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Read Cricket Club was formed in 1878 and is a founder member of the Ribblesdale League.

The villages of Read & Simonstone make up a small community with no more than 1,200 households. For a community of that size, the success and size of the club is remarkable.

The club has been based at its Whalley Road, Read location throughout its history. The ground itself is geographically at the centre of the village and despite being on the smaller side has a deserved reputation for the quality of its playing surface and attractiveness in its upkeep. It was voted the Best Kept Village Cricket Ground in Lancashire in 2007. This is achieved through the skill, dedication and commitment of a small team of groundsmen.

The cricket club has teams at U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18, 3 open age / gender teams. These all play in the Ribblesdale League.

We also encourage our junior girls to play with girls side Ribble Valley Vipers. The club is committed to the development of girls and ladies cricket at Read, having had a number of skilled and successful players over a 30 year period including England Ladies World Cup Winner Alex Hartley who played at Read at all age groups and was a regular for our 2nd XI until she was 17.

In 2015, we introduced a Ladies Rounders team, playing in the Burnley League. All ladies welcome - regardless of age- the ladies practice on a Thursday night.

Read CC holds ECB Clubmark status, having first achieved this in 2005. The club is a Focus Club for the Lancashire Cricket Board.

The club’s crown green bowling section has many former players among its members and gives continuity of sporting opportunity.

Why not join us?

New players are always welcome at Read CC. We welcome boys and girls from 6 years old to learn to play cricket. We also welcome older players who want to play senior cricket. Senior training nights is Tuesday from 6:15pm. Just come along and say hello.

Junior training night is Friday 6:15 - 8:00. We provide organised coaching with qualified coaches with CRB clearance, All boys and girls welcome from age 5 and over. Just come along. We'll just need to get some details from the parent / guardian and away you go. That's exactly how the majority of our 1st XI and other senior players started - i.e. as juniors on a Friday. night.