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Notice of 2017 AGM

The 2017 Hambrook CC Annual General Meeting will be held at Hambrook Sports Club on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7.45pm.

Club members, players, parents and supporters are invited to attend.

As always there will be a number of important items to discuss.

Many thanks

Martin Dyer – Chairman, Hambrook CC

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Hambrook CC 2017 Dinner & Dance

Bookings for this years annual Dinner & Club are now being taken.

It all happens on Saturday 14th October – 7.00pm from for 7.30pm sit down.

A copy of the menu/ order form is available to download here: 2017 dinner dance menu/ order form

Alternatively you can elect to order online and make payment via a one off direct debit via this link: https://hambrookcc.new.clubpay.co.uk/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=456


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2017 Hambrook CC Lottery Bonus Ball

Following the success of last years National Lottery Bonus ball we are pleased to announce it will be running again this year and will again be running 2 sets/ sheets owing to its popularity – only 13 numbers remain unsold!!

Costing £1 per week for 20 weeks of cricket season with the winner each week getting a £30 prize – better odds than the actual lottery (The full £20 payable upfront)

We have just a few numbers left to be sold:

Sheet 1: 52

Sheet 2: 4, 9, 11, 18, 24, 28, 30, 34, 38, 40, 52, 54

If you would like to buy one of them please email either Lee Dyer leedyer5@gmail.com or Carol Dyer caroldyer@blueyonder.co.uk – but be quick we expect them to be snapped up fairly quickly!!

For those whose have pledged to buy a number or have already paid – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.

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Hambrook CC 2016 Review of the Year

And so it came to pass, the season which came to be known as 2016………so much to look back on, reflect and celebrate after which we can then look forward to next year and beyond with renewed optimism.

Before a ball had even been bowled in anger, we welcomed Gloucestershire CCC to the club in February for a “Night With the Champions”. GCCC Head Coach Richard Dawson and CEO Will Brown brought the shiny Royal London One Day Trophy with them – an excellent Pre-season social for the whole club to enjoy.

Pre-season started in February for both Senior and Youth Sections. Perhaps the past two seasons have borne out testament to the analogy you don’t get anything for free………the rewards for the hard work put in throughout the whole of last season started the ball rolling for the success that followed……..

March saw a very successful fundraising/ social evening……..a Cider & Chilli Quiz Night. This unusual combination raised a massive £470 towards replacing life expired machinery.
Events such as this and the Lottery Bonus Ball run by Carol and Lee Dyer have seen just
over £2000 raised – still some way to go towards a realistic target of £4.5k so we can replace the sit on mower used on the square…….kindly modeled here for us by Roland Allen!!

March we also ran (in conjunction with the local ACO Training Officer), an Introduction to Umpiring Course for 15 of our members and volunteers. The running of this course ensured our 2nd & 3rd XI’s have enough people accredited for us to be able to claim valuable “Fair Play” points in B & D League games. The youth section also boosted numbers able to umpire youth matches……….all passed the course with flying colours!! Running the course allowed us to again demonstrate our ongoing commitment to running the club for the members as well as investing in its future………..

By early April the youth section had completed its pre-season programme but the seniors were still building for the new league season which was only a few weeks away. With Head Coach Neil Higginson once again overseeing things, the intensity started to crank up……….little did we know at this point what was to lay ahead when the action started shortly afterwards………it must be said that Neil’s arrival on the scene and the change in club fortunes have gone hand in hand, I am pleased to report Neil will be working with us again in 2017.

April again saw Hambrook participate in the annual NatWest CricketForce event where volunteers ensured the club was ready for the start of the new season – thank you everyone for your help!!

By late April the Youth Section had started its league programme and just ahead of the senior league games our 2016 overseas players Tyler Johannson arrived from New Zealand.  Pre-seson started well with a win at Chipping Sodbury……….a positive start which unfortunately came undone spectacularly the following day at Box………

Saturday 7th May the 1st XI travel to Lansdown for their first game in the vastly restructured B & D. Batting first Lansdown were restricted to 172 all out and Tyler hitting his straps taking 5 for 31 to blow away the opposition top and middle order. With Hambrook chasing the total down in the 35th over (Edin Ahmed 87*) and a winning start. With the 2’s also winning it started a trend that continued for most of the season.
Spring Bank Holiday Monday saw the biggest crowd seen on the common for many years with the now fabled Hambrook Legends XI taking on a current Hambrook XI. An excellent game with lots of former players turning out for the Legends……..not to mention an excellent day for bar takings!! A tight game with the current Hambrook XI running out as winners but everyone in agreement it was something to do again in the future.

The Youth teams were going strong and the U15’s performing well in the league, indeed eventually winning their section. Friday night and Sunday morning sessions were extremely well attended. To see so many young players and parents on the common is a great advert for our club to anyone passing by.

July, we held a mini fun day. Unfortunately the weather brought the day to a premature end but not before lots of burgers/ hot dogs had been eaten, beer drunk and Kwik Cricket played plus some impromptu games on the common. Bradley Stoke and Stapleton sent teams to play against our U9’s.

In the meantime the senior programme was moving on with pace……. the 1st XI in the top 4, the 2nd XI sitting top of the table, the 3rd XI holding their own in Division 13 and the Sunday XI running away with things in the village league.

The senior cup competitions saw further success, the 1st XI beat WEPL opponents Claverham in the main B & D Cup with teenager Louis Martin shining in front of the local press covering the game. In fact its perhaps right to say at this point a massive thank you to Steve Hill for his excellent coverage of local cricket in the Bristol Post and on the GCB website. Eventually falling at the quarter final stage Hambrook concentrated on their defense of the Bateman Trophy and what was a momentous semi final against Coalpit Heath. With Hambrook chasing a good score, skipper Lee Dyer and brother Mark striking the ball well it was when these fell so did the Hambrook run rate and the eventual defeat ensued………The game was also notable for a major injury suffered by Aidy Kislingbury attempting a catch and skipper Lee Dyer who took out his frustrations on the changing room wall, breaking his hand and all but ending his season…….. (Hambrook played a Sunday League game straight after losing the semi final and racked up a massive 350 runs in 40 overs against Christian Malford – definitely not the time for them to be playing us!!!)

In the Sunday Gloucester Trophy Hambrook again made it through to the quarter final but fell against a strong Langford (Oxfordshire) XI…….ah well back to the league then!

August and the Under 15’s face Bristol YMCA away in the league semi final – an excellent game which was marred by some inconsistent umpiring by the Home umpire and the ensuing remonstrations from players – a scene more reminiscent of football rather than cricket. With YMCA heading for a win the Hambrook tail started to wag and a lot of nervous home supporters fearing the villagers would upstage them………it was not to be and despite a valiant fight back it was YMCA who won through to the final.

Umpires Alistair Smith & Trevor Crouch hold a final pitch inspection prior to the 1st XI match at Nailsea being cancelled due to the weather.

Only a few days earlier the 1st XI had also played at YMCA. With 10 overs to go, YMCA requiring 30 runs it looked like a done deal……..one wicket fell and then another……..panic set in and YMCA capitulated, Hambrook won by 5 runs and set up their run in to end of the season…….what a run in that was to be…….2 wins, a cancelled game, but a thrilling tied game against Winterbourne saw the 1st XI promoted. It was to be the final game, away at top of the table Nailsea to decide who would be champions. However the weather had the final word when the captains and umpires shook hands and agreed no play would be possible…….Hambrook were promoted as runners up. Big thanks to stand in skippers Darren Vickery and Tyler Johansson for your efforts as well as captain Lee Dyer for another great season.

The 2nd XI also had a fantastic end to the season in August with a loss to Whitchurch, a win over Hampset, cancelled game v Timsbury. It was a thrilling 3 run win over Hanham in the penultimate game that saw them also being promoted as runners up, the final game being washed out. Congratulations to skipper Dave Branton and his team.

The 3rds finished a credible 4th but not before coming up against former Australian International Ian Harvey playing for Bedminster 5th’s!!! Quite an achievement for them given the limited resources available at skipper Rich Snell’s disposal.

The Sunday XI won the village league Division 1 title at a canter, the only significant loss coming at Cheltenham Civil Service (bad day at the office!!)

The end of season saw the traditional Youth Awards events this year being split apart – it was great to see so many players and parents celebrating their successes and long may that continue. The main Youth Awards were presented by club president Peter Reeves to a good number of our young players.

The U7’s and U9’s had their usual end of season disco, games and presentations – again a well attended event which bears testament to all the hard work by all of our volunteer officers, managers and coaches!!

Tom & Sarah Yearsley

For our seniors it was another well attended Club Dinner that was again held at the club. Despite the logistical challenges it presents, the choice of venue continues to be a popular one. We were pleased to see the winners of the Brian Woodbury Award Sarah and Tom Yearsley were able to attend following Sarah’s serious illness partway through the season – judging by the cheering and clapping it was indeed a popular choice!! Clubman was Adrian Kislingbury and the “prestigious” Stump of the Year award went to Chris Millett after he sent the Chairman a text intended for his girlfriend!!

Tyler Johansson

The B & D dinner saw the 1st and 2nd XI’s awarded the runners up trophies. Our overseas player Tyler Johansson was presented the B & D bowling award as the league leading wicket taker for 2016.

The final piece to fit to the 2016 jigsaw was the Outstanding Services to Youth Cricket Award from the Bristol Youth Cricket League given to Peter Woore and Sandra Fox, the full report is on this link: http://www.hambrookcricketclub.co.uk/hambrook-couple-win-prestigious-award/ – a big well done from everyone at the club to both of you for all you have done for the club and local youth cricket.

So as 2016 draws to a close we can look back on what has been another great season, so many highs and thankfully not too many lows.

Looking ahead its hard to believe pre-season training starts in just 7 weeks for our seniors with the Youth Section following just shortly after that, full details will be circulated very early in the New Year…..

I would like to offer my thanks to everyone for your continued support in 2016. Whether you are a player, a parent, coach, team manager, scorer or supporter your impact has again be superb…….perhaps we have just witnessed the two most successful years the club has ever had, or is there more to follow in 2017…….as we have said in the past “the rest is history waiting to be written”.

A very merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone involved at Hambrook CC, I lift my glass to each and everyone of you – Cheers!!

Martin  Dyer – Chairman, Hambrook CC


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Hambrook Couple Win Prestigious Award

After many years service to both club and the Bristol Youth Cricket League, Hambrook couple Sandra Fox p1010209and Peter Woore were presented the prestigious “David Allen Outstanding Services to Cricket Award” at the BYCL AGM on Wednesday evening. The award was presented by Joyce Allen in memory of her late husband and former Gloucestershire, England player David who was a patron of the BYCL.

It was noted that for many years Sandra provided much support to Peter as the then head of Youth Cricket at Hambrook, a post he held for approximately 10 years until 2002.

Sandra has also been an integral part of BYCL Management committee for many years in roles that have included Assistant General Secretary and following the explosion in numbers following the 2005 Ashes as Registrations Secretary.

During this period the BYCL expanded to include U11’s league and cup competitions and the U9’s Kwik Cricket.

Peter has had an association with Hambrook going back 50+ years as a player, club officer and youth team manager, at one point managing 3 age groups at the same time.

Peter was elected Vice Chairman of the BYCL in 1999 and held the post until standing down this year. Peter’s other main role was Chair of the BYCL Disciplinary Committee for the past 6 years, a position he has offered to continue with.

Between them Sandra and Peter, they have been the face of the BYCL U9’s Kwik Cricket Festivals since at least 2009, being ever present on the day (all day) performing the duties of liaising with the host club, meet and greet, fixture re- scheduling (for teams that are no shows) presenting the awards and master of ceremonies.

Hambrook Chairman Martin Dyer said, “I first met Sandra and Pete when I came to the club nearly twenty years ago. The support they showed not only my children but countless others was always appreciated by the parents”. He went on to add “Youth cricket back then looked much different to what it does today. My earliest recollection was Friday night training consisted of Pete, a kit bag and 30+ kids – a scene best described as crowd control rather than coaching. Over the years we came to know both of them as friends and a source of valuable advice whenever it was needed. Having served on the BYCL committee myself, I can vouch the award is only ever given to those who go above and beyond in services to youth cricket”.

At the BYCL AGM it was also announced Pete that was to be made an honoury Vice President of the BYCL.

A massive well done and thank you to Sandra and Peter from everyone at Hambrook for all you have done, the award is well deserved!!

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2016 Dinner & Dance Report

After another successful season, the 2016 Hambrook CC Dinner & Dance was held at the club on Saturday 8th October.

A well attended event saw presentations and the relevant thank you’s made to everyone for another great year for the club and the progress made in the past two years.

The awards were presented as follows:

  • Sunday XI Player of the Year – Richard Dyer
  • 3rd XI Player of the Year – Danika Dyer
  • 2nd XI Player of the Year – Stuart Rutter
  • 1st XI Player of the Year – Edin Ahmed

A special presentation was made to our 2016 Overseas player Tyler Johansson in celebration of his 52 wickets and 833 runs.

It has also been confirmed that Tyler will be receiving the 2016 Bristol & District Cricket Association bowling award at their dinner on Friday 14th October.

In addition the following playing awards were also made:

Club Caps (maiden 50 or 5 wickets) were awarded to:

  • Tyler Johansson – 5 for 31 v Lansdown 2nd XI
  • Seb Hull – 64 v Christian Malford
  • Dan Carter – 5 for 41 v Coalpit Heath

5 wickets in a match – trophy & match ball:

  • Danika Dyer (5 for 11 v Bishopston 4th XI & 5 for 55 v BWI & P 3rd XI)
  • Nathan Warren (5 for 17 v Dyrham & Hinton 1st XI & 6 for 33 v Ampney Crucis)
  • Tyler Johansson (5 for 31 v Lansdown 2nd XI – plus a broken bail!!!)
  • Dan Carter (5 for 41 v Coalpit Heath)
  • George Weston (5 for 18 v Nailsea 1st XI)
  • Mitchell Vardy (5 for 25 v Westerleigh)
  • Mark Dyer (5 for 26 v Winterbourne 2nd XI)

Maiden 100’s – presentation of a Centurion Tie:

  • Chris Millett – 107* v Nailsea 2nd XI
  • Nick Woore – 119* v Hampset 2nd XI
  • Alex Dyer – 106* v Christian Malford
  • Tyler Johansson – 114* v Cam

Bouquets were presented to Tracey Vardy & Sarah Yearsley to thank them for making the teas in 2016. Carol Dyer was also thanked for the roles she has undertaken in 2016 (teas, 1st XI scorer, senior cricket availability and organising the Dinner & Dance) and was presented with flowers.

The main club awards were decided by a panel that included President Peter Reeves & Chairman Martin Dyer and were awarded as follows:

  • Young Player of the Year – Dan Carter
  • Brian Woodbury Award – Tom & Sarah Yearsley
  • 2016 Clubman Award – Adrian Kislingbury

(Photographs from the evening to follow as soon as possible………..)


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Hambrook CC Reunion Day 2016

Bank Holiday Monday 30th May we held a reunion day for current and former players.

Billed as the Hambrook ‘Legends’ XI versus Hambrook CC XI starring in what turned out to be a very close encounter on the common in a 40 over contest. The current Hambrook CC XI winning by a slender 10 run margin.

The teams lined up for a photo and then went straight into action with Steve Grimsted and Ryan Edwards opening the bowling for the legends. They were soon in the wickets with Seb Hull (12) and Alex Dyer (12) going early on. Nathan Warren joining them soon after having been run out for a duck by Stuart Rutter.

Mitch Vardy and Richard Dyer started to rebuild the innings. Dyer fell holing out to the long on boundary straight into the hands of the Legends skipper David Branton off the bowling of Mike Morgan, the first of Morgan’s three wickets.

A cameo 18 from Tyler Johansson (b. Morgan st. Steve Mcennery) was followed by what turned out to be a match winning knock by skipper Lee Dyer top scoring with 57 off 35 deliveries. The innings included five sixes but fell to the Legends skipper Branton by top edging to Tony Dent at point.

The reintroduction of Grimsted into the attack saw the wickets of Mark Dyer (17) and U15 Jeremy Yearsley fall in successive deliveries…….. Calum Martin coming in for the hat-trick ball and an attempted ramp shot that luckily missed everything saw Calum finish not out for 12 along with Roland Allen 14*.

After what could be best desribed as a cricket feast (rather than cricket tea) the Legends started their chase. Jeremy Yearsley taking the early prized wicket of Stuart Rutter for 18. Opener Tony Dent was looking like he had never been away but fell when Tyler Johansson found the edge and was caught behind by Alex Dyer (standing in for brother Lee who was unable to take the field due to an injury sustained when batting).

Tim Moss in the meantime was tucking into any bowling that was served up and at one point the Legends were well on course for a comprehensive win well inside the 40 overs…….however wickets did eventually start to fall (Simon Cross 10, Steve Mcennery 10) and the required run rate slowly started to creep up………. with Alex Dyer now bowling Moss eventually fell for a magnificent 84 off 81 deliveries, his innings included 15 fours – crisp clean hitting along the ground, superb!!

The remaining Legends batsmen were unable to match the scoring rate of Moss, despite an entertaining 22 from Rob Grimsted, 15 from Steve Grimsted and 11 by Rob Kislingbury they fell an agonising 10 runs short of their target. The innings closing with Ryan Edwards 5* and Rich Ford 0*

Judging by the crowds on the common, the day was deemed a great success by all.

Thanks must go to the following for making it all happen:

  • John Gillingham, Lee Dyer, David Branton & Steve Grimsted for organising things
  • Umpires – Colin Branton, Peter Reeves & Alistair Kilfoil
  • Scorer – Carol Dyer
  • Teas (or should we say Banquet) – Tracey & Paul Vardy
  • Hambrook Sports Club for use of facilities and John Howe for running the bar

After the match – The Bristol Blue Glass Trophy was presented to the winning captain by Club President Peter Reeves……..

A great occasion and one we hope to repeat next year………..judging by some of the sore bodies afterwards it may take a year for a few to be fit again!! (LOL)

The scorecard from the day can be viewed on this link: http://hambrook.play-cricket.com/website/results/2840389

The photos taken on the day are now up on this website – click here to view them: http://www.hambrookcricketclub.co.uk/gallery/hambrook-cc-reunion-day-2016/

Again big thanks to everyone for making it a great club day!!

Martin Dyer – Chairman.

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Cider & Chilli Quiz Night – Saturday 5th March – GREAT SUCCESS!!

A big thank you to every that came along to our Cider & Chilli Quiz Night on Saturday 5th March.

The evening was a big success in raising some £470 towards replacing life expired machinery in need of replacement.

As always it right to acknowledge the efforts of those who made it all possible:

Nicky & Keith Stiddard and Carol Dyer for putting it all together – (Keith was chief negotiator (and taster) for the cider buying!!)

Jon Snell for the excellent quiz and Lee Dyer for running the raffle.

We hope to run further event during the season so keep any eye on this website for details of these.



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Bristol & District Dinner 2015

19 members of Hambrook Cricket Club attended the Bristol & District Dinner on Friday evening.

A packed ballroom (just over 300 people) at the BAWA Club were entertained by the guest speaker, former England & Surrey Batsman Graham Thorpe.

Presentations were made on the night to all the division winners and runners up.

Hambrook were presented with the Division 1 trophy and re preesented the 20/20 Bateman Trophy.

Individual awards were also made to the following Hambrook players:

  • B & D Bowling Award – Anant Tambavekar for taking the mosr wickets in the league
  • B & D Wicket Keeping Award – James Wigzell for most dismissals in 2015

An excellent evening made all the more pleasing with silverware and a nice way to round off 2015.

We would like to thank the league officers for all their work in not only for an excellent evening but for all the work they do to support local cricket and the clubs!!

Photos from the evening can be found on this link: http://www.hambrookcricketclub.co.uk/gallery/bristol-district-dinner-16th-october-2015/

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Hambrook CC 2015 Award Winners

Hambrook CC held its annual Dinner & Dance at the club on Saturday 19th September.

A well supported event which saw awards presented by President Peter Reeves to a number of players and volunteers, all of whom have help Hambrook CC achieve its best season for many years,

Bouquets were presented to:

  • Sarah Rutter
  • Tracey Vardy
  • Carol Dyer

to say thank you for their contributions with teas, scoring and admin duties this year.

2015 Players of the Year are:

  • 3rd XI – George Weston
  • 2nd XI – Martin Richardson
  • 1st XI – Anant Tambavekar

Club Caps 2015

  • Mitch Vardy
  • Josh Lax
  • Rory O’Connor

Hat Trick Awards:

  • George Weston
  • Richard Dyer

Young Player of the Year – Josh Lax

Brian Woodbury Award – Zoe & Sarah Rutter

Clubman of the Year – Nathan Warren

Stump of the Year – Adrian Kislingbury

Presentations of trophies and framed team photos also made to those who played in the Bateman Trophy Final and/ or reguarly in the 1st team league winning side.

Photo’s from the evening can be found on this link:

2015 Dinner & Dance Photos

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