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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, Alan Stuart 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 80 cricketers including a thriving youth section.

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 strives 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 in the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival.

The BOCC plays in the Greater Philadelphia Cricket League on Saturdays and Sundays and have qualified for the playoffs in the last two years. We also go 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. BOCC has also toured the UK in both 2002 and 2004 and most recently Sarasota Florida in February, 2019. Touring is part of the club both travelling and hosting visiting sides; more tours are expected in upcoming years. Additionally, the club has a traditional pre-season curry party, Annual Awards Dinner and other fun/family friendly social events. There are organized net practices at our home ground which has a unique two side by side fields, a club house at Evansburg State Park in Collegeville from April thru September.


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Match Report : BOCC vs Echelon (07/25/21)Charles MathewWednesday @ 11:09 AM
A beautiful day of cricket was on the cards with the weather just about right with a nice cloud cover with a chance of couple of thunderstorms later (I sound like a weatherman ??). The BOCC skipper won the toss and decided to give his team a chance to bat first and reinstated the fact that “You are getting this because we have been chasing well but don’t mess it up!”. BOCC opened with Mukil (50) and Shariq (20) who started of our proceedings very well with great running and the occasional boundaries. It was nice to see Shariq back into his groove with some nice late cuts. With the score about 70 in the 12 over we lost Shariq to a mistimed shot to Mid Off. Mr. Consistent AKA Arun (22) walked in next and was aggressive from the get-go. He and Mukhil had a good partnership before the latter got a low bounced ball that got him LBW. Shree (56) was next and looked in sublime touch after the knock from the previous weekend. Arun was unfortunately adjudged out to a bump ball after discussions with the leg umpire. Charles (13) walked in next and was building a good partnership with Shree before he got a beautiful yorker by Dinesh that castled him. Next in Kunal (4) did not stick around a lot caught at long on. Luke (11) was promoted up the batting order to get some good batting practice but did not last too long. Our finisher Sahil (28) walked in next a put a good 50 plus run with Shree in 6 overs before was caught to a well-judged catch at long on. Shree battling the heat was the next to get out to a tired shot towards the end with the intention of pushing the scoring. Gurpreet (0), Sushi (14*) and Rajat (2*) got some valuable runs in the end which put us at 238 at the end of the 40 overs.

   With a respectable score but something which would not be easy to defend the captain advised his bowlers that they will have to bowl out of their skins since we were up against a very spirited side. What happened in the first session was more than just a dream! Rajat (3 Wkts) and Kunal (3 Wkts) just bowled amazing spells which derailed the Echelon top order. At one moment both bowlers were almost at hat-tricks. Some amazing catching by Luke and Arun just set this up. Also, healthy field changes by Shariq helped the skipper. With Echelon reeling at 24/6 in 6 overs one of the batsmen went of the counterattack and scored some quick runs. Gurpreet (1 wkt) got some hammering, but he came back and broke the partnership to get us our 7th wicket. Luke was unfortunate not to get a wicket but bowled superb lines. At one moment he had their main guy caught behind, but the umpire did not lift his finger. Shree (1 Wkt) and Sahil (2 Wkts) were brought to get the last three wickets and they did so by bowling superbly not letting them off the hook. Arun ended up 4 good catches at the end of the game. Echelon was bundled out giving us a little bit of scare at 154 at the end of the 33rd over.

   Next week we play a team who is known for their hitting ability at the same time their good bowling. With the table so close we need to make sure we come all guns blazing for our penultimate game, so we have a great standing for playoffs. GO BOCC!

 

 

This Week's Games

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

Social, Saturday @ 11:00 AM
BOCC vs GCC
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground

GPCL, Sunday @ 11:00 AM
Swat Lions CC vs BOCC
at (Home) Evansburg Cricket Ground - II



Youth Cricket


For general questions and/or Inquiries, please contact our Youth Cricket Dept


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