Love cricket? Thinking of playing?
One of the hints that Spring is on its way is the signs that start to pop up on suburban roundabouts advertising for players for local Cricket Clubs. If you’re a parent, you’ll probably find a flyer (or three) in your kids homework bag at this time of year too.
Cricket in WA is divided into District, or the West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) competition, which is the path to state cricket selection, as well as local or community based associations like the WA Suburban Turf Cricket Association (WASTCA).
Locally, we’re blessed with two successful District clubs and a number of community clubs to choose from, many of whom have rich playing histories dating back to early in the last century or before (the Bayswater Postels date back to 1893/94). Here’s an overview of most of them (I hope, and in no particular order.
Mount Lawley District Cricket Club (“Hawks”)
As a district cricket club, the opportunity to play for the Hawks is typically by invitation only. As one of 16 clubs in the premier (WACA) competition, the club fields 4 senior and 4 junior teams starting from Under 13’s. Junior players are drawn from the local community cricket clubs within its boundaries and make their way up to the senior teams on a selection basis.
The club’s home ground is at Breckler Park in Dianella and it boasts a number of current junior and senior players who’ve played for WA in their age division (Juniors) or for the Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers (Seniors). The club regularly hosts well known players from overseas and over the years, has had a number of players go on to represent Australia and wear the baggy green.
For more information about the club, its history, representative players and teams, visit their website or go check out a match one Summery Saturday afternoon.
Mount Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club
The Mount Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club is a community club and member of the Perth Cricket Association and has its home ground at Hamer Park at the end of Second Avenue, Mount Lawley.
The club runs a popular In2Cricket program for kids and has both Junior and Senior teams – the latter ranging from first to one day grade. A few years back, the club won 5 Senior premierships in a single season – an Association record.
To find out more or register to play call 0408 675 052 or visit their website.
Bedford Junior Cricket Club
The Bedford Junior Cricket Club provides cricket training and development opportunities for new or existing players from the ages of 4 to 17 years, offering in2Cricket, T20 Blast and age group programs and teams. It’s home ground is the Grand Prom Reserve on Grand Prom in Bedford (and they’ve finally got new clubrooms – yay!). For more information, contact details and registration forms visit their website.
Bayswater-Postels Cricket Club
A Senior Cricket Club and part of the PCA, the Bayswater-Postels Cricket Club is the second oldest cricket club in WA, having been originally founded in 1893/94 as Post & Telegraphs. Several name changes and an amalgamation later, it become known as the Bayswater-Postels.
The club caters for all levels of competitive play, from the very to the not so! It’s home ground is the Upper Hillcrest Reserve on Coode Street, Bayswater and games are played on Saturday afternoons, mostly in the northern metropolitan area.
The club is always keen to hear from new potential players and whilst it doesn’t have a website, you can email them at: [email protected]
Bedford Morley Cricket Club
The Bedford Morley Cricket Club was formed in 1996 following the amalgamation of the Bedford Cricket Club with the Morley Amateur Cricket Club. A senior club, it fields a number of teams in the WA Suburban Turf Club Association (WASTCA) divisions and has its home ground at The R A Cook Reserve on the corner of Coode & Gummery Sts, Bedford. You can find more information and contact details on their website.
Bayswater Morley District Cricket Club (“Bears”)
The second district team in our area, the Bears began in 1932 and were admitted as the Bassendean Cricket Club to the WACA competition for the first time in the 1933/34 season.
In 1961/62 the Club moved to its present home on the lower level of Hillcrest Reserve on Coode Street, Bayswater. The Club now fields four senior and four junior teams in the WACA competition and draws its players from the Bayswater/Morley catchment area after which it’s named.
The club’s vision is “To be the most successful and respected Cricket Club in Western Australia”. For more details about the club and its teams, visit their website.
Tuart Hill Cricket Club
With both senior and junior teams, the Tuart Hill Cricket Club (“The Lions”) has its home at Charles Veryard Reserve, in North Perth, just 5km from the CBD.
Senior players compete in the WASTCA, with the club offering a range of competitive and social playing choices to suit all skill levels, whilst Juniors participate in the Bedford Morley/Mt Lawley Junior Cricket Council competition. The club also has two T20 senior teams for those that prefer that shortened format.
For more information, visit their website.
Maylands Cricket Club
The Maylands Cricket Club is a Senior Cricket Club that has its home at DeLacy Reserve in Maylands. According to its Facebook Page, the club currently has 5 teams, 4 men’s and 1 women’s (as an aside, this is the only club whose bio has mentioned a women’s cricket team!).
The club is keen to hear from new prospective members but their website page is a little out of date so I’d suggest you contact them via Facebook or call Danny Loader on 0421794615 for more details.
So that’s our local club round-up – have I missed any clubs or mucked up any of the details? If I have, leave a comment below or drop me a line and I’ll update the post accordingly.
*With many thanks to those individuals who responded to email requests for more information about their clubs and provided photos- your feedback and support was invaluable.