The 2013 cricket season has been extremely successful both on and off the field , and through the support of the village, many individual contributions, the work of the committee and the performance of the players, this has been one of the best in the Club’s history. < ?xml:namespace prefix ="" "o" ns ="" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
On the playing side in 2013, Chippenham has regularly put out 4 teams a week – this was often more – and in fact the club now has 8 teams, which are;
Saturday 1st League XI
Saturday 2nd League XI
Sunday Village XI
Midweek Evening League XI
Midweek Friendly (Club) XI
Simon Heather, Saturday League first XI captain sums up their season – ‘’Although the standard in Division 1 was clearly higher, the Team won the League again despite its all going down to the last match at Witcham . This match was a nailbiter with Chippenham triumphing by just 11 runs. This has qualified us for the final of the Cambs Junior League Cup (arguably Chippenham’s biggest match ever ) against Cokenach.
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The first XI have now won 4 consecutive promotions and 3 league titles (yes we will get another shield!). There has been a real team spirit aided by social media and most gratifyingly 7/8 players every week are Chippenham qualified . This is a tribute to our Youth Development, and to the higher standard of cricket drawing in those who might otherwise have left. Senior Level Cricket in 2014 will suit the current squad and I foresee us being very competitive again’’.
Ashley Brown who skippered the Second XI has these comments – ‘’ The main point to emphasise for Saturday 2nd XI is that we have effectively got promotion to Junior 3 which is an excellent result given the fact that this is the first time Chippenham has put out two league sides on the same day (with all the management of personnel between sides that this involves). We had some excellent individual performances on the field, most notably from Imran Sharrif who has bowled extremely well, but the most important aspect was Darren Hughes and Alan Wright getting a good team out each week.’’
Darren Hughes notes that there are 54 Junior members in 2013 . He says ‘’We’ve been coaching kids from 6 years and upwards on Monday nights throughout the summer term. In terms of teams and results we have run 3 teams U9, U11 & U13. The U9s won all their games including a competition involving 8 clubs at Bardwell. The U11s won 3 lost 5 – and also played in a tournament on September 7th. The U13s won 1 lost 4. They did well because all but two of our side will still be playing at this age group next year. Sadly we were let down by a number of clubs who cancelled late on, which was very frustrating. In addition the sides that cancelled were the weaker sides who we probably would have beaten. We though did manage to get full teams out for all our fixtures’’.
Alan Wright sends in this report for the Sunday team: ‘’Highlights were Liam Ward wresting the club individual score record from Chop Heather, with 176 not out; and Jordan Neal achieving a hat-trick in September. Results have been good, with some thrilling finishes- even the odd defeat came in exciting circumstances. Arthur Nicolle made his debut, aged 10, and helped us to victory in a tight finish’’. On the Tour Alan says ‘’ a squad that looked good on paper was denied the opportunity to show Kent what we are capable of, thanks to the weather, which was a persistent drizzle that only broke off to turn into heavy downpours. However, a new talent emerged in practice on the lawns of the house: young Chris Mason showed skills that will surely bring about a clamour for his inclusion on future tours’’.
Our midweek league team and our midweek club teams have both had enjoyable and successful seasons with a high percentage of victories and many excellent games.
Investment, Infrastructure, Finance
The year has seen some significant development in relation to the infrastructure – visitors to the ground will note the new electronic scoreboard (bought with generous sponsorship from Dilip Rahulan of Chippenham Lodge) – and our two all weather nets have proved invaluable throughout the season for coaching on a regular basis. We have continued to receive wonderful financial and practical support from Alwyn Moss, a long-term supporter of ‘all things Chippenham’. We have been able to play many games previously unplayable due to the investment in covers. Our groundsman Alan Wright has done a sterling job in preparing for a very large number of games. Overall the committee is satisfied that the future of the club is in good shape both on and off the field.
The committee would like to thank the huge range of supporters including those that provide teas (superbly co-ordinated by Sandra Desborough), all those who have helped with the groundwork, the fundraisers, the coaches and parents, and those that come to watch and support the teams.
Chippenham Cricket Club Committee
NB NEW PLAYERS FOR ALL LEVELS VERY WELCOME FOR 2014 – PLEASE CONTACT ALAN WRIGHT 01638 724190