Overview of summer term

How do I book my child in for the 2021 summer term (summer season)?

Details are on our Summer term - how to book page. We recommend that you also read summer term training details and and Teams, match times and formats. If you are a parent of a girl, please also check out Girls' teams.

When is the junior league cricket season?

The junior league cricket season runs each year during the summer term - from just after the state school Easter holidays until just before the state school summer holidays. During this season we run training outdoors at SMCC and our teams from Under 8s upwards play matches against other local clubs.

In 2021, we intend to run more friendlies and/or internal games, and to keep running these on weekends through the summer holidays. This provides around 6 weeks of additional opportunities to play full games of cricket, especially for newer players who may have played less that more experienced players during the league season.

During the summer holidays, we also run a summer holiday cricket camp during the daytime, and we normally finish the summer with an annual fun & awards day.

Which leagues does the club play in?

Most of our junior teams play in the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship.

In 2021, we are also entering the following teams into the North Kent Junior League:

  • Girls Under 13s

  • Boys Under 13s mid-week (as well as the Boys U13s being in the SJCC on Sundays)

Our senior teams also play in both Kent and Surrey leagues.

How many matches do teams play in a season?

  • U5-7s: No league games, but they have just as many pitch allocations for internal games as the older teams. As with older squads, these rely on parents to volunteer to run internal matches every Saturday morning.

  • U8s-U15s: Typically about 9-12 league matches per year, depending on the division entered, plus knock-out cup games (see below). On weekends when there is no league fixture, we have either a friendly or an internal game. In 2019, the average child played around 6 matches, though some may play more than others - please see how we pick teams. In 2021, based on feedback from our junior member survey we intend to have around 18-20 games per squad in total, and to run more friendlies rather than internal games, with the aim of providing more competitive matches per player.

  • U13s upwards can also get up to approx 20 senior matches if playing the full season from mid-April to mid-Sept. We cannot guarantee a match every week as this depends on the number of teams that the player’s ability would be appropriate for, the number of fixtures, cancellations by other teams, the availability of other players, etc. The same applies to equally to senior players.

Knock-out cup games

From U10 up, in most age-groups there are also knock-out cup games. These are typically held on weekday evenings. Knock-out games from U11 up are played in conventional format rather than pairs format.