Another sad loss….
In the space of a few short weeks we are saddened to hear of the passing of another cricketing stalwart, Ron Bomberg.
Ron was a cricketer, umpire and umpires assessor; he played a few games for Frocester but he played mainly for Eastington. He had been involved in cricket within the county for some 40 plus years.
Ron died peacefully in his sleep on 2nd January 2015, after a short illness, aged 75.
Husband of Jenny, father of Tim, Lucy and Alex, foster father, Bampy and friend of many.
There will be a private cremation (by family invitation).
A celebration of Ron’s life, will be held on Friday 16th January at 12.30pm at:
St Michael’s Church, Eastington, Gloucestershire, near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 3SB
Kindly let the family know if you wish to attend.
Family flowers only please.
Donations in lieu for a memorial bench and tree at the Owen Harris Memorial Ground and Farney Close School. (please make cheques payable to Allen-White) may be sent c/o
Allen-White, Funeral Directors, Crown Mews, Bath Road, Kings Stanley, Nr Stonehouse, GL10 3JQ Tel: 01453 822409
The club’s AGM was held the other week and the news is that it is business as usual. The only change to the list of officers is that Ali Bray has become third team captain for the forthcoming season. Other than that no other changes. The officers page will be updated shortly.
Congratulations were offered to Nick Trainor who led Frocester to become West of England Premier League Champions for the second time in the club’s history. The club also were successful in winning the Gloucestershire County Cup this year.
The Beer festival was reported as being a major success story for the club, who this year, without the Lions Club, faced the challenge of organising and running the festival on it’s own. Grateful thanks to FBF chairman Paul Mukasa for organising such a great festival. Although thanks also to certain members of Dursley Lions who contributed and advised us at the event. The resulting feedback was extremely positive and work has already commenced on next years festival.
The new pavilion fund is growing steadily and it is hopeful to think that work may commence next September? Based on various other criterea being met and other grants etc being forthcoming. Eric Woodmason has been extremely busy and has worked extremely hard on the grants front.
Subs and match fees remain the same as last year.
Friday 12th September….
Well what a season that was. A season where being Chairman has been an absolute pleasure, even if I managed, with our esteemed bar manager Eric Bird, to book a holiday to coincide with our most exciting end of season match ever. To defeat Bath in a thriller to take the Western Premier League Crown is a magnificent achievement.
We watched the result by the pool during the day as the wifi kicked in and out. Wickets falling oh dear we have had it, Wandy’s still in though, come on stay with him. Lets get 200 but no it’s 189-9. Surely not enough. At the end Birdy and I were at Dinner with our wives in our hotel in Croatia and it was bad enough watching the result on the Bath website as their scorer downloaded the scores. Early Bath wickets – great, then a big partnership. Which way will it go? 120-7 must be ours! 166-7 ****! We have another wicket 168-8 then the score stuck. Sod it. Then Beep Birdy gets a text from Birdy junior simply saying we had won. We received some very strange looks in the restaurant as four very happy people celebrated the victory. Much later the Bath website confirmed the details.
I’m not sure I could have stood watching it at Pounds Close. The Village of Frocester above the Cities of Bath, Bristol, Taunton and other big clubs. Everyone involved with the club should be so proud of this achievement. Yes I know we have two ex pro county players in our player coach Nick Trainor and Paul Muchall and an overseas in Josh Dunning but so do do nearly all the opposition. It is just that ours are better! We had seven young lads from Gloucestershire and Uzi from Swindon, and three players who have been with us from youth team days made the difference against Bath. Tom Wand 73, Richie Cave four wickets and Ollie Jones two wickets. Brilliant. Coaches Nick and Dave Simkins have done a great job with their development. Our team also reached the quarter finals of the National Club knockout before losing out in a close finish at Sunbury, perhaps that defeat helped them with the Bath win who knows! Sunbury have gone on to reach the final. Just to put the icing on the cake we won the County Cup against AIW on a magnificent September afternoon when Pounds Close looked absolutely stunning.
What of our other teams – well the 2nd X1 playing in the WEPL 2nd X1 Division 1 came a very creditable 3rd but also defeated Bath home and away; a great season. The thirds narrowly missed promotion back to County League Div 1 finishing 3rd in Division 2. The fourth team were midtable in Stroud League Premier Division and the 5ths won promotion to the league below the fourths.
What a season. Well done to everyone who contributed. Lots of thanks and praise will be issued at the Dinner on the 20th September so please make every effort to attend to celebrate a fantastic 2014. There are some new awards this year and lots of thank you presents so please make every effort to attend. If you would like to go please contact Dave Poultney on 01453 822960.
Cheers All Evo
Sunday 7th September….
County Cup winners….There was cause for celebrations for the second weekend in a row at Pounds Close as Frocester beat Gloucester AIW to win the Gloucestershire County Cup.
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.
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, ………”
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