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Claire Perry opens Burbage's much needed new cricket ground - and bowls over-arm

 

On a fine Friday evening (June 19), Claire Perry MP opened Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club's new Glebe Ground at East Sands - by bowling the first ball on its freshly laid all-weather wicket.  

She told the assembled junior players - many of their 110 registered juniors - and parents that her son had warned her that on such an important occasion she could not bowl under-arm.  And she duly produced a pretty straight over-arm delivery to under-eleven club member Daisy Franklin.

Mrs Perry also cut a blue ribbon and, with some helpers, cut the inaugural cake - and that came complete with an icing picture of the Glebe Ground and its tree.  Joining Mrs Perry to congratulate the club was Chris Sheppard, Chairman of Wiltshire Cricket.

It has been a long and costly slog to get to this auspicious opening.  Seven years ago, as Chairman Marek Grabowski explained: "The club was going down hill - like many other village clubs.  Then we devised a plan of action."  It was an ambitious plan.

With only their established Red Lion Ground they could not offer enough cricket for the full range of teams and coach young players.  As it was, the third team had to use a pitch eleven miles away at Marden for their 'home' fixtures.

So they started the four-and-a-half-year-long process to make the adjacent field into their second pitch.  It is a 'glebe' field belonging to the Diocese of Salisbury.  They faced opposition from the parish council - worried about increased traffic - and also from some nearby residents. 

But Wiltshire Council planning committee sided unanimously with the cricket club and gave permission for change of use from agricultural land.  Then they hit the problem of compensating the farmer who was leasing the field from the Diocese.  Those negotiations took so long that the planning permission ran out and they had to start again.

They finally settled with the farmer - paying him £8,000.

Glebe Ground and its oakGlebe Ground and its oakL to r: Graham Milne, Chris Sheppard (Wiltshire Cricket), Tracey Lavis, Marek Grabowski, Claire Perry MP, Sue Milne, Paul Lavis  L to r: Graham Milne, Chris Sheppard (Wiltshire Cricket), Tracey Lavis, Marek Grabowski, Claire Perry MP, Sue Milne, Paul Lavis Why did the celebratory cake include a miniature tree?   Glebe Ground has a unique feature - a beautiful oak tree large enough to hide a king and quite close to the new artificial wicket.  It stands at about mid-wicket - if the batsman is facing bowling from the village end. The rules for playing around this feature are simple - if you strike the ball and it hits the tree you get two runs.

It is almost appropriate that there is still a 'boundary dispute' going on at the edge of Glebe Field.  But that is not something the Club is involved with and they can carry on without that dispute being solved.

With help from members, volunteers, local builders and ground workers, they have created a new pitch - and spent about £10,000 in the process.  With new nets opened in 2013 and costing £30,000 - they do a lot of fund raising.

Keep watching the ballKeep watching the ballCaptain Tom Wallbridge & overseas player Luke WoodcockCaptain Tom Wallbridge & overseas player Luke WoodcockTheir plan and their investment in time and money is paying off.  This season the first team has so far won three, tied one, lost two and had one game cancelled.  The second eleven are second in their league, the third team top of theirs and the fourth team are...well, they are not fourth in theirs...yet.

Last month their 1st Xl coach Paul (Stoddy) Stoddard won the ECB Wiltshire Award for Coach of the year. He will be going to the Cardiff Ashes Test Match to be presented with his award.  As the club website put it: "Great work Stoddy!"

To see the advantages of looking after junior training and junior teams, look no further than first team captain Tom Wallbridge.  He played for the club as a junior and is now in his fourth season as captain.

The Club's overseas player for the season is Luke Woodcock - a New Zealand international player who plays regular first class cricket with Wellington.

They have now achieved at least one of their ambitions: they have young players playing under the various levels of starter rules and a full complement of adult teams.  They would dearly love to have a ladies team - if they could find enough local players...perhaps when these juniors are old enough...

Coach Pete Amor shows Daisy Franklin how it's doneCoach Pete Amor shows Daisy Franklin how it's doneGroundsman James Lavis taking great care of the squareGroundsman James Lavis taking great care of the squareTheir inclusive training policy brought them great success last season:  their first team were champions of the West of England Premier League's Wiltshire Division.  Their third eleven were champions of the Wiltshire County Division Six. Their Under-15s were champions of Wiltshire Youth County Division Two.   And the Under-11s were champions of Wiltshire Youth County Division Two South.

Burbage and Easton Royal is accredited by Sport England's Clubmark scheme - which shows that a club is properly run and provides the right environment and ensures the welfare of members.  And to prove the point we meet Sue Milne the club's welfare officer.

They are especially keen to bring on young players - giving all abilities the chance to play.  In the past six years they have gone from 30 to 110 registered junior players.  Certainly on the two evenings this reporter has been there, the two grounds and the nets are abuzz with different levels of keen young hopefuls and half a dozen and more volunteer coaches.

And as club chairman Marek Grabowski told Marlborough News Online, it is not just about the sport:  "There's real evidence that young cricketers are least likely to become young offenders."

Practice for slip fieldersPractice for slip fielders

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Wilcot 35 runs short against Royal Wootton Bassett - even with a spectator playing

 

On a cloudy but mostly dry afternoon (June 13), Wilcot travelled to Royal Wootton Bassett. On arrival, the opposition were extremely friendly - unlike the last time we met.  Apparently the main protagonist on that occasion has since had the draconian punishment of being banned from the club and the league.

After heavy overnight rain, there was sawdust on areas of the square and the outfield was still wet and as a result the start was delayed until 1.30pm. Given the overcast conditions and wet outfield Wilcot's skipper chose to field having called correctly, proving once again he is probably more of a tosser than a cricketer these days.

The pitch had been covered and looked likely to play well and this proved the case with Wootton Bassett's batsmen playing attacking shots from the outset, but thanks to tidy bowling from Ash Elliott (12-2-41-3), Billy Flippance and Wilcot's vicar, a score of 101 for 4 after 21 overs seemed a reasonable effort.

Unfortunately at this juncture, Wilcot's fielding frailties kicked in and the free scoring A Ali was dropped three times when on low scores before going on to make 107 not out.  Mark Windsor took one further wicket to end up with the respectable figures of 12-0-66-2 but amidst the stroke making and sometimes creative, but often ineffective fielding, Wootton Bassett were able to reach 257 for 5 off their 45 overs.

After a good tea with a good variety of rolls, including the (personally) overrated cold pizza slices, Shane Bryant and Wilson Saraj were chosen to lead the assault.  Wilson's version of attempted assault was to wave his bat at the unfortunate Luke Flippance who unfortunately gave him out LBW when he was adamant he had hit the ball. 18 for 1. Enter Steve Sadler, fresh from touring East Anglia with the temperance society touring side that also included the teetotaller Ninian MacGregor.

Clearly the touring had taken its toll as he promptly got a leading edge and was caught. 27 for 2.  Readers at this point are looking for a predictable conclusion, but Mark Oliver strode confidently to the wicket and soon he and Shane were scoring elegantly and freely taking the score to 151 off 33 overs before Mark fell for a well constructed and speedy 63.

From this point on and in spite of useful cameos from Tim Mister, Ash Elliott and Mark Windsor we were always struggling to meet the required run rate.  Shane Bryant did his best with some lusty blows and ended undefeated with an excellent 103 but our total of 222 was 35 runs short.

A loss but a much improved performance and the mood afterwards was much more positive.  Lets hope we can build on this improved batting performance when we welcome the league leaders Beehive to Wilcot next weekend.

I would also finally like to thank Wilson's friend Ashref who was expecting to watch, but after the late defection of Graham Newland was drafted in to play. The bemused expression on his face at the antics of Wilcot and Wiltshire League Cricket was a source of great amusement.    

Wootton Bassett 257 for 5 off 45 Overs

A Elliott 12-2-41-3
B Flippance 10-0-63-0
M Windsor 12-0-66-2
L Flippance 6-0-39-0
S Bryant 5-0-39-0

Extras 5 byes, 4 leg byes, 2 wides and 2 no balls.

Wilcot 222 for 5 off 45 overs:

S Bryant 103 not out
W Saraj LBW 2
S Sadler Caught 0
M Oliver Caught 63
T Mister Bowled 8
A Elliott Bowled 17
M Windsor Not Out 13
MFG DNB
A Mall DNB
L Flippance DNB
B Flippance DNB

Extras 2 leg byes, 12 wides and 2 no balls

 

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Great Bedwyn Cricket Club welcomes its first overseas player - and he's quite keen on a little rain

James HartJames HartJames Hart is taking a gap year from his mechanical engineering degree at Adelaide University - to play for Great Bedwyn Cricket Club as their overseas player.

The nineteen-year-old from South Australia is Great Bedwyn's first overseas player.  The Club has wanted to put their young local players first.  Now John Palmer, in his second season as skipper, wants the club to progress: "We want to bring the club forward for the long term."

One of John Palmer's aims is to improve the coaching at the club.  And James Hart, who has a Cricket Australia Level One coaching qualification, will be doing a lot of coaching - as well as scoring runs for the club.

For four years he played first eleven cricket for his school - Scotch College - scoring 300-400 runs a season and captaining the team in his final year.  Since leaving school in 2013, James has been playing for Sturt District Cricket Club - known as The Blues.

He started in their 'C' grade and moving up to their 'B' grade team.  Next season, he hopes to move up to the more semi-professional 'A' grade team which includes some professional players, some playing with part time jobs and some weekend players.

Each month at 'B' grade level he has been playing two two-day games (played over two succeeding Saturdays), two Saturday-Sunday games and two one-day games.

Each of Australia's seven states has district or 'grade' leagues.  There are thirteen clubs in South Australia's league - and each of field teams of three or more levels as well as youth teams.

Marlborough News Online asked James if he wanted to play professionally: "I'm not looking past getting my degree.  My degree seems like the right thing for me to do."

James got the overseas player spot through CricX - the cricket exchange agency that is registered with the English Cricket Board and supplies overseas players to many English clubs.  The Bedwyn club paid most of his airfare and his lodgings in the village.

James is on Youth Mobility Visa and is is allowed to take paid work.  He is working waiting and bar shifts at Bedwyn's Three Tuns pub - lunch-time and evening shifts as the fixtures and coaching allow.

He has been made welcome in Bedwyn - "I really enjoy being with all the blokes I play with."  He is certainly pleased to be playing for John Palmer: "I reckon he would probably play 'A' grade back home."  He likes playing in a team with 'the whole span' of abilities in one team.

He says he got off to 'a bit of a rocky start' - when we spoke to James Bedwyn had played five games, won three and lost two. He had a bit of nerves and in his first two games scored six and four - and ran himself out.

One novelty he has found at Great Bedwyn is the rain.  South Australia has just come out of a disastrous three year drought: "The only way you were allowed to water your garden was to stand in a bowl under your shower - and use the shower water."

He has already had some games rained off.  But says:  "I quite like the rain - when it hasn't rained for a bit, there's a lovely smell in the air here."

John Palmer is very pleased with James' coaching and is very optimistic about the season ahead: "He's doing well - not as well as I know he will do.  I know there's a big score just around the corner."

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Cricket: Wilcot succumb to Corsham's third team - was the dog to blame?

Wilcot welcomed a youthful side from Corsham to the old school field on a sometimes windy but mostly warm and sunny afternoon. The wicket that had been masterfully prepared by Peter Williams looked to be full of runs so, on winning the toss, Wilcot's skipper felt the obvious decision was to bat first and take advantage of the benign conditions and allow Wilcot's talented strokemakers to show their true form.

As ever, things did not start well with Mike Stobbs lobbing a long hop that probably should have landed in the field, gently to the fielder at square leg: 0 for 1.

Shane Bryant and Russell took the score to 25 until Russ caught a full toss on the bottom of his bat and lobbed it to cover. Shane in the meantime was finding his timing and played two or three glorious straight drives before being well caught at slip off a wide-ish delivery, having made 26.

Mark Oliver, undeterred by the presence of a girl fielder, walked confidently to the wicket and played a couple of elegant shots before playing on, 57 for 4.  Jamie Guerin who also looked in good nick was the next to fall having made 18, dragging a full toss from outside off stump onto leg stump, having made 18.

The skipper, having used his thigh to stop a well-timed Guerin drive, fell next, missing a straight long hop, 85 for 6. The returning Charlie Corbett had clearly mastered the technique of not offering a stroke to Corsham's youthful off spinner, but found it did not work so well with a straight one and was bowled.

Luke and Billy Flippance were both bowled playing shots that, even kindly, could be best described as agricultural. Whilst all around him were losing their heads, a bemused Ash Elliott hit some lusty blows and had made 32 before succumbing to the general malaise and playing across the line to a straight one - leaving Ninian MacGregor, who had found the middle of the bat with every ball he faced, unbeaten on 0.

The recurring theme of the innings was Wilcot players' ability to invent ways to get out and 122 all out off 41.2 overs looked a woefully low total on a beautiful batting strip against an attack that really should have yielded many more runs. The call at the early stage of our innings to remove an errant dog's offering on the square was certainly the precursor of events to follow.

Another excellent tea was enjoyed outside by players and spectators alike.  The break allowed Wilcot's skipper to consult the wisdom of his senior players in the hope of coming up with a cunning plan to defend our paltry total against the mostly youthful opposition.

Charlie Corbett's suggestion of telling them that the existence of Father Christmas is a myth was considered dastardly, but not one we could rule out.

To our dismay, two of the senior Corsham players marched to the wicket and Billy Flippance, who was due to open the bowling one end, was nowhere to be seen having prematurely retired to the pub to drown his sorrows having made his second consecutive duck.

The Corsham openers soon showed what an excellent batting strip it indeed was and dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground with timing and force that belittled our earlier effort even more. In desperation, Wilcot's skipper regularly rotated the bowling and finally turned to our canny Scottish spinner but when he induced a couple of chances, Wilcot's by now weary fielders spilled them.

Jamie Guerin took a consolation wicket when the score was 113 but mercifully Corsham passed our total after 20.4 overs.

We travel to Royal Wootton Bassett next week in the hope that we can be inspired by our illustrious surroundings to recover some sort of batting form.  Past encounters with this opposition have included some fiery moments so lets hope the inner flame that is currently latent can come to the fore.

Wilcot 122 All out off 41.2 overs

S Bryant Caught 26
M Stobbs Caught 0
R Spencer Caught 13
M Oliver Bowled 11
J Guerin Bowled 18
MFG Bowled 5
A Elliott Bowled 32
C Corbett Bowled 2
L Flippance Bowled 7
B Flippance Bowled 0
N MacGregor not out 0

Extras 3 byes, 2 leg byes, 1 wide and 2 no balls.

Corsham 3 124 for 1 off 20.4 overs

Wilcot bowling:
A Elliott 4-0-30-0
S Bryant 4-1-13-0
L Flippance 3-0-25-0
B Flippance 2-0-17-0
N MacGregor 4-0-18-0
J Guerin 3.4-0-21-1

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Unprecedented tie in semi-final of Marlborough primary schools Kwik Cricket Festival

Marlborough Primary Schools Kwik Cricket - picture via MarlboroughCCMarlborough Primary Schools Kwik Cricket - picture via MarlboroughCCAn unprecedented semi final tie saw St Peter’s School beat Ramsbury for a place in the final of the Marlborough primary schools Kwik Cricket Festival by virtue of the number of wickets they had taken.

In a nail-biting semi, Ramsbury and St Peter’s both scored 269 points. But with six wickets to Ramsbury’s five, it was the Marlborough team that went through to the final.

In the other semi, St Michael’s Aldbourne beat Burbage by 274 points to 249 to meet St Peter’s in the final.

And in the last match of the day, St Peter’s beat St Michael’s by 289 points to 233. Ramsbury seized third place after beating Burbage 265 points to 218 in the play off for third and fourth place.

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