Saturday 28th August 2021
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 136-4 v Abbots Leigh 1st XI 135-7 – Chilcompton won by 6 wickets
Chilcompton approached the final game of the season at Abbots Leigh needing a win and a favour from everyone’s favourite team Pak Bristolians to clinch third place and a potential promotion to Division 4.
Skipper Futcher lost the toss and was asked to bowl first on the Gaza Strip like minefield. Adam Deverill (1-29) removed former Bath Exile Scharneck early as the pitch turned square. Jordan Harding-Bowen-Jones (more surnames than the twos bowled wides this weekend, Poor Umpire Moon) entered the attack and bowled a great line and length to finish with 1-20 off his 8 . Jordan’s wicket was just rewards and a surprising pouch by Teflon Futcher in the slips. Peter “Pan-Parker-Crouch-Ebdon-Beardsley” Coxon kept a stranglehold in the middle overs and James Purchase (1-39) and Jack Ford (1-20) claimed a big fish each to leave Abbots Leigh faltering like their outfield mower in their late pursuit of runs to close on 135-7.
After Tea Chilcompton made an indifferent start with Tom Hancock and Adam Deverill both wrapped in front to leave Chilcompton reeling on 3-2. James Purchase (22) and Sam Hudson (17) set about slowly rebuilding the innings, emphasis on slow. Purchase departed first, after offering fitness tips to the opening bowler. Hudson perished shortly after trying and failing with a ramp slog sweep to a spinner for the second week running. Chilcompton now were wobbling on 60-4 with Nathan Crocker (25*) and Ben Futcher (51*) at the crease. Chilcompton had to up the rate and Skipper Futcher and his sidekick Crocker made sure they attacked the first couple of deliveries to put the pressure on the home side. The eventually Chili pair got home with 2 balls to spare as they held their bottle in very difficult condition. As the news of Bristol Pakistanis bowling out Hanham for 65 and chasing them down, the firsts headed back to Chilcompton wondering if three sides will get promoted, and just about made the end of Neil Moon’s fantastic days of umpiring at the test match at the CSG.
After a frustrating start to his season with a slipped disc, Shipper Futcher was left to rue some of the close games that were narrowly lost which would have certainly secured a top 2 finish.
Saturday 21st August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 148ao v Claverham (Yatton) 2nd XI 86-9 – Chilcompton won by 62 runs
There was monsoon like weather around the area, so it was amazing that the game was able to be played. Both skippers agreed to shorten the game to 30 overs due to a delayed start and after Skipper Futcher lost the toss, Chilcompton were inserted to bat on a tricky damp CSG track.
When wickets started to fall, first chili were afraid and soon they became petrified when they looked like messing up a chance to make ground on the Top 3. The pairing of James Purchase (26) and Nathan Crocker (28) helped the home side recover from 15-4 to add 53 for the 5th wicket. Skipper Futcher then entered the fray and top scored with a quick fire 40, until he decided to “Blitzkrieg Bop” down the track and was stumped. After a mix up between Adam Deverill (9) and Dom Grass (8) going for an all-run 2 the post-mortem to work out which “Born to Run” ensured. Chilcompton were eventually dismissed for 148 in the 29th over which looked slightly below par.
After co-op meal deals the bowlers needed to “Search and Destroy” so Jack Ford (1-14) and James Purchase (2-21) duly obliged as they struck early. Adam Deverill (2-17), Peter Coxon (2-18) and Kieran Thick (1-8) were the other wicket takers as Claverham “Did Stop But Didn’t Have Enough” as Chilcompton cruised to victory and re-enter the promotion chase.
Chilcompton travel to Abbots Leigh on Saturday hoping for the results to go their way and then move into 3rd place which could lead to a promotion to Division 4.
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Saturday 14th August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 193-5 v Pak Bristolians 2nd XI 215ao – Pak Bristolians won by 22 runs
Taking the scenic route through inner city Bristol, the desperate-for-a-win Chilcompton 1st XI were ‘welcomed’ by Pak Bristolians 2nds for the return leg of an ugly encounter earlier in the season. And first blood was claimed by Ben Futcher as he won the toss, eyed up the damp track and elected to field.
Approaching 800 runs already to his name for the season, opening bat Suleman Butt immediately took the aggression to bowlers Jack Ford and Peter Coxon (5-0-42) – anything slightly short, sitting up temptingly for dispatch. James Purchase came on before too long to cut the flow and force a false shot from the other opener, looping easily to the confident gloves of wicket-keeper Adam Marshall.
Unfortunately, Marshall was unable to repeat the trick with a thin feather from batsman three shortly afterwards, and Futcher shelled a regulation chance in the covers off Glen Stansfield (5-0-30-0) that made him look like an ar$e but failed to kick Butt from the middle. He’d spend the next hour totting up the runs that his drop would cost his side.
With the batters putting plenty in the air but continually somehow finding the boundary, it was clear Chillies needed to spin to win. Lee Clevely and Adam Deverill bowled in tandem to stymy the flow of runs, and the latter’s return to the team after some weeks off fishing allowed him to land the prize catch – Butt holing out to Purchase for 83.
130 on the board from 22 overs, wickets then began to fall regularly. Clevely (6-0-33-1) chipped in with a smart caught and bowled, before captain Futcher claimed some redemption with two carbon-copy catches from his vice’s dangerous off-spinners. Deverill (8-0-31-4) completed a fantastic spell with a tricky c&b from a vertiginous height, while Ford (8-0-46-1) returned to prise out the last Pak Bristolian that appeared to know how to hold a bat. It was left to Purchase (7.4-1-27-4) to pick off the bunnies, combining with Marshall thrice to bowl out the home side with two balls to spare for a total of 215.
As the mouth-watering smell of the home side’s curry-based tea wafted over, Stansfield and Chris Dunn popped on the pads. Their appetites clearly whetted, the pair began to tuck into some buffet bowling to get the run chase off to a tasty start. Notching up a fifty partnership in 12 overs, Dunn (22) fired one to cow corner that was smartly pouched and Deverill (2) followed soon afterwards.
As Stansfield and Purchase dug in, the bowling became tighter and the field widely spread around the boundary rope. Umpire Coxon’s 4 signal became an increasingly rarer sight and, after raising his bat for a well-made half-century, Stansfield (61) emulated his opening partner’s demise. Ever the purveyor of the Spirit Of The Game, Futcher (7) walked after a feint snick, leaving Purchase and Nathan Crocker to chase 100 in 13 overs.
Despite their best efforts, the crucial boundaries just wouldn’t come the batsmen’s way. Crocker (26) was eventually bowled, gloriously mirroring the bowler’s over-ebullient celebration. Purchase (63*) and Ford (2*) ultimately fell 22 runs short of the target, leaving Kyle Gloudemans padded up with the solace that at least he wouldn’t have to write this report.
Chillies host bottom of the league Claverham (Yatton) CC next Saturday, requiring a win – and a miracle – if they hope to play division four cricket in 2022.
Saturday 7th August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI v Bristol Lions – Match abandoned Rain
Saturday 31st July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 274-4 v Bath 4th XI 275-5 – Bath won by Chilcompton won by 7 wickets
On a drying track at Isla Nublar, Skipper Futcher won the toss for an unfathomable 5 straight time and elected to bat. Kieran Thick (151*) and The Mendip Lara, Tom Hancock (47) looked in fine form as the pair raced along to be well placed at 101-0 after 15 overs. Eventually Hancock succumbed to Duncan, which brought Futcher to the crease and both the skipper and the imperious Thick rattled the score along to 127-1 in 20 overs. Unfortunately for both batsman and fielder Futcher drilled one straight into the now broken hand of Beth Howe and the skipper departed for 21 closely followed by the fielder to A&E. Sam Hudson joined Thick and after a Megalodon of a mix up between Hudson was sent packing to the lovely new hut, to practice his footwork for his stumble later in the day. Kieran Thick joined the Moretti 100 club for the second time in 2 weeks as he carried his bat and his team to a superb 151no ably supported at the end by Crocks Verstappen (16).
After the interval the Bath openers were able to score freely until the spin of Golden Arm Thick (3-49) broke the opening stand at 106 dismissing Freeman for 50. A 30 minute drinks break including photographs for the home side annoyed the on loan 2nds skipper Burgess who’s hamstrings tightened as the shutter clicked on the boundary as the home side were well on target on 121-1 off 20overs. After drinks the Chili boys sniffed blood like a pack of Velociraptors when the home umpire adjudged the other opener Duncan LBW for 73 but no one could stop Sandford who stuck an aggressive 125no to take the home side to victory with an over to spare.
Chilli will see this as an opportunity lost to close the gap on the top 2 but are still capable of securing 3rd place and hopefully promotion with wins in their final 4 games.
Saturday 24rd July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 156-3 v Hanham 155-5 – Chilcompton won by 7 wickets
With a glorious week of sunshine beforehand it was inevitable the skies would darken just in time for the weekend’s cricket. And so it was as Hanham CC made the journey to the CSG enthused to play a game only to find that the rain is indeed the wet kind in Chilcompton. With much muttering, head shaking and wringing of wet hands that had lightly brushed the outfield this enthusiasm appeared to disappear faster than a climate change invoked heat wave. Whilst the Chili firsts braved the perfectly-fine-to-play-cricket-in weather and set about warming up by spending 45 minutes untangling the boundary rope before playing a spot of defensive-shot-only-batting-whilst-surrounded-by-9-close-in-catching-fielders, Hanham retreated to the bar hoping for a quick journey home or the sudden appearance of a yellow ball of fire in the sky.
Much to the surprise of the home team Hanham suddenly realised that amateur village cricket should really be played unless it’s actually raining, regained their love of the game and hastily arranged a 35 over a side game to begin at 2pm. With a spring in his step skipper Ben Futcher incredibly won his 4th toss in a row (now we know how he used that injury downtime) and elected, unsurprisingly, to insert the opposition. The re-united young opening bowling pair of Dom Grass and Peter Coxon set about their work with rather more gusto than the opposition batsmen, who with still dark thoughts about a potentially treacherous wet wicket (which had been covered during the previous night’s rain) were unable to find timing, the boundary or any early impetuous. This lack of urgency coupled with the excellent respective opening spells of Grass and Coxon led to a quick flurry of wickets to quickly leave Hanham in trouble on 28-3 in the ninth over. An IBW for Grass was followed swiftly by a looping catch taken at gully by Jared “Pique” Greenhalgh off Coxon before some inspired captaincy by Futcher (proving to be much more than an excellent tosser) led to him taking an excellent low slip catch to remove his opposite number Luke Stone having moved himself there only 1 ball earlier. Shortly after, the dangerous George Stone also departed, his mistimed shot sailing into the grey skies to be pouched by the onrushing Sam “Barry” Gibbs for another fine catch. With the superb spells of Grass (2-19) and Coxon (2-22) completed having bowled their allotted overs straight through it was time for Richard Edwards and Joseph White to rebuild against the change bowlers Mark “Beaner” Easterling and Kieran “Centurian” Thick. With a drinks break called, and only the skipper Futcher actually having one, a change of tactic was implemented as Gibbs and Sam Hudson were bought on to bowl the fifth bowler’s overs . After an unsteady start by Gibbs (3-0-15-1) he settled to get Edwards playing on for a positive 21 which was to prove the final wicket of the innings. Thick and Easterling returned to finish the innings whilst White (59*) and keeper Adam Tuffery (29*) upped the tempo, found the gaps and ran hard to put on an unbroken stand of 80 to leave Hanham with a more respectable total (155-5) than had looked likely earlier in the innings.
Chasing, what looked like a below par total, out stepped the returning Tom “Mendip Lara” Hancock and last week’s previous maiden hundred maker Kieran Thick. Showing no signs of the nerves he talks of, Thick set about the opening bowling keen to put his name in the frame for a replacement Hundred contract with an array of gorgeous attacking shots from the off. With Hancock for once playing second fiddle at the other end (nursing a new back injury to go with his arm ailment) the pair put on a rapid 50 opening stand. With Hanham aware the game was slipping away from them at an alarming rate, skipper Stone called on his brother G Stone (the away game’s danger man and comedy no-ball villain) to see if he could stem the tide with his rapid left armers. He duly obliged by re-arranging Thick (34) and Gloudemans’ (0) stumps with two beautiful in-swinging deliveries. When Hudson (0) also departed, plumb LBW playing back to spinner Mark Stone, suddenly Chilcompton looked further away from the total than they had previously having slipped from 54-0 to 60-3. However Greenhalgh joined Hancock for a first bat of the season and after getting a couple of early sweeps away for 4 quickly got into the groove. With Hancock now returning to his impressive season long (or longer) form the pair quickly took the game away from their opponents once again. After putting on a fantastic unbroken 96 run stand – Hancock, finishing unbeaten on 64* (once again unable to convert after completing his fourth half century in 10 innings of a superb season) after striking 10 boundaries and Greenhalgh (44* with 8 boundaries). The trade mark waist high fist pump from Hancock thrilled his family in the crowd and Futcher will be speaking to Burgess to see if his season long loan from the 2nds can be made permanent. The chase was completed with ten overs to spare – mystic Futcher having predicted that exact outcome earlier.
All that was left was for the 11 players, scorer, coaching staff, crowd, passers-by, Uncle Tom Cobbly and all to spend the next hour re-tangling the boundary rope, untangling the boundary rope and re-winding in the boundary rope as a ‘cool down” to celebrate another impressive win. Chilcompton travel to Bath next week (apparently by minibus) in high spirits with the promotion push to the glory of division 4 very much in the reckoning.
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Saturday 17th July 2021
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 281-8 v Brislington 3rd XI 251-7 – Chilcompton won by 30 runs
Certain dates stay long in the memory, 22nd November 1963, the assassination of JFK in Dallas; 16th July 1969, Neil Armstrong steps on the Moon, 4th October 1997; Watford 4 – 0 v Luton at Kenilworth Road. Now Saturday 17th July will stay in the memory for all players from Chilcompton Cricket Club. The 1st XI made the relatively short trip, for some anyway, to Brislington CC on the warmest Saturday of the year. Skipper Futcher made it ‘ 3 in a row’ which has not happened since Travis’ Golden Generation of the late 1990s and won the toss and elected to bat. Stansfield and Thick set the tone for the day as runs ran freely on a glass outfield. A confident early appeal which did not impress umpire Fussell saw Stansfield given a reprieve. However, it was Thick who took to the Brislington bowling like Tom Cruise takes to a free ticket to any British sporting event. After 20 overs and two drinks breaks Chilcompton were 140 for 0 and looking to set 300 for the now dehydrated and sunburnt Brislington XI. Stansfield finally departed for 36 as the heat, 10 pints of cider and ‘Ruby” the night before finally took its toll. Thick however continued with boundaries being dispatched to all parts of Bristol. Purchase (41) joined in the run fest until Thick finally holed out for a magnificent 124, hitting eighteen 4’s and four 6’s. Skipper Futcher (41) continued to keep the score board ticking on as the impressive ‘young Gloudemans’ kept the scoreboard up to date. Wickets started to fall as Chilcompton looked to push on and after 40 sweltering overs Chilcompton set Brislington 282 to win.
Tea was taken in any shade that could be found with Brislington feeling that 281 was a par score on such a good batting track. Chilcompton looked to make early in roads and Grass managed to move a ball for the first time which took Wright leg stump out of the ground in the first over. Brislington then started to find batting comfortable with Reeves and Hamblin keeping Brislington in the game, 120 for 1 at 20 overs. Chilcompton bowling was in short bursts as the heat continued to beat down as the ageing bowlers started to feel their age. The dangerous Reeves scooped one to Gloudemans at square leg for only to see it spill out of his hands with bowler Purchase wishing that young Gloudemans had brought his whites. Fortunately for Gloudemans, Reeves (76) holed out to Thick much to the relief of a certain square leg fielder. Brislington continued to keep up with the run rate, however, wickets started to fall at regular intervals including a catch of any season from Lord Bath as Grass (4 – 34) Purchase (2 -47) and wickets for Coxon and Stansfield left Brislington on 251 after 40 overs. As the players thanked the opposition and congratulated themselves on a fine victory, news from the 2nd XI who had also won with DOC Travis continuing his fine record of scoring a 100 every 26 years making it a fine double for CCC. This can now be added to the list of dates when people will stop you in the street and say ‘ Where were you on Saturday 17th July 2021?’
Saturday 10th July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 180-9 v Bristol 3rd XI 192-8 – Bristol won by 12 runs
On a changeable day at the CSG, Ben Futcher channelled his inner D.O.C and won his 2nd Toss in a row, aiming for the three in a row next week!
Bristol were asked to bat first and Jack Ford (1-36) was too quick for the Bristol opener as he was sent packing quicker than you can say “Rabbit in the Headlights”. Adam Deverill left the magic ball at home this week and it proved to work as he returned with figures of 3 -34. “The King of the North” Peter Coxon pinned the Bristol top scorer Lakhani in front in a good spell of 1-35 and Sam Hudson (2-31) came on to skittle out the tail enders as Bristol ended on a competitive but chaseable 192-8.
Chili’s reply got off to a poor start when they lost the “Mendip Lara” Tom Hancock early doors. Chilcompton’s Overseas player Glen Stansfield (39) and Sam Hudson (38) then started to rebuild the innings before the former offered up a regulation catch. Adam Deverill soon was undone by shade of Shane Warne v Mike Gatting. Skipper Futcher (59) now in with Hudson set about the rebuild job and with the pair in cruise control Hudson chased one wider than one of his Saturday night conquests and snicked off, no happy ending this time. Kyle Gloudemans (15) came to the crease and played second fiddle to the skipper, who had to ratchet up the scoring once again but an untimely run out saw Futcher depart with 21 required off 18 balls. Unfortunately for Chilli they stuttered like a Marcus Rashford penalty to the finish line and lost wickets at key times and ultimately lost by 12 runs.
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Saturday 3rd July
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 168-4 (26 overs) v Barrow Gurney 1st XI 243-7 (40 overs) – Chilcompton won by 6 wickets after reaching the revised total
With an indifferent forecast predicted, returning skipper Ben Futcher had no hesitation when he actually won the toss and elected to have a bowl. Jack Ford (1-31) and Kieran Thick (2-56) kept things tight early on as Barrow struggled to get it away. The introduction of James Purchase (0-22) really then y tightened the vice on the innings. As the game progressed Mark Easterling (2-63), Adam Deverill (1-66) and the returning Thick (2-56) started to leak runs and the hosts amassed a par score of 243-7 before the tea break rain.
After the rain had cleared and a revised total of 165 off 27 overs had been calculated it was down to the Chilli batsmen to get the runs to really leap back into the promotion race. Glen Stansfield (51) and Tom Hancock (11) opened up, with the former looking at his fluent best until a moment of misfortune accounted for his wicket. James Purchase (30) and Kieran Thick (22) started to fall behind the rate on a sticky wet pitch before they both were dismissed. With Chilli stuttering on 123-4 and requiring 42 off 4 overs, enter the Skipper Futcher (17* off 9) and the Deputy Deverill (30* off 15) and the pair bludgeoned the ball to all parts to take Chili to victory with an over to spare. Chilcompton move into the top half of the table and face Bristol 3rds at the CSG on Saturday.
Saturday 26th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 185-3 v Abbots Leigh 1st 184ao – Chilcompton won by 7 wickets
The Firsts hosted Abbots Leigh is the final game before the turnaround, Skipper Deverill lost the toss and was asked to bowl first. Jack Ford and Dom Grass took some from the heavy hitting skipper (emphasis on Heavy) and the visitors were on 80-0 after the first 10 (50 above the required 30 in the DOCs eyes). James Purchase then pinned the skipper after some fine Glove work from Ironman behind the stumps, electing not to take the stumping the ball before to manufacture a wicket. With Kieran Thick marking his run up, the skipper had a change of heart and brought himself into the attack when he saw that the number 3 had blocks than Legoland. Purchase (3-26) then bought his second and the key wicket of Webber saw the opposition on 100-2. Finally after the world’s longest warm up Thick (5-24) entered the attack and ripped through the batting line up earning a new friend in the process with the non striking batsmen giving him a Dave Hazell fist bump. Ohhhhhhhhh cricket friend. When the larger frame of Tucker didn’t make his ground after some great work by the Farming Anonymous pair of Yorke and Baker, the Outgoing Batsmen willow ended clearing the boundary rope much to the delight of the Chilli huddle. Purchase and Grass returned to mop up the tail as Abbots Leigh limped like an injured Gazelle to 184 all out from 35 overs.
After the delights of a Covid tea, Chilcompton needed someone to get runs with Hancock unavailable due to injury and his brother Matt otherwise engaged. Gloudemans (9) became unstuck by the floaty bowling of the Colin De Grandhomme doppelgänger and the other frugal opener snaffled Deverill for 19 with the worst ball of his spell. Enter the Steam Train Purchase who demanded to be entertained after not getting his 66763673 required boundary laps in. Ask and he shall receive as Kieran Maximus Meridius Thick joined the party and the pair decided to up the ante and dispatch the ball around the ground. This prompted the opposition too “switch” balls to a second new ball after drinks, cunning as it was the ball come off the bat quicker. Purchase then got a reprieve as he top edged a beamer, and after a G7 summit meeting between the umpires, Deverill swooped in and gave the correct decision of not out. MOM Thick (67) eventually played one shot too many as the 118 run stand was broken. With the opposition now arguing amongst themselves Purchase (74*) and Stansfield hit the requisite remaining runs to put the 1sts back in the promotion mixer. As for Abbots Leigh, they wheel spun out of the car park quicker than Shuds at the Somerset Wagon in the Stratton days (those that know, know).
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Saturday 19th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 158-4 v Pak Bristolians 2nd XI 156-9 – Chilcompton won by 6 wickets
Chilcompton 1st XI headed for a rare away fixture outside of Bristol looking to get back to winning ways as they took on bottom of the table side Claverham/Yatton CC 2nds. After winning another toss – more now than the absent skipper Ben Futcher has managed in the last 5 seasons – Adam Deverill invited the hosts to take first use of the pitch in the quaint surroundings of Teletubby land aka The Wood Memorial Ground under gloomy skies and the joys of the returning autumnal weather following a 3 day summer.
Fresh from sharing a history lesson on the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games with his travelling companions the returning Dom “Grassy” Grass (the team’s nickname committee still channelling the spirit of the 90s England test team – Goochy, Stewie, Lamby, Smithy, Hicky, Daffy et al) set about sharing the new ball with Peter “King of The North” Coxon (better) in a youthful combination of a mere 113 years. Despite good bowling Claverham set off at a lively pace until Coxon snared the first wicket to fall – opener Shimmons falling to a miss hit aerial drive to Deverill at mid off muttering about the quality of the opposition on his return to the hutch. Instead of slowing the scoring rate as hoped this merely bought Andrew Mayers to the crease who decided to press his foot to the accelerator and liberally strike the ball to boundary whilst coaching his young partner at the other end. There followed an excellent passage of play as the Mayers/Coxon duel traded lusty drive for cunning variation until Coxon got his man nicking behind – Gloveman Andrew “Bakes” Baker stunned by his own ability to cling on to the passing ball . Coxon took another wicket – cleaning bowling Gamble for a patient 14 – to finish with figures of 8-1-38-3 as he and Grass (8-1-30-0) finished their allotted overs. Following the spritely first ten overs (58-3) Claverham were suddenly squeezed into a go slow by the introduction of spin twins James Purchase and Lee Cheeser” Clevely (6-0-23-0) scoring only 17 runs from the following ten. Continuing his great all-round form of the previous week, Purchase took the next 3 wickets to fall, finishing with remarkable figures of 8-2-10-3. Scrambled singles and agricultural blows from the lower order upped the rate once more following the end of Purchase’s spell but the wickets continued to fall regularly as Deverill (6-0-28-3) picked up 3 of the remaining 4 required. The returning Kieran Thick, back bowling after his recent injury, was unable to take the final wicket as Barker (plumb Ibw to Deverill for a career high score of 19) and home skipper Stephen Gamble (19no from 14 balls) ensured that Claverham finished on a respectable 156-9 from their 40 overs.
Following a check on the Euro game progress on the open-air telly and successfully managing to avoid eating all 8 bags of the Hancock family purchased doughnut bounty, Chilcompton set about polishing off the runs instead. Alas the start of the innings did not go as planned as the statistically successful opening partnership of Kyle Gloudemans and Tom Hancock for once did not set their normal 1st wicket platform – Gloudemans succumbing to a beauty of an in-swinging delivery into his stumps for a duck from the left armer John Ashman (8-1-22-1) with the score only 3. This bought the assured Purchase to the crease who followed his back-to-back 3-fors with back-to-back half centuries. With “Mendip Lara” Hancock soon into his fluent best, scoring freely all around the ground, and Purchase striking the ball cleanly at the other end there appeared little doubt as to the result. However having both reached their personal half centuries soon after each other, Purchase – 54 off 65 balls with 10 boundaries – succumbed to one blow too many as he picked out Barker in the field having put on 114 for the second wicket. The customary Chilcompton collapse (that 90s England theme runs strong within them) was on especially when Deverill (0) and Chris Dunn (3) both fell clean-bowled swiping at the impressive 12 year old off-spinner Tom Ashman (2-28) leaving work still to be done at 138-4. The nerves were calmed by first Hancock – attempting to smash someone’s windscreen in with a swivel pulled six over square leg into the car park – and then Thick (18no off 10) who wasted little time in striking 3 boundaries and a six of his own as they finished the game in style. Hancock returned to his happy teammates finally able to see a “W” in the results column again having compiled yet another glorious innings of 71 unbeaten runs (80 balls) and looking forward to a celebratory doughnut. The shine was taken off however when he was reminded of the fact that his poor conversion rate could soon see him promoted to the 2nds.
Buoyed by a win at last, Chilcompton return home to the CSCG next week to take on Abbots Leigh.
Saturday 12th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 225-6 v Pak Bristolians 2nd XI 227-8 – Pak Bristolians won by 2 wickets
With the summer finally beginning in Somerset, Chilcompton firsts arrived at the CSCG looking to get their league form back on track following back-to-back loses. The day started well, despite Chilcompton missing several first team regulars, with the toss won by stand-in skipper Adam Deverill who duly invited Pak Bristolians to take to the field in the blazing sun. The innings began with a boundary struck from the very first ball as the Chilcompton opening pair of Kyle Gloudemans and Tom Hancock looked to continue their impressive run of high scoring partnerships. As Gloudemans played the anchor role against the initially tight line bowling of Pak Bristolians opening bowlers Qaisar & Faisal (8-2-41-0) it was the more fluent and stylish “Mendip Lara” Hancock who repeatedly found the boundary to have Chilcompton scoring at 4 an over for the first ten overs. After conceding 3 boundaries to Gloudemans in his 4th over Qaisar was removed and replaced by the young slow bowler Abdullah (8-2-25-0) who began to tighten the scoring rate with clever changes of pace and length whilst at the other end, the left arm quick, Azan Naseer continued to squeeze the scoring options. However, after a loud and vociferous appeal for a caught behind (one of several lively flashpoints throughout the game) young Azan lost both his cool and accuracy as Hancock once again smashed the ball to the ropes on three occasions during the next 4 balls. Having already bought up a well-deserved personal 50 Hancock then took the opening pair to their second 100 opening stand in 4 innings in the 25th over. With the platform set and change bowlers introduced it was time to up the ante but despite the encouragement (not to mention text message instructions via the umpire) from the seated and hydrated teammates Hancock (73) fell, bowled, when looking set to make 3 figures having struck 14 boundaries. If the visitors thought the wicket would bring respite they were sadly mistaken as James “Steam Train” Purchase entered the arena and began destroying their bowling attack with a combination of timing and glorious ball striking (a sumptuously stuck six off his pads the stand out shot of many). By the time Purchase departed 9 overs later he had contributed 53 of the 72 runs made for the second wicket. An over later Gloudemans (40) also departed – heat and failing fitness contributing to his run out as he failed to make the third. With overs running out Deverill, Matt “Loudy” Loud and Chris “Dunny” Dunn all departed to the returning Qaisar (3-50) selflessly giving their wickets away in the search for quick runs. It was left to Jack “Fordy” Ford (the nicknames thought up by the Chilcompton brains trust really know no bounds) to return to form with a sweetly struck unbeaten 22 including a straight driven six into the sightscreen to take Chilcompton to their total of 225-6.
Following on from a mainly melted ‘packed lunch’ tea Pak Bristolians set about feasting on the Chillies bowling attack with Suliman outdoing the earlier first ball Chilcompton innings four with a first ball full toss square leg stuck six. Despite the sledging dished out by a riled few, including the classic ‘he’s only got one shot’ (the one that goes for 4 or 6 presumably!) Pak Bristolians completely ignored it to motor to 73 without loss after 10 overs and 96-0 off 15. With Sam “Seconds Bunny Hunter” Hudson (Hudsy?) removed from the attack, skipper Deverill also unable to stem the tide and the home side becoming fractious with each other in the field the introduction of the Chillies player of the match Purchase finally began to convince the home side that there was still a contest, and possibly a win, to be had. Bowling with his usual variety, thought and control Purchase took the first 2 wickets to fall – the first well held in the deep by Hancock with the baying Chilly Army’s alcohol fumes swirling round him as Suliman (45) played his “one shot” too many. There followed, during the middle overs of the second innings of the match, a gripping contest as lustily struck boundaries were traded with a steady flow of wickets as the game swayed this way and that – Purchase adding a fine catch to mirror Hancock’s with a superb spell of 8-0-27-4 as he bowled 3 of his victims inducing opener Addur-Rahman (46). Peter “Coxony” Coxon (just joking it’s just Pete) also taking a wicket during his 8 overs to possibly his worst ball of a respectable spell. With the match heading again towards an away victory Ford was reintroduced to take the wickets required to snatch the victory and he duly obliged with a stunning double wicket maiden ending his spell (8-0-41-2). However, with Qaisar still at the wicket striking the ball to all parts it looked as though victory was assured until Deverill cleaned up his stumps giving Chilcompton the belief that a victory could still be on the cards. Alas it was not to be, as the visiting captain Qamar Warraich survived the heat, verbals and countless contested lbw decisions (along with the odd contested wide call) to take his team to victory in what became an unpleasant end to what had been an otherwise excellent game. Chilcompton will travel the relatively short distance to Yatton next week hoping to arrest the tide and pick up a much needed win.
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Saturday 5th June
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 170ao v Bristol Lions 1st XI 202ao – Bristol Lions won by 32 runs
Chilcompton 1st XI made the short journey to Dunkerton on the warmest day of the year to take on Bristol Lions hoping to reverse last week’s defeat. Skipper Deverill won the toss and decided to take the field on what looked an interesting wicket. Tight early bowling by Ford and the recently promoted Easterling made scoring runs difficult and this pressure resulted in an attempted quick single to the ever so sharp Jonty Grass Rhodes who swooped and through down the stumps leaving Wyn run out by 3 yards. Bristol Lions started to score feely and with short boundaries all around it was proving difficult to prevent boundaries being scored with some clean hitting with many a ball being lost to all parts of the ground. The arrival of Purchase (3 for 36) and Grass ( 2 for 39) brought some control back for Chilcompton and after 2 quick wickets for Thick, Bristol Lions were eventually bowled out on the last ball of the innings for a competitive 202.
Chilcompton started the run chase in positive fashion despite the unpredictability of the wicket with Gordon ‘Tom Hancock’ Greenidge and Sam Hudson striking the ball well and putting early pressure on the Lions opening bowlers. The change of bowlers proved successful for the Lions as the extra pace proved difficult as wickets started to fall. The classy Hancock stood firm bring up 50 with some excellent stroke play as Chilcompton reached 100 for 3 at 20 overs. Eventually Hancock fell for an impressive 75 leaving Chilcompton needing 5 runs an over off the last 12 overs. As the wicket continued to behave like a naughty school boy, Captain Deverill came to the crease and looked to steer his team home. Some clean hitting from Dunn brought the away team ever closer but the re-introduction of Akon from the road end proved decisive as he picked up 5 wickets for 13 runs, skittling out the final 3 batsmen without troubling the scorers and leaving Deverill stranded not out on 21.
Chilcompton hope to reignite their season on Saturday at the CSG against Pak Bristolians
Saturday 29th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 209-6 v Bath 4th XI 221-7 – Bath won by 12 runs
Summer finally arrived at CCG and as the first XI arrived in their usual dribs and drabs, Bath were already into their pre-game warm up routine looking to remain top of the league after four games. Having won the toss, skipper Deverill elected to bowl and both Bath openers looked to set the tone from the off, dispatching any short delivery to the boundary on a quick outfield. The usual banter from ‘Gloves Hudson’ fell on deaf ears as Bath looked to set a 200+ target. The pacey Ford made the breakthrough with 40 on the board with a delivery that moved away from the Bath opener and removing the off stump in the sixth over. Chilcompton bowlers then managed to stem the fast scoring Bath with some controlled bowling from Purchase (2 -32) and Deverill. Despite a number dropped catches and potential run outs, Chilcompton began to take wickets at regular intervals with Hudson impressing with the gloves. The unfortunate Ford was forced into visiting A and E after another dropped catch which left the tired Chilcompton fielders a player light (not something that has been said before) in what now appeared a huge field to cover. Bath rallied in the final overs to post a very competitive 221 for 7. Players enjoyed another traditional Co-Op Meal Deal for tea before looking to reply in positive fashion.
Despite losing Deverill early on, the ever impressive Tom Hancock looked to steady the ship with a Gordon Greenidge type innings, striking the ball to all parts of the CCG. The arrival of Stansfield with Chilcompton struggling brought back memories of a match winning innings versus the same opposition a decade earlier. Unfortunately, after one ball and pushing for a quick single, Stansfield brought back memories of Derek Redmond at the Barcelona Olympics. A pulled hamstring brought the often comical situation of a runner joining the batsmen. Despite the injury, Stansfield and Hancock started to take control and now 221 looked a realistic possibility. Bath’s bowlers rallied, first removing Hancock for 47 and the Stansfield for an impressive 66 where the game was delayed whist he hobbled back to the pavilion. A quick fire 26 from Hudson kept Chilcompton in with a chance but finally the hosts fell short by 12 runs in their pursuit.
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Saturday 22nd May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 140-6 v Hanham 2nd XI 139-8 – Chilcompton won by 4 wickets
Four weeks into the league season and finally the Great British summer’s biblical rains abated for the day to allow Chilcompton Sports 1st XI to finally complete a game of cricket. With clear skies and a cold wind to greet them Chilcompton overcame the first hurdle of the day by arriving just in time despite Keynsham’s temporary 3-way traffic lights’ best efforts. This delay had at least led to the best decision of the day by stand-in skipper Adam Deverill who was forced to send stand-in coin tosser Tom Hancock to do what no first team skipper has achieved in living memory – win the toss!
With the hosts inserted on a damp track the evergreen Dom Grass (8-2-14-0) and Jack “Viking” Ford set about squeezing the life out of any hopes of a rapid start to the game as Chilcompton took control from the off. The wiley Grass – bowling his allotted overs straight through – was so in control of his craft that he was even able to formulate a cunning plan with sidekick Glen Stanfield to create a wicket chance to be purposedly spurned. Stansfield’s juggling efforts (3 drops in 1) were so convincing that his team mates and the opposition were left completely unaware that it was merely part of the master plan to preserve Grass’ miserly economy rate and keep the struggling opener in the middle to continue to accumulate at a snail’s pace. Peter Coxon replaced Ford and continued the tight lines of the opening pair, bowling with excellent control and taking the first wicket to fall in the 17th over curtesy of a mistimed shot steepled to Lee Clevely’s crocodile snare. With the score at that stage only 34-1 it was time for the first member of the Stone family to enter the fray and attempt to up the ante and build a target worthy the name. The initial impetus was provided by Clevely who, taking over from Grass at the ‘Drive your car across the cricket field’ end, showed that although class and experience may be permanent a net session before you bowl in a match after an 18 month hiatus might be a good idea. Coxon meanwhile took the second wicket to fall – unfortunately unaware of the Grass/Stanfield plan to keep the struggling opener in the middle – with Hancock providing his second excellent contribution of the game by taking a fabulous one-handed catch diving forward at square leg. WIth ‘Cheeser” Clevely removed from the attack, Stansfield joined the fun and quickly removed the dangerous looking Stone Senior with the slower off break although not before the Chilli fielders had witnessed a full blown family feud with the first of his sons over a miscommunicated single call (the chilli fielders missing one of several run out opportunities). Stansfield then removed a second Stone (Skipper Luke) before completing a Stone Family Hat-trick by removing the clean striking George to finish with excellent figures of 8-0-21-3 (or 8-0-27-3 if you get the scores from the website??). Meanwhile skipper Deverill switching ends – to allow Ford to return at the ‘leave your big ladder by the fence” end – to good affect taking 2 wickets of his own from his 6 overs. Viking Ford, with his resplendent beard flowing in the wind, got himself a wicket that he deserved (8-2-17-1 or 24runs depending on which scorebook you read??) before some late order single scrambling left Hanham with a below par 139-8 at the half way stage.
Opening pair Kyle Gloudemans and Hancock hoped to continue their blossoming partnership from the week (and season) before on a drying track but found the Hanham bowlers in no mood to be offering up any easy runs. Hancock was bowled after 8 tight overs with only 17 scored and was soon followed by skipper Deverill in the same fashion – although this time by Left arm swinger G Stone with a loud send off proclaiming he’d be beaten by “the quicker one” (how Deverill was to have the last laugh). Gloudemans (16) was joined by Kieran “Best player in the club” Thick who was soon into his stride only to see his partner also depart, caught and bowled to a muddled shot, with the score on 29 to Hola (7-2-12-2) and the target looking a long way away. Man of the Match Stansfield joined Thick however and soon set about chasing down the score required with boundaries quickening the rate and easing the visitors concerns. After completing a rapid 50 partnership Thick departed for a cleanly struck 39 including a pair of sixes and 4 fours when looking well set for a 50. Stansfield was joined by Chris Dunn who looked to continue to up the score. Knowing only wickets would prevent a Chilli win with Stansfield comfortably controlling the chase Hanham sent for the self proclaimed star man (probably) Stone to return. What followed was the most entertaining over of the match. An increasingly annoyed Stone completely lost his head and run up in bowling 6 no balls and a wide for good measure. To add insult to injury, and added mirth to the Chilcompton team on the sidelines, 2 of the no-balls cleaned up Dunn’s stumps and finally deciding to change his run ups length even bowled a bigger no-ball off a short run up. The Prosecco’d up home team support called for a change of umpire to no avail with Grass insisting they give Deverill (told you) a break due to it being his first game. Dunn (12) eventually departed, bowled by an absolute beauty of an unplayable leg cutter legal delivery from Davis (6.2-0-16-2), before the returning Stone Snr was deposited for a straight six by Stansfield. Andrew Baker joined in time to score a couple of runs and be called through for the sharp winning single by Stansfield who finished unbeaten for a superb 31. With a first game and first win complete Chilli Firsts returned home to swap victory stories with the “win clutched from the jaws of defeat” seconds at the CSCG.
Chili face Top of the table Bath on Saturday at the CSG hoping to move further up the table.
Saturday 15th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 50-0 home to Brislington 3rd XI
Kyle Gloudemans (22) and Tom Hancock (25)
Match Abandoned after 10 overs
Saturday 8th May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI v Bristol 3rds – Match cancelled due to rain
Saturday 1st May
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 99ao v Barrow Gurney 1st XI 29-2 – Match Abandoned
Chilcompton 1st XI opened their season at the CSG with a lacklustre batting display against Barrow Gurney 1st XI. Wicket’s fell regularly in difficult conditions and it was the returning legend Glen Stansfield who top scored with an excellent 28. Tom Hancock (17) and the limping Ben Futcher (15) were the only other Chili batsmen to reach double figures. Kian Ware was the pick of the Barrow Gurney Bowlers with 4 for 10 in his 6 overs and Edward Holdaway chipped in with 3 for 11 in his 6 overs.
Barrow Gurney stuttered to 29 for 2 in 12 overs before the showers took the players off and the game was abandoned. Chilcompton were confident of an unlikely victory with the evergreen Dominic Grass the pick of the bowlers with excellent figures of 2 for 2 in his 4 overs.
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Saturday 29th August
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 218-3 v PR Royals – Brislington 3rd XI 222-4 – Brislington won by 6 wickets
Chilcompton hosted Brislington on a windy day at the CSG. The Skipper Ben Futcher lost the toss and his Chili side were asked to bat first on a soft pitch due to the weeks rain.
Kyle Gloudemans and Tom Hancock opened the innings and in a watchful manner got Chilcompton up to 68 for 0 off of 20 overs. After the drinks break Hancock started to up the tempo and finding the middle of the bat often gave Chilcompton a much needed bit of acceleration. Hancock fell to the bowling of Peters for a brilliant 70 on his debut for the 1st XI. This now sparked Gloudemans into life with him hitting the fence regularly. Gloudemans caught for his 1st XI personal best of 81. Kieran Thick (25no) ended the innings with some big hitting as Chilcompton made 218 for 3 off the allotted 40 overs.
Brislington started their innings with a bang. Blake (26) and Turner (16) got them off to a flyer as Bris were going at 10 per over and looking to end things quickly. Dom Grass (8-31-1) and Crocker (6-17-2) got rid of the openers this brought Reeves to the crease who also carried on where the openers set off punishing some of the loose Chilcompton bowling on his way to a fantastic innings of 112 not out. Chilcompton got there lines right in the middle overs and pulled the reigns in to make life more difficult for Brislington but with Reeves at the crease Brislington were always favourites and got home with and over and 4 balls to spare.
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Saturday 22nd August 2020
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 127-8 v PR Royals – PR Royals 177-8 lost by 50 runs
In a tasty encounter the Pakistani’s prevailed over an underwhelming Chilcompton. Batting first on a squelchy track at Farmborough the hosts struggled for rhythm under some testing bowling from seamers Ben Cousins and Dom Grass. Geordie Cousins nabbed the openers cheaply, bringing the number three to the crease who turned out to be the main protagonist – a century that survived a huge appeal early on, drops but generally power hitting (one into the adjacent tennis courts). Wickets taken by Lauren Bowen-Jones and Sam Hudson helped somewhat yet the damage was done and teacher Grass would have said in a report that the Chili fielders could have done better.
Chasing a challenging 178 under cloud seemed more straightforward after a solid opening partnership from fisherman Adam Deverill and farmer Chris Dunn. However both fell in quick succession and a cultured 21 from Alex Fudge seemed to be in vain once Ben Futcher’s uncharacteristic dancing shoes reappeared…premature with nightclubs still closed. Neither the middle order nor the tail could contain the versatile bowling attack so the visitors ultimately fell well short and endured more sour grapes.
Saturday 15th August 2020
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI v Bristol Lions – Rained Off
Saturday 8th August 2020
Chilcompton Sports 1st XI 157-9 v Bath 4th XI 160-8 – Bath won by 2 wickets
On a scorcher at the M4 junction CSG, Futcher surprisingly won the toss for the first time in years and elected to bat first.
The prodigal son Glen Stansfield and Sam Hudson (17) opened up, before Stansfield went cheaply. Hudson and James Purchase (30) both looked set before Hudson decided to offer catching practice. Skipper Futcher was next to go as a rush of blood saw him doing a waltz down the track, only to quick step back to the chairs, one of which he turned around and sat watching the club house rather than the “quality of bowling” that had seen him get out.
With the opposition rotating their extra man more than chili rotated the strike, the home side struggled in the middle overs. Nathan Crocker (47) and lower order contributions saw Chili limp to 157, at least 50-75 runs short of what they believed to be the par score.
Bath got off to a good start before Purchase snared a couple, Hudson and Lauren Bowen-Jones chipped in with middle order wickets. When Jack Ford removed Bath mainstay Aspeeling it seemed on for Chili but unfortunately the home side couldn’t get the last couple of wickets in their race for promotion to POD F next season
Next week the Saturday 1st XI host Bristol Lions at the CSG, 1pm Start.
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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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