CSCC Prepare For The Unknown - New Adventure Awaits
Article Date: 1st May 2012
Chipping Sodbury are preparing to head into the unknown with the start of the new league cricket season on Saturday.
The Ridings-based club's first and second teams were both promoted last summer and are now coming to terms with the new challenges that await.
Sodbury's first XI were promoted as champions of the West of England Premier League's Bristol & North Somerset division into the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire division which features teams such as Biddestone, Cheltenham, Swindon and Trowbridge.
The club's second XI, meanwhile, also won their division but were instead promoted to the south side of the league pyramid, into the Bristol & Somerset division where they will take on clubs that include Bristol West Indians, Bedminster, Clevedon and Minehead.
Chairman Andy Shield said: "This season is going to be a big new adventure. Our top teams are going to be visiting either clubs we've never played before or who we have not played for a very long time, and I think that's very exciting.
"We know very little about some of these teams - and they will know very little about us - and that means we will have to prepare very thoroughly for the challenges ahead."
Sodbury's first team, under the captaincy of Craig Scully who has taken over the reins from Jamie Rendell, kick off the new season with a South Gloucestershire derby trip to Rockhampton while the second XI, once again led by Adie Forrester, entertain Old Bristolians Westbury.
The challenge for Sodbury's third XI, once more led by Chris Young, will be to repeat their stunning success of last summer in winning the Bristol & District League's Second XI Senior Division title.
That triumph was based largely on the tremendous bowling efforts of teenagers Tom Clay, Jack Philpott and Bradley Arkwright who, along with Matt Callicott, combined to form the most potent seam attack in the league.
Sodbury's 4th XI, again led by veteran Richard Deane, will be pressing to improve on last summer's second place finish in Division One of the Bristol & District's A XI League.
And Sodbury's 5th XI, skippered by teenager Jamie Pearson, will be aiming to better their creditable fourth place finish in Division two.
Sodbury hold club nets at the Ridings on Thursdays, 6.30pm on, new players are always welcome.