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!
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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