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Great ‘winter season’ start for Clanfield Cricket Club

  • Author: Matt Bradley
  • Published: 22nd October 2019
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Great ‘winter season’ start for Clanfield Cricket Club 

No sooner had the summer season finished, when Clanfield were back in action in the Fareham Indoor League, starting their Division 5 campaign against worthy opponents, Emsworth B team. In the absence of their normal skipper, Mike Collins, Matt Bradley was the stand-in captain; Clanfield lost the toss and Emsworth decided to bat first.

 Emsworth managed to score 110/1 from their 12 overs.

 Phil Weaver, Adam Smith, Matt Bradley and Jonny Mash all bowled well but were unable to take a wicket, that came from a run out courtesy of Matt Bradley and John Windebank.

 In reply Clanfield reached the target required with 10 balls to spare and only 1 wicket down, thus winning by 5 wickets. Matt Bradley and Dan Wheeler both retired on 25 (normal indoor league rules) and Adam Smith saw Clanfield over the line with 14*. 

 A great start to the winter for the indoor side with Clanfield currently sitting in the top half of the table - but it's very early days yet. Looking forward to more games this winter season.

 Clanfield are always on the lookout for new players and supporters so if you’re on the lookout for a team please get in touch. Clanfield Cricket Club


 For those of you who are still dreaming of sultry summer days watching your local village cricket team, here is their End of Season Report:

 The 2019 season has finally come to an end & cricket was firmly at the centre of attention during the summer, with the World Cup win and a drawn Ashes series providing many memorable moments. Amongst all this Clanfield CC completed another enjoyable season of friendly Sunday afternoon & Wednesday evening cricket, with many memorable moments of our own created this summer.

At the halfway point in the season Clanfield had managed a 50% win-loss ratio with 20 games played. We managed a further 11 fixtures during the second half of the season & finished with 31 games played, 15 won & 15 lost with 1 draw and only 5 lost to the weather. Some highlights from the second half of the season included a victory over Swanmore at home where we chased Swanmore’s score of 199/6 to win by 6 wickets with the Wheeler brothers Dan & Chris sharing a century partnership. Another highlight was victory over Westbourne, after bowling Westbourne out for 61 Clanfield found themselves 10/4 after 8 overs in reply. Matt Bradley & Chris Wheeler both played responsibly to ensure Clanfield got home by 5 wickets.

The batting statistics in the 2nd half of the season were dominated by Chris Wheeler with scores of 94, 58* & 100* in his last 3 innings of the season against Swanmore, Ashling & Newport Gents respectively. Will Andrews also scored another century, his second of the season, at Swanmore which came in just 68 balls. The leading run scorer for 2019 though went to Matt Bradley who scored 774 runs during the season, a record for most runs scored in a season by a Clanfield player.

In the bowling department the wickets continued to be shared around between all the bowlers with consistent performances from all. Notable performances in the 2nd half of the season include Jugal Kishore taking 3/8 in 8 overs against Ashling, Andy Wellen taking 3/17 in 3 overs against Westbourne, Bob Wheeler taking 3/35 against Swanmore and Chris Buckle with 3/18 in 4 overs against Lou Smith Casuals. In the end it was a tie at the top between Andy & Chris B, taking 26 wickets each with Bob Wheeler coming in 3rd place with 23 wickets.

That ends another very enjoyable season. We had a lot of new players this year who have fitted in well to create a great team atmosphere. The indoor league gets started this Sunday with Clanfield in division 5 of 6 at Fareham Leisure Centre and we have the presentation evening later this month. Apart from that it all gets started again next year with winter nets then the 2020 season starting again in April.




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