Mixed fortunes for Bredon teams

Mixed fortunes for Bredon teams, but the Third XI enjoyed their first win of the 2017 season
Mixed fortunes for Bredon teams, but the Third XI enjoyed their first win of the 2017 season

Bredon’s teams enjoyed mixed fortunes this weekend.

The Thirds celebrated their first win of the season, a decisive 100-run victory over Worcester Nomads at Birlingham.

But the Firsts suffered their second defeat of the season. They were all out for 72 against Belbroughton, who won by 102 runs.

There was disappointment for the Seconds too. They fell to Alvechurch and Hopwood, who scored 245 against Bredon’s 173.

The Under 12s match against Tanworth and Camp Hill was called off because of rain, but the youngsters enjoyed a lively training session in the nets at Hill Close.


Bredon Hill Bash Twenty20 competition starts on Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Bredon Hill Bash Twenty20 gets under way on Sunday, August 6, 2017
The Bredon Hill Bash Twenty20 competition gets under way on Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Bredon Hill Bash, a special Twenty20 competition for local village cricket teams, starts next Sunday (August 6) with two matches.

Bredon will host Overbury at Hill Close while Ashton-under-Hill are at home to the Crown Inn, Kemerton.

Both games start at 2.30pm, and are sure to provide some excellent entertainment for spectators.

The bar at Bredon Cricket Club will be open and members and non-members alike are welcome to come along and enjoy what promises to be an exhilarating afternoon of cricket.

Teams from BredonOverbury, Ashton cricket clubs, and the Crown will play each other over the four Sundays of August 2017.

The competition culminates in a finals day at Hill Close on Sunday, August 27, at which the first and second placed teams, and the third and fourth, will play to decide the placings.

A local cricket fan is sponsoring a top-quality trophy for the winners.

The finals, in particular, will be a fun day for all the family. Local musical duo The Brethryn will be performing, and there will be a barbecue.

The competition is being organised by Jake Denton, landlord of the Crown, who is an occasional Bredon Cricket Club player.

Jake’s fond memories of his own cricketing experiences around Bredon Hill inspired him to organise the competition.

Bredon Thirds celebrate first win of season

Bredon Third XI are celebrating their first win of the 2017 season
Bredon Third XI are celebrating their first win of the 2017 season

Bredon’s Third XI are celebrating their first win of the 2017 season.

Batting first at their Birlingham home ground, they posted 255 for 5 against Worcester Nomads.

They then bowled the visitors out for 158.

It was a thoroughly deserved win for our development side (a mixture of junior and senior players), who have battled hard throughout the season and seen a steady improvement in their performances.

Friendly challenge for Under 15s and Under 13s

Bredon's Under 15s and Under 13s met for a friendly 20-over game at Hill Close
Bredon’s Under 15s and Under 13s met for a friendly 20-over game at Hill Close

Bredon Cricket Club’s Under 15s and Under 13s sides (with some extras thrown in) met for a 20-over friendly match at a blustery Hill Close this evening.

The younger players batted first and soon put a decent figure on the scoreboard. With wickets to spare they could have battled even more adventurously, but in the end settled for 111.

The Under 15s were unsettled by some good bowling and fielding, and with the evening temperature falling rapidly could not match the tempo set by their opponents, posting a total of 63 runs.



Wins continue for Bredon’s high-flying First XI

High-flying: Martin Hill in action for the First XI against Oldswinford and Stourbridge today
Martin Hill in action for the First XI against Oldswinford and Stourbridge today

Another win for the high-flying First XI today keeps them in the chase for the Worcestershire Cricket League Division Two championship.

They beat Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social Cricket Club by 83 runs at Hill Close, with Martin Hill, the team’s highest scoring batsman, again in good form.

The Second XI’s game against Rushwick was called off, while the Thirds lost to Bewdley by the finest of margins under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Bredon Cricket Club’s donation to the Midlands Air Ambulance

Bredon Cricket Club's donation to Midlands Air Ambulance
Bredon Cricket Club’s Jennie Warren with her son Michael and paramedic Julian of the Midlands Air Ambulance

Bredon Cricket Club has presented the Midlands Air Ambulance with a donation of £300.

The contribution to the charity came from proceeds of the club’s fund-raising tower run in May.

The club’s Jennie Warren (with help from her son Michael) handed it over to paramedics at the air ambulance’s Strensham base.

Club chairman Neil Hall said: “We were pleased to be able to share some of the proceeds from our successful tower run with a good cause like the air ambulance.”

The Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

It receives no government or National Lottery funding. Each Midlands mission costs £2,500 and more than £7 million is needed each year to keep its three aircraft operational. The sum is donated entirely by the public and local businesses.

Bredon Cricket Run Tower Run 2018 will be on Sunday, May 27.

Brave shield final battle from Under 13s

2017 shield final: Bredon Under 13s v Alcester and Ragley
Tough battle: The Under 13s put up a brave battle against Alcester and Ragley in the Cotswold Hills League shield final

Bredon batted first on a green wicket with variable bounce meaning scoring runs was difficult.

But the boys defended well, taking opportunities when they arose.

Alcester and Ragley bowled tightly with pace and bounce, as they have all season.

Bredon battled on, only losing three wickets with a finishing total of 268.

Bredon came out to bowl full of energy with the sort of good spirit they have shown all season.

Some great opening bowling lifted their confidence with a near catch just going over the hands of a fielder.

Alcester fought well, pushing nearer to the total with a strong batting line up.

Bredon took four wickets in two overs with a hat-trick chance that brought them back into the match.

Alcester moved to the 268 target with some big blows from the last pair, but Bredon fought right to the last ball, holding their heads high with a great performance by all players.

They ended up taking six wickets, which was a great positive to take from the match, and defended their wicket in difficult situations.

Alcester had not lost a game all season so were very strong opponents to come up against in this 2017 Cotswold Hills League shield final.

Thanks to all the squad and parents for your support so far and for  the rest of the season. The boys did Bredon Cricket Club, me and themselves very proud.


Mark Notley

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Under 12s hold their nerve to take the plate

Plate winners: Bredon Under 12s
The plate winning Bredon Under 12s team with coach Glenn Buckley. Picture by Mandy Vickridge

On a warm and sunny evening Bredon Under 12s visited Elmley Castle in a local derby for the 2017 plate final of the Under 13s Cotswold Hills League.

The home side won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

On a slow-paced wicket offering some variable bounce for the bowlers, Bredon batted with patience and restraint and kept the scoreboard moving by attacking any loose bowling.

Positive running between the wickets was also a feature of the innings, and the visitors finished on 273-2 after 16 overs, a good total considering how well Elmley bowled, conceding only 5 wides during the innings.

The home side found themselves under pressure in the run chase, losing a couple of early wickets and being held back by some tight bowling and excellent fielding.

The final Elmley batting pair needed to score 25 runs for victory, but Bredon held their nerve, bowling four great overs at the death.

A smart run out and a fine catch restricted the home side’s final total to 258-7, Bredon winning by 15 runs.

This was a fine all-round team performance from the Under 12s, and capped a successful season for the team, who have made great progress since May and have won six of their 10 matches played.

Glenn Buckley