Tortworth CC

Opposition: Tortworth CC (H)


Date: 18/09/2016


Result: Game 38: Won by 98 runs

Avebury batted first and posted an excellent total of 224 from their allotted 35 overs, led by Bruce Crook (29), Matt Boothway (34), Mike Du Boulay (41) and a sparkling 58 not out for Dan Dix - his first ever fifty for the Avebury adult side. In response, Avebury had the luxury of utilising 8 bowlers, at least some of whom got wickets - notably (again) Dan Dix with 3 wickets for 25 from his 25 overs at the top of the innings. And so another season draws to a close - this one our most successful in many years.  We have no record (since before 2006, anyway) of having lost so few games; and only twice have we won more games in a season. More importantly, we've continued to defy the belief that small village cricket clubs (at least, those without significant financial support; or those whose success has come at the expense of bigger, better appointed clubs in their vicinity) must somehow succumb to the pressures of the modern world and the decline in team participation sports. Of course, the possibility to close the doors, pack away the kit, sell everything and head for the hills (or maybe the oceans) is always there.  But will we do it? Not right now, methinks.