After more than 30 years at Marzili, Berne Cricket Club have relocated and as of this season will play their cricket in Bümpliz.
No longer will Berne play cricket under the watchful eye of the Swiss parliament building. Instead, players & spectators will have to travel a few miles on the motorway going towards Fribourg to reach the new cricket ground at Bümpliz (Schulhaus Bümpliz, Wangenstrasse 27, 3018 Bern).
Work on finding a viable alternative to Marzili began when Berne Cricket Club (represented by Chandroo Lalvani, Ken McKeown & Abraham Koshy) met with the Sportamt on 20th February 2014. Setting out the club's requirements for a new cricket ground, the Bern Sportamt were quick to suggest three alternatives. Two were immeditaley judged too small, but the third, Schulhaus Bümpliz, although larger than Marzili, is still not big enough to bowl from both ends.
The ground has fencing all around it, but it is not high enough in certain places. And after closer inspection of the ground, together with the Sportamt and the Schulwart, the Sportamt has
tentatively agreed to investigate possibilities of higher fencing on all four sides of the ground. This might take some time as some building authorities have to be contacted, and the costs
However, for the time being a verbal agreement has been reached and the ground will be available for practice every Wednesday and to start playing cricket matches as of 27th April 2014. The Berne Cricket Club has submitted the fixture list to the Sportamt, which the club is confident will be granted the green light. Once a confirmation is received, BCC will officially be granted Bümpliz as their home ground. Abraham Koshy will coordinate with the Sportamt and the Schulwart.
The address of the ground is Wangenstrasse 27, 3018 Bern and is used rarely by the Secondary
School Bümpliz, therefore available almost every weekend.
There is much to be done before the beginning of the season. Berne Cricket Club are waiting for permission to permanently locate the club's kit-caravan, and other peripheral equipment such as the roller, etc..
The Sportamt have been very cooperative and helpful, which has been greatly appreciated by Berne Cricket Club.
Berne Cricket Club's long term goal is still to have an artificial wicket at Bottigenmoos, but this isn't scheduled to happen before 2016-17.