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The British Officers Cricket Club appears in cricket history back in the 'Golden Age' of cricket in Philadelphia in the late 1800's. However, as an affiliate of The British Officers Club of Philadelphia founded in 1925, regular games were played until WWII. The BOCC was re-born in 1986-thanks to co-founders, the late Peter Stone and Alfred Reeves. Since that time the club has been a major force in rekindling the game in Philadelphia, and now enjoys a playing membership of over 50 cricketers.

The BOCC plays cricket for fun, for love of the game, yet competitively, with a will to win. The BOCC places high importance upon social interaction and a membership willing to contribute effort on and off the field. The BOCC places no restriction upon membership, save that of gentlemanly conduct. Club management is democratic and bound by its Constitution. The BOCC shall strive to uphold the notion of Cricket first, team second and the individual last.

The BOCC is a co-founder and a proud supporter and participant of the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival, Greater Philadelphia Cricket League and Philadelphia Cricket League. Its commitment to the joys of touring includes touring with the wandering Gentlemen of Philadelphia side.

The BOCC plays in the Philadelphia Cricket League, goes on tour to Toronto over the July 4 weekend and with friendly games all season long, plays an aggregate of over 60 matches a season. We toured the UK a few times and in future we intend to tour alternate years. Additionally, the club has a traditional pre-season curry party, Annual Awards Dinner and other events such as a family-friendly pool party in the summer. There are organized net practices at Haverford College from May thru September.

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Good Bye, Professor Dr Suhada JayasuriyaTahir MaqsoodJuly 15, 2014

Name Suhada brings to mind image of an always smiling, never complaining, first one to volunteer and cricket loving Gentleman. Apart from being all of that, he was a distinguished professor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University. Once you talk to his wife Rasika, sons Ruvin, Nilan and daughter Sashini, you will realize that they call him Buddy and the best family man one can imagine.What a wonderful person and we had the privilege of having his company for many years. He was an avid tourist and toured UK and Toronto regularly.He had some fitness concerns and was thoroughly tested and cleared for tour of Toronto on Wednesday and started driving on Thursday. He played cricket at a very competitive level in Sri Lanka and since he returned to Philadelphia last year, he wanted to return to his old form in coming years.He felt happy with his current circumstances and on Saturday, his main mission was to help get last 40 runs to win the game for his team. He took a few singles and seemed perfectly comfortable out there. He hit a ball to mid off and took an easy single. However once he reached to the other end, he suddenly collapsed.Dr Tariq Ahmed began the CPR and kept his heart and breathing going. Once Fire Rescue arrive, we handed over the reins to them and followed them to Phoenixville Hospital Emergency Room. Mike, Bonnie, Ali, Kunal, Mandeep, Sunny and Chaminda were all there and praying.Krish was very thoughtful and instead of calling the family, he went to fetch them. Sadly once they arrived, news was not good. Suhada though not out on the cricket field, had completed the innings of his life.Krish drove the family home, Abhijit and Kunal drove Suhada's car to their house. Mike, Bonnie and I stayed with family until other family members and friends arrived. A devastated family had many questions and decision was made that Coroner should conduct an autopsy.I have been in touch with the family without being intrusive. Coroner was still collecting some information until this morning and the date of funeral is not available. Even after a few days we still can't believe it. I will keep everyone updated. Let us keep him and his family in our prayers. Suhada's departure is a tremendous loss to our cricketing community, to his family and this world. May God give peace to his family. Apart from our own club members, I have received messages from Phil and Howard from Toronto and many other clubs within our league. Thanks all for your love and support.

This Week's Games

Social, Thursday @ 5:30 PM
vs Merion
at Merion Cricket Club

GPCL, Saturday @ 11:00 AM
vs Playoffs
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground

GPCL, Saturday @ 11:00 AM
vs Playoffs
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground - II

Social, Saturday @ 12:00 PM
vs NY Cosmopolitans
at (Home) Haverford College

GPCL, Sunday @ 11:00 AM
vs Playoffs
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground

GPCL, Sunday @ 11:00 AM
vs Playoffs
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground - II

Social, Sunday @ 12:00 PM
vs Amwell Valley CC
at Amwell Valley Cricket Club

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Schedule Games

To Schedule games with the BOCC, please send E-mail to the Fixtures Secretary Vishnu Cooblall.

 (When requesting a game, please specify the dates you are interested in and where you would like to play.)

For general questions and/or Inquiries, please contact us at fixtures@bocccricket.com.

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