Cow Corner News – Jan 2018

It may feel as if we are in the depths of Winter but this is a busy time for Charlton Down Cricket Club as we prepare for the 2018 season. There is a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure the season starts with a bang. The good news is that our winter practice sessions have been booked – starting at Puddletown Middle School on Monday 19th February. Youth sessions will run from 6 to 7:30pm and adult sessions from 7:30 to 9pm.

As in previous years, the sessions will be a mixture of training drills to improve our techniques as well as ‘traditional’ net practice to get our bodies used to batting and bowling again after several months of no cricket what-so-ever. It is a great way to get the season started, so hopefully we will see you there!

This time of year is also busy in terms of getting the fixtures sorted. You may have seen that the Saturday league fixtures have been published and CDCC will hope to continue their unbelievable run in Division 2. Evening fixtures will be arranged shortly at the Evening League AGM on weds 24th January at Dorchester FC, 7pm. All are welcome if you’d like to come along….

Sunday cricket will see the biggest change in terms of what is on offer for club members.

This year we have entered the National Village Knock Out Cup for the first time, a competition famous for having it’s Final at Lords. We’re perhaps not expecting to get that far but it will be an opportunity to play some different teams in the early rounds. In addition, CDCC have entered the new TT25 Sunday competition – this is a shorter format game (25 overs a side) aimed at filling the gap between Youth cricket and competitive Saturday league cricket. National surveys have shown there is a clear trend of young cricketers playing through the age-group system but drifting away from the game when it comes to adult cricket. It is hoped that the TT25 will provide a route for youngsters into the adult game as well as encouraging older players back into playing. We envisage the side will be a healthy mix of youngsters from within the youth set-up plus some dads and a few older heads from within the club. The emphasis very much will be on enjoying the game and making sure everyone gets to bat and bowl. Games are completed within 3 hours so don’t take too big a chunk out of the day!

As well as that, we will squeeze in as many friendly games as we can against local sides and touring teams. So, there will be loads of cricket available and there really should be something to suit everyone. We hope to see lots of you getting involved and enjoying yourselves!

On a slightly more administrative note, we are in the process of updating our members database and would like to make sure we have all your correct contact details etc. Hopefully this will help streamline club communications for the year ahead. To this end, Alex will be posting a short membership questionnaire on FaceBook and the website – please fill this in so we can keep our records up to date. THANKS!

Last but not least for this month’s Cow Corner News – the bar is open Friday 19th Jan. Come and join Jae celebrate his birthday – a perfect opportunity to give him some abuse before the season starts proper!

See you all soon, your new Club Captain JP.

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Committee update

The committee has grown in numbers and there are many things that are going on behind the scenes in the club. If you have any issues you can always contact myself or Alex Campbell (secretary) and we can bring them to the committee but below is a list of the committee members and their current roles that they are heading up. If you have an issue with anything in their remit then use the appropriate committee member as your point of contact and they will either allay your fears or bring it to the committee.
Sid (Chairman) – 2018 Tour (overseeing everybody else)
Ian Jones – Vice Chair – Contact list and 2018 membership
Alex Campbell – Sec – Committee minutes / website /sec stuff
Peter Tucker (Tommy) – Youth cricket
James Pretty – Club Captain – Fixtures & communication to members though Cow corner news, Charminster pilot
Kevin Joy – Treasurer – Money bills etc
Richard Fagence – Groundsman – the big green thing by the pavilion
Jae Miller – Social Sec – 2018 calendar of events
General members
Kevin Alway– Updating maintenance list
Sue Stevens – Rotary raffle
Mark Purnell – Outfield Mower repairs
Benjamin Lucas – membership drive
Kim Park – Sightscreens
Roger Frapwell – refuse and recycling issues
Hope this helps
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2018 Winter Indoor Nets, Feb – March

Winter nets will again be held at Puddletown Middle School this year. Six sessions have been arranged on Monday evenings between 19th Feb and 26th March.


Monday 19th Feb
Monday 26th Feb
Monday 5th March
Monday 12th March
Monday 19th March
Monday 26th March


Youth 6pm – 7:30pm
Adults 7:30pm – 9pm

The cost is covered by your annual membership, otherwise £5 per session.

Non-members thinking about joining the club are very welcome, please get in touch for more details.

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AGM 2017

Just a quick reminder that the Charlton Down Cricket Club AGM is to be held next wed, Nov 22nd down at the clubhouse. The meeting will start promptly at 19.45. An Agenda is being put together as we speak and will be posted shortly on both the Club facebook site and on the club website .
This is the main opportunity for club members, players and even non members to discuss how they feel the club is progressing, bring up any issues they have with how the club is run and to get any information on what is likely to happen in the future. It is therefore important to see as many peopel involved with the club there.
There are no earth moving consitutional announcements to be made but there are some changes to cricket next year, particularly sunday cricket that the committee need to bring up. We will also be discussing membership and match fees for the coming season and getting reports from the chairman, treasurer, Secreatary, Youth cordinator, Ground staff.
As always the club is looking for more people to help behind the scenes. Every year the whole committee resigns and all posts are then elected. This gives anyone the opportunity to stand for 1 or more of these possitions or as a general committee member. The same can be said for Team captains. With that in mind, below is a list of committee positions the club has and the names of people who have expressed their interest to stand for those positions for next year. Just because some one is standing or has been in a position before does not mean anyone other member may not also stand for any or all of these positions. Should you wish to be considered for any of these positions please let your interest be known to James Pretty before the AGM takes place as stated in the constitution.
Chairman nominees – Simon Dunford, Ian Springer
Vice chairman – nominees
Treasurer – nominees Kevin Joy
Secreatry – nominees Alex Campbell
Youth Cordinator – nominees Tommy Tucker
Maintenance manager – nominees
Club Captain- nominees James Pretty
Social Secreatary – nominees Jae Miller
Groundsman – nominees Rich Fagence
General member – nominees Sue Stevens, Mark Purnell, roger Frapwell, Ian Jones
As regards Team captains we need captains for
Saturday XI – nominees Tommy Tucker
Evening 1st XI – nominees – Simon Dunford
Evening 2nd XI – nominees – Roger Frapwell
Sunday Captain – To Be discussed.
If you feel you would like to be involved in any way then please feel free to ask questions either before hand or on the night.
The bar will of course be open and a bit more stocked up than it has been in the last few weeks and for those that wish we hope to order a curry afterwards and have a few more drinks and relaxing social time as well.
Hope to see you there
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Saturday Team Report V Sturminster Marshall – Away

Charlton Down gained another 20 points and remain unbeaten with just one match to be played next weekend at home to Ashmore.

In all the years i have played cricket i have never seen a team gain 20 points with the help of a roller obstructing the wicket! I received a very apologetic telephone call from the Sturminster Marshall captain saying that the game was off due to the roller braking down this morning and stuck in the middle of the wicket we were due to use! It would not move and too heavy to tow off or push off!!!

They had telephoned the league to explain the unusual event and had no other choice but to concede the match as they were unable to provide a wicket to play the game.

After all the rain that we have had over the last month it was ironic that the this was probably one of the warmest weekends!


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Charlton Down V Dorset Indian Tigers – Saturday Team Report

Charlton Down 200-4   v  Dorset Indian Tigers 192ao          Div 3  19/8/17

Charlton Down made it a “bakers dozen” in victories with their closest game of the season and became the only unbeaten team in the Dorset Leagues. A hard fought eight run victory over a very talented Dorset Indian Tigers team.

After losing the toss Charlton Down were asked to bat on a damp wicket which was offering lots of encouragement to the Indian opening bowlers. Nick Voss and Jae Miller batted cautiously seeing off the dangerous bowling of Saeed Khan who only conceded 17 runs from his nine overs. With only 66 runs on the board after 22 overs, the seated team mates in the pvilion looked on nervously until Miller and Voss cashed in on their hard work and accelerated the run rate against the change bowlers. Miller brought up his 50 with a lovely straight driven boundary. The 100 partnership came up in the 28th over but it was not until the 35th over when the returning Saeed Khan bowled Miller for 64 to end his two hour stay at the crease with the score on 140-1 and the platform set for the final crash for runs. The Charlton Down score started racing as Nick Voss exploded into action and opened his shoulders and drove and pulled the ball to all parts of the ground. He was eventually out after 2 ½ hour innings, for a fine 94 in the penultimate over with the score on 200-4.His innings included 8 fours and 4 sixes and had set up the teams innings.

The Dorset Indian Tigers decided they would attack from ball one , 17 runs coming from the first two overs but at a cost, James Pretty(2-43) bowled Zaheer Khan for 16 with the score on 17-1. Matt Stevens then bowled Tahir Fafiq for 4 with a lovely ball nipping back off the seam to hit middle stump score on 31-2. The impressive all rounder  Saeed Khan hit a swashbuckling 25 before being trapped leg before by Pretty score on 52-3. A bowling change brought on 15 year old Ollie Davies who bowled well on his Saturday team debut and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket and the evergreen Rich Fagence(2-23) to bowl nine straight overs and picked up two important wickets, Javed Gill caught a sharp catch at square leg and then he bowled Junaid Khan for 9.  The Indians reply looked to be falling apart with the score on 84-5 but the big hitting Shafiq Uria decided to smash a quick fire 52 and bring the Tigers back into the game but was bowled by the “golden arm” of Javed Gill(1-14) with the score on 137-6. Nick Voss(2-31) then turned the game back towards Charlton Down taking two quick wickets and leave the score on 145-8. With 55 runs still required from ten overs and a daunting task of winning was left to captain Ashish Sharma who crashed 28 runs and was on the edge of seeing his team to victory. But the returning Matt Stevens had him caught by Nick Voss with the score on 184-9. The Tigers remained favourites to win the match needing 8 runs from 5 overs but it was Matt Stevens again who struck the winning ball bowling Tyson Luiz for 13 and snatch the victory for Charlton Down and keep their unbeaten run for the season a live with two matches remaining.

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Charlton Down v Wimborne & Colehill 3rds

Charlton Down 105-0  v  Wimborne & Colehill 3rds 104ao        Div 3  12/8/17


Enforced three week interruption due to the rain and wet wickets was soon forgotten as the Saturday team clocked up their twelfth consecutive victory, too remain unbeaten,  with a ten wicket win over a depleted Wimborne and Colehill 3rds.

Our comprehensive victory also sealed us promotion to Division Two as champions, with three games remaining, as nearest rivals Sturminster Marshall lost to bottom of the league Poole Town 3rds. A strange league this season???

Wimborne and Colehill batted first and found the accuracy of Matt and Dan Stevens hard to score. The miserly Dan Stevens(2-8)(only one scoring shot from the bat in 7.2 overs!) struck first bowling Fred Pennell for 5 with one coming back off the seam with the score on 7-1 this soon became 21-3 when Matt bowled Rob Pilato 6 and Adrian Prince for 2. The second wicket was the perfect nipping back to hit top of off stump)

A double change of bowling saw double success with the “old dog”Mark Homewood(1-12) trapping Charlie Pilato leg before with a beautiful ball swinging in and straightening going no where other than hitting middle stump!. And spinner Kim Park(1-6) saw wicketkeeper Rob Deadman take a sharp catch behind to dismiss Harry Pengelly with the score on 42-5. Kim conceded just 6 runs from 8 overs!

The superb fielding continued in the season especially with some fine diving stops by Jack Dunford the gully man and a good close diving catch from Jae Miller. Also Nick Voss was kept in the game by Sam Roles, every returning ball and it didnt matter where he was standing!!

A further change saw “golden arm” Javed Gill produce another devastating spell of 4-18 to reduce Wimborne and Colehill to 64-9 off 37 overs. The final pair of Adrian Loader and captain Tim Bartlett surprised us all by adding 40 quick runs before Tim Bartletts sterling innings of 32 off 96 balls came to and end when the impressive returning Dan Stevens bowled him and secure maximum points.

Our innings saw Jae Miller and Nick Voss looking confident as they took no pity on some short and wayward bowling. Our fifty came up in the 10th over with a lovely straight four by Miller back over the bowlers head. Jae was particulary ruthless hitting seven fours in his run a ball 60 not out. Nick played carefully and eased us to victory in the 21st over for the loss of no wickets and to clinch the Division Three title and promotion for the fifth consecutive year.

To gain promotion for the fifth consecutive year and as champions for the fourth time is a great feat by any Club but for a small village like Charlton Down is incredible, whatever standard you play in. A good mixture of youth and experience is the key, playing cricket hard but most importantly to enjoy, have some fun and giving the young lads a chance to perform at a standard where they will hone their cricketing skills for their challenges ahead. Drip feeding the Club’s emerging new youth players, into the Sunday team has  started and next will be the Saturday team, coming through from the small but ever growing youth system will be the challenge over the next few years.



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2nd XI v ASM (away) Mon 24/07

Team so far:-

1. Rog (Captain)
2. Jack
3. Amjad
4. Kieran Heath
5. Javed
6. Ben Lucas
7. Dan
8. Cameron (Wicketkeeper)
9. Mark Spurwey
10. Ollie Davies
11. ????
12. You’ve got to be joking


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Saturday Team – Match Report v Hamworthy Rec 2nds

Charlton Down 62-1 V Hamworthy Rec 2nds 60ao Saturday Div 3 15/7/2017

Charlton Down continued their impressive unbeaten run and extended it to eleven matches with an emphatic 9 wicket victory over an experienced Hamworthy 2nd team.

With Kim Park spinning his way to a 5 for 12 haul off just 5.3 overs.

Hamworthy’s experienced batting line up found run scoring difficult against the miserly bowling brothers of Matt and Dan Stevens. Dan Stevens was particularly stingy conceding only seven runs from seven overs and picking up two wickets. Stevens was almost unplayable at times as each Hamworthy batsman were unable to get a bat on the moving ball of Stevens. After 14 overs Hamworthy had only scored 24 runs for the loss of both openers Tom Wood, Mike Fisher and Gordon Frazier. A double bowling change saw James Pretty(1-20) bowl Greg Regan for 3 with the score on 28-4 and then the controlled spin of Kim Park struck five times in as many overs, together with a run out saw Hamworthy collapse to 60 all out in only 25.3 overs. Park bowled with great control, his line and length forced the Hamworthy batsmen into some poor shot selection and picked up another five wicket haul for the season. Charlton down passed the 2000 run mark for the season and also over the100 wickets for the season so far.

Charlton Down’s openers were soon on the back foot with the pace of Gerard Benfield having them in all sorts of problems. Wimborne footballer, Benfield is by far the quickest bowler to play at the Herrison Oval for some time, extracting good bounce which was passing by the chins of Jae Miller and Jack Eveleigh. At the other end saw Dorset Over 50’s bowler Mike Fisher extracting good movement and had Jack Eveleigh leg before wicket with the score on 7-1. Benfield was unlucky not to have picked up two or three wickets as the inside and outside edges of Miller and Voss raised to the boundary.

However Miller and Nick Voss batted well to see Charlton to victory in only the 15th over to secure the second double of an already amazing season.


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2nd XI v ASM (away) Tomorrow

Team for tomorrow so far ;

  1.  Rich Fagence
  2. Jack Eveleigh
  3. Ben Lucas
  4. Ian Davies
  5. Javed Gill
  6. Ian Jones
  7. Ollie Davies
  8. Henry Dipple
  9. Kieran Heath
  10. Sue Stevens

Still need one more. Meet at CD gym at 5.30 or St Osmunds for 6-6.15pm. Please note that weather forecast is looking decidedly damp for tomorrow.



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