The summer officially starts on Monday April 11th at Chippenham CC as we start our Monday night coaching. This will run every Monday until August 22nd (excluding with bank holidays). This is 18 weeks in total. This year though we will be splitting the groups across the following times:
U7, U9 and U11 – 5.15pm-6.30pm
U11, U13 and U15 – 6.30pm-7.45pm
If your child is under 11 (school years 5 and 6) then you can come at either time slot. Thanks to all of you who have a child in the U11 age group and have already emailed me to tell me which slot they will be attending. While is doesn’t matter which session they come to it is very helpful from a planning perspective to know who we can expect at each time slot.
Also all children in school year 5 and above will be training with cricket balls and therefore all boys in these age groups need to wear a box to the coaching nights.
Memberships for 2016 are now due and for 2016 this will be £35. There are 18 Monday night coaching sessions (April 11th-August 22nd) so we believe this offers good value. If your children have any friends who would like to attend please encourage them to come along. As in previous years, all new players get two free weeks to see if they like it before we ask for membership.
As always, if any parents are willing to help at our coaching sessions we would be keen to hear from you so please let me know. This could be helping with the sessions themselves, or helping with the register of checking children in and out, or making cups of tea and coffee for other parents who are watching the coaching sessions.
As in previous years we ask that when dropping of and collecting children you park on the grass well away from the entrance (alongside the hedge and close to the tennis courts is good) and you make sure your child has been signed in. For signing in we will be trying out a new system this year where we aim to sign you in and as you arrive. Therefore for please look out for someone who will be waiting to do this just before you enter the ground. If you are walking to the ground please make sure you report to the person at the entrance so they can sign you in.
The Music Night is one of the only fundraisers we are having this year – so it would be very good, and the committee would be very grateful, if you could come along. It takes place on Friday 14th November at Chippenham Village Hall, start time 7.30pm.
The event has been running for many years and is a mixture of music and comedy acts all performed by local people. Simon Heather is running a full bar all night and You’ll see a number of comedy sketches involving cricketers (Alan, JVDP, Ian, James) – and some good music with Tim, Rob Cross and many others.
If you haven’t seen Alan Blazey do his Tommy Cooper show then you’ve missed out in life……..anyway please do come along and help raise a few pounds for the club – it’s always one of the best nights in the village calendar.
All the best
The Chippenham Cricket Club end of season awards night is on Saturday October 11th. It will take place in a marquee in the garden of the Tharp Arms. The event will begin at 5.30pm with the Junior awards and this will be followed at 6.30pm with the awards for the adult teams. It is anticipated this part of the evening will finish around 7.15pm.
For those people who want to stay longer there will be a live band playing in the marquee between 7.30pm and 9pm and this part of the evening will be open to non members of the cricket club as well. There will also be a hog roast running throughout the event and drinks can obviously be purchased from the pub. There will also be a quiz for the younger ones to take part in. There is no charge for attending this event although a charge will be made for the hog roast and of course drinks purchased at the Tharp Arms
The league season finished on a high note with the 1st XI winning promotion for the 5th year running. In a game we had to win to be sure of promotion we batted first and struggled early on and were 87-5 at one point. However, a good partnership between Matt Siggsworth and Jimmy VDP helped us reach 213. It then turned into the Charly Ratley show who bowled brillantly to take 7-33 and Cherry Hinton were dismissed for 81. This means next season our 1st XI will play in the Senior League Div 2.
The 2nd XI season finished in a disppointing end with Burwell unable to field a team and conceding the match. This meant we finished in midtable and will play next season again in Junior league Div 4
The weekend saw to important games for our Saturday teams. The 1st XI were away to Yelling in what could be desribed as a “6 pointer” as both sides were hovering just above the relagation zone. An excellent batting performance put Chippenham in charge as we made 206-7. Ollie Rix held the first half of the innings together with a fifty and then Sam Rodman and Jimmy VDP scored an unbeaten 86 partnership to make sure we set a decent total. In reply the wickest were shared around as we constantly took wickets before partnerships could develop and finally dismissed Yelling for 181 with 14 balls remaining.
A strong looking 2nd XI unfortuantly run into an even stronger Burwell 3XI, who are unbeaten this season. Burwell batting first and made a very imposing 257 and our 2nd XI were always behind the rate and finished on 144.
On Sunday, full credit must go the groundsman for getting the game on as the rain that fell would have ensured most games were postponed. A delayed start was followed with the visitors Camden batting first and setting us 179 to win in about 45 minutes and 20 overs. A bad start saw us lose 4 wickets for 26 and struggling to reach the total. However, a brillant parthership from Jimmy VDP and Paul Fishpool helped ensure we won comfortably with overs to spare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday’s game with Fordham is cancelled because Fordham were unable to raise a team.