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BOCC  The British Officers Cricket Club

(Back Row left to right): Sanjeev Santhanam, Srikanth Ramanathan, Clayton Cottman, Abhishek Tyagi, Ian Turner, Krish Pusuluri, Bhishma Thakkar, Shariq Khan, Dilpreet Bajwa, Kenny Griffiths, Tipu Faiz, Rajiv Mallick (Second Row): Nikhil Pasupuleti, Pavan Suram, Charles Parmar, Sushant Sawant, Gurpreet Mahal, Daksh Kwatra, Amimul Hasan, Krishnan Siva, Priyang Chaudhari, Klaus Bondar (Front Row/Sitting): Neil Shah (Vice-Captain), Gavish Sharma (Captain), Vishnu Cooblal (Club Captain), Ernie Precious (President), Chris Lawrence (Captain), Kunal Singh (Captain)

About Us

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.

2019 Executive Committee

Amimul HasanHouse and grounds
Chris LawrenceTreasurer
Ernie PreciousPresident
Ian TurnerSocial Secretary
Krish PusuluriClub Secretary
Neil ShahFixtures
Sunil GaikwadYouth Cricket Director
Vishnu CooblallClub Captain
Zafar AbdullahWebmaster

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 at Evansburg State Park in Collegeville from April thru September.

Membership Information

New players are welcome to apply to join the BOCC. Come to nets at Evansburg State Park 528 Skippack Creek Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426 every Thursday during the season after 5:00 pm (weather & light permitting.) After two nets (please read disclaimer below) you may apply to join the club using the Membership form.

Those who wish to learn the game may come along but preference for batting and bowling will go to members and those playing in upcoming matches. At the moment we have many playing members so that it is not possible to guarantee matches! (some games are over-subscribed and to get onto the league side you will have to be a strong player.)

Note that we are interested in players who will stay with the club for at least a season and who will contribute to the social side - this means coming for after nets or after game to a restaurant/pub for drinks (drink what you like - we want your company!).

Usually there are two league games and a social/friendly game most weekends. The cost of joining the club is $250 which includes a club shirt, cap and tie, thereafter its $200 per year. There is no need for you to wear whites at nets although it is appreciated. We have a supply of white and colored logoed clothing. Please provide your own playing equipment. If you are interested in joining, come to nets.

Disclaimer: Those playing at nets practice agree to do so entirely at their own risk. The club does not provide full protective gear - players are advised to provide their own protective gear including a helmet, gloves, box and pads etc. If any batsman, fielder or bowler causes a ball to damage any player or non-player or his/her property or the college property then it is the sole responsibility of the player directly causing such damage. The club is insured for medical damages to third parties as covered by club insurance during BOCC games only.

For additional information please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document found here.

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