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SNCL D3: Piggott reappointed as Gawcott & Hillesden skipper for 2019 season

Alex Piggott will again lead Gawcott & Hillesden for the 2019 season.

Alex Piggott

Piggott enjoyed a successful 2018 as his side lifted the South Northants Cricket League, division 3 and 4 cup, plus narrowly missed out on promotion after finishing third in division 3.

The 2019 annual general meeting saw the following people appointed:

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
Other committee members:
Ruth Piggott
Stuart Holmes

SNCL D3: Matt finish gives Gawcott & Hillesden final day derby victory

Matt Folkes helped take Gawcott & Hillesden to a final day victory with an unbeaten 59 against Preston Bissett on Saturday.

Matt Folkes

Folkes guided his side home as they finish the 2018 season third in the league and winning the South Northants League, Division 3 & 4 Cup.

Kyle Bennion (37) was also in good form as the home side reached their target after just 25.3 overs.

Kyle Bennion

Earlier in the day, Bissett posted 143 for 7 from their 40 overs with Harin Sellahewa (41) and Kevin D’Silva (32) adding an 82-run opening partnership.

Luke Stafford, two for 19, the pick of the home side’s bowling.

Luke Stafford


SNCL D3: Gawcott skipper names eleven that head to Gayton

Alex Piggott has named his Gawcott & Hillesden side to travel to Gayton in the South Northants League, Division 3 on Saturday.

Gawcott & Hillesden CC 2018

Gawcott & Hillesden: Alex Piggott (Captain), John Patterson, Andrew Thompson, Kyle Bennion, Luke Stafford, Colin Piggott, Tim Hawkes, Matt Folkes, Will Eastwood (wk), Jonny Dale, Finley Clark.

SNCL D3: Promotion push as Gawcott face local derby with Maids Moreton

Gawcott & Hillesden face a big game in the South Northants League, Division 3 as Maids Moreton visit the Richard Roper Field.

Gawcott & Hillesden CC 2018

Gawcott & Hillesden: Alex Piggott (capt), Danny Timms, Kyle Bennion, Colin Piggott, Matthew Folkes, Jonny Dale, Tim Hawkes, Luke Stafford, Will Eastwood, Finley Clark, Andrew Thompson.

SNCL, D3: T20 Kings Gawcott & Hillesden return to promotion push

T20 Kings Gawcott & Hillesden return to league action when they play host to Braunston Paddox at the Richard Roper Field tomorrow.

Alex Piggott’s side, fresh from their Division 3 & 4 T20 win last Sunday, focus turns to looking for promotion again.

Danny Timms, recently signed from Fringford, comes in to replace John Patterson.

Gawcott & Hillesden: Alex Piggott (Skipper), Danny Timms, Kyle Bennion, Colin Piggott, Matt Folkes, Jonny Dale, Tim Hawkes, Luke Stafford, Will Eastwood, James Carlin, Andrew Thompson.

SNCL D3 & 4 Cup Final: Gawcott & Hillesden are T20 Champions!

Gawcott & Hillesden are the South Northants Cricket League Division 3 & 4 T20 Champions.

Gawcott & Hillesden CC 2018

They edged a very nervy last few overs to win by just four-runs in a throughly entertaining final in front of a large crowd at their Richard Roper Field ground this Sunday lunchtime.

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Gawcott & Hillesden batted first with skipper Alex Piggott and John Patterson (26) give them a positive start.

After losing a couple of wickets it was Colin Piggott (31) who led the way with Kyle Bennion (11) and Jonny Dale (10) both good support.

Piggott eventually fell near the close of their 20 overs as his side scrambled some late runs to post 111 for 8.

Arlo Jackson’s three for 17 from five overs was an outstanding spell for Chipping Warden.

Many present felt the home side were under par but Jonny Dale’s two for 16 gave them an upbeat start, one of the victims courtesy of a brilliant one-handed catch from Matt Folkes.

Throughout the Chipping Warden innings Mark Horrocks (43 not out) was a constant threat.

James Carlin, one for 21 from 5 overs, bowled an excellent line and length and made runs difficult to come by for the visitors.

As the game neared the end, it was Colin Piggott who returned to take two key wickets to set up an exciting last over.

Folkes showed fantastic character in taking responsibility for the final six deliveries.

The left-armer bowled a tight line as Will Eastwood took a stumping, before claiming his third victim.

With six runs required off the final ball it was Gawcott & Hillesden, supported by many from other local clubs, who lifted the trophy with a victory by the narrowest margin.

Folkes finished with three for 25 from his five overs.

Colin Piggott collected the Man of the Match award for his 31 runs and two for 23 from 5 overs.


SNCL D3 & 4 Cup Final: Folkes looking to give Gawcott a final Matt finish this time around!

Matt Folkes has spoken to Sports Shots as Gawcott & Hillesden face Chipping Warden in a repeat of the 2016 South Northants Cricket League, Division 3 & 4 Cup Final.

Matt Folkes

Folkes was the star for Gawcott & Hillesden in their final last year where they fell just short.

The all-rounder told Sports Shots:

Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club have various strengths that have helped us to reach our third successive final. The consistent team selection has given us amazing spirit, hand-in-hand with great team work. We are lucky to have a captain who, with his great leadership and communication skills,  has nurtured the best out of each of us. In doing this we all thoroughly enjoy the game.

The club will host two T20 finals on Sunday with Folkes relishing the thought.

For me it’s a dream. I have always wanted to play a final at my home ground.

But will the home advantage play a part?

No, I think on the day it comes down to which team plays the best and who deserves to win.

Folkes will want another half century but a different result this time around.

On a personal note it was fantastic to score over 50 runs in a final, but slightly disappointing that we were unable to bring the trophy home.

I hope that the weather is on our side and helps us to secure the win and all the supporters have an enjoyable day watching the cricket.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sports Shots for all their hard work and continued support towards Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club.

It’s the third season running that Gawcott & Hillesden have reached the final with their previous two encounters producing mixed results.

In 2016 Gawcott & Hillesden lifted the trophy at Chipping Warden Cricket Club by beating the venue hosts by 29 runs – see below.

SNCL,D3/4 Cup Final: Gawcott & Hillesden triumph by 29 runs!


In 2017, Folkes produced a brilliant display but it wasn’t enough to save his side from a narrow 18-run defeat to Gayton.

Folkes collected two wickets and stroked a fine 53 runs but his Gawcott & Hillesden side fell just short in their chase.

Matt Folkes smashes a six in Gawcott & Hillesden’s cup final defeat to Gayton. Sunday 23rd July 2017.

SNCL,D3/4 Final: Gawcott & Hillesden suffer defeat despite Folkes half century

With a licensed bar and BBQ running all afternoon, bring the family along to what could be a special afternoon for a popular local side.

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

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

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