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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, 7 May 2017

Keevil v AVCC

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.

We had a late re-shuffle of the team as star batsman Greg Caswell had damaged his back, but our Zim friends had liberated Matt Boothway to join us (welcome back).

Graham Newland won the toss and elected to bat. There was no thought to that we would go on to score our 2nd highest 35 overs score of our history….239 vs a strong Wiltshire league side. Shorn of our usual openers, we went with a big-hitting strategy and it worked. Jeremy Richards and Jon Wolverson opened. They looked in good nick…..especially Jeremy who looked in top form. The scoreboard rattled along…..15 off 2, 45 off 6, 61 off 8 as they smashed the ball around this lovely ground. Much time was lost hunting lost balls in hedges, pastures, gardens, ditches.

Jeremy was the first to go in the 9th over, unluckily on 27 (2x6, 3x4’s), to a catch off their newly introduced spin/slow bowler, by our own Adam Stephens who we had leant to Keevil as a substitute fielder. Then mayhem started as Michael Rae (5) and Matt Boothway (0) quickly succumbed to the same slow bowler. Was the middle-order collapse about to happen?

Adam Stephens then went in and redeemed himself with a very strong and good-looking 23 - including 1x6 and 3x4”s - before being caught off the same slow bowler (Tyler), who was by now appealing for everything and anything. So Graham came in to steady the ship, and forged a good partnership with Jon Wolverson who was still bludgeoning the ball around the ground.

We had some good cameos; when their fast bowling captain came on, Graham smashed him, first ball, straight back to the boundary for 4 and repeated the trick a couple of balls later. That took the wind out of their sails. The scoreboard continued to tick over, until Jon was out for 61, bowled. Great innings, and his highest AVCC score to date.

Peter Williams, fresh from Canada and jet-lagged, came in and defended stoutly against accurate fast bowling, but was bowled for 0 by their captain who had now found his radar. Tim Gent then came in and fended off some sharp and fast grass-cutters. The pitch was now playing unpredictably and Graham was out shortly afterwards for a captains innings of 42 (7x4’s) to keep the momentum going. Bruce Carter came and went for a silver (0) before Ben Eveling was welcomed back after a long break. He and Tim led an entertaining last few overs smashing the ball around before Tim was out for 13. Dudley Perrins came in for 2 balls at the end of the innings and managed to get himself LBW for a silver (0) on the last ball, leaving Ben triumphant but stranded on 11 not out.

239 - a very high score and a great effort.

After an excellent tea….chocolate cakes, a great selection of cheeses, salamis, bread and butter, pizza, sausages and ham….but no tea (the urn was not switched on)…..we made our way back out into the warm conditions to field. There was a determined air about the team, as we knew the total would be tough to defend and that we would need to be at our best.

Well, simply, put, I was very proud of a great team effort. We fielded like men possessed and kept the run rate down to get them all out for 192…a win of 47 runs. Most excellent! Indeed, one of the best team efforts I have witnessed at AVCC, and every player can feel pleased and proud of their contributions.

Highlights of our fielding:- Jeremy Richards 1-12 off 7 overs - extremely well bowled; always menacing. Michael Rae looked constantly dangerous and aggressive and was 1-23 off 7 overs. Adam Stephens looked a handful and bowled super-tight for 0-9 off 4 overs. Matt Boothway bowled very tight and deservedly took 2-26 off 6.3 overs - including a well-taken hard-hit catch off his own bowling. Without these contributions, plus some major fielding efforts, we might well have lost. Peter Williams was like a terrier in the field, looking after leg-side almost by himself….very well done. Bruce Carter had probably his finest game behind the stumps and kept the byes down to a paltry 5….not easy on such a pitch with small boundaries. (they let 30 byes for comparison). Ben Eveling was lively in the field and came on to bowl 3 overs of spin (0-37) and variation to keep them guessing, and Jon Wolverson bowled a complete range of stuff and took 2-78 off 7 including tempting their 2 most dangerous batsmen to give catches away…one being an absolutely stunning diving catch by Michael Rae, running in off the boundary.

Indeed, we had time for comedy, as one of their pairs managed to run themselves out - apparently the same pair for the second day running. The one run out (for the 2nd time) was giving the other a lift home…would be interesting to know if they got there in one piece! And Dudley created (near) history by being nut-megged in the slips and only just avoiding serious mid-wicket and bails damage by doing an unexpected little jump beforehand. Not sure whether to fine him for catch-avoidance, or marvel at his jump!

And a special mention from a proud dad…. Skye managed the scoreboard for both innings. She will undoubtedly play for us one day.

Back to the Well in Bucklington, and a good pint and some rather nice roast potatoes and gravy. Good end to a great day.

We need a repeat vs Marden next week. Richard Cox memorial trophy to be defended. Have a good week.