News (updated 23 May 2017)

Rain for the 1sts Last over defeat for 2nds Bowl off defeat in Border League Cup

Mixed bag (23 May '17)

With their bye week being followed by a rain-enforced cancellation against Andover last weekend, the 1st XI have only played 1 match as we approach the end of May. A somewhat frustrating start to proceedings, but the 2nds are at least managing to play every week, their 188-4 against Winterbourne last Saturday being built around a solid opening partnership between the father & son Ball combo, Martin scoring 56 and Jamie 44. It was enough to set up a last over thriller, but sadly not quite enough to secure the win as the hosts reached their target with 7 wickets down. Match report available on the Fixtures page.

The rain also put paid to the midweek side's cup match against OTs & Romsey last week, but as it was a knock out, there had to be a winner somehow. While local rules may have favoured the matter being settled by darts or spoof, competition regulations meant a cricket-themed tie breaker and OTs & Romsey duly won the bowl off 1-0. Very unfortunate.

With a better forecast for the coming week, all three teams should hopefully have action to report on next week.


More runs, but wickets win matches (16 May '17)

The early season run fest continued last Tuesday in the Border League as Josh's mid-week marauders took on Bramshaw and racked up a massive 198-2 from their 18 overs, Craig continuing his excellent start to the year with an unbeaten 83 while Josh himself weighed in with 56. Sadly, even that wasn't enough as Bramshaw cruised to victory by 7 wickets with plenty of time to spare. Remarkable stuff.

Amazing how much difference a week and a bit of rain makes though... After the damp stuff fell at the end of the week, conditions were a little more tricky at the Memorial Ground on Saturday as the 2nds took on Wilton. Being bowled out for 122 probably wasn't the first plan that came into skipper Martin's head, Darryl's 49 proving crucial, but it was good enough as Wilton were skittled for 90 to give the 2nds their first win of the season, Ollie, JD and Martin himself all claiming 3 wickets apiece. The skipper's match report is available, as usual, through the link on the Fixtures page.

The vagaries of the fixture list gave the 1sts the weekend off after only one week of league action, so that wraps things up for now. Should be back to a full compliment of fixtures this week, weather permitting!


Started with a bang (09 May '17)

An amazing game of cricket at the Whiteparish Oval got the HCL season under way at the weekend as big runs from Darbs (105 on debut), Craig (97 on debut) and an unbeaten 63 from Josh ensured that the 1st XI successfully chased down Durnford's massive 324-6 to win by 6 wickets with nearly 3 overs to spare. An pleasure to watch, not so enjoyable from a bowler's perspective!

Meanwhile the 2nds were also racking up the runs over the hill at Farley, although their 202 came up 33 runs short of their target. Half centuries from skipper Martin and veteran MC made the game insteresting. Full reports for both matches from the opening weekend are available via the links on the Fixtures page; thanks to Neil & Martin for putting fingers to keyboards.

Before the Sturday stuff began, the club had already secured the first win of the season with Josh's midweek side recording a victory in the first Tuesday Border League match of the new campaign. Again, a high scoring affair with runs flowing for both sides. The scorecard is also linked from the Fixtures page.

With a bye week in the fixture list for the 1st XI this weekend and the 2nds at home, it's also proposed to get everyone together in the evening and head out for a club curry night. Let Chris know if you fancy joining so we have a good idea of numbers.


Revised fixtures (14 March '17)

Following a last minute restructure of the Border League, meaning there are now just 2 divisions (fancifully entitled "Premier" and "Division 1"), you'll be delighted to know that our Tuesday evening side has a revised fixture list. Full details can be found on the Fixtures page.


Season planning (05 March '17)

So, a few announcements post-AGM when Bartelli and Martin took the reigns of 1st & 2nd team captaincy between them. Chris has organised indoor nets at Melchet Court until the clocks change and we can get outdoors. The remaining sessions are as follows:

7th March 19:00-20:30

21st March 19:00-20:30

4th April 19:00-20:30

Places are limited to 5 per session, so if you're interested, please let Chris know.

Chris and Martin have also requested that if you already know you're going to miss certain matches in the summer due to holidays, weddings, stag dos, etc. could you mail, text or phone them to let them know? This allows them to build up a general picture of availability before the season starts and will hopefully help to avoid quite so many emergency calls and texts.

Finally for now, there's a plan for a curry night in Salisbury on the 2nd Saturday of the season, May 13th, when the 1sts have a bye week. We'll meet up after the 2nd team ganme, hop in the minibus and head to town for a couple of drinks and a curry. Again, if you're interested, an early indication of numbers would be useful, so please let Chris know if you fancy it.


Early year announcements (23 January '17)

My dear readers! It has been too long... entirely my own fault, I know.

So, a few things to update you on, club-wise. We're now well into 2017, and that means that the magic computers have been doing their pre-season thing at the HCL and Border League HQs and have churned out the fixtures for the coming season. A full list of opponents and venues are now available on the Fixtures page, with the 1sts having slipped down to Regional 1 again, and the 2nds having been bumped up to Regional 2. Could be an interesting year, and some mandated gap weeks due to there only being 17 teams in Regional 1 for the 1sts (meaning 16 games) and 16 teams in Regional 2 for the 2nds (meaning 15 games) rather than the full 17-match season. Equally, the Tuesday side have had their matches in Division 2 of the Border League announced.

As we start looking towards the start of the season, that also means it's time for the club's AGM. This year's meeting of the great and the good has been arranged for Thursday 2nd Feb at the Parish Lantern, 7:30pm for an 8pm sharp kick off. I have a feeling a few important positions may need to be determined, so it's vital that those of you who want a say in the running of the club attend and make your thoughts known. That, and catch up with everyone over a drink or two.

With the 2017 season looming, that also means that the details of 2016 have been consigned to the site's Archive page. If you want to relive any past glories in the match reports, or check out the season averages, then the details are all availabe via the relevant links.

Finally, and if you didn't already know, I should announce the sad news of the passing of Ashley Hamblin, long-time groundsman, assistant tea lady, loyal supporter, Dad of Jim & Richie and Grandad to Dylan. His ties to the club go back many years and our thoughts go to all his family and friends at this difficult time. He will be missed and is doubtless now reunited with Goose having a good old chuckle about our continued misguided efforts on the cricket pitch.


Annual Dinner Details (11 October '16)

So, with the season now nothing more than a sepia-tinted memory, it's time to reflect on what was achieved by the club during 2016, hand out the gongs, have a drink or two and, for the first time, also have a bit of a boogie as the annual dinner evolves into the annual dinner-dance.

The details, courtesy of Bartelli who has taken on the role of chief organiser:

The dinner & dance is being held on Saturday 22nd October at Melchet Court. Doors at 7pm. Tickets are 20 per person, very reasonable for a two course meal, shorter speeches than normal and a live band. Some would suggest it's worth more to reduce the speeches still further, but that would be churlish. There will be a cash bar with significantly lower prices than you'll find in a pub and doors close at midnight. This is a key fundraiser for the club, so please try to come, bring partners, bring friends, bring whoever you like! Let Bartelli or MC know if you want tickets and haven't already booked; numbers already past 50 so looking good.

On the subject of social events, the Whiteparish Memorial Trust are organising a Winter Ball to be held at the Memorial Centre on Saturday 26th November. The objective of the event, apart from those attending to have a good time, is to raise funds for the maintenance of the car park, grounds, and play area. There is going to be a raffle, with prizes of Christmas hampers, being organised by Sarah Skeates. She is looking for donations of items to put in the prize hampers, such as biscuits, chocolates, crackers, wine or anything else suitable for a Christmas hamper. If you feel so inclined, donations can be left with Sarah at Barters Farm, Common Road, or Sarah's happy to collect if required.

Think that's it for now - see you at the dinner!


More stats (31 August '16)

Hello again. As if you hadn't already had enough updates this week on all things WCC, I'm delighted to indulge you in a few more facts and figures as Martin has kindly provided the end of season averages for the 2nd XI after their promotion winning year in Regional 3 West. Hop over to the Stats page to take a look, and congratulations are due to Darbs and Stevie J for winning the batting and bowling cups respectively.

And a request, if I may. I've been asking around the club to see who has the "Duck Boy" and "Pie Thrower" t-shirts awarded on tour last year, but everyone I've spoken to is pleading ignorance. It would be great to have them back in time to award on this year's tour (that means by Friday!), so if you were one of the lucky recipients, or can remember who was, please let me know or drop the shirts in at the Parish Lantern so we can pick them up on Friday morning. Thanks!


Good news, bad news (30 August '16)

Good news! The 1st XI won at the weekend, thanks largely to Barney's 5-40. The final match report of the season is available through the link on the Fixtures page.
Bad news. They got relegated from County 4 West anyway.

Good news! The 2nd XI also won, completing a club double-header over Farley. A fine match report from the fingers of Martin is available through the Fixtures page.
Bad news. Chris's speech at the club's annual dinner will be extra long to celebrate promotion to Regional 2.

Good news! It's tour on Friday!
Bad news. Various weddings mean numbers are a little down so even Sharpy might need to don his whites at Broadclyst.

Good news! It's not too late to join us on tour if you're thinking about it. Just let Chris know and extra rooms can be booked. We're in a Premier Inn this year, not the usual environs of the Great Western.
Bad news. Can't think of a downside to that!

Good news! As it's the end of the season, the averages have been updated on the Stats page.
Bad news. It seems nobody can stop Richie and JD from winning the 1st XI batting and bowling cups every season. Well played lads!

Good news! There's an extra match report from the 2nds' game against Winterbourne II that got abandoned due to rain available via the link on the Fixtures page.
Bad news. The game was called off part way into the 2nd innings but before enough overs had been bowled to constitute a result. Frustrating for all concerned.


Ooops we've done it again (15 August '16)

Bat first, rack up maximum batting points, bowl the opposition out cheaply and win before the scheduled drinks break in the second innings. Great plan, and executed splendidly by CBBEA at the weekend with the 1st XI taking a right royal stuffing and being dropped into the relegation places in County 4 West as a consequence. No report to examine the details this week, partly as I don't have the scorebook to refer to, and partly because it's just getting a little bit depressing. Safe to say nobody really covered themselves in glory.

Meanwhile the 2nds were involved in a much more closely fought contest against Verwood at the Whiteparish Oval, the visitors just squeeking home by a single wicket in a low scoring encounter. A report courtesy of Captain Chris is available through the link on the Fixtures page

Chris is organising tour accomodation this week, so if you want to come to Devon with us in 3 weeks (Friday 2 September), let him know in the next couple of days.

So, just 2 matches to go in the HCL season, and with the 1sts in very real danger of the drop, and availability still an issue in holiday season, it should be all hands to the pump over the final 2 games to try to salvage their C4W status. Come on lads!


Been here before (10 August '16)

Firstly, and apology to JD and a quick update to the Statistics page as a consequence. I'd mislaid a couple of Jim's wickets, but they're back on the board now and available for everyone to see.

Sadly, JD and the rest of the 1st XI couldn't muster the much needed win to calm relegation jitters at the weekend, losing by 5 wickets against Fawley II. With the 2nds having a fallow weekend courtesy of Lytchett forfeiting their match, that was the only action on Saturday. A match report of sorts is available through the link on the Fixtures page, although it's getting fairly disheartening writing these every week!

Once again, a plug for tour. Chris needs to know numbers and have a firm committment for hotel rooms. If you're planning on touring to Exeter from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September, make your intentions known!


Agony and ecstasy (1 August '16)

So, loads to update you all on.

HCL action first, and the 1sts went down to an agonising 1 run defeat away at Dinton on Saturday despite a consistent batting effort that nearly got them over the line, but not quite. Meanwhile at the Memorial Ground, the 2nd XI were continuing their terrific season with a high scoring win against Ellingham, thanks largely to Harry's excellent 70. A pair of match reports covering these games are available through the links on the Fixtures page.

Another link on the same page will take you to the scorecard for the final Border League match of the season, when Josh's side suffered a narrow defeat against Totton.

As it's the end of the month, and heading into the final 4 matches of the season, it's also time for a stat update, so hop over to the Statistics page to check out the updated 1st XI figures up to the end of July.

Also don't forget about tour. Chris needs to know numbers ot get the hotel booked, and will be looking for confirmations and deposits over the next fortnight, so please let him know if you want to come along to Exeter from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September.

And finally, if you're of a sensitive disposition, look away now...

Ouch!You may remember Jack broke his finger during last week's 1st XI defeat away at Amesbury. Well, this is how the offending digit looks now...


And Another One (28 July '16)

With these match reports, you are spoiling us!

Courtesy of skipper Bartelli, there's now a match report from Saturday's 2nd XI win against New Milton available through the link on the Fixtures page. Pretty sure that'll be the last one for the week...


Award winning journalism (26 July '16)

Not on this site!

Instead, those 1st XI match reports I promised are now available through the relevant links on the Fixtures page. Click away!


Keep up at the back! (25 July '16)

Sorry folks, bit busy last week. Back on duty this week though, so a couple of weeks to catch up on.

The 1st XI have had a fairly dispiriting time of things, losing without putting up much of a fight at home against Ampfield before a much better performance away at Amesbury, although this too resulted in defeat having, at one stage, had the home side at roughly 60-5 chasing 173. It's a cricketing truism that catches win matches, and equally, dropped catches lose matches, as the 1sts are finding out to their cost. To add injury to insult, Jack also badly broke his finger in the latter match, on his debut appearance for the season too, and has subsequently had surgery, so that's him out for the remaining fixtures this year. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery Jack! Match reports to follow later in the week for those games.

In complete contrast, the 2nd XI have enjoyed a pair of emphatic wins, giving Sway a good hiding before thrashing the ball to all parts and skittling New Milton in reply to record a massive 140 run win last Saturday with significant contributions from the Big Guns, Darbs, Malc and Mr Darryl. A report from the Sway game, written before Martin and family disappeared off to Oz, is available through the link on the Fixtures page. Apologies for the delay in posting.

Also a mention for Josh's Border League side who have lost to Bramshaw but beaten Michelmersh over the last 2 Tuesdays. Links to the scorecards for those matches are again available on the Fixtures page; it's their last match of the mid-week league campaign tomorrow.

Holiday season is in full swing, so if you're available and fancy a game, please let Richie or Chris know so they have the best chance possible of organising teams for the weekend.


Bonus reading (13 July '16)

A little light reading for you as I've now posted the 2nd XI match report from last weekend's defeat against Ferndown courtesy of Martin. Hop over to the Fixtures page and follow the relevant link. Enjoy!


Not the best... (11 July '16)

On the bright side, we actually managed to play some cricket last weekend, with both the 1st and 2nd teams getting back to HCL action after having the previous two weeks' worth of fixtures rained off. However, the weather-enforced break had clearly left most of the club's players rustier than an old Ford Cortina, and we rather stalled at the lights as we watched our better prepared opponents speed off into the metaphorical distance.

The 1st XI watched Pylewell Park run up 211-5, and then could only muster 132 all out in reply, while the 2nd XI were knocked over for less than 100 by Ferndown and couldn't do much to prevent their opponents from running out comfortable 8 wicket winners.

The match report from the 1st XI is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

Just before I go, another plug for our end of season tour to Devon over the weekend of Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September. If you want to join the fun, then you need to tell Chris; he doesn't want to spend the next 7 weeks chasing everyone in the club, and the more people who sign up, the more fun we have, so don't be shy!


Puddles (06 July '16)

Yet again, the HCL programme was decimated by the rain last weekend with both the 1st and 2nd XIs falling victim to the weather to be abandoned away at Ellingham and home against Bramshaw respectively. The 2nds at least managed four balls of their game, Darbs hitting the first of them for 6, before the wet stuff had the final say.

The mid-week side managed to get a game in though, playing their re-arranged plate match against Michelmersh on Monday night but going down to a 9 wicket defeat, despite a welcome half century from Barney.

As we drift into the second half of the season, thoughts also start to turn to our end of season trip to Devon. Our fixture against our friends at Broadclyst has been confirmed for Friday 2nd September, and Bartelli has suggested that the Fun Bus will once again be available for the trip to the south west. So, If you fancy joining the fun, let Chris know so that we can get numbers organised for accomodation. You know you want to!


Burley blues (27 June '16)

Sadly, the club double header against Burley on Saturday fell victim to the weather with first the 2nd XI match away at Burley, and subsequently the 1st XI's home game against the same opponents, both being called off without a ball being bowled.

But fear not dear reader! There's still something to peer at through the mid-summer gloom as it's the end of the month, and that means that I've posted the leading 1st XI averages for the season to date, such as they are. Wander over to the Statistics page to take a look. I'm sure Jim would want you to.


Statto Alert (21 June '16)

As promised, the leading 2nd XI averages for the season to date are now available on the Statistics page. Thanks to Martin for crunching the numbers! Equivalent 1st XI details will go up after next weekend at month end when, unbelievably, we'll be half way through the season.

And I know I still owe a match report from last Saturday. Give me a day or two...


Contenders Ready! (20 June '16)

A busy weekend of HCL action, and a slightly less busy morning for Martin, means there are loads of updates to go on the site over the next couple of days.

First things first, and a good weekend for the club with the 1sts securing a tie with Mottisfont in C4W when it had looked at various stages that first 'Font, and then 'Parish, would walk away with the victory. 4 wickets from Lord Harris, 3 for Ben F and 2 for Turkleton kept Mottisfont to a moderate 168 all out before half centuries from Richie and JD nearly snuck it at the death. A full report will follow over the next day or two.

Meanwhile the 2nds recorded their 4th win of the campaign with a fantastic 10 wicket victory away at Wilton, the game being switched to Wilton due to the fete occupying the Whiteparish Oval for the afternoon. A full report has been provided by stand-in skipper Martin, and that's available through the link on the Fixtures page, but particular mention for Jamie's maiden 5 wicket haul for the club and Charles' fantastic unbeaten hundred that saw 'Parish over the line in style with plenty of time to spare.

As previously mentioned, Martin had a quiet morning, and consequently, not only is there his match report to enjoy, but he has also provided the leading 2nd XI averages for the season to date which I'll post when I put up the 1st XI report later in the week.

And I couldn't sign off for now without sending Malc and Tamsin our very best wishes from everyone at the club as they embark on their new lives together as Mr & Mrs Nob. Despite causing various selection issues by inviting assorted club members to their happy day, there were (many, many) glasses raised to their futures on Saturday night, and quite right too. Many congratulations to you both!


More mixed fortunes (13 June '16)

Another week, another bag of mixed results and performances from the club's various teams. A strong looking midweek side went down by 7 wickets away at Totton & Eling last Tuesday, always a difficult team to get a result against but at least it was a Tuesday evening that felt like something approaching summer conditions for a change.

On to Saturday and the next installment of HCL fixtures. The 1sts hosted IBM Hursley at the Whiteparish Oval and put together a far more rounded performance than in recent weeks, finally getting some kind of consistency with the bat after posting a respectable score against Suttoners last weekend as well, but the middle order and tail just had a bit too much to do in the closing stages as IBM ran out 21 run winners despite Richie's battling 81 that gave us a sniff. A full repoort is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds continued their yoyo season, sneaking a nail-biter away at Exbury thanks in the main to a remarkable all round performance from Tim Darby who took 4 wickets in an over, 5 in all, and then top scored with 66 before the last wicket pair were able to finish the job and complete a 1 wicket win. Thanks to Martin who has provided another entertaining report that is now available via the link on the Fixtures page.


Good news, bad news (7 June '16)

The term "heroic" might be overdoing things a little, but it was still an admirable performance from the 1st XI at the weekend to travel to Suttoners with only 10 players and still emerge victorious by 69 runs. Honours were shared around with the bat, Ben's unbeaten 37 being the highlight, before JD claimed the remarkable figures of 6-12 to complete the job and see the side to their first win of the 2016 league campaign. As usual, a more comprehensive set of musings can be found via the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds couldn't complete a club double, their only consistency at the moment being in their inconsistency as they continued their run of alternating results with defeat against Hyde by 67 runs. Thanks to Martin, a report of their efforts is also available via the Fixtures page, along with a late posting of last week's win against Brockenhurst. Having been camping it up last week, that's entirely down to me not having had time to get it sorted before now!

In social news, the annual club day out at the Ageas Bowl to see Hampshire is set for Monday 18th July. Don't change a winning formula and all that, so it's day 2 of the championship match against Surrey in what could prove to be a relegation 48 pointer. Minibus pick ups from Whiteparish, Sherfield and Romsey Rapids in the morning, and then drop offs for the return journey in the evening. Let Glyn know if you want a spot on the party bus to watch Lord Harris abuse whichever cricketing legends he can find at the ground. After last year's episode with Barry Richards, maybe Kumar Sangakarra could be lined up?


Mixed bag (29 May '16)

After a washout last weekend prevented any play across the Hampshire leagues, it was back to action for both 'Parish sides on Saturday.

Sadly this only resulted in another defeat for the 1sts as they mantained their unwanted 100% start to the season, losing by 19 runs in a low scoring encounter against Verwood at the Whiteparish Oval. If you can bring yourself to read about a happy day for the bowlers, but less so for batsmen on either side, hop over to the link on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nds made the trip into the New Forest to take on Brokenhurst and were rewarded with a fine 6 wicket win, Tim Darby scoring a half century to see his side home in some comfort.

The midweek side also suffered a defeat last week, being comprehensively outplayed by Cadnam and being on the receiving end of a 10 wicket loss in the cup. As a result, they now host Michelmersh in the Plate quarter final on Tuesday 14 June. Details have been added to the Fixtures page.


A win! (18 May '16)

Hot off the press (well, ish), I can report a win in the Border League for Josh's mid-week side as they overcame Bramshaw B by 41 runs.

Courtesy of the skipper himself, a full match report is now on the site, so hop over to the Fixtures page and follow the appropriate link.

Hopefully more good news will follow at the weekend!


Bad news all round! (17 May '16)

Bit of a disastrous weekend for the club, results-wise, in the HCL.

Following on from last Tuesday's wash out in the Border League, there were a pair of defeats to commiserate over a post-match shandy in the Parish Lantern as the 1sts went down to a heavy 7 wicket defeat away at Lymington III, a paltry 79 all out never likely to prove enough as the hosts cruised to their target. For those who really want some of the ugly details, the match report is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nd XI hosted Fawley III and at least posted a more significant total, their 142 all out being built around Jazza's unbeaten 60 with supporting contributions from Mr Darryl (26) and Tom (22). Sadly, that was as good as the day would get as the visitors didn't lose a single wicket as they chased down their target with plenty to spare. Once again, thanks to Martin B, you can read a more comprehensive report by following the link on the Fixtures page.

Here's hoping for something a little more positive to report next weekend, assuming the currently predicted dodgy weather keeps away!


Reports (8 May '16)

Just a quick udate to say that reports for both the 1st and 2nd XI matches from Saturday are now available via the links on the Fixtures page. Thanks very much to Martin for the 2nd team write up.

In addition, there's also now a link through to the scorecard from last Tuesday's Border League match. Again, see the Fixtures page for details.

Happy reading!


Underway (7 May '16)

A lovely week weather-wise has made the start of the season feel more like mid-summer, and has ensured that all the club's 3 scheduled games took place.

The Border League side kicked their season off on Tuesday with defeat away at Ampfield, 'Parish's 94-5, underpinned by Josh's 50, bening chased down by the hosts who won by 6 wickets.

The HCL then began under sunny skies on Saturday when, despite a raft of missing players for an assortment of reasons, the club managed to field two teams who ended up being reasonably competitive. The 1sts, fielding a mixture of kids and legends, were further handicapped by another 3 players having to leave early, which reduced them to 8 in the field towards the end of their match against Southampton Travellers at the Memorial Ground. Under the circumstances, 'Parish cobbled together a decent enough 175-7, with makeshift openers Paul Cass (43 on debut) and Turkleton (46) making the biggest contributions. Despite the efforts of Lord Harris (5-49) and a pair of catches from Dylan, there were just too many gaps to try and plug in the field, the visitors being made to work hard but coming away with a 3 wicket win. A full report will be posted later in the week.

Meanwhile, the 2nds, similarly challenged by selection issues, recorded a fantastic win away at Bashley V. Despite facing a chase of well over 200, 'Parish reached their target thanks to a 100 opening partnership between Tom Reynolds and Ben Fisher, both colts hitting half centuries, before another 50 from Martin Ball guided them home.


Pre-season news (16 April '16)

So, pre-season is well underway with nets taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Whiteparish Oval for the last couple of weeks. Do make an effort to get along if you can; it'll save you wondering why you missed a straight one in your first league innings in a couple of weeks, or why you couldn't hit the cut strip when bowling.

A couple of events have been confirmed for the weekend before the league action begins. On Friday 29th April there is a 15 overs a side friendly between a Whiteparish XI and a Melchet Court XI being played at Whiteparish, kick off 18:00. If you fancy a run out, please get in touch with either Josh or Bartelli.

Then on Sunday 1st May the club is hosting a Fun Day from 14:00 to 18:00, with the action again taking place at the Memorial Ground. Planned as a way of attracting interest from potential players in the village, the afternoon will include a match of sorts (no whites, club kit available), nets, a catching competition (no laughing at the back!) and tea, cake and biscuits are provided in the Cowesfield Room of the Memorial building. We need as many club members as possible to get involved in this and make it a success, whether to play, help in nets, make tea, score, chat to new people and ideally bring people along. Hopefully the afternoon will unearth some new players, or at least raise interest and the profile of the club locally.

These events have been added to the Fixtures page, and I'll be resurrecting the club's Twitter account too, so no excuse for not knowing!


Dig out those kit bags (28 Mar '16)

Hello dear reader, a few meaningful updates for you as the clocks have changed and we approach the start of the season.

Firstly, the Fixtures page has now been updated with the Border League games for 2016, so all our assorted league fixtures are now available. No excuses for not knowing what's going on and when!

Secondly, we had a reasonable turnout for the club's AGM earlier in the month, and a few key issues were raised and discussed. Full details can be found in the linked Minutes, and I would urge you to take 5 minutes to read them so you're aware of what the club is trying to implement in the coming year.

Thirdly, the ECB are very keen to encourage all recreational cricketers to wear helmets for batting and wicket keeping, as per their guidelines and advice which is being issued to all clubs, and of which all players need to be aware. So, take a look at the linked document so you know what the fuss is all about. It's our duty to tell you this information; what you do with it is then up to you!

And finally, with the clocks having changed to BST, nets will now be underway on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Memorial Ground at around 6.30pm, weather permitting.


Decisions, decisions (5 Mar '16)

Hard to believe with snow falling across large parts of the country, but the 2016 season really is getting close. Only another 3 weeks until the clocks change to BST, and then after a few net sessions, it'll be into the league fixtures.

So, it should come as no surprise to those of you familiar with the club's calendar that this also means it's time for our AGM. Come along to the Parish Lantern on Thursday 10th March at 8pm to get general club news, vote on club officers for the coming season, and generally start talking cricket again.

See you there!


Signs of life (29 Jan '16)

So, here we are well into the new year, and signs that the 2016 season isn't that far away.

The Hampshire Cricket League fixtures have been released for the coming year, so the Fixtures page now has the dates and locations to keep your Saturdays busy from May to the end of August.

A few interesting pairs of fixtures have come up, with home and away matches for the 1sts and 2nds against Burley on June 25th, Winterbourne on August 20th and the season finishes with a double header against Farley on August 27th.

I'll post the Tuesday evening fixtures soon.

With the 2016 fixtures announced, the details of the 2015 season have been consigned to history, and as such the results, match reports and stats from last year can now be found through the relevant links on the Archive page.


Dinner Time! (6 Oct '15)

With the onset of Autumn, the regular business of the club largely goes into hibernation, but for one very notable and important exception; it's time for the annual dinner! Well, nearly.

A bit of a change for this year as we're relocating to Melchet Court in Sherfield English, so don't say we didn't tell you! The all important date for your diaries is Saturday 28 November, 7pm for 7.30pm.

As a result of the change of location, ticket prices are reduced to 15 per person, and there will be a cash bar on the night (that means no cards, folks).

Please let MC, Sharpy or Bartelli know if you want to attend, and a minibus service to local villages may be available if you book in advance. If you want to make use of this service, let Bartelli know.

The dinner is always a good night out, gets everyone together during the long winter months, and is a key fund raiser for the club, so all kinds of reasons to get yourselves along. That, and we won't have another mammoth 2nd XI captain's speech from Charles this year!


Whiteparish 1 - 1 IBM Hursley (1 Sep '15)

So the HCL season finished on Saturday with our club double header against IBM Hursley, and the spoils were shared with a 1-1 draw, the 1st XI being triumphant by 9 wickets at the Whiteparish Oval while the 2nd XI went down by the same margin at Hursley in a rain-impacted game.

The 1sts put in another fine team bowling performance, Ben's 5-22 being the highlight, before Richie and Barney secured the win with a composed 50 partnership. Full details, for the final time this season, are available via the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds were restricted to 114 all out by their hosts, and rain further reduced the target to provide IBM with a comfortable run chase.

All of that meant that the 1st XI finished 10th in County 4 North, a couple of places higher than last season, with a record of 8 wins and 7 defeats from their 15 completed matches. The 2nd XI avoided relegation in Regional 3 North West, finishing in 13th place having won 5 and lost 9 of thier fixtures. As usual, thanks to everyone who played, whether it was every week or just the odd match to help make up the numbers and ensure we could continue to put out 2 teams, and much love and kisses to everyone else who helped out in some way, shape or form over the course of the season, whether that was with preparing the teas, making the sandwiches, groundsman duties, admin, committee duties, spectating or any of the myriad other tasks that need doing to keep the club running, but which there isn't room to mention here and some of which I'd only forget anyway.

It also means that the end of season averages for the 1st XI are now available on the Stats page, so congrats to Richie and JD who won the batting and bowling cups respectively.

So, roll on Friday morning and tour. See you soon after 9 in the Parish for the 25th anniversary installment!


Rain pain (24 Aug '15)

More mixed news at the weekend as the rain returned to ruin the 1st XI's match away at Dinton, but held off for long enough to enable Winterbourne 2nds to cruise to a comfortable 96 run win against 'Parish 2nds, a rearguard unbeaten 49 from Jazza not being enough to stave off defeat.

While the 1sts didn't get a result, they played until 13.4 overs into the second innings, so a report of what happened before the wet stuff arrived is available via the link on the Fixtures page as Dinton completed their innings to post 202-9 and 'Parish had reached 36-3 in reply when the game came to a soggy premature conclusion.

Sadly the persistent rain also meant that the planned annual grudge match between 'Parish and Sherfield, scheduled for last Sunday, also fell foul of the elements.

With only 1 match left in the HCL season, we look ahead to next Saturday and the conclusion of our fixture list with a club double header against IBM Hursely, the 1st XI at home and the 2nd XI away. After that, it's all on board the tour bus and our jaunt to Devon; numbers are looking bouyant, so if you haven't made up your mind yet and are considering coming along, now's the time to do something about it before you're too late. Any last minute travel requests to Sharpy please.


I'm back! (18 Aug '15)

Did you miss me? Thought not.

So, in my absence, the 1sts went down to a 5 wicket defeat against Amesbury having failed to score enough runs, although they at least made the visitors work for their win in reply. Our guest reporter Neil was on hand to provide his take on events, so a bonus match report is available through the link on the Fixtures page. The scheduled match against Sparsholt last weekend fell victim to the rain on Thursday and Friday, making the square too wet to be able to prepare a track, so after a run of 14 uninterrupted league Saturdays, the 1sts had a weekend off.

The last 2 weeks have also brought mixed fortunes for the 2nd XI. They lost a high scoring thriller agianst Wilton, getting well over 200 with Martin scoring his maiden hundred for the club and a 50 for Master Bishop as well, before their hosts reached their target with 5 wickets in hand. Last weekend, it was Jazza's turn to rack up a half century, but his return to form wasn't enough as they went down to a 59 run defeat against Steeple Langford. So some notable personal landmarks with the bat, but not enough to see the team to victory.

Just 2 HCL weekends to go now before the end of the 2015 season, so it's nearly time for tour! Hoorah! The Tour page has now been updated with dates and details for this year, although I'm sure most of you know the routine by now. However, if you've forgotten, or if you're new to touring, take a look to find details of dates and a general outline of our weekend's plan.


Raining wins (3 Aug '15)

A great week of results for the club, kick started last Tuesday by the mid-week side as they completed their Border League campaign with a comprehensive 7 wicket win against Ampfield & North Baddesley, Robbie Keith's unbeaten half century sealing the deal. Roll on to Saturday, and a pair of surprisingly straight forward victories, the 1st XI recording a 70 run win against Wherwell with Barney taking the headlines for his 65 before a solid team bowling effort secured the spoils, while the 2nd XI cruised home with a 9 wicket win against Farley IIs, MC rolling back the years with an unbeaten half century to show the younger memebers of the side how proper batting should be done.

As a consequence of all this action, we have a double helping of match reports this week, thanks to Martin F putting pen to paper, or at least fingers to keyboard, to provide an insight into the 2nd XI's game. Both Saturday reports are available through the relevant links on the Fixtures page.

That will have to do you for now as there won't be any updates next week while our esteemed web master is busy elsewhere, so just a final word to remind you that tour is looming large, and it's always more fun when we turn up mob-handed, so if you're thinking about it, or want to go and just haven't said anything yet, please get in touch with Sharpy.


Mixed bag (27 July '15)

Tha advent of the school summer holidays neatly coincided with the return of the rain, something of a rarity in what has been a largely dry, if not especially warm, summer. There was enough of the wet stuff on Friday to cause the 2nd XI's match away at Upper Clatford to be cancelled, but the square at the Whiteparish Oval fared a little better and was playable come 2pm on Saturday afternoon, enabling the 1st XI to host Trojans II and record a decisive 77 run win thanks to a maiden half-century from Louie and a fine all round bowling performance. A report from that match is now available through the link on the Fixtures page, as well as a belated review of last week's defeat at Andover.

This came hot on the heals of the Tuesday side recording a win at Michelmersh, Tim Packer's runs and a couple of wickets for Ben helping 'Parish home.

It's the end of the month too, so that means an update to the season's stats so far for the 1st XI on the Stats page.


(21 July '15)

There were mixed fortunes for the club in the Hampshire Cricket League last weekend as the double header against Andover saw the 1sts throw the game away against Andover III, losing by 1 run, while the 2nds recorded a comfortable 6 wicket win at home against Andover IV. I can't quite bring myself to write the 1st XI report yet, but will try to commit something to the keyboard over the next couple of days. However, worry not dear reader; as an extra bonus, you can instead turn to the Fixtures page, click the relevant link, and enjoy a report on the 2nd XI's win courtesy of Neil, our roving reporter for the day.

All of that activity followed the Tuesday side losing against Mottisfont last week, despite Bartelli's unbeaten 49.

Our 25th anniversary tour to Exeter is getting ever closer (Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of September, just in case you weren't aware), so let Sharpy know if you want to join the fun as he needs to get rooms booked. It's no fun chasing people in the final couple of weeks and days, I can assure you, so give him a call, drop him a mail, maybe even talk to him face-to-face, and let's make it a bumper year.


Wins! (14 July '15)

Last Saturday was one of those rare days when both the 1st and 2nd XIs emerged victorious from their respective matches, although the manner and extent of their wins could hardly have been more different. While the 2nds were seeing off Ampfield & North Baddesley IIs with a minimum of fuss, Malc picking up 4 wickets before Darryl and Martin saw them home with the bat, the 1sts were engaged in a last ball thriller against local rivals Winterslow at the Whiteparish Oval.

Fortunately for the home side, Jack kept his nerve when entrusted with the final 6 deliveries, and a narrow 5 run victory was secured. Not for the faint hearted though! Full details are available through the link on the Fixtures page, once again embelished with some lovely statistical analysis courtesy of Neil's scoring app.

More of the same next weekend please chaps!

Meanwhile, tour is looming large on the horizon, so if you haven't already let Sharpy know that you want to join us for a couple of fun-filled days down in Exeter over Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of September, please do make your intentions known.


Technical wizardry! (7 July '15)

Right folks, that match report from Saturday with added whizzy graphics courtesy of Neil is now available. Prepare to be delighted and amazed (or possibly just mildly interested) by what you see when you follow the link on the Fixtures page.

Enjoy!


Mixed results (6 July '15)

The topsy turvey nature of the 1st XI's season continued on Saturday as they lost against a Bishops Waltham side who clearly relished the batsman-friendly conditions at the Whiteparish Oval. Racking up 247-8 from their 45 overs, the visitors set a stiff target which, despite the best efforts of Richie, a welcome return to form for JD and a late flurry from Ben, proved to be too much for the home side. The full report, with added statistical wizardry courtesy of Neil's new scoring app, will be posted later in the week, so for now, don't bother following the link on the results page as it won't take you anywhere!

The 2nds were sadly unable to field a side for their trip to Durnford, availability being poor across the club this week for a multitude of reasons, leaving Captain Chris with little option but to forfeit.

The other big news of the week came last Tuesday when the mid-week side broke their duck for the season, running out fairly comfortable 35 run winners against Totton & Eling, largely due to the efforts of Ben with the bat (36) and the Packman with the ball (4-16). Great work lads!

Another update will follow later in the week when I've had a chance to work out all the attachments Neil has sent me...


Here comes the sun! (29 June '15)

The 1st XI, boosted by another whirlwind innings from Josh, recorded a comfortable enough win against Hurstbourne Priors on Saturday. With Richie also in the runs, and decent contributions from Lord Harris and Liam, 'Parish posted a competitive 214-8 from their 45 overs. Early breakthroughs from Glyn (3-12) kept the pressure on, leaving JD (3-44) and Barney (2-26) to keep chipping away as Hurstbourne finished on 161-8. Use the link on the Fixtures page to read the full report.

Meanwhile the 2nds were making a decent fist of things against OT & Romsey Vs at the Whiteparish Oval, batting first and being bowled out for 130 which represented something of a recovery after a distinctly wobbly start of 8-3. Mr Darryl was in the runs again, Jazza and Malc lending a hand in the middle order, and it took the visitors 40 overs to knock off the required runs, 'Parish sticking to their work in the field with admirable dedication.

OTs & Romsey were also the opponents last Tuesday, and they did the double by also beating our midweek side, Josh's 45 not being enough against the youth from the Academy.

As it's the end of the month, JD (and possibly others) may be interested to see the usual update to the averages over on the Stats page. It would appear that we have a runaway leader in the wicket taking stakes, as usual, but the batting plaudits could go down to the wire, depending on how many more games Josh manages to play!


More runs required! (22 June '15)

Both the 1sts and 2nds experienced defeat at the weekend, in each case failing to chase down totals set by their opponents. In the case of the 1st XI, that was the league leaders Steeple Langford, who posted 229 all out with the added benefit of 7 dropped catches, with 'Parish mustering a creditable but ultimately futile 178-8 in reply. Meanwhile the 2nd XI couldn't chase down Dinton's 165 all out, ending on 141-7. This was despite the best efforts of captain Bartelli, who recorded figures of 5-45 (quite possibly a league career best?) and Mr Darryl, a man in great form this summer as he registered yet another 50, albeit in a losing cause. So a couple of game performances, both sides bowling out their opponents, and ending their chases short, but with a couple of wickets still in hand.

For those who wish to read more about events at the Whiteparish Oval where the 1sts spent the afternoon dropping catches and chasing splintering stumps, the usual ramblings are available via the link on the Fixtures page. Despite the result, it was another good day for skipper Richie, who hit 55 to go with his earlier catch and 2 stumpings, as well as marking a welcome return to the side for Liam and Louie, now free of exams constraints and looking in fine fettle as both scored runs and Liam also took 3-20. Good to have you back lads!

Check back in next week for news of the 1st XI's trip to Hurstbourne Priors and the 2nd XI back at Whiteparish hosting OTs & Romsey Vs.


1sts win thriller (16 June '15)

As a neat counterpoint to the ridiculous number of runs being scored in the current ODI series between England and New Zealand, the 1st XI proved last weekend that high scores aren't the only route to exciting cricket as they won a thriller at Whitchurch where the two sides barely mustered 200 between them over 70 overs of nip and tuck cricket.

Full details are available via the link on the Fixtures page, but special mentions should go to Richie, who was in after the 3rd ball of the day and was still there at the end of the 45 overs, having anchored his side with a vital 63 not out, the bolwing unit of Glyn, Ben, JD and Barney who all contributed to bowl Whitchurch out for 92, and Ben Fisher, who made a very promising debut for the 1sts and pouched the catch that sealed victory.

With the Whiteparish fete taking over the Memorial Ground, there was a conveniently arranged gap in the fixture list for the 2nd XI, so nothing to report in that department, and very little news from the mid-week side either, apart from mentioning that they've had to call off their last 2 games due to a lack of players. If anyone is out there who fancies some evening cricket, do let Josh know as he'll almost certainly give you a game!

More news next week.


Ouch! (8 June '15)

Taking events of the last week in chronological order, I'm afraid I'm the bearer of mostly bad news! We start with an 8 wicket defeat for the mid-week side against Michelmersh last Tuesday, to be closely followed by a forfeited match in the Plate on Thursday as skipper Josh was unable to rally enough troops to the cause to give Lyndhurst & Ashurst a game.

Rolling on to Saturday and the 1st XI, despite a valiant unbeaten 96 from that man Josh, didn't get enough on the board to seriously challenge Compton & Chandlers Ford II who ran out 7 wicket winners. Full details can be found via the link on the Fixtures page, but to literally add injury to insult, the worst events of the day involved our very own Gladiator, Charles. In trying (and succeeding!) to stop a boundary, he fell awkwardly on his shoulder and has ended up tearing ligaments, becoming the second victim of a significant shoulder injury this season following Lee's cracked collar bone. Very best wishes to Charles for a full and speedy recovery, although I doubt we'll be seeing him in whites for some considerable time.

Providing us with the only ray of light in an otherwise fairly disastrous week, the 2nd XI recorded a fantastic 10 wicket win at the Whiteparish Oval against Hursley Park IV. As we had a member of our roving press corps at the game, there's even a bonus report for you, again available through the relevant link on the Fixtures page.

Glyn's in the process of confirming the minibus for the club's day out at the Ageas Bowl on Monday 20th July, so do let him know if you'd like to attend so that places can be confirmed and tickets purchased.

That's all for now!


Goings on (1 June '15)

So, that's the first quarter of the season done then, and we've played every game so far bar one, which is pretty unusual for May. Mixed results, but some decent cricket being played, and just for a change, the club as a whole are actually scoring some runs, which makes the whole game so much easier! Having said which, neither the 1sts nor 2nds scored quite enough at the weekend as both went down to defeats, the 1sts at home against Oakley despite another half century for Charles, and the 2nds away at Thruxton, although how they managed that with a legends team featuring the likes of MC, Malc, Jazza and Martin, I have no idea. Still, if you want more details on the 1sts match against Oakley, follow the link on the Fixtures page.

While you're there, you might also like to browse Captain Josh's take on last week's cup defeat for our mid-week side. Still, every cloud and all that, and being knocked out of the cup means there's now an extra fixture this coming Thursday evening as the reward for losing is entry into the Plate competition. A busy week of cricket ahead.

As it's the end of the month, there's also the first batch of averages updates for the season available on the Stats page, and as opposed to recent seasons, there are actually some runs and wickets to record, so worth taking a quick peak if you're that way inclined.


Runs galore (25 May '15)

Well, what a day that was! Maximum batting points for both 1sts and 2nds on the same day is a relatively rare event, but one the club managed to achieve on Saturday with some stirring displays of strokeplay. The 1sts racked up a cricket score (ha!) away at Bentworth, Josh returning to form with a lusty 97 while Martin's 60 laid the foundations and an extremely generous 49 extras proved that Bentworth were perfect hosts. In reply, JD's 5-47 and Glyn's 3-23 ensured that a comfortable win was achieved with 10 overs to spare. Follow the link on the Fixtures page for a full report.

Meanwhile, the 2nds were also enjoying batting conditions at the Whiteparish Oval to record 215-5 against Knights Valley, Simon White hitting 82 on his first appearance for a while and Mr Darryl continuing his good early season form with another half century. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 194, ensuring that the 2nds recorded their first win of the season.

A fist win is something the Tuesday team are still searching for as Josh's boys went down by a significant 10 wickets against Mottisfont last week. Better luck this week lads!


We've got a win! (17 May '15)

At the 5th time of asking, the club finally have a win under our belts courtesy of a nervy 10 run victory against Colden Common on Saturday. The 2nds had their game abandoned due to an unfit ground, and quite frankly it was just as well they did as it was largely down to 2nd team regulars that 'Parish were able to post, and then successfully defend, 186-5. Charles (52 not out, 2-38 and 2 catches), Darryl (54 not out) and Martin (18, 1-6 and 2 catches) all played prominant roles as the elusive first win of the season was finally achieved. You know the drill; follow the link on the Fixtures page for a full report.

We also have another report from last Tuesday's Border League match at Totton & Eling, when Josh's charges had a pleasant evening of leather chasing before deciding enough was enough and being bowled out in short order to get the result out of the way as soon as possible. Read Josh's take on events through the link on the Fixtures page.

A bit of an early plug for the club's annual day out at the Ageas Bowl to watch a bit of county action. Get the date in your diaries; Monday 20th July is the day in question, for day 2 of the championship match against Durham. The usual procedure will be in place with minibus pick ups from the village, Sherfield and Romsey Rapids, so let Glyn know your intentions so that we can confirm our 15 tickets and minibus booking asap.


Under way (11 May '15)

In something of an unusual turn of events, we've managed to play 3 games out of 3 across the club so far, without any rain interruptions or cancellations. A remarkable achievement, especially when compared with the start of last season, although perhaps there are some who may wish that the weather gods hadn't been so benevolent as the 3 matches have resulted in 3 defeats.

First up was the opening Border League fixture last Tuesday, which saw the midweek side hosting OTs & Romsey Academy. Despite a hat-trick for Harry Hocking and a half century for Ben W, the visitors emerged victorious by 14 runs. The thoughts of the skipper on the evening's proceedings can be found through the link on the Fixtures page, and may I just say what a welcome addition another reporting voice is to the site. Thanks to Josh, and long may it continue.

Rolling on to Saturday, it was time for the Hampshire Cricket League to spark into life, the 1st XI making the short trip to Mottisfont while the 2nds entertained Totton & Eling IIIs at the Whiteparish Oval. A familiar story for the 1sts, who put in a decent shift in the field to bowl Mottisfont out for 179 and claim maximum bowling points, but then a collapse from the promising position of 82-2 saw them fall to a 71 run defeat. Again, the finer points of the game are detailed by following the link on the Fixtures page.

Back at Whiteparish, the 2nds were bowled out for 130, a bit of a "meh" score which was neither imposing nor dreadful. T&E ran out winners by 5 wickets, but were made to work for their victory and the 2nds can, in true England fashion, take some positives out of their performance going forward, look at the season one game at a time and concentrate on executing their skills and hitting the right areas in the coming weeks.


Roll up, roll up (24 March '15)

So, spring is (nearly) in the air, and all sensible-minded folk are considering their voting options and looking at potential candidates as election fever grabs the nation. Yes, you guessed it - time for the club's AGM again! The action gets underway at 8pm next Monday, March 30, at the Parish Lantern. Get along, catch up with everyone and start to turn your thoughts to the season ahead. You can get a sneak preview of the agenda here.

I've also added the Border League fixtures to the site, so find out what our midweek guys are up to on the Fixtures page.

See you at the bar next Monday!


It's 2015! (8 January '15)

Hello all, and Happy New Year to each and every one of you. Let's hope Santa has delivered some batting form across the club this Christmas...

It's that time of year again, and the HCL fixtures have been released for 2015. Some familiar names crop up for both the 1st and 2nd XIs, as well as a couple of new ones, all culminating in a club double header against IBM Hursley to close the season out on August 29th. Full details are now available on the Fixtures page.

As usual, the advent of the new season brings with it the archiving of the old one, so the stats, match reports, etc. from 2014 can now be found through the relevant links on the Archive page.

I'll be updating the fixture list with the Border League matches shortly, so keep checking back.


Dinner time! (7 November '14)

Hello dear reader, first update for a while, but it's an important one. The highlight of the club's social calendar will soon be upon us with the annual dinner and presentation night taking place at Hamptworth Golf Club on Saturday 22nd November. Arrive around 19:00 for a sit down at 19:30 and tickets are 20 per person. Please let Sharpy or MC know your intentions in terms of attending.

The admin machine of the HCL has also been hard at work recently, and the leading 2014 season averages are now available. For the 2nds in Regional 3 North West, Captain Charles performed the double of making both batting and bowling lists, his 332 runs at 66.40 putting him 4th in the run scoring charts, while 18 wickets at 17.22 were enough for 11th place in the bowling rankings. When added to his contributions to the 1st XI, that represents a very good statistical season. Another 2nd teamer who enjoyed a hugely successful year was Ben W who claimed a fantastic 35 wickets at 8.34 to finish second in the bowling averages, being pipped to top spot by just a single wicket. Anyone drop any catches? You owe him a pint!

For the 1st XI in County 4 North, nobody scored enough runs to feature in the batting averages, which pretty much sums up the story of a generally low scoring season. Our only representative in the top 20 wicket takers is JD who claimed 27 victims at 13.19 each which puts him in 5th place (although it should really be 3rd, as he's tied on wickets taken with the 3rd and 4th place bowlers, but has a better average).

Finally for now, the divisional structure has been announced for next season. Both teams stay in the same leagues as for 2014, but with Crown Taverners and Holybourne having been relegated from County 4 North, while Liss, Hobos and Alton were promoted, the 1st XI should have a little less mileage to cover. For the 2nd XI, it's largely the usual familiar faces! Fixtures are usually released around Christmas.


Moth balls (9 September '14)

So, the club's 2014 season is consigned to history with the completion of our merry jaunt to Exeter. As usual, thanks go to our friends at Broadclyst CC who once again hosted us on Friday and made us very welcome, especially Jimmy H and Malc who our opponents indulged with an assortment of tasty morsels to enable them to both record rapid half centuries and set us well on our way to a winning total! Barney now has a 100% record as 'Parish skipper, although any rumours that Richie is lining him up to take over 1st team duties for 2015 have yet to be substantiated. Thanks also to Sharpy for his organising and admin, dealing manfully with a last minute accomodation blip that could have derailed the whole trip, but which instead proved to be an inspired relocation to the Farmer's Union.

Clearly no league action to report on, so instead there are some piccies for you to browse on the club's Flickr account, with new albums from our days out at Lord's and the Ageas Bowl for this summer's Test action, and a few from Broadclyst last Friday too. Thanks to Jazza for making a lot of these available, especially the shots from Lord's.

The next date for your diaries will be the club's annual dinner and presentation night at Hamptworth Golf Club; Saturday 22nd November should be put on your calendars now! More details nearer the time.

But for now, thanks to everyone who played, organised, watched, scored, or otherwise got involved this year, and enjoy the September sunshine which, as usual, has come too late for our league matches!


Season Wrapped Up (1 September '14)

The 1st XI finished the season on a high, recording a resounding 64 run win against promotion-chasing Sparsholt IIs. Jack's rapid 46, ably supported by important knocks from Charles and Martin, saw the 1sts post 180-8 from their 45 overs. In reply, some tight bowling and terrific catching saw Sparsholt subside to 116 all out and defeat.

This was all a far cry from the previous week, when 5 drops contributed significantly to a 10 wicket defeat against AWE Tadley. Having again batted first and putting up a respectable 177-8 (Paddy 39, Tim 36, Barney 31), lapses in the field and a forceful unbeaten 121 from Deller-Merricks resulted in a comprehensive 10 wicket drubbing.

Full reports from both of these matches are now available through the links on the Fixtures page.

The 2nd XI recorded an impressive 8 wicket win against Hursley Park with Charles and Ben both hitting half centuries, before they ended an otherwise impressive season with a 115 run defeat away at Farley, the hosts amassing 263-5 which always looked likely to be enough against a side lacking the abilities of Charles and Jazza.

All of which meant that the 1st XI finished the season in 12th place in County 4 North, consolidating their promotion of the previous year, while the 2nds ended up a highly creditable 6th in Regional 3 North West. This represents a solid season for the club, with a number of younger players making significant contributions, and hopefully provides a solid foundation to build on in 2015.

The end of the league season brings with it 2 regular events. One is the final averages for 2014, so you can see for yourselves who has laid claim to the batting and bowling honours for the 1st XI on the Statistics page. The other is our annual tour to Devon, which takes place this coming weekend, so I'll see as many of you as possible at 9.30 on Friday morning!

Last but by no means least for this end of season round up, another mention for Josh who completed his challenge of running 10 marathons in 10 days when he arrived home in Salisbury last Saturday. A truly inspirational effort, requiring huge resources of both physical and mental resilience, his fund raising page is still (very!) active here if you'd like to contribute to the money he has raised for the RFU Injured Players Foundation, a charity that supports rugby players who receive life changing injuries. Great effort Mr Green; rest well!


Loads of wins! (19 August '14)

What a weekend! Why can't they all be like that? The 1st XI played arguably their best cricket of the summer to beat IBM Hursley by 71 runs at the Whiteparish Oval, Josh's 48 and 36 from Richie setting up a useful total of 168. An inspired spell of 7-40 from JD then proved far too much temptation for the visiting batsmen as they committed cricketing hari kari to be bowled out for 97. While not quite out of the woods yet, that win gives the side a bit of breathing space at the bottom of the table. As usual, the full report is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nd XI joined the fun with a thumping 10 wicket win over at Hatchet Green against Redlynch & Hale IIIs. The wickets were shared around as the hosts were bowled out for 148 before Charles made short work of the target, hitting a glorious undefeated 119 to record his maiden hundred and, in combination with Sir Geoffrey, seeing 'Parish through to a very impressive victory.

And that wasn't the end of the action either, with the annual match between Whiteparish and Sherfield taking place on Sunday for the Doug Duggard Shield. Sherfield set a competitive total based around Jimmy's 50, but 'Parish cruised to 149-3 and victory in 18 overs with Ben W's unbeaten 57, 43 from Josh and 20 from Jack sealing the deal. Doubtless Lord Harris is still somewhere under a table at the Parish Lantern!

Finally for this update, a plug. Our very own intrepid rugby playing middle order strokemaker Josh is embarking on an epic running challenge this Thursday, 21st August. Starting at Anfield in Liverpool, hes running 10 marathons in 10 days, heading south to finish at The Close in Salisbury on Saturday 30th. Hes running for the RFU Injured Players Foundation, a charity that supports rugby players who receive life changing injuries, providing them with support and funding. A very worthwhile cause, and one worthy of Joshs efforts and our support. Pop over to his fund raising page and anything that you could put towards his efforts would doubtless be gratefully received. Good luck Josh!


Mixed bag (11 August '14)

The 1st XI experienced a strange game at Andover on Saturday where, despite impressive individual contributions from Richie (60no), Tim Packer (53) and Paddy (5-19), they contrived to lose to relegation rivals Andover IIIs by 3 wickets. A full review of the game is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nd XI entertained league leaders Penton at Whiteparish and proved to be extremely generous hosts, handing the visitors a 126 run win. Penton were bowled out for 226, Ben taking 5-56 to continue his good form with the ball, before 'Parish subsided to 100 all out. So Penton's title push continues, while the 2nds remain comfortably mid-table.

3 weeks of league action remain, and the 1st team in particular have a lot to play for, with a number of teams clustered around them at the bottom of County 4 North. Survival (or otherwise) is still in their own hands, with a win or two being decisive. Come on lads!


It's a family affair (4 August '14)

With the 1sts rained off at home against Hobbos, the focus was firmly on the 2nd XI on Saturday as they were entertained by Southampton Travellers. The bowlers did an admirable job in bowling out their hosts for 106, Harry taking 4-10 while Charles and Ben each chipped in with a brace. The run chase turned out to be something of a family celebration with the father and son Coulshed opening partnership completing a fantastic 10 wicket win, Sean recording his maiden half century as he hit an unbeaten 53 with MC also getting into the 40s. An excellent performance which sees the 2nds climb to the upper reaches of Regional 3 North West. Well played lads!

A few availability issues now loom large as we enter holiday season, so if you're available and fancy a game, please let Richie and Charles know. Only 4 weeks to go in the league season!


More wins (30 July '14)

The 1sts returned to winning ways on Saturday with a good team effort to beat Winterslow by 8 runs in a game that, for one of the few times this summer, actually resembled proper cricket. Richie (43), Jack (35), Paddy (30) and Barney (25) were chiefly responsbile for 'Parish racking up 189-9 from their 45 overs before Winterslow were bowled out for 181 from the final ball of the match, Charles mopping up the tail with 4-31 to seal the win. Just for once, a few people other than the bowlers might like to read the match report available through the link on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile, over at the Whiteparish Oval, the 2nds were securing their own victory by bowling Broughton out for 73, Sven claiming 5-45, before knocking the runs off with 5 wickets in hand to record the win. A good weekend in the sunshine!

It's the end of the month, so the 1st team averages have been updated on the Statistics page. As we've actually managed to play a reasonable amount of cricket in July, the wicket taking has progressed, although the run scoring still seems to be a bit stagnant! A few more performances like Saturday's will help.

Our annual jolly jaunt to Devon is looming large, taking place on Friday 5th September to Sunday 7th. As usual, let Sharpy know your touring intentions so he can make the necessary arrangements.


Anyone seen our batsmen? (21 July '14)

Another shocker with the bat from the 1st XI saw them consigned to a heavy defeat against Mottisfont after limiting the visitors to 144-8 from their 45 overs at the Whiteparish Oval. Guesting 2nd XI skipper Charles, playing as the 2nds were rained off against Dinton, played a blinder with 6-24 and then top scored with 13, but it wasn't enough to drag the side out of the doldrums. Loitering near the relegation trap door, there are a big 6 weeks left in the season if the side are to secure their future in County 4. More runs would certainly help!

Not much else to add to that really... a bit more flesh on the bones is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

So, in a bid not to get too gloomy about affairs on the pitch, thoughts have begun to turn to our annual tour to Devon, taking place this year on Friday 5th September to Sunday 7th. Let Sharpy know if you're intending to tour so he can make the necessary accomodation arrangements.


Wins! (14 July '14)

Well, well. Just like buses, you wait for ages and then 3 wins come along all at once. The Border League side started the trend last Tuesday, easing to a 13 run win over Mottisfont with JD's half century leading the way. Then the 1sts finally found just enough batting form to complete their chase against Crown Taverners in C4N, bowling their hosts out for 106 (JD 6-22) before getting the runs with 2 wickets to spare, Jack's 32 proving decisive. And to wrap it all up, the 2nds marked the inaugaral match at the re-developed Whiteparish Oval with a 2 wicket win against Romsey V, Ben claiming a remarkable 6-12 including a hat-trick to reduce Romsey to 135 all out before a round 50 from Jazza anchored a successful run chase. This game also marked another potentially important event in the club's future development with young Tom Reynolds making his senior debut with an assured display behind the stumps and, by all accounts, with the bat as well. Welcome on board.

Great stuff from all involved!

With our resident 1st XI correspondent annoyingly absent from events up the M3, there is unlikely to be a report on that match this week (unless somebody else fancies stepping into the breach?), although something may be forthcoming on the 2nd XI's win later in the week.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on some piccies on the club's Flickr account. I've put up some photos from our club day out at the Ageas Bowl last week, as well as a few shots of the vista at Whiteparish as the 2nds played the first game on our new square. Enjoy!


Batting woes (8 July '14)

The established pattern of the season continued for the 1sts at the weekend, the bowlers doing their job well to bowl Wherwell out for 78 before the batting failed to fire yet again as 'Parish were dismissed for just 35. If you can really bring yourself to read the full grisly details, the report is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

There was no match scheduled for the 2nds, so they enjoyed a weekend off, although those that came to watch at Sherfield may wish they hadn't!

Given the weather interrupted nature of the season, it hasn't really been worth posting the current averages so far this year, but now we're half way through the fixtures, it seems an appropriate time for an update. So hop over to the Statistics page to see in figures just how well the bowlers have been doing and how few runs the batsmen have been scoring!


Rain pain (2 July '14)

Another weekend of planned HCL action, another weekend of watching the rain fall. The 1sts travelled to Amesbury more in hope than expectation, and were duly abandoned without a ball being bowled. The flash floods on the road out of Salisbury were a decent clue as to the outcome! The 2nds at least started their game at Sherfield, but were thwarted by the weather after about an hour and a half. We can only hope for improved conditions this coming weekend, as it's becoming rather frustrating seeing the sun shine all week and then disappear on Saturdays.

Meanwhile the midweek side did play on Tuesday, suffering a 7 wicket defeat at the hands of local rivals Nomansland.

There is better news regarding our return to the Whiteparish Memorial Ground. Remedial work has been done on the outfield, and we're hopeful of being able to play at our new old home as of Saturday 12 July. The 2nds will be the first of our teams to experience the redeveloped ground, so the long-awaited debut of the updated facilities is nearly with us.


Farewell Mr Goose (24 June '14)

It is with a heavy heart that I need to let the WCC community know of the passing of Mr Goose.

As many of you are aware, he had been fighting cancer and was undergoing treatment for this sadly all too common disease. While never a player for Whiteparish, Goose was an ever present supporter, following us home and away regardless of distance or conditions. He would always be there, come rain or shine, wrapped up in his anorak sat on his fold out garden chair, passing judgement on our performance which was never less than honest and mostly very fair. He also served on the club's committee as treasurer for several years, came on our club outings to the Rose Bowl, and toured with us to Exeter for many years.

But more than all this, he was our friend. You will be missed Mr Goose, and this Saturday we play for you.

The thoughts and best wishes of all at the club are with Dave's family and friends at this sad time.


Famine & Feast (23 June '14)

A sadly familiar story at the Sherfield Bowl on Saturday as the 1st XI were shot out for just 85 by Compton & Chandler's Ford II. The bowlers did a great job of trying to keep 'Parish in the game, reducing their opponents to 40-4 before the visitors rallied and secured the win by 5 wickets. The full match report can be found via the link on the Fixtures page.

While the 1sts struggled with the bat but were competitive with the ball, the opposite was true for the 2nd XI who conceded a huge 319-5 against Langley Manor IV. They responded with a creditable 229-9, securing maximum batting points despite the defeat, skipper Charles leading the way with 90.

So, work to be done by both teams, but hopefully availability issues will ease a little ahead of next week.

A final plug for the club's big day out at the Ageas Bowl to watch Hampshire on Monday 7th July. Glyn's ordering tickets this week, so if you haven't done so already, please let him know if you're planning on attending.


Missed opportunities (16 June '14)

We played some cricket! Well, the 1st XI did, although the 2nds were denied a match on a sunny Saturday afternoon as their opponents couldn't raise a team, so forfeited the fixture. As it was, the 1sts lost a low scoring thriller at Holybourne, the bowlers doing a decent enough job but the team as a whole not being able to finish the game off by failing to chase a low score. A rather disappointing outcome to a game that at various stages looked to be heading 'Parish's way. The full match report can be found via the link on the Fixtures page.

There was also defeat last Tuesday for the midweek side in the Border League Plate competition, going down to OT & Romsey Academy by 28 runs. The scorecard from the game is on the Taurus Border League site here.

With more dry weather forecast for this week, there will hopefully be more cricket, and possibly even some wins, to report on for the next update!


It's June you know... (9 June '14)

Well, I can't share much cricket news with you, but I can tell you that the 2nds managed to play on Saturday as their Regional 3 North West fixture against Winterbourne II went ahead, despite the Saturday morning thunder storm which put paid to the match between the 1sts and Donnington which had been scheduled for Sherfield. Winterbourne seemed to enjoy the day a little more that their visitors from the 'Parish though, as they posted 192-8 batting first, John Shears leading the way with 69. In reply, the 2nds stumbled to 116 all out, that man Shears again being the chief tormentor as he claimed 7-31. So a defeat for Charles' troops, but at least they got to play!

Last Tuesday's Border League match was also rained off, so we continue to be thwarted in our efforts by the rain. However, it looks like being rather more settled this week, so hopefully we'll all get to have a bit of a bat and bowl next Saturday.

And don't forget the club's day out at the Ageas Bowl on the revised date of Monday July 7th. Tickets need to be ordered this week to get the best possible deal, and the minibus needs to be booked. Tell Glyn if you're planning to join the fun.


Some cricket! (2 June '14)

Unbelievably, given the still unsettled weather, we actually managed to play all three scheduled games last week. Despite racking up 147-9 from their 18 overs (F.Littlejohn 69), the Tuesday side still lost by 9 wickets against Totton & Eling. A couple of dry days on Friday & Saturday then finally allowed HCL action to get underway again, with the 1sts travelling to Hurstbourne Priors and the 2nds playing at Sherfield against Amport 2nds.

The 1sts scored 184-8 from their 45 overs (yes, that's right lads; it's 45 overs now in the County divisions! Who knew?) with Josh's 61 supported by 34 from Paddy and 32 from Richie. Hurstbourne were made to fight all the way, but won by 5 wickets with 2 overs to spare, aided by 4 dropped catches which swung the game in their favour. As usual, a match report can be found via the link on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nds won a low scoring thriller, being bowled out for 101 (Jazza 48, Sean 26) and then sharing the wickets around as the visitors were knocked over for 94, Ben and Zach both taking 3, Charles 2 and 1 each for Sven & Harry.

News has probably filtered through most channels by now that we will be playing our home matches at Sherfield for the forseeable future as further work is still required on the square and outfield at Whiteparish to bring it up to match standard. So, remember which of our home grounds you need to be at!

Finally, another plug for the club's day out at the Ageas Bowl on Monday July 7th. Please get in touch with Glyn if you're interested so that we can get numbers confirmed for tickets and minibus booking.


Tedious (27 May '14)

More rain led to the inevitable cancellation of both matches last Saturday, so that's 2 weekends out of 3 washed out so far. It's getting a bit tedious, isn't it? Still, nothing we can do beyond crossing our collective fingers and hoping that something warmer and drier comes our way soon.

In the absence of any actual cricket to talk about, I'll instead post an update on the club's proposed day out at the Ageas Bowl to watch a bit of county action. With a large number of the club's membership not being available for the initial date of June 16, the plan has now changed to Monday July 7 for day 1 of the championship game against Gloucestershire. Hopefully numbers will look a bit healthier, so let Glyn know if you fancy joining the fun.


Cricket in the sun (19 May '14)

What a difference a week makes. From rained off to basking in glorious sunshine in the space of 7 days, the club's two Saturday sides finally got their respective Hampshire League campaigns underway at the weekend with mixed fortunes.

The 1st XI marked their debut in the County divisions with an unexpectedly one-sided win at old foes Dinton, bowling their hosts out for 65 and knocking them off for the loss of just a single wicket. Special mentions here go to Liam for his 4-19 on a very promising first outing for the club, JD for 5 (yes, 5!) catches, 2 wickets and 15no, and Glyn, who claimed 2 wickets, a catch and then hit an unbeaten 26 as makeshift opener to see 'Parish home. A full report can be found via the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds didn't fair quite so well, losing a tight match against Wilton by 3 wickets. Batting first, 'Parish were bowled out for 125, endebted to the remarkably consistent Jazza (40) for posting something competitive. In reply, Harry Hocking's 4-15 was nearly enough to finish the job, but a late Wilton rally saw them over the line.

There was also Border League action last week, Josh's tenure as mid-week captain getting under way with an 8 wicket defeat. Early days and all that.

If the forecasters are to be believed, the rain returns this week, but weather permitting, the 1st XI will be back at the Memorial Ground next weekend for our first experience of life with our new pitch and facilties.


Nothing to see here... (12 May '14)

On the pitch, there's nothing to report following the opening weekend of HCL action. Or rather inaction, as both 1sts and 2nds unsurprisingly succumbed to the weather at the weekend, and our matches were predictably cancelled without a ball being bowled. So including Tuesdays, we've now had 4 games out of 4 called off because of the weather! Marvellous.

So, in the absence of any cricket to report, I'm delighted to tell you that the club's social media presence continues to grow, and you can now find us on Twitter. Just search for @whiteparishcc and you'll find (hopefully) tweets keeping you up to date with scores while we're playing, results, and general news.

The club's annual day out at the Ageas/Rose Bowl is planned for Monday 16 June, for day 2 of the championship match against Essex. Probably not as many takers as we had last year, but please let Glyn know asap if you'd like to attend as we need to get the minibus booked.

Fingers crossed for some action on the field this week!


And they're off! Rained off. (30 April '14)

So the start of the competitive season came and went without a ball being bowled as Tuesday night's game against OTs & Romsey Academy was abandoned. Not necessarily a surprise at the start of the season, but disappointing none the less. Try again next week...

In the meantime, we'll try to have another net on Thursday night, weather permitting. It gets the aches and pains out the way a bit before the first game, so worth doing if just for that!

It looks very much like there are still some issues getting the Memorial Ground fit for play for our early season matches, with the area by the new memorial building needing to be turfed. The first 2 Saturday matches, with both weekends seeing the 2nds playing at home, are now likely to be played at Sherfield instead.

In the absence of any cricket to comment on, I'll instead point you towards some new additions that have been posted on the Profiles page. Our dilligent researchers have been trawling through the archives, and have unearthed a motley crew of ancestors of Darryl, Lee, Charles and Paddy. Some fascinating insights into the days of Whiteparish cricket past. All true, of course.


Democracy in action (30 January '14)

Hard to believe as we swim against the tide of rising flood waters, but the 2014 season is really just round the corner. So, that means it's time to get ourselves organised and sort out who is responsible for what for the coming year.

The club's AGM has been arranged for Monday Feb 10 at 8pm at the Kings Head. Come along, have a pint (or more), a chat and contribute your thoughts to the direction of the club. It's a landmark year as the 1st XI embark on life in County 4 North and we all get to return to the Memorial Ground, our new square and the improved facilities on offer.

Unfortunately I'm also the bearer of sad tidings as, for those of you who didn't already know, Kenny Fletham passed away recently. A stalwart of the club for many years, "Tall Trees" Kenny has gone down in village folklore as a big hitting batsman, and his exploits are clearly illustrated on the club's honours board as he won the batting cup on 4 occasions in the 50s and 60s, as well as the bowling cup 3 times and the single wicket twice. He will be sorely missed by us all, and our condolences go to Adi, Jonny and the rest of the family.


Festive spirit (24 December '13)

In addition to turkey, mince pies, presents and fat men in red suits, Christmas also marks the annual release of the fixtures for 2014. So in the spirit of cricket future, the Fixtures page has now been updated with the whens and whos for next season. The 1sts open up their debut season in County 4 with trips to Alton and Dinton, while the 2nds get first use of our lovely new facilities at the Whiteparish Oval against Paultons III and Wilton.

Action in the Border League begins on Tuesday 29th April, with the Plate fixtures yet to be announced.

The results, reports and averages from 2013 have been added to the Archive page.

I know I also need to post a list of the winners of the various trophies for 2013, handed out at the ever successful and enjoyable annual dinner at the end of November. That will follow in due course.

In the meantime, Happy Christmas dear readers!


Celebrate the past, look to the future (31 October '13)

Hello reader(s), it's update time! So, where to begin... well, it's the time of year when the HCL admin machine goes into overdrive, announcing both the final divisional averages for the 2013 season, as well as the structure for 2014. So, with that in mind, the biggest congratulations go to Mr Noisy himself, who has won one of the biggest individual pots of his career as his 28 wickets at 17.25 for the 2nds saw him walk off with the league bowling cup for Regional 3 North West. A super effort that, and he's joined in the top 20 bowling averages in RD3NW by Ben Wilkinson (8th with 17 @ 14.94) and Mike Green (18th with 16 @ 19.94). Sven's division high 28 wickets put him in 13th.

In the batting, Jazza (13th with 343 runs @ 34.30), Mike G again (16th with 253 @ 31.63) and the evergreen MC (17th with 402 @ 30.92) all feature, so well batted to all three in a season where runs were sometimes hard to come by.

For the 1st XI in their promotion season in Regional 1 West, Richie is the sole representative in the batting stats (14th with 370 @ 46.25), although he would have been joined by Josh and Paddy, both of whom scored buckets of runs but didn't play enough innings to qualify for the league leading averages.

The 1sts also had two representatives in the bowling figures, with JD (5th with 30 wickets @ 13.23) and Glyn (17th with 24 @ 17.88) waving the flag for the club. A fine effort from all concerned. For those that want to see the full listings before they're published in next year's league handbook, they're available on the HCL site.

Any review of the 2013 season wouldn't be complete without reminding you all that the club's annual dinner is scheduled for Saturday 23rd November, 19:00 for 19:30 at Hamptworth Golf Club. Always a highlight of the social calendar, let Sharpy or MC know of your ticket requirements for an evening of fun, frolics and pots, not to mention an important opportunity to get the club membership together out of season.

And finally for now, the HCL structure for 2014 has been announced, with the 1st XI's promotion confirmed following the club's decision to return to the Memorial Ground and our new facilities for next season. So, we find ourselves in County 4 North, which means a few familiar names such as Donnington and Hurstbourne Priors back on the fixture list, as well as new opposition with the likes of Alton, and some games a little closer to home against Winterslow and IBM Hursely. Not being in County 4 South means we avoid potential trips to Gosport, Ryde and Compton, so on balance, it probably works out in our favour.

The 2nds have the usual suspects to play in Regional 3 North West, and I'm sure Sven will be keen to defend his newly acquired league bowling cup! As with the averages, full details of the HCL structure for 2014 can be found on the league's web site. Fixtures are usually announced around Christmas time, so we won't know who we have home and away until then.

Right, I think that's about it for now. More news as and when there's something worth mentioning!


IMPORTANT - Club meeting (1 October '13)

As a representative of the club committee, I need to invite all club members to a meeting this coming Friday, 4th October at 7pm at the Parish Lantern to discuss our plans for the 2014 season and to vote on whether we should return to Whiteparish to play at the Memorial Ground, or stay at Sherfield English. There are a number of issues that need to be considered, and Friday's meeting will see these dicussed in some detail so that we can have an informed, democratic vote on the club's future.

This is a potentially pivotal moment in the club's history, so it's important that as many people as possible come along to have their say and exercise their right to vote.

See you there.


Glorious technicolour (3 September '13)

As some/most of you know, my brother was at the 1st XI home game against Sway a couple of weeks ago with his camera. The fruits of his labours are now available on the club's Flickr account, so pop over and take a look, but it's also worth including the team shot of our promotion winners in Regional 1 West this season. So lads, take a bow!



Back row: Glyn Turk, Jack Orr, Josh Green, Jim Dovey, Rob Harris, Charles Steenkamp

Front row: Paddy LeCount, Lee James, Rich Hamblin, Tim Drew, Malc Noble


Job done (2 September '13)

With just a single point needed to guarantee 2nd place and promotion into County 4 for next season, the 1st XI duly achieved their primary objective at Parley on Saturday, securing the prized point early in the Parley innings when Charles pegged back the off stump. Unfortunately, it was a little downhill from there as a lacklustre performance resulted in the loss of their unbeaten league record, Parley running out comfortable 73 run victors. Not quite the grand finale to the season that the team had hoped for, but the promotion was the primary consideration, and full credit must go to everyone who has turned out for the 1sts this season to make it such a good year. As usual, the full match report is available via the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nd XI had a rather less satisfactory end to the season, scoring 145-9 against Otterbourne, but then watching Dan O'Brien smash 121 to secure a swift and easy victory for the visitors. The 2nds finish 12th in Regional 3 North West, a creditable performance given the selection issues that often prevented difficulties in fielding full and competitive teams. Huge thanks must again go to MC for his efforts in organising the side through the course of the season.

The end of the season brings with it the inevitable statistical review of proceedings, and the 1st XI averages are now posted on the Statistics page. Some decent figures there, and also further numerical evidence that in almost every match, someone has been able to contribute a significant performance to see the team into winning positions. Particular congratulations to Josh and JD who have topped the run scoring and wicket taking charts respectively, having established their leads early in the season and holding on to them ever since. Well played chaps!

So, just the traditional final act of the season to complete, and that's tour to Devon. A thoroughly deserved couple of days of relaxation after a hard and successful year. Enjoy!


Back in business (27 August '13)

A thumping win over Sway II on the penultimate weekend of the league season sees the 1st XI maintain their second place in Regional Division 1 West, and a virtual guarantee of one of the two available promotion places. While Mottisfont seem uncatchable in top spot, some rough calculations suggest that a single point should be enough from next weekend's game against 3rd placed Parley to see 'Parish promoted to the County divisions for next year. Saturday's victory came courtesy of piling up 281-7, with significant contributions from Paddy (78), Richie (49), Josh (42), Malc (39) and Jack (34). It was then over to Glyn & JD, who both took 4-10, to skittle Sway for just 62 and wrap up a comfortable victory. As usual, the full match report is available via the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nd XI also recorded maximum batting points, scoring 206 all out with MC bagging yet another half century, but although a valiant attempt, this wasn't enough to overhaul Redlynch & Hale's total of 257-4, so a battling 51 run defeat at Hatchet Green.

So, just 1 week to go in the league campaign, and then on to tour weekend for the trip down to the environs of Exeter. A little low on numbers this year for various reasons, so if you're undecided, or haven't yet committed, give Sharpy a nudge and head west for an enjoyable couple of days. It comes highly recommended!

Following last weekend's success for 'Parish against the usually dominant Sherfield, some pictures of the action have been posted to the club's Flickr account. Shots from the midweek semi final victory against Mottisfont from earlier in the season are also now available, so have a browse. Thanks to Nick "The Mayor" Evans and Birdman respectively for the camera work and also to Tim and Neil for doing the necessary admin. There should be another set posted in due course with some photos from Saturday's 1st XI game against Sway, but I'll let you know when those are available.

Finally, some dilligent research from Sharpy has resulted in an addition to our Archive page. A project that has been underway for some time, you can now see the fruits of his labours in the new Honours Board page, listing the winners of the club's batting, bowling and single wicket trophies for every season since 1922. Some familiar village names running through the history of the club, so I recommend that you take a look. Excellent work Mr Sharp!


Lord Harris triumphant (19 August '13)

The forecast rain arrived exactly as promised on Saturday, preventing play for either the 1sts or 2nds, and resulting in a fruitless trip to Lymington for the promotion chasing 1sts, who saw the skies open about 5 minutes out from the ground. A swift retreat to the pub was the order of the day, and there are now just 2 games left to keep hold of one of the top two spots in Regional 1 West and secure the jump up to the County divisions for the first time in the club's history. The 2nds suffered a similar watery fate at the SRG, their match against Calmore also falling victim to the elements. The forecast promises a return to warmer, sunnier weather for the week ahead, so fingers crossed for better conditions next weekend when the 1sts host Sway IIs and the 2nds make the trip to Hatchet Green to play Redlynch IIIs.

There was better luck on Sunday for the annual Whiteparish vs Sherfield English clash for the Doug Duggard trophy. Our guest correspodent reported events as follows:

"Full 21 overs each side (5 each per bowler), rain threatened but seemed to pass by either side. Good burgers and beer on offer.

JD was Sherfield skipper up against Lord Harris of Whiteparish. Sherfield batted first, Tim (8) and Jimmy H (32?) opening up. Charlie opened the bowling with "Charles", Paddy's mate and unknown ringer. Bowls a "heavy ball" in Paddy's words. Bowled Tim once he finally bowled a straight one, swung a mile or kept low, etc.

Matt, Barney and Rob bowled, dodgly pitch kept the runs down, we all had one that reared up off a length. Barney bowled well. Jimmy H called Harris for a no ball for not stating his action! Malc (37?) hit a couple of sixes, Graham and Rob misfired. 127 for 5 or 6.

Good burgers and beer during the interval.

Sherfield bowlers were Jummy H and JD to open. Jimmy OK, JD got spanked but bought a couple of wickets, catches on the boundary to the various Nobles. Jack and Paddy opened, Jack in the late 30's or possibly 40's. Then Matt and Ringer Charles. Graham and Bambo change bowlers. Bambo had a good game, 2 or 3 wickets including a caught and bowled, kept the runs down, racing around the outfield. Stevie Jewell (first game for 2 years) dropped Matt. Damage done early on, got the runs in just the 15th over for 3 or 4.

Good burgers and beer afterwards."

And as if you didn't know by now, the annual Devon tour takes place on Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September. If you intend to join the fun, let Sharpy know.


Ridiculous (12 August '13)

Quite bizarre scenes at the SRG at the weekend as the 1st XI contrived to be involved in their third tie of the HCL season, this time against Exbury. It preserves their unbeaten league record, and once again showed their fighting qualities as, despite more than half the side being absent due to holidays and other excuses, those standing in made significant contributions. Exbury will be kicking themselves, letting a winning position slip in the closing overs, but 'Parish will take the result when a first defeat of the season looked a real possibility, fight backs with both bat and ball underlining the character on display. A full report of the rollercoaster ride is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds travelled to our old friends and rivals at Dinton, but struggled after Jazzer and Ben were called up to the 1sts. Despite MC leading from the front with a valiant 63, a total of 143 all out proved insufficient as Lance Harwood stroked an unbeaten 112 to see his side home by 7 wickets. A hard week given the availability issues that beset the club, so credit is due to all those who took the field.

A massive final 3 weeks of the league season looming for the 1st XI, still in second place in Regional 1 West and holding onto a promotion spot. A big game next weekend away against Lymington, not sitting far behind in the table, and a fixture that will go a long way to determining the success or otherwise of the season. Availability will hopefully start to improve again now, but please let Rich and MC know if you're available so that we can finish the season strongly.

Another plug for our annual Devon tour, taking place on Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September. If you intend to join the fun, give your details to Sharpy.


Some pictures! (05 August '13)

So, time to get with the program and add something a little different. Or at least link to it. We now have a Flickr account, so can uplaod all Whiteparish cricket related photos there without bloating these pages in the process. Albums from last Friday's trip to the Ageas Bowl and, to get you in the mood for September, last year's Devon tour, are now available for your delectation. Just click through to the club's new Flickr page and browse at your leisure. Any problems seeing them, let me know. I'll be letting you all have log on details (if you want them) so it's not just me putting pics up there. Just remember that these are for public consumption, so just appropriate cricket related shots please!


Big hitting at Ringwood (05 August '13)

An under strength 1st team travelled to Ringwood at the weekend looking to keep their unbeaten Hampshire League record intact, and thanks to some stunning hitting from Charles "The Contender" Steenkamp, achieved exactly that with a 56 run win. A full report is available from the link on the Fixtures page, but the promotion push is still very much on. Still being in the middle of the holiday season, availability for next weekend is also looking to be a real issue, so if you're around, please let Richie & MC know as soon as possible so that we can field two competitive sides next Saturday.

Meanwhile the 2nds played out a thriller at the SRG, posting 177 with Jazza (69) getting yet another half century, before Shrewton IIIs crept over the line by just a single wicket in a tense finish. A brave fight from the 2s, again being hampered by players being unavailable.

Some welcome news on the tour front, and our annual trip to sunny Devon is definitely going ahead over the weekend of Friday 6 to Sunday 8 of September. The format will be the usual fixture against Broad Clyst on the Friday, with their lovely new pavilion, followed by a day at leisure in Exeter on the Saturday (no rugby this year, but haven't checked the Exeter City fixtures) and then home Sunday morning. All those who want to join the fun need to make your intentions known to Sharpy before Sunday 18 August as accomodation needs to be booked.

Finally, a quick mention of last Friday's day out at the Ageas bowl, which was very enjoyable despite the early rain and delayed start to play. The rest of the action saw some testing Glamorgan bowling early on, runs for Carbs, McKenzie, James Vince and Sean Ervine, an interesting behind the scenes tour with the Hampshire archivist at lunch, and some excellent company and chat. Thanks to all for making it such a good day, and with 18 attending this year, we'll definitely be making this an annual fixture in our social calendar. Extra special thanks to Birdman for sourcing the tickets and making the most of his contacts, which led to the whole day being a bit of a bargain!


Disappointment (29 July '13)

"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same"

Wise words, and rather sum up the last week for the club. The promise of Border League Plate glory was sadly denied by Hythe & Dibden, who ran out 32 run winners at Michelmersh last Thursday. Scoring an imposing 166-4 from their 18 over allocation (Barney 2-29), H&D had a bit of a scare as 45 from Paddy and assorted scores in the 20s from Malc, Richie and Barney saw 'Parish mount a brave chase, but there was just a bit too much to do and the innings closed on 134-6. A decent effort, but not quite enough on the day. Still, making it through to the final is an achievement in itself, so the boys can be proud of their mid-week efforts. The full scorecard from the final is linked on the Fixtures page.

Fast forward to the weekend, and both 1sts and 2nds started their matches, despite the promise of rain sweeping across the region around tea time. Sure enough, both sides suffered the inevitable watery fate, as the first innings of each match was completed but the games were then abandoned without the replies getting under way.

Fingers crossed for better conditions next weekend, and also for Friday when we have a decent turnout for the club day at the Ageas/Rose Bowl to watch Hampshire take on Glamorgan. Those of you who have signed up should know the details of bus pick ups/timings by now, so I'll see you on Friday!


Good news all round (22 July '13)

The unbeaten 1st XI recorded another comprehensive win on Saturday, runs from Richie (92 not out), Malc (55) and Josh (40) setting up a decent total of 227-5 before Charles (3-23), Glyn (3-35) and JD (2-7) dismantled the Totton batting to record a 161 run winning margin. Further details are in the report linked on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds got back to winning ways with a comfortable 7 wicket win against Andover 5ths at the SRG, Tim Packer's 62 and Jazza's unbeaten 55 seeing them ease past their 182 target with 7 wickets in hand.

Some big games coming up this week, with the midweek side appearing in the Border League Plate final on Thursday evening against Hythe & Dibden. Michelmersh & Timsbury are hosting, so get along to cheer the boys on if you can. Then next Saturday sees 1st play 2nd in Regional 1 West as the unbeaten 1st XI take on the similarly unbeaten Mottisfont. The game's being played at Mottisfont due to the Sherfield fun day taking over the SRG, so come on over if you can to give the boys some moral and vocal support.


Sometimes it's good to have a Paddy (15 July '13)

With Josh, Jack and Barney still away, Paddy has been representing the younger generation of the club with some aplomb in the last week. First he scored a 50 as the midweek side won their plate semi-final against Mottisfont to progress to the final, scheduled to be played on Thursday 25th against Hythe & Dibden. Then on Saturday he ran the show for the 1st XI down at Mudeford, taking 4-39 before smashing an unbeaten 82 off just 48 balls to see his side through to a comfortable 10 wicket win. Full details of that 1st XI trip to the seaside are available in the report linked on the Fixtures page.

The 2nds also had a productive afternoon with the bat, racking up well over 200 with Pops Green (87) and Jazza (69) enjoying the sunny conditions at the SRG. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to give them a win as Southampton Community chased down the target.


You wait for a tie for 22 years... (8 July '13)

And then 2 come along in 4 weeks! After the nail biter against Burley last month, the 1sts were at it again on Saturday as they fought out another tie, this time with Fawley in a another thriller in the Sherfield sunshine. See the report linked on the Fixtures page to find out how JD and Barney "The Ice Man" Orr played the key roles.

Meanwhile, the 2nds weren't enjoying the sunshine quite so much, being given the runaround by Trojans as they went down to a 173 run defeat.

With more sunshine and high temps forecast for the forseeable future, conditions should be good for the knockout game tomorrow night against Mottisfont; good luck boys!

And finally, big congratulations to Stu "Bambi" Petty who got married last Saturday. Picked a good day for it! Go steady on the creme de menthe on your honeymoon though.


Runs, wickets and sunshine (1 July '13)

Back from my hols, so time for an update on the last couple of weeks of cricketing action.

The successful start to the league campaign has continued for the 1sts, who have recorded back to back wins over Brockenhurst and Shrewton over the last two weekends. Paddy made a welcome return to the fold following the completion of his second year at RH&B, and immediately had an impact as he hit 74 against Brockenhurst. Combined with Josh's continued good form, 69 more in the bag for him, 'Parish's 223 all out proved too much for the Forest side. Shrewton were shot out for 98 last Saturday, Turkleton bagging 4 with JD and Barney mopping up the middle and lower orders, and it was Malc's turn to provide the fireworks with the bat as his rapid unbeaten 44 saw 'Parish home with 30 overs to spare! A full report from that Shrewton match is available through the link on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nds went down to a heavy defeat against Winterbourne IIs, losing by 143 runs, but then bounced back with a 17 run victory against Hursley Park IVs last weekend, led by 75 from MC.

The 1st XI game against Fawley IIIs next Saturday is going to start half an hour early at 1:30 to allow our visitors to get back for a club function, so please bear this in mind and arrive in plenty of time for the start.

A few availability issues over the coming weeks as holiday season kicks in, so please, PLEASE get in touch with Richie & MC to let them know if you can play as it's time to get all hands to the pump so that the skippers have a chance to get sides sorted out well in advance. With the 1sts in particular riding high in Regional 1 West, we need your help to consolidate that position and push on.

As it's the end of June, it's also time for the monthly update to the averages, so the 1st XI figures for the season to date are now available on the Statistics page. Just for you JD!

And finally, another quick plug for the club day out at the Ageas (Rose) Bowl on Friday 2nd August. I've had responses from some, but will be chasing everyone who hasn't given me a firm yes or no so that I can get tickets arranged over the next couple of weeks. The bus is booked, so time to reserve your seats for a grand day out...


Damp Squib (17 June '13)

No 1st XI action to report this week as overnight and morning rain rendered the SRG pitch unplayable on Saturday, leading to the cancellation of the game against Pylewell Park. A disappointing outcome for all involved, so let's hope for something better next weekend for the trip to Brockenhurst.

At least the 2nds managed to play, although they may wish they hadn't, as they were soundly beaten by Amport II, despite another 4 wicket for Sven. Some suggestion that Amport roped in some idle 1st teamers who were left without a match as the weather had caused the cancellation of their game earlier in the day. Might help to explain the discrepancy in the scores.

There will be a short break in updates to the site next week while yours truly ventures off to the South Hams on holiday, complete with bucket and spade, but normal service will resume as soon as I'm back. Until then, continue to enjoy another of our beautiful British summers!


The Joshua Spree (10 June '13)

An extraordinary week for Josh, continuing his scintilating early season form, has seen the middle order run machine smash an unbeaten 77 to guide the midweek side to a comfortable plate quarter final victory against Michelmersh & Timsbury before topping that performance with his debut century, his 104 not out being one of the highlights as the 1sts came back twice from difficult situations to earn a tie in the match against Burley in HCL Regional 1 West on Saturday. The full report is available through the link on the Fixtures page, and is well worth a look as a record of one of the most topsy turvey games of cricket many of us had been involved in.

While the 1sts were battling it out in the heart of the New Forest, the 2nds were getting back to winning ways at the SRG, a consistent team performance with the bat setting the groundwork before 4 more wickets for Ben Wilkinson did the early damage on the way to a comfortable 88 run win over OTs & Romsey V. A report for that one will follow later in the week.

Looking a little further ahead, the now annual club day out at the Ageas (Rose) Bowl for a spot of county cricket has been set as Friday August 2 for the first day of the championship match against Glamorgan. I know it's a little way off, but please let me know if you're interested in attending, as the minibus needs to be booked soonish. The more people sign up, the cheaper the day will be as the cost of the bus is split more ways.


Mixed fortunes (3 June '13)

Fuelled by the dynamic hitting of Josh, the 1st XI triumphed over a game Alderholt side at the SRC on Saturday in a high scoring thriller. Plenty of runs to read about in the match report available through the link on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nds were losing for the first time this season, Langley Manor IIIs proving too good as they recorded a comfortable 84 run win. Again, thanks to Chris a report is already on the site, just follow the link on the Fixtures page.

It's the quarter final of the Border League plate competition on Tuesday, and our midweek side is away at Michelmersh as they look to make it through to the semis. Good luck boys!


2nds report hot off the press (30 May '13)

Thanks once again to the lightning fingers of The Great Bartelli, an entertaining report of the 2nd XI's fine victory over Penton last weekend is now available through the link on the Fixtures page.

There was no play on Tuesday night due to the weather, but the forecast promises something altogether better for the weekend, so roll on Saturday!


100% (28 May '13)

Two more HCL matches, and two more wins, with both the 1sts and 2nds recording comfortable vicotires and claiming maximum points in the process. The 1sts saw off Godshill by 9 wickets, while the 2nds were even more dismissive in defeating Penton by 10 wickets. A full report from the 1st XI game can be found through the link on the Fixtures page. I'm hopeful that a 2nd XI report will be forthcoming later in the week (hint, hint), so keep coming back to see if it materialises.

Rain around on Tuesday, so the fate of the Border League match against Ampfiled at the SRG may be in the balance, but hopefully something drier will arrive in time for the weekend when the 1sts host Alderholt and the 2nds face Langley Manor III.


Additional report! (23 May '13)

Thanks to the pen of The Great Bartelli, we now have a full match report of last weekend's 2nd team match against Wilton available through the link on the Fixtures page. Excellent to have contributions coming in from the 2nds, and hopefully they will become a regular feature on the site as the season progresses.

There's also now a link on the Fixtures page to the latest Border League scorecard, our mid-week boys going down by 6 wickets against Nomansland.

So, roll on the weekend and the promise of clearing skies means we should be able to get another pair of HCL games completed without interruption.


On the board (20 May '13)

We finally got our Hampshire Cricket League season under way on Saturday, and were rewarded with a pair of wins, both 1st and 2nd XIs scoring respectable totals and defending them to win by reasonably comfortable margins. The 1sts had Josh (68), Jack (41) and JD (39) to thank for running up a boundry filled 181 all out in 31 overs, before Turkleton (3-16) and JD (3-26) did most of the damage to bowl Hyde out for 153 at the SRG. Meanwhile the 2nd XI were endebted to another half century from Jazza before the bowlers shared the wickets around to complete their own 34 run victory over Wilton. A full match report from the 1st XI's game can be found through the link on the Fixtures page.

Back to Tuesday night action this week with the local derby against Nomansland, before the 2nds make their seasonal home debut next Saturday at the SRG and the 1sts make the short trip into the Forest to take on Godshill.


Good grief (14 May '13)

Well, that was predictable wasn't it? As if we hadn't seen enough rain last season, we again fell victim to the weather last Saturday as our opening Hampshire League match was abandoned without a ball being bowled as the pitch at the SRG was too wet to play. With the 2nds not having a game scheduled anyway, they escaped a washout as well.

In better news, the Border League side have at least been able to play for the last couple of weeks, although they've suffered a pair of defeats for their efforts. Scorecards are available through the links on the Fixtures page.

Fingers crossed for a bit more cricketing action this coming week, although with a forecast that promises at least some rain every day from now until the middle of next week, it might be best to keep the brollies handy!


Nearly there... (24 April '13)

Our first game of the new season is just 6 days away, with next Tuesday marking the opening competitive fixture of 2013. So, the site will be getting much more regular updates from now on as months of inactivity are replaced by tales of run scoring, wicket taking and gravity-defying catches. And as well as news of our opponents, I'll be keeping an eye on what our 'Parish players are up to as well.

I've updated the Finding Us page with details of how to find our new home at the SRG for the coming season. Hopefully that will help our opponents, and also anyone in the club who has failed to notice that we're playing at a different ground this year! Might get a shock if you turn up at Whiteparish and find the old pavilion demolished...

The AGM was held at The Hatchet last Thursday, and the minutes from the meeting are available here so you can see what was discussed. Nothing significant to report beyond Kung Fu Panda interrupting the evening's events to take receipt of some cheesy garlic bread.

So, down to business... nets on Thursdays from around 6:30pm from now on, and Border League action begins next Tuesday, so let Sharpy know if you fancy some early season match practice.


Arctic Spring (25 March '13)

Wakey wakey! We're back, and the fact that it's currently about 1C outside and we haven't seen the sun since I don't know when is no excuse for not turning your attention towards the forthcoming cricket season. In fact, to jolt you out of your winter lethargy, this seems as good a time as any to tell you that the club's AGM is being held on Wednesday 17 April, 8pm at The Hatchet. It's important that everyone has a say in the running of the club, so please make an effort to attend if at all possible. See you there.

In other news, the site is having a bit of a spring clean. Details of the AGM, plus the 2012 award winners, are listed on the Social page. In addition, the averages, results and match reports from 2012 have been consigned to history (just as well, some might say), and are now linked to from the Archive page.

Our Hampshire Cricket League and Border Cricket League fixtures for 2013 are now posted on the Fixtures page, so you'll know exactly when we'll be taking our bow at Sherfield Recreation Ground, or the SRG as it'll be known here, and you'll also notice that due to a quirk in the fixtures, the 2nds don't actually have a game until May 18th. Plenty of time for more nets then lads!

Beyond that, some minor cosmetic tweaks, and I need to update the Finding Us page with directions to the SRG. But we're getting there.

More soon...


Whiteparish Nomads! (14 November '12)

As promised in my last update, I can confirm our temporary home for the 2013 season will be...

... just a short drive along the A27 at Sherfield English, thus ending an open problem for the club that could have resulted in all sorts of complicated ground sharing deals, splitting our playing sides between different grounds, and various other options that would, potentially, have been divisive for the club both in terms of geographic location and our carefully fostered club spirit. Big sighs of relief all round, and thanks to those that have put in the hard yards to secure our immediate playing future. I'll be adding an update to the Finding Us page in due course to provide directions to the Sherfield Bowl.

The number crunchers at the Hampshire Cricket League have released the collated divisional averages for the 2012 season, so congratulations to Cap'n Richie, Turkleton, Barney, JD, MC and Jazza, all of whom have made the top 20 lists for their respective divisions for either batting or bowling. The full averages are available on the league website here.

And finally, another plug for the club's annual dinner, to be held at the Hamptworth Golf Club on the evening of Saturday 24th November. If you haven't done so already, please let Sharpy or MC know whether you'll be in attendence for our biggest social event of the year.


Close season update (31 October '12)

Hello reader(s)!

No, I haven't forgotten about you, lurking out there on the interweb, frantically hitting "refresh" in the hope that some updates will be added to these venerable pages. Well, today's your lucky day, as here I am to report on all things WCC that have been going on since the 2012 season ended.

Firstly, the "Austerity Tour" was a success, the shortened format finding favour with old and new tourists alike who made the trip down to sunny Exeter to enjoy a victory against our always amiable hosts Broadclyst, and then seek out a variety of entertainment in and around the environs on Saturday. Many thanks to everyone who once again made tour an extremely enjoyable weekend.

The re-structured Hampshire Cricket League format has been released for the 2013 season, with our 1st team being moved into the newly created Regional 1 West division. This means no more trips to Sussex or the Isle of Wight, and instead a renewal of local rivalries against teams such as Breamore and Godshill. Much better for travelling times! Meanwhile the 2nds remain in Regional 3 North West, so will come up against thier regular foes. The full provisional divisional structure is on the league website here.
Meanwhile work on the square at the Memorial Ground has taken place, and pictures from the pitch relocation can be found on the Whiteparish Community site. Eye witness reports state that the work is an improvement, although our new square won't be available for the 2013 season. Which brings me on to my next news item...

With the Whiteparish Oval being unavailable for cricket for 2013, the club need to find an alternative ground to call home for at least the next season. Negotiations are on-going, although reaching a conclusion very soon, so watch this space for further details, hopefully in the next couple of days.

Last but by absolutely no means least, it's time to reflect on 2012 (or at least, the few games we were able to play in between torrential rain) at the annual dinner. This is taking place at Hamptworth Golf Club on the evening of Saturday 24th November, so please let Sharpy or MC know whether you'll be in attendence for carvery, trophies and raffle excitement.

Think that about covers it for now... keep checking back!


Fitting end (28 August '12)

After an extremely damp season, the Hampshire league fixture list took one final soaking on Saturday, a thunderstorm arriving over the Whiteparish Oval bang on 2 o'clock to obliterate any chance of play. With the 2nds having already been called off earlier in the morning, it made for a fitting end to a wet and frustrating summer, both Saturday sides only managing to play 10 out of the 17 league matches scheduled. This latest deluge was all the more galling having played under scorching sunshine the previous weekend, this sunny interlude merely serving to remind us of how different the season could have been.

Our inactivity means that the 1sts finish in 14th in Regional 1 South, having won 4 and lost 6 of the 10 games played. Not good enough to sneak into the top 11 and secure one of the extra promotion spots on offer this year, and equally not quite bad enough to drop into the relegation positions, so we'll still be in Regional 1 for 2013. Whether we'll be in the South or newly created West division though, we'll have to wait for the fixture list to find out.

The 2nds fared a little better, ending up 11th in Regional 3 North West, breaking even by winning 5 and losing 5 of their games. A solid mid-table finish after a late season flurry which enabled them to climb out of the basement battle, so credit to the guys for rescuing a precarious situation at the end of July.

With work to relocate the square at the Memorial Ground starting next week, moving it further up the ground and rotating it round 90 degrees in preparation for the construction of the new village community building, Saturday was also our final chance to play on the old square. That opportunity was washed away with the rain, so our trusty pitches have seen their last action. A sad day in many ways, and after 22 years, I'm going to miss bowling down the hill! Not so sure many will mourn having to bowl uphill from the Curch End though. No concrete news at this stage of where our temporary home will be for 2013, but details will be posted here once we know more.

The end of the season means it's time for the final averages update, and the 2012 1st team stats are now available on the Statistics page. Congrats to Cap'n Richie and Turkleton on topping the run scoring and wicket taking charts respectively, and some evidence there amongst the figures that the club's youth are making a significant impact with Jack, Barney, Josh and Paddy all featuring. News on the 2nd team averages when they're available!

Possible tour consumptionSo, all that remains for now is to look to Friday morning and our annual Devon tour. The forecast looks set fair, so we should have a good chance of rounding off the season with a carnival of cricket at Broadclyst. See you at the Kings around 9:30am to get festivities under way. More likely


2nd XI run machine (20 August '12)

Not a headline you see very often, but the 2nd XI run machine was in full working order again at the weekend as they piled up 221-6 against Wilton to record their 4th win in a row in Regional 3 North West. MC (67) and Jazza (56no) were the chief architects of their formidable total, and Wilton got nowhere near as they were dismissed for 108. Top batting chaps!

Meanwhile, the 1sts made the trip to Compton in West Sussex to a lovely rural setting, but returned home empty handed, their own batting efforts failing to meet the standards of their 2nd team counterparts, being bowled out for 137 as they attempted to chase down Compton's 171-9. The usual shortcomings that have blighted the 1st XI's season remained, so nothing new to report! Follow the link on the Fixtures page for full details.

Sunday witnessed the Whiteparish vs Sherfield match for the Doug Dugard trophy, and as usual, the spoils went to our near neighbours from up the road. Despite limiting Sherfield to a paltry 113 from 21 overs, and with Mr Darryl and Rory starting the chase like a train, 'Parish got bogged down as Lord Harris couldn't hit it off the square (apparently - first hand accounts tell me it's true!), and Sherfield held their nerve to retain bragging rights for another year.


Double bubble (11 August '12)

A very successful weekend for the club saw victories for both the 1st and 2nd XIs, the 1sts seeing off an aggressive Havant side at the Whiteparish Oval while the 2nds completed their third successful run chase in three weeks, chasing down 180 to defeat Andover.

A controlled team bowling effort and a first 50 of the season for Paddy laid the foundations for the 1st XI's success, wickets being shared around and a target of 126 being comfortably achieved with plenty of overs and wickets in hand. As usual, follow the link on the Fixtures page for a full report.

Jazza was the cornerstone of the 2nd XI's victory, hitting 68 not out to steer his side home and secure their continued status in Regional 3 North West for next year after the spectre of relegation had threatened in mid-season.

As well as the penultimate league fixtures for 2012, next weekend also sees the annual Whiteparish vs Sherfield grudge match for the Doug Dugard shield. 3pm on Sunday at the Whiteparish Oval is when the festivities begin and the "Who has the best ringer?" competition commences. All the usual refreshments will be available, so fingers crossed that the forecast rain stays away and we have a good day.


2nds at it again (8 August '12)

Amid all the Olympic excitement, the 2nds have quietly been putting together a winning run that might just see them escape relegation in Regional 3 North West. They recorded their 2nd win on the bounce last Saturday, mounting a successful chase of a revised target of 176 in under 30 overs to see off Penton, a fine effort and one that sees them climb back up towards mid-table obscurity.

At the same time, the yo-yo nature of the 1st team season continued at Ellingham where they went down to a 50 run defeat, the final 10 overs of the Ellingham innings really proving the difference as they added 87 to set a target far higher than it should have been.

Reports for the last two 1st team games are now available through the links on the Fixtures page.


Big wins! (30 July '12)

Just for a change, some sunshine and wins to report in this otherwise soggy and relatively unsuccessful season.

The 1sts recorded a comprehensive victory against Fareham & Crofton III, racking up 219-2 thanks to 50s from Richie and JD, and then knocking the visitors over for 112 with Turkleton and Barney claiming 4 wickets apiece. The 2nds were involved in a high scoring thriller at Upper Clatford, the hosts amassing 250-5 before our 2nds chased them down in the final over thanks to significant contributions from the Pack Man (83), MC (59) and some late hitting from Jazza (44 not out). Outstanding stuff. Why haven't we been batting like that all year?!?

A full report of the 1st team match will appear later in the week. However, it is the end of the month, so the current 1st team averages have been updated on the Statistics page.

The club's day out at the Rose Bowl last Friday was a success, with 15 of us enjoying the battle between Hants and the invaders from Kent led by Big Bob Key. Some runs, some wickets, and the usual witty repartee; this should become an annual event now that interest has been confirmed, so more of the same next year, possibly with even bigger numbers. Onwards and upwards!


We played... maybe wish we hadn't? (23 July '12)

After another fortnight of inactivity as the rain continued to dominate the season, we were back on the pitch at the weekend for only the 2nd time in 6 weeks, the 1sts at home against Totton & Eling IIIs and the 2nds away at Winterbourne.

Much as the last time we played though, our two teams failed to muster 200 between them as both sides were shot out for under 100. The 1sts at least made Totts fight for their win, claiming 6 wickets as they struggled to their target. Read the report on the Fixtures page. The 2nds were involved in a rather more comprehensive defeat, as Winterbourne cruised to their target with only 1 wicket down.

In addition to the regular fixtures this week, there's also a match against Romsey Rugby Club next Sunday, so if you fancy a fun game against a good bunch of lads, let Sharpy know.

Finally, confirmation that our end of season tour to Devon is definitely on, even in a slightly truncated form. See the Tour page for details.


Damp squib (2 July '12)

More rain over the last couple of weeks means that there's not a great deal of cricketing action to report. Having disappeared off on holiday, I didn't actually miss anything at all as 2 consecutive weekends were washed out for both the 1sts and 2nds.

Both sides managed to play last weekend, and may be wishing that they hadn't, as a pair of defeats resulted, the 1sts losing at home to Burley while the 2nds were routed at Hursley Park. If you can bring yourself to indulge in the grisly details, a report of the Burley match is available through the Fixtures page.

It's the annual tour game agains the Doctors this Thursday evening (weather permitting), and then it's back on the league trail next weekend. Hopefully Lord Harris will be able to see again by then, having had time to recover from his self-inflicted facial injury!

Not that we've played much in June, but for what it's worth, the end of the month means that the 1st XI averages have been updated on the Statistics page. Jack making an early bid for a trophy double!


Record breakers? (11 June '12)

Once in a while, this wonderful game of ours throws up some quite bizarre events. Our 2nd XI, having dismissed Steeple Langford II for just 87 (Ben Wilkinson 5-20), probably thought they had a decent chance of earning their second win of the season in Regional 3 North West. But the cricketing gods, with some help from the Steeple Langford bowlers, had other ideas as 'Parish were routed for a paltry 22. Not really much you can say about that...

Meanwhile, the 1sts were also experiencing the bitter taste of defeat, but gamely clawed their way back into their match against Verwood after terrible starts with both bat and ball. Read the full report via the link on the Fixtures page.

Numbers are looking good for our outing to the Ageas Bowl on Friday 27 July for Hampshire vs Kent, but I'll be chasing anyone who hasn't confirmed one way or another. The cost of the minibus will work oout at 16 per person if we're able to fill all 16 seats, so I need to know a) whether you're going and want a ticket, and b) whether you want a place on the bus. If we don't get enough takers to fill the minibus, then we'll need to organise several drivers instead, so it's up to you!


Home comforts fail to help 1sts (5 June '12)

After 2 away games and 2 wins, the 1sts made their first appearance of the season at the Whiteparish Oval and came down to earth with a bump, being comprehensively beaten by Fawley II. See the link on the Fixtures page for the match report.

At the same time, the 2nds were suffering a similar result away at Great Durnford, so not a great day for the club in the Hants league.

Don't forget that I'm after names for our club day out at the Ageas Bowl in July, so take a look at the Social page for details and let me know if you'll be joining us. I'll be after names over the next couple of weeks so I know numbers to get the minibus booked. Come and join the fun!


Sunshine brings mixed results (28 May '12)

After a wet start to the season, conditions couldn't have been more different at the weekend as the sun continued to shine and life for batsmen suddenly became far easier than the previous week.

The 1sts made the most of a decent track and hard outfield to chase down 216 against CBBEA, with Malc reminding everyone what we've been missing with his protracted absence as he struck a brisk 83 not out to see the run chase home. See the link on the Fixtures page for full details.

Meanwhile the 2nds had a harder day as they attempted to chase nearly 250 and didn't really get very close, despite Inzy Drew returning to form and top scoring with 32 (assuming the 47 accumulated by extras are discounted!).

Although we've only played 2 HCL games, it's also the end of May, and that means the monthly stats update. Early season figures for the 1sts are available on the Statistics page.

There's also some social news as we look to organise a day out at the Ageas Bowl to watch some county cricket. See the Social page for details and let Turkleton know if you'll be joining us.


Up & Running (21 May '12)

We've finally managed to get the season underway after a succession of rained off games, and it has been a positive start with wins for both the 1sts and 2nds in their respective divisions of the Hampshire Cricket League.

The 1sts just held on against Bashley (Rydal) III, squeeking home by 2 runs in a game that ebbed and flowed throughout. See the link on the Fixtures page for full details.

The 2nds had a somewhat easier time of things, dismissing Bramshaw III for a mere 79 with George Denham the chief destroyer claiming a fantastic 5-12. MC and Jazza then used all their combined experience to knock off the required runs without too many alarms, cruising home by 9 wickets.

So we're on the board, and the delayed start was worth waiting for! Hopefully more of the same in the weeks to come, in terms of results rather than the inclement weather.


Umberella, ella, ella (08 May '12)

Soggy. Very soggy. Given the prevailing conditions, it's no great surprise that both scheduled Border League games to date, as well as the HCL games for the 1sts and 2nds last Saturday, have all been cancelled without any prospect of play. A rather anti-climactic way to start the season, but not much we can do about the weather! Just have to hope for better things this coming weekend, and a break in the rain so that groundsmen across the region can finally get on with some meaningful pitch preparation.

The lack of play thus far is all the more annoying as there is plenty to play for on Saturdays this season. The restructuring of the Hampshire Cricket League for 2013, turning County 3 into North & South divisions and adding a West division to Regional 1 and 2, means that there are more promotion places available than usual and our two teams will be looking to take advantage. For the 1sts in Regional 1 South, a top 11 finish will be enough to gain promotion into County 4 (either North or South), while the 2nds need to finish in the top 6 to secure promotion to Regional 2. Realistic targets, given half decent seasons.

Champion NerdsIn the absence of any action on the pitch, I'm delighted to say that the club has already claimed our first item of sliverware for the 2012 season, albeit in the clubhouse rather than out in the middle. The crack team of Jazza (Chief Nerd), MC, Turkleton and Sir Geoffrey were successful in the final of the annual HCL Sports Quiz, deposing defending champions Aldershot after they had held the coveted title for the previous 13 years. It took a tie break round to do it, but this is a triumph for irrelevant and obscure sports trivia knowledge. Well played gentlemen!

Hopefully there will be a little more cricket to report on with the next update. Until then dear readers!


Emerging from hibernation (05 March '12)

It can't have escaped your notice that the evenings are getting longer, Easter is approaching and St David's Day has come and gone, all of which means it's time to start looking towards the new season.

To that end, a variety of updates have been made to the site. First and foremost, it's AGM time again. Monday 12th March at the Kings Head, 7:30 for an 8 o'clock kick off. Further details are available on the Social page.

The fixtures for 2012 for both the Hampshire Cricket League and Border League have been released, so the Fixtures page has been updated with the coming season's action.

That also means that the 2011 season fades further from our memories, so if you need reminding exactly what happened, results, links to match reports and the season's averages have all now been moved to the Archive page. Enjoy your trip down memory lane!

Think that's about it for now... see you at the AGM!


Mid-winter musings (13 December '11)

Festive greetings to our merry throng of readers! You might think this time of year is all about putting the kit in the loft, the hazy days of our glorious sunny summer but a distant memory, and all focus turning to the turkey, mince pies and presents.

And of course, you'd be right!

But it's also a time to tune into the Boxing Day Test in Oz and have a chuckle at another Aussie batting collapse, time to reflect on the past season and time to consider how we could all improve for 2012. In the spirit of this retrospective, the ghost of season's past if you will, our annual dinner and presentation night was held at Hamptworth golf club on Nov 26th, so there's a new list of trophy holders available on the Social page. Congratulations to all our prize winners for their efforts in 2011 and here's to more of the same next season.

As the site was last updated in the days leading up to our end of season tour, I should also report that a highly successful 3 days were enjoyed by all in Exeter. Despite defeat at the hands of Broadclyst, there were tour debuts from some of our young bucks, who will hopefully be keen to return in future years, a top day out in Taunton to relish a rare Hampshire championship win and indulge in some of the local west country cider, and a valiant batting performance at Chudleigh that successfully delayed our hosts long enough for the forecast rain to arrive and wash out any chance of a result. Kudos to Turkleton, Adi and Jack in particular for their efforts, Jack's astonishing debut 50 for the club taking just 5 overs. Hopefully a sign of many more swashbuckling innings to come. So a huge thank you to Sharpy Enterprises for organising another top weekend away.

The only other item worthy of note at this time of year is the announcement of the Hampshire League structure for next season. No great changes as far as either of our Saturday sides are concerned, both staying in the same divisions as 2011, and the full listings can be found on the HCL site. These details are only provisional for the time being, so fixtures haven't yet been announced, but they'll be out early in the new year, so look out for more updates then.

But for now, I think that about wraps it up, so I shall leave you all to your festive preparations. Happy Christmas from all at WCC!


It's all over... (30 August '11)

Mixed fortunes for the club at the weekend, with the persistent rain of the previous week meaning that the 1sts had the weekend off as conditions at Langley Manor were unfit for play. The 2nds were more fortunate and got to enjoy their season finale, beating Wilton by 7 wickets at the quick drying Whiteparish Oval. That result meant that both sides finished 9th out of 18 in their respective divisions, the 1sts winning 8 and losing 7 while the 2nds won 8 and lost 6. Not a bad season's work, and gives everyone something to build on for next year.

The end of the league season means that it's averages time again, and the final 1st team figures are now up on the Stats page. I hope JD has kept some space on his mantelpiece...

That just leaves one item of unfinished business - tour! Details of our weekend away are on the Tour page, and I'll see you on Friday!


Back on track (23 August '11)

The club's 100% losing record in August was brought to a dramatic end last weekend as the 1sts recorded an emphatic 10 wicket win over near neighbours Nomansland in a rain reduced match at the Whiteparish Oval. JD with the ball and then the opening partnership of Paddy and Mr Darryl were the heroes as recent defeats were consigned to history. A full report can be found via the link on the Fixtures page.

The same rain that delayed the start for the 1sts had a bigger impact on the 2nds, their game away at Thruxton being abandoned earlier in the day.

So, just one weekend left in the league season, and the final round of action sees the 1sts travel to Langley Manor while the 2nds entertain Wilton in their finale. Then it's on to Exeter and tour, with a few new faces to introduce to life in Devon... details of the weekend's events are on the Tour page.


100% in August! (15 August '11)

Two weekends of Hampshire league action gone in August, and the 1sts and 2nds have combined to record a 100% record so far in the month. The only snag is, that record reads played 4, lost 4.

The 1sts have gone down on consecutive weekends to Compton (by 35 runs) and Trojans II (by 6 wickets), while the 2nds have lost against Michelmersh & Timsbury II (by 13 runs) and handed Broughton their first win of the season by 9 wickets (very generous of you lads!). Match reports for the 1st team's games are now available via the links on the Fixtures page.

All that means that both sides are now anchored firmly in mid-table in their respective divisions, with nothing to play for but pride in the remaining two weeks of the league season.

As we reach mid-August, thoughts inevitably turn towards Exeter and our annual end of season tour to the West Country. Running Friday 2nd Sep to Monday 5th, there's just over 2 weeks left before we gather at the KH for the traditional departure breakfast, so if you haven't already, let Sharpy know if you're intending to join us.


1sts survive hoodie invasion (03 August '11)

A couple of weeks since the last update, so a fair amount of activity to reflect on.

First up, the end of July has passed, so time for an update to the 1st XI averages as the season approaches a climax - only 4 games left now - and it looks like JD is in pole position in both the batting and bowling. Can anyone catch him in either? It'll take a dramatic August from someone to upset the double. Take a look at the Stats page for details.

The countdown to the end of the season also means that tour is nearly upon us. Details of this year's dates and fixtures, as if you needed reminding, are now on the Tour page.

Oh yes, there have been a few league games too. The 1sts have endured a pair of narrow defeats, against Sway and Southampton Community respectively, and have also endured an on-pitch face off and an invasion by a local group of bike riding hoodies, both of which we could have done without quite frankly! Still, helps to keep our weekends varied and exciting. Details of these losses can be found via the links on the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nds have had a nail-biting 1 wicket win, and a rather more comprehensive loss in their two league outings, gradually settling into mid-table respectability after their earlier flirtation with the promotion places. Needless to say, availability has been a big issue, along with some late call ups to the 1sts which never help. Keep going guys - 4 weeks left!


Rain, rain, go away (20 July '11)

A decidedly damp few days led to the inevitable abandonment of just about every game in the Hampshire Cricket League last weekend, with Whiteparish's two games amongst them, so nothing to report action-wise from Saturday.

However, the unscheduled interlude has given me a chance to finally catch up on a couple of outstanding match reports, so if you'd like to read more about how the 1sts got on against CBBEA and Curdridge, follow the links on the Fixtures page.


Anyone fancy a game? (13 July '11)

Holiday season has well and truly begun, with the inevitable consequence of personnel issues for the skippers. Struggling to field competitive teams for the last couple of weeks, the 2nds have gone down to a pair of 34 run defeats, while the 1sts have at least fared a little better, losing a nail biter against CBBEA by just a single run despite (or possibly because of?) the efforts of JD, and then beating Curdridge comfortably enough in a low scoring encounter, even allowing for taking to the field with just 10 players.

All of the bad news has been balanced by some fine individual performances, Stevie Jewell getting amongst the wickets for the 2nds while Jack Orr has made the transition from 2nd to 1st team cricket with ease and looks comfortable with both bat and ball at the higher level. The CBBEA match also saw the seasonal debut of a certain J.Hamblin, and how we could do with some more appearances from him between now and the end of the season!

The Fixtures page has been updated with the Hampshire league results with match reports for the 1st team games to follow shortly.


Quick one (29 June '11)

Just a short update to let y'all know that there are now a couple of piccies included in the Burley match report from last weekend. Taken when Paddy and Inzy looked to have it all under control, take a look here to see our intrepid openers in action.


Mixed results (27 June '11)

A gap of a couple of weeks since the last update, and a variety of performances, some good, some not so good, to report.

The 1sts undertook the voyage across to the Isle of Wight to take on Ryde and returned victorious, only mustering 120-9 but shooting thier hosts out for just 66 to record a terrific win. But this side still shows inconsistencies, and suffered a heavy defeat to Burley last Saturday, 6 dropped catches and a collapse of monumental proportions contributing to only their second loss of the season. By contrast, the 2nds had an enforced week off due to the weather and the rest clearly did them no harm as they continued their winning streak last weekend with a victory against Otterbourne. The win wasn't without incident though, as former captain Jazza dislocated another finger in the field, his fragile digits becoming almost as infamous as those of Essex playboy and subject of much ridicule on Sky's cricket commentary, Nasser Hussain.

With the season already charging headlong into July and the second half of the fixture list, it's time for another monthly update to the 1st XI averages, which can be found on the Stats page. Nip and tuck in the batting, but JD with a clear lead in the race for the bowling cup.

A match report for the Burley debacle will follow later in the week, along with a couple of piccies taken before it all went mammaries skywards.


Milestones (6 June '11)

All sorts to report from last weekend, so straight to business.

The 1sts secured a good win away at Bishops Waltham, chasing down 193 and only losing 3 wickets in the process, thanks largely to a fantastic unbroken partnership of 121 between Richie (53no) and Charlie (76no). The game was also notable for the return of Lord Harris to the playing fold, the veteran marking his 3rd playing career with the club by smoking a record low number of roll ups in the field.

The 2nds didn't have such a good day, losing for the first time this season as the went down by 42 runs to Damerham, despite 49 from Mr Noisy and 41 from Skipper Sean.

Read about the 1st team's win in more detail via the link on the Fixtures page, where you'll also find links to reports on some of the 2nds matches, courtesy of Sean, so thanks very much to Coulshed Jr for taking the time to contribute to the site and represent the exploits of his team.


1st Quarter Review (31 May '11)

A brief news blackout while your correspondant was attending the Heineken Cup final in Cardiff, but a wealth of news and updates as a consequence of a double dose of weekend action since the site was last updated.

The 2nds march on near the top of Regional 3 North West having won 4 out of 4, the latest victims being Amport IIs, felled by an inspired knock from Drunk Greg. The 1sts came back from their first defeat of the season against Sarisbury with a comfortable win against Hyde to get their challenge for honours back on track, Charlie's Michelle and Paddy's fluent 45 forming the foundations of a 5 wicket win at the Whiteparish Oval.

Match reports for the 1st team games can now be found via the links on the Fixtures page.

So, with the seaon already quarter of the way through, it's time for the first batch of stats, which have been posted here (for the 1sts at least). Some strong competition as May draws to a close, Richie and JD leading the way with bat and ball respectively at this stage.


Unbelievable scenes (16 May '11)

2 weeks into the Hampshire league season, and both Saturday sides still have 100% winning records, something that looked quite unlikley at times on Saturday as the 1sts were up against it away at Fawley and the 2nds had been knocked over for 74 by Hampton Park.

But team spirit and resilience are obviously in plentiful supply at the moment, and both sides came through to record very good victories, the 1sts having Trucks, Josh and JD to thank for major contributions and Mr Noisy setting up the win for the 2nds with a Michelle.

Match reports for the 1st team games can now be found via the links on the Fixtures page.

In addition to the adventures on Saturdays, the Tuesday Border League side has also enjoyed a purple patch of early season form, only losing for the first time in last week's cup match against Broughton. More of the same in the coming weeks please lads!


Let's get ready to rumble! (28 April '11)

Under blue skies (well, for the most part) and unseasonably warm temperatures, the season kicked off last Saturday as a combined club team hosted Steeple Langford in a pre-season friendly. Some tidy enough bowling and eager fielding kept the visitors to 146 all out, and an aggressive 70 from Charlie set the scene for a dramatic last wicket partnership that saw the home side past their target. A full report can be found through the link on the Fixtures page, but enough players from both the 1sts and 2nds showed some form to hopefully hint at a successful season ahead.

The first Border League match has also been played, details to follow, and more of the same in the coming week as the Tuesday team play Broughton at home before the Hampshire League swings into action next Saturday, the 1sts at home to Havant IIIs and the 2nds making the long trip into the Forest to play Bramshaw IIIs. Let Richie and Sean know your availability asap so that they can have an easy introduction to the season's admin!


Pre-season details (6 April '11)

Sorry to start this update on a sombre note, but as many of you will know, our long time president, umpire and and former player, Dave East, recently passed away and it would be remiss of me not to pay respects on the site.

Dave has had a long and rich association with the club, including his involvement in building our current pavilion - I don't suppose he ever thought we'd still be using it now! His playing career spanned several decades, before my time, but for the 20 years I've been playing for the club, he has been an ever present and willing umpire as well as club president, so his influence and dedication has been obvious to everyone associated with the club. Our condolences to Anne, his family and friends, and our presidency is being left vacant for a year as a mark of respect.

The club's AGM took place a couple of weeks ago, and full minutes can be seen here. Main points of discussion were the sad news about Dave, the potential moving of the square as a result of the community building project, the need to raise match fees this year to cover increased costs and the resignation of Captain Flap after 9 devoted years of service, which means that Sean Coulshed is taking up the reigns for the 2011 season.

The final item of news for now is that with teh clocks having changed, and the sunshine making a welcome appearance, it's time for nets to begin so that we might stand a chance of remembering what we're doing come the first game of the season. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Whiteparish Oval, roughly 6.30 to dark.


Plenty to report (11 February '11)

Well folks, time to bring the site out of temporary winter hibernation as the cogs have started turning towards the 2011 season. That means that the season's fixtures have been released, so both HCL and Border League details are now available on the Fixtures page. The biggest news is that the 1sts have been moved from Regional 1 North to Regional 1 South, so a load of new teams and faces to play this year, including a day trip to the Isle of Wight. No more drags up the M3 and A34 either. The 2nds are still in Regional 3 North West, so the usual familiar names in their schedule.

After a successful debut season, the Salisbury Wednesday evening league team has been withdrawn as, despite some good results, there wasn't enough interest to keep 2 mid-week sides functioning.

To make room for all this exciting new information, the 2010 season details (match reports, results, averages, etc) have been archived, but are still accessible through the Archive page.

The annual dinner held back in November 2010 saw the usual array of pots and shields handed out to the top performers from last season. I'll update the site with a full list of the trophy winners shortly.

And finally for the time being, the club AGM is coming up soon, Monday 14th March to be precise, so get the date in your diary and try to make it along to the Kings if you possibly can. Details on the Social page.


Season finishes with a whimper (31 August '10)

Despite a sunny Saturday for the first time for a while, the 1sts were left inactive on the last weekend of league action with Easbourne forfeiting the game. A rather frustrating way to end the campaign, and the cancellation means that the 1sts only played a single league game in August due to a combination of rain and Easbourne's inability to field a team. Just as well they managed to force a result ahead of the thunderstorms on the 18th!

The 2nds' league season finished with defeat against Hampton Park, meaning that mid-table security was achieved again, no mean effort given the various availability issues that always impact selection over the course of the year.

At the Vice-presidents' Day, the Sherfield Ringers reclaimed the Doug Dugard shield, beating a game Whiteparish side reasonably comfortably in the end, Graham Noble providing the firepower with 97 as the visitors from up the road totalled 182-5. 'Parish replied with 141-9, so I think that one goes down in the inter-village records as a "valiant defeat".

With the lack of action for the last two weeks, the updated averages posted a fortnight ago have actually ended up being the final season's stats for the 1st team. So you can check for yourself who has picked up the batting and bowling cups here.

And tour on Friday! See you at the Kings around 9.30.


Dodging showers (18 August '10)

The last two weekends have been a matter of beating the weather as well as the opposition, with the 1st team travelling to Oakley on the 7th, having a drink with their hosts and then heading straight back down the M3. Last weekend saw drier conditions at the Whiteparish Oval, and a statistically comfortable victory over Tichborne Park, although occasional showers and a pending thunderstorm as the game ended made it a tense finale. For a full report, see the Fixtures page.

Meanwhile the 2nds beat Bramshaw on the 7th under sunny skies at home, Mr Noisy leading the way with 68 and 6-17. He was denied the opportunity to follow up on his good form though as they were then rained off against Thruxton last weekend.

A final plug for Vice Presidents' Day on Sunday, as the Sherfield English All Stars take on a rag tag assembly of Whiteparish players for the Doug Dugard shield. The game is scheduled to start at 3, weather permitting.

The final update for now is that the 1st team stats have been updated, so you can see for yourselves how close the two horse race is for both the batting and bowling cups. JD currently in the box seat, but Dangerous Dave will no doubt want to go out in a blaze of glory! Details here.


Runs at last (3 August '10)

A return to winning ways for the 1st team at the weekend as another solid bowling performance laid the foundations for a comfortable win against St Mary Bourne which Paddy secured with a composed 72 not out, his first half century for the 1st XI. Read the full report via the Fixtures page.

Over the hill at Farley, the 2nds narrowly missed out when their run chase fell an agonising 8 runs short in pursuit of 211. Even the Birdman's average suffered, so a frustrating day all round.

With the midweek season having finished, the Fixtures page has been updated with the full set of midweek and friendly results from a season which saw our debut in the Wednesday evening Salisbury league and the usual mixed bag on Tuesdays in the Border League.

Don't forget the annual festival match between Whiteparish and Sherfield on Vice Presidents' Day, which takes place on Sunday August 22nd at the Whiteparish Oval. Katie Dugard will be presenting the Doug Dugard shield to the victorious captain, so come along to the Memorial Ground to join in with the festivities.


Strong batting - just not ours (28 July '10)

Not a bad place to play!Good to see some decent batsmen making runs on a good pitch. The only problem was that the batsmen in question belonged to Midhurst rather than us, and they piled up 300 against the 1sts at Cowdray Park. Not altogether unexpected against a below strength side who were also playing a player short, but the boys made the quest for bonus points a priority against a gorgeous backdrop. Read the full report via the Fixtures page.

At the same time, the 2nds were losing to Sparsholt in a game that saw both sides charging along at around 5 an over; just a shame they didn't use up all their overs!

Hopefully availability will be a little better for this weekend as the 1sts welcome our Exeter hotel buddies St Mary Bourne to the Whiteparish Oval and the 2nds travel all the way to Farley.


1sts come 2nd, 2nds come 1st (22 July '10)

A couple of rounds of games to update you on, the matches on July 10th seeing the 1sts lose out in a low scoring thriller against Mottisfont when, from a position of strength, they blew the run chase and ended up about 10 short. At the same time, the 2nds were being turned over by Steeple Langford - the less said about that one, the better! Onto July 17th, and the familiar batting woes of the 1sts continued as they could only muster 113-8 from their full 42 overs against Ramsdell. Not surprising they lost with that score, but not without a fight; read the full report via the Fixtures page. At least the 2nds produced a more assured display, MC's 94 not out leading the way to victory against Andover.

Having finally caught up with my Excel use, up to date averages are available for the 1sts on the Statistics page, so you can see excatly who's in the running for seasonal honours as we go into the final 3rd of the campaign. Looks like being a two horse race for top spot in both the batting and bowling, so suspicious eyebrows will be raised if Dave and JD start running each other out or dropping catches.


Wins again! (6 July '10)

A pair of low scoring wins for the club last weekend as the 1sts and 2nds both skittled their respective opponents and knocked off the required runs, although not without the odd alarm along the way. The 1st team report can be found via the Fixtures page as usual, and we're looking for a guest reporter for next weekend as I'll be away in Welsh Wales playing a bit of random cricket and drinking Brains. Just like old times really.

Tour is looming large on the horizon, so if you haven't already, let Sharpy know what your intentions are. A few new tourists likely this year, as well as the possibility of a few old faces returning, so it's definitely going to be one not to miss. Full details of the itinerary are on the Tour page.


Scorchio! (2 July '10)

Just a quick update for my avid reader as the PC has suffered melt down in the recent high temperatures and has required some TLC from the friendly computer doctor. All of which means not much chance for updates this week, but I can tell you that last weekend saw a win for the 1sts away at Hook and a defeat for the 2nds at home against Redlynch.

A report on the 1sts win can be found via the Fixtures page, and edited highlighths from the 2nds include poor availability and a battling 50 from Captain Flap.

More sunshine forecast for this weekend, so should be the usual batch of news to bring you next week.


Mixed bag (22 June '10)

A brief break in service there while I was off on hols, but back now to keep you up to date with all things Whiteparish CC.

In my absence, the 1sts and 2nds both went down to defeats on June 12th, although the 2nds bounced back with a win last weekend against Romsey with Captain Flap leading the way as he returned to the runs with an unbeaten 60. Not such good news for the 1sts, who relocated to Damerham for the day due to the annual carnival taking place at the Whiteparish Oval, and responded to their new surroundings by losing to Basingstoke by 5 wickets. Still an absence of big runs from the top order, and this time, the bowlers couldn't bail them out. Full report on the Fixtures page.

The mid-week sides are also enjoying mixed fortunes. Our Border League representatives have suffered a run of heavy defeats on Tuesday nights, while the Wednesday side are thrashing all comers, enjoying by far the most successful season of any of the club's 4 teams. Keep on rolling boys!


Back to it (7 June '10)

After both Saturday sides were rained off on the last weekend in May, it was back to league action last weekend with games against Ashford Hill for the 1sts and Michelmersh & Timsbury for the 2nds. Another pair of wins too, with the 1st XI bowlers dominating the clash at the Whiteparish Oval and the Big Duck MC leading the way as the 2nds recorded a high scoring win. Read the 1st team match report through the Fixtures page.

The Stats page has been updated so you can see exactly how badly the 1st XI have been struggling with the bat, but the bowling figures look far healthier, as you would expect for a side who have claimed maximum bowling points from their 4 games so far.

Confirmation and further details are pending, but be aware that the 1st team game scheduled to be played at home on June 19th against Basingstoke & NH IV won't actually be at Whiteparish due to a clash with the date of WHiteparish carnival. We're currently investigating the possibility of reversing the fixture and playing at Basingstoke, but more news to follow on that.


Social scene (26 May '10)

First things first, and the cricket. Under sunny skies, the 1sts secured a tense win against Petersfield at the Whiteparish Oval last Saturday, with Dangerous Dave leading the way. Read all about it on the Fixtures page. Not so much luck for the 2nds, who went down to a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Ampfield, despite Pops Green continuing his good start to the season with 89. Rumour has it a number of dropped catches didn't aid their cause!

Congratulations are also due to our two midweek sides who have both progressed in their respective cup competitions, the Wednesday boys triumphing against Friends Provident and the Tuesday team advancing at the expense of Redlynch & Hale. The midweek wagon(s) keep rolling!

There have also been a couple of important dates added to the Socialpage. The Vice Presidents' Day, including the annual Whiteparish vs Sherfield match, is on Saturday 22nd August and our annual dinner has been booked for Saturday 27th November. Get them in your diary!


Catch up (20 May '10)

As promised, the Fixtures page has now been updated with results from the Tuesday and Wednesday league games played so far, with links to the full scorecards held on the Border League and Salsibury League websites respectively. Unfortunately, this includes the Border League defeat at the hands of Mottisfont on Tuesday.

A brief match report from the pre-season friendly at Steeple Langford has also been added courtesy of our guest roving reporter.

Looks like we might actually see some sunshine and warmer temperatures this weekend, so pack the suncream!


Had to happen... (17 May '10)

Well, someone had to do it, and it was the 1st XI. Upholding the unbeaten honour of the club, they recorded the first defeat for any team on Saturday when they went down by 56 runs at the hands of Old Alresford. Read all about it via the Fixtures page.

In the mean time, the Tuesday, Wednesday and 2nd XIs all recorded wins (hoorah!), so the opening couple of weeks of the season continue to be successful ones for most. Further details to follow later this week with scores and highlights of the games so far.

In other news, a few site updates to make you aware of. Last season's stats and tour report have been moved to the Archive page, so if you want to revive fond memories, the links are available here. That has made room for the first batch of 1st team stats for 2010, mainly at the request of a certain individual, who shall remain nameless, but who probably wanted the world to see that he's currently top of both the batting and bowling lists. Isn't that right JD? So see what's been happening statistically speaking here.

Finally, details of this year's 20th anniversary Devon tour have been posted on the Tour page, so take a look and make sure you get the dates in your diaries and let Sharpy know of your touring intentions ASAP.


100% (10 May '10)

Blimey - are we living in some sort of parallel universe? 4 games, 4 wins after the first week of the season with the Tuesday, Wednesday and both Saturday sides kicking off their respective campaigns with wins. Early days, but promising signs that we should all be playing some competitive cricket this summer. Details of the 1sts opening day victory against St Cross are available via the Fixtures page, with Aussie Dave making a big impact on debut and Paddy looking comfortable on his step up from being a 2nd XI run machine.

In his absence, Tubby Drew smashed a career best 77 for the 2nds, and Pops Green emerged from the doldrums with a half century to set up a comfortable win. Mr Noisy's 4-10 wrapped it up, and it was home in time for tea and lashings of ginger beer. Or at least to the Kings.


Counting down (15 April '10)

A few things to cover in this update, so playing matters first. The season is nearly upon us, so regular net sessions have begun at the Whiteparish Oval. Officially Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 until it gets dark, although some of the keener members of the club are likely to be using the nets any evening! Get along if you can so that it's not all too much of a shock to the system when the first game rolls round.

The club AGM was held on Monday 29th March and you can read the minutes here. Headline news is that the 1st team skipper for 2010 will be Richie Hamblin now he is playing regularly again after his knee injuries. He will be ably assisted by new vice captain Lee "better than Bruce French" James.

We also have a new venture to announce with a team being entered in the Salisbury & District Wednesday evening league. This is in addition to the Border League games on Tuesdays, so plenty of opportunity for anyone who wants some midweek evening cricket to get a game. Our intrepid Wednesday Warriors will be marshalled by Matt "Gus" Goodland, so give him a buzz if you fancy a game.

Contact details for our new captains have been added to the Contacts page.

Full fixtures for the 2010 season, including Border League and Wednesday evening games, are now available on the Fixtures page, so get the dates in your diaries and make yourselves available as often as you can!

We have a pre-season friendly on Saturday April 24th against Steeple Langford. If you fancy a game, get in touch with MC who is performing captaincy duties for the day.


Attention! (26 Jan '10)

Right folks, the New Year always brings a rush of activity for these pages, even if we're still in the depths of winter and the season is over 3 months away.

Most importantly, the date for the club's AGM has been announced. Monday 29 March is the date for your diary; see the Social page for more details.

The Hampshire Cricket League fixtures for the 2010 season have been released, so check out the Fixtures page, to see who we're playing, where and when. I'll post the Border League fixtures in due course, but the Saturday games for the 1sts and 2nds are now available. A few new sides and a few reunions with teams we haven't played for a while, including a match up with St Mary Bourne, our Exeter tour buddies!

Anyone wishing to re-live past glories can find the 2009 results and match reports through the link on the Archive page.

Finally, the Border League, home of our Tuesday cricket, have launched their own web site. Pay them a visit through the Links page.


Pots, pots, pots! (18 Dec '09)

Well well - more snow than at a Bath RFC players' party! Make some snowballs and practice your throwing...

The club's end of season dinner was held on Nov 28th at Hamptworth golf club, and another entertaining event it was too. The usual mixture of food, speeches, booze, trophies and more booze. Congratulations to all the prize winners for the 2009 season, a full list of whom can be found on the Social page. Thanks to Sharpy, MC, Jazza and everyone else who helped to organise the evening.

The 2nd team averages have finally been posted on the Stats page, so you can take a look at the numeric details of Jazza's triumphant march to the batting cup, Paddy's excellent first season for the club and Stevie Jewell's return to competitive action.

So that just leaves me to wish both of the readers of this site a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year - raise a glass to the coming thrills of the 2010 season!


Post-season Activity (15 Oct '09)

A bit of a pause in service there - no excuse beyond laziness on my part! Anyway, back in the saddle now, and some updates for you.

First things first, and it's nearly time for the annual club dinner which will soon be upon us. Saturday 28 November is the date you need to add to your diaries (if it's not there already), and further details are on the Social page.

You can also relive edited highlights of our end of season tour to Devon when the sun shone and we actually managed to play 3 competitive games of cricket, something that hasn't happened for a little while! A brief review of events, on the pitch at least, is on the Tour page.

The gaps in the Border league results have been filled in on the Fixtures page, so the site is pretty much up to date for the end of the 2009 season, barring the 2nd team averages which will be up shortly.

I also have a stack of new photos to add to the Profiles page, but need to find a bit of time to do some editing before posting them, so they'll be added gradually over the coming months.


Ending on a high (2 Sep '09)

The final weekend of league action saw both teams finish their campaigns on a high, the 1sts squeeking past Sparsholt while the 2nds recorded a win up at Andover.

The win for the 1sts mean they finish at least 4th in Regional 2 North West, possibly 3rd depending on Donnington's result, and are possible promotion candidates pending the outcome of a League committee meeting to determine the fates of Breamore and Godshill, and whether their ground issues will prevent them from being promoted to Regional 1. So a pretty decent season from the 1sts, certainly a whole lot better than last year! A write up of Saturday's win can be found via the Fixtures page.

The 2nds secured mid-table solidity with their win, a good effort in the circumstances after Captain Flap's various availability issues over the closing weeks of the season.

Being the end of the league season, there's also the small matter of the season's averages to consider, and the 1st team season stats are now available on the Stats page. The two Jims come in for a special mention here, Hamblin and Dovey finishing first and second in both the batting and bowling stakes, illustrating just how much we missed them last year. Well played fellas! 2nd team details to follow.

Oh, and it's tour on Friday! See you in the Kings at about 9.30. Sober, of course.


Game on! (25 Aug '09)

With a comfortable win away at Great Durnford, the 1sts gave themselves a very real chance of promotion as they now lie in 4th place going into the final weekend of matches thanks to a defeat for Dinton. Details of what could prove to be a crucial victory are available via the Fixtures page, as usual.

The 2nds put up a battling display against top of the table Longparish, going down by a reasonable margin but making the champions elect work all the way for it, only being bowled out in the final over.

More dramatic events were to take place on Sunday at the annual Whiteparish vs Sherfield English match for the Doug Dougard trophy. Deciding not to read the script at all, the Retired Lord Harris took the opportunity to play perhaps the innings of his career, almost single handedly chasing down the Sherfield total as he stroked his way to a remarkable 61, ably supported by Paddy LeCount who demonstrated his growing maturity with a composed 20odd. The combination was too much for the ringers from up the road, and the 'Parish retained the trophy for the first time since the early 90s, with only their 5th win out of 20 meetings between the sides.


Read all about it - nobody scores any runs! (18 Aug '09)

Two games, four innings, no total above 100! Not a great weekend for the batsmen, with the 1sts being bowled out for 75 and the 2nds for 96. At least the 2nds managed to defend their total for a win, which is more than can be said for the 1sts against Breamore! For the full run down of the 1st's defeat, see the Fixtures page.

So the 2nds maintain mid-table solidity, the 1sts drop a couple of places and are left needing to win their final 2 games and hope for favours from other teams if their promotion hopes are to be realised.


Sloppy 2nds (11 Aug '09)

A huge win for the 1sts at the weekend, not in terms of the victory margin but what the result means for the team. Report available through the Fixtures page, but the upshot is that the 1sts lie 3rd in the division now with 3 games to play. And it doesn't get any bigger than this weekend when top-of-the-table Breamore roll into town at the Whiteparish Oval. Time to put up or shut up for the "Death or Glory" 1sts, as Marty is so keen to call them!

Not such good news for the 2nds, who went down to a fairly traumatic defeat at the hands of Damerham. Possibly the less said about that the better.

No games across the Hampshire league the previous weekend (August 1st) due to the rubbish British summer weather, so not much to update you on.


1sts back on track, 2nds derailed (29 July '09)

Back to winning ways for the 1st team at the weekend with a victory over Steeple Langford, while the 2nds collapsed to give Farley a relatively comfortable win.

The 1st team report is available on the Fixtures page, and the 2nd team report from their win against Romsey at the end of June has also now been posted.

3 months of the season gone, only 5 games left, and the 1st team stats have been updated to the end of July. Take a look at the Stats page to see just how many runs Jimmy H has scored and how many wickets JD has taken so far!


Damp squib (22 July '09)

Both teams rained off on the 11th, and the 2nds also missed out last weekend, although it may well have been for the best as they were 4-2 when the heavens opened, both the Big Duck and run machine Paddy back in the hutch as puddles began to form on the wicket.

The 1sts at least managed to get a game in last Saturday, although maybe wished that they hadn't, going down to a low scoring defeat away at Godshill. Match report available on the Fixtures page, with outstanding 2nd team reports to follow.

Stat updates after next weekend, marking the end of our games in July and just August left in the season. Where do the weeks go?!?


Good news, bad news (9 July '09)

First the good news. Another win for the 2nds last weekend as they continue their good run of form, successfully knocking off 227 in an impressive run chase.

Not such good news from the 1sts who handed Penton just their 2nd win of the season, the margin of defeat being 16 runs. Read all about it on the Fixtures page, if you can summon up the will power. There's also a 2nd team report from their win against Tytherley on June 20th, with other Good Points/Bad Points summaries to follow for the last couple of weeks.

The 1st team stats have also been updated, so they're available on the Stats page (surprisingly enough).

Both sides now sitting 4th in their respective divisions with 8 games to go. Every game from here on in is really important if either team are serious about promotion, so please make yourselves available as often as possible, and hopefully we'll have a double celebration come the end of AUgust.


Win some, win some more! (1 July '09)

Another pair of wins for the 1st and 2nd XIs at the weekend, featuring another run fest for the 2nds and a tighter encounter for the 1sts, albeit one they came out of with the right result. Details of the 1st team match are available on the Fixtures page, with 2nd team reports to follow.

The victories came at a cost though, with Jimmy H tearing a hamstring while being run out, meaning he misses at least 2 weeks of action. As he had earlier taken 4-27, and is enjoying a prolific season with the bat, that's a significant drawback so get well soon Jim and hope to see you back on the pitch soon.


All sorts (22 June '09)

Firstly, the important news that both the 1sts and 2nds recorded wins again on Saturday, the 1sts at home against Longford Park and the 2nds away at Tytherley. The 1st team report is available from the Fixtures page, but the 2nd team scribe is sunning himself at Wimbledon, so that will have to come later in the week. However, the 2nd team report from last week's win is now available.

Plenty of other updates on the site too. Additional information is now available for the Strictly Come Drinking Devon Tour 2009 to take place in September. See the Tour page for full details.

There are finally some new characters available on the Profiles page as well, as we seek out the ancestors of some of our players not previously accounted for. Hopefully there will be a few more of these to follow soon.

Think that about covers it for now - happy reading!


Win some, lose some (17 June '09)

Oh well - it was good while it lasted! The 1st XI's unbeaten start to the season came to a shuddering halt at the weekend as they were stuffed, humbled, humiliated and just plain beaten by Amesbury in a pretty lacklustre performance. The full sorry story can be found on the Fixtures page. Fortunately the 2nds maintained their surge towards mid-table obscurity with another win, Paddy maintaining his good form with another half century, so at least someone was winning!


More Wins! (8 June '09)

2 fantastic wins for the club at the weekend, the 1sts maintaining their unbeaten start to the season by seeing off Dinton and the 2nds turning over Amport with a comprehensive 9 wicket vistory. Details, as ever, are on the Fixtures page, but the highlights were a maiden ton for Jimmy Dovey and a first 50 for the 1sts for Josh Green, while Paddy stoll the show for the 2nds with a superb unbeaten 94.

A few new piccies on the site too, with more to follow... keep checking back for updates.


Lots of words (1 June '09)

Catching up on the reading material a little, there are now match reports available for all 4 1st team games and the first 3 2nd team encounters too. As usual, catch up with details on the Fixtures page.

In short, the 1sts have gone unbeaten through May, winning 4 out of 4, with Jimmy H and JD leading the way. Life hasn't been quite so easy for the 2nds, but they're off the mark with hopefully better things to come.


More of the same (18 May '09)

A distinct sense of de ja vu this week, with the 1sts recording another 7 wicket win while the 2nds failed in a run chase, despite a valiant effort courtesy of Sven and Captain Flap.

See the Fixtures page for a match report from your scribe at the 1sts, scribblings from the 2nds to follow.


Mixed fortunes (11 May '09)

The first weekend of league action saw mixed fortunes for the club, with the 1st XI getting off to a winning start away at Hungerford, but the 2nds going down to a convincing defeat against Littleton & West Hill.

The 1sts game marked the comebacks to competitive cricket for Jimmy H and JD, and how good it is to have them back as they combined to contribute 5 wickets and nearly 90 runs to the cause.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for the 2nds either, as despite the result, there was a very promising performance from Jack Orr, who bowled with decent pace and aggression to claim 4 wickets.

The 1st XI match report can be found on the Fixtures page with a write up of the 2nds to follow.


Wonders will never cease (29 April '09)

OK, so it may not count for much come May 9th, but any win will do and the 'Parish duly bagged the first of the season in the friendly against Steeple Langford at the weekend.

A full match report is available on the Fixtures page but the biggest news was the successful return to the pitch for Jimmy H. Some things are just more important than cricket, and it's great to see him back in action. Hopefully a successful and productive season lies ahead for both him and the club.


Reading Material (20 April '09)

As promised a few updates back, there's now an Archive page on the site which will take you down memory lane with facts, figures and reports from the 2008 season. We don't go any further back than that as this site didn't exist! Not exactly the nested menu approach I was intending, but browser display issues prevented that from working (curse IE and its market dominance!). Anyway, the point is the stuff is there if you want to look at it.

The pre-season friendlies against Steeple Langford and Bartley have been added to the Fixtures page. If you fancy a game on either of the weekends in question, contact Jazza (for Steeple Langford) or MC (for Bartley) to let them know your availability.

Don't forget nets - Tuesday & Thursday evenings at the Whiteparish Oval for around 6.30. Make it if you can!

And something to look forward to at the end of a long, hard season, Sharpy has released details of the plan for this year's trip to Exeter, including a return to the Coaching House in Chudleigh on the Sunday night, complete with beds I'm told! Details on the Tour page.


Stuff (06 April '09)

Well, we're slowly but surely cranking into gear for the coming season. The AGM has been held, and minutes are available here. No seismic shocks to report, with all officers returned as for '08, so you still have to put up with Jazzer and myself on Saturdays. Sorry.

There are a couple of changes in the fixture list, so revised details are available on the Fixtures page.

And, in the interests of saving the best for last, probably the most important update is that pre-season nets have now started on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the excellent new facilities at the Memorial Ground. Starting at about 6.30 and going on until it's too dark to see, this is the best way to remind yourselves which way up to hold a bat before May ticks round. Weather dependent, so perfect timing given the rain forecast for this week, but do make an effort to come along to a couple of sessions if you can so you're not completely rusty come your first innings/over.


AGM and Addendum (23 Feb '09)

A quick apology first up to Chris Crew, who I left off the list of prize winners from the annual dinner. Chris justifiably won the award for Most Improved Player, so the full list of successful pot hunters has been updated on the Social page.

The club's AGM has been arranged for Monday 16 March with an 8pm start time in the function room of KHHQ. You don't need me to tell you this is an important evening in the shaping of the future running of the club, so do try to make it if at all possible.

Finally for this round of updates, the Border League fixtures are now available on the Fixtures page, so that's your Tuesday evenings sorted out for the summer!


Celebrating the past, looking to the future (20 Jan '09)

The annual club dinner and prize giving took place at the end of November '08 at Hamptworth Golf Club, and another entertaining night was had by all. As well as the usual look back at the past season, the raffle also raised a record total to bolster the club coffers, so thanks to everyone who helped to organise a bumper night, in particular ring master Sharp. For full details of the 2008 season awards, take a look at the Social page.

With 2008 assigned to the annals of history, it's also time to look forward to what 2009 has to offer, and the coming season's league fixtures have been released by the Hampshire Cricket League. Subject to change at this stage, but the updated Fixtures page will tell you all you need to know about when and where the 1st and 2nd teams will be playing their Saturday league cricket this coming summer. The 2008 fixtures/results, along with the match reports, have been taken down for the time being, although they'll be reinstated in an archive folder once I've worked out how to code nested menus! So fear not, all those witty ramblings about great (and not so great) deeds on the field of honour will be available for you to browse at your leisure shortly.


That Was the Season that Was (11 Oct '08)

So the season is fading into sepia-tinted memory, but the facts and figures of the 2nd XI's excellent year are now recorded for posterity on the Stats page.

These should give you a decent idea of who's going to be claiming the various gongs at the annual dinner, lined up for November 29th at Hamptworth Golf Club. Full details on the Social page. Let Mike, Sharpy, Jazza or Glyn know about ticket requirements as soon as you're able so we don't have to chase you all the week before!


Autumn Activity (19 Sep '08)

OK folks, final league season averages for the 1st XI are now available on the Stats page. Read for yourself exactly why we had such a shocking season and got relegated! Something to do with not enough runs or wickets I think.

News of AJ's efforts to raise some cash for charity have been added to the Social page. Have a read and talk to the guns if you want to contribute to a good cause.


Final Reports (11 Sep '08)

Having survived another highly enjoyable tour in deepest, darkest, wettest Devon (cheers Sharpy), I can finally say that the site is entirely up to date with this season's league match reports as the final two games from the 2nd team's season are now available on the Fixtures page.

Final league averages for both teams, some extra piccies on the profile pages and a sanitised tour report will follow over the next few days.


More Words (02 Sep '08)

A plethora of match reports for you to catch up on, with the whole sorry tale of the 1st team's relegation season now being available to read via the Fixtures page.

In more cheerful news, the same page also contains a link to the report from the annual fixture against the raiders from down the road who, just for once, were successfully repelled on Bank Holiday Sunday.

Details of the 2nd team's nail biting conclusion to the season away at Shrewton will be available soon, but their tie with the league champions must be up there with the games of the season, low scoring thriller that it turned out to be.

With the serious business out of the way for another year, it's time to pack the drinking trousers and head down to Devon for our annual tour in and around the environs of Exeter. Assuming we can find 11 able bodied players, and also assuming the weather cooperates, news of the three scheduled games will appear here next week.


Read All About It (27 Aug '08)

As promised, the match reports for the 1st team games against Ramsdell and Michelmersh & Timsbury which took place earlier this month are now available through the Fixtures page.

More updates soon...


Pots! (26 Aug '08)

OK, a few updates to tell you about. You can finally read about the 2nd XI's defeat against Leckford via the Fixtures page, with reports to follow for the 1st team games against Ramsdell, Michelmersh & Timsbury and Sutton Scotney, as well as the 2nd XI game against Sparsholt. Just a matter of getting round to posting them...

The Fixtures page itself has been updated with the results of the final few Border League games, as well as Saturday Hampshire League results and what happened in our scheduled friendlies.

The 1st team averages have been updated with just 1 game left in the season, those that like to consider such things can get a good idea of who's in line for silverware at the end of the season. Take a look at the figures on the Stats page.

More to come in the next day or two, including news of the fist trophy of the season for Whiteparish, having humbled that lot from up the road to win the Doug Duggard Shield for the first time since 2002.


Technical Issues (21 Aug '08)

Sorry for the long delay in updates - much like our 1st team's batting, the PC has been experiencing technical issues. Unlike our batting, it has now been replaced by a far superior model, so updates will be flowing again as of this evening.

First up is news that you haven't really missed too much over the last 3 weeks of site inactivity! The title chasing 2nd XI have had all 3 of their scheduled league games rained off in that time, so absolutely nothing to report there. The 1st team were also rained off against Alresford on August 9th, but managed to play on the 2nd and 16th, racking up another pair of narrow defeats between the showers. Full details of these games will be posted shortly - they've been written, just a matter of me finding the time to post them!

However, the 1st team averages have been updated, so you can get a good idea of the runners and riders for the batting and bowling honours on the Stats page.

It's also worth mentioning that this coming Bank Holiday weekend not only sees the usual pair of league games on the Saturday, but also the annual Whiteparish vs Sherfield match on Sunday for the much coveted Dug Douggard Shield. All this to the background of thumping baselines as the Kings Head Beer and Blues Festival entertains the punters, so what better excuse do you need to come along, watch a bit of cricket, have a beer and enjoy what's left of our glorious English summer?


Good Grief! (31 July '08)

Ever wondered what would happen if roughly 20 people were all unavailable on the same weekend when we needed to field 2 Saturday league teams?

The answer, somewhat unsurprisingly, is a pair of thumping defeats, record breakingly so in the case of the 1st team who were subjected to a fearful afternoon of leather chasing at Easebourne. If you really feel like putting yourself through reading the match report, it's avaialble through the Fixtures page.


Chris Martin-Jenkins Eat Your Heart Out (24 July '08)

A plethora of match reports have been added to the site, taking in the 1st team's stuffing at Winterslow and th 2nd team's triumphs against Farley, Hampton Park and Tytherley. A usual, access is via the Fixtures page.

With only 6 games left in the HCL season, the 1st team are rooted firmly to the foot of Regional 1 North and need to turn their current batting woes round very quickly if they are to have any chance of staving off relegation. Meanwhile the 2nd team are officially on a pot-hunting crusade in Regional 3 North West, being sat comfortably in second place and waiting for their chance to pounce.

This weekend sees the 2nds at home, so get on down and support the boys if you're able, while the 1sts are busy packing compasses, survival rations and GPS systems for their adventure east to take on Easebourne in the borderlands of Sussex.


Bits & Pieces (16 July '08)

No, not a description of our players, but the range of updates that have been added to the site.

For those keen to relive Saturday's hammering for the 1st XI, a match report is now available from the Fixtures page. Still awaiting the better news from our 2nd XI roving reporter.

The results of the Tuesday evening and friendly fixtures have also been updated with a few missing details. I know this area of the club tends to get a little overlooked on these pages, so time to put that right.

The Border League side have been enjoying one of the best seasons in living memory, currently sitting in fifth in the Division 2 table. Bearing in mind they're usually propping up the rest of the league, this represents a severe case of vertigo!

In particular, the season to date has been notable for the run scoring exploits of Matt Metcalfe who is comfortably top of the Div 2 batting with an impresive aggregate of 370 runs so far. Also well worth a mention for his rapidly improving bowling is Josh "Mr Cricket" Green who has so far snaffled 10 wickets with his flight and guile. It's good to see this element of the club thriving, so congratulations go to all concerned, both on and off the pitch.


Same Old, Same Old (13 July '08)

There seems to be a recurring theme to these news updates...

Yet again I have to report a complete trouncing for the 1st XI. Doesn't seem to matter if the oppo are top of the table or rock bottom, they'll still happily roll us over for next to nothing and knock off the total in plenty of time to be home for tea and lashings of ginger beer! Updated averages, for what they're worth, are on the Stats page

However, the imperious 2nd XI march on, thumping Hampton Park after piling up a huge 260odd and then letting the spinners loose, Jazzer's modus operandi this season. Well done boys! Obviously been watching England...

In addition to these events in the HCL, there have also been a number of updates to the fixture list, with a couple of additional friendlies having been arranged for the coming weeks. See the Fixtures page for full details.


2 more wins! (02 July '08)

A pair of superb results for the club last weekend as the 1sts beat Linkenholt in a nail biter and the 2nds enjoyed a run fest against Ampfield.

Thanks to the pen of stand-in scribe Timmy Drew, a match report for the 1st team's victory is available on the Fixtures page. 2nd team report to follow when Jazza and MC have recovered from their run scoring exploits!


Match reports (26 June '08)

Match reports are now available from last Saturday's games. As usual, find them through the Fixtures page.

A big weekend ahead as the 1st team travel to Linkenholt looking for a second win which would enhance their prospects of avoiding a rapid return to Regional 2 North West at the end of the season. Extra intrigue has been added by the return of Richie Hamblin to the starting line up, having agreed to marshall the troops in the absence of Captain Turk. All the best boys!

At the same time, the 2nds are endeavouring to continue their fine run of form which has seen them become serious promotion candidates in Regional 3 North West. We could end up in the same division at this rate!


More updates than you can shake a stick at (22 June '08)

OK folks, a bumper crop of match reports have been added so you can read all about the 1st team game at Owslebury and the 2nd team matches against Andover and Amport. Further reports for the games played on the 21st will be added just as soon as we've written them! Suffice to say that the 1st team went down to a brave defeat against Ashford Hill while the 2nds continued their excellent season with a win against Romsey. Results and reports, as usual, are on the Fixtures page.

Our social secretary has also asked me to remind you that the next edition of the cricket & football club quiz night is to take place on July 7th at the Kings. An updated Social page is now available.

Without the usual suspects being around, the contest for the 1st team batting and bowling cups is shaping up to be the most open race for many years - the form of the leading runners and riders after 7 games can be viewed on the Stats page.


Wonder of Wonders! (15 June '08)

Blimey - we'd nearly forgotten what that felt like!

For the first time this season, both the 1sts and 2nds chalked up wins on the same day, the 1st XI breaking their league duck away at Owslebury while the 2nds came up trumps in a low scoring game against Amport at the Sherfield Bowl.

As seems destined to be the way this season, the news was not all good. Jim Dovey badly broke a finger trying to take a catch off his own bowling, so the leading run scorer and wicket taker in the 1sts missed the triumphant conclusion to the game as he was whisked away to casualty, and may be out of action for a while. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, JD.

Match reports will be posted shortly, but the 1st team averages have been updated on the Stats page and our guest columnist Chancellor Goose has provided his unique insights on last weekend's game against Colden Common. Read his take on events through the link on the Fixtures page.


Breaking News (8 June '08)

As if further proof were needed, our resident intrepid cameraman captured conclusive evidence on Saturday that Lord Harris is indeed a man out of his time.

The time travelling Lord HarrisThis remarkable shot (thanks JTF) was taken as the 1sts slumped to their 5th consecutive defeat in Regional 1 North, going down by 6 wickets to Colden Common. The less said about that the better really.

Unfortunately, the 2nds were also on the wrong end of their result, so not a great weekend for the club. I'm getting a distinct feeling of de ja vu...

Match reports will be posted shortly, but the 1st team averages have been updated on the Stats page.


100% Record Intact (2 June '08)

Another memorable weekend on the cricket pitch for Whiteparish as one of the teams maintained their 100% start to the season.

Unfortunately, that was the 1st XI, who have now lost 4 out of 4 after coming second again, this time away at Twyford.

By the time that game had finished, news had already filtered through that the 2nds were taking an early bath after being comprehensively outplayed by Wellow, losing their unbeaten record in the process, so a fairly inauspicious day all round.

Match reports for both games, if you can bear to read them, are available from the Fixtures page.


2nd Team Match Reports

Thanks to the 2nd team's very own Christompher Martin-Jenkins, match reports for the 2nd XI's three consecutive league wins are now available from the Fixtures page. Keep 'em coming lads, both the wins and the reports!


2nd Team March On

The league campaign of the 2nd XI is gathering momentum, with a third win in three games coming at Wilton. Just as well, as the 1st XI continue to find life a struggle in Regional 1 North, going down to a third straight defeat, losing by 17 runs to Midhurst.

The match report for the 1sts game can be found through the link on the Fixtures page, and the 1st XI league stats have been updated on the Stats page.


2nd Team Setting the Standard

Just as with the first week of the season, the 2nd team returned from Alderholt triumphant while the 1sts collected another silver medal from their home game with Upper Clatford.

The match report for the 1sts game can be found through the link on the Fixtures page, and the first batch of seasonal averages have been posted on the Stats page. Not that they make very happy reading at the moment!

As well as Saturday league action, there have also been 2 mid-week games since last weekend. A defeat on Tuesday in the Border League was followed by a gripping win in the dark and drizzle at Swan Green on Thursday night in the Cup. With the scores tied at 177, 'Parish emerged victorious due to losing fewer wickets, so march on to the second round. Specific mentions here for Matt Metcalfe, who hit a brilliant 100, Charlie Evans (49) and Josh Green, who picked up a hat-trick.


If At First You Don't Succeed...

A mixed set of results for the club's two teams in Hampshire League action on Saturday with the 1sts going down to Hurstbourne Priors by 51 runs, but the 2nds recording a fantastic 8 run win against Broughton at home.

The match report for the 1sts game can be found through the link on the Fixtures page, and I'll start providing cummulative season stats once we've played more than one game to give some meaningful averages.

It's a bumper week of fixtures coming up with games on Tuesday (Border League) and Thursday (Cup) ahead of next weekend's league action, and there's also a friendly next Sunday away at Compton Chamberlayne. Let Sharpy know if you want a mid-week game, and contact the relevant captains if you're available for next Satruday's league games. Numbers are on the Contacts page.


Finally, Some Updates

Sorry for the lapse in updates since January - the PC has been on the blink. Personally, I suspect Goose has been hacking my broadband connection and downloading too much produce from his Amsterdam contacts, but problem solved and up & running again now.

So, a bumper crop of new info is now on the site. Revised fixtures, including friendlies, are here.

A couple of dates for your diaries have been added to the Social page.

In case anyone out there needs them, contact details for the Saturday captains, club Chairman and Secretary have been added here.

The links page has also seen some changes, and plenty more updates across the site will be on the way as the season cranks into gear. In particular, look out for new pictures on the Profiles page and match reports for all Saturday league games as soon as our resident scribes are able to produce them. I'm planning on keeping the stats rolling too.

The first Hampshire League fixtures are coming up this Saturday (May 10th), so let's go out and have some fun!


And the Winner Is...

Another thoroughly entertaining Annual Dinner was enjoyed by nearly 70 guests on Friday 30 November at Hamptworth Golf Club.

The food, wine and speeches were all in plentiful supply and the main gongs were awarded to the following:

1st XI Player of the Year: Jim Dovey
1st XI Batting Cup: Jimmy Hamblin
1st XI Bowling Cup: Jimmy Hamblin

2nd XI Player of the Year: Rich DaCosta
2nd XI Batting Cup: Rich DaCosta
2nd XI Bowling Cup: Sven Hocking

Young Player of the Year: Sean Coulshed
Clubman of the Year: Rob Harris

Congratulations to all the trophy winners, and three cheers for Sharpy, Mike, Jazza and everyone else who puts the effort in to make sure this night is always such a good occasion.


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