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Chipperfield Clarendon Look To Continue Success

1st of April 2011

Following two very successful years Chipperfield Clarendon CC will be looking to continue their upward trajectory. Ian Grout’s 1st XI will be keen to make their mark in Division 2 of the Saracen Herts Cricket League following promotion last year and have expectations of further success. Nigel Cousens will be hoping that the 2nd XI can use the last two ‘character building’ relegation struggles as a springboard and truly establish themselves in Div. 4. Last year saw Martin Oliver lead the 3rd XI to the Div. 8 title and he will be encouraging his team to aim high. After just missing out on back- to-back promotions, Warren Gregory’s 4th XI will be looking to make up for last season’s near miss with another promotion challenge. The club will also be trying to continue their success in the midweek tournaments having reached both local finals and winning the Watford Observer Shield.
This season sees the arrival of new blood from overseas to further enhance the playing strength and with plans in place to attract new players, particularly young players, the club is confident of progress. Cricket Committee Chairman, Dave Anderson, says “We’ve had a couple of very good years. With the senior players really gelling and some of our younger players beginning to come through, we’re confident that – with the right application and attitude – we can go on to greater things”.
Anyone interested in joining the club can find details on the club website .

Club President celebrates 50 Not Out
2010 saw Chipperfield Clarendon CC president, John Goodman, chalk up a fifty year association with the club. During this period John has filled a variety of roles but the one constant is his continued service as club scorer and statistician. John joined the club in 1961 and has since registered over 1600 games for the 1st XI alone. His scoring duties with the Club Cricket Conference have seen him travel to Australia, the West Indies and Holland. One of these trips to Australia provided John with his personal highlight, scoring at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Over the years John has met a number of royals, including the Queen on more than one occasion. His travels have also seen him meet Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar and Merv Hughes, who John describes as “larger than life and very funny”. John reckons he has scored in excess of 3,000 matches and is hoping to complete a full set of English counties – the ones that have so far escaped are Herefordshire, Durham, Rutland and Cornwall.

John’s involvement in a variety of roles within cricket were recently recognised when he was awarded an ICC Centenary Medal. Only 1000 of these prestigious awards were presented worldwide. John has been Club President since 1996. The club will shortly be making a presentation to John to mark the fifty years. Club chairman, Grahame Gregory, says “Without the likes of John, cricket clubs and cricket leagues would not survive. Chipperfield Clarendon have been very fortunate to have his invaluable contribution over the last 50 years”.

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