with plenty of cricket action available for cricketers of all ages and experience.

For the 2016 season, the club’s mens/adult section will see two teams playing on Saturday afternoons in the South Northants Cricket League and a midweek XI playing Wednesday evenings in the Rugby and District Cricket League. The club’s Sunday XI will also playing a series of friendlies on Sunday afternoons against similar local village clubs and teams, meaning there is once again plenty of cricket on offer at all levels.

Willoughby’s junior cricket section continues to flourish and continues to be one of the most popular in the local area for children between 6 and 15 years. In addition to weekly coaching and game sessions run by ECB qualified coaches, they will once again have Kwik Cricket for boys and girls aged 6-10, plus [hard ball] teams at Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 level in the Rugby and District Cricket league.

Add to that a series of off-field social events for all club members during the course of the year – including the 6-a-side tournament and club tour, it all adds up to being another busy year in store at The Green.

Pre-season training for Willoughby CC will be held at Bilton High School in Rugby until the end of March, when the club hopes to head outdoors to The Green ahead of the season starting in mid-April.

The Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s continue their preparations on Saturday, January 23, from 1pm to 3pm, with their sessions running each Saturday up to Easter.

The Under 15s will also be involved with the mens/adult section which get underway on Thursday, January 28 from 8pm to 9.30pm, with sessions running each Thursday evening until the end of March.

Following the start of the club’s indoor training sessions, Willoughby CC stages its Annual General Meeting for all players, members and parents on Monday, February 22, 7.30pm start.

Then follows the club’s now-annual involvement in the ECB Cricketforce Weekend, as they will once again be staging their own ‘spring clean’ and 2016 Registration event on Saturday, April 2.

For further details on playing at Willoughby CC and joining the club for 2016 and their pre-season sessions, please contact Karl Quinney on (01788) 542441, or 07775 883102; email at, or visit the club website at