Bohemians Cricket Club
Address: The Mile Straight Sports & Social Club, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8QW
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That was the headline from the Bristol Evening Post in May 1957 and the same could be used after the 2014 season.
The article came to light as the club celebrated its 130th anniversary along with pictures of past teams and famous names that had played for the club including county players, lawn tennis and rugby union pros and an ex-chairman of Bristol Rovers FC.
The club celebrated the landmark with a gala dinner where some of the club legends re-united along with the current crop.
One of those club legends, Chairman Steve Lewis, took 6-41 in his retirement game in 2014 after reaching the age of 60. His retirement lasted just 1 day when in the local press report on his retirement match he promised to return in 2015 as the club announced plans to run a 3rd XI.
Bohemians Cricket Club approach 2015 after celebrating one of the clubs most successful seasons with both league teams winning their respective leagues and securing promotion. In the spring, the indoor side won the Bristol & Somerset SuperCric8 League and Champions League play-off to qualify for the regional finals in Cheltenham. The clubs 1st XI promotion was the 3rd successive promotion in as many years as they have climbed from Bristol & District Division 4 to 1.
Success also came abroad when Bohs continued their tradition of touring by playing in Lisbon against a team containing 3 Portuguese internationals and a 2 wicket victory was recorded by the ‘Famous Portuguese 9’.
The club formed in 1884 and has had a nomadic existence, playing their early games at the Bristol County ground. During the war, they moved to the cities University ground. A further 5 moves followed before it settled at its current home the Mile Straight in Filton, Bristol. In the struggle to find a permanent home, the club merged with Colstons School in 1987. The association didn’t last long and in 2005 the club returned to its name of Bohemians CC.
During its nomadic existence in the 1990s, the club had to abandon its thriving youth section and the long term plan of the current committee is too re-established. Hard work and dedication from Adrian Bold, Ken Brown and the late Dave McCarthy and Chris Harris formulated the clubs youth section, creating teams ranging from Under 11’s to Under 17’s.
Many of those youngsters (Pete O’Farrell, Steve Spurrell, Ben McCarthy, Jason Brown & Aarron Powell) now form the basis of the clubs and are taking it forward thanks to a link up with UWE (University of West England) which has fed in some useful additions.
A social club, always welcoming to new players of all ages & abilities, so if you’re in Bristol come and join us! Winter nets have begun and indoor cricket is played throughout the year so whatever suits you we can get you some cricket. Follow us on Twitter @bohemians_cc and DM for more information!