Whalley Range CC, Manchester
Welcome to the Whalley Range Cricket Club News Update
We are an inclusive club which supports and caters for a community of cricket lovers. Fun is enhanced by winning. An amateur club with a professional attitude and approach.
Please note: the club (and ground) is available to hire for social functions and by cricket teams from £90. Late licenses can be applied for. For further details please contact Chris Battle on 07908234583.
1st XI ON A ROLL!!!!
As we approach the half way stage of the season, the 1st XI are getting into their stride. They are now just 5pts (ie one win) from the promotion places, having beaten both Swinton and South West Manchester in recent weeks. In the cups, they went out of the T20, just failing to chase down Stretford's 192, falling an agonising 4 runs short, despite Junaid Maqsood's 70. In the Derek Kay Cup, they beat another team from the division above, this time Flowery Field. Flowery only managed 180ao, with Usman Saleem taking 3 wickets, and then we knocked them off for the loss of 7 wickets, led by Faizan Ahmad's 56. Our reward is a home QF draw against star-studded GMCL champions Egerton, on President's Day (9 July).
The 2nd XI have faltered a little, but are still 2nd in their division. Though they beat Swinton, they lost to Radcliffe 1st XI in a rain-affected match, to Astley & Tydlesley and then to Littleborough Lakeside 1st XI. The 3rd XI are also 2nd in their division, but have lost to Stand and Unsworth in low scoring games.
The Midweek XI lost an exciting semi-final by 5 runs against Styal, despite a cameo 31 off 17 balls from Khaleel Ahmed, but are still 3rd in the league after beating Trafford Solicitors. The Over 40s tied a marvellous game against Bowdon Vale (152 each) the week after beating Bowdon easily.
As for the juniors, the U15s have finished a very commendable 2nd in the league, behind Urmston, and are still in the cup. The U11s are handily placed in their division, and beat Hyde in the GMCL Cup, whilst the U13s trounced Sale last weekend.
The annual jamboree starts at 12.30pm with a free buffet lunch for members and guests, and then continues all afternoon with a tennis tournament and, for the first time in many years, a competitive cricket match instead of the traditional Cmte v Former Players. The 1st XI are playing GMCL champions Egerton, in a cup QF. Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson is just one of the Egerton stars expected to play. There is a raffle, prizes, the Guild Draw, later a BBQ and lots of chances to catch up with old friends. All welcome. and it is all free!
JUNIOR REGISTRATION & SUMMER TRAINING
Junior registrations have now finished. We are full at all age groups from Years 3-6, but have some spaces for Years 7-11.
Training times every Friday are as follows: Years 3 & 4: 5.30pm-6.30pm; Years 5 & 6, 6.30pm-7.30pm; Years 7-10: 7pm-8.30pm.
For more details, please contact head coach, Mike Hill (07894961530).
New players always welcome. We pride ourselves on providing cricket for all tastes and abilities, and now includes our new Over 40s team, playing Wednesdays in a league.. The 1st XI and 2nd XIs play a very high quality of cricket every Saturday, taken very seriously; the 3rd XI plays on Sundays, is slightly less serious and is a proving ground for new players and aspiring juniors, and the Midweek XI and Sunday Friendly XI is for those who just want to enjoy an evening or afternoon's cricket in a semi-competitive environment, followed by a drink in the bar.
Normally £20inc p&p, now just £10inc p&p. And all profits go to help fund junior sport at WRC
Please send cheque for £10inc p&p made payable to Whalley Range CC, and address it to Mike Hill c/o WRC & LTC, Kingsbrook Road, M16 8NR. Please remember to include a postal address.
Two England cricket captains, three Olympians, a famous music composer, a sprinkling of county cricketers, international rugby players, a prolific author, a renowned amateur astronomer, and the cream of the country's lacrosse players are just a few of the stars who have graced the club from Whalley Range down the years. One of the oldest clubs in the area, with cricket dating back to 1845 and tennis first staged in 1881, Whalley Range truly boasts a most colourful and illustrious pedigree, and this volume charts the first 100 years, from its early existence on College Road, its brief tenure at Hough End, through to its current residence on Kingsbrook Road, where it benefited from a rich influx of talent from the nearby William Hulme's Grammar School. The book is as much a social history of this area of Manchester as a sports book and recounts the many ups and downs and the devastating heartbreak caused by the wars, as well as stunning performances, record scores, and regular appearances at Old Trafford.
We are looking for sponsors who want to help us continue to improve our facilities and junior coaching. If interested, please contact chairman Mike Hill on 07894 961530.