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.
|Celebration of the Life of Alfred Reeves||Ian Turner||March 06
| ||BOCC Members
The current success of the BOCC as the premier club in the Northeast is a result of the hard work of many current members. However, we are really only standing on the shoulders of giants. There was no bigger cricketing giant for the BOCC than Alfred Reeves. That is why we are gathering to celebrate the life of Alfred Reeves one last time. BOCC members, please join the Reeves family and friends to spend an evening of reminiscence, camaraderie, laughter, and maybe one or two tears. We will be meeting at the function room of the House of Biryanis and Kebabs, 2541 W Main St, Norristown at 6pm on Saturday April 6th. The evening will entail a four course buffet meal, free drinks and a wonderful presentation of Alfred’s amazing life. It is a reasonably formal affair so please wear BOCC ties and jacket if you have one. We must give the restaurant accurate numbers, therefore we are insisting that members pay in advance. Use the following methods to pay the incredibly reasonable cost of $15 per head as soon as possible. I look forward, with my BOCC brethren, to giving Alfred the sendoff he thoroughly deserves.
Check written out to 'BOCC' and mailed to Chris Lawrence, Treasurer, BOCC, 336 W Springfield Road, PA 19064
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org sent to Friends and Family to avoid transaction fee (please put a note explaining the payment)
PayPal using paypal.me/BOCCPhila (please put a note explaining the payment)
Venmo to email@example.com (please put a note explaining the payment)
|Curry Party New Date March 23rd||Ian Turner||March 02
The BOCC Curry Party is the signature fund raising event of the year and unofficial start of the new season. Our goal every year is to get as many BOCC members present as possible. Therefore, after careful consideration the by BOCC committee, it has been decided that we shall postpone the BOCC Curry Party until March 23rd. As mentioned the two main goals of the curry party are to raise funds and provide an opportunity for team building. Unfortunately, only 14 playing members were planning to attend for the March 9th date, therefore neither goal could be achieved to our satisfaction. We have therefore moved the date back two weeks to March 23 again starting at 7pm. Hopefully this date will be more convenient for the majority of the membership. For those who were planning to attend on the March 9th I apologize for the inconvenience, but I hope you understand the necessity of the date change. I shall update the survey and evite, so if your status has changed please make the necessary updates. Again we are requesting that people pay in advance via Venmo/Paypal/check. A big shout out to Tony, Richard K, Chris and Ernie for paying in advance. A bigger shout out to Kenny for agreeing to change the date at short notice.
|Save the Date - BOCC Curry Party 2019||Ian Turner||February 05
The 2019 BOCC Curry Party will be taking place at the usual venue, Kenny’s house on March 9th. The cost is $25 each for all playing members and guests. Youth players eat for free. Parents of the youth players will pay $25 each or $40 per couple. Remember, this is the key fund raising event of the year, therefore your presence is appreciated and expected. To that end we will be doing things a little differently this year. Firstly, we are trying a pot luck concept with the food. We will be looking for volunteers to make some delicious Asian cuisine. Second we want as many people as possible so please invite a friend, neighbor, relative or anyone else who might be interested in eating curry, drinking beer and generally having a fun time. Finally, we will be doing our usual raffle and auction, so please release your inner Marie Kondo, and get some items together for donation. Please email me and let me know what you will be bringing. Please respond to the survey and/or (upcoming) evite as quickly as possible.
|Remembering Alfred Reeves||Zafar Abdullah||January 31
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alfred Reeves, President Emeritus, co-founder and the main driving force behind the re-establishment of the British Officers Cricket Club. Alfred, along with the late Alan Stuart and the late Peter Stone restarted the BOCC in 1986 and he has been instrumental in the development and growth of the club. Alfred’s mission has always been to spread the playing of cricket, a sport he loved with a passion as a player, being a wily leg spinner but also in his many contributions to growing the game in the Philadelphia area and the wider United States which has seen the number of clubs and player participation grow immensely. If you wish to contribute to this continuing mission in memory of Alfred donations can be made to the British Officers Cricket Club via PayPal at paypal.me/BOCCPhila
Or mail check to:
c/o Chris Lawrence, 336 West Springfield Rd.
Springfield PA 19064
This Week's Games
|There are no games scheduled this week.
Please support our Sponsors
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.
ConteContent copyright ï¿½ 2019, British Officers Cricket Club. All Rights Reserved.