Summary of information

Junior Co-ordinator Andrew Pettinger07775586509
Junior Membership £15 per annum
Summer Practice

  • Professional coaches, Joe Scuderi, Neil redford and Ryan Bailey
  • 1 / 2 senior players
  • Team managers
April – August 2016
Tuesday evenings:

U9s & u11 s – 6.30 to 7.30pm (approx finish time), arrive at 6.15pm for registration
U13s  –  6.45 to 7.45pm (approx finish time), arrive at 6.30pm for registration
£2.50 per session

Thursday evenings:

U15s and U17s 7pm to 8.30 pm (approx finish time) arrive at 6.45 pm for registration
£5.00 per session

Winter Practice

  • Professional coaches, Joe Scuderi & Ryan Canning
  • 1 / 2 senior players
  • Team managers
Nov – March 2016

Nelson & Colne College

U13 & u15
Saturdays 11-12noon
£5 per session

Feb & March
Nelson & Colne College

Mondays 6-7pm

U11 & U13
Mondays 7-8pm

£5 per session


U15, full
U13 full & pairs
U11 pairs
U9 pairs


Andrew Pettinger
Tony Bradley, Jack Bottomley
Colin Pemberton
Neil Smith

JUNIOR Social Evenings Junior Cricket Matches
1 / 2 junior matches, tea room & bar open, music & games
Summer Cricket Camp Late July / early Aug TBA
3 days, professional coaching, £20 per day or £50 for 3 days.

In addition, the club may look to arrange a camp in the easter holidays, demand permitting .

Junior Presentation Evening October 2016 TBA
Celebration of the junior cricket season.

Presentation of all junior awards by a guest presenter.

Detailed information

We have a thriving junior section at Nelson Cricket Club for all ages up to U17s level, with approximately 80 registered junior players. We are very much a friendly family club that is open to new players and new ideas.  Our goal is for all our boys and girls to have maximum fun by playing and learning about cricket, and in so doing to improve their skills, make new friends outside school and to become an active club member.

Junior Summer Practice: In the summer we run junior practice nights, which are led by a mix of professional coaches (including Joe Scuderi,  Neil Redford, and the club’s 2016 playing professional, Ryan Bailey), whose CVs can be found elsewhere on this website,  and amateur coaches (including team managers and current and ex players).

2016 Junior practice for the U9 (up to School Years 4) , u11 (School Years 5 and 6) and u13 (School Years 7 and 8) age groups will be on a Tuesday evening throughout the Summer.  U9 sessions  are principally aimed at School Year 2 to School Year 4, though we do allow exceptional younger players to train with the under 9s so long as they are able to keep up with the sessions.

2016 Junior practice for the u15 (school Years 9 and 10) and u17 age group will be on a Thursday evening throughout the summer.

The first outdoor junior practice for the u15s and u17s will be on Thursday 7 April 2016.  Players should arrive at 6.45 pm for a prompt 7 pm start.

The first outdoor junior practice for the u13 age group will be on Tuesday 19 April 2016. Players should arrive at 6.30 pm for a 6.45pm start.

The first outdoor junior practice for the u9s and u11s  will be on Tuesday 26 April 2016. Players should arrive at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

Team managers may arrange for additional earlier sessions than the above by making direct contact with existing players.

Details of the fees and subs  payable and what you need to do to attend junior practice are set out below.

All players who wish to be considered to play in a team are expected to attend most or all of the summer practice sessions for the relevant age group.

New Junior Players: All boys and girls new to the club are welcome to attend summer or winter junior practice by prior arrangement with the club’s junior co-ordinator, Andrew Pettinger (details below), and may attend one or two free taster sessions without being members.    Apart from the taster sessions, all junior players must register as junior members (see the Registration section).

Teams: We run teams at under 9 ( up to School Year  4), under 11 (School Years 5 and 6) , under 13 (School Years 7 and 8) and under 15 (school Years 9 and 10) levels.  All these teams play in the Lancashire Junior League and cup competitions.  At under 13 level we run both a “pairs” team and a “full” team – see below for details. We do not enter an u17 team into any league, but players in the u17 age group are eligible for selection for the clubs 3 senior teams, and we may arrange u17 friendlies during the course of the season.   Matches are generally played on weekday  evenings normally with a 6 pm start,  normally last about 2 hours, and can be any evening of the week.  An exception to this is that a good proportion of U9 matches are played on a Saturday or Sunday morning with a 10 am start.  Teams are picked on ability, attitude and commitment to the club and both boys and girls play for our teams.   Each team can expect to play about 14 matches between end April and end September.

U9,  u11 and u13 Pairs matches are 8 a side, and batters bat in pairs for 4 overs each.  If a batter is “out” the batter changes ends, but is allowed to bat on for the remainder of  his/her 4 overs. Each team has 16 overs to bat in total.

At u13 and u15 level matches are played under normal cricket rules and matches last 20 overs a side, light permitting.

U9s matches are played with a soft “incrediball” (or similar).  All other matches are played with a cricket ball.

The initial Fixture list for 2016 will be posted on the website when finalised, though this will not necessarily be updated during the season  if matches are rescheduled because of the weather.  After the season starts, team managers will communicate with their eligible players in relation to rearranged dates for matches.

Team Managers: Our junior Team managers for the 2016 season are:

U9s – Neil Smith

U11s – Colin Pemberton

U13s – Tony Bradley

U15s and u17s – Andrew Pettinger

In addition, Jack Bottomley will assist the managers.  Contact details of the managers other than Andrew will be given upon registration.

Kit:  Whilst players who have been with the club for a while generally acquire their own kit, no specialist kit is necessary to attend training and the club generally has cricket gear that can be borrowed if needed.  This is particularly the case for the younger players.  The club is keen to ensure that nobody is prevented from trying or playing cricket because of a lack of kit.

For the 2016 season Nelson branded clothing and accessories (with current sponsors) can be acquired by clicking on the club shop link on this website from the clubs partner supplier, Serious Cricket.

Transport to Matches:  Parents are responsible for transport to away matches, and if necessary are expected make their own arrangements for lift sharing (etc). Whilst team managers and the club encourage (and will try to facilitate) lift sharing if they can, all parents should note that the club does not provide a transport service and that it is the parent’s responsibility to sort lifts for away matches.  Away matches are all within the Lancashire area, and generally within a 20-30 minute drive.

Registration: At the beginning of the season the club holds a junior registration night. The registration night for 2016 will be on Wednesday 13 April 2016,  and forms will be available then for completion for signing on as junior members.  This will start at 6.30pm.  All new or prospective new players are strongly encouraged to attend on that evening where information will be given about the forthcoming season.  Registrations can also be undertaken through the season by arrangement with Andrew Pettinger, though it very much helps Andrew (and the club) if you can attend the registration night and sign on then.

The cost of junior membership for the 2016 season for the u9, u11 and u13 age groups (whether joining at the beginning of or during the season) is £15, payable on registration night (or if later before the first training session attended).  In addition to this, subs of £2.50 are payable  for each training session attended, and £2 for each match played.

The cost of junior membership for the 2016 season for the u15 age group (whether joining at the beginning of or during the season) is £15, payable on registration night (or if later before the first training session attended).  In addition to this, subs of £5 are payable for each training session attended, and £2 for each match played. The higher amount reflects a higher coach to player ratio for this group and anticipated numbers.

Concessions are available for families with three playing children, and in exceptional circumstances.

Managing the weather:  If bad weather intervenes on a junior practice night, a message should be  posted on this web site and the Club’s Facebook page, and the club will also endeavour to send a text to all junior members.  Team managers will notify team members by text if a match cannot be played because of bad weather.

Club Facilities: Nelson is very fortunate to have an excellent large playing area as well as an attractive clubhouse with bar facilities, with plenty of outdoor and indoor seating. Generally, the bar is open on all practice nights and junior matches played during the week, and we find that parents enjoy junior practice nights as much as the children.  The club also regularly hosts functions of all types, including weddings christenings, funerals, and birthday parties.  Further details can be found elsewhere on the club’s website.

Social Nights:  three or four events are arranged throughout the year for the junior section.  These tend to be informal affairs (e.g. pie and peas or a barbecue) at the club house.  The children are free to play on the pitch during such nights.  The club also periodically arranges bands, musicians and other events throughout the year. Whilst of course not compulsory, the club strongly encourages attendance as it helps the club atmosphere and club funds!

Junior Winter Practice: We offer coaching and nets for junior players in the winter.  Sessions take place at the indoor facilities at Nelson and Colne College.  These would typically start in the New Year, although last year we ran U15 coaching and net sessions from October 2015 due to high demand.  Last year the cost of attendance at each session was £5, to cover the cost of hiring the hall and a professional coach.

Standards of behaviour: Our club will not tolerate abuse, bullying, bad language, discrimination or aggressive behaviour of any kind,  and all members must at all relevant times act in accordance with the standards expected.  Anyone who does not do so will be not be permitted to be part of the club.

We expect all our players to play the game fairly and in accordance with the spirit of cricket, and our managers will guide and teach our players accordingly.

Specialist Coaching: The club is fortunate to have a long association with Joe Scuderi, who as well as being probably the most successful professional at the club in its history,  played professional cricket for Lancashire County Cricket Club and South Australia for many years.   Joe regularly delivers specialist one to one coaching at £20 per hour using the club’s facilities, and small group coaching at £25 an hour.  There is no doubt that all those who use Joe’s services improve their cricket at a significantly faster rate than they would do otherwise, and the club heartily recommends his services.  In addition, the club arranges at least one summer cricket camp (led by Joe) in July each Summer, and if there is demand may also arrange one in Easter.

Anyone wishing to arrange one or more sessions with Joe should contact Andrew Pettinger (details below) in the first instance.

Key Junior Contact: Andrew Pettinger can be contacted on 07775586509 and  For all matters concerning Nelson junior cricket, which are not clear from this website or the club’s facebook page, please contact Andrew in the first instance.

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