The 1st XI Scorer and Vice Club Captain-Elect, Alex Beck, gives an overview of a hugely successful season for the University of Bristol Cricket Club:
To our Sponsors,
It has been a great year for UBCC. Over 60 male and 25 female students have represented the Club in in a packed competitive schedule this summer. The 1st XI have played 18 matches including high-profile pre-season matches against Ireland A and Gloucestershire 2nd XI.
As a rapidly expanding club – our 3rd and 4th XIs still being only a few years old – we must aim continuously to both consolidate and grow our stature on the field. To this end it has been a very positive summer. Our 2nd, 4th and Women’s XIs all remained in their current leagues – the former being the only 2nd XI in a division of five 1st XIs. Our 3rd XI, in a division of 1st and 2nd XIs, were sadly relegated.
The undoubted highlight of the season was our 1st XI doing the double. We gained promotion to the Premier Division of university cricket, where we will now face the MCCUs (many of which contain professional contracted cricketers) such as Loughborough, Oxford and Cambridge. The following week we defeated Leeds Beckett and Manchester to win the BUCS Trophy, cementing our position as the best Club in the country not to receive thousands of pounds from the MCC!
The future for the Club is now extremely exciting as we shall compete with the best university cricketers in the country. As a Club dominated by first and second year students, the immediate future is very bright.
Captain Freddie Wynn led the individual honours with 624 runs and 28 wickets across the season. Left-arm spinner Dom May (26 wickets) featured for Gloucestershire 2nd XI as a result of our partnership with the county. This is a burgeoning partnership which raises our profile and, through shared facility use, improves our training as a Club.
We would like to thank our sponsors for their support this year:
We thank Bath Ales, our main shirt sponsor, the home of award-winning real ales, for their vital contributions and support.
We thank Hunter Selection, our match ball sponsor, for their contribution.
We thank the White Harte, the host for our socials.
And we would like to place on record our pride at our partnership with Opening Up. They promote mental wellbeing and suicide prevention through cricket – it is not weak to speak. We will seek to expand this partnership in the coming years.
We hope to continue and build upon such partnerships to continue our success as a club.
University of Bristol Cricket Club