Cricket, but turbo-charged.
Indoor cricket is a fast and furious version of the classic game, and it’s a great way of enjoying this traditionally fair-weather sport all year round.
Indoor cricket involves 2 teams of 8 players, on a much smaller pitch enclosed by netting, and matches feature 2 innings of 16, 7-ball overs.
For experienced cricketers, indoor cricket is a new and challenging way to play the game – you need to take into account how the ball might ricochet off the netting and by hitting different sections of the net you score a different number of runs.
For younger or inexperienced cricketers, indoor cricket can be a more exciting, exhilarating game and a great way to get into cricket without having to give up your weekends throughout the summer, or fork out for expensive kit.
For non-cricketers, indoor cricket is a fun, social activity that you can play with work mates, clients or friends, whatever your group’s ability level.
Officially Recognised by The England and Wales Cricket Board
In 2010 8-a-side Indoor Cricket in the UK became associated to the sport’s governing body the ECB. The newly formed ECBIC has been created to work for the sport to help promote it in the country and forge links with existing organisations. As a result, Willows Sports Centre has benefited from the association in several ways including the generous grant aid towards our complete refurbishment in 2011.
Since 2007 Willows Sports Centre has been chosen as the host venue for indoor cricket’s showpiece annual event, The British Open! This prestigious weekend of action packed indoor cricket has seen around 32 teams converge on the centre each November with the aim of crowning British Open Champions at Men’s, Ladies’, Masters’, Boys’ and more recently Universities’ categories. For more details on this event please click here
There’s a league to suit you
We run Mens, Mixed and Junior indoor cricket leagues throughout the year, so there’s plenty of opportunities to join in.
Even if you haven’t got a team, put your name down and we’ll help you find one. There’s no excuse to stay at home or at the office. Register Here!
Great indoor cricket facilities, that are only getting better.
We’ve got three floodlit, carpeted indoor cricket courts, so you can enjoy playing cricket in all weathers and at all hours.
There are also changing rooms and a bar where you can grab a drink and a bite to eat before or after your cricket match. Just what you need if you’re rushing straight from work, or if you just want to celebrate (or commiserate) with your team mates afterwards!
State of the art scoreboards give you a running commentary on your game and produce team statistics sheets, which you can analyse in the bar afterwards. You can also follow thw results with our cricket Twitter feed
Thanks to generous funding from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Willows Sports Centre is now newly refurbished. So starting today, you’ll benefit from new facilities and equipment, and if you haven’t visited for a while you won’t even recognise the place!