KEEVIL CRICKET CLUB – For The Many, Played By A Few!

QUIZ NIGHT! Tuesday 29th May 7.30pm in the village hallAfter the Rain...
Teams of up to 5 at £2 per person
Cash prizes, Raffle
Drinks and nibbles available
Download PDF here: KCC_Keevil quiz v2
A Keevil Cricket Club Fundraiser – come and support your local club!

May 2018: As you read this the season is underway. Cold and damp conditions in March and April meant our ground’s prep team faired similarly to local farmers – we are a few weeks behind.  Fortunately the fixture card for May is in our favour with more games away than at The Manor.

League games this year have the added tension of many rule changes in the internationally accepted MCC Laws of Cricket; more spice to our Saturday battles.  The changes include tightening up on player behaviour, safety and the spirit of cricket and clarification on no balls, beamers, bouncers, mankad (running out the non-striking batter) and player penalty time for leaving the field (we’ll have to cross our legs in league games). Very timely following the Australian ball tampering debacle this winter.

Saturday League Fixtures for May (all 1:30pm start):

  • 5th May              – away vs Wroughton Wranglers
  • 12thMay              – away vs White Horse
  • 19thMay              – home vs Goatacre 3rds
  • 26thMay              – away vs Marlborough 2nds

Sundays are your chance to get involved, playing, helping, cheering or simply walking by.

Sunday Friendly Fixtures (2pm start):

  • 6th May              – home vs Corsley
  • 13thMay              – home vs Broughton Gifford
  • 20thMay              – away vs Urchfont (2:30pm)
  • 27thMay              – home vs Gosport Touring Team

May also sees the first two of our clutch of evening games – not quite as fast and colourful as the Indian Premier League but almost – 20 overs-a-side starting at 6pm, always friendly and a great taster to cricket in its shorter form:

  • Friday 11thMay  – away vs Beehive Southwick
  • Tuesday 22ndMay – home vs Poulshot

So we present to you a dozen games in May to get you started and we remain open to fund-raising ideas and ways to get more people involved (and thank you Sarah for being in the wrong place at the right time, ending-up helping get the magnificent KCC changing rooms/marquees up!).

See you here…

Simon Tyler    Contact 07879 818148   for further information

APRIL 2018: After a long, idle winter the excitement of a new 2018 season is soon to be upon us – Keevil Cricket returns to the Manor at the end of April with all hopes renewed.

Last year saw us secure just enough positive results to remain in Wiltshire League Division Three, an 18-game season played on Saturdays from 1:30pm.  We’d love your support for our home games so come for a gentle walk around the boundary, a cup of tea and a cake and a bit of spectator enjoyment! The Sunday calendar has many friendly games, most starting at 2pm and open to anyone of any age or ability who would like to have a game.

This year we would like to host a couple of Sundays as Keevil Village Days, specifically open to everyone in the village to come and play all or part of a game, and enjoy drinks and nibbles on The Bank! (The Bank is the old tennis court area which provides a splendid setting for spectators). If you would like to help or get involved with these Sunday Fun Cricket days please contact me on the number or email below. The club has a handful of midweek fixtures too, which happen in the evenings – usually on a Wednesday from 6pm – and we will continue to publish all upcoming games in the newsletter and on our Facebook page for your information (search for Keevil Cricket Club on Facebook).

The club only has a few playing members and relies on the deep pockets and boundless energy of a few kindly souls, so we are also looking to organise fund raisers to underpin some looming investments (mowers, repairs, facility upgrades to comply with league regulations etc.).  Again if you have suggestions or would like to become part of the club, in any capacity, I would be eager to hear from you.  We’d love to hold a quiz night at the Village Hall, as an example, and would appreciate all support or input.  More news to come.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 /

Summer 2017 Report

KCC league table Aug 2017Results 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!

Find and follow KCC on Facebook

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

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