Round up of last weeks matches

Our U13 side got the week off to a great start beating Brockley away to record their second victory in succession. Chippenham batted first making 142-7 and then dismissed the home team for 72.

On Wednesday our Midweek Evening League team visted Ely who had beaten us when we played them at home. Chippenham batted first and put up a very competitive score of 130, Charly Ratley scoring 47 N.O. and Matt Siggsworth 31 N.O. Ely were always struggling to reach that total and finished on 108, so a win by 22 runs for our side.

On Thursday our Midweek Afternoon side took on Camden at home. Chippenham batted first and made 214-7 dec, Alan Wright providing the backbone of the innings with 70. In reply Ollie Rix and James Grant took early wickets but a sucession of dropped catches let the opposition off the hook and they ran our comfortable winners by 7 wickets with 4 overs to spare.

On Saturday, both 1st and 2nd XI fixtures were abandanoed aafater about an hours play sue to the poor weather. Both sides had made good starts and were in a good position when the rain came.

On Sunday a fantastic effort by the groundstaff meant the game went ahead with a delayed start of 3pm. A close finished saw Gazeley bat the last over out for a draw with 9 wickets down.

Round up of last weekend results

We had our best weekend so far this season with all three adult sides winning. The Saturday 1st XI had a comfortable win at homeagainst bottom of the table Barrington. A good bowling performance restricted the visitors to only 158 with Matt Siggsworth taking 5 wickets. Ollie Rix then batted throughout our innings for 80 to help see us win by 7 wkts.

The Saturday 2nd XI had a great win away at Willingham who were top of the league and unbeaten before the fixture. Some tight bowling retricted the home team to a score of 160 and a patience innings of 70 by skipper Ashley Brown laid the foundation for our victory.

On Sunday we entertained Holkham Hall who batted firsts and were bowled out for 170. In reply we always looked in control with Simon Heather batting through for 60 and good contributions from Nigel Bryant, Jimmy VDP and Andy Holmes.

Our U9s were also in action at the weekend beating Walsham away but losing to Woolpit in a very close match.

Round up of this week’s Junior matches

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

Best fielding-Riley

A great all-round performance with every player contributing.

Round up of weekend matches 14th/15th June

For the first time this season all three of our weekend adult sides recorded victories and all proved to be particularly comfortable. The 1st XI scored 218-8 batting first at Cockenach with Chop scoring 70 on his return to the side. In reply Cockenach could only manage 184-7 in their 45 overs.

The 2nd XI bowling proved far to strong for Doddington who we dismissed for 85, Martin Hall and Rob Stute both taking 3 wickets. We reached the target for the loss of only one wicket with Ashley Brown and Tom Gallop scoring the runs.

The Sunday Village side travelled to Stansfield and despite the opposition fielding a much stronger side than in previous seasons we scored 213 batting first in this 40 over match. The Stansfied reply was stopped in its tracks when Rhys took 5-10 in 4 overs and they finsidhed well short on 140. Another highlight was Leigh Graves taking his first wicket for the club.

Round up Junior matches this week

The U13s and U11s were in action this week. The U13s played at Exning on Wednesday night and batted first. Despite a good 23 from captain Sean McGlone our batsman found it hard going and the final total of 93-3 looked to be short of par. Exning certainly made it look that way when they batted reaching the target without losing any wickets.

Our U11s were at home on Thursday in a top of teh table clash against Mildenhall. Below is a report from Manager Anthony Bromley on what proved to be an exciting game:

A close-run affair in the local Derby against top of the league Mildenhall ended in defeat but  the Chippenham boys can certainly hold their heads high as it went down to the wire.

Indeed, going into the last over, the confidence from the voiciferous Mildenhall camp had dwindled appreciably as they suddenly began to realise that our big-hitting skipper Max Weaver could easily strike the 18 runs needed for victory as he was in glorious form.

However despite an early boundary it wasnt to be as  a ball that unusually kept low managed to get under Max’s bat when he was going for a lusty old Six, ending up with him being clean bowled. This gave Mildenhall the victory which they had rather thought had been in the bag all night.

The Chippenhham lads all contributed on the pitch either with some good fielding or some good batting strikes. Unfortunately they lost too many wickets as the Mildenhall boys reaped the benefit of bowling straight. Indeed Chippenham lost 9 wickets to Mildenhall’s 6 and with 5 runs being deducted for a wicket it is soon apparent where the defeat can be attributed. The boys scored freely but their defence was somewhat ragged.

Special mention should be made of Jack Long’s bowling who again nearly pulled off a hatrick of wickets (and at a very crucial time during the last over of their innings which helped to shake their confidence at half time somewhat)

Skipper Max was certainly hot and sweaty behind the stumps but claimed a couple of run outs and a catch  and Jack Rutter bowled well in his second spell claiming a clean bowled in the process. Teddy bowled his 4 overs straight in the middle of their innings and deserved to get a nice wicket as well.

As already reported our batting saw some lovely hits but simply too many loose shots meant a lot of wickets fell and going into our last pairing of Max and Ben we needed a rather impossible-looking 47 runs to win off 4 overs(only 24 balls). However once Max stroked all 3 of his first 3 balls to the boundary suddenly it put a win into the minds of every Chippenham supporter there. Whilst it wasnt to be, the boys all tried hard and seemed to enjoy a tough match.

Well done to all.

Round up of this week’s Junior matches

All our Junior teams have been in action this week. On Monday our U9 side had a big win against Eleveden scoring 287 and in reply Elveden could only make 214. They then played a very exciting and close match against Worlington. With our last pair coming together 12 runs were still needed but Tyler Weaver gave us a real chance by hitting a six. However, the loss of a wicket set us back and we finished 7 runs short of the target.

The U13s were at home to Bardwell on Tuesday but could only get 30 minutes play before the heavens opened and the match had to be called off.

The U11s were away at Bardwell and again fell foul of the weather but got much more of a game in and were certain winners when the rain brought a halt to proceedings. Read the match report below to see how close we were to victory:

A tremendous moral victory for Chippenham as  Bardwell were completely down and out requiring some 76 runs to win with only 33 balls left to be bowled before the Heavens opened. Rain of almost biblical proportions meant there was no way we could return to the field and Abandonment was our only option. It was a shame for the Chippenham boys as they had put up their best performance of the Season so far. Everyone played thier parts.

Batting first  the opening pair of Jack Long and Riley Palmer each scored boundaries and ended their 4 overs with a score of +22 for no loss of wickets. In the 2nd pair, Jack Rutter struck a couple of boundaries and Jake Owen recorded his first four for Chippenham with a sweetly struck shot. They ended up with +29 despite losing one wicket. The 3rd pairing of Ben Bromley and Teddy Hall put on 16 runs with no wickets lost. The final pair saw Captain Max Weaver and Vinnie Jakes score a whopping +26 for the loss of one wicket. In fact Max’s four boundaries all would have cleared the senior’s boundaries and it was an excellent display of batting against Bardwell’s two strongest pace bowlers.The final tally for Chippenham was a very smart 293 with the loss of just 2 wickets from their 16 overs.

The dark clouds were now ganging up all around us and despite some fast changeovers and our bowlers running back to their marks to bowl again, we all rather knew we were fighting a losing battle against the elements as the rain kept getting heavier.

We did manage to get every Chippenham player to bowl at least one over before the inevitable abandonment and i was mightily impressed with everyone’s contribution particularly with what was becoming a thoroughly sodden ball. Jack Rutter clean bowled their opening batsman with just the 2nd ball of their innings and Jack Long followed suit with a nice wicket  in his first over of the game . This rocked Bardwell and their first pair ended up with a total of -7

Teddy, Riley and Jake all bowled tightly at their second pairing restricting them to just +12. Special mention must be made of Jake’s over which was exemplary and he is improving markedly with every match he is playing. Ben put in his most consistent display of leg-spin bowling of the season and was rather unlucky not to have 2 dismissals as his father was being a rather harsh umpire! Vinnie bowled a tight  over and would have had another until it really began lashing it down with a vengence.

Bardwell’s best 2 batsmen were still due to come in but it would have required a Herculean effort from them to get remotely near the Chippenham target as they were only only 218 runs. It can safely be said that Chippenham  were definitely the Moral Winners and the boys can hold their heads high, safe in the knowledge that the U11 Team remains Unbeaten!

Mixed fortunes for the teams last weekend

It was a weekend of mixture fortunes for our sides. The 2nd XI defeated Soham very easily. Chippeham batting first got off to a slow start but Archie Wright with 66 and a last wicket partnership from Rob Stoute and Greg Hooley of 24 helped us reach 183.

In reply opening bowlers Charly Ratley and Martin Hall proved to good for the Soham batsmen on the day, removing 7 of them for 40 runs. Rob Stoute then picked up 3 wickets as Soham were dismissed for 45.

The 1st XI though were defeated away at The Wibrahams. A decent bowing performance restricted Wibraham to 164 and we were in a good position at half way. However, only Sam Rodman and Jon White made double figures and we finished 41 runs short of the target.

On Sunday the opposition didn’t show so a double wicket competition was hastly arranged. The pairs of Darren & Eddie and Henry & Rhys both finsihed on 81 runs in tehir 10 overs, which proved to be the best total of the day.