Village teams from Bredon, Overbury and Ashton cricket clubs, and the Crown, Kemerton, will meet in an exciting round-robin tournament over the four Sundays of August 2017.
The competition is being called the Bredon Hill Bash and will culminate 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 club’s licensed bar will also be open.
The competition is being organised by Jake Denton, landlord of the Crown at Kemerton, who is a former Bredon Cricket Club player.
Jake’s fond memories of his own cricketing experiences around Bredon Hill inspired him to organise the competition.
He regrets that the village cricket games he used to play on Sundays now happen much less frequently.
“One of the main problems is that people are so busy now,” he says. “A game of cricket can start just after lunch and not finish until early evening. People just don’t have the time.
“That’s why I thought the shorter, 20-over format of the game might be better.”
Twenty20 cricket has exploded in popularity in recent years.
Each of the two teams has a single 20-over innings.
A typical game is finished in about three hours.
It produces a more dramatic spectacle in which batsmen tend to go all out for runs.
For Jake, though, the priority is reigniting the appeal of village cricket, including the socialising that accompanies it.
Bredon Cricket Club certainly support that aim, and will be giving the competition our full backing.
Jake is still finalising details of times, rules and so forth, but we will keep you up to date on this website.
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Every year about 300 clubs from villages across the British Isles battle for the chance to play in the final at Lord’s, the home of cricket.
The competition has its origins in a meeting in the committee room at Lord’s.
Aidan Crawley, chairman of the National Cricket Association, looked out of the window and remarked that he had always wanted to see village cricketers play on the hallowed turf.
Ben and Belinda Brocklehurst formed a plan of campaign with The Cricketer.
They agreed what constituted a village, deciding that it should be a “rural community surrounded on all sides by open countryside”.
By the end of the 1971 cricket season, 785 clubs had been divided into 32 regional groups, whose local knock-out competitions would provide the starting point of the inter-group stages and thereafter the national rounds.
Bredon Cricket Club First XI had an anxious end to the season as they waited to discover if they would remain in the Worcestershire County League’s Division II (First XIs).
Their fate rested on the results of the Feckenham versus Enville match as Bredon had lost at home to already-relegated Alvechurch.
Feckenham’s win at home settled their own promotion, providing certain conditions are met, and condemned Enville to Division Three cricket next season, as they needed a win to survive.
In Division Three (Second XIs) Alex Miller made 101 for Bredon in their victory at Alvechurch. Bredon finished the season third from bottom, and safe from relegation.
Well done to all the players who represented the club this season. Thanks, also, to those who gave their support at matches, gave lifts to away games, provided teas, served behind the bar, and helped with the running and maintenance of the club.