Recreational cricket set to resume!

The ECB has put out the following statement today:

“We are delighted that the UK Government have given their permission for recreational cricket to return from next weekend. We will shortly be publishing our approved guidelines to help clubs and players prepare for cricket's return.”

As yet we have no further details. As soon as we do, we will inform members. The aim will be to organise some intraclub games for both juniors and adults next weekend. Please bear with us.


The Bar Is Opening

Following recent Government announcements, we will be opening the bar at Overton Drive and serving drinks from Saturday 4th July. There are stringent terms for the opening for bars as well as track and trace requirements and the plan is the following:

-          Only the bar lounge will be open. We will have the main doors open and people will enter on a “one-in-one-out” basis. One person will go to the bar to purchase drinks and no-one else will enter the pavilion until that person has left.

-          People must consume their drinks outside, maintaining social distancing.

-          Payment should be by card only, where possible.

-          Only registered members with membership cards can purchase drinks. If you already have a membership card, please bring it with you and Lynn will reregister it. If not, Lynn will register a card for you. If you have not yet registered you can do so at Adult Registration

-          The main toilets will remain closed. The disabled toilet at the end of the pavilion will be open, which you will be able to enter through the door behind the scorers’ hut. Again this will be on a “one-in-one-out” basis.

-          Hand sanitisers will be available, but please bring your own hand sanitisers if possible.

-          Weather permitting, the opening times will be as follows:

Saturday 12-8pm

Sunday 12-6pm

Monday 6-9pm

Wednesday 6-9pm

Friday 5-9pm

Changes to Nets Usage and Group Training

We are making some changes to the nets’ usage and small group supervised training. With effect from Monday 6th July the following will apply.

1. Nets 2 and 4 will be used instead of 1 and 3. The booking system will remain the same.

2. The portable net will be available for all small group supervised training sessions, but ONLY for these sessions.  The portable net must NOT be used any other time.

3. Adult Training on Wednesday evenings will be available for all registered Adult Members over the age of 16, not just the 1st XI. The nets will be block booked from 6pm. For numbers’ management and track and trace regulations people must NOT just turn up. If you wish to attend email Faris Bhatti at farisjb28@gmail.com .

To book a net you need to register click on WCC Net Booking System. The above activities are only available to registered members. If you have not done so already you can do so at Adult Registration or  Junior Registration 

All the terms and conditions remain the same. See Nets Usage T&Cs and Group Training T&Cs to remind yourselves.

Get ready for cricket.

There is an outside chance that cricket matches may be able to be played before the end of July. The ECB is working on a COVID adapted 11 a side T20 game and its ambition is to deliver guidelines for a return to play as soon as possible after the Government gives permission to proceed.

If you are still interested in playing cricket this season, it would be very helpful if you could indicate your availability from the middle of July onwards by clicking on  Availability . Don’t worry about the fixtures. These will change. Just indicate your availability on the dates.

Only those members who have renewed their 2020 membership will be eligible for selection. Adult members can register by going to Adult Registration . As I said in my earlier emails, the club fully appreciates that many members are under severe financial pressure. Paying the club subscription may be a strain on limited resources. If that is your situation, we obviously don’t expect you to pay your subscription. However if you still want to register please contact me.

We have been maintaining both Overton Drive and Nutter Lane, so we will be ready to go as soon as we get the green light. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will playing some form of cricket soon.

Stay safe.


A big thank you to the small working party, which did a great job renovating a number of the benches last Saturday.
Small Group Training Sessions

The recent ECB announcement allows for individuals and small groups (of up to six people) to remain safe, whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity, and informal cricket in an outdoor environment.

This means that we can organise supervised group training sessions on the outfield. Initially we will start with the Men’s 1st XI, the Ladies and the Junior teams. If this is successful, we will look to involve more members.

Please read the terms and conditions by clicking on Group Training T&Cs Everyone involved in a group training session must agree to be bound by these T&Cs. Please ensure that you read them. In particular we would like to highlight the following:

  • Enter the ground through the gates by the pavilion and exit by the double gates under the horse chestnut tree into the car park
  • Bring your own playing/training equipment, including a ball, which should be clearly marked to indicate that it belongs to you, and this must be kept in a zipped bag when not in use. Do not share your equipment with anyone else.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser. You must wash/sanitise their hands before and after the session.
  • If you are a parent/guardian, who wants to stay during the session you must sit on the benches on the bank by the pavilion.
Stuart Interviews Nav Dwivedi

This week Stuart Phillips, Head of Junior Cricket at Wanstead & Snaresbrook Cricket Club, interviews Nav Dwivedi one our young first team players.

We will look to post a new video here every week and you can find this and previous videos on the Wanstead Cricket Club YouTube channel:

or on our website here.

Please feel free to provide feedback on the videos via your team manager or Stuart.

Umpiring Quiz!

Hello all,

Trevor Hebden wants to test your cricketing knowledge and has put together a selection of umpiring brainteasers!

If you feel that you are equal to the challenge then answer the questions by clicking on the link below. The quiz is open until Tuesday night. From Wednesday 6th May we will post the answer to one question per day, along with the name and mug shot of the person who correctly answers that question. In case of multiple correct answers, we will randomly draw one name.

Send your answers to Matloob Piracha at matloobpiracha@gmail.com

Was the game over.pdf

Good Luck!
Answer to Game 7 question:

It looked like there would be another tight finish in store in the next game. After the Tigers scored 150 all out, the Lions were struggling to score runs but eventually reached 148 for 9 as Trevor bowled last ball of the game. And a good ball it was, onto which Len got a thick inside edge. The ball cannoned from bat onto his pads and started rolling towards his stumps. Len reacted quickly knocking the ball away to the offside where it was fielded at Gulley. The fielder saw that Len had stepped outside his crease so he hurled the ball at the stumps but he missed and the ball carried on to the Mid-wicket boundary.

Double celebrations ensued. The Tigers claiming a wicket for “Hit the Ball Twice” and the Lions claiming 4 overthrows but 

Was the game over?   What was the Score?

The game was over Tigers won by two runs Tigers 150 ao; Lions 148 for 9.

A striker may hit the ball twice in order to guard his wicket. However, he cannot score any runs from doing so and that includes overthrows. So no runs scored, no wicket taken.

Another no correct answers question.   

Dear Cricket Friends,

Last weekend was to have been the opening weekend of the season. Our club is sadly closed. We are only too aware that many of our members and their families are key workers, a number working for the NHS, some in Intensive Care wards directly with seriously ill CoVid-19 patients. It is a small thing, but as a note of sincere thanks and recognition to all of them and everyone else working in the NHS, we have changed our logo. We will change it back when the season starts.

 #SupportTheNHS #StayHomeSaveLives 
Wanstead Cricket Club Community

Dear cricket friends,

Our clubhouse front door is locked but you should know your club is never closed.

By popular demand, we will be a 'virtual cricket club' until we can begin playing again. We don’t know when this will be at the moment, but we hope to have some exciting matches at some stage this year!

In the meantime, we’d love to know what ‘virtual’ events you’d like. So far people have suggested quizzes, coaching masterclasses, the opportunity to meet our captains and other cricketing celebrities.  

We’d love to see our Lions challenge our Tigers at a simple quiz, the under-13s do battle with the under-14s and the girls take on the boys! Would some of our more mature supporters like to take us down memory lane and tell us what cricket was really like in the ‘good old days’? Perhaps you’d like to join me, or our new 5th eleven captain or Joe and the first team, for a very real drink in the Overton Drive Virtual Bar!

Matloob Piracha (matloobpiracha@gmail.com) has kindly volunteered to coordinate  this project, so please send him  your comments and any ideas you have that might work. Sohail Ahmed (sohailwcc@gmail.com) is our technical specialist, and we may use ZOOM or a similar webinar tool for larger audiences. If anyone would like to get involved, or learn how to use these tools, please get in touch as this is a great way for us to cope with social isolation together.

Finally, can I please remind everyone the club’s grounds (Overton Drive and Nutter Lane) are closed at present and should not be used or accessed for any reason at this time.

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

Thoughts are with you all,

Len Enoch

Junior Registration

New members are now able to register for membership using the same link as existing members, Junior Registration  .

The club appreciates that many members are under severe financial pressure. Paying the club subscription may be a strain on limited resources. If this is the case but you wish to register your child then please either contact Martin Pluck or me as the Management Committee have given us the authority to discuss this sensitive issue with individual members.

With best wishes and the hope that we may get some cricket eventually,

Stay safe,

Stuart Phillips

Head of Junior Cricket

2020 Captains and Vice Captains

Next season’s captains and vice captains:



Vice Captain

1st XI

Joe Ellis-Grewal

Kishen Velani

2nd XI

Jay Williams

Jack Lord

3rd XI

Nofal Raja

David Sacree

4th XI

Faris Bhatti

Tom Wright

5th XI

Sam McGrath

Anish Patel

6th XI

Dave Ramdial

Chris Ley

Ladies XI

Saba Nasim

Nehal Dave


New Boundary Board Sponsors
We would like to thank Forest School and T-Space Architects for their sponsorship of boundary boards at Overton Drive. It is great to have more local businesses supporting us.
T-Space are excellent local architects with all sorts of high class domestic remodelling and new build credentials.

Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the following junior members for being selected to receive Jack Petchey Awards for the period September to November 2019. 

Hassan-Ali Iqbal               Age 15

Krishan Arawwawala         Age 16

Anjali Mistry                     Age 12

We are grateful for the generous support the Jack Petchey Foundation provides to us and the local community. 

Discount at The Lane for members

Members can pick up their membership cards any Sunday afternoon from Lynn.
2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to all those that received awards at the Adult Presentation Evening

1st XI
Batsman of the Year     Tom Cummins                
Bowler of the Year         Navi Dwivedi                   
Player of the Year          Robin Das                        
2nd XI
Batsman of the Year      Bilal Patel                         
Bowler of the Year         Haaris Raza       
Player of the Year          Jack Lord                          
3rd XI
Batsman of the Year      David Sacree     
Bowler of the Year         Joel Morris-Ley
Player of the Year          Robert Sebastian 
4th XI
Batsman of the Year       Pavan Patel                     
Bowler of the Year          Callum Fleming               
Player of the Year           Nofal Raja         
5th XI
Batsman of the Year       Alan Lord           
Bowler of the Year          Jonathan Mudhoo
Player of the Year           Harith Wajid     
6th XI
Batsman of the Year       William Davies 
Bowler of the Year          Yash Shah
Player of the Year           Isaac Roe
Ladies XI
Batsman of the Year      Mariam Hassan
Bowler of the Year          Madiha Sattar
Player of the Year          Zainab Khan   

Management Committee Minutes

Minutes from the 9th December 2019 management committee meeting here and the March 2019 AGM here.

Keatons renew their sponsorship for another 4 years!

We are delighted to announce that Keatons, the local estate agents, have agreed to be lead sponsors of the club for another 4 years. We are immensely grateful for their generous support of the club.

If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting a property then make sure you contact their Wanstead office (020 3728 7788) and tell them that you are member of the club.

Sri Lanka Tour 2018 Photos
A selection of photos of the amazing tour to Sri Lanka.
Club receives ECB Clubmark accreditation for another 3 years

Fantastic news, the club has received ECB Clubmark accreditation for another 3 years.

ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people.

To obtain accreditation, clubs are asked to provide evidence that they meet a series of criteria. This is done by loading evidence onto an online portal and by demonstrating good practice at a site visit conducted by an allocated Club Support Officer. Special thanks must go to Trevor Hebden who put in over 200 hours of work on this!

2018-22 Development Plan

A committee under the chairmanship of Matloob Piracha and Len Enoch has prepared a report following a comprehensive members’ survey.  I would like to thank them for all their hard work. Click on the link below to read the report.

By most measures your club has achieved a high level of success over many years. Its progress in adult, women and junior cricket and its exciting community initiatives are widely admired; Wanstead is widely regarded as one of the best cricket clubs in the country.

So what areas can be improved, what steps are necessary to meet the changing environment for recreational cricket. Where do we go from here?

I hope you enjoy reading the report. Matloob, Len or I will do our best to answer any queries you have,

Martin Pluck, Chairman 

Wanstead CC 2018-22 Development Plan.pdf


GDPR Policy

New data protection legislation came into force on 25th May 2018, which regulates the use of personal data stored. The personal information that members provide to the club will be held electronically and used solely for club activities. This may be shared with team managers, team captains in adult sides and Club Officers to manage members’ registration and participation in games as well as notifying you of club events. A member’s name may appear on the club website as part of managing fixtures and reporting results. Members’ data may be disclosed to other cricket authorities, as necessary, for cricket purposes only. Members have the right to see what data the club has recorded about them, can ask for any incorrect or incomplete data to be corrected or can request that personal data be removed. They can also opt out of receiving information from the club by email, telephone or SMS.


Message from Essex CC Welfare Officer

Dear Sir / Madam

In recent months we have been made aware of and seen a number of emails, texts, what's app messages and other social media messages which have been sent to numerous people involved in cricket in the county and are potentially detrimental to individuals and the game.   

We would like to remind you that if you receive any communication that you think may be inappropriate, please do not respond to it but instead forward it or report it to the county welfare officer Phil Knappett at safeguarding@essexcricket.org.uk.

If you feel threatened by any of the communications or in any other way or situation, then please contact the Police on 101 or if the threat feels immediate then ring 999. Please then follow this up to safeguarding@essexcricket.org.uk too.

If you have any further comments or concerns again please contact safeguarding in the first instance.


Phil Knappett,

Essex Cricket County Welfare Officer


Club Welfare Policy and Practice

You are likely to be aware of recent adverse press coverage on child abuse in sport. At our recent Management Committee meeting I was instructed to reassure you that we have always and will always follow 'best practice' by adopting or exceeding  recommended guidelines. These requirements cover all aspects of the club including the football section.

Full details of policy and practice are contained in the club's Conduct and Child Protestation Policy which is available on our website, www.wanstead.hitscricket.com (follow left hand links via 'Junior Information').

The following summary may help to explain how we address this responsibility:
   - Welfare is the responsibility of the Management Committee which is required to approve policy and to appoint a Welfare Officer, who is a full committee member, with authority to manage all welfare issues and report to Committee members
    - Policy reflects the requirements of the relevant sporting bodies and practical issues such as safety, use of dressing room facilities, cameras and social media. Policy is continually reviewed and regularly updated on the advice of the Welfare Officer.
   - As well as approving policy updates the Management Committee is required to approve membership of a Panel of members recommended by the Welfare Officer to support the welfare process. These Panel members are the 'eyes and ears' of the Welfare Officer  through high availability presence (for example Lynn Rising who serves in the club house during busy junior events and Adnan Akram and Martin Pluck, who provide an important link in the introduction of juniors to adult cricket, are panel members). Some panel members have specific responsibilities, for example in ensuring compliance of volunteer police checks and attending safeguarding and first aid courses and monitoring policy and best practice developments.

Our current Welfare Officer is Trevor Hebden who is highly approachable. Trevor can be contacted in confidence on O7957 620075. As your club Chairman I am also available. Should you feel the need to contact me, my number is O7747 118790.

We want to maintain a safe environment for all members to enjoy their sport. We were one of the first clubs to obtain Clubmark, the sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs, and we continue to recognize the importance of safe welfare practice.

Best wishes,

Martin Pluck, Chairman,  on behalf of the Management Committee, 1st December 2016

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Latest results
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 1st XIColchester & East Essex CC (50/50) CANCELLED
 2nd XIChelmsford CC (45/45) CANCELLED
 3rd XIHutton CC (45/45) CANCELLED
 4th XIIlford CC 3rd XI (45/45) CANCELLED
Free Fundraising for The Herons!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for the club?

So go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wandscc/ and join for free.

For more details click on Easy Fundraising.pdf

Senior Fixtures
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 1st XIHornchurch CC (50/50)Away 12.30pm
 2nd XIHornchurch CC (45/45)Home (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 12.30pm
 3rd XIUpminster CC (45/45)Away 12.30pm
 4th XIUpminster CC (45/45)Home (Nutter Lane) 12.30pm
Junior Fixtures
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 BU10sTBAHome (Fairlop Oak Playing Fields) 17:30
 BU11sTBAAway 17:30
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 BU13sTBAHome (Fairlop Oak Playing Fields) 17:30
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 BU09sAztecsHome (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 09:30
Latest results
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 1st XIColchester & East Essex CC (50/50) CANCELLED
 2nd XIChelmsford CC (45/45) CANCELLED
 3rd XIHutton CC (45/45) CANCELLED
 4th XIIlford CC 3rd XI (45/45) CANCELLED
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Changes to Nets' Usage and Group Training https://t.co/urmNvjmf3O

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Please support our sponsors. Back open again on a restricted basis very soon! pic.twitter.com/mhac66WW4F

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U9s outdoors at last. On a distanced field. The heronry is re-open. Following in the footsteps of thousands. #herons pic.twitter.com/IZldyaU22r

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This helmet in our junior shed will now definitely not see action in 2020. Robins have moved into it. #heronshttps://t.co/s15BRkXV6O

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