It’s nearly 4 weeks since we were able to restart playing cricket matches and I wanted to give you a few updates on what has been happening at Chippenham CC.
Since the restart the club has played over 30 matches, with all 10 of the club’s sides being in action.
Charly Ratley has been in superb form with the bat for the senior teams with a number of fifties and he scored a century last Saturday. In addition, 12 year old Bobby East became the youngest Chippenham player to get a century in a senior game in a 2nd XI game against Cambridge NCI.
Also a special mention for the U11 team who have played six matches already. For many of the team it is their first season in hardball cricket but despite the Covid restrictions limiting the amount of hardball preparation they could do, they have got off to a great start, winning five out of six.
Representative cricket has also just began and congratulations to Dave Pearson and Alan Wright who have been called up to play for Cambridgeshire Over 50s and Will Townsend who has being selected to play for Suffolk U11s next week. Bobby East and Sophie Hughes have also both captained Suffolk at their Junior age groups since the restart. Its great to see the club players getting county recognition at both ends of the age scale!
We have also been able to increase the numbers allowed at cricket practice recently and its been fantastic to have had nine different groups and over 70 people training on each of the last few Mondays. We have also now started our summer holiday programme for U7s and All Stars on a Thursday morning. All the training times are below and if you or your children are interested in playing some cricket you are very welcome to join our sessions.
Training and practice times(until Aug 27th):
Adults & U15s: Mondays 7pm-8.30pm
U13s: Monday 6.30pm-7.30pm
U11s & U9s: Mondays 5.30pm-6.30pm
U7s: Thursday 10am-11am
Please remember though due to current Covid requirements you do need to pre book a place if you want to attend any of the training sessions. You can do this by contacting myself (number below) or one of the team Captains/Manager.
A lot of effort has gone in by a number of people to ensure matches and training can start again while making sure all Covid-19 guidelines are met and those attending the ground feel safe. This will continue but if at anytime you have any concerns about how the activity is being run please talk to myself or one of the other committee members.
Unfortunately we are nearing the end of our scheduled Monday training sessions with the last one due to be on August 24th. Due to the Covid enforced short season we are considering putting some training sessions on in September if there is enough interest. As the nights draw in this would probably need to be on Saturday or Sunday mornings or an early start on a weekday evening (4.30pm). To help us assess the interest it would be helpful if you could complete the short 2 question survey by clicking here
Finally, I wanted to give you some important club dates for your diary.
Firstly, the AGM will be taking place on Wednesday November 4th 2020. As most of you will know this has been previously held in February but We have decided to move it forward to allow us more time to prepare for the upcoming season. As long as Covid-19 guidelines allow this will take place as normal at the Tharp Arms, 7.30pm start.
Secondly, we have decided to run separate end of season events for the juniors and seniors. Both events are being planned with Covid restrictions in mind and will be organised to allow for any restrictions that apply at the time. As part of this both will run over a lunchtime period (likely to be 12 noon-2pm). More details about the events will follow but here are the dates so you can get them in your diaries:
Seniors: Sunday 4th October
Juniors: Sunday 11th October
Enjoy the rest of the season and I hope to see you all at the ground over the coming weeks.