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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
    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.

 
 
Sunday, 2 July 2017

Erlestoke v AVCC

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

Great to meet up with old friends, and a Sunday side of similar age to us (mature). Sadly, as has become too common recently, we started with 8, including a press-ganged Mark Banham (grateful thanks).

We lost the toss and were asked to bat in the hot sunshine. Erlestoke lent us a couple of players but we still had a gap to contend with. Not easy on a fast sloping outfield where 6-7 runs scored an over is the norm.

Bravely, we stood up to the task, with the fighters we had brought.

Jon Vickery and Michael Rae opened the bowling. They bowled fast for no reward and the score ticked on. Jon was hostile and definitely unlucky not to take a wicket on multiple occasions. Mark Banham and Greg Caswell took over and worried the batsmen - being unlucky not to take wickets until Greg struck in the 17th over and the score was 87-1.

This didn't deter Erlestoke, and Graham Newland took the second - aided by a fine catch by Jon Vickery - with the score on 152-2.

We toiled on and got a run-out via smart work from Graham and Michael but they finished at 215-3.

We were not worried at tea as our previous wins here had all been chasing and scoring 6+ an over. Tea was good... pork pies, sausage rolls, chocolate cake, scotch eggs and sandwiches. And indeed, Tim Gent turned up for tea and now we were 9. We sensed he had been hiding in the woods opportunistically awaiting tea to avoid fielding, and not driving back from holiday to kindly help us......

Kindly, Erlestoke allowed us to bat 2 players twice and Michael Rae and Peter Williams were drawn out of the hat for this task.

Angus Harley and Michael Rae opened for us. They looked confident and kept us on track until Angus was lbw for 17 n the 8th over. 51-1.

We had a wobble as Jon Vickery and Mark Banham came and went cheaply and we were soon 63-3 in the 10th over. Greg Caswell steadied the ship. Actually, he really rocked the park and carted the Erlestoke bowlers all over the place as he and Michael added 87 for the next wicket.

Greg hit 6x4, 1x5, and 1 mighty 6 in an inspired show in just 10 overs before being caught on 47. This innings gave us the momentum we needed at at a crucial time. Great innings, Greg.

After that, Peter Williams, Graham, Bruce Carter and Tim Gent played supporting roles to Michael Rae who scored 111 (the unlucky Nelson score). Michael cut loose after Greg departed and thrashed Erlestoke's bowlers to all corners of the ground until he ran himself out with 3 runs to go.