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SNCL D3: Gawcott skipper leads his side to victory

Gawcott travelled to Chipping Warden on Saturday, hoping to get back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat to Winslow the previous weekend. Chipping Warden won the toss, and put the visitors into bat.

Alex Piggott

Gawcott struggled to put together many meaningful partnerships throughout their batting innings, with skipper Alex Piggott the star of the show with a fantastic 60. Missing 2 opening batsman, Luke Stafford was promoted to opener to leave the middle order stable, in the hope this would pay dividends down the line. However, poor shot selection and some bad luck meant that the middle and lower order struggled, with only Colin Piggott sticking around long enough to put together a partnership with his brother, for a respectable 28. Some strong hitting from Will Eastwood at the end of the innings, combined with Piggott’s flicks and strong running, pushed Gawcott to their respectable, but possibly slightly under par total off 144-9.

Gawcott knew that a strong bowling display would put them firmly in the drivers seat, with a dry wicket allowing for seam movement, and the ball swinging in the air. Colin Piggott and Jonny Dale opened the bowling strongly, restricting Warden to 27-3 off 10 overs. Dale continued to bowl well, bowling 10 overs straight through, ending with figures of 3-27. Kyle Bennion backed up aptly as a partnership began to develop, and Stuart Holmes, making his Gawcott debut, bowled a strong spell as Gawcott continued to build the pressure. It was Bennion who got the valuable wicket, setting the trap for the inform Warden batsman to drive on the up straight into the waiting hands of Dale, Bennion finishing on 2-38 off 5 and Holmes 24-2 off 12. Colin Piggott returned to clean up the rest of the wickets, finishing on 3-29 off 10, bowling Chipping Warden out for 126 off just 29 overs.

Gawcott fielding well and bowled well after a disappointing batting display, which was extremely pleasing to see having struggled defending totals in recent weeks. With a big weekend coming up, this was a much needed victory to begin to rebuild momentum, before a potentially tricky away trip to Crown on Saturday, before facing Chipping Warden again on Sunday in the T20 Cup Final, in a repeat of the 2016 season final.

Gawcott & Hillesden batting

Alex Piggott – 60
Luke Stafford – 4
Kyle Bennion – 9
Colin Piggott – 28
Matt Folkes – 1
Jonny Dale – 2
Stuart Holmes – 3
Will Eastwood – 10
Finley Clark – 0
Andy Thompson – 0 not out
Nathan Holmes – DNB

Gawcott & Hillesden bowling

Colin Piggott – 10-2-29-3
Jonny Dale – 10-2-27-3
Kyle Bennion – 5-0-38-2
Stuart Holmes – 4-0-24-2

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SNCL D3 & 4 KO Cup: Gawcott & Hillesden reach third successive final

Gawcott & Hillesden have reached the final of the South Northants Cricket League, Division 3 & 4 Knockout Cup for the third successive season.

Gawcott & Hillesden CC 2018

Alex Piggott’s side will face Chipping Warden on Sunday 22nd July at their own ground, the Richard Roper Field, after it was allocated two of the South Northants Cricket League finals.

Alex Piggott


In the quarter-final, Gawcott continued their decent form with a seven-wicket victory over Silverstone, with an excellent all-round performance from Colin Piggott.

Colin Piggott

Silverstone posted 95 all out with Colin Piggott’s three for 5 and Luke Stafford’s four for 24 doing the damage.

Luke Stafford

Gawcott reached there target off 16 overs as Piggott’s unbeaten 36 with the bat took them to victory with Matt Folkes (24) playing a much-needed supporting role.

Matt Folkes

Bowling figures
Jonny Dale 5 overs 1-27
Luke Stafford 5 overs 4-24
James carlin 5 overs 2-35
Colin Piggott 5 overs 3-5

Batting figures
Alex Piggott 12
John Patterson 0
Colin Piggott 36 not out
Matt Folkes 24
John Richardson 5 not out


In the semi-final, Gawcott & Hillesden headed to Wardington with the aim of reaching another final.

A late withdrawal due to work meant Gawcott & Hillesden travelled with ten players.

The visitors lost the toss and were invited to bat first.

Skipper Piggott (22) and opening partner John Richardson raced to put 53 runs on the board from the first seven overs.

John Richardson

Colin Piggott came to the crease to join Richardson and they scored freely as they built a 111-run partnership in just 13 overs. Both players finished unbeaten on 59 as Gawcott & Hillesden posted a very competitive 165 for 1 from their 20 overs.

The game was in the balance as the deteriorating light for batsmen played against a side fielding with ten men.

Gawcott & Hillesden stepped up and performed as they bowled and fielded well as they restricted Wardington to 139-7 at the end of their 20 overs.

Batting scores
Alex Piggott 22
John Richardson 59 not out
Colin Piggott 59 not out

Bowling figures
Colin Piggott 5 overs 2-24
Kyle Bennion 2.2 overs 0-16
James carlin 5 overs 2-37
Jonny Dale 5 overs 1-36
Luke Stafford 2 overs 0-22
Matt Folkes 0.4 overs 1-2

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SNCL,D3: Gawcott & Hillesden head to second placed Maids Moreton after gritty wins

Gawcott & Hillesden make two changes to their line-up as they head to second-placed Maids Moreton in the South Northants League, division 3 on Saturday.

Matt Griffiths and James Carlin come in for Finley Clark and John Patterson, who are both unavailable.

James Carlin

Gawcott & Hillesden: Alex Piggott (Captain), John Richardson, Kyle Bennion, Colin Piggott, Matthew Folkes, Matthew Griffiths, Jonny Dale, Tim Hawkes, Luke Stafford, James Carlin, Andrew Thompson.

Last time out, Gawcott & Hillesden dug in to win by seven wickets.

Gawcott & Hillesden won the toss and decided to have a bowl first on what can only be described as a wet and muddy wicket and this looked to be a good decision after Jonny Dale and Colin Piggott started strongly reducing the hosts to 30 for 4.

Braunston Paddox fought back, but yet again we do what we do best and with some bad bowling, poor fielding, some lucky shots and some big hitting Braunston went in at tea very happy after reaching 200-8 .

Openers Alex Piggott and John Richardson set about chasing this target and got off to a flying start reaching 53 off the first 8 overs before Piggott was caught and bowled for 21 before the second wicket went down just three balls later.

John Richardson

Colin Piggott joined Richardson and the pair put on a century partnership to take the score to 153 for 2. When Piggott was bowled for 44 it still left the visitors needing 50 from the last 8 overs,

For a second week running, a great knock at the end by Matt Folkes helped Gawcott & Hillesden take the game with 2 overs remaining as Richardson finished unbeaten with a magnificent century.

Matt Folkes

Commenting at the end of the game, skipper Alex Piggott said:

A special mention goes to Luke Stafford for two outstanding catches but there is no doubt who was the star of the show, as John Richardson carried his bat through the innings to end on a magnificent 103 not out.

Bowling figures
Colin Piggott 10 overs 2-34
Jonny Dale 4 overs 2-23
Finley Clark 3 overs 0-37
Kevin Clark 9 overs 1-30
Matt Folkes 6 overs 0-19
Kyle Bennion 4 overs 1-34
Luke Stafford 4 overs 2-18

Alex Piggott 21
John Richardson 103*
Kyle Bennion 
Colin Piggott 44
Matt Folkes 19*

Last Sunday, Gawcott hosted Lidlington in the first friendly game of the season. After losing the toss, stand in captain Jonny Dale’s team was put into the field. Colin Piggott and Kyle Bennion started Gawcott off positively, bowling solid spells and restricting Lidlington to 10-2 after 8 overs, the former bowling 4 maidens in his 4 overs with no wickets and the latter taking a spectacular caught and bowled as one of his two wickets.

This spell was followed by more positive and solid bowling, with Tim Hawkes and Luke Stafford impressing, backed up with some sound stops from keeper Dennis Wheeler. Matt Folkes finished the Lidlington innings off, but the highlight of the innings was undoubtably Andrew Thompson’s first spell for the club, claiming his first wicket with a stunning boundary catch from Alex Piggott, quickly followed with a good catch from the consistent Luke Stafford, restricting Lidlington to 108.

Andy Thompson

Gawcott started their innings solidly, with Alex Piggott and John Patterson starting strongly, only for Patterson, Bennion, Dale and Hawkes to fall quickly.

Colin Piggott joined his brother at the crease, as they started to rebuild a positive innings.

Alex Piggott retired on 30 and Colin Piggott on 18, bringing Matt Folkes and ex Lidlington player John Richardson to the crease. Unfortunately the fairy tale return for Richardson wasn’t meant to be, nicking a decent ball behind that was quickly snaffled by the keeper for a golden duck.

It was left to Matt Folkes and Luke Stafford to guide Gawcott home, successfully chasing down Lidlington to finish on 109-7.

Bowling figures:
Colin Piggott: 4-4-0-0
Kyle Bennion: 5-1-15-2
Jonny Dale: 7-2-27-1
Tim Hawkes: 6-1-18-1
Luke Stafford: 7-1-19-3
Matt Folkes: 6.4-1-12-1
Andy Thompson: 3-0-15-2

Alex Piggott – 30 retired
John Patterson – 11
Kyle Bennion – 6
Jonny Dale – 6
Tim Hawkes – 0
Colin Piggott – 18 retired
Matt Folkes – 23 not out
John Richardson – 0
Dennis Wheeler – 0
Andy Thompson – 0
Luke Stafford – 2 not out

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SNCL,D3: Gawcott head to Braunston after ‘Fin’-ishing off Crown for first victory

Gawcott & Hillesden head to Braunston hoping to build upon their positive start to the season tomorrow.

Alex Piggott

Skipper Alex Piggott commented:

After a tough and frustrating few weeks of the season that saw our first game called off, then we suffered a one-wicket defeat to Winslow, then a game abandoned at tea after bowling the opposition out for 57.

With the weather starting to pick up we were all looking forward to playing against Crown.

After winning the toss Crown decided to have a bat and at one stage at 115-3, with plenty of overs left, Gawcott were facing a hefty run chase.

It was youngster Finley Clark who was brought on to bowl and he produced a fine spell to remove both the batsmen, that looked settled,  backed up by the other bowlers and some great fielding. We managed to bowl Crown all out for 153.

Finley Clark

We knew if they batted well on a decent batting track they could chase these down, which they did with 2.3 overs left largely to a partnership of 70 from myself and Kyle Bennion.

Kyle Bennion

Then a great knock at the end by Matt Folkes and Jonny Dale earning us the first win of the season and 20 points.

Gawcott & Hillesden
Bowling figures
Colin Piggott 9 overs 3-10
Jonny dale 8.3 overs 3-26
Luke Stafford 5 overs 2-26
Kyle Bennion 4 overs 0-21
Matt Folkes 3 overs 0-36
Finley Clark 5 overs 2-24

Gawcott & Hillesden innings 
Alex Piggott 33
John Richardson 5
Kyle Bennion 47
Colin Piggott 8
Matt Folkes 25 not out
Jonny Dale 14 not out


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SNCL,D3: Gawcott & Hillesden skipper praises his players on eve of Crown visit

Gawcott & Hillesden skipper Alex Piggott has praised his players as Crown visit the Richard Roper Field on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Piggott

Gawcott were again left frustrated as the weather wiped out their South Northants Cricket League, division 3 fixture against Gayton with the home side in command. Gayton had been restricted to 59 all out with Matt Folkes doing the damage with four for 5.

Piggott told Sports Shots:

It’s been a frustrating start to the season but I would like to thank every one of my players for their commitment and attitude, it has been fantastic.

All I have heard is people giving their full-support to each other and we want to keep this going throughout the season.


Alex Piggott (c)
John Richardson (wk)
Kyle Bennion
Colin Piggott
Matt Folkes
Tim Hawkes
Jonny Dale
Bob Hutt
Luke Stafford
Finley Clark
Andrew Thompson

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SNCL,D3: Folkes put Gawcott on top before rain halts their quest for opening win

Matt Folkes devastating spell of bowling put Gawcott & Hillesden on top before heavy rain at tea stopped their quest for an season-opening victory against Gayton at the Richard Roper Field on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Folkes

A spell of good bowling and fielding had put Alex Piggott’s side in the driving seat with opener Colin Piggott picking up three for 11.

Kyle Bennion and Findley Clark kept plugging away as the visitors were finding runs hard to come by.

The introduction of the slow left arm of Matt Folkes saw Gayton’s innings come to a quick end as they were dismissed for just 59. Folkes finishing with very impressive figures of four for 9.

Moments after the end of the innings, with tea taken, the rain came to finish the game.

To view images from the game click on the picture below, which takes you to the album, where you can scroll through all of those captured during the game.

Gawcott & Hillesden v Gayton

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SNCL,D3: Gawcott skipper looking to build on success of recent seasons

Alex Piggott will again lead Gawcott  and Hillesden as they start their South Northants League, Division 3 campaign.

Alex Piggott

The opener has built a consistent team over the past few years of being at the helm. The 2017 season finished with seven consecutive wins; six successive league victories and a Presidents XI win. The league success saw them finish fourth in the Division 3 table, plus they again reached the Division 3/4 cup final for the second year running.

Gawcott’s opening game of the new campaign sees them host Wicken Sports at the Richard Roper Playing Fields, 1.30pm start.


Alex Piggott (c)
John Richardson (wk)
Kyle Bennion
Colin Piggott
Tim Hawkes
Jonny Dale
Bob Hutt
James Carlin
Luke Stafford
Oliver Peacock
Andrew Thompson

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SNCL,D3: Gawcott looking for tokens with Tesco bag of Help scheme

Gawcott CC statement

NEWS! From the 1st May we will be in the Tesco Bag of Help grant within all Buckingham stores!

We are looking to purchase new practice nets and new ground equipment.

Our box will be available for token collection from the 1st May until the 30th June! Please support Gawcott with your tokens.

Gawcott & Hillesden CCC – 2017 Cup final squad

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SNCL,D3: Gawcott & Hillesden enjoy good 2017 campaign + add wicket covers

Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club enjoyed an excellent 2017 campaign members heard at their recent annual general meeting.

Gawcott & Hillesden CCC – 2017 Cup final squad

The club has invested in wicket covers, which has already been beneficial with games beating the weather during the season.

On the pitch the club reached the final of the South Northants League, Division 3 & 4 cup and finished their season strongly winning their last six games on the bounce.

The 2018 club set-up will be as follows:

Chairman: Martin Piggott
Secretary: John Richardson
Treasurer: James Carlin

Saturday captain: Alex Piggott
Saturday vice captain: John Richardson

Midweek captain: Jonny Dale
Midweek vice captain: Colin Piggott

Events co-ordinater: Ruth Piggott

Groundsman: Brian Piggott

Gawcott & Hillesden start their 2018 pre-season with indoor nets at the Royal Latin School, Buckingham from 7.30pm to 8.45pm every Monday from the 19th February through to 26th March.

The club start their season with a friendly at Buckingham Town on Sunday 22nd April, a week before their South Northants League campaign begins.

New players are welcome to join.

Anyone interested is encouraged to contact

Alex Piggott
07743541526/01280 815617


John Richardson ‭
07951 363576‬

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Gawcott & Hillesden CCC – Race Night fundraiser!

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