Blue Flame celebrate 25th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 11:51 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:51 26 July 2017

Blue Flame CC.

Blue Flame CC.

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Blue Flame Cricket Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gathering at the pub in Nailsea.

Blue Flame Cricket Club has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gathering at the pub.

The club was formed in 1992 at the Blue Flame Inn in Nailsea West End and played friendlies before moving to league cricket, first in the Bristol Pub League and then the North Somerset Cricket League.

Flame won the Pub Friendly League three times and the NSCL Division 5 and excelled at sixes competitions, winning the Weare Gifford sixes on five occasions between 1996-2003. The second XI, known as the Nomads, beat the first team in the final in 1998 and is still talked about to this day, particularly by the Nomads of the day.

The club thrives on donations and fines generated by dropped catches, poor dress sense along with the odd fifty and century.

The Smoldon family have been a driving force behind the club with no less than six of them from three generations playing along with the Pinkneys, who can boast five players turning out for the club.

Simon Empson, Paul Bryant, Simon Whitham have all been there since the start who, with Rich Poole, Kelston Crew and Rich Stamp, are the backbone of the team.

The club enjoyed a weekend of celebrations at the pub, culminating in the chairman’s XI v the Captains XI which was unfortunately rained off. Not to be dampened by the weather, a barbecue was consumed at the pub along with the fantastic choice of real ales, cider and various other beverages.

Thanks go to landlords Andy and Gemma at the pub and also to previous landlord Mick Davidson, sadly missed and also landlady Sue, without whom the team could not function now and in the past.

Anyone interested in joining, please call Andrew Smoldon on 07970 143583.


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