KEEVIL CRICKET CLUB – For The Many, Played By A Few!
Saturday League (all 1:30pm start):
- Sat 30th June away to Heytesbury & Sutton Veny
- Sat 7th July – home to Wroughton Wranglers
- Sat 14th July – home to White Horse
- Sat 21st July – away to Goatacre 2
- Sat 28th July – home to Marlborough 2
Sunday Friendlies (2pm start): Sundays are your chance to get involved, playing, helping, cheering or simply walking by.
- Sun 1st July – home to Collingbourne
- Sun 8th July – home to Spye Park
- Sun 15th July – away to Marden
- Sun 22nd July – home to Urchfont
T20 Evening games – not quite as fast and colourful as the Indian Premier League but almost – 20 overs-a-side usually starting at 6pm, always friendly and a great taster to cricket in its shorter form:
- Wed 11th July – away to Devizes (6:15pm)
- Wed 18th July – away to Sutton Benger (6:15pm)
Everything seems different this year, for the better. We started the season worryingly fragile, financially and numbers of players. As with most things KCC we approached the challenge jovially and with as much positivity as we could muster.
And here we are mid summer with a very different feel and atmosphere. Whilst transformation or turn-around hasn’t happened yet, there are many signs that we have turned a corner.
In May we held our first proper fund raiser, a quiz in the Village Hall. It went brilliantly, a fun night, a packed house and £500 raised. Congratulations to victors “The W G Rumpies”. The funds raised are the start of a (still-being-concerted) effort to pay for essential club facilities (covers, sight screens, machinery repairs).
After a poor start to the league season 3 straight defeats were followed with strong performances winning the next four league games. Then most recently a knife edge, nerve tingling defeat to Burbage & Easton Royal:
- 5th May – KCC 104 all out lost to Wroughton Wranglers by 9 wickets
- 12th May – KCC 94 all out lost to White Horse by 2 wickets
- 19th May – KCC 138 all out lost to Goatacre 2 by 6 wickets
- 26th May – KCC 197-8, MCC 110 all out beat Marlborough 2 by 87 runs
- 2nd June – KCC 230-8, PCC 224-8 beat Potterne 3 by 6 runs
- 9th June – BoACC 194-9, KCC 193-8 beat Bradford on Avon by 2 wickets
- 16th June – KCC 193 all out, CCC 182 all out beat Chippenham 3 by 11 runs
- 23rd June – KCC188-8, B&ER 191-9 lost to Burbage & Easton Royal by 1 wicket
Sundays have been a blast, the mighty Keevil has won every game so far this year. With skipper Simon Emmet enjoying full availability each week, player numbers are blooming! The sun continues to shine, come along and watch a few overs and share in the Keevil Cricket renaissance.
Simon Tyler – 07879 818148 email@example.com for further information
We are always keen to welcome new players; cricket knowledge, experience, age or ability matters not a hoot. So please do come and get involved with your village cricket club. See you at The Manor.
Simon Tyler 01380 871423 / 07879 818 148 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2017 Report
Results have been indifferent since the last update, but the enjoyment levels have remained high! In the league, of the 8 fixtures, we’ve lost 2 to poor weather, 2 wins and 4 defeats. Perhaps just enough good in there to avoid relegation and stay in Division 3.
The wins against Seagry, where Andy Hallett’s stoic 51 provided the backbone to an easy chase down of their 151 (Si Emmett 3-28), and against Potterne, where another Hallett half century and a Tyler century helped post a formidable 273-7, another 3 wickets for Si Emmett ensured a 40 run win. Guy Perritt’s 95 was tantalisingly not enough in the game versus White Horse as the 10 men of Keevil came up just 6 runs short.
And only average performances against the strong sides from Chippenham, Swindon United Churches and Heytesbury delivered 3 more annoying defeats.
Keevil boy Jon Bouault’s bowling continues to improve and he has returned several miserly spells, 9-2-22-1 against Heytesbury and 9-2-18-1 against Chippenham. Other strong performances have come from the reliable left arm tremblers of Si Emmett (3-57 against SUCC and 3-32 against Potterne), Guy with a quality 73 against SUCC and most recently Pete Burtwell’s first 50 of the season against Chippenham.
The games against the weaker sides, Collingbourne and Wroughton were both lost to rain, extra frustrating as they both offered greater chance of Keevil success.
Sunday friendlies have been sparse, with our opposition cancelling without enough players, a sad sign of the struggles of village cricket as fewer and fewer folk get and stay involved. At Keevil though we work hard to keep the game going; it is part of the fabric of English summers and depends on villages just like us to keep it alive.
Of the 3 that did take place, we welcomed a Dutch Touring side (returning to Keevil after a gap of 30 years). It was a great day, with another memorable Luke tea, and an 88 from Simon Tyler and 5 wickets for Jon ‘The Spindle’ Bouault meant the only defeat of their tour was delivered. Another old fixture found its way back onto the card too, the resurgent North Bradley hosted us for an enjoyable and crazy two innings match (2 x 15 overs each). Everyone bowled and/or batted with KCC claiming the victory.
So with two league fixtures to go (Goatacre away on Saturday 26th August and Seagry at home on 2nd September) KCC almost look safe, the table shows us equal on points with Wroughton, both well ahead of the relegation favourites Collingbourne and Seagry. Again we look forward to seeing you at the Manor to watch or play, where we are keeping English village cricket alive and well. See you here.
About Keevil Cricket Club
Keevil Cricket Club is very fortunate to play on the delightful, quintessentially English (and infamous to many visiting teams) square and outfield in the grounds of Keevil Manor, where the views on a clear day are stunning. Come along and watch, bring a picnic, and if you fancy a game on a Sunday, nudge any one of the contacts below – men, women, boys and girls of all abilities are always welcome!
Contact any of the below if you’d like a game or want to find out more:
Simon Tyler: Midweek Captain 07879 818148
Andy Hallett: League Captain 07521 860552
Josh Hamblin: Sunday Captain 07771 361613
Photographs by Sarah Dow