Sodbury focussing on season’s end

August 02 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury Cricket Club enter the last phase of the season with all five senior sides still having plenty to play for.

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CHIPPING Sodbury Cricket Club enter the last phase of the season with all five senior sides still having plenty to play for.
The first team, captained by Jamie Rendell, have recovered from a slow start to make a real impact and go into their last five matches with realistic hopes of a top-four finish in the Gloucestershire division of the West of England Premier League.
A fine squad effort combined with an outstanding season to date by New Zealander Phil Lill has resulted in the strong position for the team. Lill has already scored more than 300 top-order runs and is closing in on 25 wickets with his off-spin.
Rendell has also made significant contributions with bat and ball. He  is pleased with the development of a handful of younger players and said; “We’re learning a lot this season. It’s not always been easy going but the attitude of the players has been spot on and very encouraging.”
After suffering a particularly disappointing one-run defeat at home to Dumbleton the team reacted by winning their next three fixtures including two tight finishes.
Rendell said; “This division is absolutely wide open this season, there’s no dominant side as there has been in previous years and just about everyone is capable of beating everyone else. There’s a tremendous amount to play for in the last third of the season.”
Sodbury have two forthcoming home matches, entertaining Lydney on August 13 and Hatherley & Reddings on August 27.
Sodbury 2nd’s, under the leadership of the experienced Jerry Swatton, are pressing hard for promotion from Division Three of the Gloucestershire County League.
It’s the club’s first taste of this competition and Sodbury and Hatherley & Reddings 2nds have been fighting it out for much of the summer for top spot with Shurdington and Great Rissington still in the mix.
Key dates for the seconds in the climax to the summer include a home derby with Rockhampton on August 6 and a potentially crucial clash away to Hatherley on August 27.
Chipping Sodbury 3rds, led this summer by Steve Febry, are sitting comfortably in mid-table in Division Seven of the Bristol & District League and are looking to push on in the final third of the season.
They have home games at the Ridings on August 6 against Bristol United Banks and Gordano Valley on August 20.
In Division 11 Sodbury 4ths have endured an extremely difficult start to the season often competing against second XIs. Damian Frodsham’s squad of young bucks managed to catch their breath and have pulled themselves up the table aiming for a top-half finish.
Sodbury 5th’s in Division 16 have topped the table for long spells of the season under the captaincy of club legend Richard Deane, but face a testing end to their campaign with Twyford House 3rd’s and Bohemians 3rd’s also gunning for the title.