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  • 14 Jun AVCC v Amesbury Farmers
    We were back Thursday evening in the sun and breezes at home to Amesbury Farmers. An unusual 20/20 fixture as the Farners always bring an excellent tea with them…courtesy largely of Mrs Morrison. Plenty of nice chocolate cakes, victoria sponge, scones with cream and jam…….. Not a good start, as AVCC had 8 players due to very late drop outs including post scheduled kick off time. We were kindly allowed to bat and Jon Wolverson and Hugh Norman (welcome back for his first game of the season, and looking grown up). Both handled the early bowling well, and both were out when looking good to progress on 17 apiece. Jamie Corden, reluctant to bat, went in at 3. Smashed an excellent looking 4 for his first ball, showed us a range of good shots around the wicket and looked every part a batsman - retiring on 31 n.o. having scored 5 boundaries. After this the momentum slowed although the score book ticked over and we concluded on 114-3, with Rory Plank scoring 9 and our 2 potential pensioners - Dudley Perrin and Graham Newland (combined age of 128) in at the death being unbeaten both on 1 n.o. Daley and Graham have shared more end of the innings unbeaten tan any other pairing in the club. Not sure what that means, but as resident stato, I know these things :) It never looked enough, especially having been fattened up with the tea from the Farmers. Nevertheless, we attacked with gusto and between the 4th and 6th overs took out 3 wickets of dangerous batsmen - with Peter Williams takin 2 (1 courtesy of a fine running catch by Rory and one a fine catch by interim wicket keeper Jon Wolverson who performed the role admirably). Tom Campbell took one in an excellent spell of bowling at the same time and we felt we were in with a chance. 31-3. However, the new batsman hit 4 sixes in a row off Peter (4-0-45-2), and before we knew it the Farmers had sailed past us and were well over the rate. Although good bowling by the Campbells - Tom especially (3-0-11-1) and dad, Simon (3-0-6-0) - and Hugh Norman (4-0-16-2) slowed them down, we never quite got close enough and we were passed in the 18th over. Good game of cricket, good evening, and I think a rematch would be good…especially if AVCC can put 11 bodies in the field reliably.
  • 10 Jun Wilcot v AVCC
    An eagerly awaited game versus local rivals Wilcot. AVCC captain didn’t write up a report and so have appended Wilcot’s captain report which is a lovely read. i was whisked away for a romantic weekend in Cornwall as the twins were on a residential school break and so did not witness this game but to keep you up to date, please read Jamie’s report. For colour, the day was hot and bright, and Wilcot batted first. Only their 1st team batsman - Ashley Eliliott troubled us with an excellent 60 before being run-out; allegedly hobbled through herculean efforts the day before helping inspire Wilcot’s 2nd league win of the season vs Bradford upon Avon. Their openers went cheaply - their captain (Jamie) for 7 and their ex-Pakistan Universities hit man (Wilson) for 1. a procession of wickets fell after that and Wilcot’s innings subsided for 126-7 off 35 overs. Our bowling was strong, taking advantage of the pitch with good efforts from George Lishman 5-2-6-2 (excellent), Julian Lishman (dad) 4-1-6-2, Jon Wolverson 3-0-7-1. Ben Eveling returning also picked up a wicket as did young Rowan Morrison. Batting was difficult, but Angus Harley excelled with a widely commented best innings of the season comment for his 34. Jon Wolverson chipped in with a hard fought 20, opening with Angus.George Lishman scored an excellent 20; Greg Caswell got 3, Bruce Carter (still elevated up the order) scored 7 and the not out pair were Ben Jones on 13 n.o. and Rowan Morrison on 6 n.o. All over in the 28th over. Excellent win. 5th on the bounce. and Wilcot’s version - but at least their captain was there and wrote his report the same day….hint hint Wilcot vs Avon Valley match report – 10/6/18 With the clouds of the morning dispersing and the temperature gauge knocking the twenties, Wilcots finely honed athletes arrived at Avon Valley’s ground full of confidence. With two wins out of two so far this season the team were keen to extend this unusual run of form. Avon Valley play their cricket in Rusholme in a ground that was once a cow field. The field has been reclaimed as a cricket pitch by the farmer who’s family are fanatical cricketers. Flanked by the village church on one side and the rolling hills of Salisbury plain on the other, it’s a stunning place to play cricket. The pitch looked firm and even and with blue skies overhead, the captain took the view that the conditions would favour the batsmen and so when the toss was won, chose to bat. The now regular opening duo of Wilson Saraj and the skipper were picked to open the batting. Those Dauntsians within the team had alerted the opening pair to the dangers of opener G. Lishman, Dauntsey’s first team opening bowler and so the plan was to see him off and the runs would hopefully be easier to come by come first bowling change. It became apparent fairly quickly that the surface was more troublesome than first appeared and this was confirmed when Wilson edged on to his own stumps in the first over. Ash Elliot and the Captain saw out the next few overs but the Captain was the next to fall unable to get on top of a hook shot which ballooned to square leg. A number of additional quick wickets fell and Wilcot were deep in the mire at the 18th over with only 37 runs on the board and five wickets down. Wilcot’s fight back was spearheaded by Ash Elliot who’s watchful innings brought up a half century and was ably supported by both Luke Morane-Griffiths and Jacques Dutoit. Ash was eventually run out in the last over bringing an innings total of 126 runs scored for 7 wickets; a total which certainly felt short of where we needed to be but defendable given the state of the unpredictable wicket. The Captain was pleased to see some home made scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam on the table for tea and these were accompanied by some excellent looking cakes (lemon drizzle and a dark brown chocolate / coffee looking number). With some very tasty egg sandwiches, Doritos and spicey looking sausages, Wilcot’s warriors were able to replenish batteries and make a start on their defence. Before they did however, given the array of talent within Wilcot’s ranks, the Captain was keen to get a team photo in order to capture the moment for posterity. A member of the opposition was subsequently called upon to take the snap. This open display of camaraderie and team bonding was, the Captain thought, bound to unsettle the waiting opening batsmen. In an additional moment of unadulterated cunning, the team then took to the field to practise some catching and bowling to unnerve the batsmen even more. Avon Valley’s openers were clearly completely unfazed by the skills on display and their hopes would’ve been additionally buoyed by the sight of Wilcot’s opening bowler, Ash Elliot hobbling out to the middle. Ash, however, was quick to reassure the Captain that he was ok to bowl and so play got underway with the team in good spirits. Callum Marshall joined Ash to open the bowling and both got things off to a good start but with Ash clearly in some discomfort and runs starting to leak, Wilcot were in trouble with 10 overs down and already 54 runs scored. With Avon Valley’s opening duo well set and Ash having to retire hurt, it wasn’t until Rob Herret’s second over (following a change of ends) which turned Wilcot’s fortunes. Rob was then joined at the other end by Pradeep and the pair started to apply some pressure. The two bowlers worked well in partnership and with further pressure mounting, wickets started to fall. The run rate fell substantially and Wilcot sensed an opening. Sadly, even with some enthusiastic appealing (most notably from Wilson Saraj at square leg), Wilcot were unable to stem the flow of runs, take the remaining wickets needed and Avon Valley passed our total in the 28th over. A well fought contest played in an excellent spirit on a beautiful ground. Wilcot can take many positives from this match. Ash’s excellent half century gave the team a defendable total though our response hinged on getting quick wickets which didn’t come and ultimately their openers took the game away from us. Wilcot play their next fixture at home versus Wilton next Sunday. Saraj. W Bowled 1 Watherston.J Caught 7 Elliot. A Run Out 60 Herret. R Caught 5 Powell. C Bowled 5 Pradeep Stumped 0 M. Griffiths Bowled 16 Dutoit Not Out 8 Marshall.C Not Out 1 Marshall. A D.N.B York. C D.N.B Total 126 (22 extras) Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Elliot. A 4 0 21 0 Marshall. C 7 0 20 0 Herrett. R 5 0 28 1 Pradeep 7 0 21 3 York. C 3 0 19 1 Watherston. J 2 0 5 0
  • 5 Jun AVCC v Sumer Puddings
    Back to a dummy evening at a lush looking Garston Field in Rushall (great pitch prep Tim and team) we faced a team we had never beaten at 20/20….Summer Puddings…normally Dauntsey’s masters and a few strong ringers. As usual, since we were not all there at the toss, we were generously allowed to bat (this late arrivals must stop as certain teams would not be so generous…thinking Farley, Mildenhall, etc.). Nigel Rowe and George Lishman opened the batting…George a little nervous as clearly being gently sledged and under scrutiny from the teachers. Nigel was quickly back in the first over without scoring. Jon Wolverson entered the fray and bashed the bowling to all corners and quickly retired on 30 n.o. after hitting 5 great 4’s and and scoring these in just 20 balls. Simon Campbell continued the mayhem with 17 off 8, and Peter Williams scored 8 off 9, before our farming colleagues (season debutants) - Billy King (12 n.o.) and Hugh Morrison (21 n.o. ; 8 balls) - brought us home for a very respectable 134-4. This felt like a good score providing we could get through their openers and ringers. Jamie Corden struck early and bowled really well for 2-17. Wickets then flowed regularly with all bowlers contributing with wickets - Nigel Rowe was the pick of the dangerous bowling with 1-8, but was ably backed up by Rowan Morrison 1-17, Peter Williams 1-19, Graham Newland 1-20, Julian Lishman 1-12, Jon Wolverson 1-13, and Billy King needing only 1 ball to finish them off. Summer Puddings out for 120 and we had our first ever win over them by 14 runs. Excellent. Celebrated well down the Antelope. Felt like a team effort with all contributing. 4 wins on the bounce.
 
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Welcome to the Avon Valley Cricket Club

We are based at Rushall, but aim to draw cricketers from the villages of the Upper Avon Valley and beyond, including the Manningford, Charlton, North Newton, Upavon, Enford, Fittleton, Haxton, Netheravon, Figheldean, Milston and Durrington.

The club was founded in 2012. Its ethos is to link the valley up by playing and enjoying cricket, to foster community, to encourage young people into the game and to abide by the spirit of cricket.

We have one adult cricket team initially, open to all regardless of age, race, sex, talent or lack of it, playing a mixture of Sunday afternoon and evening T20 games.   In the future, we hope to develop youth teams and enter a team in the local Saturday league.

This website is regularly updated with club news, views and results.

If you wish to find out more please contact Simon Campbell on 07464 547032 or simon@enfordhouse.co.uk