Bristol Phoenix reflect on successful cricket season and look forward to 2017

January 30 2017

A cricket club formed in 2008 from the female sections of Chipping Sodbury, Shirehampton and Thornbury Cricket Clubs, has met at Chipping Sodbury CC Club House to review their 2016 performance.

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A cricket club formed in 2008 from the female sections of Chipping Sodbury, Shirehampton and Thornbury Cricket Clubs, has met at Chipping Sodbury CC Club House to review their 2016 performance. 

Bristol Phoenix aims to provide women and girls living in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire with an opportunity to join a club dedicated to the development of women’s cricket. 

In his address Chair Dave Marshall reviewed what was a mixed but ultimately highly successful season. He congratulated the 1st XI for winning the ECB South West Premier League and the Development XI for the same in the GCB Womens’ League. 

He reflected on good team performances and highlighted individual brilliance in batting from Abby Evans (165*), Naomi Forecast (107) and Laura Marshall; and with the ball Dani Gibson and Alice Hill. He also congratulated Hannah Thompson on her captaincy of the Development Team. 

Despite being unable to fulfill their commitment in the Youth League at under 13 and 15 levels due to lack of numbers the club’s junior section experienced some promising growth with an increase in player numbers in the under 12 age group following winter and summer coaching and entering a number of tournaments and friendly matches. 

There was a far more positive picture in the senior section with a large squad making it possible to run two teams, the 1st XI in the ECB South West Premier League and the Development team in the GCB Womens’ League.

Echoing comments from Development Team Manager John Harris this was an opportunity to gel younger and less experienced players with those from the First XI to work on different aspects of their game. Captain Hannah Thompson flourished in the role and the result was an almost faultless passage to the league title. 

The Chair completed his review by thanking Chipping Sodbury for their continued support of BPCC in a year that two of the first team played regularly and frequently for Sodbury teams,. He thanked them for the use of the grounds, and facilities with a special mention to the ground staff. He also thanked the committee members, players, parents, and partners who continually support the club.

The evening saw the retirement of Mike Collett from the club. Mike helped establish BPCC eight years ago and has been the driving force ever since. Many of the players, past and present, sent kind, warm, and thankful words and Mike was presented with a hamper as well as some flowers for his wife Jenny.

For 2017 several new appointments were made: Hannah Thompson will be 1st XI captain, Emily Waldron Senior Squads Manager, and Sarah Laver Club Welfare Officer. The club will continue to compete in the SWPL, the GCB league and tournaments for the younger ones.

The Club remains keen to promote cricket in the area and to recruit new players of all ages. They have a full compliment of experienced and qualified coaches dedicated to the development of women and girls’ cricket. 

 

Awards were presented to:

1st Team Batsman Abby Evans

Dev Team Batsman Laura Marshall

1st Team Bowler Alice Hill

Dev Team Bowler Alice Hill

1st Team Player of the Year Daniel Gibson

Junior Player of the Year Charlie Atkinson

Junior Player of the Year Lucy Groves

Dev Team Spirit of Cricket Hannah Thompson

Juniors Spirit of Cricket Mollie Grey

Century Abby Evans

Century Naomi Forecast

Half Century x2 Laura Marshall

Half Century Amelia Andrews

Half Century Abby Evans

Half Century Naomi Forecast

 

Photo:

Alice Hill, Abby Evans, Laura Marshall, Mollie Gray, Hannah Thompson, Charlie Atkinson, Lucy Groves.