A Rich History
The Bowral Cricket Club was established in 1883 playing its first match against the Mittagong Club on 17 November, 1883. The Club won its first premiership in 1887, defeating Sutton Forrest for the Summerfield Cup - the Cup is part of the collection at the Bradman Museum. In 1888, the club played its first fixture at Glebe Park and in 1891 played at their home ground against an English touring team featuring W.G. Grace. In 1920, a 12 year old Donald Bradman was the scorer of the first grade match between Bowral and Moss Vale, a team featuring his father and uncles.
The Bowral team was a player short on the day and the young Don was asked to bat and went on to score 37 not out. Don Bradman played 7 seasons with Bowral CC playing 54 matches scoring 2410 runs at an average of 92.69. In 1927 Don Bradman played his last game for Bowral CC against Moss Vale at Lackey Park. He scored 320 not out and Bowral were premiers in the 1926/27 season. In 1946 the existing concrete pitch at Glebe Park was replaced by turf, and in 1947 the oval was renamed as Bradman Oval. In 1989, the Bradman Foundation commenced construction of the existing Bradman Pavilion alongside the Bradman Museum.
Our Club Today
- A welcoming, inclusive and progressive club In 2017 the Bowral Cricket Club is the largest club in the Southern Highlands catering for over 215 playing members across juniors and seniors. We have an ambitious vision to be regarded as the best amateur country cricket club in Australia for participation, performance and facilities.
- 2016/17 CCNSW Country Plate Champions In December 2016, the Bowral Cricket Club qualified for the finals of the Cricket NSW Country Plate in Grafton, following 5 consecutive wins in the qualifying stages. The team went on to defeat Temora in the semi-final and were victorious in the Grand Final defeating Yass.
- The Richie Benaud Cup Seven members of the first grade team and a former club junior represented the Bradman Foundation in the inaugural statewide 48 team Richie Benaud Cup tournament in 2017 going on to defeat St George CC (Bradman’s first grade cricket club) in the final in April 2017.
- The Bradman Legacy The club works closely with the Bradman Foundation to ensure the values and legacy of Sir Donald Bradman are preserved within the club. The club is a supporter of Foundation activities, programs, memberships, events, and facilities. We encourage BCC members to become involved in this unique partnership as a volunteer or as a Bradman Crest Member. For more details on the Crest Membership, please visit http://www.bradman.com.au/membership/