Wizzy News 10 August 2023

Welcome to this week’s Wizzy news

Our senior league games sadly had to be called off because of the weather on Saturday, but our President’s Day on Sunday didn’t dissapoint as our Women’s team took on a Barbarians side and the Presidents X1 took on the visiting Kenya Kongonis.

Friday night training

Just a quick reminder that our Under 5, 6 and 7, under 8, under 9 and all girls age groups have finished their training for the season.

The under 10 – under 16 mixed age groups will continue with their informal training sessions on Friday evening as usual.

Century Club Draw

The most recent Century Club Draw took place at President’s Day on Sunday

Congratulations to the following winners :

  • £250 – Trevor Price
  • £150 – Cheryl Trestrail
  • £100 – A Martin
  • £75 – Bex Samuelson
  • £50 – Dave Wright

If you would like to find out more about the Century Club and how it works please click on the following link : http://www.wisboroughgreencc.co.uk/century-club/

Honours Boards

Congratulations to all those who made it onto the Board this week

Presidents Day

Many thanks to Club President Steve Calder Smith for a fantastic President’s Day and thanks to all those behind the scenes for their efforts – most notably Jenny Jones, Tarnie Dixon and the rest of the committee. Special thanks to Andy and Robyn Burbridge for the use of their marquee.

President’s Day – Women’s team vs Barbarians

President’s Day on Sunday was a lovely day in the Wisborough Green cricketing calendar, and the Women’s team were honoured to be taking part in it.  Without a scheduled league fixture, we invited players from West Chiltington, Billingshurst, and Petworth to form the ‘Barbarians,’ and Fluff kindly agreed to switch to the oppo to complete the team.

Expertly captained by Sarah from West Chilt, the oppo won the toss and elected to field. Hoping the wicket was drying fast after Saturday’s deluge, Wizzy opened their campaign.  First up Natalie and daughter Edie.  Opening batter Natalie scored at a steady pace with no loss, and Edie, new to the game, followed the example.  The pair set us on our way laying down a respectable 13 runs.  Next pair Bex and Ann continued to add at a decent pace.  Patience paid off as Ann pulled her first boundary past deep square, to huge cheers, and taking the pair’s contribution to 35 runs.  Nadia and Suzanna followed, adding a solid 15 runs between them, and our younger players Fizz and Jo put on an impressive 27 runs, all including extras.  Special mention of our junior players Jo, Fizz and Edie who stepped up to play for the Women and showed great maturity and skill.

Losing three wickets in total, Wizzy gave the oppo a target of 91 to win.

With preparations for the President’s lunch in full swing, and VPs, afternoon players and guests starting to arrive, we set about the task of fielding.  Nadia opened the bowling attack. Switching to around the wicket against the more experienced batters was paying off, and Nadia gave just 13 runs away from her 3 overs. Jo, our youngest player, bowled a beautiful line and length. Ann, Fizz, Natalie and Bex all had parts to play. Suzanna was kept busy at cover, and Natalie was sharp keeping wicket for the first time.  Thanks to Joshie’s spin bowling masterclass earlier in the week, some attempts to spin the ball created a few near catches, and finally a great catch from Edie at mid-wicket to Bex’s bowling gave Wizzy their first (and only) wicket.

The oppo, helped by Fluff, were matching the Wizzy run rate. Field placing and adapting position to batter is something we are keen to improve on and this was a great opportunity to practise. Edging to the final over, the chase remained close and the oppo needed 9 runs from the last 12 balls.  Fielders came in to stop the singles and encourage a wicket.  On to the last 6 balls, and with 2 runs needed for the win it was all to play for.  Fizz took on the final over and bowled brilliantly starting with 4 dot balls, each cheered by the gathering crowd. Then a near wide and a single run secured victory for the Baa-baas by only 2 runs!

Thanks go to the oppo for a great match, and we’re delighted they could stay for some President’s Day hospitality.  Thanks again to our youngsters for stepping up, to Mike Gadd for scoring at a minute’s notice, to Peter as ever for umpiring and your support.  And thanks to the organisers of President’s Day and the afternoon match v the Kenyan Kongonis. A day thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Bex Samuelson

Thanks to Chris Marshall for some great pics

Player of the match Edie Ayling
Natalie Pettett and Suzana Braddock sneaking a quick single
No shortage of determination from Suzana Braddock
Joanna Nicholls racing between the wickets
Ann Wells showing the ball no mercy
Oooops – one that got away – Fizz Gadd
Another top bowling performance from Nadia Pettett
Great bowling action by Under 11 Sussex Pathway player Jo Nicholls
Nadia Pettett wizzing one in from the deep
Fizz Gadd in action
Fiona Green firing one in
Joanna Nicholls keeping a watchful eye on proceedings

Presidents X1 vs Kenya Kongonis

A great game which went right down to the wire with the Kongonis hanging on for victory by one wicket

Please click here for the full scorecard

Many thanks to Chris Marshall for some more great pics

First team skipper James Rainford in action with the bat
Another good innings by Chris Douglas as he flicks one down the leg side
Nick Klein giving his Newberry bat a bit of air …
Will Dixon digging out a low one
Quality umpiring as always from First Team umpire – Peter Mattock
Club President Steve Calder Smith giving his speech at Tea
Hugo March giving the batter that mean stare ..
Head of the banter brigade Nick Klein
Jonny Farmer being .Jonny Farmer
Smiles all round as the team celebrate Josh Dixon’s wicket off his first ball
Josh and keeper DJ Dominique
James Newman in action in the field
Ash Perry firing off another one
Josh Dixon leading the team off the field after a great bowling performance
Josh being presented with the Player of the match award by the Kenya Kongoni’s skipper

End of Season Dinner

Our End of Season dinner and awards will be held at the Sir Roger Tichborne Country Pub in Alfold on Friday 15th September. Tickets are limited so please book early. The awards evening is as always a great way to finish off the season . Please see details below

Upcoming Fixtures this week

  • Our First X1 are away to Burgess Hill at 12:30 on Saturday and our Second X1 are at home to Kilnwood Vale at 1pm. Please click here for the team selections
  • The Women’s team are taking on Chiddingfold away at 2pm on Saturday afternoon and the Sunday X1 are taking on Twickenham Veterans at 2pm
  • The under 16’s are playing in various festival games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and our Women’s team are playing away at Billingshurst on Thursday evening at 6pm

Spotted at The Hundred

Buddy Edwardes and Harry Maggs spotted at The Hundred game at the Oval. on Sunday
Sam Billings , Oval Invincibles skipper taking some tips from Wisborough Green Under 12 star player Harry Maggs

Spotted out and about

That’s it for this week.

Have a great cricketing week 🏏😊