Welcome to the BOCC
The British Officers Cricket Club appears in cricket history back in the 'Golden Age' of cricket in Philadelphia
in the late 1800's.
However, as an affiliate of The British Officers Club of Philadelphia founded in 1925, regular games were
played until WWII.
The BOCC was re-born in 1986-thanks to co-founders, the late Peter Stone, Alan Stuart and Alfred Reeves.
Since that time the club has been a major force in rekindling the game in Philadelphia,
and now enjoys a playing membership of over 80 cricketers including a thriving youth section.
The BOCC plays cricket for fun, for love of the game, yet competitively, with a will to win.
The BOCC places high importance upon social interaction and a membership willing to contribute effort
on and off the field.
The BOCC places no restriction upon membership, save that of gentlemanly conduct.
Club management is democratic and bound by its Constitution.
The BOCC strives to uphold the notion of Cricket first, team second and the individual last.
The BOCC is a co-founder and a proud supporter and
participant in the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival.
The BOCC plays in the Greater Philadelphia Cricket League on Saturdays
and Sundays and have qualified for the playoffs in the last two years. We also go on tour to Toronto over the July 4
weekend and with friendly games all season long, plays an aggregate of over 60 matches a season.
BOCC has also toured the UK in both 2002 and 2004 and most recently Sarasota Florida in February, 2019.
Touring is part of the club both travelling and hosting visiting sides; more tours are expected in upcoming years.
Additionally, the club has a traditional pre-season curry party, Annual Awards Dinner and other fun/family friendly
social events. There are organized net practices at our home ground which has a unique two side by side fields, a club house
Evansburg State Park
in Collegeville from April thru September.
|End of Year Dinner||Ian Turner||October 02
| ||BOCC members, we shall be wrapping up the 2019 season in style with our End of Year dinner. The venue shall be Sam’s Brick Oven Pizza in Ardmore. http://www.samsbrickovenpizza.com/
The date will be November 23rd and we will be starting around 7pm. If you would like to bring a guest or two, the cost will be $30 per person. As per usual, myself and Zafar will attempt to provide the entertainment, but more importantly it is our final opportunity of the year to come together as a club and celebrate another exciting, fun and occasionally successful season. Please reply to either the survey or the upcoming Evite. If you are bringing a guest then send money to Chris through the usual channels.
|BOCC bows out to Kirkwood||Charles Mathew||September 18
After beating Woodward, BOCC immediately had to get its act together for the game against
Kirkwood, which followed them into the afternoon session. BOCC lost services of Hur, Daksh
and Charlie who were replaced by Nikhil and couple of young’uns Aarav Agarwal and Kunal
Agarwal. Ajay would lead the team in Charlie’s absence.
Kirkwood captain Jaggu won the toss and elected to field first. Bhishma opened the innings
along with Praveen. Praveen struggled to negotiate the incoming swinging delivery from the left
arm pacer and perished first ball. Krish walked in at #3 and withstood some of the pressure
before getting an inside edge onto the stumps, out for 3. Clay and Dil playing at #4 and #5 also
perished to their left arm seamer with BOCC reeling at 15/4 in the fifth over. At this juncture
Bhishma and Kunal salvaged the innings putting together 65-run partnership in 79 balls.
Bhishma was finally run out on 47 in the 19 th over. Soon Kunal (26), Ajay (5) and the rest of the
batting folded with 91 runs on board. To their credit, Kirkwood bowlers did not offer too many
loose balls (bowling only 8 wides in the innings).
Defending 91, BOCC bowlers applied pressure consistently. Krish bowled incredible line and
length but was unlucky to secure any wickets. Aizi, our other opening bowler was exciting to
watch, bowling very quick deliveries, including one Yorker on the middle stump that got rid of
Biju (our old friend). Unfortunately, Aizi had to stop bowling owing to two above waist full
tosses. Bhishma came in and finished his over and continued to bowl a tight line. However,
another wicket came only at the end of the 10 th over when Kunal Agarwal cut out a single and
got one of their batsman run out with a great throw to Dil (keeper). Kunal came back and go
another batsman out stumped by Dil again. Eventually Kirkwood was able to overcome
sustained pressure from BOCC bowlers and fielders.
I want to give a shout-out to Aarav and Kunal Agarwal, who performed brilliantly in the field.
They were not intimidated when they batted or bowled. Most importantly they expressed great
pride and satisfaction when the other did well on the field.
|BOCC finally buries the ghost of Woodward||Charles Mathew||September 18
| ||BOCC finally buries the ghost of Woodward
In two opportunities earlier this season, BOCC came significantly short of beating Woodward.
This past Saturday was the day we finally got the monkey off our back and it came with a
complete performance on all aspects of cricket. Initially the game was to start at 10 am,
however owing to park restrictions, game could only be started at 11 am. Charlie won the toss
for BOCC and elected to bat. Bhishma and Hur started the proceedings to a quick start. Bhishma
got out on 7 trying to clear the long on boundary. BOCC got in trouble soon after, losing Charlie
(0) and Daksh (0) in quick succession and were reduced to 16/3 in the 3 rd over. Tipu coming in at
# 5 put together a good partnership with Hur, who looked like he was playing on a different
ground altogether. Tipu was finally out for 2 and BOCC was at 37/4 in 7 overs. Kunal walked in
and stitched a crucial 31-run partnership with Hur who was finally out for 44 (with 2 massive
sixes on very long boundaries). The score read 68/5 in the 13 th over. In a push to get the scoring
going, Krish perished for 3. Ajay joined Kunal who was already batting well and the two put
together 40 runs in only 4 overs to push the score over 120. Kunal (40) and Ajay (17) were
eventually out. Praveen (3) and Clay (4) ran hard in the last over and pushed BOCC to 133/8 in
Getting ready to defend this score, we knew it was defendable and would require discipline in
the fielding and bowling. BOCC got just that with Hur and Kunal tormenting Woodward
batsmen and Hur picking up wickets at regular intervals. First Hur got their dangerous batsman
Dipal out caught behind to brilliant one-handed catch by Clay (keeper). Hur followed that up
with two more wickets and reduced Woodward to 33/3 in the 7 th over. With the required rate
creeping up, Woodward got some relief with their batsmen scoring freely. Daksh was brought
in and gave BOCC much needed boost by first getting their set opening batsmen out bowled
behind his legs (Shane Warne would be proud!). He followed this up with another wicket
courtesy a brilliant catch by Praveen on the mid-wicket boundary. Daksh was not quiet, and
followed this with two catches, including a diving catch at point (Jonty would be proud!). By this
time Woodward panicked and tried to force the issue by trying to take on wily Tipu. In one over
Woodward lost 3 wickets and Tipu finished with 4 wickets, with Nikhil claiming 1 wicket.
It was a refreshing experience for BOCC players to win a game in the fashion we did. It showed
a lot of players that we are capable of achieving a lot when we play freely. Lots of positives
from this game, particularly the effort put in by Daksh.
For general questions and/or Inquiries, please contact Sunil Gaikwad or 201-658-7161
To Schedule games with the BOCC or
for general questions and/or Inquiries, please send E-mail to the Fixtures Secretary
(When requesting a game, please specify the dates
you are interested in and where you would like to play.)
How to become a Member
New players are welcome to apply to join the BOCC. Come to nets at Haverford College - Cope Field from May thru September after 5:00 pm.
After two nets you may apply to join the club using this Membership
CC Morris Cricket Library
The C. Christopher Morris Cricket Library and Collection
is the largest collection of cricket literature and memorabilia in the Western Hemisphere.
The library includes over a thousand volumes and a very large collection of related
printed and photographic materials and related items of Cricket history.
Laws of Cricket
The basic Laws of Cricket have stood remarkably well the
test of well over 250 years of playing the game. It is thought the real reason for
this is that cricketers have traditionally been prepared to play in the Spirit of
the Game as well as in accordance with the Laws.
Philadelphia Cricket Festival
The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival is an
annual event held in the Philadelphia area during the first weekend in May to promote
cricket, friendship and community service through sporting contact.
American Cricket Federation
ACF has been established to improve governance of cricket
in the United States. Their mission is as follows: "Our mission is to inspire Americans to
play and to excel at cricket and to make cricket the preeminent bat-and-ball sport
in the United States. ACF will uphold and promote cricketï¿½s values of transparency,
inclusiveness and fairness."
The United States Youth Cricket Association, a non-profit
organization incorporated in the state of Maryland, is dedicated to introducing
our great sport to American children.
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