Senior Cricket

We are a traditional village cricket club, based just outside of Reading, whose aim is to provide enjoyable cricket for players of all ages and abilities. We play to win but also to have fun, and there is a very strong social scene around the club throughout the year. Our club is located in the heart of the village in Theale and we are a very active part of village life both in Theale and in Tilehurst.

On the field we run three teams on Saturdays playing competitive cricket the Thames Valley League (from the first XI in division 4, second XI in division 6 and third XI in division 8), as well as two teams on Sundays who play friendly fixtures against local opposition. We are always looking for new members, and can guarantee a warm welcome, so if you are looking to join us please contact one of the team captains or come to a net session. Winter nets start in mid Feb on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm at Little Heath School in Tilehurst, and Summer net session are from 7pm on Wednesdays at the main ground in Theale.

Our senior coaching team

Aftab Habib - Head Coach

I joined the team in 2019 and see massive potential at Theale and Tilehurst CC. We have made massive progress with the boys in just one year. My main focus is to improve training at all levels of the club in order to establish Theale & Tilehurst as one of the best in terms of performance in the area. I’m bringing my knowledge gained by working with and alongside some of the best players in the world to T&T. You’ll often see me coaching in the nets, please say hello if you happen to be around!

Hammad Ali - Head of Senior Training

Like Aftab, I would love to see an improvement in training at all levels of the club and I think we already have, all our youth coaches work with Aftab in order to deliver youth training and I work with him to deliver senior training. I am working with others to establish our first team as division 3 team in the short term and even higher in the long term. We aim to achieve this by over the next couple years, introducing and establishing a performance culture in our 1st and 2nd Saturday XI’s.

Rob Why - Assistant Coach

As someone who has play semi-professional football, I understand the dedication it takes to improve as a team. I work with Hammad & Aftab to deliver training programmes at all levels of the club. In the first team, it’s my responsibility to ensure that all the boys are ready to go on game day, so don’t be surprised if you see shouting to get the boys in a warm-up.