Frys CC celebrates 150 years
THIS year sees the 150th anniversary of Frys CC, who play in the Martin Berrell Bristol and District Cricket League.
The club was founded in 1872 as part of the Fry’s Sports and Social Club, as the cricket section for employees on the Somerdale site in Keynsham.
The club went through a traumatic period at the millennium when the three teams they ran were consolidated into one team for various reasons.
It has been a struggle for the club to keep going, with such illustrious neighbours as Keynsham CC, Knowle CC and Brislington CC attracting players, but they are still here after 150 years.
The club used to play at Fry Club, Somerdale, until 2016, when several disagreements with the then management of the Fry Club brought Frys CC to the brink of folding.
The club had decided their next game would be their last and Frys CC would cease to be. But word soon spread, and Stothert & Pitt CC came to the rescue, offering their ground for Frys to play their home matches on, and they stayed there for two seasons.
This came to an end when the new owners of the Newton Memorial Ground, Bath, decided to redevelop the ground, demolishing the old club house, and Frys CC needed a new home.
They made approaches to several local teams and ground owners without success, before being offered the chance to play home matches at Saltford Community Centre, where they still play. The club have a loyal base of players, with eight of the current squad having been with the club for over 30 years. The oldest players who feature regularly in the team are in their early to mid-sixties, but the club have started to attract younger players still in their teens.
To celebrate their 150 years, the club will hold a get-together at Saltford Hall on July 30 from 7pm, when it is hoped old players and associates of the cricket club will come along and discuss old memories with their contemporaries and current players. The club are also playing at home on the same day, and there is an area where anyone can sit and watch the match, enjoying a beer or lemonade from the bar.
Frys CC are a friendly club and new players, young and old, male or female, are always welcome.
Club details can be found on the Play Cricket Bristol and District Cricket League website.
If you are an old Frys CC player or associate, then the club will be more than pleased to see you on July 30 at Saltford Hall.