Nunwick Cricket Club
Address: The Flatts, Nunwick, Great Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9LN
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Nunwick Cricket club was formed in 1890 in the small village of Great Salkeld 5 miles outside of Penrith in Cumbria. The club is situated on The Nunwick Hall Country House estate in the heart of the Eden Valley, this makes for one of the most picturesque grounds in Cumbria.
Over the past 30 years the club has gone from having one of the smallest pitches and smallest clubhouses to now having one of the largest playing surfaces in there respective leagues, along with a new and modern pavilion. We now also have 3 lane artificial practice nets along with and artificial wicket on the square which we use during practice sessions when its wet.
Back in 2000 we decided it was time that the club took a good look at its future and we decided we would set up a junior system with Tuesday nights being coaching nights. This was a huge success with over 120 juniors turning up from ages 6 to 16.
With this popularity we were able to enter U11, U13 and U15 teams in the Cumbria Junior league set up and to this day still have a team in each league, which we see as a great achievement as the village we are based in only has a rough population of 500 people.
The success of the junior set up enabled us to set up a men’s 2nd team to run alongside our men’s 1st team which play in the Eden Valley league set up. This then provided the chance for the juniors once they were to old for the junior leagues a chance to progress into senior cricket and then hopefully push on into the 1st team and keep the club moving forward.
The results have been fantastic as the club now has 2 thriving senior teams the 1st team which competes in the Eden valley premier league and the 2nd team which compete in the Eden valley 3rd division.
We also enter a team into the Cumbria midweek T20 league which is a lot of fun and we are now getting a lot of recognition for our pitch and facilities as we now regularly host Cumbria county junior matches which is an excellent achievement for a small village club.
Off the field we are very pro active in fund raising and gaining sponsorship to help keep moving the club forward. We often host such events like, golf days, darts exhibition nights, race nights, cheese & wine nights, quiz nights, Christmas raffles, car parking at the Malcolm Wilson rally, The list goes on.
This is quite simply so we can afford to keep adding bits to the club whether its tools or machines for the ground staff, coaching or playing equipment for the juniors and seniors or improvements to the pavilion.
This season will see the launch of our brand new match kit and also our online club shop provided by our club supplier Raging Bull which again is something that should provide the club with income and provide players and supporters the chance to purchase some excellent club merchandise.
Our next big fund raiser which is something brand new and which is attracting a lot of attention is the Nunwick 8’s tournament, which is a 8 a side competition with 6 teams playing 10 over matches on June 7th.
We have made it into a family fun day as well with a host of activities going on off the pitch such as rodeo bull, gladiator joust, bouncy castle, face painting, and a 8 man working hot tub for people to sit in and watch the cricket!! We hope it will be a massive success and it turns into a annual event!
So for a small village club, we have big ambitions to become the best village club in the north of England and we feel with what we have to offer on and off the pitch we a making big steps forward to achieving that, we have a lot of dedicated people involved in the club that help us provide excellent facilities, coaching and pitches and without them the club wouldn’t run, the club will push on into the future striving to achieve more and to be even more successful.