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 The British Officers Cricket Club

(From Left) Standing: TBD, Biju John, Kenny Griffiths, Charu Choudhri, Sushant Sawant, Klaus Bondar, Ross Lawrence, Sunil Dravida, Clayton Cottman, Bhishma Thakkar, Charles Mathew, Kashif Khan, Amimul Hasan, Rajat Arora, Ash Gill, Siddharth Gaikwad, Shariq Khan, Neal Shah, Cyril Williams, Gavish Sharma
Sitting: Zafar Abdullah, Sunil Gaikwad, Ernie Precious (President), Alfred Reeves (Founder), Vishnu Cooblal (Club Capt), Chris Lawrence, Krish Pusuluri

About Us

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 60 cricketers.

2018 Executive Committee

Ash GillGrounds Secretary
Chris LawrenceTreasurer
Ernie PreciousPresident
Ian TurnerSocial Secretary
Krish PusuluriClub Secretary
Mandeep Singh SandhuFixture Secretary
Sunil GaikwadYouth Cricket Director
Vishnu CooblallClub Captain
Zafar AbdullahWebmaster

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. Its commitment to the joys of touring includes touring with the wandering Gentlemen of Philadelphia side.

The BOCC plays in the Greater Philadelphia Cricket League & Philadelphia Cricket League and 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. BOCC has also toured the UK in both 2002 and 2004 and Florida in 2005. Touring is part of the club; 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 Haverford College from May thru September.

Membership Information

New players are welcome to apply to join the BOCC. Come to nets at Haverford College Cope Field after 5:00 pm (weather & light permitting.) After two nets (please read disclaimer below) you may apply to join the club using the Membership form.

Those who wish to learn the game may come along but preference for batting and bowling will go to members and those playing in upcoming matches. At the moment we have many playing members so that it is not possible to guarantee matches! (some games are over-subscribed and to get onto the league side you will have to be a strong player.)

Note that we are interested in players who will stay with the club for at least a season and who will contribute to the social side - this means coming for after nets or after game to a restaurant/pub for drinks (drink what you like - we want your company!).

Usually there is one league game and couple of social/friendly game each weekend. The cost of joining the club is $250 which includes a club shirt, cap and tie, thereafter its $200 per yr. There is no need for you to wear whites at nets although it is appreciated. We will put you in touch with a local supplier. For matches bats and pads are available. If you are interested in joining, come to nets.

Disclaimer: Those playing at nets practice agree to do so entirely at their own risk. The club does not provide full protective gear - players are advised to provide their own protective gear including a helmet, gloves, box and pads etc. If any batsman, fielder or bowler causes a ball to damage any player or non-player or his/her property or the college property then it is the sole responsibility of the player directly causing such damage. The club is insured for medical damages to third parties as covered by club insurance during BOCC games only.

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