Bredon Cricket Club celebrates junior season successes

Successes: Club chairman Neil Hall presents Ollie McGrath with his best junior player 2017 award
Club chairman Neil Hall presents Ollie McGrath with his best junior player 2017 award. Picture by Brad Cooper

Bredon Cricket Club celebrated the successes of its junior players today.

Families gathered on a warm autumn afternoon at Hill Close to enjoy a fun day and acknowledge efforts on and off the pitch in 2017.

There was a bouncy castle, barbecue and Americana music from the excellent Malvern Hillbillies.

Chairman Neil Hall presented a number of awards and paid tribute to those behind the scenes who had worked so hard to make the season a success.

There were words of praise, too, for Neil, who has led the club through a season of great achievement.

Junior players, Third XI and club supporters’ end-of-season awards

Third team batting: Johnny McGrath

Third team bowling: Ruben Ibbotson

Junior player: Ollie McGrath

Club person of the year: Jennie Warren

Gifts were presented to:

Lucy Washbourne, for her contribution to cricket teas

Mandy Clements-Hunt, for being an unsung hero for the club

Adam Gallagher, for his exceptional work as groundsman

Will Rollett, for his work behind the bar

 

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.

 

 

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

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

Bredon Under 12s through to Cotswold Hills League plate final

Bredon Under 12s have made it to the 2017 plate final in the Cotswold Hills Under 13s competition following two knock-out victories last week.

Following a rained off fixture the previous Sunday, Bredon welcomed Cookhill to Hill Close on Wednesday evening.

The visitors won the toss and asked Bredon to bat, and the home side responded by posting an imposing 302-2, with circumspect defence and positive running between the wickets a feature of what was the team’s best batting performance of the season.

Cookhill batted well in their reply, but were held back by tight bowling and fielding from the Under 12s and finished up on 250-7.

Then, on a warm and sunny first Sunday in July, Ashton-under-Hill were welcomed as the visitors for the semi-final.

In a well-contested local derby, Bredon were once again put into bat, and continued the form from earlier in the week by reaching a score of 300-1.

For a time Ashton were up with the rate, but Bredon held their nerve and bowled and fielded with great skill in the second half of the innings to restrict the visitors to 236-6 and make it to their first final.

The plate final is on Sunday, July 16. Venue and opponents to be arranged.

Glenn Buckley

Friday night’s junior cricket coaching is cancelled

Friday night's junior cricket coaching is cancelled
It’s off: Friday night’s junior cricket coaching is cancelled

Sorry, everyone, but Friday night’s junior cricket coaching (July 7) is cancelled because the clubhouse is unavailable.

All Stars Cricket will take place at the usual time, but will be held at the playing fields in Bredon (see map below).

Everything back to normal on Friday, July 14.

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

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.

 

 

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.

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Ups and downs mark busy week for Under 12s

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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