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

What Worcestershire women’s cricket chief said about us

Words of praise for Bredon Cricket Club from Jacci Hunt, Worcestershire women and girls pathway co-ordinator.

Her comments followed the Under 17 Girls match against Buckinghamshire that was played at Hill Close on Sunday and featured our own Rachel Fenney.

Jacci Hunt's praise for Bredon Cricket Club


Rachel plays for Worcestershire Under 17 girls on her home ground for first time

Rachel, pictured in her Worcestershire kit, will make her home-ground debut for the girls Under 17s on Sunday
Rachel, pictured in her Worcestershire kit, will make her home-ground debut for the Under 17 girls on Sunday

Sunday (July 9) will be a proud day for Rachel Fenney, her family and everyone at Bredon Cricket Club.

She will playing a county match for the first time at her home club when Worcestershire Under 17 girls take on Buckinghamshire.

Although she has played for the county for nine years, this will be the first time a county girls match will be hosted at Bredon.

The 45-over game starts at noon at Hill Close.

Last year, also playing against Buckinghamshire, she reached the highest score by a Worcestershire girl in age-group cricket for five years.

Please try to make it along to watch and support Rachel, who is a Second XI and Sunday team regular for Bredon.

Her dad, Ian, also plays for the club, as do her brother, Tim, her uncle, Clive, and her cousin, Dom.

female cricketer
Training with Worcestershire girls in 2016