New players for 2018

Who We Are 

With a proud tradition running back over 150 years, Dulwich CC is South London's most central cricket club playing high level Surrey Championship cricket.

We run 7 teams on a Saturday, 5 of which play league cricket. Our ground has just undergone redevelopment which included the addition of brand new state of the art nets.

As you would expect with our proximity to the capital, we have a vibrant social atmosphere where players come to enjoy hard fought competitive cricket, but where cricket also forms a key part of their social life.

What We Are Looking For

We have some ambitious targets that involve improved and sustained success. We are looking to recruit high performing 1st and 2nd XI players to join our cause – not just for a season but to be part of our club and part of achieving these goals.

What You Can Expect From Us

We appreciate that people joining our club are committing their Saturdays for entire summers. We therefore commit to making sure that you have the best support to ensure you can perform and develop as a player at our club:

  • Winter net practice at The Oval, home of Surrey CC
  • Two weekly net sessions throughout the summer with our qualified coaches
  • Ad-hoc access to our net facilities and bowling machine
  • One-to-one coaching sessions throughout the season
  • Free playing shirt and cap for every member
  • A lot of fun (just check out a video one of our players made from a game)

Get In Touch

To find out more about joining Dulwich Cricket Club, please contact graeme.hough@hca.gsi.gov.uk

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6 a-side Cricket – Sunday 24th June

Do you have what it takes to beat the 2017 champions? Why not have a go!

All club members are welcome to take part, regardless of age, ability or gender. Teams need to have a minimum of 6 players but squads can be larger, with players taking turns to play. Please feel free to organise your own team or register your name and we will do the rest. Please send your team name to prasannacallaghan@hotmail.com.

See the flyer here!

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Senior Men’s Selection

As we approach the start of the league season this weekend I thought I would just set the scene from a selection point of view.

The Selection Committee has agreed the Selection Policy for 2018. This can be found here. It sets out the criteria for selection that the Committee has agreed to follow, and how it will be implemented. I would encourage you to read it and raise any issues or questions. It is impossible to cover everything but we think it captures most of the key elements.

I would like to emphasise a few things. First there are a number of factors that the Committee take in to account in its selection decisions. Clearly, performance is key but I would also stress attitude and commitment and, importantly, the payment of subscriptions. Communication is also important and all captains have agreed to communicate to players as best they can over the season.

The Selection Committee is happy to hear of any individual issues or concerns so please feel free to speak to any of the captains or myself.

With specific regard to this weekโ€™s selection we have had a large influx of new players which is great so it was difficult, in particular with little pre-season to date. Experience shows us that it does not take long for things to sort themselves out. The Selection Committee asks that all players do their utmost for the Club, their team and themselves even if they may be disappointed at where they are playing initially. The Selection Committee will not get everything right and would like nothing better than for players to ask it questions through strong performances, good attitude, etc. There is healthy competition for places so it is down to yourselves to leave the Selection Committee with no option but to select you where you deserve to be.

I would like to make a couple of pleas to players that will make things easier for all. Whilst we know that there will be unavoidable circumstances through the season, please try to minimise withdrawing after you have made yourself available and been selected. Players dropping out causes many problems for a lot of people, including your fellow players. The second thing to emphasise is that if you are injured and possibly doubtful to be able to play at the weekend, that you inform your captain and take a sensible view as to your likely availability erring on the side of caution.

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Selection Committee, to wish all players the best of luck for the 2018 season.

Graeme Hough (on behalf of the Selection Committee)
Chairman of Cricket
Dulwich Cricket Club

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Plans for outdoor nets

Arrangements

We want to get started outside as soon as possible so the plan is for the senior menโ€™s sessions to take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at our main ground (address below). At the start we are happy for players to attend as they see fit and are able.

But in a few weeks (probably from the end of April) we will move to a more structured arrangement, with the 1st and 2nd XIs practicing on a Thursday and the remainder on a Tuesday. This split is not ideal but helps manage the expected numbers and also allows the 1st and 2nd XIs to have a focused practice.

First practice sessions

The first outdoor practices are therefore scheduled for this week on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th April at our main ground as below. Start time is 6.00pm for these early sessions but will move more towards 6.30pm once the weather and light improves. We appreciate that people may struggle to get there for this time but we would encourage people to come as and when it is possible.

Address: Giant Arches Road, off Burbage Road, Dulwich SE24 9HP

Restrictions and managing expectations

We all know the weather has been bad and we will be extremely limited in what practice we can undertake outdoors. Our nets are OK to use but the outfield is very wet. We are also limited at this time of year by the amount of light. At present batsmen would be struggling much beyond 7.15 or so, if that.

Depending on numbers and what time people arrive it may therefore not be possible for everyone to have a bat but we will try to arrange things such that people get as much benefit as possible. Players should make their own judgment as to what time they would be able to get there and the amount of practice that would be possible.

Bad weather

The forecast for this week is not great but we want to give ourselves the best chance. We will make a decision on whether the training is going ahead around mid-afternoon. We will do our best to e-mail around everyone to let them know, and will also put a quick message on the website.

If you do not see anything or hear anything then presume the session is on. But please also use your common sense if the weather is obviously bad.

Hopefully that covers most things but any questions or concerns let me know.

Graeme Hough
Chairman of Cricket

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No Dulwich CC Indoor Nets on Sunday 18th March

Due to floor replacement work at Dulwich College Sports Centre there will be no indoor nets on Sunday 18th March. Depending on how long the work take there may also not be a session on Sunday 25th March. Look out for confirmation of this over the next week or so.

Also keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks as we plan things for the start of the season. In particular arrangements for future indoor and outdoor nets, pre-season matches (weather permitting of course!!) and other general messages as we prepare for what will hopefully be a successful 2018 season.

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