Martin Farrell

22.4.1969 – 23.9.2020

It is with a huge sense of loss and sadness that Bosham Cricket Club has learned of the sudden death of Martin Farrell this week.

Bosham Cricket Club would not exist today but for Martin’s many faceted efforts over the past 25 years including as a player, administrator and expert groundsman. Not only was he the club captain for many years and a medium/fast bowler with a nasty quick one but also a tireless worker for the club off the pitch. Martin was instrumental in securing the club’s current ground in Delling Close, helping to get all the necessary planning consents and legal documentation in order and turning an agricultural field into one of the most beautiful cricket sites on the South Coast. On top of this he gave of his time to coach Bosham youngsters, creating a particularly talented U/10 junior team a number of whom are playing today. He also found time to qualify as a groundsman and Bosham’s top class wicket are a testament to his hard work and commitment. He served on the club committee for many years as Secretary keeping the club compliant with the relevant rules and regulations including Health and Safety. Martin was a familiar and popular figure in both the Hampshire and Sussex leagues. He was a quiet, modest man with a wonderful sense of humour and his contribution to cricket in Bosham was immense. He will be sorely missed.

On behalf of the players and all at the club we send our condolences to Shelley, Ben and Joe. Rest in peace Martin.

Bosham CC Under 9s at the Middleton Tournament 2018

From left to right, Harry Brown, Austin Uphill, Oliver Kershaw, Charlie Mealing, Joel Worth (standing), Edward Kershaw, Thomas Mealing and Samuel Davies

Bosham under 9s entered the Middleton tournament on Sunday August 5. Following on from the junior coaching sessions at Bosham CC, the team played extraordinarily well in their first ever outing, winning 1 of their 3 games.

Many thanks to the parents who supported the team. The club is looking forward to providing lots more opportunities for junior cricket in the 2019 season.

Bosham 1st XI vs Goring by Sea

Saturday 5th May 2018


Bosham 1st XI began the league season away to Goring by Sea. Bosham were sporting the new club playing strip, showing off the long term commitments to the club from SouthCoast Group, Mirco, Sovereign Lets and Gibbard and Sons electricians. Club Captain Derick Garner won the toss and put Goring by Sea in on a pitch that felt a bit like a cake that Paul Hollywood would say needs another few minutes in the oven to be ready.

Tom Cowell and Tom Gibbard blew away their first game cobwebs for a few overs before both taking two wickets and reducing Goring to 45 for 4. Tom Broughton and Paul Burry then came on and Burry bowled his normal tight lines to take 3-16 and with a wicket for Broughton, off a stunning catch at slip by Garner, Goring were in trouble at 70 for 8. An attacking innings from Goring's number 9 got them up to 112 before David Maclean took the last two wickets. It was a healthy start in the field from Bosham, the only blip perhaps being Goring's seconds highest scorer was the extras. So lots of improvement to come in the field.

After tea a new opening pair of Selves and Kimber opened up. Neither lasted long against the new ball and Van Niekert also followed as Goring's openers made the most of the hard ball on the stodgy wicket. Bosham in a bit of bother at 4-3. Maclean and Garner steadied the ship taking the side to 39 before Maclean fell to a great catch. Garner then went 2 runs later and Bosham were back in bother at 41-5. Burry was joined by Ed Johnson at the crease. Ed, the holder of the duck tie from last season (most scores of 0), had to this point not scored a run in league cricket for the club. Ed then got off the mark to ecstatic cheers from the side line. Ed went on to score a match turning 23 along with Burry's 32 taking Bosham to the brink of victory before both falling to the returning opening bowlers. With Gibbard falling quickly after, Bosham on 101-8 needed 12 runs for victory. In strode new boy Toby Lynch with instructions to take his time and see off the last over of Goring's best bowler. Toby looked at one ball then sent the next ball back over the bowlers head for four. While Broughton kept his wicket in tack, two more strong shots at the other end from Lynch and Bosham claimed an opening victory.

It was a win full of first game rust but overall a real team effort. Goring seem to be a team Bosham always have close, low scoring games against. Fortunately it is 3 on the bounce to Bosham though!

The flowing weeks game was rained off leaving Bosham in second place in the table after two rounds.

A massive thank you to SouthCoast Group, Micro, Sovereign Lets and Gibbard and Sons electricians for the shirt sponsorship. In such tight games perhaps the team that looks the part finds those extra runs at the end!

Man of the Match: Paul Burry.

Champaign Moment: Ed's first league runs.