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Review Of Chipperfield Clarendon Cricket Club 2010 Season

1st of November 2010

One of the most important aims for the club this season was for Ian Grout’s 1st XI to achieve promotion into the Saracens Herts Cricket League division 2. The team got off to a strong start and it was 7 games before they tasted defeat – one of only two all season long. The poor weather towards the end of the season dealt harshly with the team’s ambition to finish as champions, in the end just being pipped by County Hall. The league season was topped off with a win over local rivals Abbots Langley.
One of the biggest challenges facing the club on the playing front this season was Nigel Cousen’s 2nd XI maintaining their Division 4 status. Following a long hard struggle, the team finished the season by winning 4 of the last 7 matches – the other three all being rain affected – and escaped relegation.
Martin Oliver’s 3rd XI finished the season as Champions of Division 8. Having had a really strong start, even when they had a poor run in July none of their rivals could take advantage, so when Martin’s team found their form again, they were able to top the table and the team move up to Division 7 next season.
Warren Gregory’s 4th XI had a great season and were always up in the promotion hunt, in fact went into the last weekend in one of the promotion spots, but unfortunately couldn’t get the result they needed to follow up last year’s promotion.
Following last year’s success in winning the County Trophy, Jon Hillman was hopeful that the Sunday 1st would continue in the same vein. Whilst they had some success in the Trophy, the team lost out to Botany Bay in the quarter finals. The team finished mid-table in the Chess Valley League Division 4. Following a season of mixed results, Graham Tyler’s 2nd XI also finished mid-table in Division 6.
The club reached the final of both local knockout competitions and faced the same opposition in the shape of Langleybury. The Watford Observer final, played at West Herts saw Chipperdons batting really well after the opposition bowling to post 176-3 in 14 8-ball overs. This proved too much for Langleybury especially when Peter Swart picked up 6 for 28 from his 4 overs. The Hemel Gazette final provided the second half of the double header, played on a rain-affected wicket at Berkhamsted. Chipperfield Clarendon could not get after some very controlled Langleybury bowling and could only post 75 runs from their 20 overs. Despite losing early wickets Langleybury managed to knock off the runs and make honours even over the two matches.
The club will be celebrating the season at their Annual Dinner on November 20th which, following last year successful event, is again being held at the Ramada Jarvis. Since the merger 2 years ago, everyone has agreed that the two clubs have come together with great results both on and off the field. The club has high hopes for continued success next year and always welcomes new members, whether playing or to join the lively social side of the club.

 
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