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It is believed that somewhere in the South East of England, namely Kent, Sussex and Surrey, this game of cricket began around 1550. Cricket essentially belongs to the same family as other bat and ball games namely, stoolball, rounders and baseball.
AGCC was originally founded in 1947 and was reformed in 1997 by a few keen villagers. Questionable skills and the lack of a ground proved no barrier to this feat. Local farmer and ardent cricket enthusiast, Jim Irish, our Hon President, generously offered the Shooting Field at the northern end of the village adjacent to the by-pass for use by the cricket club. We still compete with Jim’s sheep for early season use and it is said that our pitch slopes less than Lords! Many doubt this, but nevertheless, the views over surrounding hills are marvellous.
We play about 25 Sunday and mid-week games in a season. The majority of games are against other South Hams village sides, including Slapton, Stoke Fleming, Malborough, Prawle, Harberton, Modbury, Yealm (Newton Ferrers), Yealmpton, Holbeton, and Ermington. Touring sides are also welcomed each year. The ‘Mills Village Shield’, a 40-over match, is contested for every season between four village sides, Aveton Gifford, Slapton, Harberton and Stoke Fleming, and only the side playing the current holders can arrest the Trophy.
Although our village cricket is loosely based on the laws of cricket, its adherence to them is subject to wide interpretation, subtle variation and is more characteristic in the breach than in the observance. Our aim is to enjoy non-league cricket and involve the community so far as possible. All are welcome, male or female, whatever skill level.
We have active links with the primary school, promoting Kwik Cricket and introducing the children to the game. We encourage older youngsters to play in our matches, many of whom have progressed onto a higher level.
We arrange a variety of social and fund raising events throughout the year, mainly in the Fisherman’s Rest, whose support is much appreciated. There is a weekly Lottery Ball, a 100 Club, music nights and, over the past couple of years, successful car boot sales.
The Fixture list for 2016 can be seen below, and please see the village calendar for forthcoming events. We look forward to your support and involvement, and new players are always welcome.
Sometimes, in the timeless stretches of the game of cricket, a match occurs which is worthy of note. Occasionally (in truth probably more than occasionally), Aveton Gifford Cricket Club are put to the sword by a better team, or when things don’t quite go right on the day. But, in the last match of the season, on the visit of Yealm Cricket Club on Sunday 3 September, when the sun shone and the breeze blew, Excalibur was drawn from the ground.
Yealm won the toss and put AG into bat on a rain-affected track. But the pitch stood up well and the two openers, Mike Bagley and newcomer Nick Powell, managed to give the innings a fairly solid foundation, making 53 runs before the fall of the first wicket. Steve Coggins (43 runs) and Allan Green (51) then pushed the score along and AG finished with 161 for the loss of only 4 wickets in the 30 overs allowed. At tea we were thinking that, if we bowled and fielded well, we could keep Yealm down to less than the 5½ runs an over they needed. But no one expected what actually happened.
Taking 3 wickets a piece, opening bowlers, Rod Laidler and Joe Smith, ripped through Yealm’s first 6 batsmen without them scoring a single run off the bat. If it hadn’t been for the 9 extras, Yealm would have been 0 for 6. That’s no runs for 6 wickets down!
Captain, Keith Beaumont, decided to give the opposition a chance, so he took Rod and Joe off. But there was no stopping us this day. Statistics can bore people but, if you’re a successful cricketer, they can soar on the updraughts of scented air and Otter beer. Keith (1 for 4), Nick Powell (1 for 2) and 14 year old Alex Smith (2 wickets for 1 run), polished off the innings. 7 catching chances were given and 7 catches were held. Yealm were 17 all out, with only 6 runs scored off the bat. Technically, AG won by 144 runs.
At the fall of the last wicket we paused and looked at each other, the steady breeze still cooling our proud chests. We all knew that something extraordinary had happened, probably never to be repeated. It was as if the village had been set apart in some way and, as the last man closed the gate, he looked back and saw Excalibur return to the soil.
A note from Aveton Gifford’s Cricket Club Captain Peter Shephard…INDOOR NET practice has started @ Kingsbridge Sports Centre, Sundays from 11am – 12-30pm NOT EASTER SUNDAY…the remaining dates now are…Sunday APRIL 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Unfortunately this will now not take place this weekend.
Fixture cards are now available from the village shop and the Fisherman’s Rest.
18 May – Harbeton – away – 6.00pm – unfortunately now cancelled due to poor weather.
29 May – Modbury – away (at Kingston)
1 June – The Entertainers – home – 6.00pm
5 June – Prawle – away
9 June – yealmpton – home – 6.15pm
12 June – Slapton – home
15 June – South Brent – away – 6.15pm
19 June – Stoke Fleming – away
23 June – Housing – Home – 6.00pm
26 June – Malborough – away
28 June – Yealmpton – away – 6.15pm
3 July – Slapton – away – 2.00pm
10 July – Kingsbridge – away – 2.00pm
14 July – Yealm – home – 6.15pm
17 July – Ermington – away
21 July – Yealm – Away – 6.15pm
24 July – Presidents XI ? – home
26 July – Holbeton – Away – 6.15pm
31 July – Stoke Fleming – home
7 August – Wembury – away
14 August – Prawle – home
4 September – Modbury – home
11 September – Old Suttonians – home