WFCC joined the Palace Sheild Competition in 2004, having played in the Chorley & District League previously. After 3 successive promotions the first team then spent 3 years in the PS Premier Division . The first team had a further season in the Premier League in 2015 before returning to their current Division 1 status. During the same period the second team have been as high as the Third Division, mainly in the Forth, and now find themselves in Division Five (somewhat due to a League re-structure in 2017). In 2018 we rejoined the 20:20 competition and intend to enter again this season,
In 2017 the club invested in a new, double lane outdoor nets facility which has reinvigorated practice night and also enables ad hoc sessions to be arranged.
In a further development in 2018 we reintroduced junior coaching which proved to be most enjoyable for the coaches and the youngsters who came along. This season we are planning to enrol in the ECB AllStars programme which should be an exciting project for all involved. The link to sign on is here: https://allstarscricket.co.uk/withnellfold
Our picturesque setting and good facilities have made us an attractive option for other clubs to use on Sundays when we don’t have a club fixture. For example, Darwen 3rd team & Leyland Ladies have played some ‘home’ games at the Fold when their own ground has been unavailable.
Winter nets - at Parklands High School Chorley, Monday evening 7pm - beginning 20th January 2020
A somewhat frustrating season, mainly due to the inconsistent weather, which resulted in the two teams having a 5 games each cancelled. On top of this, division one was reduced to 11 teams when Freckleton sadly resigned, so the first team only played 15 league games.
The First team finished in 5th place with 129 points, which is an improvement on the last three seasons and a great number of points given the missed games. The bowling has been very good on the whole, particularly when the Fowler brothers have been in tandem. It would be fair to say that our batting in the first team has not been as consistent as we would hope although recognition should go to R Javid who has played well throughout the season . If a couple of other players had performed to their potential we could have easily finished higher in the league.
After a strong start to the season, inconsistencies in performance and limited availability of players affected the second team with a final league position of 5th on 143 points. However, notice should be given to the emergence of youth players, S Elliott, and J Wiggans opening the bowling, F Brough performing well with the bat and D Charnock showing well as an all rounder. All have played consistently well throughout the season and that should bode well for next season.
R Javid 93 vs Tarleton
N Fowler 6 for 6 vs Norcross
S Ashton Hat trick vs Thornton Cleevleys
D Charnock 65 vs Leyland
N Fowler 10 for 28 vs Darwen 3rds - 2019’s best bowling performance in Lancashire & the fifth best in the country.
1st team : Gavin Cooper, 07814786917
2nd team : Tony Beesley 07834316256
20:20 : Nick Fowler 07588525753
Friendly vs Penwortham 13th April: Withnell Fold won by 41 runs. Well done to Gavin Cooper for his knock of 66 and Ben Dowling for figures of 4-14 (including a hat-trick). Full scorecard is available here
2019 season Is currently underway. The 1st team have started well with 3 wins from 3 to sit second in the league. 2nd team have had a mixed start but still set 6th in division 5. Full fixtures and results are available on our play-cricket site.
Practice night - Tuesday 6pm BEGINS : April 9th 2019
Junior practice Tuesdays 6:15 pm - for all ages and including ECB All Stars (u8’s) - starting April 30th. For further details please contact Graham Green 07947 679881 or Dave Smith 07877 375414.
All Stars Cricket is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s entry level participation programme, aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.
- For all boys and girls aged five to eight
- Delivered nationwide at over 2,000 centres
- Eight one-hour sessions, held over eight weeks
- Emphasis on fun and being active
- Focus on developing your child's movement skills
- Safe and fully accredited
- Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
- Easy online registration
- Includes a bonus pack of cricket kit
Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to your door.
Programmes are starting in May 2019! But you can sign up now
Please note : junior coaching is for all other ages too.
Junior coaching now ended for this year
20:20 fixtures 2019
Playing in Division 2 south against Tarleton, St. Annes, Lytham and Walton-le-Dale.
Thursday 16th May home vs Tarleton 6pm
Thursday 30th May vs St Annes away
Thursday 13th June home vs Lytham 6pm
vs Walton-le-Dale away by 14 July tbc
2018 Season ended well for both teams - 1st XI found some consistency and won 4 of the last 5 games which ensured their division one status and 2nd Xl maintained their form, finally finishing fourth in division 5.
- Congratulations to Richard Berry who has won the league trophy for the most dismissals as a wicketkeeper in division 5.