Wizzy News 29 July 2021

Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News.

Lots to report on again this week with some great team and individual performances to celebrate.

Colts training

Just a quick reminder that our under 5, 6 and 7 age groups have finished their sessions for the season. The other age groups will continue training for the next few weeks and coaches will let parents know when their sessions will come to an end.

Honours Boards for this week

Congratulations to all the players who feature on the Honours Boards this week.

Special mention for under 12 skipper Rafferty Finn who scored his maiden century against Horley

First X1 vs Worthing

1st XI get vital win against fellow relegation strugglers

Wisborough Green took on Worthing 2nd XI at home on Saturday with the 2 teams separated by less than 15 points at the bottom of the table going into the game.

Worthing won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a good deck, albeit, with some fading cloud cover.

The innings started with a couple of inconsistent overs from James Rainford, whilst at the other end Hugo March started well, getting the 1st wicket with their opener being caught behind. Rainford then burgled the wicket of the opposing captain before another great delivery from March left the visitors 3 down.

The visitors then started to build a threatening partnership scoring at a good rate hitting a number of boundaries and rotating the strike well. The breakthrough came after an edge was caught superbly by DJ standing up to Will Dixon.

Another partnership started to build but fortunately Eddie Ragg dropped a caught and bowled chance on to the stumps leaving the non striker out of his ground – the third occasion Green have benefited it such a way this season.

Given the run rate and at least 10 overs to go Worthing were looking to set a target well in the 200s. But wickets were always their problem and the two opening bowlers were brought back on in the hope of bowling them out.

And that’s exactly what happened when March took his 3rd and 4th wickets of the game and Rainford picked up the last wicket. Worthing bowled out for 197 in just 34.5 overs.

On a good batting wicket, 197 was probably just under par, however, Wisborough would have to bat well to reach such a score, something they had struggled to do much of the season.

Opening batsman Steve Calder Smith and Dan Vickery got off to a promising start hitting a couple of nice strokes. It didn’t last long as Vickery was caught at first slip driving and was followed shortly after by Martin Hopkins.

Richard Wilson proved a useful partner to Steve rotating the strike well and allowing the opener to continue to play some impressive cut shots. Before he could get into his stride Richard lost his wicket which brought Watts to the crease recently coming off a good knock the previous Sunday.

Watts started his scoring with an impressive six over square leg which set the tone on what was to come. As Steve reached 50, Watts was doing his best to catch up crushing boundary after boundary. With the score on 157, Steve was adjudged LBW sweeping a slow full toss on 77.

With Wisborough 4 down, with plenty of time and only 40 runs behind it looked to be heading towards a dominant win for the green. However, DJ came and went without troubling the scorers and Jack Sizzy-Carter followed after a couple of lusty blows, leaving the home team a little nervous having only won twice this year. Watts however was still there having passed 50 and more than happy to knock off the singles that the fielding side was giving him. The skipper also out cheaply with only 4 runs to get with 3 wickets remaining, an unlikely turnaround was still a possibility.

There was nothing to fear, as Watts smashed the winning runs through the covers for four given Green an all important win.

A great team performance, beginning with a good bowling and fielding effort led by Hugo March with 4 wickets and a much needed batting performance with fantastic fifties by Steve Calder Smith and Matt Watts.

Buoyed by this win the 1stXI will need to perform at their best as they travel to Middleton to play their promotion pushing 2nd XI.

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Second X1 vs Chippingdale

Seconds have a game to forget against top of the table Chips

Skipper Frank Vickery won the toss and elected to field on a very dry and uneven wicket

Great opening spell from Oscar Warmington sees the first wicket fall with only 6 on the board

Juan Vorster holds onto a rocket off his own bowling to take second wicket with the score on 44

Green pay the price as Liam ‘chatty man ‘ Kitchener dropped with his score on 22

Bowlers toil against in form Kitchener who takes full advantage of some average bowling at times

Sam Williams takes his first senior wicket as skipper catches skipper

Kitchener finally dismissed for 152 as Oscar Warmington strikes with a great delivery

Frank Vickery traps keeper in front for Green’s final wicket of the day

Chips finish their 40 overs on credible 302 for 5

Green get off to a bad start as Ken Vickery bowled early on.

Batters struggle on a rapidly deteriorating wicket

Ollie Stott’s massive 6 into the carpark is highlight of the innings

Batsmen fall cheaply at regular intervals as Green capitulate

Game ends with only 56 on the board in the 23rd over

Team look to put loss behind them with the next home game against East Preston

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Under 14 vs Haywards Heath

• Wisborough win the toss and chose to bat first on a nice summers evening
• Wiz start slowly but start to gain momentum in the middle overs
• Ran Dawson ends up retiring on a well-played 40* leaving it up to the middle order to close the innings
• Some handy runs from Isaac Paisley and Will Dixon end the innings leaving Wisborough with 114 off their 20 overs a below par total on a flat wicket
• Green are off to a good start as Haywards Heath are stuck on 37 in the first nine overs
• A little break and a quick chat with their coach, Haywards Heath start to accelerate with their opener finally retiring on 40
• Oppos number 3 batsmen piles on the runs as Wisborough let a few through in the field
• Haywards Heath end up needing 7 off the last two overs which they achieve in the second ball of the last, Wisborough losing by 7 wickets

Will Dixon

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Team selection for next week

Click here for the senior team selections for this week.

And finally – spotted out and about ….

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

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