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Sonning and Charvil Junior Cricket Club


The junior section (aka the Colts) at Sonning and Charvil was established in 2007 by Nick Ray who now serves the club as Junior Cricket Manager.  The Colts offers cricket to boys and girls of all abilities from age 5 up to 15.

Our aim is to promote cricket for all in a friendly and enjoyable environment where all children have an opportunity to take part in the game of cricket and develop new skills irrespective of their starting ability. In the medium term, we plan to produce a constant stream of new talent for the senior sides at the club. Around 15 of our Colts have already made their debuts for the senior sides and several are also playing representative cricket for Berkshire.

Junior training is run by a mix of parent volunteers many of whom are ECB qualified coaches and for the 2018 season we are delighted to announce the appointment of Jason Pennisi as Head Coach.  Jason will be present at most indoor and Friday night outdoor training, along with a number of his support team. 

Last season we made considerable investments in the quality of coaching, by appointing Aftab Habib, and the installing of the new practice facilities (nets) at King George's Field. These were major investments for our club and resulted in a record number of young players being considered and selected for the Berkshire County system.


We are constantly striving for improvement and noted that we were very dependent on a single person for coaching in 2017, rather than a team of qualified coaches. While we acknowledge the significant contribution that Aftab made to our player development in 2017, we have been seeking to appoint a coach who also has additional support from members of a coaching team.


After considering several options, we have decided to appoint Jason Pennisi and his team.  Jason Pennisi is a 1st team playing member at the club, averaging 60 last season including 128 not out against Slough and three other half-centuries. He is also a useful spin bowler and outstanding fielder.  Jason is a teacher and lead cricket coach at the Oratory School and a member of the Berkshire County coaching team. He has previously played for Queensland Country districts and has been a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport emerging players programme. Jason is an accredited Sports Scientist with a specialisation in sports-specific conditioning. He was recently the overseas player for  Windsor CC and was the Master i/c Cricket at Prep School: St John’s Beaumont. Jason will also be assisted by coaches from Beaumont Academy and other county-standard coaches.


We are working on our programme for 2018 and expect to release details in the near future, both on the junior page of our website and by newsletter/email to junior parents.


We run Sunday morning training sessions for the Under 7s at Blue Coats School from May onwards.  The U9s and above take part in both winter and summer coaching sessions as well as playing friendly and league matches in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League.  We currently have teams registered in the U9, U11, U13 and U15 divisions.  In addition, Colts older than 13 are frequently offered the opportunity to play in our six adult sides including the new midweek 20/20 style league.

We have held the ECB Clubmark status since 2012, as testimony to our determination to run a professional operation even though we are entirely volunteer-run with all funds being used to support the cricket.

We are particularly keen to find parents with an active interest in cricket who would like to lead a team because as we increase the number of children we have (130 as of 2016) we need more managers to run the sides! You do not need to be a qualified coach, a current or former club cricketer with some enthusiasm would be perfect. However, if you wish to qualify as a coach we would try to give you financial support.  We are also looking to expand the management committee and the coaching/ parental roster and anyone with an interest in cricket would be welcomed with open arms. Please email or call Nick Ray on 07989 606102 to discuss further.


Your child will generally participate in the team/squad determined by their age at 1st September prior to the start of the season.


     - Coach: Peeush Bajpai
     - Age group: School years 1 & 2
     - Training: Blue Coat School, Sonning – Sunday 7th May to 30th July, 10.30am to 12.00pm 


     - Coach: Tom Shaw
     - Age group: School years 3 & 4
     - Training: East Park Farm, Charvil – Thursday 27th April to 20th July, 6.45pm to 7.45pm
     - Matches: Berkshire Youth Cricket League - U9 - Central - Fixtures/Results - League Table


     - Coach: Naqash Tahir
     - Age group: School years 5 & 6
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to 14th July, 6.00pm to 7.15pm (6.00pm to 7.30pm from June)
     - Matches: Berkshire Youth Cricket League - U11 - Div 2 - Central  - Fixtures/Results - League Table


     - Coach: Michael Marsden
     - Age group: School years 5 & 6
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to 14th July, 6.00pm to 7.15pm (6.00pm to 7.30pm from June)
     - Matches: Berkshire Youth Cricket League - U11 - Div 1 - West - Fixtures/Results - League Table


     - Coach: Peter Dean
     - Age group: School years 7 & 8
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to 14th July, 7.15pm to 8.30pm (7.30pm to 9.00pm from June)
     - Matches: Berkshire Youth Cricket League - U13 - Div 2 - Central - Fixtures/Results - League Table


     - Coach: Andy Fitton
     - Age group: School years 9 & 10
     - Training: King George’s Field, Sonning – Friday 28th April to 14th July, 7.15pm to 8.30pm (7.30pm to 9.00pm from June)
     - Matches: Berkshire Youth Cricket League - U15 - Div 2 - Central - Fixtures/Results - League Table

    Registration and Membership Fees


    NOT REGISTERED FROM LAST YEAR/NEW PLAYER? New junior members are always welcome.  For more information, or details on how to register as a new player,  please email  It would be helpful if you could provide your son/daughter's name, school year or date of birth and a brief description of any cricket experience they have.

    RE-REGISTERING? Login to our members' section at and confirm that last year’s information is correct, or just update and confirm. 

    PAYMENT will be taken using Paypal which accepts direct bank transfer and/or credit cards.  You can either use Paypal as a guest, use an existing Paypal account or set up a new Paypal account as you wish. 

    Please ensure your child is registered/re-registered before they attend their first session as we must have up-to-date essential contact and medical details available.

    If you experience any problems registering or paying, please email

    Membership Fees

    Sunday morning training sessions for U7s are either pay-as-you-play £5 per week or £49 for the entire season.  

    Membership and coaching fees for U9 – U15 are £95 inclusive.  This includes both winter and summer weekly training session as well as match fees. This price is mid-range with other clubs of similar stature, commitment to high quality coaching and facilities, bearing in mind that we do not charge extra for indoor training or match fees.

    Colts now too old for the juniors and just playing adult cricket pay £40.00 plus match fees.

    Grounds - How to Find Us

    King George’s Field - Sonning

    King George’s field is the club’s main ground and is the location of the Club House.  It is located next to Sonning C of E Primary school.

    The address is King George's Field, Pound Lane, Sonning RG4 6XE.

    Approaching from the A4 turn into Pound Lane at the Woodley/Sonning roundabout towards Sonning village. After approximately 250 yards you will reach a zebra crossing – turn left immediately after this crossing, into Ligugé Way. The car park for King George’s field is immediately on the right.

    East Park Farm - Charvil

    This ground has an astro-turf pitch and we also have use of the East Park Farm Pavilion’s toilets and kitchen.

    The address is East Park Farm, Charvil, RG10 9TY.

    Please note that sat navs can take you into the adjacent housing estate, so please follow these directions:

    Approaching from the A4, follow signs to Charvil at the Texaco/Wee Waif roundabout turning into Old Bath Lane.  At the mini-roundabout turn right into Park Lane.   At the next roundabout go straight ahead, continuing along Park Lane for approximately 350 yards before turning left into the East Park Farm car park (just after passing the school).  There is ample parking and you will find the cricket pitch beyond the tennis courts.

    Reading Blue Coat School - Sonning

    Reading Blue Coat School has a number of different facilities that the club has access to.  The main cricket pitch, in front of the Pavilion, is used by our U7’s for their Sunday morning coaching sessions.  The Sports hall is the venue for our winter nets, and we hold some of our junior matches on the astro-turf pitch in the lower grounds.

    The address is Sonning Lane, Sonning, Reading RG4 6SU.

    Approaching from the A4 turn into Sonning Lane.  The School is about ½ mile on the left.  As you drive down the main school driveway you will see the cricket Pavilion and Main Cricket pitch on your left.  Carry straight on past the pavilion to reach the car park.  As you approach the car park, the astro-turf pitch is on the right of the driveway in the lower grounds.  The sports hall is behind the car park beyond the wall at the end of the main drive.


    The Club now has an online clothing store hosted and operated by Serious Cricket.

    Serious Cricket offer “high quality playing and team wear garments” which are “delivered directly to your preferred address within five days.” 
    Serious Cricket will be holding their annual roadshow at the Club on Friday 19th May 2017. Last season was very popular so please arrive early – doors open at 5.30pm.

    We are very pleased to confirm that the Colt’s shirt sponsor has renewed for this season, Simple Recruitment Services – a leading independent recruitment company specialising in Sales, Marketing, Industrial, Insurance, Catering and Technical areas: 

    In addition to supporting cricket activities, SRS and the Club have agreed that junior shirts will be subsidised this year and we hope that all players competing in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League (U9 and above) will purchase the shirt. These are available for the subsidised price of £16 instead of the regular price of £23.  Apply the discount code sonningcc2017 at the checkout. Please make sure you select the junior shirt, with the "SRS" logo .

    Please note that if you decide to purchase then the commercial relationship is between you and Serious Cricket and we cannot intervene. However, we are interested in your feedback on the quality of product and service that you receive from Serious Cricket as we keep this relationship under regular review.

    We are a traditional cricket club and prefer your children to wear predominantly white clothing for matches and training. We do not require you to purchase Club clothing although, in practice, most of the children that are U9 or older wear Club-badged shirts for matches in the Berkshire Youth Cricket League.



    - All equipment at training sessions is provided.


    - Matches are played using an Incrediball

    - Equipment provided by club: Wicket keeping gloves

    - Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat.

    - Optional suggested player equipment: batting gloves

    U11s / U13s

    - Matches are played using a 4 3/4oz junior hard ball

    - Equipment provided by club: Batting pads, batting gloves, batting helmets*, wicket keeping gloves

    - Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat

    - Optional suggested player equipment: thigh pads, arm guards


    - Matches are played using a 5 1/2oz hard ball

    - Equipment provided by club: Batting pads, batting gloves, batting helmets*, wicket keeping gloves

    - Required player equipment: abdominal guard (box), cricket bat

    - Optional suggested player equipment: thigh pads, arm guards

    * Whilst club helmets are made by reputable manufacturers, and were fit for purpose at the time of purchase, we do not guarantee that they confirm to the latest safety standards (BS7928:2013).  If players/parents are concerned, they should look to purchase their own helmets.

    Social Events

    End of Season Awards Night

    Each year in early September we get together to celebrate another great season of junior cricket at Sonning CC.

    This year we will hold our awards night on Friday 8th September 2017 at the Pavilion of our home ground - King Georges Field with our popular BBQ and open bar

    There will be awards for each age group and every child that attends will also receive a participation medal.

    These will be presented by coaches and culminate in the presentation of the Nick Bentley "Colt of the Year" Trophy.

    All Time Top Run Scorers
    (since 2004)

    8191 - Mark Richards
    5002 - Jameel Ahamed
    3536 - Duncan Parr
    3254 - Ali Driver
    3053 - Naqash Tahir
    3048 - Richard Harris
    2966 - Sohail Aslam
    2937 - Bubbu Thava
    2923 - Kevan Smith
    2856 - Gary Phillips
    All Time Wicket Takers
    (since 2004)

    459 - Abbas Ghulam
    285 - Jameel Ahamed
    238 - Kevan Smith
    216 - Waqas Tahir
    201 - Harvey Grout
    187 - Mark Anderson
    176 - Duncan Parr
    176 - Mark Richards
    160 - George Troughton
    153 - Zahid Mohammed
    All Time Top Fielding Dismissals
    (since 2004)

    193 - Steve Hill
    162 - Nick Ray
    119 - Mark Richards
    102 - James Reilly
    101 - Gary Phillips
    96 - Ali Driver
    87 - Jameel Ahamed
    73 - Alex Ray
    73 - Duncan Parr
    73 - Richard Harris

    2017 Season Summary

    Sat 1st Team201740132
    Sat 2nd Team181511132
    Sat 3rd Team20156453
    Sun 1st Team231914054
    Sun 2nd Team15122463


    No upcoming events!

    Upcoming Fixtures

    No upcoming fixtures!

    Recent Results

    1-Oct - Sun 1st Team Vs Stonor - Cancelled
    17-Sep - Sun 1st Team Vs Earley - Match Cancelled
    10-Sep - Sun 1st Team Vs Peppard - Lost by 6 wickets
    3-Sep - Sun 1st Team Vs Odney - Won by 4 wickets
    2-Sep - Sat 1st Team Vs YATELEY - lost by 139 runs
    2-Sep - Sat 3rd Team Vs Hayes - Lost by 3 wickets
    27-Aug - Sun 1st Team Vs Chairman’s X1 - won by 13 runs
    26-Aug - Sat 1st Team Vs Hurst - Lost by 7 wickets
    26-Aug - Sat 2nd Team Vs ALDERSHOT - Won by 8 wickets
    26-Aug - Sat 3rd Team Vs Royal Ascot - won by 5 wickets

    Top Run Scorers

    709 - Pete Dean
    658 - Wazir Khan
    653 - Jameel Ahamed
    505 - Nick Ray
    499 - Dan Anderson

    Top Wicket Takers

    40 - Jameel Ahamed
    32 - Hasnein Akram
    30 - Zahid Mohammed
    28 - Gary Phillips
    22 - Mohammed Atif

    Top Fielding Dismissals

    27 - Nick Ray
    19 - Jameel Ahamed
    13 - Wazir Khan
    9 - Nigel Jackson
    9 - Dan Anderson


    100* - Nick Ray 19-Aug Vs Reading CC
    185 - Rehan Akram 15-Jul Vs Farnham Common
    106* - Pete Dean 5-Jul Vs MCC
    100* - Jameel Ahamed 11-Jun Vs Farnham Royal
    128* - Jason Pennisi 3-Jun Vs SLOUGH
    100* - Jameel Ahamed 14-May Vs Twyford
    117* - Stephen Mankee 13-May Vs Farnham Common
    100* - Pete Dean 30-Apr Vs BRITISH AIRWAYS


    81 - Jacob Fitton 10-Sep Vs Peppard
    52 - Dan Anderson 3-Sep Vs Odney
    61 - Wazir Khan 2-Sep Vs Hayes
    53* - Dan Anderson 26-Aug Vs ALDERSHOT
    75 - Jason Pennisi 26-Aug Vs Hurst
    89 - Mark Richards 19-Aug Vs Royal Ascot
    56 - Sagar Dave 13-Aug Vs Little Marlow
    66 - Bikash Gurung 13-Aug Vs Little Marlow
    75 - Jason Pennisi 12-Aug Vs ALDERSHOT
    63 - Gary Phillips 12-Aug Vs Theale and Tilehurst
    58 - Wazir Khan 12-Aug Vs Theale and Tilehurst
    67 - Duncan Parr 12-Aug Vs ALDERSHOT
    61 - Jamie Travers 6-Aug Vs Farnham Royal
    63* - Sagar Dave 6-Aug Vs Harrow Weald
    88 - Keiran Burgess 6-Aug Vs Harrow Weald
    56 - Gary Phillips 5-Aug Vs BAGSHOT
    68* - Dan Le Marquand 5-Aug Vs YATELEY
    65 - Jameel Ahamed 30-Jul Vs Pheonix
    50* - Sagar Dave 30-Jul Vs BBC Caversham
    58* - Wazir Khan 29-Jul Vs Datchet
    77* - Pete Dean 29-Jul Vs High Wycombe
    55* - Hasnein Akram 29-Jul Vs Reading CC
    50 - David McLoughlin 23-Jul Vs Wealdstone Corinthians
    64 - Nick Ray 23-Jul Vs Wealdstone Corinthians
    74 - Andy Fitton 16-Jul Vs Theale and Tilehurst
    62 - Craig Rintoul 16-Jul Vs Basingstoke
    51 - Jameel Ahamed 16-Jul Vs Basingstoke
    63* - Shamitha Widanapathirana 16-Jul Vs Basingstoke
    63 - Pete Dean 15-Jul Vs Royal Ascot
    84 - Wazir Khan 15-Jul Vs Finchampstead
    56 - Nirmal Singh 9-Jul Vs Hurley
    79* - Pete Dean 8-Jul Vs BURNHAM
    52* - Duncan Parr 8-Jul Vs BURNHAM
    86* - Waqas Tahir 8-Jul Vs Kew
    64 - Zahid Mohammed 5-Jul Vs MCC
    68* - Bikash Gurung 2-Jul Vs Penn Street CC
    70 - Inderveer Sahota 2-Jul Vs Penn Street CC
    62 - Gary Phillips 1-Jul Vs Hayes
    51 - Inderveer Sahota 1-Jul Vs YATELEY
    66* - Jamie Travers 25-Jun Vs Hartley Wintney
    56* - Sagar Dave 25-Jun Vs Hartley Wintney
    53* - Bikash Gurung 25-Jun Vs ICL Fujitsu
    51 - Wazir Khan 24-Jun Vs Royal Ascot
    87* - Rehan Akram 24-Jun Vs ALDERSHOT
    69* - Hasnein Akram 24-Jun Vs ALDERSHOT
    63 - Hasnein Akram 20-Jun Vs Farley Beans
    64 - Ben Butler 18-Jun Vs Sandhurst
    53* - Ali Driver 18-Jun Vs The Luddites
    73* - Mark Richards 17-Jun Vs Royal Ascot
    69 - Nick Ray 17-Jun Vs Reading CC
    53 - Zahid Mohammed 17-Jun Vs Beaconsfield
    83* - Wazir Khan 17-Jun Vs Reading CC
    55 - Mohammed Atif 10-Jun Vs Finchampstead
    53* - Nick Ray 4-Jun Vs Odney
    53* - Steve Simmons 4-Jun Vs Pheonix
    56 - Inderveer Sahota 3-Jun Vs YATELEY
    59 - Naqash Tahir 3-Jun Vs YATELEY
    75 - Pete Dean 3-Jun Vs SLOUGH
    60 - Hasnein Akram 3-Jun Vs YATELEY
    90* - Shamitha Widanapathirana 28-May Vs Reading Lawyers
    75 - Jameel Ahamed 28-May Vs Reading Lawyers
    54* - Wazir Khan 27-May Vs Datchet
    90* - Jason Pennisi 27-May Vs High Wycombe
    83* - David McLoughlin 21-May Vs Hawley
    52 - Pete Dean 20-May Vs Thatcham Town
    58 - Naqash Tahir 20-May Vs COVE
    69* - Dan Anderson 14-May Vs Twyford
    66 - Mohammed Atif 13-May Vs Farnham Common
    51 - Wazir Khan 13-May Vs Finchampstead
    60 - Kishore Naha 7-May Vs BBC Bushmen
    87 - Dan Le Marquand 6-May Vs Purley on Thames
    76 - Zahid Mohammed 23-Apr Vs Magdalen
    51 - Stephen Mankee 23-Apr Vs Magdalen

    5 Wicket Hauls

    5 For 21 - Waqas Tahir 26-Aug Vs Royal Ascot
    5 For 17 - Jameel Ahamed 20-Aug Vs Hawley
    5 For 70 - Gary Phillips 12-Aug Vs Theale and Tilehurst
    5 For 34 - Hasnein Akram 12-Aug Vs Finchampstead
    5 For 45 - Hasnein Akram 15-Jul Vs Farnham Common
    5 For 15 - Hasnein Akram 8-Jul Vs Purley on Thames
    6 For 32 - Zahid Mohammed 8-Jul Vs BURNHAM
    6 For 13 - Jameel Ahamed 25-Jun Vs ICL Fujitsu
    5 For 57 - Kabir Dave 25-Jun Vs Hartley Wintney
    5 For 16 - Naqash Tahir 17-Jun Vs Royal Ascot
    5 For 83 - Gary Phillips 10-Jun Vs Theale and Tilehurst
    5 For 31 - Mohammed Atif 10-Jun Vs Finchampstead
    5 For 39 - Naqash Tahir 3-Jun Vs YATELEY
    5 For 27 - Hasnein Akram 27-May Vs Reading CC

    3 or more Fielding Dismissals in a Game

    3 (2c,0st,1ro) - Jameel Ahamed 8-Jul Vs Purley on Thames
    4 (2c,2st,0ro) - Nick Ray 2-Jul Vs Penn Street CC
    3 (3c,0st,0ro) - Nick Ray 1-Jul Vs Hayes
    3 (2c,0st,1ro) - Syed Naqi 25-Jun Vs Hartley Wintney
    3 (1c,2st,0ro) - Simon Brooks 27-May Vs Reading CC
    3 (3c,0st,0ro) - Andy Fitton 14-May Vs Twyford

    Top 10 Quackers

    7 - Dan Anderson
    5 - Nick Ray
    5 - Syed Naqi
    3 - Ella Phillips
    3 - Jacob Fitton
    3 - Rehan Akram
    3 - Stephen Mankee
    3 - Waqas Tahir
    3 - Will Ward
    2 - Ajay Amrite

    Further information about Sonning CC can be found by clicking the links below


    Max McNeill

    Gary Phillips
    Vice Chairman

    Richard Anderson

    Dan Anderson

    Steve Rayfield
    Membership Secretary

    Gary Phillips
    Fixture Secretary

    Bill Travers
    Social Secretary

    Keith Denyer
    Pavilion Manager

    Phil Wilding
    Bar Stewardess

    Christine Wilding
    Press Officer

    Bill Travers

    Strik Pownall
    Selection Co-Ordinator

    Jameel Ahamed

    Jameel Ahamed
    First Team Manager

    Alan Bright
    1st Team Captain

    Pete Dean
    1st Team Vice Captain

    Duncan Parr
    2nd Team Captain

    Dan Anderson
    2nd Team Vice Captain

    Steve Hill
    3rd Team Captain

    Nick Ray
    3rd Team Vice Captain

    Waqas Tahir
    Sunday 1st Team Captain

    Mark Lilley
    Sunday 1st ViceTeam Captain

    Jameel Ahamed
    Sunday 2nd Team Captain

    Bill Travers
    Sunday 2nd Team Vice Captain

    Nick Ray
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    How to find us


    From Reading take A4 towards Maidenhead, turn left at the Woodley/Sonning roundabout in to Pound Lane, ground 200 yards on left.

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