Sunday 30th August
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 145-7 v Dinder & Croscombe XI 254-6 – Dinder won by 109 runs
On a Sunny afternoon at the CSG and with at least 4 players on short term loan to Dinder and Croscombe, Chili Captain Rich Gillard invited the opposition to bat first. Chilcompton fielded 3 of their Junior Section Alexandra Baughan, Tom Scott & Henry Purchase which can only bode well for the future of the Club. Andy Baker (66) got off to a flyer and annihilated the bowlers against him including the aforementioned Chilcompton Junior Section before young Tom Scott accounting for Hudson (the younger). With Jon Teflon Doel dropping catches for fun on the boundary Dinder pushed on and were 100-2 from just 17 overs. A Caught and Bowled from young Henry Purchase brought C Harvey to the crease and the score ended on 254-6 with Harvey ending on 86 not out.
The Chili reply got off to a wobbly start with Captain Gillard skiing one straight down mid-offs throat without troubling the scorers. Theo Pavli (35), Jon Doel (15) and debutant Mark Emery (26) put up some resistance but it was too little too late. Credit to Tom Scott (6), Alexandra Baughan (1 not out) and Henry Purchase (17 not out) who made life more difficult for the opposition bowling.
Chilcompton ended on 145-7 and concluded their Sunday Season which saw some highs and lows with Youth given the chance under the leadership of Skipper Gillard.
Sunday 23rd August 2020
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 250-8 v Bedminster Development XI 233-7 – Won by 27 runs
For the first time in 369 days Chilcompton Sunday XI played a Home Fixture and hosted Bedminster on a chilly breezy afternoon at the CSG. Losing the toss Chilcompton were invited to bat first on a damp track.
After the skipper left the ball and covid cleaning equipment by the clubhouse for safe keeping, and also having a quick team warm up to clear the covers from the pitch, Big Fish Nash and Harrison Veale took to the crease to begin the game.
Nash (18) didn’t last long unlike his opening partner Veale who stroked his way to a majestic 118 in 35 overs.
With Futcher giving himself a good talking to at the BYO drinks break he managed to smash a quick 43 before picking the fielder out giving an easy catch. Young Tom Scott (10 not out) and Skipper Gillard (15 not out) held on to the end and Chilcompton ended up with a very good score of 250 for 8 wickets from their 40 overs.
After a Covid tea Roger Davies opened the bowling on his Chilcompton debut but the opening bats took a liking to him bludgeoned 26 from his first two overs. Nick Johnston started the wicket tumble with a runout (from his own bowling follow through) and a snick behind. The score very quickly rocketed with the opener Pattison hitting an extremely quick 65. The Bowling of Veale once again proved to be the turning point as the opener holed out to Futcher on the leg side boundary. Sullivan put up a valiant fight for the visitors ending up on 86 not out. Unfortunately for him and Bedminster it wasn’t enough to see them over the line and they ended up with a score of 233 for 7 wickets from their 40 overs.
Chilcompton host local friendly side Dinder and Croscombe next week in their last Sunday friendly of the season.
Sunday 9th August 2020
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI v BAC – Opponents Defaulted!
Sunday 9th August 2020
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 152-5 v Midsomer Norton Sunday XI 153-1 – Norton Won by 9 wickets
On a sunny Sunday Chilcompton returned to face local friends Midsomer Norton at Withies Lane. After turning up at the original start time (90 minutes early) Chilli captain Rich Gillard opted to bat first on a good track. Opener Alex Nash took the game straight to Norton knocking 50 up in just under 11 overs. With the score on 65-1 the run rate slowed as Nash and Mark Sylvester got bogged down with the slower bowlers. Nash stayed for the whole innings ending on 112 not out with Chili finishing on a respectable 152-5 from their 30 overs.
After a quick picnic Chili set about defending their score. Openers Cox and Rodd both retired Not out on 52 and 50 respectively. After bringing on the slow bowlers the run rate again slowed with Simon Jones taking Chili’s only wicket. Midsomer Norton knocked the runs of in 25.4 overs with relative ease taking singles all the way to the end.
Next Week the Sunday 1st XI host BAC at the CSG, 1pm Start.
Sunday 2nd August 2020
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 114ao v Dinder & Croscombe 110ao – Chilcompton Won by 4 Runs
Chilcompton Sunday XI travelled to their friends at Dinder & Croscombe on a beautiful day at the picturesque ground in Dinder. Chilcompton batted first and started badly when Rich Gillard played down a different line and was bowled for a golden duck. After a brief flurry from Jon Doel (19) Chilcompton were soon in deeper trouble at 26-6 with an early finish on the cards. The veteran Nathan Crocker (49no) came to the rescue building great stands with Ollie Cassidy and his son Leighton Crocker. When the last wicket fell the visitors had posted an under par score of 114 ao.
The Dinder reply stuttered thanks to the wicket taking of Jon Doel, Nathan Crocker, Nick Winstone and Hugo Dawlane plus a superhuman catch from the evergreen Nick Winstone. Dan Barker chipped in with a couple of late wickets but as the final 5 overs approached Dinder required a meagre 5 runs to win. Enter another Chilcompton Youth Team player Tom Scott who took 2 wickets in an over to win the game for the visitors in an amazing game.
Chilcompton Sunday XI travel to Midsomer Norton next Sunday.
Sunday 1st September 2019
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 203-6 v Whitchurch 259-7 – Whitchurch Won by 56 runs
On a warm afternoon Chilcompton Sunday 1st’s travelled to Whitchurch looking to finish the season with a win. Losing the toss Skipper Rich Gillard was invited to field first against a strong promotion chasing attack. Jon Doel and Matt Rivers were unable to make an early break through despite a couple of dropped catches and it was left to Harry Veale (8-2-37-2) to make the breakthrough by removing both opening batsman. That brought G Heal to the crease who bludgeoned anything offline to the boundary and he eventually fell at the end of the innings to the returning Doel (8-1-37-3). With some off-beat fielding in the sunshine on a bobbly outfield Whitchurch ended up on a score of 259-7 in their 40 overs.
With a large target to chase Chilcompton were not helped by some defensive tactics from the opposition skipper which meant that Alex Nash & Jon Nash and Doel fell early leaving Harry Veale and Matt Rivers to rebuild the innings. Unfortunately boundaries were hard to come by and the score ticked along at a snail’s pace. When Veale (69) eventually fell that brought in late replacement J Rodd (12th hour call up) to bludgeon a couple of quick boundaries before skiing one up to the clouds for a good catch. With a few batsman not making any score young Tom Scott held his own with Rivers, that was until Rivers missed a straight one and was cleaned bowled for a well deserved 74. This brought the skipper to the crease for just one ball and with young Toms “words of wisdom” ringing in his ears he bludgeoned the last ball for what turned out to one of very few boundaries. Chilcompton finished on 203-6 and fourth in the table.
Sunday 25th August
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 199ao v Leema 203-5 – Leema Won by 5 Wickets
In their penultimate match of the campaign Chili were ousted by their Leema counterparts at the batting paradise of Barrow Gurney. Winning the toss and only having nine men meant an easy decision for his team to post a total for Rich Gillard. Opening pair Alex Nash and Harrison Veale were watchful and patient at first amid some challenging bowling in the August desert. Veale (29) was first to go after a pleasant knock, caught at cover, then Nash got bowled by a beauty to leave Jon Doel and Matt Rivers to rebuild the innings. The former gradually became more and more assertive as his innings went on while Rivers timed the ball well, finding the middle regularly to the close boundaries. The two formed a decent partnership with effective rotating of the strike to kick Chili on. Doel was snatched one short of a fifty, Rivers went to the same fate, two more wickets fell – as did optimism. Nonetheless, captain Gillard adjusted the sails and his smooth batting helped the away team set a 200 target, even though his teammates had more than half a Jack Leach Specsavers eye on some events at Headingley involving someone called Ben Stokes and something called the Ashes.
After a tasty tea Chilcompton were in need of early wickets to create momentum plus pressure. But it was tough going with two fielders down and despite some play and misses the openers were fairly comfortable, finding gaps and boundaries alike. Miles Hadrill finally found a breakthrough with his loop the loops then Nasher was the menace as his run out helped give a little more hope. Another sharp piece of fielding from Fudge in a spirited effort was to prove insignificant, as was Doel’s dismissal and Hadrill’s second; young Tom Scott was given more bowling and showed character in a losing effort. There were just not enough runs on the board to defend while the gaps wore down a tiring Chili outfit. All credit to Leema who were unwilling to allow any slip-ups cause the necessary trouble to affect the outcome of the game and saw the win through with overs to spare. Chilcompton trudged off in need of refreshment and recuperation with promotion now relying on other results and Chili going out with a bang.
Sunday 18th August
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 141-9 v Churchways 176ao – Churchways won on Ren Rate
Chili Sundays were undone by lowly Churchways in a heavily rain-affected contest at the CSG. Winning the toss Rich Gillard put the visitors in with grey clouds and moist grass prevalent. Opening bowling duo Matt Rivers and Adam Deverill kept things tight and nagged around off stump to the first two batsmen who produced more blocks than Legoland itself (other toy companies are available). After what felt like an eternity Deverill found a thick edge which found the reliable hands of Alex Fudge. Then the former proceeded to bowl couple more out in no time with Chili in dreamland. But there was resistance as the away side showed courage and skill, their league position not a true reflection on this evidence. Nevertheless, one of the key men was smartly run out by some quick thinking from Fudge; shortly after Fudge found a foot hole – the batsman missed and Gillard sharply stumped. Simon Jones got in on the act, his loopy deliveries proving tricky to negotiate, firsts skipper Ben Futcher grabbing one of him and another off Fudge. To clean up Deverill (3-16) combined with Jones before chalk and cheese Rivers and Fudge let teamwork make the dream work for two more hence 176 all out. The couple of rain delays and dampening pitch meant this was not a score to be sniffed at. A special mention to 14 year old Thomas Scott who completed his full 8 over spell and showed much promise for the future.
Following an excellent extended Maddie tea, the team used the rain delay to watch Archer bowling aggressively at the Australians and Chelsea going ahead for a change. Churchways then came out strongly as both Chili openers were gone within minutes. Mr Cricket Matt Rivers came out earlier than hoped yet as the innings developed he was struggling for support at the other end amid some fluent bowling. A couple more dismissals brought Futcher in fresh from his womanising ways. The Thatchers Twins Rivs and Futch complemented each other effectively, creating a stronghold to put Chili in a healthy position, the two busy without being rapid between the stumps and despatching the weak ones to the rope. Rivers celebrated his new trims with 52 before being caught. Fudge set about rebuilding but his pleasant 13 finished, Deverill hit a plateau and the bottom side sensed blood. The tail wagged but more wet weather arrived in near darkness Chili were behind the rate and Churchways religiously reigned in the rain to win on runrate
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Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI v Sunday 4th August
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 117-2 v Portishead 116ao – Chilcompton Won by 8 Wickets
On a warm afternoon, Chilcompton Sunday 1st’s travelled all the way to Portishead to try and keep their charge for promotion alive and after losing the toss Chilcompton were asked to field first. The opening overs saw the Portishead batsmen Bunny hunting and sending the returning Jamie Warren straight back out of the attack. With a dubious decision against them and the ball having been smoked to all parts of the ground even the ball had to take a cool off in the nearby lake. Jon Doel was then chosen one to replace Warren after a clear runout not given. With Doel and Matt Rivers both fired up the run rate quickly subsided and the wickets started to fall with regular ease. With Rivers (5-1-15) being replaced by H Veale (6-3-23) a double wicket maiden followed (including a hattrick chance), and with Doel (7-1-23) being replaced by S Jones (5-3-16) more wickets were falling including one to Jones’ 1st ball. With the resiliently slow scoring skipper T Boylan holding one end up and squeaking some singles to rotate the strike in his favour Portishead ended up on just 116 all out in 30 overs. Chilcompton had a good day in the field holding all 6 easy catches and Alex Nash grabbed a superb left hand low grab.
With tea not quite ready Chilcompton turned straight round for a quick 10 over blast off. Nash (62) was ever aggressive with his striking punishing literally every other ball to the boundary. With the score set on 72-0 from 10 overs everybody retreated to the club house for a superb tea. Having returned to carry on where he left off Nash was finally grabbled with one of just two catches caught by the opposition in what was a poor fielding display. Matt Rivers and Harrison Veale stuck around for a few overs before pushing the ball and Chilcompton to a win.
With no game next Sunday, Chilcompton sit in 3rd place and host Churchways at the CGS on Sunday 18th August.
Sunday 28th July
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 231-6 v Easton Cowboys 91ao – Chilcompton Won by 132 Runs
It was a case of Cowboys against men on Sunday as Chilcompton demolished Easton. Captain Rich Gillard had no hesitation in sending his troops in for a bat on a dry warm afternoon at the CSG. The two openers Alex Nash and Ross Warren were watchful and effective, trying to give a solid platform, but then Tubes Warren misjudged a slower one. This brought Alex No Sleep Fudge to the crease who promptly closed his eyes and allowed the ball to hit his leg then the stumps. Matthew Rivers joined Nash at the crease as the latter, watched on longingly by his dog, found his stride despite tweaking a leg muscle. The former played some clean strokes despite his messy appearance, proving a handy deputy before Nash wh was finally caught superbly for 75. His partner also departed as did two more so it was down to big-timers Harrison Veale and Josh Rodd to light the blue touch paper. They certainly did as their individual stroke play and collective running culminated in a highly effective partnership. Rodd (38*) almost caught a fish when pretending to not let Veale bring up a half-century but eventually did, leaving Chili with an imposing 231-6.
Notwithstanding a delicious tea Chili were ravenous for early wickets to hammer home their strong score. Rivers and Veale were unsuccessful at first but their nagging lines and lengths were to pay off. Initially, Fudge took at blinder at short extra cover off Rivers to put fuel on the fire. Then, Veale was on the menu. Mr Instagram found rhythm, bounce and turn with his offies, proving almost impossible for Easton to cope with. A chirpy field with more tweets than Gary Lineker backed him up, notably a corker of a grab from Jordan Harding in front of a seemingly unimpressed other half. The visitors showed grit but did not have enough ammunition to halt the Chili onslaught with Veale (5-34) and Rivers destroying the top order. In a fitting finale Young Thomas Scott from the Chilcompton Youth Team showed real promise with his bowling, taking two key wickets on his debut to put the finish line in sight. It was Nick Heartbreaker Johnston who confirmed victory and an early finish in front of a couple of thoroughly satisfied club stalwarts – golden oldies Ben Futcher and Dave Travis.
Chilcompton will put out 2 Sunday Sides next weekend with the 1st XI travelling to Portishead in the League and the Tandy XI hosting Dinder & Croscombe at the CSG
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Sunday 21st July
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI v Pak Bristolians – Chilcompton Win due to opponents default
Sunday 14th July
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI v Carsons Mangotsfield – Chilcompton Win due to opponents default
Sunday 7th July
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 171-9 v Backwell Flax Bourton 187ao – Backwell won by 16 runs
The Sunday side travelled to Flaxmead, Not content with chasing leather for 45 overs the day before, skipper Rivers won the toss and to the amusement of the home side, had a bowl in the Sahara of Flaxmead. He must of fancied the only new cherry of the match.
The score ticked rapidly to 69 until the spin duo of Jones (2-38) and Veale (2-24) accounted for the opening pair. John Doel accounted for Alex Fudge, ooops I meant Toole (25 off 95) as chilly begin to turn the score and backed up by good fielding the home side were bowled out with the penultimate ball for 187.
After a delightful tea the chilly chase got off to a quick start before Alex Nash was adjudged to been leg before wicket, despite a thin inside edge, no keeper around to catch it like a certain 1st XI player though. Veale looked in great touch until he missed a Full toss. Rivers (42) needed a partner with wickets now falling around him. Hudson (20) helped along before the skipper walked on a thin inside edge to his Australian counterpart. Pursuing late runs Hudson perished and Chilly ended on 171-9
Chilcompton would like to thank their Main sponsors, Parker Transport, Spectrum Form design & PG Owen Ltd
Sunday 30th June
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 163ao v Whitchurch 204-5 – Whitchurch Won by 41 runs
On a slightly cooler afternoon at the CSS Chilcompton Sunday First team welcomed struggling Whitchurch. With the away skipper winning the toss and asking to bat first, Chilcompton felt really up against it before a ball had even been bowled due to two players still on route to the game from a morning T20 match. The opening bowlers Nick Johnston (8-1-0-25) and Vice Captain Matt Rivers (4-1-3-9) started off bowling some extremely tight lines, with Rivers picking up 3 wickets in his first two overs leaving Whitchurch to think that they may have made the worst mistake of the day by batting first. With the arrival of the last two Chilly players things started to go downhill with Whitchurch looking to rebuild their innings. It would take a master plan to break a partnership off nearly 70. Enter the evergreen Simon Jones (5-0-1-26), who with his nagging pace took just one ball to dismiss Mezards who had worked his way to a crafted 41, including what must have been about 9 lives. With Haynes departing not long afterward for 50 it was down to Whitchurch skipper M Peters (46*) to re-stabilise the Whitchurch innings. Whitchurch eventually ended up on 204 for the loss of 5 wickets.
After tea Chilcompton looked set to chase the runs down, but unfortunately Chilcompton suffered the same fate as Whitchurch losing their top 3 batsman for just 10 runs. It was down to Man of the Match Matt Rivers (60) to start a rebuild with Harrison Veale (30). With an partnership worth 88 runs Chilly looked like they were well and truly back in the game. With the dismissal of Rivers came the infamous Chilly batting collapse with only Wayne Higgins (13) Nick Johnston (9*) and Simon Jones (7) managing to give the scorers much to do.
Chilcompton travel to Flax Bourton next week in the hope that they can get back to their previous weeks winning ways.
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Sunday 23rd June
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 177-8 v Leema 176ao – Chilcompton Won by 2 Wickets
Chili Sundays secured a memorable last-gasp victory in a nail-biting encounter against Leema. On an overcast muggy afternoon the hosts were asked to field first. Openers Nick Johnson and Jordan Harding were full of desire but some stubborn batting brought some frustration for the field. That was until Harding found a top edge that Ben Futcher reluctantly but eventually went to catch. Leema were scoring at a steady rate but Simon Jones stayed persistent with his flighty orthodox bowling, utilising some reverse swing just like his Ashes 2005 namesake. Harrison Veale’s off breaks created some problems, leading to Alex Fudge robbing Harding of a dolly by taking a stunner. Veale ended up with 3-31 and two catches, Fudge (2-24) confirmed his reputation as a lanky better-looking Shane Warne with some demon leggies while Futcher rolled back the years with some choppy offies, nabbing a couple. All in all Chilcompton were satisfied having to chase plenty less than 200.
After some excellent munch and refreshment dreamboats Veale and Fudge were greeted with some sprinklings of rain on the green green grass of the CSG. Both opening bowlers were persistent yet challenging with Veale succumbing to a low one. Fudge stuck around with his textbook conservative approach but was struggling for lengthy support. Then Futcher entered the fray who, due to alarm clock issues elsewhere, was drafted in at the last minute. So Chili had to make do with the dynamic duo but the two calmed the innings well. Fudge was bowled for 20, which rippled into another two lost wickets that brought the effervescent Martin Rumary to the crease. His brick wall role nature complemented Futcher who was trying to be simultaneously stylish yet effective at the other end. Chili were behind the rate but once a frantic and crucial partnership developed between Futcher and Johnson the game was on a knife edge. Futcher was finding more and more rhythm while some sloppy fielding was punished by some surprisingly rapid running between the stumps. Once all before him had perished it was down to captain Rich Gillard to keep his eyes on the prize. Futcher completed a superb century but some testing bowling meant it was taken to the penultimate ball of the contest. Finally, Gillard guided one through point to spark jubilation and relief in a cracker.
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Sunday 16th June
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI v Churchways – Game Rained Off
Sunday 2nd June
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 106-6 v Portishead 105ao – Chilcompton Won by 4 Wickets
On a wet day at the CSG Chilcompton Sunday 1st Team welcomed Portishead. Winning the toss Chilcompton captain asked Portishead to bat first on a dry wicket thanks to the covers. With the rain around Chilcompton looked to get off to a good start with the opening bowlers Jon Doel (4-1-21) and Matt Rivers (5-2-13) removing the top three in quick succession. Although hitting out to try and put a quick score on the board the Introduction of Henry Liddington (5-3-6) soon had Portishead struggling at 59 for 6 from 12 overs. The introduction of Simon Jones (4-2-31) and Nick Johnston (1.4-1-15) despite a lower order tail wag had Portishead dismissed for a total of 105.
A quick turn-around was in order and Chilcompton set about trying to quickly chase the runs down before the rain hit to badly. Opener Adam Deverill (39) was the only batsman of the top 4 to over trouble the scorers. Jon Doel (26) came into bat at number 5 with the score on 42-3 from just 7 overs. Chilcompton got to within 20 runs when Doel and eventually Deverill succumbed to the pitch which was beginning to keep low due to the rain. With a bit of a wobble and a sharp shower or two Nick Johnston (7 not out) pushed chilcompton over the line in just 18.2 overs.
A welcome tea, shower and warm up were enjoyed by all as the rain left for the afternoon. With no game next week, Chilcompton travel to Bristol to play Churchways in 2 weeks time looking to make it 3 wins in a row.
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Sunday 26th May
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 148-3 v Easton Cowboys 147ao – Chilcompton Won by 7 Wickets
On a drizzly afternoon Chilcompton arrived at the Rose Green Centre to play Easton Cowboys. After winning the toss and electing to field Chilcompton set about dismissing the openers in the first 10 overs. With no real partnerships forming Harrison Veale took 4 wickets for 13 runs in his 8 overs and Alex Nash took 1 wicket in his 7 overs for 19 runs. With Miles Hadrill-Warne taking yet another 3 wickets in his 8 overs, Easton Cowboys struggled to 147 all out with Josh Rodd on loan from NCC snaffling 3 victims behind the sticks.
After a superb tea Chilcompton set about chasing the score down in quick fashion, with Nash showing his form returning with the bat to hit 94 not out. A very quick fire 16 from Rory Meek and a scratchy 7 from vice skipper Matt Rivers led to Chilcompton getting over the line with just over 17 overs to spare to make it 3 wins out of 3 for Chilcompton on the bank holiday weekend.Chilcompton Sunday 1st XI host Portishead at home next Sunday as they look to make it 2 wins in a row.
Sunday 19th May
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 213-9 v Pak Bristolians 2nd XI 217-8 – Pak Bristolians Won by 4 Runs
On a sunny afternoon at the CSG Chilcompton welcomed Pak Bristolians (eventually). After a delayed start Pak Bristolians were informed they were batting and they set about trying to post a decent target. After posting a quick first wicket partnership of 52 Sukdev was the first to depart with N Johnston (8-27-1) finding the edge to a relieved captain and wicket keeper Rich Gillard. With the early introduction of spin/slow bowling from the Evergreen Simon Jones (8-0-19-1) the run rate slowed dramatically as the Pak Bristolians struggled to get the ball away. At 30 overs the middle order and tail end started wagging and Pak Bristolians managed to push their total to 217-8 from their 40 overs.
After a superb tea, Chilcompton set about chasing the target with Ross Warren (32) outscoring Alex Nash (13) and knocking up a quick 10 over 48 run partnership. Young Frazer Collins entered the fray and continued the smash the attack around scoring a brisk 25 whilst Vice Captain Matt Rivers slowly found his form. Rivers (76 not out) stayed until the bitter end and needing over 100 of the last 15 started to accelerate finding the boundary from some wayward bowling, Chilcompton ended up falling an agonising 4 runs short.
Chilcompton travel to Bristol to play Easton Cowboys next week and hope last season’s winning form can return.
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Sunday 12th May
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 133-9 v Carsons Mangotsfield 134-8 – Carsons Won by 2 wickets
On a hot and sunny day Chilcompton Sunday 1st XI travelled to Pomphrey Hill to take on Carsons Mangotsfield. After losing the toss Chilcompton were invited to bat first on a track where no-one knew what was going to happen next. After a losing two quick wickets and a succession of maiden overs Chilcompton were struggling to put a score on the board. Vice Captain Matt Rivers (24) and young Frazer Collins (14) managed a 28 run partnership to try and restore some faith in the innings, After the departure of Collins, Alex Fudge (7), Wayne Higgins (10) and Nick Johnston (5) didn’t hang around long. At the 2nd drinks break Jon Doel (28 not out) and Miles Hadrill (8) set about trying to get Chilcompton through their allotted overs. A 9 over partnership saw 17 runs added to the score card before being allowed to play with freedom for the last 5 overs. Hadrill fell and Lauren Bowen-Jones was ran out in the cause for runs. Skipper Rich Gillard (2 not out) came in a number 11 and despite wearing the first ball on his shoulder did well to get to the other end for quick singles. Chilcompton ended on 133 for 9 on what was a tasty bowling track. The pick of the Carson Mangotsfield bowlers were J Pitt (5-0-9) including 3 maidens.
After a superb tea Chilcompton set about defending what was thought to be a reasonable total. Going at just over 3 runs an over Matt Rivers (8-2-21) and Lauren Bowen-Jones (8-0-23) were replace by Jon Doel and Harrison Veale (7.2-0-14). Between them they managed to reduce the run rate and Doel took 5 an excellent wickets in his cause (8-5-20). With a succession of bowling changes Including M Rivers coming back and taking 2 wickets, Carsons Mangotsfield slowed down and made a victory for Chilcompton vary possible. Surviving a stumping shout the Carson Mangotsfield skipper J Cathro saw Carsons Mangotfield over the line with just over 2 overs left.
Chilcompton welcome Pak Bristolians to the CSG next week as they look to get back to their 2018 winning ways.
Sunday 5th May
Chilcompton Sports Sunday XI 215ao v Backwell Flax Bourton 220-5 – Backwell Won by 5 Wickets
On a slightly breezy day at the CSG Chilcompton welcomed Backwell Flax Bourton. Winning the toss and electing to bat Chilcompton got off to a reasonable start with Ben Futcher hobbling his way to a jug avoidance 49 before eventually pinging one back to the Flax captain who to everyone’s surprise held on. Unfortunately the other top 3 batsman didn’t really trouble the scorers so the score was 116-6 at the drinks break and it was down to Wayne Higgins to put the fight back into the Chilli batting line-up. Higgins was joined by Nick Johnson and the scoring rate went soaring to 179 in the next 10 overs thanks to the help of Mr Extras. Johnson eventually fell for 21 but Wayne Higgins held his nerve to reach 58 before being the last man out bowled and sending everyone to warm up in the club house with tea.
The Flax reply got off to a steady start but it took 19.3 overs to get the break through when Nash with his 3rd delivery of the day sent Fitzgibbon (54) back to the side lines with a well held return catch. Young Jordan Harding (184.108.40.206) was then given the ball after the drinks break and he too got in on the act of wicket taking with his first wicket in his debut for Chilcompton. Nash continued to plug away at the Club-house end until eventually taking 4 wickets for 53 runs in his 8 overs. Despite the hard fought comeback from Chilcompton the game was soon ended and Chilcompton lost by 5 wickets.
A big thanks also goes to Miles Hadrill for his Bar Tending and for re-arranging of the sight screen after a ball went through one of the slats leaving a hole behind the bowlers arm.
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Chilcompton Sports would like to thank their Main Sponsors Parker Transport (SW) Ltd, Spectrum Form Design Ltd and PG Owen Ltd