Big crowd for Bredon Hill Bash 2017 finals day

The Bredon Hill Bash 2017 finals day was played out in fabulous bank holiday weekend sunshine today.

The winners were Ashton-under-Hill, who beat Bredon by 30 runs.

Earlier in the day the Crown Inn, Kemerton, won the plate by beating Overbury by just one run.

The batting award was presented to Josh Colwell  and the bowling award went to Mitch Berry, both of Ashton.

There are some pictures on our Facebook page now.

How the Evesham Journal reported the Bredon Bash finals day
How the Evesham Journal reported the Bredon Bash finals day

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 Hill Bash fixtures are out now

The Bredon Hill Bash is a terrific new Twenty20 cricket competition especially for four clubs around the hill.

We have pledged to give it our full support, and hope spectators will support as many games as possible.

It is being organised by Jake Denton, landlord of the Crown in Kemerton.

The fixtures are out now. More details later.

Twenty20 cricket tournament for Bredon Hill villages

Twenty20 cricket tournament organiser Jake Denton
Jake Denton, left, landlord of the Crown, Kemerton, is organising a Twenty20 tournament for Bredon Hill cricket teams. The finals day will be held at Bredon’s Cricket Club’s Hill Close ground, right

Twenty20 cricket is coming to Bredon Hill!

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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National Village Cup 2017: Bredon meet Harvington in first round

 

Bredon play Harvington Cricket Club away in the first round of the National Village Cup on Sunday, April 30, following the draw today.

Victory would put us a step closer to playing in the competition’s final at Lord’s, the home of cricket.

 

National Village Cup draw, and Bredon is in it!

National Village Cup final 2015
A scene from the National Village Cup final in 2015. Picture: The Cricketer

Clubs across the nation, including Bredon, will battle it out for a place in the National Village Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday, September 17.

You can follow the draw live below on the feed from The Cricketer magazine’s Twitter page on Friday, February 17.

The first round of the competition will be played on Sunday, April 30. Dates for the remaining rounds are here.

The list will be available in full on the nationalvillagecup.com website straight after the draw.

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.


How Bredon ended the 2016 season

Bredon Cricket Club ends 2016 season
Bredon’s sides maintained their status in their respective divisions and will be back to fight again next season

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.

 

Assured batting puts Bredon in driving seat against Kidderminster

jamie munro takes a catch against Kidderminster
Catch! Jamie Munro helps pin back Kidderminster

An assured batting display helped Bredon to victory over Kidderminster at Hill Close today.

The home side went to bat first on a glorious sunny day with a steady breeze helping to keep the players cool.

Johnny McGrath scored 60 runs, Simon Booth 54 and Simon Riches 47, a total that put Bredon’s Second XI in the driving seat against Kidderminster’s Fourths.

Later, a catch by Jamie Munro caught the eye and helped pin back the visitors.

Bredon finished 240 for 6, against Kidderminster’s 190 for 7.

 

Disappointment as Under 12s lose out in final

 

junior cricketers in action
Bitter blow. Bredon Under 12s lost to Alcester and Ragley in the Cotswold Hills League shield final

There was disappointment for Bredon’s plucky Under 12s, who lost out to Alcester and Ragley in the Cotswold Hills League shield final on Sunday.

The boys, who have been playing a year up all season, struggled to cope with their opponents’ superior bowling.

Alcester and Ragley finished winners with a score of 277 for 3 after a match played in brilliant sunshine at Evesham cricket ground.

Alcester and Ragley won the toss and elected to bowl, taking an early wicket with their second ball.

Bredon fought back with several boundaries from Ollie McGrath and some quick running between the wickets by Cole Notley. They ended their total after four overs at 229 for 2.

Alcester and Ragley took four wickets in quick succession, chipping away at Bredon’s total.

Bredon’s William Wilson and Eashan Patel deployed an array of defensive shots to keep the opposition’s accurate bowlers from taking more precious runs away from the total.

The third pair, Reuben Pawley and Luke Plane, fought back hard, putting the pressure back on Alcester and Ragley’s bowlers.

The last pair came to the crease with the score at 235 for 8 needing a successful four overs.

Reuben Ibbotson smashed two early boundaries to boost the Bredon’s total and confidence, but Alcester and Ragley bowled beautifully at the stumps to fight back with two quick wickets.

Dylan Simmonds played some lovely strokes at the other end to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Reuben finished off with a further two big hits, finishing Bredon on 253 for 11.

It was a terrific bowling and fielding display.

Alcester and Ragley took to the crease looking confident and ending their first four overs 220 for no wicket.

Dylan Simmonds struck first for Bredon with a first-ball wicket.

Alcester and Ragley pulled back with great batting and determination, raising the total to 244 for 2.

Reuben Pawley got Bredon’s second wicket.

Alcester took the driving seat, adding runs with ease over the next four overs before Luke Plane hit the stumps to give Bredon a boost.

Alcester took the lead at 269 for 3, with Bredon needing wickets to win.

William Wilson, Cole Notley and Rueben Ibbotson bowled tight, only conceding four runs off the bat.

A big thanks to both teams for a great final that was played at a high standard with great sportsmanship.

Thanks also to Mark Dixon, Jon Bassett and his wife for making the day a success as always, with the use of the great facilities.

Mark Notley

Enthusiastic support helps make Under 9s festival a huge success

There was enthusiastic support for today’s Under 9s festival at Bredon Cricket Club.

Six teams gathered at Hill Close in mild but overcast weather for a cracking day of junior cricket.

The festival was organised by second teamer Mark Notley, with help from Sean Styles and Glenn Buckley, and their hard work was recognised by an appreciative crowd of parents and visitors, who offered warm encouragement to the young players.

As well as the cricket, there was a barbecue staffed by Jennie Warren and Mandy Clements-Hunt; a tea, coffee and cake stall organised by Lucy Washbourne, hit-the-wicket competition, and prize raffle. Will Rollett kept the drinks flowing behind the bar, while Jacob and Ollie volunteered as umpires.

Although the day started off warm and dry, it became cooler later and the festival had to be hurriedly concluded when it began raining.

There was a short prize-giving ceremony in the clubhouse.

Both Dumbleton and Bredon finished the day with 10 points, but Dumbleton were declared winners having conceded fewer wickets.

Tewkesbury claimed third place with eight points and fewer wickets conceded than any other team finishing with eight points.