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  • 2017 Review of the Season
    22 May 2018

    A quick review of the AVCC 2017 Season As we embark upon a new season, and the sum in shining, I thought I would share with you some highlights of the 2017 season. A. Matches * Record season - out best ever winning performance * We won 11 out of 15 Sunday matches - 73% win percentage - (previous best 10 out of 19) * We won 8 of 12 midweek 20/20’s (67% win percentage) * In total, we won 19 of 27 games…..70.3% win percentage * Winning streak (still in play) of 10 consecutive Sunday wins. * Our best homestead - 9 wins in a row on Sundays * Equalled our top ever 35 overs score - 245 (vs Keevil) * Made our best 20/20 score = 151 (vs Poulshot) * Our opponents made their lowest scores against us - 40 (Wilton); 76 (All Cannings) * 43 players played for - including 4 young ladies; 2 in one evening. * In summary, our season was built on a consistent and very useful bowling attack of Jeremy Richards, Michael Rae and Jon Wolverson - ably supplemented by Graham Newland, Tim Gent, Greg Caswell, Mark Banham, Will Adams, Jamie Corden, India Corden, Peter Williams et al. The batting was more consistent, and more higher scores were made in each game - and scoring 40 or more in a game by an individual does make a difference - as can be seen by the win ratio. More important, we have learned to field, set a field, and play for each other. Our home record was fantastic. B. Batting * Michael Rae scored most runs - over 450 -, and made the top ever aggregate for AVCC. he also scored only our 3rd century (111 vs Erlestoke). * Interestingly fewer players scored >100 runs in comparison to the last 3 years; but those who did (7) all scored more than 200 runs…that’s a first. Season stats >100 runs Runs Average Michael Rae 385 29.62 Jon Wolverson 353 23.53 Simon Campbell 280 93.33 Angus Harley 279 25.36 Jeremy Richards 265 29.44 Greg Caswell 209 29.86 Graham Newland 204 18.55 * Less 50’s scored (10 including the 111); but overall individual match scores higher. Top Batting performances Michael Rae 111 vs Erlestoke (away). Only our 3rd century, and 1 of the others at Erlestoke too Greg Caswell 75 RSJ Maharajahs Jeremy Richards 73 vs Mildenhall Jeremy Richards 71 vs Avebury Jon Wolverson 65 not out Chitterne Jon Wolverson 61 Keevil Simon Campbell 59 not out Marden Simon Campbell 58 not out</

  • AVCC v Huddersfield YMCA
    24 September 2017

    This week, I am making an exception due to the exceptional and sensational events of last Sunday. On a day of mixed weather…we welcomed Huddersfield YMCA to Rushall. Huddersfield YMCA toured Wiltshire each year for over 25 years but ceased in the last decade.

  • AVCC v Urchfont
    10 September 2017

    Today we welcomed the mighty Urchfont to our ground in Rushall. It was a cold windy day reminding us the season is coming to an autumnal end. The pitch was damp and the skies grey.

  • AVCC v Aldbourne
    27 August 2017

    We welcomed Aldbourne for the first time last Sunday. Brilliant hot sunny day. Ideal for cricket.

  • AVCC v Mildenhall
    20 August 2017

    Last weekend we welcomed Mildenhall to our home ground. One of only 2 teams we have never beaten from our annual fixture list. Rain threatened and so we played a 30 overs match.

  • AVCC v Wilton
    13 August 2017

    So last weekend we welcomed Wilton for our very first fixture (or 2). Wilton are good guys and we know many of them from other clubs...Wilcot, Marden, Aldbourne...

  • AVCC v Wilton 20/20
    13 August 2017

    So having finished the match with Wilton last week before tea, we played them again in a 20/20.

  • AVCC v All Cannings
    6 August 2017

    And in our last game, the mighty All Cannings came to visit.

  • AVCC v Bishop's Cannings
    27 July 2017

    Next match after the RSJ Maharajahs triumph was against Bishops Cannings at Rushall for a 20/20.

  • AVCC v RSJ Maharajahs
    16 July 2017

    Catching up...I tantalised you talking about a highest score. Yes, we broke our ground record at Rushall and equalled our all time best over 35 overs scoring 245-5 vs RSJ Maharajahs from Reading way.

  • Erlestoke v AVCC
    2 July 2017

    1st match in July took us to our old and good friends at Erlestoke and their fabulous high scoring ground in a walled garden.

  • AVCC v Collingbourne
    22 June 2017

    Bit late, but our last fixture in June was a 20:20 vs Collingbourne at home. Pitch was great, sun shining and we had 11 turn up.

  • Chitterne v AVCC
    18 June 2017

    Yesterday was swelteringly hot and 8 of us turned up to play Chitterne. Chitterne are a really nice bunch of guys and have been a nemesis of us more often than not. 25 overs game as local rules.

  • Amesbury Farmers v AVCC
    15 June 2017

    Last night we played the Amesbury Farmers at Centenary Park. A little surreal. 12 of us turned up and at one stage I knew more players in the Farmers dressing room (having seen them play for AVCC) than in ours. So welcome Jon V, Josh C, Russell and Hector.

  • AVCC v Farley
    11 June 2017

    Yesterday, amongst the clouds and winds, we took on Farley at home. Farley are one of just 2 teams we have never beaten, or indeed got close to. Well, despite 11 brave hearts turning up, the trend continued.

  • AVCC v Avebury
    4 June 2017

    So we had a rain interrupted 30 match with Avebury today. They scored 192 for 7 in theirs and we lost our last wicket on 165 in the last over.

  • Collingbourne v AVCC
    1 June 2017

    Good night tonight. AVCC chased down 65 for 4 in 17 overs, having got Collingbourne all out in 17 also.

  • AVCC v Marden (20/20)
    24 May 2017

    We played our first home game of the season last night. 20/20 vs Marden. Bathed in warm sunlight, it felt like the right sort of evening to play cricket.

  • Marden v AVCC
    14 May 2017

    Richard Cox Memorial trophy played at Marden last Sunday. We have won this for the last 2 years but generously decided to return it to Marden this year on a shower-interrupted day.

  • Poulshot v AVCC
    10 May 2017

    Wednesday night was a return to 20/20. We turned up at the village green in Poulshot to play the locals with an unusual team - 3 school attendees; 2 of which were young ladies (India Corden and Holly Campbell); a couple of pensioners and some between.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

AVCC v Aldbourne

We welcomed Aldbourne for the first time last Sunday. Brilliant hot sunny day. Ideal for cricket.

They were not all new! They had 3 players from our nemesis Farley, and one from Devizes, and so it was with trepidation that our captain, Graham Newland went out for the toss with Farley's /Aldbourne's captain!

Continuing our recent winning approach, we had them bat.

They started well, and we were greeted to the unusual sight of Jeremy Richards hit for 4 off his first ball (and 7th)... more runs than he usually gives away in his accurate miserly spells. Michael Rae bowled tight. And Jeremy made a key breakthrough with a neat caught and bowled in the 5th over. 17-1.

Their batsmen kept threatening; but every time it looked like they were going to overwhelm us we took crucial wickets. Bowling was tight. Fielding excellent, and inspired by a great running catch from Jon Wolverson and a fine catch from Ben Jones.

Wickets were shared out;,Graham Newland 1-7 off 4 overs; Jeremy Richards 1-14 (4); will Adams 2-18 (4); Greg Caswell 2-18 (4) and new boy Phil Jones bowled excellently and took top honours with 3-17 (4.3). Well done. Great debut Phil.

Aldbourne were all out for 139.

An excellent tea followed, and we had to be cajoled to pick up arms to chase just 4 an over.

Their 139 started to look a great score as our star batsmen didn't prosper. Angus Harley made 9 (14-1); Michael Rae 8 (27-2) courtesy of being stumped well out of his crease and losing his bat; Greg Caswell 0 (31-3).

Jon Wolverson and Jeremy Richards anchored the ship and put on 32 runs before Jon went for 11 (63-4). Then 63-5 as Phil Jones BA became their star bowlers 5th victim in a row. This was Stephen (who took 5-31). Then we were quickly 80-7 as Ben Jones went for 5 and Will Adams for 2.

This left Graham and Dudley Perrins - a combined age of 126 yrs experience left to support Jeremy to score the 60 runs we needed for victory. A big, big ask.

Graham joined Jeremy at the wicket and set about supporting his fluent innings. Jeremy was showing class batting, good defence and awesome attacking shots against loose balls. They grittedly put on 42 runs and put us in the sight of victory when Jeremy holed out on the boundary to a steepling catch for a great score of 73 (we need to find him for repeated century avoidance!).

18 runs to go and Dudley joined Graham at the crease, for our last wicket (as we were short of players as usual) with the opposition in a huddle motivating themselves that they could now win with us 2 veterans in at the crease. Tense moments! Dudley - not known for sprinting - was further hampered by an Achilles injury. It was a big ask for us to win.

But we hung in there and we scampered the winning run in the 29th over to win by 1 wicket. Very tight!

Graham finished unbeaten with 20, and Dudley made 5 n.o.

It was as close as it could get. The match could have gone either way until that last ball. Great game of cricket.

And well celebrated down the Antelope afterwards.

That's 7 consecutive Sunday victories; 6 at home. 2nd best winning streak in our history and our best homestand to date.

We have our mojo back and won all of our August fixtures for the first time.

Well done all.