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


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

Plans for end-of-season celebrations at Bredon Cricket Club

Bredon's end of season dinner 2016
Bredon’s end-of-season dinner 2016

It has been a good season so far for Bredon Cricket Club, and we have plans to round it off in style.

On Saturday, September 16, there will be a senior players’ award night in the clubhouse.

The bar will be open and there will be a curry buffet.

The evening, which starts after the day’s match finishes, is a chance to recognise and celebrate both individual and team successes.

Then, on Sunday, September 24, we are having a family end-of-season fun day with barbecue, entertainment and activities for children.

Again, the bar will be open, and the fun starts at 2pm.

Both promise to be fantastic occasions. Please make a note in your diary.


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.


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


Live music at Bredon Cricket Club

Live music: The Bridge, playing at Bredon Cricket Club on Saturday, June 17
The Bridge, playing at Bredon Cricket Club on Saturday, June 17. Picture courtesy The Bridge

There is a night of live music at Bredon Cricket club on Saturday, June 17.

Cheltenham-based  The Bridge are performing at our Hill Close clubhouse from 8pm.

Admission is free, members and non-members welcome, and our fully licensed bar will be open.

The band, who formed in 2001, have played hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe.

They deliver a vibrant mix of music and showmanship that makes them popular across age groups.

Their playlist includes covers of popular numbers by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, Paul Simon and the Undertones.

The band normally comprises Rob McEwan (vocals and guitar), Mark Nye (bass guitar and vocals), Frank Moran (guitar and vocals), and Mark Millward on drums, but on Saturday only Rob and one other band member will be performing at our intimate clubhouse venue.

See you there!


More entertainment for our tower run party

Our programme of entertainment for Sunday’s (May 28) tower run gets even better!

Are playing area will be cleared for family games such as soft-ball cricket and football in the afternoon.

More than 100 people are signed up for the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017.

The runners set off at 10am and are expected back at the cricket ground from 11am in time for the beginning of a day-long bank holiday weekend party.

The Malvern Hillbillies will set the tone for the fun with their foot-stomping old-time Americana music (see video).

There will also be a barbecue, cake stall and bouncy castle for younger children. Our fully licensed clubhouse bar will be serving refreshments throughout the day.

Although online registration for the run has now closed, we will be accepting sign-ups on the day.

Arrive in good time before the 10am start, and report to chief marshal Jennie Warren with your entry fee (cash or a cheque for £10 made payable to Bredon Cricket Club).

Even if you do not plan to run please turn up to support this community event.

We would love to see spectators lining the route to cheer on the runners, and everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun of our bank holiday party in our picturesque cricket ground.

Join us for a perfect summer Sunday!


Success for club’s big quiz night

The club’s big quiz night was a resounding success.

There was a terrific turnout for the evening, which was held both as a tribute to the late club stalwart Dave Bettridge and to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

More than £130 was collected in entry fees, donations and from the sale of raffle tickets.

Highlight of the evening was possibly the round in which teams were required to make a model of an iconic place using a sheet of aluminium foil.

They were given just three minutes the complete the task. A team named ‘Glenn’s Dog Spot’ won the judge’s vote with their re-creation of Stonehenge.

Organiser Jennie Warren, who handled the quizmaster role with aplomb, said: “It was an amazing evening. I still had a buzz from the quiz at two in the morning!”

Jennie said she would like to thank both those who took part and those who donated raffle prizes.

iconic scene winner: stonehenge
Stonehenge: A task that stretched the teams’ artistic talents to the limit

Malvern Hillbillies to entertain tower runners

Malvern Hillbillies, who specialise in old-time Americana music, are to entertain runners and guests at Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017.

The band’s infectious rhythms are sure to go down well at the event on Sunday, May 28.

The hillbillies form part of a package of entertainment being laid on at the club.

There will be a barbecue, cake stall and bouncy castle for children after the run. Our fully licensed bar will also be open.

It will be an event for all the family, as well as for entrants celebrating their completion of the trail run up Bredon Hill.

The Hillbillies are based at Welland, near Malvern, and comprise Pete ‘Hillbilly’ Haynes, Andrew ‘Foxy’ Cocks and Pete ‘Cousin Merle’ Hammond.

You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.

Find out more about the tower run, including how to enter, below.

Dare you run to the tower on the hill?

Cheese and wine evening sets scene for new season

Bredon Cricket Club’s cheese and wine evening started the countdown to the new season at Hill Close.

There was a good turnout in the clubhouse, with people enjoying the last sunshine of a glorious spring day before heading inside for drinks and a superb spread put together by Lucy Washbourne.

The evening is the club’s traditional curtain-raiser to the season. A chance for old friends and new ones to meet, renew their memberships and look to the summer that lies ahead.

The cricket itself gets under way with a home league fixture for the First XI against Lye Cricket Club on April 22.

The Seconds take on Stourport-on-Severn Fourth XI at the Old Elizabethan School on the same day.

The Third XI’s league season starts on Saturday, May 20, when they host Ombersley Taverners at Hill Close.

Spectators are always welcome. All matches start at 1pm.

Dare you run to the tower on the hill?