This week both our U11 and U13s met Worlington in what are always well contested local derbies.
On Monday the U13 travelled the short distance to play away and recorded their first victory of the season. Chippenham batted first and scored 110 for the loss of 4 wickets, Sean McGlone top scoring with 33. There then followed a superb bowling and fielding performance to restrict Worlington to 92-9 off their 20 overs.
On Thursday our U11 entertained Worlington at Chippenham Park in what proved to be another thrilliing victory that could have gone either way in the last over. Below is a full report on the game from U11 Manager Anthony Bromley:
Chippenham Under 11’s got back to winning ways but it was a close-call in the end going down to the last ball again (as had happened in their first fixture at the start of the season).
It was so good to see the amount of improvement in both sides since that match about 5 weeks ago.
Chippenham were put into bat having lost the toss and Skipper Max Weaver decided to shuffle the deck with the pairings this week. He opened up himself for a change with Ben Bromley and after a quiet first over they soon got the score moving along nicely finishing with a good total of +30 for no loss of wicket.
Second up saw Riley and Tyler put on a further 20 for no loss of wicket as well. The experimental third pairing of Jake and Teddy went a little off course on the communication front. I was so pleased to hear some strong loud calling from both batsmen, as this is an area we are trying to improve throughout the team. However not listening to the other person’s call is somewhat fraught with difficulty particularly as these boys never seemed to agree on what they wanted to do. Luckily they were run out only once from 4 attempts and apart from that batted nice and correctly. They scored 16 but lost 2 wickets so the Total was on 256 going to the “new” final pairing of the Two Jacks. They had to contend with County opening bowler/their skipper Toby but did well to score 25 together although this was brought back to 15 due to 2 wickets lost.
A solid score was posted of 271 although no one could feel too complacent at the break as 300 had looked on the cards at one stage.
However the Chippenham mums and dads visibly relaxed once Jack Long had roared ito their openers taking 2 wickets in his first overs, really setting them on the backfoot. No wickets from Teddy and Tyler against their 2nd pairing but lots of dot balls to again force their required run rate up even higher.
Their 3rd pairing were starting to make inroads but good wickets from Riley and Ben soon pegged them back, as well as a tight over bowled by Jake.
All was looking comfy with their last pair requiring a whopping 39 for victory off 4 overs (only 24 balls). Max went for 4 different bowlers to bowl these and skipper Toby tore into our attack. So much so that the deficit was down to only 14 with one over remaining. Up steps Jack Rutter and with 3 balls to go with them needing 10 he held his nerve and Worly came up short by 4 runs.
A collective sigh of relief and an almost audible relaxation of our supporters’ bottom cheeks then ensued. Followed swiftly by a rapid exodus as everyone wanted to get off and watch another England defeat.
Best batting- Max
Best Bowling – Jack Long
A great all-round performance with every player contributing.