There is good public transport giving easy access to Marble Hill Park and you can always cycle or walk – think of it as your warmup. If you have to drive, parking on the main road and also side roads around the ground is free from Friday evening through to Monday morning. There are charges and time limits for the local car park in the park.
At Marble Hill and at Old Deer Park, we play on an artificial pitch which means that NO SPIKES are allowed. At St George’s playing field and for away games, we may play on a grass pitch or an artificial track, so always check whether spikes are allowed..
Please note you CAN wear spikes in the outfield at all our venues.
Our nets are open to everyone, and our games are designed to be as inclusive as possible and provide opportunities for players of almost all experience and skill levels. Everyone is welcome.
We play most Saturdays and Sundays from April through to October. Most games are 35 or 40 overs. We have a Last Man Stands team in the local competition which tends to be on Monday or Tuesday evenings and the occasional midweek 20 over games.
You can make yourself available to play all the games or just play when you can. We try to make sure everyone gets a chance to play although priority is given to more regular players and those active within the Club.
At the start of the season the games on Saturday and Sunday start at 12pm or 12.30pm, then 1.00pm as we move into May – also sometimes 2pm but this is rare, check the fixture list on the site for exact times. The game finishes around 7.00pm. Mid-week games start around 6.00pm and should finish before 8.30pm
We do have access to changing rooms, but they are quite far away and tend not to be used. At this time, we do not have access to shower facilities although there are male and female toilets.
We do not have a clubhouse, but our local pub is a 2-minute walk from the ground where we have a table reserved for after the game. There is also a cafe in the park that sells food and hot and cold drinks as well as other local shops and cafes.
About two minutes away from where we play is the Rising Sun at 277-279 Richmond Rd, Twickenham TW1 2NP.
Equipment and whites.
We play in whites, and we suggest suitable footwear. Almost all of the team wear helmets, more from the danger of a top edge from a spinning ball, rather than hostile bowling. You play without a helmet at your own peril. You must provide your own box please! If necessary, you can borrow a bat and pads from one of the team. For your own comfort you might want to bring a folding chair.
Winter nets are held at Tiffin School in Kingston each Sunday (with some exceptions) from around the second week of January through to the end of March. Currently, we ask for a contribution of £5 from each participant. There is parking at the school. EVERYONE is welcome. Just turn up even if you have not played for the club before.
Summer nets are held outdoor at Marble Hill from April to October. The nets are next to the tennis courts. They can be booked directly and Marble Hill charges by the hour. On occasion, the Club pays for the nets. All are welcome.
Costs and charges.
Crossbats currently does not charge any Joining or Membership fees, but all players pay Match Fees which have to date been maintained at £10 per match.
This depends on the day and specific requirements but generally the cost for a visiting team is between £40 and £55 preferably paid in advance but no later than the end of the game.
Tea and drinks.
Since the pandemic we have stopped providing teas and drinks. Please bring your own refreshments, especially water. There are drinks and snacks available from the café in the park and other local shops.