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.
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
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.
Our first fixtures are fast approaching and the ground is looking great already. However there are still a number of jobs we need to do to get things ship shape for the first match. Therefore our annual cricket force day will take place on Sat 29th March from 9 am to 12.30 am. If you can spare an hour or two to do some painting , cleaning ,mending stiles plus other stuff then please come along. Bring any tools you think will help + paint brushes. Nat West are sponsoring the day so at the very least you will get a free Tee shirt and a bacon sandwich and a warm feeling that you have done something positive to kick start the season. Hopefully see you all on the 29th.
The club is pleased to announce that Ex England Cricketer Matthew Hoggard will be visiting Chippenham on Saturday May 31st and will be doing some coaching with adult and junior members.
Hoggard was part of the England team who regained the Ashes in dramatic circumstances in 2005 and represented England 93 times in all forms of the game. He took 248 test wickets and in 2006 was ranked the fourth best bowler in the world. A Yorshireman, he spent many years playing for his home county before moving to Leicestershire in 2010. He retired from cricket this summer.
He is also one of a select few players who have taken a hat-trick in test matches, it came against the West Indians and you can see it below:
The club want to give as many club members as possible the chance to meet Matthew and will be announcing more about the plans for his visit over the coming weeks.
Although the club were on tour last week we still managed to field a side in the evening Midweek League and those left behind were the only ones to get any cricket! In addition, our game was the only one in the league that beat the weather and Chippenham took full advantage beating top of the table Ely to replace them at the top.
After the dissapointing defeat at Over the first XI returned to winning ways with an easy victory against Fen Ditton, winning by 83 runs. Chippenham batted first posting 177-8 helped by a good opening partnership between Ollie Rix and captain Simon Heather. Fen Ditton never looked like getting the runs and were bowled out for 94.
The Sunday side played out a draw on Sunday. Batting second they looked like chasing down the 200 set by Kirtling until Paul Mangell had to retire hurt and the new bastman struggled to get us home and we finished 11 runs short of their total
We beat Fordham on Wednesday night to win the La Hogue Midweek League Div 2 final. In an exciting and very close game Matt Sigsworth bowled the last over that secured the Chippenham victory. Earlier Chippenham posted 135 with skipper Paul Fishpool top scoring and taking part in a key partnership with Charly Rattley to give us a total that proved just our of reach of Fordham.