BBC Cricket achieved many successes during the 2020 GPS season, where the influence of rain and COVID-19 saw a season reduced in matches. Despite this adversity, the College cricket program, which includes 29 teams and over 360 cricketers and 65 coaches, experienced many highlights.

Congratulations to the BBC First XI who secured the GPS Premiership (joint with GT) for the first time since 2003. This is an outstanding achievement by a team who played with a smile on their face and a never say die attitude. The team, led by Captain of Cricket C.Cowan and First XI Captain T.Annan, provided many enthralling and exciting victories throughout the season. Most pleasingly, the team’s spirit, their ability to work hard together to improve each other’s game, the great camaraderie and sportsmanship they displayed during the season are to be commended. Special congratulations and thanks to Frist XI coaches, Jarrod Turner and Mat Cox. These men have led the group magnificently, consistently displaying a professional standard of excellence whilst instilling a competitive and enjoyable team focus. This is the College’s sixth GPS Cricket Premiership and one that will be remembered for years to come. HOWZAT!!

Pleasingly, many other teams also experienced successful seasons. The Third XI, 10A, 10B and 10C teams all finished the season ‘undefeated’, an outstanding achievement. In addition, seven other teams (Second XI, Fourth XI, 11A, 10D, 10E, 8A, 8D) all finished in the ‘top three’ for their respective competitions. Congratulations to all the players and coaches involved.

Finally, the entire BBC cricket community are to be congratulated for the way in which they have ‘lived’ the core values of community mindedness and positive relations whilst embracing the 2020 College theme of ‘As One’. Thanks to all the parents, supporters, staff, coaches, Old Collegians and students who have contributed to making the 2020 Cricket season a fantastic and united experience.

David Marriott