A close shave for Phil - but not on the pitch as Sodbury book a semi final spot

July 31 2017

A tremendous 98-run victory away to Bedminster, in which all-rounder Phil Lill shone, secured a Gloucestershire Cup semi final for Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club.

A tremendous 98-run victory away to Bedminster, in which all-rounder Phil Lill shone, secured a Gloucestershire Cup semi final for Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club.  

The New Zealander’s afternoon got off to an excellent start with 67 runs at the top of the order but got even better as he later wrapped up the tie with a spell of terrific bowling returning 5-6 from four overs.

In need of a confidence-boosting display, Sodbury totaled 272-7 against their WEPL Premier One opponents, who had started the day as clear favourites. 

With players contributing down the order, Lill’s performance with the bat was reinforced by Jake Reed who scored 49.  Making light of a finger injury suffered the previous day, a breezy 49 came from skipper Jamie Rendell with 35 from Ben Makepeace.

Sodbury applied pressure once in the field with Mason Poole notching up three successive maidens with the new ball. There was a wicket too for the seamer while Nick Wake struck twice. Dan Brown and Ben Waldron claimed a wicket each before Lill ran through the lower order to put Sodbury into the last four.

Sodbury will be hoping that this display can boost the club’s efforts to avoid the drop from the WEPL’s Gloucestershire division. A young side has competed strongly this season but has just come up short on a number of occasions, leaving them in danger of the drop.

Captain Jamie Rendell said: "If we continue to keep working hard then I am sure we can turn the corner. Young players in the side are learning fast and getting used to playing at this level, and our fate is still in our own hands."

Phil Lill raised £1,370 for the Meningitis Foundation of New Zealand after having his WG Grace-style beard shaved off. The all-rounder, who has had his beard for two and-a-half years, was raising money in memory of his cousin Courtenay who died in January 2014.