Welby Cricket Club
Address: Church Lane, Welby, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 3LP
Phone: 07956 223861
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Welby is a village club in Lincolnshire just outside Grantham that competes in the South Lincs and Border League and Grantham and Melton Cricket Association.
Although small in size, the club has regularly competed well against large town clubs and was recently in the South Lincs and Border Premier league following an unbeaten season and promotion in 2012.
Unfortunately, we suffered relegation in 2015 so will be back in Division 1 for this year continuing to fight hard against other sides from across southern Lincolnshire.
With games taking place on Saturdays (SLBL) and Sundays (GMCA) players of all ages and abilities are given their chance to play with the main objective being to enjoy the game.
Historically the Saturday side has been used as a “1st XI” with the best available players being given preference whilst Sundays are used to allow younger players a chance to show their skills and as a place for the more casual player to enjoy a day in the sun whilst keeping games competitive.
Every effort is made to make everyone feel welcome and included no matter their background whether they be players for either side, umpires or just spectators.
Players get together occasionally for fund raising events such as a successful “race night” held in conjunction with another local team at their social club, helping to build bonds at the same time as raising much needed money. The whole team will also get together for meals throughout the year to bond in a setting outside of the field of play. These nights, along with an annual awards meal, help everyone maintain a camaraderie and banter that keeps the group strong and jovial.
In the past the club has operated a 2nd XI in South Lincs and Border league and two youth teams but as younger players have moved on to university, older players retired from the game and those in the middle have started families, these have had to be wound up. This has left a core group of players to push on with ensuring the club can grow back to former glories once more.
This leaves even more opportunity than ever for new players to come along an join. Even if you don't have the equipment there will always be someone willing to let you borrow there's (although a box of your own is recommended).
The facilities are modest with picturesque, typical village surroundings allowing players and spectators to bask in the summer sun and a quaint wooden pavilion allowing spectators to seek refuge from the equally likely summer wind and rain.
The ground is situated just up the road from the local pub and club sponsor, allowing for easy access to a comfortable place to relax and discuss the days play with free chips should we be victorious. The ground is maintained by the members of the club and we really do get out of the club only what we put in.