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'S' Super Sixes (at Chew Court)

Monday, 25th August 2003

Chew Valley RFC Lift Super Sixes Trophy

Well over 250 people witnessed a tremendous finale to a festival day of six a side cricket at Chew Magna Cricket Club on Bank Holiday. The tournament was a real community day with 8 teams entering from local sports clubs, villages, pubs and shops.

Steaming in

The action began with a real bang when Chew Valley Rugby Club's former Chew Magna resident and professional gardener Mark Watkins knocked Wiltshire County cricketer Nicky Beedell's middle stump out of the ground with the third ball of the opening game. The opening game was on a knife edge with the rugby club requiring a boundary off the last ball of the game for victory and Chew Magna's Australian import, Greg Excell, steaming in from the site screen. Ali Buckingham, captain and international cigarette salesman dispatched the half-volley out of the ground for a massive six for an unlikely victory.


The trend for close games was set in the next encounter when the Prince of Waterloo beat The Bear & Swan with a ball to spare, Chris Holly, Ben Pearce and Russell Griffin canceling out an enterprising opening partnership of 50 runs from the Bear & Swan's Nick Dury and Harvey Radford. Chew Magna FC sprung the second surprise of the day when they convincingly beat Chew Magna CC's second string team largely due to an agricultural knock from Midgy Sampson who nearly did not start the game due to a mystery illness.

Plucked one handed

The fourth game was between the pre tournament 2nd favourites Felton and the colourful, enterprising and talented Co-Op team. Lucas Chard smashed both left handed and right handed sixes as the Co-Op amassed a challenging total. The Co-Op began fielding with a very attacking field of 4 slips and a gully and were rewarded with the early wicket of the big hitting Duncan Read. Felton got back in to the game but were felled by the champagne moment of the day. Adam Thompson smashed a straight drive which Johnny Phillips plucked left and one handed in mid air less than one foot from the boundary line after covering 15 yards.

Ruthless pursuit

The Bear & Swan continued to enjoy their games but not quite as much as their opponents as they lost each of their three encounters and propped up their group in last place. The Co-Op progressed with ease to the final winning all of their three games whilst Felton and the Prince of Waterloo finished sandwiched in the middle. Chew Magna Cricket Club A and B teams responded to their initial losses with victories in their next games but Chew Valley RFC only needed to beat Chew Magna FC to progress to the final. Young Sam Locke looked to be changing things in the Football club's favour until he was needlessly run out by 'Midgy' Sampson in his ruthless pursuit of more individual runs. The Football Club's challenge soon evaporated and the Rugby Club progressed.

10-1 outsiders

So the Final was to be contested by Chew Valley RFC and the Co-Op. The Rugby club had been boosting bar takings all day whilst the Co-Op had been concentrating on warm-up and warm-down sessions between each game. Local bookmaker Dean Wring opened a book with the Rugby Club as 10-1 outsiders. He had no takers. The Co-Op applied their talent admirably, setting 68 runs from their 5 overs for the rugby club to chase, Sam Kirk shining again with an elegant knock. In the run-chase, Buckingham carted young Sam Kirk for several sixes as James Flower pushed singles around for his partner. Immediately after Buckingham retired on 25 runs, Flower fell to a straight one and the game looked all but over. Bookmaker and part-time demolition man Wring thought otherwise and with the help of late replacement Darren 'Moose' Jefferies took the rugby club to within four runs of victory with some mighty blows before being controversially given out LBW. The out of sorts Bruce Wellman was bowled with 2 balls to spare allowing Buckingham to return to the crease. With light fading badly, and the club house lights on to allow the Bear & Swan players to find their route to the bar, Buckingham smashed the first ball he faced for four. Scenes of delirium followed as the unlikely but deserved winners celebrated their victory. A substantial sum was raised for the Frenchay Headway Trust in memory of former Chew Magna CC, Chew Magna FC and Chew Valley RFC player Simon King.

Tournament Awards

Super Six Winners - Chew Valley RFC
Super Six Runners-Up - The Co-Op
Batting Cup - Neil Ogbourne (Chew Magna CC)
Bowling Cup - Sam Richards (Co-Op)
Fielding Cup - Johnny Phillips
Champagne Moment - Johnny Phillips
Longest Over - Julian Tovey (Bear and Swan)
Group A Wooden Spoon - Chew Magna CC 'B'
Group B Wooden Spoon - Bear & Swan

Report by Will Melleresh

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