YMCA Cricket

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Welcome to Bristol YMCA CC

Welcome to Golden Hill Sports

Welcome to Golden Hill Sports, home of Bristol YMCA CC

Cricket for everyone

Welcome to Golden Hill Sports and Social Club. We are located about 3 miles north of Bristol city centre in a pleasant residential area. The cricket arm of the club is known as Bristol YMCA Cricket Club due to its historical connections with the charity of the same name, however no official links remain.

With two pitches, the 'YM' runs five Saturday senior sides in the Bristol & District Cricket League and have a youth policy which rivals any local club; it is one of the biggest and most successful in the region. In addition the club also puts out a midweek XI playing T20 matches on summer evenings, and an indoor side which competes in the Bristol Indoor Cricket League during the winter months. We run a comprehensive youth programme for boys with opportunities to progress through the sides, along with a successful women's side and a hugely popular girls programme. So we probably have a team to suit your ability, age or gender. Come and join our friendly and welcoming club; membership for adults is £50 and for youth team players £40. Match fees are £10.00/£5.00. Click here for details of how to contact us.

Our fantastic completed balcony gives the clubhouse a new lease of life!

And the opportunity to honour one of our longest serving members.

On 17th June, a special celebration took place to officially name the clubhouse the Keith Milsom Pavillion. Surrounded by players past and present and three generations of his family, Keith was rightly honoured in his 50th year with the club.
In his typical humble fashion, Keith told the Evening Post that he thought the club might name a bin after him, due to his habit of tidying up after everyone.

We're pleased to say that Keith continues to accumulate runs on the pitch and to earn respect from everyone associated with the club. He's a YM legend who sets a shining example of what a true club member should be.

 

 

Some of you may have heard by now but we have now taken on a full time groundsman employing him for 20 hours a week, as Simon has been trying to pass on the role over the last couple of seasons. With this step comes the fact that we have to pay to hire the expertise that we had previously been receiving at a considerably reduced rate due to keeping it in house.

This step will look to improve the playing surfaces being prepared and provided for you the members of the club as it's something that was asked for pre-AGM. The reality is that this comes at a considerable cost and in order to try and offset this against the current rates of annual subs and match fees we need the cricket members to get behind social events and activities to ensure we do as much as possible so we are self sustainable as the cricket club element of the charity.

If we fail to do this then you could be looking at a significant increase in your annual subs and match fees next season if you wish to have the ground looked after by someone instead of having to do it on a voluntarily basis amongst the membership.

The choice is yours, supporting social events where you can have a beer, some food and an enjoyable evening whilst raising some funds in the process doesn't seem to be too much of an ask compared with having to spend time cutting, rolling, scarifying, brushing and marking a pitch out with no idea what you're doing to create a good or bad one.

Here's a link to the Play Cricket website; http://bristolymca.play-cricket.com/

Bristol YMCA lift the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy!

FIFTEEN-year-old Cyrus Shafi turned in a tremendous man-of-the-match display to help Bristol YMCA overpower Westbury-on-Severn by five wickets to lift the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy at Cheltenham.

The all-rounder, a member of the Gloucestershire Under-15 squad, began the day with a burst of 6-14 from eight overs of left-arm spin as Westbury, who lost the toss, were bowled out for 125.

And Cyrus then followed up with an unbeaten 41, sharing a crucial stand of 61 with skipper John Colley (33) to help steer his side over the line after they had appeared to be rocking at 18-3 and then 49-4 as Jon Hargreaves (3-21 from eight) made early inroads.

Earlier, Westbury were in the driving seat after forging their way to 73-1 with opener Dan Anderson hitting 39 before Cyrus and 16-year-old Jack Edwards (3-28 from seven overs of leg spin) combined to spark a remarkable collapse, backed up by some fine fielding.

 

A huge thank you to those who turned out to support Action Force Day. A good deal of excellent work was done to prepare the ground for the season which is now fast approaching. Here's a gallery of the workers.