Clowne Town Cricket Club Junior Cricket

By Graham White/Ben Holmes - April 18 2003
Clowne Town Cricket Club Junior Cricket Clowne Town Cricket Club has a number of junior teams and encourages youngsters from the local area to play cricket for the club. This article gives a brief introduction to youth cricket at the club and gives details on how to become involved in the future.
Welcome To Clowne Town Cricket Club Juniors Information Page

Welcome To Clowne Town Cricket Club Juniors Information Page

This year Clowne are running teams at Under 15s, 13s, 12s and three Kwik cricket teams, one of which is an all girls team.

Training nights for these teams are as follows and new players are always welcome.

Team

Practice Nights

Home Playing Night

Kwik

Tuesday 6 –7pm

Fridays

Under 12s

Mondays 6 – 7pm

Wednesday

Under 13s

Mondays 6 – 7pm

Mondays

Under 15s

Mondays 7 – 8pm

Thursdays

These training sessions are subject to changes once the season starts because of conflicting home and away games. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that they know when training is and to come suitably dressed.

(If you’re not sure one phone call is easier for you to make than the coach trying to phone everyone in the team.)

 

Kwik Cricket

This year the club, along with a coach from Derbyshire cricket board, assistance from Bolsover District Councils sports development team and an Awards For All grant, have made a determined effort to attract youngster to the game of cricket.

One of the main aims has been to try to establish a girls team at kwik cricket level hoping that they will continue to play and progress through the older age groups. To this end we entered three teams into the Chesterfield Junior league one of which will be the girls team.

The league rules allow girls up to a year older than the boys to play at kwik cricket (this means girls in year 7 at school can still compete) at this level. This year the league has also extended this rule to all age groups.

We arranged coaching sessions in two local schools and after a few weeks invited all those who had taken part to an introduction evening at the club. We also placed posters advertising this in other schools and council offices.

8th of April was the day of the reckoning, several coaches gathered at the club not knowing how many would turn up for the session. We didn’t have to wait long and ended up with 42 kids in total learning to play cricket. Perhaps we should have entered 4 teams.

Whilst this was going on the parents were given a brief introduction to the club, which included the cost of membership, the junior set up, club rules and our child protection policy. We also emphasised that it is important that parents etc. get involved in helping the team coaches and that no matter how small any help is always appreciated.

Coaching

Team managers are Phil Bennett under 15s, Paul Linacre under 13s and Kwik cricket, Graham Whiteunder 12s

There are several other qualified coaches who help out training sessions throughout the year.

Anyone interested in becoming a qualified coach should contact one of the club officials and we will explain the procedure and give any assistance we can.

However if you just wish to help out before you make any commitment to becoming qualified you are welcome to assist any of the coaches at the above sessions.

Under 12s

This is the next step up from kwik cricket and involves a similar format with only 8 players in a team. The biggest difference being the use of a hard ball, pads and helmets.

This age group consists of players from last years kwik cricket and some of the more able players from this year’s intake will also play.

Under 12s Fixtures 2003


Under 13s

Again this is the next progression the team now consists of 11 players and they play 20 overs a side. Bowlers are limited to the number of overs they can bowl and batsmen have to retire if they score 25.

Under 13s Fixtures 2003


Under 15s

Similar to the under 13s game but the number of overs each bowler can bowl increases and the batsmen have to retire at 50.

By this time many of the juniors will have already played in the senior teams. Some will be regular players in the first and second teams.

To try to ensure that the less able get a chance to continue to play cricket and improve along the way the club now has a third team which plays in the Mansfield and district Sunday league.

This team is made up of some experienced players with the rest being made up of players who have not played on the Saturday, in this way we hope to keep people involved in the club and give players a chance to improve their ability and gain a place in the highest team possible.

Under 15s Fixtures 2003


With this policy we hope that our cricket club will not go the way of many others in the district who now no longer exist. However this club depends on the goodwill of the people who are prepared to give up their time and energy to running all the many facets of a cricket club.