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‘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.

James, 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 season.

From the 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.

However, 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.

A 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.


Batting Average 13.5
Highest score 67* v Gordano Valley
Runs Scored 1466
Bowling Average 18.2
Best Bowling 9-22 v Brislington
Wickets Taken 578

Statistics are up to the end of the 2002 season

Born: 29 September 1965 in Bristol

Year Joined YMCA: 1980

Nick Name: 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: Alan Lamb

Favourite Food: Italian

Favourite Drink: 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.

© 2004 YMCA Cricket Club