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
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 50 cricketers.
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 shall strive 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 of the Philadelphia
International Cricket Festival and Greater Philadelphia Cricket League. Its commitment
to the joys of touring includes touring with the wandering Gentlemen of Philadelphia
The BOCC plays in the Greater Philadelphia Cricket League, goes on tour to Toronto
over the July 4 weekend and with friendly games all season long, plays an aggregate
of over 50 matches a season. We have toured the UK a few times as a club and members
regularly participate in other tours. Additionally, the club has a traditional pre-season
curry party, Annual Awards Dinner and other events such as a family-friendly pool
party in the summer. There are organized net practices at Evansburg State Park (528 Skippack Creek Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426)
from April thru September.
|BOCC Loses to Spirited Woodward 2nd time Around||Neil Shah||Thursday @ 9:58 AM
| ||On a fine sunny day, perfect cricketing weather after a season of disappointment due to weather
conditions, BOCC won the toss and elected to bat first as we would have liked to. But besides the toss
nothing went our way. We started our innings with our veteran opening pair of Vishnu (9) and Sunil (10).
Both of them started of well, taking quick singles and hitting a boundary and a monstrous maximum. But
it was short lived as both openers fell to Eijaz Mulla and his sneaky seam bowling. Soon after that
Sanjeev making his comeback after a long time off from cricket as he was on WIFE duty! Sanjeev made a
brisk 30 with couple of towering sixes. A delight to watch him play, but just when Sanjeev and Krish (12)
started to get some momentum our way Krish and Sanjeev fell in quick succession to Eizaj (4 wickets).
Soon after that BOCC’s batting line up struggled with an unfortunate runout, unbelievable catch
(ricocheting off of bowlers wrist into the fielders hand ) and a dumb runout for the vice skipper Neil for
the fourth time in the season BOCC found themselves 8 down in no time. Then came the magically
innings and partnership (30 odd runs) from Praveen and Gurpreet that brought us to a below par but
better than what we would have ended up with, a total of 126.
While chasing, WCC got off to a steady start with Haris (8) and Maulik (60*). Haris looked very
dangerous but was short lived with a deceiving pace from our skipper Charlie. Haris miscued his shot
and was beautifully taken at long off by Sanjeev (one of the most controversial catch of the match and
maybe the season too). On the other hand Maulik kept building up his innings at a steady pace and
played a flawless innings to see Woodward through. Other major contributions came from Dravya 21
and Chiru 12. In terms of wicket Charlie 3 and Neil and Krish 1 each.
We are tied 1-1 and we play them again this coming Saturday. Final game before the playoffs start. Lets
get some good momentum our way and prep for the playoffs.
|BOCC beats Woodward in the First of Three Games!||Charles Mathew||August 28
After months of continuous rain, we had a gorgeous weekend and BOCC was ready and pumped to get going. Having lost the Toss, Woodward decided to bat on wet and soggy outfield which worked out to our advantage since the ball did not travel too much. New ball responsibilities were taken by Charles and Gavish . Charles (1 Wk) got a breakthrough in the very first over and Woodward was already on the backfoot. With the ball getting wet and soft wickets were getting hard to come by so Aizaaz (14-year-old Fast Bowler) was given a go and did not disappoint and took 2 quick wickets. Our spin trio was introduced in the form of Gurpreet, Karan (1 Wk) and Neil (3 Wk’s) who bowled impeccable lines and got 4 wickets between them. After a great spell by the spinners Vishnu (1 Wk) was introduced and did not disappoint by taking a quick wicket. Woodward resisted a little bit towards the end of the innings with some boundaries but a magical direct hit from the 30 yard circle by BOCC’s own Jonty Rhodes (Parth Patel) brought about an end to Woodward’s Innings at 134 in the 39th over.
With a target not very challenging but Cricket being a funny game the opening pair was advised not to finish the game in 10 overs with the kind of form they were in. Gavish (24) and Sunil D (29) started as clinically as possible hitting the bad balls away and taking the quick single’s. Both perished to some good bowling by their first change bowlers. Dilpreet (5) walked in and departed soon to a top edge. Stand in Skipper Charles (41 NO) and Arnav (14) who was promoted had a good stand and brought the target within striking distance before Arnav chopped one on to the stumps. Parth (3 NO) joined the skipper and finished the job without any more fall of wickets by reaching the target in the 22nd over. Highlight of the game was Charles knicking a ball to the keeper and started walking but stopped immediately when he did not see a decision from the umpire. He put on the best act ever by saying the ball was miles away from his bat, Karan could not control his laughter who was doing Leg Umpire duties. Sometimes BOCC does get lucky too!! Good victory for team BOCC as we keep advancing towards playoffs. Enjoy the week off everyone well deserved break!
|BOCC Tour to England 2019||Ian Turner||August 06
BOCC members, it has been over eight years since the last BOCC tour to England. I think we can all agree that is way too long. Therefore, our plan is a 2019 BOCC Tour to England in July/August. The exact location has not been determined but we are in the preliminary stages of organizing through a tour operator in England. However, before we can proceed we need to make sure that there is enough interest to make the trip viable. The trip would probably be over 9-10 days and involve 7-8 games (weather permitting). The tour operator organizes B&B accommodation, sets up fixtures, teas and provides match balls. At present they have quoted £1000 per player which at present is about $1300, this doesn’t include flights which are around $800-$1000. You would then be subject to the usual holiday expenses; eating out each night, beer, snacks and any other extra-curricular activity. So I’m estimating a budget of $3000 would be required for an individual. If you are planning on bringing the family its obviously more. What I require now is a rapid and honest response on your general interest levels. There is no point saying Yes today if you really won’t end up going as you will be expected to make a financial commitment in advance of the trip. Please respond to the survey with speed so we can move this thing forward. Any questions just email me.
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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."
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