Bredon Cricket Club committee minutes, June 2017

June 2017 committee meeting: cricket covers and roller
Hard work from our groundsman Adam Gallagher is keeping the pitch in excellent condition

Main points of the June 2017 meeting of Bredon Cricket Club’s committee were:

Latest on nets, players’ erratic availability, ground in excellent condition, date set for golf day.

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Proud coach after convincing win for Under 13s

The Under 13s had a convincing win against Alcester and Ragley and secured a place in the semi-final
The Under 13s had a convincing win against Alcester and Ragley and secured a place in the semi-final

Bredon 318 for 5
Alcester and Ragley 238 for 9

The Under 13s are through to the 2017 Cotswold Hills League semi-final after a convincing 80-run home win over Alcester and Ragley.

The boys batted first with such confidence, taking the bowling apart and keeping the run rate ticking over with great running between the wickets.

The team scored their highest total for the season.

They came out to field in high spirits, with a great opening attack taking early wickets to put the visitors on the back foot with some great catching skills.

They stuck at it, not losing focus on the job in hand and securing the semi-final position.

Well done to the Under 13s, who played as a confident team with plenty of enjoyment and focus.

A proud morning’s cricket as a coach.

Mark Notley

June 2017 newsletter: Things are looking good for Bredon

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.

Senior teams

June: Bredon v Alderton Wanderers
Our First XI are enjoying a first-rate season and are currently top of the league

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.

Junior teams

June: Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s, who fell to a 27-run defeat
All our junior teams are continuing to develop well

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.

New coach

Coach Tom Walsingham
Tom Walsingham is welcomed to Bredon by first team captain Kevin Wilkins

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.

Practice nets

June: Tesco Bags of Help money will help provide new practice nets at Bredon Cricket Club
Our nets renovation project has been delayed, but work is set to start soon

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.

Tower Run

June: Heading for the top: Runners tackling the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017
The first Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 was a big success

The run (pictures here) was held for the first time on May 28 and was a big success.

Almost 100 runners entered and we received some very complimentary feedback.

It is planned to make the run an annual event and build it into a key plank in the club’s programme of fund-raising activities. Next year’s run is on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Bredon Hill Bash

Looking ahead, we are taking part in an exciting new competition in August.

The Bredon Hill Bash is a 20-over tournament for local teams, the winners of which will be presented with a magnificent trophy.

Also taking part are Overbury, Ashton-under-Hill and the Crown Inn, Kemerton.

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.

Neil Hall
June 2017





Cricketers triumph over footballers in Sunday friendly

Spectators at this afternoon's friendly between Bredon Cricket Club and Bredon AFC
Spectators at this afternoon’s friendly between Bredon Cricket Club and Bredon AFC
Spectators at this afternoon's friendly between Bredon Cricket Club and Bredon AFC
Spectators at this afternoon’s friendly between Bredon Cricket Club and Bredon AFC

Bredon Cricket Club triumphed over Bredon AFC in a 20-over friendly at Hill Close this afternoon.

The cricketers, batting first, posted 128, while the footballers were all out for 108.

The fixture was played in its usual good spirit, and there was a lively crowd of spectators.

Last year’s fixture ended in a two-wicket victory for the football club.

We should have some action pictures from the match later.

  • Today’s Under 12s game against Cookhill was rained off and will be replayed.

Top coach Andy Stovold brings his expertise to Bredon

Andy Stovold
Top coach Andy Stovold. Picture: University of Bristol Cricket Club

Bredon Cricket Club are delighted to have engaged the services of top coach Andy Stovold.

He will be helping our junior players develop their batting during our Friday evening coaching sessions.

According to his Wikipedia entry, Andy was “a dependable right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper who represented Gloucestershire (1973–1990), Marylebone Cricket Club (1976) and Orange Free State (1974/75–1975/76).

“He was a regular opening partner for the Test batsman Sadiq Mohammad and he also kept wicket until the emergence of  Jack Russell.

“He was awarded his county cap in 1976 and a benefit in 1987. He joined the county’s coaching staff upon retirement.

“Since 2010, he has been head coach of the University of Bristol Cricket Club, alongside other coaching commitments.”

Andy took part in his first coaching session at Hill Close last Friday (June 23).

His expertise is an addition to the positive impact club coach Tom Walsingham has had on playing standards at Hill Close since his arrival this season.



Balmy evening of cricket on summer solstice

On a sweltering day at Hill Close, Bredon batted first and posted 160 in this summer solstice 20-over friendly.

Alderton Wanderers could only manage 100 in reply, despite some fine batting.

Spectators enjoyed an idyllic evening of cricket in beautiful surroundings

But there wasn’t a strawberry in sight.

Twenty20 cricket on the longest day at Bredon

Join us for the longest day and Twenty20 cricket (and perhaps some strawberries) at Bredon
Join us for the longest day and Twenty20 cricket (and perhaps some strawberries) at Bredon

There is a chance to enjoy the thrills of Twenty20 cricket on the longest day at Bredon Cricket Club this week.

The club are marking the summer solstice with a friendly match against neighbours Alderton Wanderers.

The action at Hill Close starts at 6pm on Wednesday (June 21), and given the current balmy weather we are all set for a wonderful evening.

Spectators are most welcome.

Our clubhouse bar will be open throughout the match serving draught beer, lager, spirits, soft drinks and wine (including Prosecco) by the bottle or glass.

But please feel free to bring your own food, perhaps some strawberries to share, and enjoy a relaxing few hours of cricket at our attractive ground with its glorious views of Bredon Hill.

  • Watch out, too, for Bredon Hill’s own Twenty20 cricket tournament in August, when four local teams will battle it out for honours in the Bredon Hill Bash.


Bretforton too strong for Under 12s

Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s, who fell to a 27-run defeat
Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s, who fell to a 27-run defeat

Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s today.

The home side, batting first, posted 247 for seven on a blisteringly hot morning.

But after an unfortunate run of slip-ups, Bredon could only manage 220 for 10 in reply.

  • More pictures on our Facebook page.

Summer’s night of music at Bredon

Music and a memorable victory made for a perfect summer evening at Hill Close

Everything fell into place for a perfect summer night at Hill Close.

Balmy June weather, mellow sounds from Cheltenham-based guitar band The Bridge, and the First XI’s 92-run home victory over local rivals Evesham combined to fabulous effect last night.

Members and guests were treated to some first-rate cricket and musical entertainment, and the bar stayed open into the long, light evening.

It doesn’t get much better than this!

Music from The Bridge at Bredon Cricket Club
Live music from The Bridge at Bredon Cricket Club


Ups and downs mark busy week for Under 12s

Old Elizabethans
Bredon Under 12s, pictured after a match earlier this season, have had a week of ups and downs

An update on a busy week for the Under 12s with three matches in the Cotswold Hills Under 13s league.

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.

Glenn Buckley