Teams, match times and formats

2020 summer term

  • Limit of 25 players per squad (same as 2019)
  • Sign-up in in Dec/Jan (exact dates to be announced) in 3 phases:
    • Phase 1: Returners from summer term 2019 will be able to book
    • Phase 2: Returners from summer term 2019 + parents who are booked into either our autumn or spring 10 weeks courses will be able to book
    • Phase 3: Booking will be open to anyone to fill remaining places

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.

We are currently running autumn and spring term indoor training and our partners 360 Cricket will also be running cricket camps during most school holiday periods.

Our Under 12s of 2017 show off an impressive scoreboard

2019 teams

We are expecting to run the following league teams in 2019. This may be subject to minor adjustment in Dec/Jan as the running of league divisions is dependent on how many teams are entered by other clubs, but at current, no changes to the league structure are anticipated.

We are planning to run two league teams this year for girls. We will be combining girls across multiple age-groups to form squads. Please note that league rules state that girls may play 'a year down' against boys a year younger. Read more on our cricket for girls page.

The teams we plan to run in the summer of 2019 are:

  • 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 (U9B) - league team boys school year 4, matches on Sat mornings
  • Under 9 Girls (U9G) - league team - girls in school years 3-5, matches on Sat mornings
  • Under 10 Boys (U10B) - league team - boys in school year 5, matches on Sun mornings
  • Under11 Boys (U11B)- league team - boys in school year 6, matches on Sun mornings
  • Under 11 Girls (U11G) - league team- girls in school years 6-7, matches on Sun mornings
  • Under12 Boys (U12B)- league team - boys in school year 7, matches on Sun mornings
  • Under13 (U13)- league team - girls and boys in school year 8, matches on Sun mornings
  • Under14 (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
  • Under16s+ (U16+) = friendlies only - girls and boys in school years 11, matches likely to be on Sat or Sun mornings during summer holidays; players are also very much encouraged to play in open-age (men's and ladies') cricket

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.