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Sonning and Charvil Junior Cricket Club


The junior section (aka the Colts) at Sonning and Charvil was established in 2007 by Nick Ray who now serves the club as Junior Cricket Manager.  The Colts offers cricket to boys and girls of all abilities from age 5 up to 15.

Our aim is to promote cricket for all in a friendly and enjoyable environment where all children have an opportunity to take part in the game of cricket and develop new skills irrespective of their starting ability. In the medium term, we plan to produce a constant stream of new talent for the senior sides at the club. Around 15 of our Colts have already made their debuts for the senior sides and several are also playing representative cricket for Berkshire.

Junior training is run by a mix of parent volunteers some of whom are ECB qualified coaches and for the 2017 season we are delighted to announce the appointment of our first professional coach, ex-England and first class county player, Aftab Habib, a Level 3 ECB qualified coach, who will be taking an active role in the development of our Colts as Head Coach.  Aftab will be present at all indoor and Friday night outdoor training so this is a real step up in the quality of coaching that we will provide for all our young players.

We run Sunday morning training sessions for the Under 7s at Blue Coats School from May onwards.  The U9s and above take part in both winter and summer coaching sessions as well as playing friendly and league matches in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League.  We currently have teams registered in the U9, U11, U13 and U15 divisions.  In addition, Colts older than 13 are frequently offered the opportunity to play in our six adult sides including the new midweek 20/20 style league.

We have held the ECB Clubmark status since 2012, as testimony to our determination to run a professional operation even though we are entirely volunteer-run with all funds being used to support the cricket.

We are particularly keen to find parents with an active interest in cricket who would like to lead a team because as we increase the number of children we have (130 as of 2016) we need more managers to run the sides! You do not need to be a qualified coach, a current or former club cricketer with some enthusiasm would be perfect. However, if you wish to qualify as a coach we would try to give you financial support.  We are also looking to expand the management committee and the coaching/ parental roster and anyone with an interest in cricket would be welcomed with open arms. Please email or call Nick Ray on 07989 606102 to discuss further.


Your child will generally participate in the team/squad determined by their age at 1st September prior to the start of the season:


     - Age group: School years 1 & 2
     - Coach: Peeush Bajpai
     - Training: Blue Coat School, Sonning – Sunday 7th May to 30th July, 10.30am to 12.00pm 


     - Age group: School years 3 & 4
     - Coach: Tom Shaw
     - Training: East Park Farm, Charvil – Thursday 27th April to 20th July, 6.45pm to 7.45pm


     - Age group: School year 5
     - Coach: Naqash Tahir
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to 21st July, 6.00pm to 7.15pm (6.00pm to 7.30pm from June onwards)


     - Age group: School year 6
     - Coach: Michael Marsden
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to 21st July, 6.00pm to 7.15pm (6.00pm to 7.30pm from June onwards)


     - Age group: School years 7 & 8
     - Coach: Peter Dean
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to end July, 7.15pm to 8.30pm (7.30pm to 9.00pm from June onwards)


     - Age group: School years 9 & 10
     - Coach: Andy Fitton
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to end July, 7.15pm to 8.30pm (7.30pm to 9.00pm from June onwards)

    Registration and Membership Fees


    NOT REGISTERED FROM LAST YEAR/NEW PLAYER? New junior members are always welcome.  For more information, or details on how to register as a new player,  please email  It would be helpful if you could provide your son/daughter's name, school year or date of birth and a brief description of any cricket experience they have.

    RE-REGISTERING? Login to our members' section at and confirm that last year’s information is correct, or just update and confirm. 

    PAYMENT will be taken using Paypal which accepts direct bank transfer and/or credit cards.  You can either use Paypal as a guest, use an existing Paypal account or set up a new Paypal account as you wish. 

    Please ensure your child is registered/re-registered before they attend their first session as we must have up-to-date essential contact and medical details available.

    If you experience any problems registering or paying, please email

    Membership Fees

    Sunday morning training sessions U7s, will either be pay-as-you-play £5 per week or £49 for the entire season.  

    Membership and coaching fees for U9 – U15 are £95 inclusive.  This includes both winter and summer weekly training session as well as match fees. This price is mid-range with other clubs of similar stature, commitment to high quality coaching and facilities, bearing in mind that we do not charge extra for indoor training or match fees.

    Colts now too old for the juniors and just playing adult cricket pay £40.00 plus match fees.


    We are lucky to have a wealth of cricketing facilities in our local area that the Colts can use:
    • King George's Field, Pound Lane, Sonning - the home of Sonning Cricket Club
    • East Park Farm, Charvil
    • Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning Lane, Sonning
    The Club is also in the process of procuring two full length fully enclosed state of the art nets for King George’s Field. We hope they will be available during the course of the 2017 season.

    How to Find Us

    King George’s Field - Sonning

    King George’s field is the club’s main ground and is the location of the Club House.  It is located next to Sonning C of E Primary school.

    The address is King George's Field, Pound Lane, Sonning RG4 6XE.

    Approaching from the A4 turn into Pound Lane at the Woodley/Sonning roundabout towards Sonning village. After approximately 250 yards you will reach a zebra crossing – turn left immediately after this crossing, into Ligugé Way. The car park for King George’s field is immediately on the right.

    East Park Farm - Charvil

    This ground has an astro-turf pitch and we also have use of the East Park Farm Pavilion’s toilets and kitchen.

    The address is East Park Farm, Charvil, RG10 9TY.
    Please note that sat navs can take you into the adjacent housing estate, so please follow these directions:

    Approaching from the A4, follow signs to Charvil at the Texaco/Wee Waif roundabout turning into Old Bath Lane.  At the mini-roundabout turn right into Park Lane.   At the next roundabout go straight ahead, continuing along Park Lane for approximately 350 yards before turning left into the East Park Farm car park (just after passing the school).  There is ample parking and you will find the cricket pitch beyond the tennis courts.

    Reading Blue Coat School - Sonning

    Reading Blue Coat School has a number of different facilities that the club has access to.  The main cricket pitch, in front of the Pavilion, is used by our U7’s for their Sunday morning coaching sessions.  The Sports hall is the venue for our winter nets, and we hold some of our junior matches on the astro-turf pitch in the lower grounds.

    The address is Sonning Lane, Sonning, Reading RG4 6SU.

    Approaching from the A4 turn into Sonning Lane.  The School is about ½ mile on the left.  As you drive down the main school driveway you will see the cricket Pavilion and Main Cricket pitch on your left.  Carry straight on past the pavilion to reach the car park.  As you approach the car park, the astro-turf pitch is on the right of the driveway in the lower grounds.  The sports hall is behind the car park beyond the wall at the end of the main drive.


    The Club now has an online clothing store hosted and operated by Serious Cricket.

    Serious Cricket offer “high quality playing and team wear garments” which are “delivered directly to your preferred address within five days.”  
    Serious Cricket will be holding their annual roadshow at the Club on Friday 19th May 2017. Last season was very popular so please arrive early – doors open at 5.30pm.

    We are very pleased to confirm that the Colt’s shirt sponsor has renewed for this season, Simple Recruitment Services – a leading independent recruitment company specialising in Sales, Marketing, Industrial, Insurance, Catering and Technical areas: 

    In addition to supporting cricket activities, SRS and the Club have agreed that junior shirts will be subsidised this year and we hope that all players competing in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League (U9 and above) will purchase the shirt. These are available for the subsidised price of £16 instead of the regular price of £23.  Apply the discount code sonningcc2017 at the checkout. Please make sure you select the junior shirt, with the "SRS" logo .

    Please note that if you decide to purchase then the commercial relationship is between you and Serious Cricket and we cannot intervene. However, we are interested in your feedback on the quality of product and service that you receive from Serious Cricket as we keep this relationship under regular review.

    We are a traditional cricket club and prefer your children to wear predominantly white clothing for matches and training. We do not require you to purchase Club clothing although, in practice, most of the children that are U9 or older wear Club-badged shirts for matches in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League.



    - All equipment at training sessions is provided.


    - Matches are played using an Incrediball

    - Equipment provided by club: Wicket keeping gloves

    - Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat.

    - Optional suggested player equipment: batting gloves

    U11s / U13s

    - Matches are played using a 4 3/4oz junior hard ball

    - Equipment provided by club: Batting pads, batting gloves, batting helmets*, wicket keeping gloves

    - Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat

    - Optional suggested player equipment: thigh pads, arm guards


    - Matches are played using a 5 1/2oz hard ball

    - Equipment provided by club: Batting pads, batting gloves, batting helmets*, wicket keeping gloves

    - Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat

    - Optional suggested player equipment: thigh pads, arm guards

    * Whilst club helmets are made by reputable manufacturers, and were fit for purpose at the time of purchase, we do not guarantee that they confirm to the latest safety standards (BS7928:2013).  If players/parents are concerned, they should look to purchase their own helmets.

    Social Events

    End of Season Awards Night

    Each year in early September we get together to celebrate another great season of junior cricket at Sonning CC.

    This year we will hold our awards night on Friday 8th September 2017 at the Pavilion of our home ground - King Georges Field with our popular BBQ and open bar

    There will be awards for each age group and every child that attends will also receive a participation medal.

    These will be presented by coaches and culminate in the presentation of the Nick Bentley "Colt of the Year" Trophy.

    All Time Top Run Scorers
    (since 2004)

    7852 - Mark Richards
    4376 - Jameel Ahamed
    3110 - Duncan Parr
    3089 - Ali Driver
    3048 - Richard Harris
    2966 - Sohail Aslam
    2872 - Bubbu Thava
    2806 - Naqash Tahir
    2799 - Harvey Grout
    2793 - Kevan Smith
    All Time Wicket Takers
    (since 2004)

    441 - Abbas Ghulam
    245 - Jameel Ahamed
    228 - Kevan Smith
    203 - Waqas Tahir
    201 - Harvey Grout
    182 - Mark Anderson
    175 - Mark Richards
    163 - Duncan Parr
    160 - George Troughton
    149 - Zubair Khan
    All Time Top Fielding Dismissals
    (since 2004)

    185 - Steve Hill
    135 - Nick Ray
    112 - Mark Richards
    102 - James Reilly
    94 - Ali Driver
    94 - Gary Phillips
    73 - Alex Ray
    73 - Richard Harris
    69 - Matt Hill
    68 - Jameel Ahamed

    2017 Season Summary

    Sun 1st Team111000


    No upcoming events!

    Upcoming Fixtures

    2-May - U15 Vs West Ilsley
    6-May - Sat 1st Team Vs BURNHAM
    6-May - Sat 2nd Team Vs Purley on Thames
    6-May - Sat 3rd Team Vs Kew
    7-May - Sun 1st Team Vs Woodcote
    7-May - Sun 2nd Team Vs BBC Bushmen
    7-May - U11B Vs Twyford
    7-May - U13 Vs Crowthorne
    7-May - U15 Vs Littlewick Green
    7-May - U9 Vs Wargrave

    Recent Results

    23-Apr - Sun 1st Team Vs Magdalen - Won by 38 runs

    Top Run Scorers

    76 - Zahid Mohammed
    51 - Stephen Mankee
    27 - Jameel Ahamed
    25 - Nigel Jackson
    10 - Abbas Ghulam

    Top Wicket Takers

    4 - Vivek Vashisht
    2 - Abbas Ghulam
    1 - Zahid Mohammed
    1 - Jacob Fitton
    1 - James Kennealy

    Top Fielding Dismissals

    1 - Zahid Mohammed
    1 - Vivek Vashisht
    1 - Nigel Jackson
    1 - Sam merchant
    0 - Jacob Fitton


    No centurions yet!


    51 - Stephen Mankee 23-Apr Vs Magdalen
    76 - Zahid Mohammed 23-Apr Vs Magdalen

    5 Wicket Hauls

    No 5 wicket hauls yet!

    3 or more Fielding Dismissals in a Game

    No 3 dismissals in a game yet!

    Top 10 Quackers

    1 - Bubbu Thava

    Further information about Sonning CC can be found by clicking the links below


    Max McNeill

    Jamie Travers
    Vice Chairman

    Richard Anderson

    Gary Phillips

    Steve Rayfield
    Membership Secretary

    Gary Phillips
    Fixture Secretary

    Dan Anderson
    Social Secretary

    Adam Baker
    Pavilion Manager

    Ben Zagorski
    Bar Stewardess

    Christine Wilding
    Press Officer

    Bill Travers

    Strik Pownall
    Selection Co-Ordinator

    Jameel Ahamed
    First Team Manager

    Alan Bright
    1st Team Captain

    Zahid Mohammed
    1st Team Vice Captain

    Simon Brooks
    2nd Team Captain

    Nigel Thorpe
    2nd Team Vice Captain

    Dan Anderson
    3rd Team Captain

    Waqas Tahir
    3rd Team Vice Captain

    Nick Ray
    4th Team Captain

    Waqas Tahir
    Sunday 1st Team Captain

    Jameel Ahamed
    Sunday 1st ViceTeam Captain

    Dan Anderson
    Sunday 2nd Team Captain

    Bill Travers
    Sunday 2nd Team Vice Captain

    Nick Ray
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    How to find us


    From Reading take A4 towards Maidenhead, turn left at the Woodley/Sonning roundabout in to Pound Lane, ground 200 yards on left.

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