Summer Junior coaching starts Monday April 11th

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.

Developing Juniors is very important to the the club.

U13 narrowly miss out on final

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

U13 side Record first victory of the season

There’s nothing like a winner to put a spring in your step, and last night at Chippenham Park the boys did just that. In a closely-run affair, Chippenham got home by 5 runs and all credit to them as it could have gone either way….. Max won the Toss and elected to bat and then took the bull firmly by the horns, smashing the ball to all sides of the Ground. He raced to a quickfire 32runs with 7 boundaries incl one six but then had to retire (league rules). This occurred in only the 4th over and we were already on 41 runs! The lads did get a bit tied down after that but thankfully the Bardwell bowlers were inconsistent and their lanky Zander despite bowling two cracking off-breaks to dismiss both Vinnie and Riley, also managed to bowl 6 wides. And therein lies the Tale of the Tape- Bardwell bowled 27 wides/no balls which gave us a whopping 54 extra runs. So our score was steadily increasing even though our batsman got a bit pinned down but with some good calling from Olly to sneak the odd quick run, and a whizzy cameo innings from Jack Long at the death, we closed on 103 for 3 wickets. A solid score but a very getable one for Bardwell. The remit to our frontline bowlers just before the off was Dont bowl wides! Jack Rutter in his first competitive outing for 8 months opened up and commenced with 2 wides…..However thereafter he was right on the money and his 2nd over was a Maiden (no runs scored, ladies), which is like Gold Dust in this league and is more important than wickets to be honest. Jack Long was a tad more erratic at the other end but he nailed his 2nd spell against their better batsman clean bowling the aforementioned “lanky Zander” just as he was starting to look dangerous late in the game. Tyler Weaver can always be relied on for a solid 4 overs and he did not disappoint bowling out their 2 openers (even getting a catch in the slips to Jack Long- see Jack you got the mention!) To be fair all our bowlers stepped up to the plate last night with a busy Keiran getting a deserved wicket as well as a run out off his bowling ( a cracking throw by Tyler incidentally) and the surprise package of young Teddy Hall. Making his first appearence for the U13’s, he showed no stage-fright (as if!) about being thrust into the older age-group and put in a sterling spell of 4 overs on the bounce to finish the innings off at the one end. Halfway through it, he decided a bit of off-spin was called for and it certainly got their best player Cameron worried as he rashly struck one to our very own Venus Flytrap , Keiran Pedretti, who snaffled it up (after a clever assist from both his chin and chest). This was the turning point of the game as Bardwell were then very much on catch-up” but they kept working away at it and given that the format of this league generally means the better players are batting late on we were never in a confident position. They managed 13 off the penultimate over and so it came down to the Petit Teddy to spin his way through the final over with them requiring 15 to win. It seemed the only one keeping his head was our Ted as skipper, umpire and slip all got a bit “feisty” as the winning line drew close. Thankfully all our concerns and worries were uncalled for as Teddy tied them up and we won by 5 runs!!! Yeehaaaa Splendid stuff all round with good fielding from everyone – special mention to Cian Long who came in at the eleventh hour (having been John Travolta-ing at the school disco for the previous hour and a half!) to field for the last 10 overs (and did a grand job as well as allowing his elder brother to decamp to the slips to get a catch….) To the Awards then- Best bowling- Teddy Best Batting- Max Best fielder- Keiran Most improved- Olly Man of match- Max Weaver No practise nor match next week as its Half Term. See you next at the monday evening session of 1st June. The next game is Thursday 4th June – please let me know if you are unavailable for that date. I am sure that any of you who wants a game can probably have one but i will email the team out on monday the 1st of june after the practise session that evening. Thanks once again for all your support and efforts to get the boys all there on time.

Club fundraiser

Hi Folks,

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

End of season awards night 11th October

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


Junior season finishes with 3rd place in Bardwell Tournament

Honourable 3rd place in Bardwell U 11 Tournament.
Chippenham were beaten finalists in last year’s tournament but were unable to go one better in this year’s renewal despite fielding 4 of last year’s team in this 6-a-side event. In a 6 team Competition this year, Chippenham won their first 2 matches comfortably but then narrowly got beaten by Bardwell A. This was followed immediately by what effectively became the game to determine the other Finalist- agonisingly we were beaten by one run on the last ball of the match by Garboldisham, who ended up losing to Bardwell A in their qualifying match but reversed it in the Final to win the Tournament outright.
Chippenham did go on to play two more matches winning them both easily to at least send the boys home with some spring in their step and a 3rd place finish.
Chippenham arguably had the strongest all round ability team there but unfortunately it did not all quite come together in the two toughest games.
The boys all had some special moments – each one of them scored a number of boundaries with Max, Jack Rutter and Ben even managing sixes. Wickets were in abundance throughout all the games and 4 of our players were on hattrick balls during the Tournament- the two Jacks, Ben and Riley.
In the 6 matches the opposing managers gave their choices of man of the match for our team- They were split as follows- Max Weaver-2 Jack Rutter- 2 Riley Palmer-1 Ben Bromley-1 A spirit of cricket award was also voted on by the same managers in the 6 matches as follows- Riley-3 Jack R, Jack L, Jake- 1 each
All in all, the Under 11 team have had a great season and have won some silverware – 2 trophies at the Copdock Festival of Cricket – as well as finishing a clear 2nd in the West Suffolk League competition.

Round up of junior fixtures this week

Mixed fortunes for our Junior sides as the league season came to a close. On Saturday morning our U11s had a top of the table clash against Mildenhall, where a large victory could have secured the title. However, it wasn’t to be as a very strong Mildenhall side took early wickets and we never recovered. Overall though it has been a great season for the U11s with Mildenhall being the only side to beat them as they finished 2nd in the league.

The U9s got a hollow victory against Walsham on Tuesday who failed to turn up for the fixture. They did though play Woolpit on that evening but struggle to compete with ythe hard hitting of a couple of the Woolpit players and slipped to defeat.

On Wednesday night though our U13s had an emphatic victory at home to Exning. Beaten by Exning away early in the season we fully turned the tables bowling them out for just 38. Harvey Watts took career best figures of 5-7 off 4 overs. Early Chippenham had made 103 with james Boyle and Sean McGlone both making 33.

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.