Saturday 1st August 2020
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 187ao v Bristol CC 3rd XI 201-4 – Bristol won by 14 runs
Chilcompton had a walkover in their first mini POD League Game v Knowle 3rd XI after Knowle disappointingly defaulted during the week. At late notice Bristol 3rds stepped in to help out and hosted a friendly at Failand. Bristol batted first and reached 201-4 thanks to 3 fifties from the openers and Herring. Sam Hudson (2-44) and James Purchase (1-34) were the wicket takers for the visitors. In reply Chilcompton managed 6 ducks which is a post war record for the Club. Those who did reach double figures were Ben Futcher 80 retired, Alex Fudge (47) and Sam Hudson (36). Chilcompton fell 14 runs short with good practice all round in preparation for the visit of Bath to the CSG on Saturday, 1pm start.
Saturday 31st August 2019
Chilcompton Sports Saturday 1st XI v Chew Magna 2nd – No game due to Chew Magna folding
The season ended like a damp squib for the 1st XI due to Chew Stoke folding. Whilst the 1st XI held their own in division 5 it was a case of “What might have been” as they finished in 5th place and only 4 points below 3rd position which would have probably meant promotion. New players will hopefully be recruited in the winter to give the side a boost in their 2020 campaign.
Saturday 24th August
Chilcompton Sports Saturday 1st XI 177-5 v Bath 4th XI 176ao – Chilcompton Won by 5 Wickets
In their final game of a mixed bag of a season Chili ended on a high with an impressive victory in Bath. Losing the toss Ben Futcher’s army were sent out to field in the blistering heat with only ten men due to a Northerner in transit. However regular opener local celebrity Jack Ford and Mr Fragile Futcher found joy early on with miss-timings from each bat and a couple of edges going unpunished. The hosts found some impetus eventually but Futcher lead from the front to break the shackles. He then bowled another before James Purchase was introduced and he quickly joined in with one through the gate. The safe hands of Alex Fudge helped Futcher (3-25) take his third yet the Bath number five was in no mood to lie down. A combination of destructive hitting and streaky strokes gave Chili reason to sweat more despite most of the bowling being in a decent area; the nearby straight boundary trees were in danger of buckling at times. Nevertheless, Purchase managed to hold one in the deep to take the less dangerous batter off PC Daniel Rugg, commendably bowling six overs after a blow to the head in the morning. Ford grabbed a deserved wicket then Tim Fussell showed his considerable worth, not only a sharp take off Purchase but then three offie crackers in short succession to clean up the tail, conceding just 11, to leave Chili confident of a run chase.
Following nourishment Adam Deverill and Alex Fudge walked out knowing a solid start would put the visitors in pole position. Some testing bowling gave food for thought as swing and bounce challenged both. Fudge seemingly found the fielders with every middle but stayed resolute until he reached choppy waters and was dismissed despite an uncharacteristic but understandable reaction about the legality of the bowler’s action. Deverill was discovering more groove and underlining his case as wicketkeeper-batsman. Purchase combined effectively, tentative then up through the gears to steer the ball to varying parts. After a pleasing 50 Dev was caught then Ford was dismissed immediately so JP and Futcher had to display assurance and experience to take the away side to within sight. Both went to big shots but Tim Fussell and late but worth the wait Steven Longden saw it through, success sealed with a wide.
Chilcompton’s game at Chew Magna next Saturday is unfortunately cancelled due to the demise of the Chew Magna 2nd XI and they currently sit 3rd in Division Five rueing some poor form mid-season.
Saturday 17th August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 208-9 v Bristol Lions 170ao – Chilcompton Won by 38 Runs
Chili 1st XI’s last home game of the season resulted in a solid win against a competitive Bristol Lions outfit. Ben Futcher kept to tradition by losing the toss and his team batted first under indecisive skies. With the promotion push a distant memory there were changes to both personnel and order so Adam Deverill and Alex Fudge had to build an opening partnership. It was tough on a damp sticky deck but both stood firm under persistent bowling and well-set fields. Deverill (30) blasted the occasional boundary and ticked things on in his robust style; Fudge stayed cultured throughout, proving his worth as a level head who boasted an aesthetically-pleasing demeanour. The former departed bowled, Futcher lost his wicket thus a fired-up Sam Hudson came to the crease to join his banter brother Fudge. Despite some frustration about extra running the two combined well and Fudge brought up his maiden first-team fifty with a three, holding his bat aloft knowing the impact it had made…he was finally grabbed for 54. With Hudson finding some extra rhythm Jack Ford joined to try to help raise the run rate towards the end. Ford (17) and Hudson (46) had their fun crushed, with a mini-collapse ensuing that England would be jealous of. However, Richard Gillard and Martin Rumary saw the overs through, both stroking impressive fours to take the score past 200 and to a respectable total.
Following a lovely Samantha tea the hosts set out to kill any hope of a chase and gate crash the CSG birthday party sharp-ish. This was not the case as the stubborn openers frustrated bowlers and fielders alike despite not getting many off the square. Eventually Ford’s perseverance told, a catch for Lee Clevely in front of his adoring fans. Then momentum was found, Clevely bowling one through the gate, Futcher skidding one in for another cleverly caught Clevely catch and Futcher held one off Dom Grass. Sensing victory the home team seemed to over settle and gradually, in spite of some plays and misses, the Lions roared with some ferocious hitting; even the mild mannered Dom Grass cursed at one debatable decision. Enter big guns Deverill and Hudson: Shuds taking two quick victims with his mediums before Dev sealed success with a caught and bowled, sparking jubilant reactions reminiscent of Freddie Flintoff in 2005.
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Saturday 10th August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI v Barrow Gurney – Match cancelled due to rain
Saturday 3rd August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 192ao v Congresbury 2nd XI 193-5 – Congresbury won by 5 Wickets
Chilcompton 1st XI looked to return winning ways Saturday but once again sadly fell short after winning the toss and batting first. The top order failed to get a good start and after 20 overs the hosts were wobbling at 33 for the loss of 4 wickets. Nathan Crocker (44) and Sam Hudson (45) began to rescue the situation but both fell short of well deserved half centuries. Lee Clevely (29), Lauren Bowen-Jones (14) and the veteran Dominic Grouty Grass (21) all did well in the latter stages to take the score on to a competitive 192. Neal Frost was the most successful of the Congresbury Bowlers with 4-44.
After a fantastic tea courtesy of the Bowen-Jones Household the home side were looking to make in-roads into the Congresbury batting. Jack Ford bowling excellently first up took 2 early wickets but half centuries from Lewis, Castle & Eyres took the game away from Chilcompton despite the best efforts of the Chilcompton bowlers & fielders.
Chilcompton travel to the batting paradise of Barrow Gurney on Saturday looking to put in an improved performance
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Saturday 27th July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 168ao v University Staff 1st XI 169-3 – Uni Staff won by 7 Wickets
On a fine day at Combe Dingle Chilcomtpon 1st XI looked to make it 3 wins in a row and restart their promotion push. All started well with Ben Futcher winning the toss and choosing to bat but what followed was a disastrous batting display. The below par total of 168 was built around an excellent innings of 71 from the evergreen Nathan Crocker with only Sam Hudson and Ben Futcher reaching double figures from the remaining 10 batters. Crocker was spotted stroking his beard in disbelief later in the Chili Clubhouse over a Thatchers Haze as he explained the inept batting performance to the victorious Legends.
In reply Ed Morgan took the attack to Chilcompton with a well crafted 81 and Uni Staff easily passed the Chili score for only 3 wickets down and almost 20 overs to spare. Lauren & Jordan Harding-Bowen-Jones where the only Chili Bowlers to take a wicket in a game that will easily be forgotten
Chilcompton entertain Congresbury and the CSG Saturday knowing that maximum points from their 4 remaining games will be required to reach a top 4 finish.
Saturday 20th July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 249-5 v Almondsbury 99ao – Chilcompton Won by 150 Runs
Given inspiration by last Sunday’s events at Lord’s Chili completed a comfortable yet important victory against Almondsbury on Saturday. After predictably losing the toss once more Ben Futcher’s army were asked to bat on a promising-looking CSG track. Openers Kyle Gloudmans and Sam Hudson set about creating a solid foundation for the rest of the team, Hudson his busy combative self with Gloudmans providing the flair and grace. The latter reached 35 before lofting up a short one then Hudson started a walk towards the Tramways prior to the ball arriving and was hit in front. So rebuilding was required from Futcher and Kieran Thick; KJT demolished his second ball for six then began to hit the ball to all parts, bringing up 40 in no time at all before being dismissed. Following this, Futcher and his troubling body departed as did James Purchase so all-rounders Nathan Crocker and Jack Ford needed a hefty partnership. The two complemented each other well, Mr Insomnia Crocker (52*) battling through the lack of rest, keeping the scoreboard ticking over while musician Ford (45*) struck all the right notes with many arguing the sound of leather on his GM to be the best sound around. Some pulsating strokes and effective rotating of the strike from both lifted Chili to create a target of 250.
A fulfilling tea courtesy of the Hudsons (predominantly mother) gave the hosts fuel and desire to bowl the visitors out cheaply. It was tough going at first as Almondsbury stayed strong, easing the ball into gaps successfully but Lauren Triple Vodka Bowen-Jones-Harding took the breakthrough to open the floodgates. Next the spin kings of Purchase and Clevely were turned to – and boy did it pay dividends. Purchase bowled the kind of lines and lengths that Ashley Giles only dreamed of while Clevely aka Cheese grated away at the batting line-up. The two even combined for a wicket with the fielders supporting what was a pleasingly solid team display. Ford woke up off Clevely not Purchase, JP grabbed a couple caught and bowled, and Clevely hit the jackpot of stumps twice. Finishing with 4-9 and 3-26 respectively most of the work was complete; due to a nasty-seeming opposition injury only nine wickets were required. This left King Ford to put the crown on an impressive day to seal the win for the spices of Chili, wondering in the bar if Somerset needed their advice on how to see out a match.
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Saturday 13th July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 222-9 v Abbots Leigh 1st XI 205ao – Chilcompton Won by 17 Runs
On a lovely peaceful summer’s day at the Chilcompton Sports Ground, Skipper Ben Futcher kept his 100 % streak of WINNING the toss without Jared Greenhalgh and Matt Rivers in the starting line-up. Futcher promptly chose to bat which was a surprise given the Chili 1st XIs batting crumbles this year.
The Injured Skipper (6) and Kyle Gloudesman (14) started the innings, with the latter getting a beautiful start before they both found the keeper’s mitts. Kieran Thick tried to put his injured hamstring to good use but his poles were knocked back quickly from a great delivery from F.Elicity who was bowling well in tandem with A.Budge. With Chili struggling at 29-3 James Purchase (54) and Adam Deverill (64) batted beautifully and put on 130 for the 4th wicket before the former walked after a tickle, something for the opposition to learn from. Adam Deverill was ran out taking on a deep throw from midwicket, shame he didn’t get the bat on it with his Ben Stokes lunge into the crease and he and his broken glove had to depart. Jack Ford (28) had a typical Fordyyyyyy knock, see ball, hit ball, bye ball. Sam Hudson (2) wished he had DRS to use after being pinned in front and everyone was in awe of Alex Fudge who scored a quickfire 18 off 10 balls. It was left to Jordan Harding Bowen-Jones (8*) and Lauren Harding Bowen-Jones (1*) to take Chili to a par 222 after their allotted 45 overs.
After a feast from Mr & Mrs Thick, Chili knew they may have to bowl Abbots Leigh Out to win, and would have to do it without their hostile strike bowler Rivers, who was promoted to the Legends for their trip to Mells. Like in the away fixture Lauren Bowen Jones (0-28) was creating all sorts of problems but unlike the away game the hosts couldn’t take them and in contrast Jack Ford with 3 for 42 finally got some reward for his excellent bowling this season. James Purchase (2-25) beat the outside edge numerous times, and was unlucky as even when he hit it, it was adjudged to be not out. With the game still in the balance the Skipper got his field placings spot on and turned to Nathan Crocker (3-33) who’s spell was the deciding factor in the match. Hearing the festivities at the Chilcompton Celebrates, Kieran Thick (1-30) wrapped the innings up slightly early and Chilcompton won by 17 runs to finally return to winning ways.
Saturday 6th July
Winterbourne ‘A’ XI 436-6 (45 overs) beat Chilcompton 1st XI 269-6 (45 overs) by 167 runs
Chili were comprehensively beaten in a run fest at Winterbourne. After losing the toss in front of just three teammates the hosts ask Ben Futcher’s personalities to bowl on a pitch reminiscent of the Bristol Road they had just driven up on. Once the rest of his group finally arrived it was all hands on deck as Bourne wasted no time in despatching the ball to both the long and mini boundaries. The players on the adjacent track were in regular danger from the amount of sixes being pummelled while the hedges took an equally lethal pounding. It was slave labour for the away bowlers with fielding at times showing signs of promise but at others failing to live up to expectation. One opening bat was especially brutal, going on to make a double hundred, not before a chance went begging when still on two figures. Despite toiling Chili fought to the end, notably Rob “I am Titanium” Bath with his lofty floaters (2-23); however the remaining bowlers were wishing they could screw up the scorebook and recycle the paper, struggling for rhythm, consistency and joy.
During a delicious evening tea the visitors agreed that 43 from each batsman would be sufficient to see the game through. Yet this plan and the target remained a daunting prospect. Skipper Futcher and James Purchase started smoothly, punishing the loose balls whenever possible and taking quick singles. Credit to Winterbourne’s bowling and fielding, of a higher standard than the boys from the CSG in its approach and its execution. Futcher brought up a fluent fifty but fell caught for 60 before three swift wickets – including Purchase for a stylish 46 – all which were extremely avoidable. Chili’s Achilles heel of hunting down a score was swelling again, the evergreen Jared Greenhalgh inviting Alex Fudge (eventually with a correct pair of gloves) to try and recreate the previous season’s heroics at this ground. Suffice to mention this was an entirely contrasting set of circumstances with the away side still 300 short at the halfway stage. Greenhalgh was dogged but then sheepish when given out but walked back, leaving Fudge and Kyle Gloudmans to restore some pride with some fluidity. The former was run out for 28, before Gloudmans (53*) and Bath (25*) underlined their talents in a much-changed Chili outfit. However the chase was now closer to pointless as the effort was significantly out of reach.
Saturday 29th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 287-4 v Timsbury 2nd XI 284-6 – Chilcompton Won by 6 Wickets
After Chew Magna conceded in the league Chili managed to arrange a friendly with Timsbury on a Saharan-like Saturday. Once the two skippers agreed to a 40-over blast ahead of two Twenty-20s captain Ben Futcher remained consistent by losing the toss and leading his team out to field. With both weather and ground favouring batting the away side were toiling early on, struggling for inspiration from their bowling and fielding alike. Despite this some chances were created but ultimately wasted as Timsbury punished their lacklustre and at times bizarre nature with a no-nonsense approach to runs. After what felt like an age the two openers were both dismissed for 84, Mr Chilcompton Dave Travis taking a grab off the perseverant James Purchase (1-40) then the Magaluf Maestro Adam Deverill sneaked a stumping off the ankle-crippled Sam Hudson’s spinners. The following batsmen brought the familiar frustration back; however Nathan Crocker’s head was literally cooler than most to bowl his man and Jack Ford had some overdue respite with a wicket of his own. Alex Fudge underlined his wildcard reputation as a slim Shane Warne by taking two and his impressively solid final over helped keep the hosts under 300.
Following some lovely deserved rest and nourishment The Moretti Kings Travis and Fudge were asked to set a platform but Travis fished at one outside off early on. Deverill replaced him and found some gaps while Fudge/Budge/whatever you want to call him melted in the afternoon sun yet remained aesthetically-pleasing, stayed fluent and hit some glorious boundaries. However, the former feathered one behind before Fudge (31) got a cracking off-cutter to leave Purchase and Jack Ford with plenty to do – this was where the game’s pivotal partnership developed. Both were tested at first but became equally effective, Ford in his elegant yet destructive style stroking the ball to every corner and Purchase driving well while punishing the wayward deliveries. Each reached 50 but instead of reaching a plateau like Viral Kohli kicked through the gears and found sports mode. Subsequently, the target was in sight; a blip occurred at the death as Ford finally succumbed in the deep for 97 so Rivers swaggered in looking to seal it with Purchase, who had just sealed his hundred, in the last over. He proceeded to dance down the track and miss the first ball…only for the keeper to fumble. Nerves increased for those observing but at the second time of trying Rivers flicked a four to the short rope and completed a satisfying victory in an extremely worthwhile mid-season friendly so that cold showers could be enjoyed by all three balls early.
An excellent game and a big thanks to Timsbury for the stepping in to offer a game at such late notice.
Saturday 22nd June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 105ao v Bath 4th XI 183ao – Bath Won by 78 Runs
Chilcompton fresh from their midweek T20 Triumph looked to fight their way back into contention.
Skipper Futcher, true to form, lost the toss and was asked to bowl. James Purchase performed well produced with an excellent spell of 4-28 in 9 overs plus a run out. Purchase was backed up by Jack Ford (1-26) and Lauren Bowen-Jones (0-19) who gave the Home side a good start with a tight opening spell. In a much improved Fielding Display Chilcompton dismissed their visitors in the last over for 183.
After a Florence Frost Special Tea, Chili knew sensible batting and application was all that was required. Unfortunately the home side achieved neither and things started badly when Jared Greenhalgh (7) was pinned in front with even less foot movement than Trescothick. The Skipper Futcher was also trapped in front but would of survived under review as the ball pitched outside leg. Sam Hudson nurdled his way to 13 in about 13 hours and it was only Jack Ford who offered any resistance with a solid 37 as Chili whimpered to a second successive home collapse.
This week we travel to Chew Magna hoping to get a batting point for the first time in 3 weeks
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Saturday 15th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI v Bristol Lions – Chilcompton Won due to Bristol Lion’s Defaulting
Saturday 8th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 126ao v Barrow Gurney 1st XI 130ao – Barrow Gurney Won by 4 Runs
Chilcompton hosted Mid Table Rivals Barrow Gurney at the CSG on Saturday where skipper Ben Futcher continued his form of losing yet another toss and Chili were asked to field.
Lauren Bowen-Jones (1-15) took a wicket with the first ball of the match as an impressive Chili fielding display backed up the bowlers. James Purchase (4-26) snicked off Fizz from Corrie and the droney opener had to depart as Sam Hudson did the rest. Last season’s Midsomer Norton overseas player Hashan came in, as Lee Clevely proved the bargain bin rumours to be true as he departed quickly. The wickets continued to tumble quicker than a Liverpool Striker as the visitors were skittled for 130.
The teams retired early to the warmth of the Club House to enjoy a fantastic Frosty tea.
The Chilies game took a nasty turn as Kieran Thick and Ben Futcher departed quickly. Adam Deverill was controversially ran out before Matt Rivers hit a “majestic” 24 according to the man himself. James Purchase and Nathan Crocker also chipped in with 16 and 15 respectively but the wickets were falling at an alarming rate due to some dubious shot selections. The Chilies last pair fell 4 short as Alex the Nudge Fudge finished on 1 Not Out from 27 deliveries and yet again Chilcompton snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to leave the skipper considering a trip to the storm damaged sight screen to mend slats with some rope from the shed.
Chili 1sts travel to the familiar surroundings of Dunkerton CC on Saturday to play Bristol Lions hoping to return to winning ways
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Saturday 1st June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 275ao v Congresbury 2nd XI 305-6 – Congresbury Won by 30 Runs
On a glorious day at Congresbury, Skipper Futcher proved to be useless at the toss once again and Chili were asked to bowl first in the Sahara like conditions. Robotic Australian Brooks took the Chili attack to all parts of the ground, whilst Lewis was a lot more scratchy and it was Kieran Thick who got the breakthrough dismissing Lewis on his way to 2-46. The good news ended there as Castle joined Brooks to punish the Chili attack who were let down by an unusually poor fielding performance. Sam Hudson (1-38) snicked off Brooks for 121 and Matt Rivers removed Castle for 95 to silence the building crowd ahead of big football match. Rivers bagged another 2 wickets both pouched by Dizzie Greenhalgh and the hosts finished on what Chili believed was a par score of 305.
After a veritable feast at teas Thick (58) and Futcher flew out of the blocks and reached a 50 partnership in 6 overs before Futcher perished for 14. What happened next swung the game back in the hosts favour as Deverill chased a ball wider than square, Purchase added another duck to his flock for this season and Greenhalgh offered catching practice to the waiting fielders. With wickets falling at a rapid rate Chili needed stability and when Thick departed for 58 the game seemed over. Matt Rivers (44) and Nathan Crocker (42) regrouped and Chili edged closer to an unlikly victory. Unfortunately they both departed and despite some lusty blows from Sam Hudson (25) and Jack Ford (28) Chili fell 30 short in a game that they felt got away from them.
Chilicompton welcome Barrow Gurney to the CSG on Saturday hoping to return to winning ways.
Saturday 25th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 282-5 v University Staff 1st XI 215-9 – Chilcompton Won by 68 Runs
Chilcompton hosted rivals University Staff hoping to continue their recent good run. Skipper Futcher again lost the toss, but was happy enough to bat first on the “Chili Road”
Futcher and Nathan Crocker (28) scored freely enough as the score passed 50 before Crocker succumbed to Kulranta. This welcomed Vic Captain Adam Deverill to the crease, fresh from a Farmhouse White Post Special Breakfast and the scoring rate began to increase. The pair put on 173 in 27 overs before Deverill’s majestic knock of 106 came to an end when he was pinned in front. The loudest cheer of the day came when James Purchase got off of the mark for a season and he eventually departed for 16. A quick fire cameo of 17* from Jared Greenhalgh helped propel Chilcompton forward. The skipper eventually departed on the penultimate ball of the innings holing out again, this time for 99 as Chilly closed on 281-4.
After a bite to eat the Uni Staff seemed to be unaware that losing draws ended 15 years ago. Lauren Bowen Jones (1-28) made the early breakthrough as Kulranta snicked off to the grateful gloves of Hudson, before James Purchase (2-15) removed Manjuanth via the same method. The pick of the bowling was from Scott Yorke who took 3 for 11 as Chili cantered to victory with Uni Staff producing more blocks than in a Lego house.
Chili will be pleased to have finished 90 overs with Uni staff after last season’s debacle, and next week travel to Congresbury hoping to remain top of the league
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Saturday 18th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 117-1 v Almondsbury 2nd XI 112ao – Chilcompton Won by 9 Wickets
Heartened by a substantial team-building breakfast at the local hostelry, Chilcompton headed to the far side of Bristol looking for back to back wins. On arrival Captain Futcher promptly lost the toss and was asked to bowl.
Last week’s impressive form by Lauren Bowen-Jones continued as she struck early at often on her way to 3-18 to leave the hosts reeling at 51-5. Almondsbury never recovered as the Chili bowlers shared the love around with Rivers chipping in with 2-7 and Thick 2-17 helping skittle the home side for a paltry 114.
After being given the option to be served tea or head out, Futcher opted for teas. Little did the Skipper know another buffet was on the way as he and Kieran Thick raced to a 100 partnership in 12 overs. Futcher was the only wicket to fall for 42, whilst Thick bludgeoned the ball everywhere for his 67 not out as Chilcompton romped home.
Next week Chilcompton host University Staff hoping to complete a full game and not leave it to the league committee to decide the result.
Saturday 11th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 129-4 v Abbots Leigh 1st 125ao – Chilcompton Won by 6 wickets
Chilcompton Travelled to Abbots Leigh looking to bounce back from the previous weeks disappointing defeat. Skipper Futcher won the toss, decided to have a bowl and opened up with Jack Ford and 1st Team Debutant Lauren Bowen-Jones. Lauren Bowen-Jones struck early and often for Chili on her way to magnificent figures of 4-28 in her 9 overs to earn the Player of the Match Award. Stevie Rivers produced some wonder deliveries taking 3-19 with James Purchase (2-19) and Kieran Thick (1-3) taking the remaining wickets as the hosts stumbled to a paltry 125 in 37 overs.
After tea Ben Futcher & Kieran Thick opening up the innings before Thick snicked off for 16. Nathan Crocker & James Purchase failed to trouble the scorers and Chili were struggling at 28-3 with over 100 runs still required. Chili regrouped with Ben Futcher (54) and Sam Hudson (28no) cautiously rebuilding the innings until the skipper decided to try and end the game quickly by holing out to his favourite corner. A thirsty Jared Greenhalgh (28no) joined Hudson and added the acceleration to take the visitors to a 6 wicket victory with 9 overs still remaining.
Chili 1sts look to continue their winning ways next week at Almondsbury
Saturday 4th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 154-9 v Winterbourne 3rd 155-8 – Winterbourne Won by 2 Wickets
Chili suffered a disappointing defeat on the opening day of the new season to fellow promoted side Winterbourne. Skipper Ben Futcher began the campaign with a lost toss and the away side asked the hosts to bat first on a cold blustery afternoon…it really did feel like winter was coming. Two speed merchants found some swing and variable bounce so life was difficult for the top order, with the big five all departing for fewer than 20, where each would be frustrated at how they were dismissed. Sam Hudson stuck around for a dogged 33, showing a mixture of grit and improvisation, while his partner in crime Jared Greenhalgh (31) found the right combination of aggression and composure. Now a competitive total was within reach and a late contribution of 24* from ‘new signing’ Matthew Rivers helped lift Chilcompton to 154-9 in their 45 overs.
Following an effective trio of food, drink and service Chili set about defending their mediocre total in the evening sun, cheered on by their 2nds teammates. Jack Ford and Kieran Thick both hit the ground hard and gave encouragement to the waiting fielders, who were chirpy yet sloppy at times, drops and miss-fields that didn’t go unpunished. Nevertheless, Ford did snatch the opener cheaply then Thick took two quick-fire wickets, one a majestic dive and take from Adam Deverill. However, the visitors, still with last season’s closely-fought encounter in their minds, settled in the middle order and worked the ball around the ground at a sufficient rate. The pick of the bowlers was Deverill (3-16), fishing for an edge wherever he could in his new seam-up approach. James Purchase and Nathan Crocker were equally economical but received less joy. Overall the bowling attack showed character and desire but ultimately had too little runs to protect. Wickets out of the blue and experienced batsmen gone inspired Chili and meant they still had a shout but eventually the away side had the whereabouts to see the game through on a day where Chili lacked spice and Bourne had supremacy.
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