(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
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.
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
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.
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
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.