Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News – our weekly roundup of news and events at Wisborough Green Cricket Club. If you missed last week’s edition of Wizzy News, please click here
Parking on a Friday evening
Just a quick reminder about parking. It’s great to see so many Juniors enjoying cricket on the Green on a Friday evening, but with this comes a pressure on parking around the Green. We therefore ask you to walk to the Green if possible and be considerate when parking avoiding the verges around the playground area and Butts Meadow. Please also be mindful of the implication of your parking on the flow of traffic around the Green – we obviously want to avoid any unnecessary risks caused by the build up of traffic. There is of course additional parking to be found in the Village Hall car park, so please do make use of it if you can.
Many thanks in advance for your help with this which will be much appreciated by the wider village community.
Century Club Draw
Congratulations to all the winners of the May Century Club draw – your cheques will be in the post to you shortly
- 1st Prize £250 Simon Cheesman
- 2nd Prize £150 Brenda Karn Smith
- 3rd Prize £100 Trevor Benson
- 4th Prize £75 Paul Strange
- 5th Prize £50 Anthony Dixon
Please click here to find out how the Century Club works and how to join. It’s a great way to support the club and stand a chance of winning a prize every quarter.
Wisborough legend ties the knot (finally)
Congratulations to Wisborough legend Ben Thatcher on his marriage to beautiful bride Lara a couple of weeks ago.
What a great catch Thatch – a perfect match !
The game of cricket
Following on from last week’s video on what constitutes a fair catch , we are covering off the boundary catch this week. Please click on the link below for another delightful video by Stephen Fry.
Congratulations to all those who made it onto our Honours board this week
First X1 vs Barns Green
After a couple of losses on the bounce the First team had it all to do at league leaders and unbeaten Barns Green.
Dan Vickery, fresh from his holiday, had what could only be described as the Vengabus on loan and spirits were high as we avoided cars/animals and bushes on route to the game, arriving just about in one piece. It was the Wisborough boys who were up for the game as only one Barns Green player was on site.
Captain Farmer was keen to win the toss on a wet wicket, and as it was the Jubilee would call Heads, but like the Queen she avoided yet another key moment as tails was on show. Much to the everyone’s surprise (including the Barns Green bowlers) the Barns Green skipper opted to bat.
James Rainford (Jnr) and Will Dixon opened the attack, and it was Jnr who was firing on all cylinders – his first ball pinning the opener straight in the grill. The batsman continued to struggle with the ball doing all sorts. Will also was toiling at the other end, but the batman was just swinging through the line and hitting the ball to the boundary. The score reached 24, when another ball popped and James Newman grabbed the chance.
Nick Klein was then brought into the attack, at what is probably now his favourite ground, and promply removed the BG captain for 38, with Jack Dixon catching the ball over his head on the 3rd attempt.
It was clear from that moment there was only one Green up for the battle with Kleiny bowling with real control and swinging the ball both ways to remove the number 4 and 5 batsmen without scoring.
With the score on 48 for 4 James Rainford removed the number 6, only for it to be called a no ball. A great spell of bowling from Jnr who finished with the remarkable figures of 8 Overs 5 Maidens 5 runs for 1 wicket.
Captain Farmer came into the attack, and was quite frankly fairly average at best. But the one ball that mattered was removing the resilient Dumbrell – the only BG player who looked up for digging in.
The rest of the innings was about part time spinner James Newman vs the youth of BG and he knocked all four over for not a lot.
Barns Green finished on 115, with Nick Klein the pick of the bowlers with Jnr and Jimmer pushing him very closely.
Tea was taken – lots of jubilee leftovers and water required for SCS (Steve Calder Smith) to recover from his 3 day bender and see the ball like it was a melon and not a bar of soap.
Out strode the same pairing of Newman and SCS and it was a fast start which was exactly what was required to chase a low total. The score moved on to 24 before James ‘thumbed’ one to the keeper and was correctly and efficiently disposed of by Peter Mattock’s finger.
Rich Wilson (RW) fresh off some scores for his school was in at 3. He looked to get bat on ball, and punish any bad bowling. The same could also be said of SCS, who went about his business hitting back to back 4’s before being caught behind – another 25 for our elder statesmen.
38 for 2 and still a long way to go on the difficult wicket, Raggy joined RW. Richy started to flick the ball and smell the leather of his bat, while Raggy was determined to just knock around the singles. Rich hit a 6 then 4 to bring up his maiden 1st XI half century that turned out to be match winning. He finally fell for a fine 53 off 50 balls. Raggy then hit a monster 6 into the BG nets to take us to the edge, and Will Dixon hit the winning 4 to take us back to top of the league, with a very professional display.
Player of the match was a close affair for several of our bowlers, but young gun Rich Wilson pips them with a fine debut First team 50 on a tricky wicket!
Onwards to Stirlands at home.
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Second X1 vs Ifield
The Second X1 welcomed Ifield to the hallowed turf on a cool, windy and sunless day.
Ifield won the toss and elected to field.
The usual dad and son combination of Tom and Ran Dawson opened the batting for the Green. Ran played some classical elegant shots which travelled fast across the square only to be held up in the meadow beyond. Tom Dawson looked as if he was in for the long haul when a surprise incutter trapped him lbw for 13.
Chris Marshall joined Ran at the crease . Both battled bravely with bat in one hand, scythe in the other.
A low runner hit Ran square on the shin and the finger was raised again (18) with another finger for Chris Marshall (15) who was starting to look good with the bat.
Frank Vickery came and went with a stylish cut which decided to bypass his bat (1).
Chris Francis (0) came and went as did Charlie Maunder (7) who survived a massive runout apeal.
Sam Williams arrived at the crease and stroked the ball about with Harry Hunter before some confusion in the calling left Harry at the same end as Sam.
Our hopes now lay with Leon Kilford, but with a rush of blood and a swing that created a draft which was felt outside the pavilion as Leon was clean bowled.
Kit Witheridge (4) and Josh Dixon (0) both came and went to leave Sam Williams the not out batter on 23.
Wisborough all out in 34 overs with 120 on the board.
Ran Dawson opened the bowling from the Ken Vickery end and Frank from the other. An early wicket from Ran and Frank in the first couple of overs with only 4 on the board created a glimmer of interest for the odd passer by.
Three more for Frank and one from Leon and suddenly there was some excitement on the bordering benches.
Next in was the Ifield ‘Hammer’. Happy to punish any ball in any way playing a whole range of swipes – some of which were quite effective. He was later dismissed caught behind by Charlie Maunder off Ran Dawson for 33 but it was sadly too late.
Ifield reached the target in 29 overs 7 wickets down.
A day of missed opportunities with an unfortunate runout and a couple of dropped catches that could have made all the difference.
The team march on to Rustington with a much needed win required.
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Pics from the game
Senior Team selection for Saturday
Please click here to view the senior team selections for this Saturday
….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