A big thanks to all that came along to support the club on Saturday evening. It was a great evening and fun was had by all. A big thanks to Ann laity for providing food, all those who supplied puddings and to Andy Bundy as the quiz master. Thanks to your generosity, the club raised over £1200 which will be of huge benefit to the club. Well done to the 3 deserved winners
The 2014 season came to and end today at a sun kissed valley ground. playing against the touring team of Newton Poppleford, the valley were sent into the field. Jamie Holland picked up some early wickets before taking an excellent slip catch off the bowling of dingle. Dingle had one “hit” him in the belly at slip the over before off the bowling of Harry Hitchings. Bowling in 3 over spells, the monk, Stuart Verdin bowled some dross but also picked up a wicket to show that sometimes bad bowling does get wickets. Elliott, Hugh, browner and Phil all bowled tidy spells but failed to pick up wickets. Ned Holland showed us all how it was done before taking one IN THE FACE whilst fielding. The dauntsey girls are going to be crazy for Ned tomorrow at school. Zac Chappell also took his first wicket for the club but his day was far from done.
An excellent tea was provided by the cuff family before the valley set out in pursuit of 167 runs for victory. Browner went early but some ferocious hitting by Harry Hitchings (41) quickly put the valley in control. But when he, Will and Dingle all departed in quick succession there was still a lot of work to be done. Jamie Holland was batting nicely but it was the batting of Zac that really lit up the afternoon. Before today, Zac had amassed just 11 runs from 7 innings for the club and as Jamie politely said,” every run Zac gets is really a bonus”. Zac then unleashed a flurry of boundaries, punishing anything short and targeting the legside boundary. Zac eventually departed for 44 with the scores level. The two has put on 93 runs for the 5th wicket with Jamie finishing on 56 not out. All that was left to do was for a padless cal to hit the winning runs over legside.
The club played 14 friendlies this season, winning 9 of them. A big thanks to all that have been involved to make it such an enjoyable season and I look forward to seeing you all at the end of season quiz and presentation evening on Saturday 4th October.
6 proper villagers played at the rockbourne sixes today and showed everyone that we play decent cricket, enjoy ourselves and have a laugh. The team comprising of browner, milky, will fortescue, clover, Tom Sanger and the one and only Henry Thorne got the round robin competition off going at 11am only for a another valley player to smash our bowling all over the place. Birthday boy Glenn Willoughby playing for Alderholt took particular liking to the bowling of will and milky as Alderholt hit an imposing 72 runs to win from 4 overs. The valley were above the run rate for 1 ball but golden ducks for will and milky did not aid the situation. Tom Sanger had fun, hitting the ball for consecutive boundaries over cow. The oppo captain believed that Tom could only hit to leg so moved fielders over to the legside only for Sanger to smash it through the covers. Henry batted well but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
The next game saw us play the hosts. Fielding first, the valley massive restricted the opposition to just 52 with clover again the stand out bowler. Browner and will then bought back memories of the Coombe Bissett match as they knocked off the runs together with 3 balls to spare.
The final group game saw us up against the eventual winner of Lymington. Browner got dispatched for 20 plus from his over and wills and milkys overs were not much better. Clover again bowled superbly, going for just 3 runs from her over( the overs are 8 balls long). In response the valley batted well but fell about 20 runs short, a valiant effort.
The plate game, which many viewed as the main game of the day pitted the team against rockbourne again. Batting first, browner hit a decent score before retiring and there was a more than useful contribution from milky. Henry Thorne had romised to try a dilscoop but was run out without even facing a ball. The fart he had left before going out was still lingering upon his return. In reply, jasper gilby finally found the middle of his bat and he hit a huge six from the penultimate delivery to finally secure a win for the hosts.
An excellent day, good performance from everyone and most importantly, an enjoyable and fun day out. Many thanks for rockbourne for hosting the sixes.
The annual quiz night and end of season presentation will take place on Saturday 4th october at broad chalke village hall. Tickets are £9 and includes a 2 course meal. Tickets will be available from September at the Chalke Valley Stores
The T20 team face Fovant on Tuesday at Steeple Langford at 5.45pm. The team have been playing good cricket throughout the season and would thoroughly appreciate your support as they go in pursuit of glory.
Big congratulations to Kev Monaghan and Jaime Holland who both recorded their maiden centuries for the club. Kev’s ton came in the league against Poole Town to help secure another important victory for the league team. Jamie’s hundred camels the following week against Rockbourne to help secure another Sunday victory for a very youthful valley side.
Report by Glenn Willoughby
Disgraceful, Shambolic & Despicable, these were some of the words that I thought I would be using for this match report while driving to the Valley on a beautiful sunny afternoon but thankfully that was not the case due to two superhuman performances.
With Mallard winning the toss, on a wicket that was flatter than a pancake that has been run over by a tank, it was decided that the valley should naturally bowl first against a strong looking Coombe Bissett side looking for revenge after last year’s defeat.
Milky (113), set the tone for the day while opening the batting for Coombe by promptly hitting Willoughby (0-34 off 7) over the cover boundary for DLF maximum within the opening over of the game. Even the early wicket of Vincent (12) by some canny inswing by the debutant Jason Webster (1-27 off 5) failed to stem the tide of runs as Milky shared a 100+ run stand with Bayford (81).
Tactics were changed at the drinks break as it was decided that Fortescue (0-46 off 5) should have a trundle and that Willoughby should don the gloves for the 2nd half of the innings. This decision was quickly put into question as Willoughby comfortably missed two stumping opportunities thanks to the bowling of Cuffy Sr. (0-34 off 7).
Towards the later stages of the innings Browner (0-34 of 5) relied on the partnership breaking bowling of Chris Topp (2-20 off 2) who was also joined by the death bowling of Hugh Hitchings (1-20 off 2) to “reduce” Coombe Bissett to a score of 239-4 of their 35 overs.
After an outstanding tea provided by Mr and Mrs Fortescue, the true punishment began.
The plan was to stay in until the 10th over and then reassess the from there. However, these plans were promptly put on the back burner as the opening batsmen of Browner and Will started demolishing the opening bowlers, Webber (0-35 off 5) and Bird (0-27 off 3), to all parts of the ground with an array of destructive shots that Sir Vivian Richards himself would be proud off.
The partnership grew and grew. Not even a change of strategy from the Bissett captain, Rouse (0-62 of 7), who brought on himself and fellow spin bowler, Taylor (0-34 off 7), stopped flow of runs. The 100 was reached well before drinks and by drinks over half the runs had already been knocked off.
The runs kept coming and coming in abundance after drinks, the 150 was reached comfortably by the 25th over and not a wicket was taken still!
The next question was would the centuries be made? Will’s innings looked to be over when he skied the ball to extra cover to Rouse, who fumbled the ball to the ground. Lady luck also seemed to be smiling on browner as a couple of his rare miss-timed shots also landed in between the tired Coombe fielders.
The centuries were made first by Will (111* with 15 fours) and then by Browner (113* with 13 fours and 2 sixes). The game was completed by the end of the 32nd over. The score standing at 239 for no wicket.
What a performance……. NO ONE COMES TO THE VALLEY
There will be no under 10 coaching tomorrow night
The cvcc Sunday team’s winning streak came to a dramatic end with a last ball loss to a talented Sandpipers team. Put into bat on a grassy wicket, cvcc were quickly in trouble with the captain going for just 4. Jamie holland helped to steady the ship but when he went at 53-2, the team could quickly have collapsed. Thankfully though, those days are over. Josh Goodchild (78) and Toby mallinson (58) batted superbly, putting on 123 runs for the the third wicket. This was easily Josh’s best innings for the club and some late hitting from chris toppppppppppppppppp and Tom Sanger helped the valley to finish on 204-5 from their 35 overs.
A lovely tea was supplied and we all particularly liked the very naughty rice crispy cakes with smarties in, amazing! Early wickets were required but dan wiggins (46) and nick woolger(49) ensured that this was not going to happen and the home side were quickly in control. Josh goodchild then came into attack and soon took the key wicket of wiggins. The cvcc team were clearly enjoying the company of old boy nick, dropping him on numerous occasions including a fantastic juggling act from browner. Ned holland eventually got him out and a direct hit by goodchild ensured the game would go down to the wire. Before a frenetic last few overs, Phil hill and Chris topp sent down a very useful 6 overs between them. Martin Harris was somehow still at the crease in the final over, only Toby mallinson knows how this happened! A wicket in the final over meant that sandpipers needed one run from the final ball for victory. An outside edge ensured victory for them and although the cvcc boys were disappointed, the offer of free beer quickly out a smile back on their faces.
The cvcc Sunday team notched up their 3rd win in a row with an emphatic 123 run victory over BSA. Batting first, the team were soon on their way with Harry hitchings dispatching the first two deliveries of the match for boundaries. Harry departed for a breezy 28 with useful contributions from will fortescue (48) and browner (33). The star of the show though was Toby mallinson who scored an excellent 61 in his first batting performance for the valley. Phil hill improved his average further with 2 not out And some late smashing from ned holland meant the valley had posted 243 runs for the loss of 9 wickets from their 35 overs.
After an excellent tea provided by Sally Crosse, the team were eager to wrap things up. This was not to be the case though with BSA defiantly batting out their 35 overs to finish on 119-5. Mallinson was again the star but Mr BBC also put in a useful 6 overs of spin. Another great victory and the challenge now is to make it 4 in a row.