Grade 1 (Ages 4 to 6 years)


All Grade 1 (School Years 0,1) enrolments for the 2016-17 season are now closed. Children are very welcome to join the Club as the season progresses. Parents are welcome to contact the Club Manager, Steve Hurdley, on 021 02726639 to discuss.

  • WHO

Grade 1 cricket is suitable for children (boys & girls) in School Years 0 & 1. Older children are welcome to join at this level if they are new to cricket but we also cater for new players in the older grades.

  • WHAT

Children in Grade 1 participate in the Club's junior cricket programme, which aims to teach fundamental cricket at this level. The programme is built around a series of different skill modules and games to provide a fun and varied programme each week. Experience has shown us that children of this age do not have the attention span to play full games of cricket and not only enjoy this varied programme more but also learn better fundamental skills to prepare them for games in Grade 2. Throughout the season teams will regularly participate in limited over games against each other to test their new-found skills in action.

All parents are expected to help, when they can, in these weekly sessions and the Club runs a pre-season training module for parents in order to prepare for this. Children get far more out of sport when their parents or caregivers become actively involved plus, with as many adults as possible involved each week, the burden does not fall on just one or two people and everyone gets to enjoy their involvement.


 All Grade 1 cricket will take place on Friday afternoons in front of the Parnell Clubrooms at Shore Road Reserve (Near the children's playground). These Friday after school sessions are supervised by the Club's qualified cricket coaches. Parent assistance is encouraged.

  • WHEN

 The 2017-18 playing season for Grade 1 is as follows:

Commence Friday 27th October.                                                                                            - Last playing day before Christmas-Friday 15th December.                                                       - Restart post-Christmas, 2018-Friday 2rd February.                                                                  - Final session for season-Friday 23rd March, 2018. (Includes Grade 1 break-up).

  • TIME

Start time is 4.45pm and the sessions generally finish around 6.00pm. The Club will operate a BBQ sausage sizzle during the evening and the bar will be open for refreshments. 

There are NO mid-week practice sessions for this age group.

  • WEAR

Children should wear the Parnell Cricket Club polo shirt which is available from Players Sports, 14 Melrose Street, Newmarket. Ph 522 8170,  plus white shorts (or suitable light-coloured shorts). A sunhat is essential and PCC caps and hats are also available at Players Sports. Suitable footwear, such as sneakers, should be worn.

All cricket equipment is provided in a team gear bag so there is no need to invest in cricket gear until you are sure of your child's commitment.


If necessary to cancel due to bad weather, parents will be advised by email/txt on the Friday afternoon. 

If cancelled on the Friday, these sessions maybe held indoors in the Club's indoor training facility, the Terry Jarvis Centre, on Saturday morning from 8.30-9.45am. Parents will be advised if this option is available. 


The Club is currently seeking a parent to act as the Grade 1 Coordinator for the 2017-2018 season. Please contact the Club manager, Steve Hurdley at or021 02726639 should you wish to take on this role, or for any queries or regarding Grade 1 at Parnell Cricket.    

"Our aim is to make participation in cricket as easy as enjoyable as possible - for both children & parents."