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.
|Thursday Practices Cancelled - Cope Field Unavailable||Chris Lawrence||July 25
| ||Until further notice Cope Field is unavailable to us for practice.
|Good Bye, Professor Dr Suhada Jayasuriya||Tahir Maqsood||July 15
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.
|We stopped the slide||Tahir Maqsood||July 01
| ||We had two heart breaking losses and worrying about another was not illogical especially when we were challenged with availabilities. However a team effort won us the game by one wicket against Spartans. They won the toss and elected to bat. Jon bowled beautifully and sent both the openers packing. From the other end we did not have much luck. Venkata and skipper Gaurav took the score to 92 in 12 overs. However Ali cleaned up both the established batsmen and I did not give many runs. Next 16 overs accounted for 4 wickets for about 50 runs. Abhi coming back took 3 wickets and Tariq cleaned up the last guy, 175 to win. Ernie had cut the best outfield that I have ever played on in USA and on a batting wicket it was an easy target. We don't like it easy and we created our own challenges. Vish chased a beauty and got undone for nought. Ali and Jon emulated him and soon we were in trouble. Kunal coming back to the team was in no mood of giving up. He had useful partnerships with Krish and Chris and we crossed 100. however when we lost Kunal for 69, we needed another hero. Mandeep walked in and started to smack the ball all around the park and had a good partnership with Abhi. No, they did not get to the target and left it to Kenny and Tariq. Kenny defended and teased them and Tariq hit two quick boundaries. Two runs to go and Tariq gets out. I was happy to manage and not bat but needed to put on my pads. Thanks to Ernie, the first ball flick went for four and we dodged the bullet. Spartans were gracious and we were relieved and happy. Jon did pray for a convincing win and we will work on that after Toronto.
|A heartfelt thanks to JoAnn and Klaus for opening their home and executing an incredible party||Zafar Abdullah||June 29
| ||OK so here's what most of you missed:
- The weather was perfect for swimming
- The Bondar's garden was immaculately manicured - just being there soothed the nerves and relaxed the heart
- The frogs were singing... the BBQ was humming.
- Burgers, hotdogs, my seekh kababs, the salad, cake, coffee, drinks.... tasted delicious after a swim (thank you all who brought an item)
- And finally the day ended with a huge bonfire and dancing (kids and Tahir of course!)
- The oldies played croquet and enjoyed the stars in the heaven late into the night
Fret not, another parties is on its way some time in late August early September. This time please sign up and come
Thank you JoAnn and Klaus wishing you both a funtastic vacation.
|Youth Cricket Coaching 2014||Sunil Gaikwad||April 28
| ||This Year Youth Cricket Coaching is starting from 11th May 2013 at "528 Skippack Creek Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426" ground from 8.30 am . Please spread the word, it is open for any kids who can run and swing hard and is between 10-16 yrs of age. Please contact Sunil Gaikwad 201-658-7161 email : firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
This Week's Games
|Social, Saturday @ 12:00 PM
vs Hoboken CC
at (Home) Haverford College
|GPCL, Sunday @ 11:00 AM
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground - II
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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