THERE was an excellent turn-out for the cricket master class held by former Pakistan Test star Azhar Mahmood in conjunction with the Reading-based Pure Cricket Academy.

Organiser Bobby Malik, who runs the academy at Blue Coat School, said: “It was a fantastic session. We had 80 attending, aged five to 40, and I am sure they will all have gained plenty of knowledge from Azhar.”

Those wishing to receive coaching at the Academy can get more information by sending an email to

  • SULHAMSTEAD & Ufton CC are keen to recruit players of any age or ability to join any one of their three senior Saturday league teams, midweek league team, Sunday friendly side, or colts teams from Under 9 to U13 for the 2018 season.

Home to the Berkshire League Premier Division champions in 2013, 2015 and 2017, the club are holding pre-season net sessions at Bradfield College every Wednesday until March 28, from 7.15pm-8.15pm.

Colts nets start at the Willink Leisure Centre tomorrow (Friday) until March 30, from 7pm-8pm.

It promises to be an exciting year for the club, with their 1st and 2nd XIs having been accepted into Division 4a and 7a respectively of the Thames Valley League.

For more information, please contact secretary, Doug Macdonald via email at or on 07765 970191, or club captain Steve Belcher – or 07878 544369.

For Colts information, contact Sarah Mercer on or 07540924471.

  • DESPITE icy windscreens and chilly temperatures, Twyford and Ruscombe CC are looking to the summer – and to the future.

The club are looking for new youngsters for their thriving youth section.

Boys and girls are welcome to attend the club’s indoor sessions, which are held on at 3pm on Saturdays at Blue Coat School in Sonning.

The club are particularly keen to recruit new Year One children.

They are also keen to sign helpers for the sessions, performing jobs like filling in the register and collecting membership forms. Sessions are £5.

Indoor sessions run until Saturday, March 31, before practice moves outside. Outdoor sessions are held on Thursday evenings at Stanlake Meadow in Twyford.

For more information call Nic Downes on 07785 738655 or email

  • MORTIMER CC are searching for new players for the season ahead.

The club runs a Saturday team in Division Four of the Berkshire Cricket League and also a friendly Sunday side.

Nets take place at Willink School, Burghfield Common on Sundays from 11am until 1pm. Equipment is provided and a bowling machine is used.

The club, founded in 1890, are based at the picturesque Fairground in the heart of the thriving village.

For more details contact Ian Bliss on 07826 504425.