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.
A SUCCESSFUL-ISH SEASON... AND A SURPRISE TWIST!
The 1st XI finished the season in 5th (out of 14) and missed out on automatic promotion when they lost the final game of the season to lowly West Leigh. The 2nd XI finished their season in a comfortable 2nd, and thus won back to back promotions. The 3rd XI finished 3rd (out of 10), and the Midweek XI finished 2nd for the second year in succession.
However, with 17 clubs from the Pennine Cricket League joining GMCL, the upshot of all the reorganisation was that the 1st XI were placed in Div 1a, and the 2nd XI in Div 2b. While the 1st XI cross swords with old friends Stretford, Bury and others and visit for the first time ever Royton CC, the 2nd XI find themselves the ONLY 2nd XI in their division, and are playing local derbies with South West Manchester and Wythenshawe 1sts as well as visiting new venues at Ashton CC, Oldham CC and others.
In essence, we will have to get out two 1st XIs in 2018!!
So, if any ambitious local cricketers want to be considered for our squad in 2018, please ring in the first instance Mike Hill on 07894961530, and try to come to winter nets (see below).
Winter nets are again at William Hulme GS (Springbridge Road, M16 8PR), starting on Friday 13 October, for 10 weeks up to Christmas. After Christmas, there are four nets at Old Trafford in January, then another 10 nets sessions at the school up to Easter.
Training times every Friday are as follows: Years 5 & 6 (and Year 4 by invitation) 5.30pm-6.30pm; Years 7-10, 6.30pm-7.30pm; Seniors (16+) will have a net available from 6.30-7.30pm, and the whole hall from 7.30-8.30pm.
Costs are £4.50 per session, or £35 for 10.
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.