Bradley Stoke Cricket Club Welcome New Season & Supporters – Bar Open on Match Days!June 15th, 2022
The 2022 season presents an exciting prospect for the club off the back of a hugely successful 2021 season which saw 2 promotions and a cup win. There was also lots of progression off the pitch culminating in being award Clubmark by the ECB. ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs that show that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members.
Last season, the 1st team secured promotion to The West of England Premier League(WEPL)for the first time in the club’s history and the team are now preparing for a tough, but exciting season ahead with games against clubs such as Bath CC and Bristol CC to look forward to, so any support that can be offered is greatly appreciated!
Our 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams still compete within the Bristol and District Cricket Leagues and are all hoping to be promoted come the end of the season after strong showings last year, especially for the 4th XI who were also promoted last season and so look to test themselves at a higher level. We have once again seen strong membership numbers which has enabled the emergence of a 5th XI being fielded on occasion and the club has made the step to formally appoint a 5th team captain this season as we seek more friendlies for the 5th XI to ensure members are well catered for with regards to playing opportunities.
In addition to the strong Men’s membership, our Ladies section also continues to thrive. This season our Ladies team will also be competing within a 35 over league alongside their previous hard and softball commitments. As part of the 35 over league, we have been allocated two current Gloucestershire Ladies players, which is an exciting prospect. The team play their 35 over friendly games on Sunday afternoons with home fixtures being held at the club’s home ground in Baileys Court, the team would welcome any support this season!
After seven weeks of indoor training at Orchard School leading up to Easter, it’s great to be back outdoors and at the time of writing the early season weather has been kind to all youth outdoor training sessions and matches.
Our 90-strong main youth section membership is catered for by eight teams across five age
groups; 1 x Under 9s, 2 x Under 11s, 2 x Under 13s, 2 x Under 15s and 1 x Under 17s. All teams started their campaigns in early May, albeit Under 17s are slightly later due to GSCE Commitments. Matches are hardball 20 overs a side, other than Under 9s who play softball games of 8 or 16 overs a side. Matches are usually on weekday evenings, though occasionally are on Sunday mornings.
Our All Stars (yrs,Reception, 1 and 2), and Dynamos (girls in years 3 to 6) eight week programme (though we are committing to ten weeks, weather permitting) started on Saturday 7 May, and it was great to see so many youngsters having fun and creating a nice atmosphere. Around a further 50 youngsters have signed up to these two programmes.
We look ahead to a busy season of league, cup and friendly matches, pray for good weather and count our blessings that we are able to enjoy this great game in such an uncertain world.
As ever we remain hugely grateful to our team of 20+ coaches and activators, all of whom give up their time free of charge to provide opportunities to, and help develop, our local young people into decent cricketers and human beings. With the decline of cricket in state schools, the club provides a relatively inexpensive outlet to those who have caught the ‘cricket bug’ who otherwise may miss the opportunity to try it out.
The Youth section also appreciates the support of parents/carers, our groundsman, committee, and senior members, many of whom pop in during the week to cheer on the next generation and create that ‘one club’ vibe.
Also a mention to the Town Council, who provide financial support to allow us to maintain and develop our offering/facilities for our youngsters, and have to endure (as our landlords) the administrative burden of cancelled/rearranged/additional bookings due to the great British weather, cup runs or friendlies.
If you fancy some air and free entertainment in the spring and summer evenings/weekends, why not pop down to Baileys Court and see our youth and adult teams in action at home (usually from 6pm until around 8.30pm midweek and midday until around 7.30pm on weekends). There are many capable and committed players among our ranks of which we are proud. Our bar is usually open with a range of beverages (see price list below) and snacks.
Fixtures (and contact details for enquiries) can be found at www.bradleystokecc.play-cricket.com/home.Back to news