New look to cricket season curtain-raiser

There is a new look to Bredon's curtain-raiser for the 2018 season
There is a new look to Bredon’s curtain-raiser for the 2018 season

There’s a new look to Bredon Cricket Club’s season curtain-raiser this year.

Our traditional cheese-and-wine evening is being replaced by an afternoon gathering for all the family.

There will be food, activities for youngsters and live music from the Malvern Hillbillies. Our licensed bar will be open throughout.

It is being held on Sunday, April 15, and the fun gets under way at 2pm.

There is an open invitation for people unfamiliar with the club to come along and find out what cricket at Bredon is all about.

Most of our junior team coaches will be at the curtain-raiser too, so parents can ask them about how we introduce youngsters to the game and develop their skills. See also our junior cricket FAQ.

Our chairman, Neil Hall, will be talking to visitors about the season ahead, and the ambitious plans we have to raise playing standards and make the club a hub for all ages in the community.

Use the form below to submit a question about the event:

 

Join our cricket teas rota

Can you help keep hungry players fed and watered this coming season?

If so, Bredon Cricket Club would like to hear from you.

We have a few matches on our cricket teas rota for 2018 that we need someone to cover.

It is not difficult to serve up a tea, and the club will reimburse you for the food and ingredients you use.

There are also plenty of, ahem, veterans on hand to offer help and advice.

If you want to know more about laying on the perfect cricket tea, there is some super advice from Mandy Clements-Hunt here.

Please contact Mandy or Lucy Washbourne if you can help out this season. If you do not have their telephone numbers use the contact form below:

 

Worcestershire Rapids cricket camps for children 2018

Worcestershire Cricket are this year again running Rapids Camps for children aged seven to 13.

The first is at the King’s School, Worcester, in February half term: Monday, February 19, to Friday, February 23, 9am-3pm.

The youngsters will be under the guidance of a well-qualified coaching team, and all participants will receive a camps T-shirt.

The camp will include fun games, with an emphasis on batting, bowling and fielding, interaction with Rapids players based on their availability and a certificate for the best participant each day.

Tracksuits and whites can be worn to the camp, and while all equipment will be provided, children are allowed to bring their own.

A one-day ticket costs £25 and a weekly ticket is £100.

Book online here:  http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/2tq2sm

There will be a further eight camps up until September. The dates are here: http://www.worcestershirecricket.co.uk/page/camps/rapids-holiday-camps/2018-rapids-camps-14153/

For more information, email Dan Such at Daniel.such@wccc.co.uk  or Chathura Pinnawala at worcestershirecricket@wccc.co.uk, or contact the office on 01905 337923.

Nets practice for senior and junior cricketers

A new series of practice sessions in the nets at the Worcestershire Cricket Centre, Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham, begins on Monday, March 12, 2018.

The cost is £3 for seniors and £2 for juniors (aged 13 and above), and the nets are available from 7pm to 8pm.

Coaches Andy Stovold and Tom Wolsingham will be attending to help players sharpen up ready for the start of the new season.

For more details contact Neil Hall or Ian Fenney. Or use the form below:

 

Registration opens for Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2018

Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2018: Registration is now open
Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2018: Registration is now open

Registration for the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2018 is open now!

It is returning after the barnstorming success of last year’s inaugural run.

This year’s it again starts and finishes at picturesque Bredon Cricket Club, Westmancote, Worcestershire.

It starts at 10am on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The marshalled 10k route follows pretty country lanes, tracks and paths to the 299m summit of Bredon Hill.

The hilltop is marked by an Iron Age fort and the 18th-century Parson’s Folly tower, and it boasts glorious views of the surrounding countryside.

Entry costs £15 and includes a pre-race warm-up.

After the run, participants and their families and friends can enjoy musical entertainment and a barbecue at the cricket club, where the fully licensed bar will be open. There will be a bouncy castle for younger children.

The run is open to just 200 and is expected to be oversubscribed.

Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Runners must be aged 16 to 75.

All entrants receive a finisher’s medal, and there will be trophies for first male finisher, first female finisher and first member of Bredon Cricket Club to finish.

Cricket club chairman Neil Hall said: “Last year’s tower run was a tremendous success.

“We were thrilled with the compliments we received from the entrants and we’re determined to make it even bigger and better this year.”

Run organiser Jennie Warren said that although many entrants would be aiming to test themselves,  the run is mainly about having fun.

“People should go at their own pace, and they can even walk it if they want to.”

Money raised will go to Bredon Cricket Club and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

You can view the route of the run and export it to your device from Strava here.

Click on the link below to register and pay securely via EntryCentral, the secure sports event ticketing specialist.

 

 

Bredon Hill Tower Run 2017:
Frequently asked questions

What is it?

A 10k trail run starting and finishing at Bredon Cricket Club and following pretty country lanes, tracks and paths to the 299m summit of Bredon Hill.

When is it?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

How much does it cost to enter?

£15 (entry includes booking fee and finisher’s medal).

How do I enter?

Follow this link to register and pay securely online at EntryCentral. This is the only method of payment. You will be emailed a receipt and should bring this with you as proof of entry.

Can I pay on behalf of more than one person?

Yes. Just complete the entry form for each runner. When all your registrations are complete you can move through to the checkout and pay for them on one card.

How many runners will there be?

Open to a maximum of 200.

Where is it?

Bredon Cricket Club, Hill Close, Westmancote, near Tewkesbury GL20 7EU.

What time does it start?

The run starts and finishes at Bredon Cricket Club. The first runners set off at 10am, but entrants must arrive at the cricket ground between 8.30am and 9.45am to collect their race number and warm-up.

Does everyone start at the same time?

You will be given a chance when you register online to grade yourself as an expert, intermediate or beginner/fun runner. The expert runners start at the front of the field, the beginners/fun runners at the rear.

What are the age limits?

16 to 75

Is it timed?

No. Runners are responsible for monitoring their own time, if they wish. You can import the route onto your device from Strava here.

Where do I park?

Parking at or near the cricket ground will be signposted on the day.

Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the run before it starts?

Sorry, there are no refunds.

What happens if I do not turn up for the race?

Your place will remain unfilled, but you will not be given a refund. Neither will you receive your finisher’s medal. You are not required to inform us in advance.

Is there a place where I can safely store my stuff during the run?

No. Arrive in your gear.  Leave a change of clothing in your car, or with a friend or relative who can meet you at the start/finish. We would like you to remain at the club after the run to enjoy our barbecue and post-race entertainment.

When do I get my race number? How do I fasten it?

Report to the chief marshal when you arrive at the cricket ground. You will be given your race number. Please bring your own safety pins to attach it to your shirt/vest.

I want to watch the race as a spectator. Where is the best place to go?

The route follows rights of way, but paths are narrow in places so choose where you watch with consideration. The  best spot is the summit of Bredon Hill, where there is plenty of space. Please follow the Countryside Code on Bredon Hill.

Are there any toilet facilities?

There are toilets in the cricket club pavilion and portable loos will be on site.

Is the route clearly marked?

Parts will be signposted, and there will be lots of marshals. You will not need a map or navigation aid.

Can disabled people take part in, or watch the race?

Sorry, we are unable to offer facilities for disabled people. Anyone taking part or watching does so at their own risk.

How difficult will it be?

It is a challenging run, with steep gradients on both the uphill and downhill stretches. The terrain encompasses metalled lanes, stony tracks, and paths through fields and woods that may be muddy. But this is a fun event, and you should enjoy it. Go at your own pace… even if that means walking.

Do I need special trail shoes?

Trail shoes may be beneficial, especially in wet weather, but ordinary running shoes will be adequate.

What happens if there is bad weather on the day of the run?

It will only be called off in the event of extreme weather. We will post a notice on www.bredoncricketclub.com the morning of the run ONLY if it is cancelled.

Will water be supplied along the route?

No. Runners are responsible for their own hydration. Bottled water and soft drinks will be on sale in our licensed clubhouse bar before, during and after the run. Please do not drop empty drinks bottles along the route, which is through an area of great natural beauty.

What happens after the run?

Finishers will be handed their medals as soon as they arrive back at the cricket ground. Later, trophies will be presented for the first male finisher, first female finisher, and first finisher who is a member of Bredon Cricket Club. We hope runners, friends and family will remain at the cricket ground to enjoy our hospitality. There will be music, a bouncy castle for small children, and a barbecue. Our licensed bar will also be open. It will be a chance to relax and share run experiences.

What happens if all the places are gone when I try to register?

Please do not be too disappointed. Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run is an annual event. You will be given the option to join the waiting list for next year’s run, and will be alerted by email when entries for the 2019 run go on sale.

Can I be told the route in advance, and have a chance to run it?

The route uses public roads and footpaths, so anyone is free to run it in advance at their own risk. The route can be viewed and exported from Strava here.

Can I swap my place with someone?

No. This is not allowed for safety reasons.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but please be aware of other runners.

Can I run with my dog?

No. Runners are not allowed to take dogs on the route for safety reasons.

Can I seek sponsorship and take part in aid of a charity?

Bredon Cricket Club is donating a share of proceeds from the run to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, but you are free to seek sponsorship for a charity of your choice.

Are there any medical facilities?

Trained medics will be at the cricket ground.

2018 fixtures for Bredon Cricket Club

2018 fixtures are out
2018 fixtures are out

Bredon Cricket Club’s 2018 season gets under way on Saturday, April 21.

The First XI host Belbroughton, who beat them to third place in last season’s league by 10 points, at Hill Close on the opening day.

On the last game of the season on Saturday, September 15, they are away to 2017’s mid-table finishers Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social Club.

The Firsts will be again playing in Division 2 (first teams) of the Worcestershire County League.

The Second XI will play in Division 3 (second teams) of the same league.

Their first match is away to Alvechurch and Hopwood, and they finish the season hosting Kidderminster Fourth XI at Hill Close.

Third XI fixtures are not released until later this year.

We’ll be posting news later about fixtures for our junior sides.

  • For more fixtures information click here.

Bredon’s Hill Close ground under a blanket of snow

Bredon's Hill Close ground lay under a blanket of snow this weekend
The scorebox in its cunning winter camouflage
Bredon's Hill Close ground lay under a blanket of snow this weekend
The club’s lavish new extension was hastily erected before the snowfall
Bredon's Hill Close ground lay under a blanket of snow this weekend
It’s not the first time the sight-screen has appeared hazy to some

Bredon Cricket Club’s Hill Close ground lay under a blanket of sun at the weekend.

Cricketers might well think of this scene as they stand on the boundary under a sweltering August sun next year!

The marquee was in place for a joint 50th celebration the night before. Happy birthday Eamonn, John and Chris.

 

Christmas dinner 2017 for club committee

Bredon Cricket Club's committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club’s committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club's committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club’s committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club's committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club’s committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club's committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon
Bredon Cricket Club’s committee enjoy their 2017 Christmas dinner at the Fox and Hounds, Bredon

Bredon Cricket Club’s committee, together with some partners, set down together at the Fox and Hounds in Bredon this week to mark the end of a successful year with a Christmas dinner.

The food and service was excellent, and it was good to be celebrating in the heart of the village.

Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the new year.

Advice from top coach, and an AGM reminder

Andy Stovold passes on some advice to members of Bredon Cricket Club's committee
Andy Stovold passes on some advice to members of Bredon Cricket Club’s committee

Top coach and former professional player Andy Stovold was invited to Bredon Cricket Club’s committee meeting this week.

He gave some fascinating insights into the future development of the grassroot game, and the challenges Bredon must meet if we are develop and thrive.

Andy made a considerable impact when he started working with junior members of the club mid-way through the season.

Some of his advice may influence thinking at the club’s annual meeting (AGM) in the clubhouse on Thursday, November 16.

It starts at 7.30pm and entails the election of the committee. All club members are invited, and they will be asked for their thoughts on the future direction of the club.

There will also be a chance to hear about progress made on and off the field during 2017.

All members, social and playing, are welcome.

Meanwhile, there was a players’ meeting at the club on Sunday, October 8.

Issues discussed included the future development of the club, league positions,  retention of the Third XI team, commitment of players throughout the season, appointment of coaches, a recruitment drive for new players, chairman of selectors, teams and captains for next season, and jobs for the winter.

 

 

 

Players plot the way forward for Bredon Cricket Club

Senior players will help plot the way forward for Bredon Cricket Club at a meeting in the clubhouse on Sunday, October 8.

It will be a chance for them to have their say about how they want the club to progress on the field of play in the 2018 season, and what they need to achieve their goals.

The meeting starts at 7pm, and all senior players are invited.