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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
To mark the first ever league season for a Junior side at Chippenham the players who represented the club this summer were presented with trophies at the club’s end of season do. Please check out the photo gallery to see some of the players with club manager Adrian Watts (the one with the beard!) and their trophies.