Joining WUSCC

Warwick University Staff and Postgraduate Cricket Club plays matches on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Saturday matches are in the South Northamptonshire Cricket League Premier Division, which are 45-over games played to a high standard. Wednesday games are in the Coventry and District League, start at 6.00pm and are 20/20 format. There are two knock out cup compititions which run on a 20/20 format on Tues and Thurs day evenings. Sunday matches and other games (Thursday afternoon & evening) vary greatly, from friendly runabouts to serious games of cricket against good clubs. The fixture list extends from April to September. Home games are played on the University’s excellent cricket pitches on Cryfield and away games on grounds all over central England. International graduate student members always enjoy playing with our club not just for the cricket, but also because it gives them the chance to experience an aspect of the British way of rural life that they would otherwise rarely have!

Am I eligible to join the club?
To play for the Staff & Postgraduate Cricket Club you must be a current member of the University of Warwick, alumni, a member of staff or a student currrently studying.

What are the costs of joining?
Our cricket club is now a part of Warwick Active at Warwick Sport. For information on the costs of joining Warwick Sport, please refer to the information by clicking on the link. If you do not wish to become a member of Warwick Sport, you can just use the pay and play option if you wish to come to our nets sessions. Information on pay and play fees can be found here. However, please note that those individuals who wish to represent the club in friendly/league fixtures for the 2015 season will need to have a Warwick Sport membership. Any player who represents the club in a friendly or league game will be expected to pay the club subscription which, for the 2015 season, is set at £30. This subscription is payable to the club treasurer, Andrew Davidson.

How do I get in touch?
Please contact Daniyal Sherazi if you would like to ask any questions about playing for the club. If you decide to join, we will ask you for your email address so that you can receive monthly availability sheets, weekly team selections and general news about the club. Please also give your phone numbers, which are useful for quick contact and for notification of cancellation due to weather; mobile, work and home if at all possible. We will also ask you for your address and date of birth so that you can be registered for the Saturday League.

When do net sessions begin?
Winter nets are held in the Desso Hall of the Sports Centre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm (please check home page for updates on nets), starting on the first Friday in January. Whites are not essential for nets, but trainers which do not mark the floor are needed. The club provides equipment, such as bats, pads and gloves so you will not need to buy your own (except your own box), though many regular members do have their own kit.

How does the selection process work?
Once you are on the club's email list, you will receive an availability sheet (in Excel format) for each coming month from April to September. You should return this indicating when you are available to play – this is very important as without it, the team captains will assume you are not available. Team selections are sent out by email; you will be asked to confirm by return email, which again is an important step.

Do I need to buy my own kit? To play in matches it is essential to have whites. It is also strongly recommended to have boots with studs, as trainers are not suitable for playing on grass, especially in damp April and May conditions! Please also buy your own box.

What else is expected of me?
We hope you will enjoy your cricket with the club. It is one of the few sporting activities in the University which brings together such a variety of backgrounds – it is also one of the longest-standing sports clubs. The club is run entirely by its members (and everyone who has ever played with us will confirm that it’s run very efficiently and always in the interests good enjoyable cricket), so we would ask that everyone contributes in whatever way they can – whether keeping the kit bags in good order or putting boundary markers out before games. We also ask that everyone communicates closely with captains and other club officers, such as on availability, confirming selection or if you may be away from Warwick during the season. Punctuality for meeting times is also a must, whether for home or away games.

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