A terrific display from the “Chippenham Chiefs” saw them win 2 of their 3 Group matches on Sunday August 30 at a smart U13 six-a-side Tournament hosted by Burwell CC (and organised by one of our Monday night coaches Merrick Fuller). In resplendent red shirts sponsored by La Hogue, the “Chippenham Six” finished joint-top of their Group with 4 points and only lost out on going through to the Grand Final on number of Total Runs scored over the 3 matches. Interestingy Norwich who did actually go through as our Group winners were comprehensively beaten by Chippenham in our contest against them. However, in all honesty, the huge team of Granta who won the other Group and eventually were facile winners of the Final were head and shoulders above the rest of the teams (in terms of size and stature as well as talent) in the Tournament and it was generally accepted that as basically an U12 team we were all rather happy not to have quite got through to face them in the Final this year! Special mention has to be made of the two Weaver brothers, Tyler and Max who were the backbone of the team all day scoring freely in both our 2 victories against Norwich and Burwell. Max was very sharp behind the wickets too, claiming 2 stumpings as well as a run out (all off Ben Bromley’s bowling in what was incidentally Ben’s best performance of the season by quite a margin and augurs well for 2016). Whilst Ben was vying for chippenham’s best bowler of the Tournament along with the ever-improving Matty Pearson, that particular accolade was eventually taken by Tyler who clean bowled Two in the final over to snuff out the Burwell charge, giving us our second victory as the rain began to fall late in what had been an awfully long but very enjoyable day. Thank you to a valiant diehard bunch of parents (and grandparent) for sticking it all out from 9-30 in the morning to about 6pm when the final Group match had finished and obviously all the boys, who despite the seemingly great attraction of wandering off into the Metropolis of Burwell to discover the delights of the village shop and skate park (without any boards or scooters it has to be said), did in fact stick it all out and as a result came away with their heads held proudly very high.
Chippenham U13s after Burwell Tournament