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  • AVCC v Huddersfield YMCA
    23 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
    9 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
    26 August 2017

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

  • AVCC v Mildenhall
    19 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
    12 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
    12 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
    5 August 2017

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

  • AVCC v Bishop's Cannings
    26 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
    1 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
    21 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
    17 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
    14 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
    10 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
    3 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.

  • Keevil v AVCC
    7 May 2017

    The sun favoured us with its presence as AVCC’s warriors assembled in good time at Keevil’s ground in the Manor House gardens. It was an ideal setting for a day’s cricket to welcome the new season.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

AVCC v Mildenhall

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.

We were very unlike ourselves with 13 there at the start plus another en route. Mildenhall turned up with 9 and we lent them Tom and Rory Law on the basis they play there on Saturdays. Their dad - Tim - played for us.

Graham Newland captained and made sure Mildenhall batted first. It has stood us well recently. We unleashed Jeremy Richards and Michael Rae on them. Bowling well they were 4 off the first 6 overs as our Zim twins of terror racked up 4 maidens in that time. Great bowling.

George Lishman coming on in the 9th over, made the breakthrough clean bowling their opener with his third ball. Alex Armatyge took the next wicket in his 3rd over with a great caught and bowled confidently calling it as the ball hung in the air.

George was almost unplayable and was 1-3 in this 4 overs spell. Great stuff!

Our Tom Law dug in with their no 4 - May. May flogged 189n.o. against us a couple of years ago and started no differently. Our game plan was to deprive him off the ball.

Tom went for a hard earned 18 late in the day. A determined and good innings. May smacked us for 63n.o. but containing him did the job we needed as we got the field right to do so, and the bowlers bowled tight.

We mopped a few wickets up at the end through Michael Rae taking 2-8 plus a caught and bowled with a broken finger. Brave! Julian Lishman chipped in with one courtesy of a Bruce Carter catch.

And Mildenhall finished on 117-6. A lot less than the 300+ they last made against us.

We had a great team... many thanks to Pippa Carter and Mrs Law. During this time, the rain started and did not stop for the rest of the day.

But AVCC took the field. We sensed we had a chance. Conditions were not good. The ball held up in the field and skidded through on the wicket. Challenging batting conditions.

Batting stalwarts Michael Rae (7) and Alex Armatyge (2) were soon back in the hutch courtesy of Rory Laws bowling and catching. But Jeremy Richards controlled batting and Jon Wolverson steadied the ship. Jon hit a valuable 14, and Jeremy a good 37. Hugh Norman held an end up and made 8 valuable runs before our youth finished off the job with George Lishman unbeaten on 15 and Will Adam on 5 n.o.

With 28 extras recorded, we passed their total with 118 in the 28th over to win by 5 wickets.

So a hoodoo broken! And we have won 6 Sunday games on the trot - our second best run to date, and our best on our home ground.

Well done all!