Sunday Cricket

Sunday Cricket

Sunday 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 six different teams, though not all play every Sunday, and there is something to suit everyone.

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. The side is the very best that can be fielded, consisting almost entirely of the Saturday 1st XI players.

Centurions: A new team in 2016, the Cenurions play in the 40-overs-a-side Thameside League against clubs in Surrey and Middlesex. There are no age restrictions in this league, so this team is effectively the Club’s top Sunday XI when there are no 1st XI Cup ties and would selected from the best cricketers available. Matches do not clash with 1st XI or Chieftain fixtures.

Chieftains: This side plays in the Surrey Trust League (40 overs). This is a coloured clothing league, 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. The winners of this league go on to meet the winners of the Kent Trust League.

Development XI: The Development XI, as its name suggests, exists to give those colts who do not get selected for the senior Saturday XIs regular cricket with and against adults. They play a mixture of friendly time matches and overs cricket and selection is based on getting an even balance between colts and adults. It is the ideal way for under13 and under 14 colts to start playing adult cricket.

Squires: The Squires, a real success story in recent seasons, 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. They play 23 fixtures during the season mostly on Sundays but with a few on weekdays. While some choose not to do so, many members of the team meet for lunch in the pavilion before some 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. The Squires is not exactly a veterans side as there is no bar to younger players – ages range from 30s to 70s.

Optimists: The Optimists play on Bank Holiday Mondays and on those Sundays when the Squires have no fixture. The aim is to blend those Squires who want to play every Sunday with some younger players, who will experience a different type of game and atmosphere than their norm.

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