22nd May, 2020 at 4:21 pm

Club News Update #1

To keep members up to date during the continued lockdown period, this is the first of a series of weekly bulletins of what’s happeming in and around the club….

  • An announcement on league cricket from the county is still expected sometime during the first half of June. We will let you know as soon as we hear.
  • The Nets at the Manor Ground are now available to use subject to restrictions. Click here for details.
  • The ECB has set up an initiative ‘Together Through This Test’. You can read the letter received by Tim Dunn here, containing further links to a video and resource hub with fun things going-on and general information on other cricket events and activities taking place during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • We are in the process of moving our email group messaging service from our existing Yahoo account over to Play-Cricket. Be aware that format and sender details will be different to previous.
  • Parents don’t forget the drills sent out last Saturday – it would be good to see our Juniors putting these into practice and shared on our social media sites. They’re copied here for your reference:

JTAC Garden Cricket
1st Edition

JTCA Garden Cricket First Edition

JTAC Garden Cricket
2nd Edition

JTCA Garden Cricket Second Edition
2nd May, 2020 at 8:21 am

Update from Sussex Cricket League

Dear Clubs,

When we wrote to you on 9th April, it was to confirm that we had moved to Stage 2 of our plan, which contemplated a potential return to cricket in June subject to developments in the meantime. We also said that we would advise you further by 8th May.

You will all have seen the recent ECB announcements that no pro cricket would take place before 1st July and that recreational cricket remains suspended indefinitely. Therefore, it will likely come as no surprise that the SCL Executive Committee has concluded that we must now move to Stage 3 of our plan. The earliest possible date for SCL cricket is now Saturday 4th July. As said last time, this is an aspirational date that remains dependent upon Government and ECB guidance. However, if we are able to start on 4th July: –

  • We will play the second half of the season as scheduled, beginning on 11th July, with everybody playing each other once. This means nine matches in 10 team divisions, eight in 9 team divisions.
  • 4th July will be used to play the 26 matches, originally scheduled in the second half of the season, that were moved to 2nd May, in order that those teams have an equal number of matches to everyone else.
  • 4th July would also be used to play Rounds 1 and 2 of the T20 competitions. which will obviously have fallen behind. We will need to utilise a couple of extra Sundays in July and August to catch up.
  • Please do not do anything with your Play Cricket fixtures, they will be cancelled / moved by the League Admin team. Please also continue to hold off ordering balls, Gray-Nicolls are still working with a skeleton staff and there will be enough time to buy them closer to July.

​As and when we are able to start playing cricket, it’s clear that there will need to be some social distancing measures in place, be it around changing rooms / tea provision or on the pitch. We will of course react to the guidance available at the time and will let you know accordingly.

30th April, 2020 at 7:37 pm

Update to Club Constitution

During this quiet period, the committee has taken upon itself to review the Club Constitution and to make draft changes to be submitted at the next General Meeting. The updates are relatively minor but bring the constitution up to date with current working practice; they’re summarised as:

  • Sections 3 and 4: Inclusion and working practice for Day Membership
  • Section 5: The addition of new committee officers in-line with the current club structure
  • Section 6: Appointment of Senior Captains by the Cricket Sub-committee
  • Section 7: Reference to the new Sub-committees now part of the new management structure

The new Club Constitution can be found here and the new Management Structure here.

As such, these changes will be adopted for the interim period until presented to the members at the AGM for formal approval.

14th April, 2020 at 8:11 pm

Sussex Cricket League Announcement

With the aim of keeping everyone informed on the current situation and re-planning for the season, Sussex Cricket League have posted the following statement today…

Dear Clubs,

We wrote to you on 20th March with details of the 1st Central Sussex Cricket League’s plan to deal with the impact of Covid-19 on the league season. We promised to update you further by 10th April, so here we are. The Exec met on 6th April and have agreed the following.

We will be moving to Stage 2 of the plan immediately, therefore no league or cup matches will take place in May. The earliest that SCL cricket could possibly begin is 6th June as detailed below. For the avoidance of doubt, we stress that we are not telling you the season will begin on that date, it is obviously subject to developments and Government advice in the mean time.

However, if we were to start on 6th June:

  1. The league matches currently scheduled for 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May and 6th June will be cancelled. Please do not do anything in Play Cricket, the fixtures will be updated in due course by the Admin committee.
  2. We would instead look to utilise 6th June to play the league matches that are currently scheduled for 2nd May (except those that had been moved there from the five dates mentioned above, which will be cancelled). The aim here is for all teams to lose five matches, no more and no less.
  3. 6th June would also be used to catch up on the T20 competition matches currently scheduled for 2nd May. League matches will take precedence if there is a clash.

The Exec are reviewing the situation constantly and will continue to do so. A decision will be made in early May as to whether the above plan is feasible in the environment at that time. and we will advise you further by 8th May.

It is understood that the target date is still within the advised 12 week isolation period for those over 70 and with certain pre-existing medical conditions. That could have an impact on umpire panel numbers among other things, but we will work these issues out at the time.

We have been keeping Gray-Nicolls updated with our discussions and they are open for business for any club wishing to order balls, albeit they are working with a skeleton crew, so your order may take slightly longer to distribute. As we said last time, you are welcome to wait until there is more certainty before ordering balls, but any that you buy this year (with the 15% discount) will be valid for 2021.

You will have been advised by the Sussex Cricket Foundation that the majority of non-playing staff at Sussex Cricket have been furloughed until the end of May. The Foundation Department is being run by Chris Coleman, Gary Wallis-Tayler and Steve Pickup. Please can any queries or questions regarding The 1st Central Sussex Cricket League be sent to sussexcricketleague@sussexcricket.co.uk with all other club related matters directed to Gary Wallis-Tayler gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk at the Sussex Cricket Foundation.

Finally, we hope all involved in The 1st Central Sussex Cricket league are staying safe and well. Let’s hope we can get out on the pitch before too long.

Kind regards,

Sussex Cricket League

30th March, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Derek Semmence

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Worthing CC President, player and club legend, Derek Semmence.

Derek joined the club in 1952, was our 8th President since the 2nd World War and the longest serving for 19 years from 1998 to 2016 inclusive. He played for the club in our first league cup final appearance at Hove in 1982 and on through the 80s, 90s and into the 2000s.

He represented the Sussex County Club between 1956-1959 and again from 1967-1968. He was a great supporter of older cricket also, representing Sussex at Over 50s, Over 60s and Over 70s level. He still holds the Sussex CCC record as the youngest player to score a first class century when he made 108 v Nottinghamshire in his debut season in 1956 at the age of just 18.

Derek was a fantastic man who loved cricket. He will be remembered with great fondness by all that were lucky enough to meet or play with him. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Christine, children and grand-children.

18th March, 2020 at 8:15 pm

ECB Announcement

As you may be aware, the ECB has recommended that all forms of recreational cricket should be suspended until further notice. As such, the club has decided to put pre-season training and friendlies on hold until we receive a further update. We are waiting on Sussex Cricket to announce their intentions for the summer senior and junior leagues.

As much as this is a big disappointment for everyone involved at Worthing CC, we understand this is being done to serve a wider need. We will keep you updated with any further news as soon as we have it.

You can read the full ECB statement below.


5th March, 2020 at 7:26 pm

2020 Registration

Our on-line registration forms for the 2020 season are now ready. These can be found on our Join Us page – just click on the icon for the category you wish to register and fill in the details.

As a reminder, all Senior and Junior Players, and non-playing members who wish to use the clubhouse and bar facilities, need to register each year – please make sure you sign-up well before the start of the season. From this year on, Junior membership now automatically enrols parents as non-playing members.

27th February, 2020 at 6:42 pm

Junior ECB Summer Courses now open for Booking

Junior Summer Courses, sponsored by the ECB, are now open for booking. Worthing CC will be running two separate courses for different age groups: All Stars (5 to 8 years) and Dynamos (8 to 11 years).

Both programmes will take place on Saturday mornings at the Manor Ground and run for 8 weeks during the summer. Courses are open to boys and girls and will be lead by our resident Juniors coach, Lee Shorter.

Go to the Join Us page and click on the icons in the table to discover what’s on offer, dates and how to sign-up.

29th December, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Worthing Cricket Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 4th February at 19:30 in the Manor Ground Pavilion.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

AGM Agenda

AGM Agenda

3rd September, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Annual Club Dinner

Worthing Golf Club will again host our Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday, 12th October. Book your place now by completing your menu choices using the form below and return to hannahtim@ntlworld.com; payment is direct to the Club bank account. Event details can be found on our Home page

Menu & Order Form

Annual Club Dinner Menu and Order Form