PCC TOUR

Touring History

The Ploughmans Annual Tour is the stuff of myth and legend. The biggest and, arguably, best social occasion of the year. Looked forward to in equal measures of excitement and trepidation. The tours started way back in the early 90s when venues such as Norfolk and the New Forest were sourced, cricket was played, fines were promulgated (and paid) and beer was imbibed in vast quantities. As the Club grew, so did the tour, and it has always been a great source of pride to the Club that tour has always been very inclusive. Not just a weekend away with the lads, Tour is open to everyone - wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, kids, pets and any other random hangers-on (and there's been plenty of those!)

One such Tour in the late-90's found Ploughmans CC in the beautiful Cotswold village of Fairford, and so it came to pass that The Bull Hotel carved out its own very special and utterly unique place in Ploughmans folklore. Along with the most agreeable landlord in the UK, the Cricket Club did its absolute utmost to ensure a good time was had by all and managed to achieve the rather dubious honour of being the hotel's second biggest weekend of each year behind an international air show! Over the years, The Bull's hospitality, patience and hardworking bar staff were tested to the very outer limits of what could be described as acceptable and decent but in the process secured the tag of 'spiritual home' to Ploughmans CC.

Sadly, after 11 years, PCC said goodbye to The Bull as the landlord moved onto pastures new but as one door closed, another one opened and the Ploughmans overseas tours were born. First, with an enormous tour of just over 50 people travelling to the Mediterranean island of Malta for some cricket and the sun, then quickly followed the following season by a tour to the Greek island of Corfu. Here, a Ploughmans side not only played on one of only two cricket pitches on a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also became the first touring side to actually beat a very strong Greek Select XI - a team which included several international cricketers.

2016 saw us take a year off from our travels as Bristol became our base for another outstanding (if incredibly weird) weekend but we've got the travel bug now and, after a long weekend of cricket in beautiful Croatia, we topped that in 2018 with a sensational weekend in rural Portugal where, amongst many firsts for the Club, we took part in our first ever day/night match. In 2019 we toured stunning rural France, followed by another UK tour in 2021, this time to Wiltshire where we defeated good opposition to win the Fonthill Park 8-a-side trophy. 2022 sees us off to sunny Andalucia in southern Spain for another brilliant long weekend.

2022 Tour - Spain

The 2022 tour will be to Andalucía, Spain, from Thursday 12th to Monday 16th of May.

It’s going to be an absolute belter, with all of the matches (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) being played on The Cartama Oval, near Malaga, a superb venue that has hosted ICC tournaments.

Accommodation will be very high quality; a 4-star, beachfront resort in Benalmadena, designed to appeal to partners and non-players as much as members.

Final costs will be dependent on numbers; however, initial indications are that it should come in at around £390/head, plus flights (approximately £100 return).

This is astounding value for money given that this year’s Wiltshire tour was £450/head. The reason for this is that Spanish hotels and coaches are significantly less expensive than English ones!

The cost will include all 4 night’s accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, all crickets matches, all transport in Spain, tour shirts, and a fabulous end of tour dinner and presentation ceremony on the Sunday. As always, there will be no charge for children sharing their parent’s rooms.

A dedicated PCC tour presentation will be available in the coming months but for now, below are a couple of videos of the venue supplied by our hosts, Malaga Cricket Club, to whet your appetite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wocuNiJ7PBs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3WZj3BgZjg

There are still some tour places available fro 2022. If you're keen, get in touch with your club skipper Simon Carson ([email protected]) - you won't regret it!