Sunbury Cricket Club runs 4 men's XIs on a Saturday and 2 or 3 XIs on a Sunday to provide a balanced programme of matches to as wide a range of players as possible.
Whether you aspire to play in our 1st XI in the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship playing with and against overseas 1st Class or County 2nd XI players or against mere mortals in our lower XIs we will almost certainly have something to match your standards.
Saturday CricketThe 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs play in the Surrey Championship in their respective Premier Divisions and the 4th XI play in Division 1, the premier 4th League of the same Championship providing fixtures and XIs to suit most competitve standards.
Our 1st XI play in the top flight of club cricket in the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship with some of our players making regular or occasional appearances for County 1st and 2nd XIs and where many of our opponents field overseas 1st Class players with aspirations to play international cricket. Other players, including some in the 2nd XI have also also represented the Club Cricket Conference at home and on tour overseas.
Whereas the 1st XI represents the pinnacle of our cricketing achievements and has established a reputation of which we are rightly proud, our 2nd XI is the traditional mixture of former or aspiring 1st XI players, as well as few more for whom the 2nd XI is the maximum level of their capabilities.
The 3rd and 4th XIs have a similar mixture, albeit with an inevitable tendency to a wider age range. These XIs provide a competitive yet sociable standard of cricket with older players, some of them distinctly middle aged, or beyond, providing leadership to the younger players making their way up the XIs.
Selection for Saturday XIs is based on merit and, where appropriate to the circumstances, on promoting the development of younger players.
Sunday CricketSunday cricket is designed to make different types of cricket available to suit all members. The selection policy for Sunday cricket is more relaxed than that for Saturdays and the aim is to get players playing where they wish (subject to being of relevant standard). We have 4 different teams, though not all play every Sunday, and there is something to suit everyone.
The 1st XI are entered into two prestigious cup competitions and there are two other teams playing league cricket. The Chieftains are entered into the Surrey Trust League and for 2010 we are honoured to be selected to host Finals Day. The Academy has a varied fixture list, playing in the Thameside Sunday Cricket League and also playing a number of friendly fixtures. This Academy aims to select a balanced team involving junior members and more experienced senior members.
The Squires also play friendly fixtures for those who do not want competitive cricket. The Squires offer approximately 15 games a season to older players.
Sunday 1st XI: The Sunday 1st XI represent Sunbury in the ECB National Club Championship and the Conference Cup (sponsored by the Club Cricket Conference). Both are 45 over competitions with the finals being played at a County Ground.
Chieftains: This side plays in the Surrey Trust League (40 overs). This is coloured clothing league. Matches are played using orange balls and black stumps. Each team has to include 6 players under 21, of which 4 must be under 18. The remainder of the team can be of any age, and would normally be the best available players. The aim is to bring on the best colts so they have further experience of playing at the top level.
Academy: The Academy side exists to give those colts who do not get selected for the senior Saturday XIs regular cricket with and against adults. They play in the Thameside Sunday Cricket League (40 overs). Selection is based on getting an even balance between colts and adults. It is the ideal way for older colts to start playing adult cricket.
Squires: The Squires, a real success story in recent season, is a team of 'experienced' players who enjoy playing friendly cricket against like-minded clubs on good pitches with good facilities at a reasonable level of performance, although individual skills are varied. While some choose not to do so, many members of the team meet for lunch in the pavilion before home games or in specially selected pubs near the ground for away matches. It is a very popular side for those 'experienced' cricketers who wish to continue, or resume, playing cricket without the pressure to turn out every Sunday - indeed, some only play a few games in the season.