THE cricket season has only just finished, but some local clubs already have concerns about where they will be playing next season.

As previously revealed in this column, University of Reading are replacing their cricket pitch with an all-weather sports surface which means a number of Reading Midweek Cricket League clubs are looking for an alternative venue, along with previous tenants West Reading.

And it has now surfaced more clubs, including Ibis Mapledurham and Purley-on-Thames, who play at the ibis sports ground in Reading, are also looking for a different venue for the 2019 season.

The Scours Lane venue has provided excellent wickets in the past, even hosting the occasional Berkshire game.

AUSSIE cricketer Connor Corlet, who is on the teaching staff at Crosfields School in Reading, made a big impression in his first season in this country.

The pace bowler has been voted Finchampstead CC’s player of the season, having taken 22 wickets at an average of 17:18 in Division One of the Home Counties Premier League after spending the early part of the season playing for the 2nd XI in Division 2b of the Thames Valley League.

THERE was a nice gesture from Reading FC player Chris Gunter last week.

He donated a pair of his boots for the raffle held at Reading-based Berkshire Vision’s charity golf day at the Sand Martins Golf Club, in Wokingham.

Former Royals player and manager, Mick Gooding, attended the event as a guest, but he and his playing partners failed to repeat the success of last year when they won the team prize.

AS this column revealed last week, Reading-based soccer star Mitchell Parker’s debut for Bracknell Town had to be delayed whilst the Isthmian League club awaited international clearance from the FA and the Portugal authorities.

But the former Highmoor Ibis and Reading City goal ace got the all clear last week and celebrated his home debut with a superb goal in Town’s 2-1 win over Coggeshall in the FA Trophy on Saturday.