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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.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

AVCC v Marden (20/20)

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.

Pitch looked good, and Simon Campbell put us into bat.

Much confusion over the line up....Simon posted a list of 12 the night before and 4 did not join us (2 known) and 2 unexpected ones did...and so we had a merry band of 10. Welcome back, Ben Jones, and good to see Mitch again.

Simon Borthwick and "Mitch" Mitchell opened. We showed them that we know how to gain momentum. Simon played a maiden to Ash Elliott (Wilcot's opening bowler, guesting) and then Mitch went 2nd ball of the next over; 0-1. Jon Wolverson, strode in and he and Simon set about the bowling.

Simon hit a quick 12 (2x4's) before succumbing in the 4th over; 19-2. He was caught out by a pea-roller as the pitch was playing quite low (and slow) at times. Graham Newland then went in at no.4. Jon was electric and hit 3x6's - 2 of Mr Elliott (turned Mr Grumpy) and 1 off Luke Flippance (another Wilcot bowler) - before being bowled by P. Bailey (off his first ball) for 31; 54-3.

Graham also picked up a "shiner" colliding with their spinner, Luke Flippance, after Jon called for a quick single.

Michael Rae and Graham then made a rapid 60...the decisive partnership....with Michael thrashing the ball around for 37 (8x4's) before being caught. 114-4. Graham was caught a couple of overs later for 40 (8x4's) and the innings subsided to 139-7, with Angus Harley scoring 10, and India Corden and Ben Jones not out on 1 a piece.

Overall a very good score - and this is now our home ground record total for 20/20. Well done all.

A quick turnaround to maximise the conditions and light, and the Marden openers strode out. Jamie Corden was steaming in and bowling extremely well, and was rewarded with clean bowling their opener, Locke in his second over - taking a wicket maiden. This was an important wicket, as Locke has often got runs against us.

They looked like they could keep up the pace as their Wilcot opener...Elliott was hitting well. But cometh the hour, cometh the man and captain Simon took 3 wickets (including a double wicket maiden.....for which we believe jug avoidance might have been incurred) - taking Elliott (43) and the next 2 batsmen out - 2 of them bowled.

After that it was a procession of "outs" with Mitch getting his first wicket for the club, and Michael Rae getting a good wicket. Simon Borthwick took an excellent backward running, diving catch to give Mitch his wicket. But the highlight...and one that won't be forgotten....was India Corden bowling a hat-trick.....all clean-bowled. Excellent, memorable, and legendary.

Only the 2nd hat-trick in our history (Ben Jones being the other...and jug avoidance still being noted....). Indeed, only 3 other AVCC people have taken 3 wickets in the same over (Ben, Simon C and Graham).

So, India led us off the field as they innings finished on 102-9 and we had won by a tidy 37 runs.

Much credit to mum, Mary Corden, who led us to the Antelope and bought a jug to celebrate the hat-trick. Sausages and chips were also enjoyed in the pub, and it felt like a great day.

Just a footnote to mention that Dudley Perrin is on -13 for his average for the season.....after 2 ducks for us, he scored 13 not out for Marden last night, including the temerity to hit India for a couple of 4's. That's just not cricket.