Teams, match times and formats

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This section currently contains details of the 2020 summer term / outdoor cricket season. Details of the 2021 summer term will appear here during the 2021 spring term. When new courses and camps are bookable, we always publish information here on the website first (please look here first rather than emailing us). We then email parents on our mailing list. Use our registration form to add yourself to our mailing list.

COVID-19 changes

Due to COVID-19, the leagues described below have been suspended in 2020 but these squads will play internal matches and friendlies instead. In 2020, we will continue running training and games through the summer holidays and into September. We intend to fit in a full 12 weeks of outdoor training and as many match-play opportunities as we can.

2020 teams

We planned to run the following league teams in 2020.

  • School years Reception to Year 2 - training games - we play training games between players at our own club

  • Under 8 (U8) - league team girls and boys in school year 3, matches on Sat mornings

  • Under 9 Boys (U9) - league team boys school year 4, matches on Sat mornings

  • Under 9-11 Girls (U9-11) - league team - girls in school years 3-5, matches on Sun mornings (incrediball)

  • Under 10 Boys (U10) - league team - boys in school year 5, matches on Sun mornings

  • Under 11 Boys (U11)- league team - boys in school year 6, matches on Sun mornings

  • Under 11-13 Girls (U11-13) - league team- girls in school years 6-7, matches on Sun mornings (hard ball)

  • Under 12 Boys (U12)- league team - boys in school year 7, matches on Sun mornings

  • Under 13 (U13)- league team - girls and boys in school year 8, matches on Sun mornings

  • Under 14 (U14)- league team - girls and boys in school year 9, matches on Friday evenings

  • Under 15 (U15)- league team - girls and boys in school year 10, matches on Sunday mornings

Pairs format (up to U12)

Younger age-groups up to U12 play ‘pairs format’ in league matches, which are generally 20 over games of 10 players per side, where each team bats in 5 pairs of 4 over per pair. The team starts on 200 runs and if a batsman is out, 6 runs are deducted, with the batsmen carrying on batting.

Players can bowl a maximum of 4 overs. Up to 2 substitutes are allowed. No bowler may bowl more than 3 overs.

The exception to this rule is that knock-out cup games are played in conventional cricket format from U11 up.

For full playing rules, see the document ‘League Constitution and Rules' in the league’s document library here: http://necsc.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/106059

Conventional cricket format (U13+)

Older age-groups from U13 up play the standard form of limited overs cricket, with the rules varying slightly by age group.

For full details, see the document ‘League Constitution and Rules' in the league’s document library here: http://necsc.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/106059

2019 pitch lengths

Pitch lengths are changing. Following trials carried out by the England & Wales Cricket Board, it has been found that shorter pitches result in players enjoying the game more, because bowlers get more balls in the hittable zone around the batter, which means batters hit more balls, and fielders are more active.

2019 pitch lengths are as follows (from stumps to stumps):

  • U8 - 15 yards

  • U9 - 15 yards

  • U10 - 17 yards

  • U11 - 17 yards

  • U12 - 18 yards

  • U13 - 19 yards

  • U14 - 21 yards

  • U15 - 22 yards (no change)

Under 8s boys (school year 3) match format

League cricket is 10 players per side. Pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket). 20 overs per team. Semi-hard, light plastic ball with a seam, which are generally known by the brand name 'Incrediball'. Matches generally Sat morning starting at 09:30 and last around 2.5 hours. Protective kit not required (though some like to wear batting gloves). 15 yard pitch.

Under 9s boys (school year 4) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. Pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket). 20 overs per team. Semi-hard, light plastic ball with a seam, which are generally known by the brand name 'Incrediball'. Matches generally Sat morning starting at 09:30 and last around 2.5 hours. Protective kit not required (though some like to wear batting gloves). 15 yard pitch.

Under 9s girls (school years 3-5) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. Pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket). 20 overs per team. Semi-hard, light plastic ball with a seam, which are generally known by the brand name 'Incrediball'. Matches generally Sat morning starting at 09:30 and last around 2.5 hours. Protective kit not required (though some like to wear batting gloves). 15 yard pitch.

Under 10s boys (school year 5) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. Pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket). 20 overs per team. Junior size (4¾ oz) hard leather cricket ball. Matches generally Sun morning starting at 09:30 and last around 2.5 hours. Knock-out cup games are also in pairs format and are are usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm. Full protective kit required. 17 yard pitch.

Under 11s boys (school year 6) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. League matches are in pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket) and are generally Sun morning starting at 09:30 lasting about 2.5 hours. Knock-out cup games are in conventional cricket format and are usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm and lasting around 2.5 hours. 20 overs per team. Junior size (4¾ oz) hard leather cricket ball. Full protective kit required. 17 yard pitch.

Under 11s girls (school years 6-7) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. League matches are in pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket) and are generally Sun morning starting at 09:30 lasting about 2.5 hours. Knock-out cup games are in conventional cricket format and are usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm and lasting around 2.5 hours. 20 overs per team. Junior size (4¾ oz) hard leather cricket ball. Full protective kit required. 17 yard pitch.

Under 12s boys (school year 7) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. League matches are in pairs format (all players bat; all players bowl or keep wicket) and are generally Sun morning starting at 09:30 lasting about 2.5 hours. Knock-out cup games are in conventional cricket format and are usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm and lasting around 2.5 hours. 20 overs per team. Junior size (4¾ oz) hard leather cricket ball. Full protective kit required. 18 yard pitch.

Under 13s (school year 8) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. Conventional cricket (batsmen retire at 30 runs). 24 overs per team. Junior size (4¾ oz) hard leather cricket ball. Matches are generally on Sun mornings, starting at 09:30 and lasting around 3 hours. Knock-out cup games are in conventional cricket format and are usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm and also lasting around 3 hours. Full protective kit required. 19 yard pitch.

Under 14s (school year 9) match format

League cricket. 10 plaers per side. Conventional cricket (batsmen retire at 30 runs). 24 overs per team. Ladies size (5 oz) hard leather cricket ball*. League matches generally start at around 18:00 on Friday evenings and last around 3 hours. Knock-out cup games are in conventional cricket format and are also usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm and also lasting around 3 hours. Full protective kit required. 21 yard pitch.

*5 oz balls are virtually indistinguishable from junior size (4¾ oz) balls.

Under 15s (school years 10) match format

League cricket. 10 players per side. Conventional cricket (batsmen retire at 30 runs). 24 overs per team. Mens' size (5½ oz) hard leather cricket ball. Matches generally start at 09:30 and last around 3 hours. Knock-out cup games are in conventional cricket format and are also usually on a weekday evening, starting around 6pm and also lasting around 3 hours. Full protective kit required. 22 yard pitch.

Where are matches held?

We have two home pitches. See our location page for details. Where we have more than two home matches on the same day, we rent other local pitches. Away matches are generally in southern London and typically take around 30-45 driving time to get to.

I don't drive. Can anyone give us a lift to away matches?

If you don't have a car, don't worry. Other parents are always happy to give lifts and it just makes the journey to and from the game more fun for both parents and players. Just post a message in your squad's What's App group, giving your address. It is extremely rare that anyone struggles to get to a match.