Berkhamsted Cricket Club
Address: Kitcheners Field, Off Castle Hill, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1HE
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Phone: 01442 862014
Berkhamsted CC is a Club with a 125 year history that is back on the up after some years in decline until 2005. It is now thriving on all fronts and has gone from two to occasionally 5 XI's on a Saturday, 2 second XI teams on a Sunday and to 250 colts in four years, including 30 girls.
We are a Focus Club, with Clubmark status. We play on a two-square field set in one of the most attractive settings in the Home Counties with a traditional pavilion and large decking area from which to watch the game.
We also occasionally use the school squares on the field adjacent to ours for our fifth. Three years ago, we installed four top-class ECB-standard non-turf nets to enhance our practice facilities. Four years ago, we installed a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard.
Our clubhouse has undergone an extensive refurbishment and is a delightful spot in which to relax and watch sport, share a drink with friends and take in the best setting for cricket in the Home Counties, and it would probably be fair to say we have one of the best cricket tea’s in the south east!
The club also has 3 qualified umpires who split their duties between the club and the Herts league panel, to which the club has contributed to their training.
We are also, we believe, the first club in Hertfordshire to employ an international Coach in Riaz Richards, now in his second year with us, and has coached for Morocco and works for South Africa's logistics management and has assisted in the teams training and fielding drills.
The club also hold regular music events within the grounds, Pitch perfect, an evening of Musical theatre, Jazz and comedy on June 29th, and our 2nd hosting of ‘Berko Fest’ with a host of live bands and musicians bound to attract a bumper crowd in early September.
Our First XI plays in Division 4 of the Herts League. Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th XIs play in Divisions 7, 11 West and 12 West respectively and all of them are pushing for promotion. Our 5th XI plays friendly matches on a Saturday afternoon. Our two Sunday XI's play friendly matches, almost entirely at home against local opposition. Our upper XIs play a high standard of cricket, providing a challenging environment in which to test your skills. Our lower XIs are still highly competitive and comprise an eclectic mix of ageing stalwarts moving downwards, colts moving upwards, Dads re-entering the fray after several years away from the game (as their sons start playing adult cricket), students and occasional players. Our backgrounds are equally diverse with a football commentator, an opera singer and two authors in the 3rd XI alone!
Our Clubmark status means that we adhere to the ECB's highest standards of Club management, Child Welfare and Coaching. We have fourteen ECB-qualified coaches, five of whom are Level 2 and run an extensive coaching program through the winter and summer months. Our colts’ coaching has a well-earned reputation for fun and enjoyment, whilst developing the skills to progress from U7 pairs through to the hardball game. Over a dozen of our colts are in County or Area squads. We operate Cricket Weeks in the first two weeks of the summer holidays, which are always oversubscribed.
63 colts turned up this Easter Sunday for the first junior coaching session of the summer, with the school holiday the week preceding where we held our first junior cricket camp of the season that was full of enthusiastic youngsters - pictured above.
We are an inclusive club and operate a schools outreach programme to ensure children can learn to play cricket and are encouraged to come down to our club. In early July we host a cricket festival at which all the local schools participate and this has been a big success. Without our programme the majority of children would not experience cricket at school. Our Chairman is currently the Chair of the Dacorum District Development Group, which ensures all the cricket clubs in the District collaborate to promote the game, manage the development pathway to County level and beyond and is overseeing a Chance to Shine Project.
Thoughts ahead of the 2015 season from club/1st XI captain Dave Smith:
"Berkhamsted Cricket Club has a long history, great facilities and a very picturesque ground. We are a club that is all about investing in its members both young and old.
"We have a professional coach who works tirelessly to get the best out of our players and the evidence of this is really starting to be seen on the pitch.
"After narrowly missing out on promotion last year, our expectations for the first XI is to go one step further this year and hopefully win Herts League Division 4A.
"We now have a strong, motivated squad with a great team spirit and with the return of our overseas player from last year and some new faces joining the club in the off-season, the team is looking good for the forthcoming season.
"The 2nd XI who also just missed out on promotion will be looking to finish towards the top of Herts League Division 8A.
"As for the lower teams, the focus is on competitive but enjoyable cricket.
"If we gain promotion it would be good but this is the breeding ground for our colts coming into senior cricket and the development of them is more important than accolades."