We are absolutely delighted to welcome 21-year-old Australian James Vlaeminck to BVCC as our first team overseas player for the 2022 season.
James is a top-order batter who also bowls off-spin and will be a great addition to the club both on and off the field.
First XI Captain Charlie Garratt says;
"We are absolutely buzzing that James is joining us. He's a top lad and was one of the rising stars at "The Suns" (Strathdale) when I was over there in 2015 and I'm excited to see how he goes this season. As a positive batsman, he will really strengthen our top order and it's great to have another spin option.
I've followed his progress since my time over there and it's great to see him not only break into the Strathdale 1st team, but become one of their top performers.
It's brilliant to continue the link with Strathdale and the BDCA league with both Cameron Taylor and Mitchell Winter-Irvine enjoying really good seasons for us in recent years.
"My home club is Strathdale Maristians where I have played in the 1XI for the last 6 seasons. Had the pleasure of winning our under 16 Grand final under the coaching of Bourton Vale’s own Charlie Garratt and hope to pick up where we left off this season.
Off field, I am golf obsessed, and will be looking for a round with anyone and everyone. Can’t wait to get over and meet everyone, and have a winning season!"
We wish James all the luck!
Once again this was an historic meeting for our Clubs.
It was the first ever multi media event for our Club. A combination of Zoom, TV and live presentations was an interesting challenge. Thanks to Lucy Gillespie and Rob Langley for the techno stuff that facilitated a successful meeting. Thanks also to everybody who joined the meeting either on Zoom or personally.
Furthermore this was the last AGM for two separate Clubs.Following a unanimous vote we shall in future run the two clubs as one. I explained, in preparation for the vote, that we shall continue to operate from two grounds without changing the ownership structure of either of them. Consequently we shall also run two Community Amateur Sports Clubs in the background so that the Rules of the Trust Agreements are respected and honoured but in all other respects we are now one club.
The election of officers was also unanimous with the only new Executive Committee posts being Tom Arkell as Head of Communications , Mark Arthurs as Slaughter Representative and Charlie Garratt as First Eleven Captain. The last two being new positions on the Exec Committee.
Paul Heming stood down from the Executive Committee after a very valuable contribution especially in initiating the clubs’ merger for which I thanked him in the meeting.
In addition to Charlie Garratt being voted in as First Eleven Captain,Jack Galpin became Vice Captain, Rob Langley became Second Eleven Captain and Rich Jones became Third Eleven Captain. We wish them all well for 2022 and beyond.
Exciting other developments which were announced include the project for the new three lane all weather nets system at Bourton. This project is underway but at the time of writing is delayed due to supply chain issues for our supplier. We still hope to complete by the start of the season. Thanks to Rob Langley for all the work in arranging this project. Additionally we shall welcome our new Player/ Coach Jordan Price and also two overseas Players this season. One each for the First and Second Eleven teams.
So a lot to look forward to in 2022 building on the great work last year from all members of the Exec Committee and the various Sub Committees last season. Their commitment and expertise has created these opportunities for us to develop the Club without the need to increase the Club Subscriptions or Match Fees this year.
Commercially we shall look even better in 2022 based on the excellent work from Tom Arkell who has generated in the region of 15 sponsors in various guises and very much deserves his appointment as Head of Communications on the Exec Committee.
A moment of sadness in the meeting when we mourned the recent loss of Dave Wright. A great member of our club , a regular umpire with a huge smile who will be much missed.
In my report I then noted that Club seems to be buzzing much earlier this year than ever before. The Academy for our elite young players set up by Mark Whitney ,the Women and Girls Nets set up by Lottie Oliver and the Senior Nets with great numbers of attendees all point to a big year for us all in 2022.
The square and perimeter of the ground at Bourton is also looking very well for this time of the year.Thanks to the Ground Teams for both Bourton and Slaughter grounds.
At Bourton, Mark Whitney did a great job in clipping the hedge and Mike Muller has arranged a lot of general improvement for which I thanked them both.
Thanks to all of you who give up your time and commitment to the Club.
Best wishes for 2022.
Bourton Vale Cricket Club.
The Bourton Vale Cricket Club AGM will now take place on THURSDAY 24TH FEBRUARY at 7.30PM at the cricket club in the Bourton on the Water.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The dates for the Women's and Girls' winter nets have been confirmed.
Sessions will take place on Friday evenings at Batholomew Sports Hall in Witney, starting on Friday 18th February at 8.15pm - 9.15pm.
We are always looking for new players of ALL abilities to join our club, so if you would like to try your hand at cricket, please get in touch with Lottie Oliver on 07821580610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bourton Vale Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of all-rounder Oli Lockey.
Oli joins from Chedworth where he has been captain for the last few seasons and been their standout player for many more.
"I'm very excited to be joining the Vale ahead of the 2022 season. It’s a move that’s been on my radar for a couple of years and seems to have come at the right time for myself and the club.
There’s a real buzz around the club and the way it’s moving forward currently and I’m looking forward to getting started."
BVCC Chairman Kev Langley added;
"We are delighted to announce that Oli Lockey will be joining us this year. We have built our relationship with Oli for several years whilst being fully respectful of his loyalty to Chedworth Cricket Club.
He has played the odd friendly for us and has taken part in our Cricket Festival for some years.
As a left handed bat and gun fielder, we expect him to be an ideal fit into our Club as he aspires to play for the most progressive club in the area."
First Team Captain Charlie Garratt continued;
"We’ve been keen to get Oli involved for a little while now so its great to have him as part of the 1st XI squad.
He showed us what he could do when he played for us in cricket week last year, making a couple of decent impressions with the bat.
He’s a very talented all-round cricketer and his attitude is spot on so I’m looking forward to seeing him go well this season."
We are delighted to welcome all-rounder Jordan Price to BVCC as first team player-coach for the 2022 season.
Jordan brings a wealth of experience, both on and off the pitch, having represented Gloucestershire 2s and MCC Young Cricketers (including being 12th man for England at Lord's on two occasions), as well as being a consistent performer in the WEPL Premier League.
Jordan will play a major role in various departments at the club throughout the forthcoming season and we look forward to welcoming him in the spring.
As part of our project to offer Bourton Vale CC junior and senior members the best playing and training facilities, we are delighted to announce that planning has been granted for our ECB Approved 3 Bay Cricket Net System. This has since been ordered and construction will begin in Spring 2022, with it being fully functional in time for the new season.
This is a huge investment from the club, showing our ambition to create an environment accessible to everyone, whilst enabling us to develop our talented cricketers.
If you or anyone you know are looking to join a cricket club at Junior or Senior level, then please contact Rob Langley on email@example.com.
Our winter training for Seniors begins in February at Prince Henry's in Evesham. You can find the dates and details HERE.
The MCC have confirmed their fixture against Bourton Vale CC during our 2022 Cricket Festival.
The world's most famous cricket club that are based at Lord's, will visit our Rissington Road ground on Thursday 30th June 2022 for an 11.30am start.
Our Cricket Festival takes place from Monday 27th June - Friday 1st July 2022.
We enjoyed a great evening on Saturday 16th October, celebrating the 2021 season.
The Player of the Season awards for each team were:
1st XI - Tom Arkell
2nd XI - Harry Winder
3rd XI - Riley Bates
The Champagne Moment for their 181 run partnership v Corse & Staunton went to Jack Galpin and Tom Arkell.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to all of those who have supported the club throughout the season, we look forward to do it all again next year.
The Cheltenham Indoor 6s League is made up of 24 teams across 4 divisions.
The 2021/22 league season begins on Monday 4th October with games spread across 4 nights (Mon-Thurs) at Leisure at Cheltenham. Alongside the league, there is a Knockout Cup Competition in which clubs can be drawn against any team in any division.
Our campaign kicks off against Hatherley & Reddings on Tuesday 5th October
TUESDAY 5TH OCTOBER
BVCC v HATHERLEY & REDDINGS
TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER
BVCC v SHEEPSCOMBE
TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER
BVCC v OAKLEY VIPERS
TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER
BVCC v WINCHCOMBE
TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
BVCC v CHARLTON KINGS