Berkhamsted Cricket Club - About the Club

About Berkhamsted Cricket Club

Berkhamsted CC is a Club with a 125 year history that is back on the up after some years in decline until 2005. It is now thriving on all fronts and has gone from 2 to 5XI's on a Saturday and zero to 350 colts in four years, including 45 girls.

We are a Focus Club, with Clubmark status. We play on a two-square field set in one of the most attractive settings in the Home Counties with a traditional pavilion with a large decking area from which to watch the game. We also use the school squares on the field adjacent to ours for our fifth and part-time sixth XIs. Our practice facilities include four top-class ECB-standard non-turf nets and two bowling machines. Our main pitch is graced with
 a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard. Our clubhouse has undergone an extensive refurbishment and is a delightful spot in which to relax and watch sport, share a drink with friends and take in the best setting for cricket in the home counties.

We are unique in Herts in having a professional, international level coach, Riaz Richards, now in his second year with us. Riaz has coached for Morocco and regularly for the South Africa squad. He leads the coaching team for both our Senior and Junior cricket, while developing our burgeoning coaching team of Level 1 and  Level 2 coaches.

Senior cricket

Our First XI plays in Division 4 of the Herts League. Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th XIs play in Divisions 8, 12 and 14 respectively and all of them are pushing for promotion. Our 5th XI plays friendly matches on a Saturday afternoon. Our Sunday XI's play friendly matches, almost entirely at home against local opposition. Our upper XIs play a high standard of cricket, providing a challenging environment in which to test your skills. Our lower XIs are still highly competitive and comprise an eclectic mix of ageing stalwarts moving downwards, colts moving upwards, Dads re-entering the fray after several years away from the game (as their sons start playing adult cricket), students and occasional players. Our backgrounds are equally diverse with an ITV commentator, an opera singer and two authors in the 3rd XI alone!

Junior cricket

Our Clubmark status means that we adhere to the ECB's highest standards of Club management, Child Welfare and Coaching. We have fourteen ECB-qualified coaches, five of whom are Level 2 and run an extensive coaching program through the winter and summer months. Our colts’ coaching has a well-earned reputation for fun and enjoyment, whilst developing the skills to progress from U7 pairs through to the hardball game. Over a dozen of our colts are in County or Area squads. We operate Cricket Weeks in the first two weeks of the summer holidays, which are always oversubscribed, so get your children's names down fast to secure a place. Contact Mark Lewarne for more details.

Community role

We are an inclusive club and operate a schools outreach programme to ensure children can learn to play cricket and are encouraged to come down to our club. In early July we host a cricket festival at which all the local schools participate and this has been a big success. Without our programme the majority of children would not experience cricket at school. Our Chairman is currently the Chair of the Dacorum District Development Group, which ensures all the cricket clubs in the District collaborate to promote the game, manage the development pathway to County level and beyond and is overseeing a Chance to Shine Project.