Wizzy News 20 August 2020

Hi everyone

Welcome this week’s Wizzy News.

It’ s been some weeks since our previous Wizzy News – hope you haven’t missed us too much !

Lots to report on this week with both our Firsts and Seconds in action and a a memorable 162 not out by our Club President Steve Calder Smith.

Colts Sussex Junior festivals

Our under 12 and 14 teams participated in the annual Sussex Junior festival cup competitions in recent weeks. The format of the games are a lot longer than our players are used to and competition was tough. Our players enjoyed the challenge and there were some fantastic performances that are worth noting . Congratulations to all the players for their achievements and in particular to those who made it onto the honours board .

Senior matches

Congratulations to all the seniors who made it onto the honours board this week.

The standout performance was clearly the 162 no by our Club President Steve Calder Smith who not only surpassed his previous highest score, but recorded the highest ever score by a Wisborough Green player according the stats in Playcricket. What was quite remarkable about the innings was that Steve was at the crease from the very first ball of the innings to the last and didn’t give the oppo a single chance. It was a pure masterclass in patience – blocking the good balls and targeting the bad. No rash shots – just simple strokeplaying , taking the singles where appropriate and despatching to the boundary when the opportunity presented itself. No sixes were hit in Steve’s innings and there were no massive slogs – just an unhurried accumulation of runs. What was particularly special about the innings is that Steve’s son Joey batted alongside Steve for a good part of the innings and scored an impressive 46 no.

To give the innings some context , we dug into the records in Playcricket and extracted the top scores in every season going back to 2008 – shown in the honours board below. Those who have been at the club for a while may well have fond memories of the games in question.

It should of course be pointed out that the 2020 season isn’t over yet with 2 games still to be played. Judging by the fighting talk of first team skipper Jonny Farmer, there may well be a different name at the top of the leader board for 2020. Time will tell…..

Well done Mr President !

Firsts vs Horsham

  • Wisborough lose in tight game against Horsham
  • Junior Rainford and Hugo March in fine opening stand reduce visitors to 184
  • Kleiny, Law and Malcolm chip in with wickets
  • Hoppo claims two catches and two stumpings in great display behind the stumps
  • Malcolm quickfire 35 set Wisborough on their way to 50 for the first wicket
  • Middle order collapse as 50 for 0 becomes 52 for 5
  • Newby James Janion and Farmer re-build the innings to get the Green back in the game
  • Janion first of a few lbw’s from the home umpire
  • Farmer continues fine form with the bat to end on 44 not out
  • With just 4 runs needed , another lbw decision from the home umpire sealed victory for Horsham from the jaws of defeat.

Click here for the scorecard

Seconds vs Southwater

With a drastic change to the weather, Wisborough welcomed Southwater Seconds . With several players having played in the first team game last week, Southwater’s spirits seemed high winning the toss and electing to field first.

It didn’t take long for the Calder Smith show to get going. After losing his opening partner in the second over, Steve put his head down and started piling on the runs, sharing 100 plus partnerships with Jack Dixon and Richard Wilson . He was then joined by Joey who until that point had never had a partnership of more than 5 runs with his dad.

85 runs later, Joey and Steve were still together – Steve having carried his bat through forty overs for an amazing 162 not out and Joey having just missed out on his 50 by not hitting the final ball of the innings to the boundary.

So for what may well be the first time in history, Wisborough 2nd XI amassed an astonishing 322.

After all the fireworks of the Wisborough innings, Southwater were less adventurous allowing regular wickets to fall. After Captain Frank and Will Dixon dismissed the top 4 , the Green looked to Henry Sunderland and Chris Marshall who both got a wicket before Josh Dixon came on to bowl, wrapping things up nice and quickly ending up with 3 wickets for 2 runs in his 2.2 overs.

What a memorable game . Next week we have Horsham Trinity 2nds. Currently sitting second in the group, level on points with Storrington, but with a lower net run rate, we need to make sure we win the next two to be in with a chance of winning the group.

Click here for the scorecard

Team selections for next week

Please click here for our team selections for Saturday 22 August.

Would be great to have some local support cheering the players on.

Century Club

The latest Century Club draw was held a few weeks ago . Congratulations to the winners :

  • Ist prize – £250 -Ray Greatorex
  • 2nd prize – £150 -Keith Palmer
  • 3rd prize -£80 – Steve Calder Smith
  • 4th prize – £60 – Jenny Riley
  • 5th prize – £50 – Craig Vit

For details on how the Century Club works please click on the following link : http://www.wisboroughgreencc.co.uk/century-club/

Many thanks to Ray for all his efforts with running the Century Club

And finally – spotted out and about ….

Only in America …..

Any excuse to play the song : https://youtu.be/-tJYN-eG1zk ..(best at full volume)

That’s it for this week – If there is anything we need to know, you know where to find us.

Have a great cricketing week

Stay safe