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.
|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
|Alfred Reeves||Zafar Abdullah||January 24
| ||Our great father-figure Alfred has passed on. He is now with his better half of 50 plus years, Betty, in the great heavenly cricket field.
With your permission I would like to share a montage of all the pictures which I’ve collected over the years -both current and past - which include our great Alfred. I hope you all enjoy it and remember our excellent friend fondly - without whom we would not be a cricketing family. May you finally rest in peace good friend Alfred Reeves.
PS: if you have any photos of him in please add to this shared photos folder. Thanks.
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.
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