Compton Dando Cricket Club, which started out just under five years ago, hosted its inaugural home match this month after having spent just ten months creating a new pitch from scratch.
Representing the club, Ben Wall, said: “The sun shone brightly all day when the Nomads (Compton Dando Cricket Club, so named for their lack of homeground until this month) took to the field against South Stoke, a team of seasoned players from Bath who seemed very impressed with the pitch and how it performed following such a short time in preparation.
“The home team batted first and started strongly, however suffered a batting collapse in their middle order and reached a slightly below par total of 118 all out in their 26th over. “Following some stunning teas put on by partners and wives of the players, the Nomads fielded well taking wickets and containing South Stoke for much of their innings. “Unfortunately as the match went on the home team gave away a large number of extras and South Stoke were eventually able to win with eight balls remaining of their innings.
“The Nomads may have lost narrowly, but the pitch had been a great success, the teas were superb and everyone, including a decent crowd from the village who had come to witness the special match, had a fabulous time.
The Nomads’ own homeground was made possible after team member Charles Fallon offered one of his fields to the club, and the appointed groundsman Tony Butler and the team turned a rather boggy field into a stunning new cricket pitch in the heart of the Chew Valley.
“The club is proud to be bucking the national trend of village pitches closing and teams folding,” said Mr Wall. “In fact it was of sufficient interest that some of the players were invited into the BBC Radio Bristol studio a few days later to talk to Geoff Twentyman on his ‘Pavilion’ cricket programme.”
The BBC interview with the Nomads can be caught on BBC iplayer until early August. The Nomads are now appealing to other local teams interested in playing a match against them at their new ground to contact fixture secretary Mark Davies on 07960 012589.