LATEST NEWS......... Girls and Ladies Training at West Ilsley Cricket Ground
Women Thursdays 6.30 - 8.00
8 - 12 y/o Fridays 6.15 - 7.30 (Softball)
12+ Mondays 6.30 - 8.00 (Hardball)
Women's & Girls Cricket - scroll down for more info about all ages groups
Welcome to West Ilsley Cricket Club, one of Berkshires leading lights in female cricket. We are always delighted to take on new players, whatever age or ability, from those who have never seen a cricket ball to county players.
The aim is to develop your core skills whilst having fun in a friendly and safe environment. We have three excellent level 2 coaches, headed up by Tony Scriven, Pete Blatchley and Philipa Saich, and supported by various helpers. With training on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays depending on age group.
We are a Clubmark club and adhere to the ‘Safe Hands’ Policy for Safeguarding Children in Cricket. All of the adults at the club who work with children meet the necessary criteria, and are vetted by the English Cricket Board (ECB)
The girls play in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League and the Lady Taverners National Competitions for both hard and softball competitions. Friday night is the clubs social night, why not come along and have a look, or you're welcome to come for a free taster training session or two, before you decide whether cricket is for you. 2019 also sees our entry into Ladies Cricket 16yrs+ and we are looking for new members.
Our only paid member of staff is the groundsman otherwise we are all volunteers, and although every effort is made to keep things on schedule sometimes delays and cancellations do happen, but we will make every effort to keep you informed. We always welcome offers of help from all members.
Girls Cricket (8 – 12yrs) An introduction to cricket
Make new friends, have some fun and learn new skills in a friendly and safe environment.
Join us for some girls softball cricket training on Fridays at 6.15 – 7.30 (the bar is open for the parents and weather permitting the BBQ will be fired up).
No kit apart from trainers, clothes to allow easy movement and a plastic cricket bat are required – you can borrow a bat for the first few sessions.
Complete beginners are welcome, and if you are not sure ,try it for a taster session or two before deciding.
Under the guidance of level 2 coach Pete Blatchley and his helpers, we will endeavor to develop the girls core cricketing skills.
These skills are based on hand eye coordination, and will involve learning how to bat, bowl, throw and catch.
Through the season we will play a number of ‘cricket festivals’ at Under 10s and Under 12s. The festivals consist of two or three games against other Berkshire club teams. All players will have a chance to bat and bowl.
In both age groups we use incrediballs (softballs), team shirts are available at a subsidised rate £10
As the seasons progress’s we will gradually introduce the hard ball into our training sessions for those players that want to try it. At this stage the coaches may recommend that players acquire helmets, pads, gloves and bats.
We are also entering a team in the U13 Lady Taverners National Cup - this is a hardball competition
Girls 14 - 16 Cricket development
As well as the physical health benefits, cricket can also bring other benefits - team skills and social interaction
Mondays 6.30 – 8.00 is training night for this age group.
With this age group we are hoping to further develop the players cricketing skills and technique.
Although the U14 festivals are softball, the training session will use both hard and softballs, and so players will require helmets, pads, gloves and bats.
We are entering the U16 Berkshire Youth Cricket League, and will try to arrange a couple of friendlies.
We welcome new players whether experienced or not, so please drop into a Mondays training session or contact us for more information
New this season – Women's Development Cricket Squad.
Women's Cricket is becoming one of the fastest growing female sports, and West Ilsley are excited to be launching a Womens's Development Cricket Squad this season.
We are actively recruiting players of all abilities, absolutely no experience is necessary, so please come along or give us a shout.
Weekly training sessions on Thursday 6.30 – 8.00 and hopefully the club bar will open for a refreshment, but if not the Harrow will welcome you!
We are proposing to play some softball matches against other local clubs in Women's Berkshire Softball League, plus a few friendlies.
Matches are 8 a side, softball cricket, maybe hardball next season for those that want to go to the next stage.