Saturday 30th August….
League champions….This afternoon Frocester Cricket Club became West of England Premier League Champions for only the second time in their history following a hard fought victory over Bath CC at Pounds Close.
Frocester set Bath a target of 189 (for 9) and many onlookers feared the worse thinking maybe 40 odd runs too short? Opener Paul Muchall fell on 22 with Uzi Qureshi and Nick Trainor both only scoring 9 each. The loss of those early wickets did nothing to ease the nerves, however a solid and patient innings of 73 from Tom Wand steadied the ship and helped create a decent target to bowl at. With Fin Dixon hitting 15 runs and Oli Jones with 19 ensuring it was going to be a close finish. So the seasons work has come down to this last segment of the last game to decide who becomes 2014 champions. Frocester throughout maintain a tight grip never allowing any Bath batsman to settle and build a score. There was 4 wickets apiece for Paul Muchall and Richie Cave and some sharp fielding including a razor sharp stumping from Louis Gegg. The other wickets when to Josh Dunning and skipper Nick Trainor. When the last wicket fell that was the cue for huge celebrations throughout the club, which lasted long into the wee small hours. In fact for all we know they may well be still going on somewhere!
Wednesday 27th August….
The Club’s Annual Dinner & Awards evening is early this year…. Don’t be caught out! It is on Saturday 20th September at Cotswold Edge Golf Club, Wotton under Edge. A menu and a list for you to indicate your attendance is pinned up on the pavilion notice board at Pounds Close. There is also the option to decide if you require coach transport to the venue.
Monday 25th August….
A letter from cricket club chairman John Evans…. (Click to read letter) “I am writing this on a rainy Bank Holiday Monday, ………”
Gloucestershire County Cup Final….The final will be between Frocester CC v Gloucester A.I.W. Apologies for an earlier post people indicating the final was to be played on 7th Sept. This information was taken from the Play Cricket website, however it appears the date has not been confirmed yet. Further news when a final decision has been made.
Beer Festival….What a week and weekend that was. A good number of people worked their socks off in readiness and over the weekend for the beer festival over Friday and Saturday and it all paid off. It appears to have been a huge success and many people went away extremely complimentary about the, albeit slightly, new look. The organisation was first class, the additional food outlets were hugely popular and the music was excellent not only having the traditional favourites but also showcasing new and emerging young talent.
The transition from a joint Lions & F.C.C. venture to one run by the cricket club was described as seemless by some experienced festival goers. Although thanks must go to those members of the Lions club members who volunteered to assist us in whatever way they could.
I am sure the Beer Festival Chairman, Paul Mukasa will want to add his own thanks and thoughts later so keep returning to the web site as it will be posted as soon as he catches his breath and returns to some sort of normality in his life.
Wednesday 20th August….
North Stars Cultural & Social Club
A very pleasant day was enjoyed by all and it didn’t rain for a change. Frocester welcomed old friends from Barbados to St Peter’s Field for a game of cricket and back at Pounds Close for evening drinks and a pig roast. Frocester secured a victory over North Stars, whose team combined youth and experience. However home advantage, knowing the wicket was the key to success. It was the first visit to the UK for some of these youngsters who indeed looked good prospects for the future at North Stars. We sincerely trust our friends will enjoy the rest of their tour and success on the field will be forthcoming. The real winner though was the social side of the two groups, reaffirming lasting friendships that will renewed in 2016 when Frocester make the return trip to Barbados.
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Fixtures and Teams……….
Saturday 30th August
1st XI home to Bath CC 1st XI. Team meet 11.30am: Trainor, Querishi, Muchall, Gegg, Bracey, Wand, Dixon, Jones, Martin, Cave, Dunning
2nd XI away to Bath CC 2nd XI. Team leaving at 11.30am: Birch, O’Doherty, Davis, Whincup, Cave, Woodmason, Gillett, Morris, Nabi, Trainor, Helmke
3rd XI away to Shurdington CC 1st XI. Team: Wilkins, Hudd, Hopkins, Bray, Glew, Roberts, Roberts, Partridge, Tudor, Tudor, M. Tuck
4th XI home to Randwick CC 1st XI. Team: Richardson, Partridge, D. Evans, Dunford, Dunford, Spyvee, Pinker, Collins, Collins, Pritchard, Catto
5th XI away to Cam CC 3rd XI. Team: Glew, Thomas, Birch, Babbage, Babbage, Hopkins, Lewis, Tuck, Tuck, McCarthy, McCarthy
Sunday 31st August
5th XI home to Eastington 1st XI. Team tba
Saturday 30th August –
The 1st XI beat Bath.
The 2nd XI beat Bath 2nds
The 3rd XI beat Shurdington CC
The 4th XI lost to Randwick CC
The 5th XI playEastington on Sunday 31st
The ‘Crazy like a Mongoose’ Tour
Names are being requested for the next Barbados tour in 2016. No firm committment required yet simply an indicator of who is interested. So far there has been a good response with some 40 names added. A seperate page has been generated on this web site dedicated to the tour.
Play Cricket site
Please note that the play cricket site will be used for all results and statistics. http://frocester.play-cricket.com