Both the club and the team are very friendly, and as well as the football get involved in the community, including an incredibly popular Beer Festival this weekend attended by many of the parents and players of the team.
The Hornets have Junior teams for many age groups and a Saturday morning club for those not yet old enough for teams. There’s more details and a contact form on their website.
Berkswell Cricket Club’s women are preparing for the English Cricket Board’s National T20 Club Cricket Finals in Wales this weekend after winning their Regional Final at The Lant in Balsall Common on Sunday.
Four teams will compete in Newport, Wales for the National Club Cricket title on Sunday 26th June 2018 after defeating J G Meakin Cricket Club from Stoke-on-Trent.
“The national finals are such an exciting opportunity for the team,” said Head of Women’s Cricket and 1st team Captain Sarah Ginn.
“This will be the first experience of cricket on a national stage for most of them, but if they perform as assuredly as they did in the regional final, they will do themselves proud.”
Last Sunday’s Regional Final at The Lant in Meeting House Lane saw Berkswell compile 128 for 2 wickets from their 20 over allocation, before a miserly all-round bowling performance saw them restrict their opponents to 84 for 8, to win by a margin of 44 runs.
Berkswell won without two regulars who were on Warwickshire duty, demonstrating the strength in depth the Club’s Women’s section has already achieved in only their 5th season.
Berkswell’s success marks a rapid ascent for the squad as Sarah underlined when talking about this season’s progress:
“It has been an outstanding season for the club already, reaching the finals of both the National T20 Knockout Cup and the Midlands Super 8s [8-a-side cricket] and also launching a second team to support the rapid growth of the women’s section which was only founded in 2014.”
National T20 Finals Day, Newport, Wales
Four teams will contest the National T20 Finals at Newport Cricket Club on Sunday 26th June 2018, in a knockout format consisting Semi-Finals and Final.
Berkswell’s women have been drawn against North London’s Finchley Gunnersbury CC in the National Semi-Final on Sunday 26th June 2018. The Middlesex side made the National Finals after defeating Bishops Stortford CC by a narrow 2 run margin in the Group 4 Regional Final.
Berkswell Cricket Club is all set to welcome Premier Division rivals Barnt Green in the 3rd round of the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League’s T20 Challenge Cup on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
Berkswell will be hoping to progress to the 4th Round of a competition which they won for the only time in their history in 2010, before falling at the Semi Final stage in 2017.
As always, the Meeting House Lane Club welcomes anyone from the community that would like to witness a form of the game that usually offers some very entertaining cricket. With bar facilities on site and hopefully some good weather too, these fixtures can make for an enjoyable evening in the sun.
Meanwhile, Berkswell’s senior sides appear to be in excellent form at the moment. All 6 senior sides that were in action won their fixtures this weekend, including 5 men’s teams, plus Women’s 1st team who secured their place in the Regional Final of the English Cricket Board’s Women’s T20 Competition with a convincing win at Worcestershire’s Five Ways Old Edwardians.
T20 Challenge Cup 3rd Round – Wednesday 6th June 2018
Berkswell CC v Barnt Green CC
Venue: The Lant, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common CV7 7GE.
Estimated finish time: 8:45pm (for a full-length match)
Bar facilities on site.
The Balsall Common Fun Run first entered the local calendar in 2014 when The Lily Mae Foundation agreed to stage the event as part of the Balsall Common Festival.
Now entering its 5th year, The Fun Run is now a firmly established annual event in its own right and continues to be organised by The Lily Mae Foundation to this day. The 2018 event will take place on Sunday 23rd September.
2018 Fun Run Summary
Walk, jog, race or run as you prefer. That’s the message from The Lily Mae Foundation and entries are now open:
• Mini Runs (Nursery & Primary School-aged Children)
• 5K, Juniors, Families, Adults, Junior & Adult Teams
• 10K, Adults & Adult Teams
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Enter now to join in the fun on Sunday 23rd September. Entrants may run for any cause of their choice.
As is customary at this event, runners are able to nominate any charity, voluntary organisation or community interest group to receive any monies raised in sponsorship. There is the option of entering and raising funds for The Lily Mae Foundation, for which sponsorship forms can be downloaded at their website.
Those were just two of the amazing achievements recognised by Balsall Common Lions Club last week at their second annual celebration evening. President Dave Blakeman told the audience of the fantastic things the club has achieved recently.
Over the last five years the club has raised a total of £105 000 in our community, including £24 321.95 last year, of which 75% was spent locally.
The Lions don’t just raise money, they also donate many hours of their time – organising Bingo evenings in the Village Hall, serving meals for homeless people at the SIFA Fireside project, bulb planting, and of course ensuring Santa visits Balsall Common and surrounding areas.
Past President Andy Pemberton explained that the 41 members of Balsall Common Lions Club are part of the world’s largest service organisation. There are 1.4 million Lions in 209 countries who all work with their local communities and combine with other charities to work on global projects such as eradicating measles and preventable blindess. It is estimated that every Lion touches the lives of another 70 people annually and Balsall Common Lions Club feel they surpass that estimate, thanks to the help and support they receive locally.
Andy thanked everyone who has donated to disaster relief collections outside the Co-op, attended the Bonfire, said hello to Santa or volunteered their time.
President Dave Blakeman awarded a series of Certificates of Appreciation to local groups and organisations who help the Lions achieve as much as they do. They went to:
Berkswell and District Royal British Legion
Berkswell and Balsall Common Community Sports Association (and a donation of £1800)
Hugh Boulton, Rutrailertrained (and a donation of £100 which he gave to the local Rugby Club)
Balsall Common Village Hall (and a cheque for £1 145)
Angela Jaynes Florist
Oakes Farm Shop
Tesco Express Balsall Common
Heart of England Coop
Donations totalling £8 000 were given out on the night.