Slow start for Chipping Sodbury CC
CHIPPING Sodbury Cricket Club hope to start hitting their straps after getting the new season off to a slow start.
A new-look first XI, competing in the Gloucester division of the West of England Premier League, battled hard without much luck in the opening rounds of games but a host of products from the club’s youth section are finding their feet and are keen to progress.
Sodbury 2nd’s meanwhile have enjoyed a mixed start although skipper Jerry Swatton rolled back the years with a century in a fine victory over Winsley and 57 the following weekend in a derby setback against Rockhampton.
Chipping Sodbury 3rd’s, up against mainly first XI’s in Division Three of the Bristol & District League, have responded strongly to this new challenge following promotion last season. Teenager Jack Thacker’s burst of 4-19 from 12 overs was crucial to a superb six-wicket win away to University Staff.
Dan Morgan turned in arguably the leading individual display of the season so far, taking 5-37 from 12 and following up with an unbeaten 50, in a narrow reverse against Pucklechurch.
Sodbury 4th’s immediately made their presence felt in Division Nine with Harry Phillips taking 5-22 in an excellent five-wicket win against Bristol Lions. He followed up with a burst of 4-19, helping lay the foundations for a two-wicket derby defeat of Hambrook.
Chipping Sodbury 5th’s, promoted last year to Division Ten, are once again acting as the very important first step on the ladder to senior cricket. With a side composed mainly of youth team players they are confident of making an impression as the summer progresses.
Players of all ages and abilities welcome to attend the senior practice which takes place at the Ridings every Thursday from 6.15pm.
Senior home fixtures
SATURDAY JUNE 6:
Chipping Sodbury v Dumbleton, Chipping Sodbury 3rds v Bristol Civil Service.
SUNDAY JUNE 7:
Chipping Sodbury v Chalford.
SATURDAY JUNE 13:
Chipping Sodbury 2nds v Chippenham, Chipping Sodbury 4ths v Bedminster, Chipping Sodbury 5ths v Bristol Sri Lankans (at Hillesley CC).
SUNDAY JUNE 20:
Chipping Sodbury v Bourton Vale. Chipping Sodbury 3rds v United Banks.
SATURDAY JUNE 27:
Chipping Sodbury 2nds v Dumbleton, Chipping Sodbury 4ths v Stapleton, Chipping Sodbury 5ths v Bristol YMCA (at Hillesley CC).
SUNDAY JUNE 28:
Chipping Sodbury v Marshfield.