Overseas player proves boon for Chipping Sodbury

October 04 2016

After an impressive summer in English cricket, New Zealander Phil Lill is set to say farewell to Chipping Sodbury but could return in the spring for a second season with the cricket club.

Club Chairman Andy Shield with New Zealander Phil Lill

After an impressive summer in English cricket, New Zealander Phil Lill is set to say farewell to Chipping Sodbury but could return in the spring for a second season with the cricket club.
The 25-year-old from South Canterbury made a big impression on and off the pitch as the club’s overseas player.
Lill said, “I was surprised in a good way by the standard of cricket. After a strong start to the season it was a little disappointing that we could not keep it up but overall the club is only going one way and that’s forward. I really appreciate everything the club has done for me this year and I would love to come back if we can get all the paperwork sorted.”
Lill ended the summer as the thirteenth highest run scorer in the WEPL’s Gloucestershire division finishing with 375 runs and an average of 27.
He also took 22 off-spin wickets at an average of 18.7, finishing thirteenth in the bowling lists for Sodbury who improved from seventh in 2015 to claim fifth place, just 29 points behind second-placed Dumbleton.
Chairman Andy Shield said, “The concept of having an overseas player is fairly new to us but at this level of cricket it’s a very necessary part of your first-team setup. Phil more than met our aspirations and fitted in brilliantly with everyone.”
Lill’s time in England was greatly enhanced by the generosity of Sharon and Steve Poole who provided him with a real home from home while he was in the UK.
Sodbury seamer Tom Clay is hoping for a similar experience when he spends the winter months playing for Christchurch side Heathcote who boast one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in New Zealand.
Sodbury hold their annual meeting at their Ridings clubhouse on Tuesday October 4 from 7.30pm.