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'S' Super Sixes (at Chew Court)

Sunday, 29th August 2004

Chew Magna CC victorious in thrilling Super Six Final

Chew Magna Cricket Club and The Ring ‘O’ Bells, Hinton Blewitt fought out a memorable final on Sunday 29th August at S's Super Sixes at the climax of great day of competitive 6 a side cricket.

As the sun was setting on Chew Court, Richard Gatton and Sam Locke scrambled the single required to ensure the final ended in a tie and was taken to a ‘bowl off’. A ‘bowl off’ is cricket’s equivalent of a penalty shoot out when all players bowl one ball at the stumps, the team with the most stumps hit, being the winners. The scenes were reminiscent of some 15 yrs earlier when Chew Magna CC battled in fading light with Ynystawe CC from Swansea in a bowl off for a place in the last 16 of the National Village Knock Out Cup. That ended in defeat for Chew and Captain Locke, a survivor of that bowl out, was determined not to come second again. Locke, hit the stumps with his last delivery matching Jono Ringer’s earlier effort to ensure the bowl off ended in a tie. The two teams could simply not be parted!!

Sudden death then ensued. Locke missed by a coat of varnish as Jono’s effort incredibly bounced off a length straight over middle stump. The curse on the pitch was lifted just in time for Chew’s overseas simpleton to clatter all 3 stumps to bring victory to a jubilant Chew Magna CC. The Ring ‘O’ Bells had fought valiantly and matched their more ‘decorated’ opponents all the way, just failing to deliver in the pressure cooker environment of the final bowl off. The extraordinary final was a fitting climax to a wonderfully competitive day of cricket that began with CMCC passing the Bear & Swan’s total of 55 with 3 balls to spare. The Ring O Bells stated their intentions by demolishing last year’s finalists, The Co-Op, who went on to complete a dramatic fall from grace, collecting the wooden spoon. Felton, who underperformed last year, swept aside Chew Valley RFC and The Co-Op to set up a clash with The Ring ‘O’ Bells to decide the group B winners. The Ringers proved a hurdle too far for the aging Felton team. CMCC coasted through their group, winning all 3 games.

The runners up spot in Group A was a much keener battle. Chew Magna FC, The Bear & Swan and The Queens Arms managed to beat each other in games that all went down to the last ball. The Bear & Swan, somehow managed to progress to the 3rd/4th play off by scoring more runs than the other two teams, where they surprisingly toppled a tiring Felton side who were still reeling from failing to reach the final. Before the awards ceremony, Gerald Read was presented with a plaque recognising the opening of the Pavilion Clock, erected in tribute to Gerald’s 50 year association with the club as captain, player, president, spectator and pavilion builder. Gerald gave an emotional speech reminiscing on the highs and lows of the last 50 yrs, taking special time to thank his wife for her support.

Trophy Winners were presented by Paul King

Chew Magna CC Winners Ring ‘O’ Bells - Runners Up
Bear & Swan - 3rd Place
Tim Sage, Ring ‘O’ Bells - Batting Cup
Tom Gibbons, Bear & Swan - Bowling Cup
Jono Ringer, Ring ‘O’ Bells - Champagne Moment
Paul Allen, All teams - Fielding Cup
Rhys Thomas, Felton - Longest Over

The winner of the amazing raffle prize, donated by Ali Buckingham, for return flights to Prague and 3 nights in the Hilton Hotel for 2 was George Best from Stanton Drew, father of the international cider drinker, Ben Swift.

Thanks were given to Fred Evans, Jackie Hole and Kirsty Boyd who tirelessly fed and watered everyone at the event. Thanks were also given to Pete Ogbourne who umpired all day with the able assistance of CMCC members and to Iain Locke and his helpers whose endless work at the club makes it such a wonderful and beautiful place to play cricket.

A generous donation will be made to Headway Trust as a result of the day’s proceedings. These monies will be added to monies raised by Chew Magna FC’s 7 a side tournament held earlier that month; both events held in memory of Simon King, a much loved member of the two clubs.

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