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, Greater
Philadelphia Cricket League and Philadelphia Cricket League. 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 such as a family-friendly pool party in the summer. There are organized net practices at Haverford College
from May thru September.
|junior cricket tournament requesting umpires and helpers||Zafar Abdullah||Monday @ 6:28 PM
The big anticipated junior cricket festival nurtured and steered by Sunil Gaikwad and supported by BOCC is scheded for this long weekend. There are 3 to 4 games per wicket per day playing a roster of 6 teams. We need your participation... Responsibility includes umpiring, organizing, answering questions and controlling over excited players and parents alike. Please contact sunil, Ernie or me for details. Youth cricket is our future life blood... Please support it.
|2015 Season Membership Form - Including new family membership||Zafar Abdullah||Sunday @ 7:09 PM
| ||Deadline has passed - If you haven't paid you might have noticed that you can't put in your availability The USPS would appreciate your business - Returning and potential members - please send completed and signed membership form with check made payable to "The BOCC" to: Chris Lawrence, Treasurer, British Officers' Cricket Club of Philadelphia, 336 West Springfield Road Springfield, PA 19064 Read more...
|Toronto Tour Update||Ian Turner||May 13
| ||The Toronto Tour is creeping up on us so it is time to build a tour party. Those who want to guarantee a place on the tour should send a check to Chris for $100, which goes directly into the tour social fund. We are planning to play 4 games in 4 days so we ideally want a touring party of 14/15 players. Preferably all the players are BOCC members, so if you want to go please send the check ASAP (by the end of May) to ensure your place. If you are new to the club or have never toured before and you are interested please talk to myself or other members about the tour. It is a fantastic cricketing and social experience and truly the highlight of the cricketing calendar.
|BOCC GPCL match report and practice update||Mandeep Singh Sandhu||May 11
| ||Bocc played their first GPCL regular 40 overs match against Echelon on an overcast day at Haverford College. Echelon won the toss and decided to bat first. Bocc's opening bowlers Kalim and John K. bowled a tight line and length and kept the Echelon batsmen in check while chipping away some top order wickets. Later Ali, Junaid and Tahir cleaned the middle and bottom order. Bunch of dropped caches helped Echelon to reach 164 before all got out. Needing 165 to win, our opener pair of Vishnu and Junaid played excellent innings with an opening partnership of 137 runs before Junaid (MOM) got out on 65. Vishnu (71 not out) with Shariq took bocc past goal line in about 25 overs.
Based on the response to the polls, our practice will be every Wednesday from this week onwards.Please vote in the poll if you can make it to practice at Haverford so that we have an idea how many are coming.
|2015 Junior Cricket Tournament Details||Zafar Abdullah||May 06
| ||Hello members and friends:
The Junior Cricket festival is happening this memorial day, details can be found in this file.
|BOCC Practice schedule update||Mandeep Singh Sandhu||May 05
| ||Hi All,
As most of us know that GPCL T20 games are over and we have qualified for playoffs. From this week onwards we will be playing in regular GPCL 40 over matches. There is a change in practice schedule also. We have option to either practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Please vote in the poll created to give your preference so that we can decide the day and start practicing.
Cheers and good luck for regular season.
|Please welcome our latest sponsor Kabob and Grill in Ardmore, PA||Zafar Abdullah||April 04
|A trip down memory lane video update - BOCC Annual dinner 1999!||Zafar Abdullah||April 03
|BOCC Youth Session 2015 details||Zafar Abdullah||March 03
| ||2015 Junior Cricket schedule Read more...
|BOCC Marketing Blitz 2015||Zafar Abdullah||March 02
| ||Dear members and friends:
Members are the lifeblood of any club. Over the last few years new membership #s have been in a steep decline. It is up to each one of us to help grow our fantastic club. Please find an 8x11 poster/flier which can be printed (in color) and handed to potential interested parties or pinned in a public place. Please help. And feel free to contact me with any questions and or concerns.
PS: I have 11x17 posters if you need them Read more...
|BOCC Junior Cricket Flier for the 2015 Season||Zafar Abdullah||January 14
| ||If you want your children to learn cricket this is the best chance in the local area... please click on the Title to check out the flier! Read more...
|Good Bye, Professor Dr Suhada Jayasuriya||Tahir Maqsood||July 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.
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CC Morris Cricket Library
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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.
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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.
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annual event held in the Philadelphia area during the first weekend in May to
promote cricket, friendship and community service through sporting contact.
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