Cheney Knights 2019 Season

24th Year in the League!

The Cheney Knights play in the Premier Division of the Leicestershire 1990 league. Fixtures, results and current standings can be found here. Matches are played on a Wednesday evening and there are both standard league games and a Knockout Cup. If you would like to play for the team please contact Captain Sam on 07748 084529.

Match reports are listed below – most recent first.

29th May 2019

Division;Premier
Cheney Knights V Farriers
Teams;Cheney Knights Sam Burdett(c) Richard Wesson Ryan Shaw Dave Whait Rob Woods
Farriers C.Dawkes A.Luff C.Smith G.Marston G.Naylor M.Granatovicz
The Scores;                     Cheney Knights V Farriers                                            4-13                                            8-13                                          13-4                                            9-13
                                          34-43                     Legs;1                        Legs;3
The Cheney Knights strangely lost and climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table all on the same Night on a drizzly but fun Night in Gaddesby. Captain Sam Burdett was playing with Ryan Shaw and Joe Steele and apart from getting a 1 early on in the game they waited until the Farriers got to 12 before getting a 3 on One end before going down 13-4. Over on the other side Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was again with Dave Whait and Rob Woods and they also went far behind before a mini fight  back but the Ratby team were too much and took it 13-8,So at Half Time and 2-0 down again and points needed it really was all to play for.In the Second set of games Sams team had a great game with Sam pulling off some great shots and 2 very lucky Ones as well and even got a 5 on the last end as the Gaddesby team were playing how the Knights should play and won it 13-4,Over on the other Piste Richard spent a lot of time mopping up spilt milk and as the Farriers pulled away the Knights luck also ran out as the Farriers won again 13-9,So the Final Score was 3-1,43-34. Captain Sam said afterwards that although the Farriers are the current Premier League Champions and currently top of it as well the Knights should have got more out of the game,He also said that He was proud of His own 3 in the Second game and that 1 could be important at the end of the campaign and after His own bad performance last time the Knights were at Home He needed that game to get the show back on the road,He lastly added that although the Knights are now off the bottom of the league they should be under no illusions and they are not playing well and need to pull their socks up and get points on the board from now until the end of the season.
Next Game;Three Crowns ‘A(Hathern)-Away.Cup 1st Round.

Cheney KnightsSam Burdett(c)Richard WessonRyan ShawDave WhaitRob Woods
FarriersC.DawkesA.LuffC.SmithG.MarstonG.NaylorM.Granatovicz
The Scores;                     Cheney Knights V Farriers                                            4-13                                            8-13                                          13-4                                            9-13
                                          34-43                     Legs;1                        Legs;3
The Cheney Knights strangely lost and climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table all on the same Night on a drizzly but fun Night in Gaddesby.Captain Sam Burdett was playing with Ryan Shaw and Joe Steele and apart from getting a 1 early on in the game they waited until the Farriers got to 12 before getting a 3 on One end before going down 13-4,Over on the other side Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was again with Dave Whait and Rob Woods and they also went far behind before a mini fight  back but the Ratby team were too much and took it 13-8,So at Half Time and 2-0 down again and points needed it really was all to play for.In the Second set of games Sams team had a great game with Sam pulling off some great shots and 2 very lucky Ones as well and even got a 5 on the last end as the Gaddesby team were playing how the Knights should play and won it 13-4,Over on the other Piste Richard spent a lot of time mopping up spilt milk and as the Farriers pulled away the Knights luck also ran out as the Farriers won again 13-9,So the Final Score was 3-1,43-34. Captain Sam said afterwards that although the Farriers are the current Premier League Champions and currently top of it as well the Knights should have got more out of the game,He also said that He was proud of His own 3 in the Second game and that 1 could be important at the end of the campaign and after His own bad performance last time the Knights were at Home He needed that game to get the show back on the road,He lastly added that although the Knights are now off the bottom of the league they should be under no illusions and they are not playing well and need to pull their socks up and get points on the board from now until the end of the season.
Next Game;Three Crowns ‘A(Hathern)-Away.Cup 1st Round.

Date;22/05/19Division;Premier
White Hart Oscars V Cheney Knights
Teams;White Hart OscarsB.MacdonaldS.HandyP.HigginsI.MacdonaldM.WilliamsE.Griffiths
Cheney KnightsSam Burdett(c)Richard WessonRyan ShawJoe SteeleDave WhaitR.Woods
The Scores;                    White Hart Oscars V Cheney Knights                                             13-0                                             13-12                                             13-1                                              8-13
                                             47-26                      Legs;3                             Legs;1
The Cheney Knights kept their bad start to the season going as they went rock bottom in the Premier League on a fine and pleasant evening in Gaddesby.Captain Sam Burdett was playing with Ryan Shaw and Joe Steele and although they did not get off to the best of starts a 5 on One end for the Knights catapulted them back into the game,They even took a 9-5 lead but soon found themselves 12-9 down but again on One end the Knights pulled it level before the Oscars with the score a 12-12 pointed a boule none of the Knights could beat and the Quorn team won it 13-12,Over on the other piste Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was with Dave Whait and Rob Woods and they were ‘Fannied’,simple as that as they lost 13-0,So at Half-Time against One of the promoted teams and 2-0 down it really was all to play for.In the Second set of games Sams team got the First end with a 1 and that was it as the Gaddesby Team went down 13-1,Over on the other side Richards team took a healthy lead and although the Oscars pulled it back the Knights hung on to win 13-8,So the Final Score was 3-1,47-26.Captain Sam said afterwards that the Petanque the Knights are playing at the moment is nowhere near Premier League standard and they need to get their fingers out fast,He also said to get beat twice 13-0 Two Weeks in a row is simply not good enough as He considered making some changes,He lastly added that the Knights can not have the big dramatic escape every Year as the will get caught out so they need to buckle down from now until the end of the season.
Next Game;29th May-Farriers-Ratby-Home.

Date;15/05/19Presidents Cup;Match 1
Cheney Knights V Three Crowns ‘C’
Teams;Cheney KnightsSam Burdett(c)Richard WessonDave WhaitJoe SteeleKev BakerCharles Parkker
Three Crowns ‘C’D.InsleyT.InsleyD.PorterA.SnewinA.BryantA.Thistreton
The Scores;                       Cheney Knights V Three Crowns ‘C’                                              3-13                                            12-13                                              0-13                                            13-10
                                            28-49                        Legs;1                        Legs;3
The Cheney Knights suffered a humiliating defeat in the newly formed Presidents Cup and effectively made it unwinable for themselves on a hard but pleasant Night in Gaddesby.Captain Sam Burdett was playing with Dave Whait and Joe Steele with Ryan Shaw unavailable due to play off commitments and they did take the lead early on and that really was as good as it got for this team as the Knights lost it in Two ends of 4 for the Crowns as the Hathern team took full advantage of the Home teams inabilities and won the game 13-3,Over on the other Piste Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was joined on His team by Kev Baker and Charles Parker and they went far behind but got a 4 themselves on One end and were unlucky to lose 13-12,So at Half Time against a Division ‘A’ side if the Knights were to get anything uot of this game it really was all to play for.In the Second set of games Sams team were unlucky on a few ends but on the Whole it was some of the worst Petanque seen of recent Years as the Gaddesby team went down like the Titanic and lost 13-0,Over on the other game it was better from Richards team and at the end the Knights rightly won the game 13-10,So the Final score was 3-1,49-28.Captain Sam said afterwards that although this Cup is not as big as the league and the normal Cup there is no excuse for the type of performance His own 3 put in Tonight at all,He also said of His own personal game the Second game in particular was the worst He has played for many a year,He lastly added that He may use this Cup now to blood new players as it is going to be a long hard season.
Next Game;22nd May-White Hart Oscars(Quorn)-Away.

Date;08/05/19Cup;Preliminary Round
Cheney Knights V Red Lion ‘1’
Teams;Cheney KnightsSam Burdett(c)Richard WessonRyan ShawJoe SteeleDave WhaitRob Woods
Red Lion ‘1’T.ConwayI.JonesD.TongueR.LinforthD.MulforthA.Brudenell
The Scores;                      Cheney Knights V Red Lion’1′                                           12-13                                           13-11                                             6-13                                            13-6
                                            44-43                       Legs;2                       Legs;2
The Cheney Knights made it through to the First Round of the Cup proper by One point against a very good team who are in the bottom Division because they have just moved to the 1990 League from the top Division of the Leicestershire league on a tense Night in Gaddesby.Captain Sam Burdett was with Ryan Shaw and Joe Steele and they went behind against good pointing and shooting from the Lions but slowly started to sneak back into it 5-5 and they then took a lead and pulled away but the Kegworth team were always breathing down their necks until with the game sat at 11-11 Sam pulled off Two great shots to win the game 13-11,Over on the other Piste Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was playing with Dave Whait and Rob Woods and they went behind at the same rate as Sams team so things were not looking good but somehow the Knights clawed their way back into it just losing it 13-12,So at Half Time with points meaning prizes and there being a One point difference between the 2 Teams it really was all to play for,In the Second set of games Sams team went 3-0 down early on but again pulled it back to 5-5 and with Richards team pulling away nicely Sams team had to get points on the board and just got enough as the Lions from 9-6 got a 4 on the last end to win it 13-6,Over on Richards game with the Gaddesby team off into the horizon the Knights hit a bump in the road as the Lions got 4 on One end but Richards team dusted themselves off and finished within seconds of Sams game to win it 13-6,So the Final Score was 2-2,44-43.Captain Sam said afterwards that this was a very good test for His team as the Red Lion are a very good team who no doubt will be in the Premier League before long,He also said He was impressed with the grit the Knights showed as in the First game when things were not looking good they did not panic,Before lastly adding that He was pleased to go into the Cup instead of the plate as the Cup is the big One and His team should take confidence from this as it is the presidents cup next Week and the Knights need to battle on all fronts from now until the end of the season.
Next Game;15th May-Three Crowns ‘C'(Hathern)-Home.Presidents Cup.

Date;01/05/19Division;Premier
Cheney Knights V Blue Bell Peelers
Teams;Cheney KnightsSam Burdett(c)Richard WessonRyan ShawJoe SteeleKev Baker Dave Whait
Blue Bell PeelersR.PrenticeM.GaytonD.GambleR.BrownS.DisneyT.Tomlin
The Scores;                     Cheney Knights V Blue Bell Peelers                                            6-13                                          13-7                                            4-13                                          11-13
                                          34-46                     Legs;1                           Legs;3
The Cheney Knights suffered their First defeat of the season to drop down the table to Fourth against the former Premier league champions on a very long and wet Night in Gaddesby.Captain Sam Burdett was again playing with Ryan Shaw and Joe Steele and although it was level scoring early on every time the Knights won an end it was One and every time the Peelers won One it was a high scoring end so the game was only ever going to go One way as the Peelers won it 13-6,Over on the other Piste Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was with Kev Baker and Dave Whait and although the Knights went behind early on they ground out the ends and once in the lead pulled away to win 13-7,So at Half time with the scores Once again 1-1 it was all to play for.In the Second set of games Sams team went 3 behind on the First end and although they pulled a few back their was only ever going to be One winner although the result did not reflect the game as the Hoby Team took it 13-4,In Richards game the Peelers took a big lead but with the Peelers stuck on 12 the Gaddesby team refused to die and got themselves back in the game with some great play from Kev but it was not to be as the Peelers won it 13-11,So the Final Score was 3-1,46-34.Captain Sam said after the game that some of His team were not at the races Today for various reasons but He was impressed with Richards Second game as the Knights just refused to lie down and were very unlucky,He also added that the Peelers are a very good team and this game could at One point have gone either way,He lastly added that with Two Weeks off for the Knights in league action His team need to fight on all fronts now from this point until the end of the season. Next Game;;8th May-Red Lion ‘!'(Kegworth)-Home.Cup Preliminary Round.

Date;24/04/19Division;Premier
Soar Bottoms V Cheney Knights
Teams;Soar BottomsI.LovettI.BruceA.RileyR.BradshawE.BradshawT.Green
Cheney KnightsSam BurdettRichard WessonRyan ShawJoe SteeleDave WhaitRob Woods
The Scores;                    Soar Bottoms V Cheney Knights                                      13-9                                        7-13                                        6-13                                      13-8                                                                         39-43                    Legs;2                        Legs;2
The Cheney Knights got another winning draw for the Second Week in a row in a game they should really have won outright on a pleasant and fun Night in Barrow Upon Soar.Captain Sam Burdett was playing with Ryan Shaw and Joe Steele and their game took some time to get going with the Knights just behind early on but Once they got into the swing of things there was no stopping them and as they changed through the gears they got the Monkey off their back of losing both games the previous Week to take the game 13-7,Over on the other side Vice-Captain Richard Wesson was partnered with Dave Whait and Rob Woods and their game was close until the Barrow Upon Soar team pulled away and won the game 13-9,So at Half Time and with the scores at 1-1 it really was all to play for.In The Second set of Games Sams team did not get off to a good start going 6-0 behind but You just got the feeling it was when and not If the Gaddesby team were going to get the run of the Piste and Once they did that was it as the Bottoms did not get another point as the Knights powered to a very good win 13-6,Over on the other Piste Richards team seemed to be always behind and Richard in particular always looked to be fighting a losing battle as the Bottoms took it 13-8,So the Final Score was 2-2,43-39.Captain Sam said afterwards that this really again should have been a win like the previous Week but a draw away is not the end of the world,He also said that with Richards team winning both at Home the week before and His own winning both Tonight they just both have to do it on the same Night if they are going to change draws into wins,He lastly added that the early season rustiness should all be gone now and the Knights need to be looking at the top of the table because they have the players but excuses need to stop here as from now until October there is a lot of boule to be thrown in a long season.
Next Game;1st May-Blue Bell Peelers(Hoby)-Home.