Cricket: Chipping Sodbury suffer defeat at hands of Swindon



First published in Sport

CHIPPING Sodbury were one of the few teams to beat the wet weekend weather but were defeated by Swindon in the Glos & Wilts Division of the West of England Premier League.

Conditions meant that a 40-over contest was possible, further reduced to 37 overs per side after another downfall.

And Sodbury, after winning the toss, totalled 170-7 with Jamie Rendell hitting 70 – his second successive half-century.

Openers Jake Reed (29) and Jamie Wakefield (28) had earlier given the home side a solid start.

But the total was well within reach for Swindon, who eased to their target for the loss of three men and with overs in hand despite the efforts of left-armer Chris Willoughby (1-27 from eight) and spinner Dan Clark (1-21 from seven).

Sodbury seconds, meanwhile, made it two from two with a seven-wicket triumph at Stroud, who were restricted to only 165-4 from 45 overs.

The visitors then batted with great assurance and patience, teenager Tom Makepeace leading the way with a cultured 63 and Nic Anderson an unbeaten 51.

The result means that Sodbury, at this early stage of the summer, are already 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Rain meant that all of Sodbury’s other matches were called off.

On Saturday, Sodbury firsts are away to Chippenham with the second team at home to their local rivals (1pm).

Sodbury thirds entertain Bishop Sutton’s first XI in Division Four of the Globe Sports Bristol & District League, while the fourths are away to Abbots Leigh seconds in Division Ten and the fifths visit Bishopston fourths in Division Eleven.

The date of Sodbury’s second round Bristol & District Knock Out Cup trip to Stapleton has been confirmed as Thursday, June 5 (6.30pm).

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