Welcome to the BOCC
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
The BOCC is a co-founder and a proud supporter and
participant of the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival. Its commitment
to the joys of touring includes touring with the wandering Gentlemen of
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. There are organized net practices at Haverford College
from May thru September.
|A wet affair between BOCC & Voorhees||Shariq Khan||Monday @ 8:05 PM
So the game finally happened after moving back-and-forth all week between which ground to play on. We missed out the great hospitality and biryani that Voorhees had to offer, but got a game in at the last minute at ECG. Gold-old ECG held up very nicely under drizzly and overcast conditions all day. A classy opponent in Hasan-and-his-boys traveled to ECG for the sake of playing a game of cricket despite no respite in weather all day. I cannot say enough about how big of a fan I am of this Voorhees team and what it means to GPCL and cricket in this area. (Even more so because my own cousin Rohail plays for them.)
We lost the toss and Hasan decided to bat. (We would have put them in anyways.) JK bowled tight but Rajat was on the money with his best spell of the year so far. Rohit took an unbelievable one-handed catch in the second slip for Rajat and Tony took one on the leg glance for JK. Runs were hard to come by in the air or on the ground, we fielded our heart out, bowled with control despite a wet-and-heavy ball, got (lucky) wickets on a regular-basis and Ali was unplayable as he usually is. At the end of the 30 overs, VCC was 87/7. After the second water break, my first-blood cousin and the rest took the total to a respectable 146/9 in 40 overs despite a decent spell in death overs from Sushi & Krish.
An understandably rusty Bhish started the chase well with a boundary and strokes that only he can but got out to a drive to mid-off on a slow pitch. Classy Rohit & scratchy me consolidated, worked hard to get our runs, carried a lot of water weight and slowly built to a 90-odd run partnership. We sputtered towards the end with Rohit getting out to a tired stroke, Sunny giving it away with a lazy one and I threw it away with a lazy-effort after my 50. JK and Tony finished the game in 27th over with 6 wickets to spare.
All-in-all a good game and needed under tough conditions for the stand-in skipper. A pretty selfless team effort by the BOCC for putting us back on the winning track.
Click on the subject for the scorecard
|Geezer alert!! OR a walk down the memory lane||Zafar Abdullah||January 21
| ||I finally found time and CPU cycles to transform DVDs and other material from our past onto picasaweb our alternate multimedia distro site. Many thanks to Kenny and especially Craig Joss for documenting our past and sharing with me.
Want to see Tahir with a mustache (Roomana doesn't), or Gary Sobers or young Mike or a newly wed Mr. Treasurer... perhaps you want to peruse the Charlotte and Bermuda tours... something to re-live or learn how they used to do it... click on the subject!
This Week's Games
|GPCL, Sunday @ 11:00 AM
vs Haverford CC
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground - II
|Social, Sunday @ 12:00 PM
vs Hillside CC
at (Home) Haverford College
To Schedule games with the
BOCC, please send E-mail to the Fixtures Secretary
(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
CC Morris Cricket Library
The C. Christopher Morris Cricket Library and
Collection is the largest collection of cricket literature and memorabilia in
the Western Hemisphere. The library includes over a thousand volumes and a very
large collection of related printed and photographic materials and related
items of Cricket history.
Each year the League schedules regular season games
on Sundays during the months of May through September. The season consists of a
Championship, Knockout and Inter country competitions.
The basic Laws of Cricket have stood remarkably well
the test of well over 250 years of playing the game. It is thought the real
reason for this is that cricketers have traditionally been prepared to play in
the Spirit of the Game as well as in accordance with the Laws.
Philadelphia Cricket Festival
The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival is an
annual event held in the Philadelphia area during the first weekend in May to
promote cricket, friendship and community service through sporting contact.
USA Cricket Association
USACA is the governing body for cricket in the United
States. Their mission is to promote the game of Cricket at all levels in the
US, develop national teams that will be competitive and successful in
United States Youth Cricket
The United States Youth Cricket Association,
a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Maryland,
is dedicated to introducing our great sport to American children.
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