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Chipperfield Cricket

2nd of November 2002

CLUB A trip to Lords? Read on…
Once again the nights draw in and cricket on the Common comes to an end for another year, but what a year with the 1st XI in a promotion race right up to the last match when unfortunately they could not achieve the victory required and finished a highly creditable third. Their success owed much to the batting of Ian McNichol (who won the 1st XI batting award) and to Clive Wells (who won the bowling award), while other valuable contributions with the bat came from Bruce Kilby and Jim Carson; and with the ball from Messrs Wale, Rennison and Simon Smith, the 1st XI captain, who welded the side together and helped create a strong team spirit.

A presentation evening was held at the club on 5 October and, as well as the awards mentioned above, Bob Wells won the 2nd XI batting award and the Player of the Year award. Bob announced his retirement after nearly 20 years at Chipperfield and his calm unhurried style of batting will be sadly missed. Graham Gurney, 2nd XI captain, collected the 2nd XI bowling award and Andrew Oliver was voted the Most Promising Young Cricketer. A presentation was made to Alan Roberts in recognition of his services to the club as an umpire for over 20 years. Alan has announced his retirement and will now join that dedicated band of followers known affectionately as ‘critics corner; they may have to order extra red wine to get through the games.

The Common has again looked a picture this year, despite a number of acts of mindless vandalism, and is a credit to our groundsmen, Malcolm Durrant and Robin Veith; indeed the ground was chosen as the venue for a full friendly County match between Herts and Bucks, a considerable honour.

Looking to the future, under 11s cricket started again on the Common this year and up to 30 youngsters enjoyed coaching under the watchful eyes of Bob Churchill, Jim Carson and Nick Crumpton. The club plans to continue with winter coaching at an indoor cricket school and older Colts will be contacted with details.

The club will continue to play Herts League cricket on Saturdays next year and on Sundays will compete in the Chess Valley League, the Evening Standard Trophy, the League Cup and for the first time have entered the National Village Competition, the final of which is played at Lords – so, who knows, we may all be booking seats on the coach to St Johns Wood if all goes to plan.

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