Juniors in open-age (adult) cricket

Possible impact of COVID-19 on the 2021 summer season

Currently we are planning for a normal season with the same 'Covid Secure' measures in place as in 2020, but this is of course dependent on government and ECB guidance.

How old do juniors need to be to play open-age (men's and women's) cricket?

Juniors can train and play in open-age cricket from school year 8, or school year 7 if representing a county or London Schools. This doesn't mean that all 13 year olds are expected to train and play in open-age cricket. It is an option for players to try when they feel ready. The club's open-age selection panel and captains also have the right to refuse to have a junior play if they feel the junior lacks sufficient skills for them to safely do so. In practice many of our juniors from age 13 up enjoy taking part in open age cricket, and we are lucky to have a wide range of standards of open-age cricket in which to take part. Many other local clubs also have juniors of the same ages playing for them.

Men's cricket

Please note that men's training sessions are generally NOT coached or supervised sessions and players will be mixing with adults, so we cannot make any promises regarding safeguarding, first aiders, etc. That said, most of the players attending are long-term club members, many of whom our players will already know, and they are normally always made to feel very welcome.

Please see the Men' cricket page on the main SMCC website for full details.

You can also sign up to the SMCC senior cricket newsletter, so that you are kept in the loop with open-age cricket news.

Women's cricket

Women's training sessions are normally always coached, but the Women do also sometimes have un-coached and unsupervised sessions.

Please see our page on Girls cricket and the Women's cricket page on the main SMCC website for the latest details.

You can also sign up to the SMCC senior cricket newsletter, so that you are kept in the loop with open-age cricket news.