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Sonning CC Juniors


About

The junior section (aka the Colts) at Sonning CC was established in 2007 by Nick Ray who now serves the club as Junior Cricket Manager.  The Colts offers cricket to boys and girls of all abilities from age 5 up to 15.

Our aim is to promote cricket for all in a friendly and enjoyable environment where all children have an opportunity to take part in the game of cricket and develop new skills irrespective of their starting ability. In the medium term, we plan to produce a constant stream of new talent for the senior sides at the club. A number of our Colts have already made their debuts for the senior sides and this season we have 17 of our Colts selected for the Berkshire CCC winter/spring training squads across all the age groups.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new professional coach, Andrew Niblett, who will be taking an active role in the development of our Colts as Head Coach during the 2019 season as well as Captaining the Senior First XI. Andrew is a former New Zealand First Class cricketer who has also played and coached club cricket in South Africa, The Netherlands, England and Australia. He is a genuine all-rounder, who is a right handed pace bowler and right handed bat.  Andrew is a highly qualified coach and comes with a UK Level 3 Coaching Qualification. He has seen tremendous success coaching with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Australia, as well as more recently with Berkshire Ladies. He is an extremely knowledgable and energetic coach who provides key skill development for all age ranges, coaches tactical and game awareness and is motivated to enhance every single player's game. More importantly he takes players on a journey explaining and teaching each aspect of the game, ensuring juniors understand the "why" as well as the "how".  Andrew will be present at all indoor and Friday night outdoor training sessions continuing our efforts to improve the quality of coaching that we will offer for all our young players supporting our existing helpers and qualified ECB coaches.

We run Sunday morning training sessions for the Under 7s at Blue Coats School from May onwards and from this season we are pleased to announce that professional coaching will be provided at these sessions by Performance Cricket.  The U9s and above take part in both winter and summer coaching sessions (led by Andrew and supported by coaches from Performance Cricket) as well as playing friendly and league matches in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League.  We currently have teams registered in the U9, U11, U13 and U15 divisions.  In addition, Colts older than 13 are frequently offered the opportunity to play in our adult sides.

We have held the ECB Clubmark status since 2012, as testimony to our determination to run a professional operation even though we are entirely volunteer-run with all funds being used to support the cricket.

We are particularly keen to find parents with an active interest in cricket who would like to lead a team because as we increase the number of children we have (130 as of 2018) we need more managers to run the sides! You do not need to be a qualified coach, a current or former club cricketer with some enthusiasm would be perfect. However, if you wish to qualify as a coach we would try to give you financial support.  We are also looking to expand the management committee and the coaching/ parental roster and anyone with an interest in cricket would be welcomed with open arms. Please email scjcricket@gmail.com or call Nick Ray on 07989 606102 to discuss further.


Registration and Membership Fees

We currently have teams registered in the U9, U11, U13 and U15 Berkshire Youth Cricket League, as well as running Summer training sessions for U7s. 

Your child will generally participate in the team/squad determined by their age at 1st September prior to the start of the season:

U7s - school years 1 & 2
U9s - school years 3 & 4
U11s - school years 5 & 6
U13s - school years 7 & 8
U15s - school years 9 & 10


You will need to register before attending any of the following sessions:

Sunday morning training sessions for U7s
Winter indoor training for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s.
Summer outdoor training and Berkshire Youth Cricket League and friendly matches for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s.


Please ensure your child is registered/re-registered before they attend their first session as we must have up-to-date essential contact and medical details available.

Registration

NOT REGISTERED FROM LAST YEAR/NEW PLAYER? New junior members are always welcome.  For more information, or details on how to register as a new player,  please email scjcricket@gmail.com.  It would be helpful if you could provide your son/daughter's name, school year or date of birth and a brief description of any cricket experience they have.

RE-REGISTERING? Login to our members' section at https://members.sonningcc.com and confirm that last year’s information is correct, or just update and confirm. 

PAYMENT will be taken using Paypal which accepts direct bank transfer and/or credit cards.  You can either use Paypal as a guest, use an existing Paypal account or set up a new Paypal account as you wish.

If you experience any problems registering or paying, please email scjcricket@gmail.com.

Membership Fees

Sunday morning training sessions U7s, will either be pay-as-you-play £5 per week or £49 for the entire season.  

Membership and coaching fees for U9 – U15 are £100 inclusive.  This includes both winter and summer weekly training session as well as match fees. This price is mid-range with other clubs of similar stature, commitment to high quality coaching and facilities, bearing in mind that we do not charge extra for indoor training or match fees.

Colts now too old for the juniors and just playing adult cricket pay £50.00 plus match fees.


Winter and Summer Coaching

We run both indoor winter training for U9’s and above as well as summer coaching for all levels.  During Thursday and Friday night Summer training sessions at King George's Field the Club bar will be open, and when the weather is set fair we will also light up the BBQ, so don't just drop them off but stay and sample the atmosphere of the club house!

Training sessions for our 2019 season will be as follows:

U7s

Summer Outdoor sessions – Blue Coat School, Sonning – Sunday 5 May to 21 July inclusive, 10.00am to 11.30am

U9s

Winter Indoor training – Waingels College, Woodley - Sunday 24 February to 7 April inclusive, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Summer Outdoor training – King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 26 April to 12 July inclusive, 6.00pm to 7.15pm (6.00pm to 7.30pm from 7 June onwards)

U11s

Winter Indoor training – Waingels College, Woodley - Sunday 24 February to 7 April inclusive, 3.15pm to 4.15pm
 
Summer Outdoor training – King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 26 April to 12 July inclusive, 6.00pm to 7.15pm (6.00pm to 7.30pm from 7 June onwards)

U13s

Winter Indoor training – Waingels College, Woodley - Sunday 24 February to 7 April inclusive, 2.00pm to 3.00pm
 
Summer Outdoor training – King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 26 April to 12 July inclusive, 7.15pm to 8.30pm (7.30pm to 9.00pm from 7 June onwards)

U15s

Winter Indoor training – Waingels College, Woodley - Sunday 24 February to 7 April inclusive, 2.00pm to 3.00pm
 
Summer Outdoor training – King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 26 April to 12 July inclusive, 7.15pm to 8.30pm (7.30pm to 9.00pm from 7 June onwards)


Facilities

We are lucky to have a wealth of cricketing facilities in our local area that the Colts can use:
 
King George's Field, Pound Lane, Sonning - the home of Sonning Cricket Club
 
East Park Farm, Charvil
 
Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning Lane, Sonning

Waingels College, Waingels Road, Woodley


During 2017 the Club built two full length fully enclosed state-of-the-art nets for King George’s Field, which will be used by the Colts for training during the Friday evening outdoor sessions.

How to Find Us

King George’s Field - Sonning

King George’s field is the club’s main ground and is the location of the Club House.  It is located next to Sonning C of E Primary school.

The address is King George's Field, Pound Lane, Sonning RG4 6XE.

Approaching from the A4 turn into Pound Lane at the Woodley/Sonning roundabout towards Sonning village. After approximately 250 yards you will reach a zebra crossing – turn left immediately after this crossing, into Ligugé Way. The car park for King George’s field is immediately on the right.

East Park Farm - Charvil

This ground has an astro-turf pitch and we also have use of the East Park Farm Pavilion’s toilets and kitchen.

The address is East Park Farm, Charvil, RG10 9TY.
   
Please note that sat navs can take you into the adjacent housing estate, so please follow these directions:

Approaching from the A4, follow signs to Charvil at the Texaco/Wee Waif roundabout turning into Old Bath Lane.  At the mini-roundabout turn right into Park Lane.   At the next roundabout go straight ahead, continuing along Park Lane for approximately 350 yards before turning left into the East Park Farm car park (just after passing the school).  There is ample parking and you will find the cricket pitch beyond the tennis courts.

Reading Blue Coat School - Sonning

Reading Blue Coat School has a number of different facilities that the club has access to.  The main cricket pitch, in front of the Pavilion, is used by our U7’s for their Sunday morning coaching sessions and we hold some of our junior matches on the astro-turf pitch in the lower grounds.

The address is Sonning Lane, Sonning, Reading RG4 6SU.

Approaching from the A4 turn into Sonning Lane.  The School is about ½ mile on the left.  As you drive down the main school driveway you will see the cricket Pavilion and Main Cricket pitch on your left.  Carry straight on past the pavilion to reach the car park.  As you approach the car park, the astro-turf pitch is on the right of the driveway in the lower grounds.  

Waingels College - Woodley

Waingels College Sports hall is the venue for our winter nets.

The address is Waingels Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4RF.

Approaching from Reading along the A4, turn right at the Sonning/Woodley roundabout onto Pound Lane (which turns into Butts Hill Road) towards Woodley. After just over half a mile turn left into Glendevon Road and at the T-junction turn left into Church Road. Follow the road round to the right as it becomes Tippings Lone and then turn left into Denmark Avenue.  Next turn right into Waingels Road and the School is about 350 yards on the left.  Once inside the school gates follow the road straight-on to the back of the site, ignoring the first car park on the right.  There is another car park located adjacent to the sports hall.

Approaching from Charvil along the A4, follow signs to Charvil at the Texaco/Wee Waif roundabout turning left into Old Bath Lane.  At the mini-roundabout turn right into Park Lane.   At the next roundabout go straight ahead, continuing along Park Lane for approximately 625 yards before turning right into Waingels Road just after the railway bridge. The School is about 950 yards on the right. Once inside the school gates follow the road straight-on to the back of the site, ignoring the first car park on the right.  There is another car park located adjacent to the sports hall.



Clothing

The Club has an online clothing store hosted and operated by Serious Cricket.

Serious Cricket offer “high quality playing and team wear garments” which are “delivered directly to your preferred address within five days.”  A size guide is available on the Serious Cricket site.

Serious Cricket will be holding their annual roadshow at the Club on Friday 17 May 2019. Last season was very popular so please arrive early – doors open at 5.30pm.

We are very pleased to confirm that the Colt’s shirt sponsor has renewed for this season, Simple Recruitment Services – a leading independent recruitment company specialising in Sales, Marketing, Industrial, Insurance, Catering and Technical areas: 

In addition to supporting cricket activities, SRS and the Club have agreed that junior shirts will be subsidised this year and we hope that all players competing in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League (U9 and above) will purchase the shirt. These will be available for a subsidised price from March 2019 by applying the discount code Sonning2019 at the checkout. Please make sure you select the junior shirt, with the "SRS" logo .

Please note that if you decide to purchase then the commercial relationship is between you and Serious Cricket and we cannot intervene. However, we are interested in your feedback on the quality of product and service that you receive from Serious Cricket as we keep this relationship under regular review.

We are a traditional cricket club and prefer your children to wear predominantly white clothing for matches and training. We do not require you to purchase Club clothing although, in practice, most of the children that are U9 or older wear club-badged shirts for matches in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League.

Equipment:

U7s

 
All equipment at training sessions is provided


U9s

 
Matches are played using an Incrediball
 
Equipment provided by club: Wicket keeping gloves
 
Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat
 
Optional suggested player equipment: batting gloves

U11s / U13s

 
Matches are played using a 4 3/4oz junior hard ball
 
Equipment provided by club: Batting pads, batting gloves, batting helmets*, wicket keeping gloves
 
Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat
 
Optional suggested player equipment: thigh pads, arm guards


U15s

 
Matches are played using a 5 1/2oz hard ball
 
Equipment provided by club: Batting pads, batting gloves, batting helmets*, wicket keeping gloves
 
Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat
 
Optional suggested player equipment: thigh pads, arm guards



* Whilst club helmets are made by reputable manufacturers, and were fit for purpose at the time of purchase, we do not guarantee that they confirm to the latest safety standards (BS7928:2013).  If players/parents are concerned, they should look to purchase their own helmets.


Social Events


End of Season Awards Night

Each year in early September we get together to celebrate another great season of junior cricket at Sonning CC.

This year we will hold our awards night on Friday 6th September 2019 at the Pavilion of our home ground - King Georges Field with our popular BBQ and open bar.

There will be awards for each age group and every child that attends will also receive a participation medal.

These will be presented by coaches and culminate in the presentation of the Nick Bentley "Colt of the Year" Trophy.


All Time Top Run Scorers
(since 2004)



8623 - Mark Richards
5617 - Jameel Ahamed
3889 - Duncan Parr
3448 - Ali Driver
3207 - Gary Phillips
3090 - Naqash Tahir
3048 - Richard Harris
3028 - Kevan Smith
2966 - Sohail Aslam
2937 - Bubbu Thava
All Time Wicket Takers
(since 2004)



479 - Abbas Ghulam
317 - Jameel Ahamed
257 - Kevan Smith
217 - Waqas Tahir
201 - Harvey Grout
197 - Duncan Parr
194 - Mark Anderson
182 - Mark Richards
160 - George Troughton
153 - Zahid Mohammed
All Time Top Fielding Dismissals
(since 2004)



197 - Steve Hill
163 - Nick Ray
124 - Mark Richards
104 - Gary Phillips
102 - James Reilly
98 - Ali Driver
96 - Jameel Ahamed
77 - Matt Hill
76 - Duncan Parr
74 - Alex Ray

2019 Season Summary

Season Not started yet.

Events

30-Mar - Annual Dinner Dance. Roughly 85 guests confirmed. Reception 7pm sharp in Sonning Working Mens Club followed by dinner 7.45pm in the village hall

Upcoming Fixtures

21-Apr - Sun 1st Team Vs Ham & Petersham
28-Apr - Sun 1st Team Vs Peppard
5-May - Sun 1st Team Vs Penn Street CC
11-May - Sat 1st Team Vs Newbury
11-May - Sat 2nd Team Vs Bradfield
12-May - Sun 1st Team Vs Paddington
18-May - Sat 1st Team Vs BRACKNELL & DISTRICT
18-May - Sat 2nd Team Vs Hurst
18-May - Sat 3rd Team Vs STOKE GREEN
19-May - Sun 1st Team Vs Hawley

Recent Results

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Top Run Scorers

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Top Wicket Takers

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Top Fielding Dismissals

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Centurions

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Fifties

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5 Wicket Hauls

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3 or more Fielding Dismissals in a Game

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Top 10 Quackers

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Further information about Sonning CC can be found by clicking the links below



President

Max McNeill
Max@ultima.com
07802548320
Chairman

Gary Phillips
gary.phillips@simplers.co.uk
07500336879
Vice Chairman

Richard Anderson
r.anderson@andersonorr.com
07917756020
Secretary

Dan Anderson
bcfcdan@hotmail.com
07909442814
Treasurer

Steve Rayfield
Stephen.Rayfield@herbertsmith.com
07809200548
Membership Secretary

Gary Phillips
gary.phillips@simplers.co.uk
07500336879
Fixture Secretary

Bill Travers
wbtravers@yahoo.co.uk
02073501745
Social Secretary

Keith Denyer
denyerk1@gmail.com
07738478969
Pavilion Manager

Phil Wilding
cwilding25@hotmail.com
07784535661
Bar Stewardess

Christine Wilding
cwilding25@hotmail.com
07712576003
Press Officer

Bill Travers
wbtravers@yahoo.co.uk
02073501745
Groundsman

Strik Pownall
menapownall@hotmail.co.uk
07780913713
Selection Co-Ordinator

Jameel Ahamed
asjameel@ymail.com
07875576401
Webmaster

Jameel Ahamed
asjameel@ymail.com
07875576401
First Team Manager

Alan Bright
awbright@msn.com
07815744756
1st Team Captain

Pete Dean
peterdean023@gmail.com
07521052024
1st Team Vice Captain

Duncan Parr
parrs4390@gmail.com
07976047210
2nd Team Captain

Dan Anderson
bcfcdan@hotmail.com
07909442814
2nd Team Vice Captain

Steve Hill
steve.hill@interserve.com
07747758482
3rd Team Captain

Nick Ray
nick.ray@ntlworld.com
07989606102
3rd Team Vice Captain

Waqas Tahir
tahir.waqas@yahoo.co.uk
07545034500
Sunday 1st Team Captain

Mark Lilley
lilleymark63@gmail.com
07801297672
Sunday 1st ViceTeam Captain

Jameel Ahamed
asjameel@ymail.com
07875576401
Sunday 2nd Team Captain

Bill Travers
wbtravers@yahoo.co.uk
02073501745
Sunday 2nd Team Vice Captain

Nick Ray
nick.ray@ntlworld.com
07989606102
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How to find us

Directions

From Reading take A4 towards Maidenhead, turn left at the Woodley/Sonning roundabout in to Pound Lane, ground 200 yards on left.

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