This is the story of Great Horton Church; a thriving, inner-city cricket club in Bradford whose community outreach stretches far beyond the game. I’m anticipating traffic congestion to get to Allerton Road in BD8 for the usual 6.15pm start. As it turns out, the drive over the top, past Bradford Royal Infirmary Hospital, a trip […]
When’s the best time for junior cricket? (Not Sundays any more)
PORING over old copies of the Telegraph & Argus (Bradford’s daily paper) and the York Evening Press a few years ago made me realise how defined the football and cricket seasons used to be in the 20th Century. The football season finished in early April and the cricket season started a couple of weeks later, […]
All Stars Cricket: Newton-le-Willows re-launch junior cricket
Newton-le-Willows Cricket Club are based a few miles from Bedale in North Yorkshire and they ran All Stars Cricket for the first time this year. All Stars Cricket is designed for 5-8-year-old boys and girls to enjoy a fun, safe and inclusive first experience of cricket. For a village club who’ve had no juniors in […]
Under-nine cricket: What’s it like to coach at a club?
Like many clubs, at Bingley Congs CC, there’s been an absence to our junior section over the last few years. Without the most important part of a cricket club, in the long run, a club can simply dwindle away. Thankfully, with the rise of All Stars over the last few years, Friday night sees plenty […]
Junior Cricket: How can a cricket league plan for the future?
Phil Sharples, Chairman of the Bramleys Halifax Junior Cricket League, discusses the ever-shifting sands that have come with trying to run a cricket league during coronavirus. Up for discussion was the current situation, planning ahead in a greatly shortened summer and the impact for junior cricket that the pandemic could have. 1. What’s it been […]
Regional Cricket offers intergalactic twist
For junior cricket in Yorkshire, this season has seen the exciting launch of the Regional Cricket programme; designed as a stepping stone to a county age-group team. It has replaced district cricket and involved changing the structure to just four regions: North, East & Central, West and South. Those working behind the scenes to make […]
BME Development Centres give kids a chance at cricket
With funding from the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB), there is a programme in place to deliver cricket to those who’ve never tried it, in areas with large BME (black and minority ethnic) populations through development centres. The YCB cover the cost of venues and coaches (these are local to each community) and the 10 development […]