On this page you will find all the information you need regards our fixtures, results, Play Cricket, Affiliated Grounds, and much more! We play 3 to 5 games per season, split between Sunday, Bank Holidays, and occasionally mid week. This should maximise availability of both players and venues, and as the format of each day is very much family focussed will hopefully encourage spectators and players to bring family and friends along.

Our fixtures will be on Play Cricket, and as players you will need to register on Play Cricket. To register you need to be signed up on Play Cricket and then you apply to join us.

Please not that as a virtual club we do not have our own insurance so please ensure you are aware of this and make your own arrangements if necessary. There are plenty of options but you may want to look at Insure4Sport.

We have a Playing Captain (Chris Marshall) and a Playing Vice Captain (Gareth Boucher) and will have Guest Captains for some games.

Being a nomadic club we have no ground of our own, but we do have an Affiliated Ground program so that we have a number of grounds that we have relationships with and can use for games, so please let us know if you would be interested in your ground becoming one.

Where you see Match Day Page below click it on for all the relevant details relating to the match

2023 Games

Played
  • April 16th : a pre season game with an NBCC team playing our affiliated club the Birmingham Unicorns, at our Affiliated Ground at Milford Cricket Club (Match Report)
  • August 28th: an afternoon T20 game against Affiliated Club Green Lane CC which will be the rescheduled Cricket Coffee Cup (Match Report)
  • September 3rd: a 35 over win, lose draw match against the extremely hospitable Hospital Services CC (Match Report)

2024 Games

Building on, and learning from 2023, we will be focussing on three Adult games and the Women and Girls’s games, and will try and guest in three games.

Scheduled
  • April 14th: Annual Pre Season Match v Birmingham Unicorns (Match Day Page)
  • TBC: Green Lane T20
  • September 22nd: Annual End of Season Match v Birmingham Unicorns (Match Day Page)

Could ALL NBCC players please read the NBCC Players Information page.

Guesting
  • April 21st: Save Village Cricket @ Grimston Cricket Club TBC
  • June 9th: Captaining Gloucester in the annual LGBTQ+ T10 Tournament @ Sutton Coldfield CC
  • July 3rd: #Runs4Research @ Burghley Park TBC
  • July 7th: Save Village Cricket (v Metronomes) @ Bayford TBC
  • September 14th: LGBTQ+ Tournament @ Winsley TBC

Format

We will adjust the format to suit the nature of the game:

  • games to be played at local cricket clubs with all proceeds split between any charity the club nominates and NBCC CIC to be used to support our causes and projects
  • coaching sessions in the morning with softball games for those wanting to play
  • afternoon game(s) either T20s or 40 overs depending on number and experience of players
  • NBCC will provide a team to play a team selected by the Club, but we will happily accommodate Club Players or guests wanting a game.

Match Fees

Will be confirmed each game but the general plan is that they are £10. Teas will hopefully be provided by the opposition and any ground charges waived so we can donate the full £10 to the NBCC CIC causes, projects and charities being promoted on the day. Full details will be provided on the relevant Match Day Page.

Kit

Owning and taking care of your own kit is something many children can only dream about. We can do little about this, but where we can help is in providing those that play with us with the sense of belonging (whakapapa) that you get from being part of a team, and wearing the same kit is a strong part of this.

This sense of belonging drives everything that we do at NBCC and by becoming part of the ‘cricket family’ you become part of it’s past, present and future. You join at a time of unparalleled change as the family moves (slowly at times) towards more inclusivity and diversity.

This DOES NOT mean discarding the past to accommodate the new, nor does it mean MAINTAINING the past to exclude the new. What we have to do is learn, educate, move at a pass that keeps as any comfortable as possible, and look for solutions that accommodate all.

We have tried to do this with our approach to our kit:

  • Coloured Kit: Ambition Sport produce our coloured playing tops, which we will provide to players each game. We use this kit for our short format games. You are welcome to purchase a top (subject to availability) for £30
  • Traditional Whites: we have club branded Masuri shirts and trousers for children, woman and men which we will provide to those playing. You can purchase your own directly from the Masuri Store where you can add your initials and purchase a range of playing and training kit.
  • Womens and Girls’ Whites: our NBCC women’s and girls team have their own specifically designed kit, produced by Lacuna Sports.
  • Club Cap: we have a classic cricket cap (mens and womens) from Gentlemen & Players which will be awarded to playing members based on a very complex and secret calculation that we will undertake from time to time. We like to gift one to the opposition captain and often give one to an ambassador but subject to availability (we have to place minimum orders so stock can get low) you can buy one for £25. You are more than welcome to wear your own club cap!
  • Club Hat: used when playing in our coloured kit, socially or training the mens hat is available to buy from the Masuri Store where you can add your initials and the women’s hat can be bought subject to availability (we have to place minimum orders so stock can get low) you can buy one for £25
  • Helmets: we will of course adhere to the ECB Guidelines (The ECB’s current guidance is that all cricketers under the age of 18 must wear a head protector whilst batting in matches or practice sessions. The ECB also now strongly recommends that junior players use head protectors which have been tested against the junior sized ball. Wicket keepers under the age of 18 should wear a head protector with a faceguard, or a wicketkeeper face protector, at all times when standing up to the stumps) and where a helmet is worn the individual must provide their own. For those that want to turn their own helmet into a NBCC Club Helmet then take a look at these Helmet Clads. OR take a look at the Masuri Branded Helmets in our club store, or in this blog post.
  • Batting Pads: when playing in coloured kit our preference is Black Pads, although Dark Blue are fine and White perfectly acceptable. Masuri don’t provide coloured Pads, but Chris is a big fan of his Gray-Nicolls Black Legend Pads, and they also offer them in the Prestige Range. Or a cheaper and popular option is to buy a set of Batting Clads Pads.

We would like as many players as possible to purchase their own playing kit either from the online store or from our stock.

If you do need to borrow equipment or kit please check our virtual kit bag and let us know in advance what you need.

Tip: we will only hold stock of short sleeve shirts (cheaper) and were possible short sleeve sweaters so it is a good idea to get yourselves a set of black or white long sleeve base layer tops to a) keep you warm and b) protect the elbows if you are of an age where diving about is still an option.

ECB Code of Conduct

The ECB is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct.  The Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket as set out below.  It applies to all matches played under the auspices of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.

Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.

Players and Team Officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision.  Players must not show dissent at the Umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards an Umpire at any time.

Players and Team Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an Umpire, another player or a Spectator.

Players and Team Officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.

Players and Team Officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters.  Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.

Players and Team Officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and Umpires.

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game.  Any action, which is seen to abuse this spirit, causes injury to the game itself.  The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the Captains. 

Responsibility of Captains

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

Players’ Conduct

In the event that any player failing to comply with the instructions of the Umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the Umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other Umpire and to the player’s Captain requesting the latter to take action.

Fair and Unfair Play

According to the Laws, the Umpires are the sole judges of Fair and Unfair play.  The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the Captain to take action when required.  The umpires are authorised to intervene in the cases of: tIme wasting, damaging the pitch, tampering with the ball, or any action that they consider to be unfair.

Spirit of the Game

The Spirit of the Game involves respect for your opponents, your own captain and team, the role of the umpires and the game’s traditional values.  It is against the Spirit of the Game to (a) dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture; (b) direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire; (c) seek to distract an opponent either verbally or with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side. 

Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

Players

Captains and Umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match and every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.