‘One of the Bristol’s most
feared fast bowlers’
Throughout the 1990’s YMCA’s first team strike bowler, James Chidgey has
developed a reputation as one of the Bristol’s most feared fast bowlers.
or ‘Big Jim’ as he's known to his teammates, began his long career in 1980 were
he made is debut for the Fourth Eleven, originally as a wicket keeper/opening
batsmen! But it was not long before he perfected the art of fast bowling and
soon caught the eye of First Eleven skipper, Steve Buckland, during the 1982
outset, Jim has been an impressive performer and his consistency has produced a
career record that can only be matched by a handful of former players. During a
superb league season in 2002, Jim took 39 wickets (the second highest total by a
YMCA player since the B&D league was formed) and celebrated reaching the 500
senior wickets barrier before rapidly moving onto 550 by the end of September.
But his achievements don’t stop there! Jim also holds the record for the most
First Eleven league wickets (over 330) and the best individual bowling figures
of 9 for 22 v Robinsons in July 1992.
it was not just with the ball that Jim has contributed. As well as an
experienced fielder, Jim can boast a good batting average of over 10 which has
produced many vital innings in the lower order on matchdays. His batting skills
were tested to the full in one of YM’s most famous league victories, over
Gordano Valley, in which Jim made his highest score of 67* during a remarkable
unbroken, match winning eighth wicket stand of 145.
clubman and a dedicated father in equal measures, few members have contributed
more, in time and effort, than Jim. We are delighted to recognise his dedication
to the club.
67* v Gordano Valley
9-22 v Brislington
Statistics are up to the end of the 2002 season
Born: 29 September 1965 in Bristol
Year Joined YMCA: 1980
Chidge, Jimbo, Big Jim
Playing Details: First Eleven Pace Bowler
Other clubs played for: None
Best YMCA Matches Played In: Firstly, a
league match for the First Eleven against Robinson's in 1992 where we batted
first and only managed 150/7. However, I took nine for 22 and helped us bowl out
the opposition for just 62. Secondly, there was also a match against Gordano Valley in
1997 where we were struggling at 55/7 in reply to Gordano Valley's 201 all out.
I then went out to bat and to join Simon White and, amazingly, we managed to knock
off the runs between us. Simon made 69* and I made my career best 67*.
Favourite YMCA Batsmen (past or present): Steve Buckland. I remember his scoring a century in a 20 over cup game!
Favourite YMCA Bowler (past or present):
Simon White - Something always happens when he bowls. He's very unpredictable.
Favourite Cricket Ground: Golden Hill and
Old Down's ground.
Least Favourite Cricket Ground: Hanham
Mount, Green Bank Road
Favourite Professional Cricketer:
Favourite Food: Italian
A pint of lager
Favourite Football Teams:
Manchester United and Bristol City
Favourite Holiday Destination: Anywhere hot
Motto In Life: Live life to the full and aim
to do well every year.