Cheriton Fitzpaine Cricket Club

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Cheriton make it 2 from 2 in the T20 League of Friends

Match Report: Rackenford (1 Jun 2017) T20, Home
Thu 1 Jun 2017, 9:11pm

It seems like half a season has gone since our first match against the Met Office, so it was nice to get back to league action.

Witheridge batted first and were held to a slow start by Ben (2 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 1) and Tom. They gradually moved through the gears but some tight bowling by Nick and Aaron pegged them back and only one of them managed to get to 30. John W was also in the wickets but things were nicely poised with two overs to go and the Witheridge retired batsman coming back out to face Mike. Old Golden arm go the better of him, Nick taking a good catch on the boundary (his second of the night) to leave them 107 all out from 18.1 overs.

In our reply Mike fell early but Ben and Aaron kept the scoring going well. After Ben retired Tom, Dave C and Nick all scored freely and kept us above the asking rate. Despite the fact that Jem was only able to walk singles he and Charles saw Cheriton over the line with 3 and a bit overs to spare. 

Charing Cross OB come close

Match Report: Charing Cross Alumni (28 May 2017) Friendly, Home
Tue 30 May 2017, 6:40pm

The Annual fixture against the CXOB went down to the last over, but Cheriton kept their nerve to run out winners by a handful of runs. 

Many of that handful were scored by Maurice Blight before he tweaked a hamstring going for a quick single. The latest news is that his leg is sore, but not as bad as feared. At 80 perhaps he should have known better, but a team man to the end he put his body on the line for the Club. We hope he recovers quickly and suffers no long-term effects.

Biggles also deserves an honourable mention for falling on his sword not once but twice to record a King Pair and so earn himself the Joint Man of the Match award with Maurice.

Second but not out-classed

Match Report: Barnstaple & Pilton III (17 Apr 2016) NDL, Home
Sun 17 Apr 2016, 8:45pm

We came second to a B&P side bolstered by a few players thanks to Witheridge calling off their match.

One that got away, well perhaps not, but 7 dropped catches did not help the cause. We had them 8 down by the end, if we had held on to a few things could have been different.

Aaron was the pick of the bowlers, but all of them chipped in. Flash batted and almost carried his bat, Will Carr struck some lusty blows and Jeremy was starting to look good when he missed a straight one. On another day... well, who knows, but we have to start holding catches!

No play despite some sunshine

Match Report: Halberton & Sampford Peverell (10 Apr 2016) Friendly, Home
Tue 12 Apr 2016, 9:50pm

Unfortunately the cold and wet weather in the days leading up to the weekend did not allow the pitch and car-park to recover from the damage done last week, so we were forced to call of the game. Fingers crossed for better weather over the next few weeks.

Damp start to the season

Match Report: Kelseymen (3 Apr 2016) NDL, Home
Sun 3 Apr 2016, 7:42pm

Only one innings was possible at Hayne on a rather dampafternoon Kelseymen  No 5 Callum Mitchell enjoyed himself striking 10 6sand 7 4s in an unbeaten 104. The Cheriton bowlers did their best , Bates andGuscott taking a brace each with Bates also taking two good catches, but alltoo often (it was either 9 or 10 times) the ball fell between fielders. Poorfield placing by the Captain was the general opinion.

Rain set in at tea to prevent any further play, so we will never know if Foan,Gordon, Blight and Co were going to get anywhere near  the 202 they neededto win..... All this only meant we got back to the Half Moon just in time tosee Stokes disappear for 4 consecutive 6s to lose the T20 final.

A big thank you to Kelseymen for coming down and to Will and Steve Birley for their contribution and support both on and off the field.

Let's hope that next week is a little drier under-foot.


Cheriton Rejoin the North Devon League for 2016

Fri 11 Mar 2016, 8:20pm

Cheriton Fitzpaine are alive and kicking despite pulling out of the Tolchards Devon League last season. Team-raising problems forced the mid-Devon club to withdraw from the competition in late July. The Cherries joined the Devon League in 2010 and were running a 1st and 2nd XI until 2012.

Cheriton have re-entered the North Devon League for 2016 and have an afternoon match of one sort or another every weekend of the season. They won't be changing their sumptuous teas!

Among the fixtures booked for the season ahead is a village T20 tournament. â€œWe are pleased to have Yeoford, Rackenford, Erratics and Newton St Cyres join us for a fun league,” said Cheriton fixture secretary Mike Foan. â€œAll matches will be played at Cheriton, with the top four competing on a finals day in August. We have made the rules to help all players to be involved and added some extra fun. lf you hit a six into the cattle feeder beyond the boundary, you score an extra point for your team.”

Foan said 2015 had been a tough year for the club and returning to a less competitive environment was the right move.

“We need to build our enthusiasm and membership after a disappointing 2015,” said Foan. â€œWe are unlikely to have the talent required to play in the DCL again, so we will return to providing friendly village cricket for all standards and for all ages of players, who play for the love of the game. 

“We are looking for new players, who would like to join us ‘village people’ who enjoy our cricket. We have a lovely ground at Hayne Farm and would welcome a scorer who would enjoy the fun from our new scoring area. New sight screens will also be in place this season to make it easier for us older players.”

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Beer Engine run riot

Match Report: Beer Engine (28 Aug 2015) Friendly, Away
Mon 31 Aug 2015, 3:53pm

Mike was all for an early start, but at 5:30pm we were still waiting for most of the Beer Engine XI to arrive. 

Shame we waited really as they smacked 190 odd off 18 overs.... one lad making an unbeaten ton and another 48 not out. About the best that can be said is that Charles has got the knack of getting LBW decisions.... shame he can't catch or take the simplest of stumping chances....

As a reward for giving the Beer Engine's Centurion 4 lives he was sent out to open with Dave Carr. Cheriton were always a little behind the rate by dint of trying not to hit boundaries and by the time Jeremy came out and started to do so it was all a bit too late. On the plus side we did score almost 150 in 18 overs, a total we have struggled to get off 45 overs several times this season.

The next match is our annual fixture against the CX Medics on the 12th, see you all there!

The one that got away....

Match Report: Bill Owen's XI (21 Jun 2015) Friendly, Home
Sun 21 Jun 2015, 9:48pm

Close but no cigar..... It all went down to the wire, but a double wicket maiden from Paul (playing for Bill Owen along with Tom) left Keith and Tom Blake with too much to do.

Our bowlers struggled a little against Bill's opening pair, but once an end was opened up we took wickets at regular intervals and restricted the visitors to 208 off their 40 overs. Special mention to Harvey and Ben who took two wickets each and Tom who recovered from a difficult spell to bowl very well at the death.

Tea by Mrs. Reed was as good as ever and fortified us for the reply.

Mike and Ben opened up but were parted early. Tricks never got into his stride and John found it difficult to score. We were up with the rate at 20 overs and needed less that 5 an over with 10 to go but lost too many wickets and despite some very clean hitting from Peter we fell just short.

Paul shows us the way

Match Report: Erratics (18 Jun 2015) Friendly, Home
Fri 19 Jun 2015, 10:42am

Coben's Match is rightly famous (see if your education has been sadly lacking), but this win against a good Erratics XI should be forever known as Paul's Match for his outstanding performance. Denied a chance with the bat he took two catches, one a stunning effort looking into the setting sun, pulled off some some heroic fielding and delivered an excellent spell of bowling at the death. 

The total of 153 was a good one (though we missed Mike's target of 100 off the 1st 10 overs and a further 150 from the 2nd 10) with all the batsmen playing positively and with little regard for their wickets. Paul's two catches dismissed the Erratics' two most dangerous batsmen and from then on it was a matter of preventing the boundaries and a late flurry of wickets as the visitors sought to get on top of the ever climbing run rate.

Oh, and well done to Keith for the stumping, a very slick piece of work!