It often surprises local residents to learn that Balsall Common based Berkswell Cricket Club is one of the most successful clubs in the West Midlands, with an elite 1st team that plays semi-professionally in the top division of the oldest club cricket league in the world.
The club has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the ranks of village cricket clubs to top regional cricketing centre, with a squad packed full of current and former Warwickshire professionals. The club is actively seeking mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with the area’s top businesses, such as existing partners Tyler Packaging, Lexus Coventry, Nailcote Hall and Ye Olde Saracens Head, to name a few.
Meeting House Lane-based Berkswell Cricket Club is now firmly established as one of the top cricket clubs in the West Midlands at both youth and senior levels following a number of years solid progression in the game. The club’s youth teams all finished first or second in their respective leagues in 2013, with two of them going on to win trophies in knockout competitions, including one memorable final for the Under 11s on a hot July evening at Edgbaston.
The cricket club is now opening its’ doors to new youngsters and is particularly keen to hear from players in the Under 11 to Under 16 age groups. Winter sessions get underway for these age groups this afternoon at Solihull College, and will run from 4pm to 6pm for 10 sessions until Saturday 29th March (with the end-date allowing for two weekends off on 15th and 22nd February).
The Sports Association’s Spooky Halloween bonfire returns for another showing this Thursday evening (31st October) at the Lant, best known as home to the local cricket and tennis club on Meeting House Lane. The family-friendly fancy dress spectacular brings more spook-tacular fireworks from the returning professional pyrotechnicians at Halo FX, alongside a range of great attractions to keep the entire family happy, including the popular licensed bar facilities. As with previous years the entire community is invited to join the party.
Attractions at this year’s spook-fest include:
Fireworks set to music courtesy of Halo FX
Hot spuds, hot spicy spooky soup and other refreshments
Spooky Halloween games and prizes
£15 family (2 adults, 2 children)
On the gate
Balsall Common Pharmacy
Two Ten Hairdressers
Oakes Farm Shop
Note: there will be no family tickets on the gate on the night so advanced purchases offer great way to save some money. Last year’s event won rave reviews from attendees.
Jim Troughton, captain of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and winner of two County Championship winners medals, one as captain in 2012, will be at Berkswell Cricket Club this Thursday evening with team mates plus special guests for an evening of entertainment and dinner. The curry evening forms part of the Warwickshire Captains’ benefit tour and will be hosted by TV presenter Gary Newbon. Guest speaker Paul Nixon of England and Leicestershire will be followed on the bill by comedian Ian ‘Sludge’ Lees.
Dinner guests will be invited to participate in a Q&A session and can expect to enjoy the company of Warwickshire and England cricketers Chris Woakes, Darren Maddy and Tim Ambrose and fellow Warwickshire cricketers Jeetan Patel, Ian Westwood and Balsall Common’s homegrown Warwickshire representative Tom Milnes.
Trevor Jordan reports on a vital Chris Cheslin-inspired victory against Kidderminster Victoria for relegation-threatened Berkswell and looks forward to their vital Premier Division clash against local rivals Knowle and Dorridge.
Berkswell (130 for 6) beat Kidderminster Victoria (129 all out) by 4 wickets
“That was a crucial win”, said a delighted Dominic Ostler after all-rounder Chris Cheslin had batted his side out of serious trouble with an accomplished looking innings of 26 not out on a difficult wicket.