Alsop joins Burbage!

We are very pleased to welcome Owen Alsop to the club in the role of player coach. We’ve played against Owen for a number of years and are well aware of the quality he will bring our 1st XI with both bat and ball. In addition to this Owen is a well regarded coach who will take charge of our winter indoor programme and our outdoor technical sessions throughout the summer. Owen will be making himself known around the club so please stop him, say hello and pick his brains on any cricketing issues.


For those of you who don’t know Owen so well, here is a little Q & A, we did with him:

Name: Owen James Alsop
Occupation: Marketing Assistant – Salisbury Racecourse
Interests/hobbies: Reading, writing, travelling & horses
Favourite county: I should probably say Hampshire…
Favourite player: My Dad, (Big) Phil.
Coaching qualifications: ECB YPA Level 2
Previous teams: Wiltshire CCC, Hampshire Academy, Potterne, South Wilts, Chippenham
Best performances: I’m not a fan of recounting past glories I’m afraid…either that or there aren’t any, you decide!
Most memorable match: MCCA One Day semi-final in 2012, Wiltshire beat Staffordshire by 2 runs.
Why BERCC? I have been a great admirer of the club as an opponent and have always enjoyed seeing the chemistry they have as a group. Combine that with their ambition to keep pushing for success and you are presented with an exciting opportunity that I wanted to be a part of! We’ve also been family friends with the Lavis’ since junior cricket days and I couldn’t say no to Paul (or Tracey’s teas…). I was also fed up of getting smashed everywhere by Copey and bamboozled by ‘Cookie’.
Which BERCC players have impressed you in matches you’ve played in? It’s been great to play against some of the high-quality international players the club has recruited over previous seasons but locally I have always been impressed by the captain, David Cope, and the new chairman, Tom Wallbridge. I’ve also really enjoyed seeing how the three Lavis boys have developed since we all took the field together as U15s!
What are your aims and  ambitions for 2018 and beyond: I’d love to build on the excellent foundations that have been laid over the past few seasons and really try to shake-up the business end of the table. Ultimately it would be great to cement the club as a Premier League contender whilst not losing the enjoyment and the unique culture there is at BERCC. Personally it would obviously be nice to contribute with runs and wickets, but this is secondary to team and club success.