It is June. We are about halfway through the season, and it is turning out to be such a good one for Bredon Cricket Club.
The First XI are riding high in the Worcestershire County League’s second division, having lost just one game so far, while the Second XI are also playing well and currently lie fourth in the third division.
The Third XI continue to act as the club’s development team, giving our youngsters valuable match time with more experienced players.
All our junior teams (the Under 11s, Under 12s, Under 13s and Under 15s) are performing well in the Cotswold Hills League.
Meanwhile, the club is running the ECB-backed All Star Cricket programme for younger children for the first time this season. It means the club is now developing players through from five years to adult.
The impact of our new coach, Tom Walsingham, who joined us at the start of the season has been immediate.
Our senior teams are performing better, and Tom is passing on his experience to the youngsters at both the All Stars sessions and junior coaching on Friday evenings.
We have also gained the services of former Gloucestershire batsman and wicketkeeper Andy Stovold, who will be helping with our Friday evening junior coaching sessions.
Plans to renovate the club’s practice nets have been delayed by factors beyond our control, but finance is in place for the project and it is hoped to start work soon. The club was given £1,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme to help pay for the project.
The run (pictures here) was held for the first time on May 28 and was a big success.
Bredon’s first game, against Overbury, is on Sunday, August 6. The match starts at Hill Close at 2.30pm.
End of season
June is far too early to be talking about the end of the season, nevertheless club members should make a note in their diary: the end of season dinner is on Saturday, September 23… and this is looking like it might be a year to celebrate!
More details nearer the time.
Thank you, everyone, for your continuing support for Bredon Cricket Club.
Last Sunday (June 4) the team visited a strong Elmley Castle side, with the home side coming out on top with a clear 50-run victory.
The Under 12s bounced back well the following Wednesday evening against Ashton-under-Hill when in rain at Hill Close they secured a 15-run victory, chasing down the visitors’ 263-4 with a score of 278, also for the loss of four wickets.
On Sunday, June 11, the team welcomed Dumbleton Lions to Hill Close, and having asked the visitors to bat first restricted them to 242-6 with their best bowling and fielding performance of the season.
Unfortunately, the batting did not reach the same standards and the loss of nine wickets restricted the score to 240, leaving Bredon just two runs short of their target in a very well contested game between two evenly matched sides.