In this week’s news :
- 1’s suffer first defeat of the season
- Toss crucial on wet wicket
- Napper, Thatcher and Self with main runs contributions
- Self bowled leaving a straight one (also day follows night)
- Veteran Dodd shows the younger players how it’s done with the ball
See match report below
- Colbran brothers take control as Joel destroys top order and Tom wraps up the tail
- Luca Cocoracchio takes valuable wickets
- Wizzy win comfortably in the end
- Old Wisborough faithful can’t remember when 2nd X1 last won 4 games on the trot!
See match report below
- Slinfold concede game – Wisborough under 14’s remain on top of the league
- Great training match on Saturday for the squad. Looking forward to the nest challenge against Three Bridges.
- Undr 9’s remain undefeated after convincing victory over Steyning
- Under 8’s make valuable contributions
- Great all round team performance
See match report below
Green travelled to Broadwater last weekend and were faced with an uphill battle right from the start. Captain Self has one major job on a Saturday and that’s to win the toss. He failed! The wicket was very damp from a heavy shower that had passed through late morning which meant that the start was delayed by over half an hour. Broadwater won the toss and duly inserted the visitors on a very tricky wicket.
Openers Self and Hopkins battled hard in the early exchanges and moved the score to 23 before Hoppo got what can only be described as a somewhat puzzling LBW decision against him. The pitch was doing plenty with the main problem being deliverys that stopped in the pitch. Green were battling but soon found themselves 63 for 5. Mainly due to shots being played early with the ball holding up in the pitch. Thatcher joined Napper at the crease and the teams two in form batsmen proceeded to put together a hard fought partnership. Sadly it came to and end when Thatcher was dismissed caught at point after the pair had added 50 runs and from there the innings fell apart. An excellent little cameo from James Rainford at number 11 took the score to 125 and a fourth batting point but it would be an uphill struggle to win the game on a pitch that was drying fast in the sunshine.
After a good tea that easily beat the previous away tea we’ve had Wisborough went out determined to get something out of the game. Thatcher and James Rainford opened the bowling but a failure to hit a good length on a regular basis meant that they leaked runs and were unable to take wickets. It was clear that Green needed to take pace off the ball. Enter captain Self (hobbling after attempting some sort of dance-off with the cricket ball and coming off worse) and the wise old head of Tim Dodd. Jamie started off a little expensive but at the other end Dodd was keeping it tight and making the ball talk. He soon made the breakthrough in his second over. Green kept the pressure on and Self added two more wickets both caught by Frank Vickery. Doddy took another with Broadwater looking to finish the game quickly but sadly it wasn’t to be for the visitors who just didn’t give themselves enough runs to play with.
A slightly disappointing performance for the first time this season for Green. It should be noted though that the team did have the worst of the conditions to bat in but congratulations to Broadwater who were certainly the better side on the day!
Wisborough Green 2nd X1 V Aldwick
The sun was out, the Green was looking spectacular and the teams of fine athletes were assembled.
Wisborough had a fine balance of youth and experience, with experience slightly tipping the balance.
Aldwick won the toss and surprisingly put Wisborough into bat. John and Chris Francis proved to be the perfect opening pair. John playing straight and perfectly correct, pushing the singles whilst Chris smashed the bowling to all parts.
The first wicket fell at 57, with John falling for 17 seeing off the new ball with ease. Dave Cocoracchio looked solid but missed a straight one to be bowled, and Nick Scott Payne looked in no trouble until his eyes lit up and smashed a ball to the hands of an Aldwick player. John page making his Wizzy debut hit some nice shots and rolled back the years. At this point with 5 overs to go we has 158 and wanted 200+, so some Colbran smashing was needed, Joel hitting some great boundaries. Sadler came and went for a 3 ball 4, and Tom Colbran joined his brother hitting a few well guided boundaries to finish on 10. Hugo and Joel seeing us through to 203 for 7.
Tea was exceptional from the Cricks, and a thankyou to Anya and Caroline CalderSmith for helping lay out and clear up.
Joel Colbran fired up by a ‘Cricks Onion Bajee’ bowled with pace a swing, knocking the first 3 batsman over for 7 runs. Some fine fielding from Sadler ran out the next batsman and Aldwick were struggling at 50 for . Hugo March bowled well up the hill, and his left arm swing was lovely to watch. Nick Scott Payne bowled with accuracy down the hill only going for 9 in his 6 overs, keeping the pressure on Aldwick.
Aldwicks number 5 had other plans and started smashing the ball to the boundary with ease. He reached 50 in no time, and Wizzy needed to get the ‘big Bashing Barry’ out quickly. On came Luca Cocoracchio, the man for the job, he duly removed BBB for with a straight ball hitting leg stump. This was a great sight as Aldwick had little else apart from A lady cricketer called Lara, who should have batted higher in the order and was one of their best players. Tom Colbran weaved some more magic and Aldwick has no answers to ‘Tommys turners’ and were dismissed for 137. Tom finishing on 2 for 31. A special mention must go to Mike Boast for some fine fielding and Dave Cocoracchio for some handy glove work.
A great day with some fine work from the whole team. The 2nd X1 roll on with 4 wins out of 4.
Many thanks to Calum Price for Scoring and Peter Mattock for umpiring.
Cheers James Sadler
2nd X1 Captain
U9s remain undefeated with a 60-run victory over Steyning at home.
This was another professional and impressive performance from a team which consisted of 4 U9s and 4 U8s. The U8s who were drafted in played amazingly well and contributed equally with both bat and ball.
WG lost the toss and were put into the field by Steyning:
• Good standard of fielding throughout
• William and Joseph Reed (both U8s) both bowled straight and consistently
• Steyning struggled to score runs towards the end of their innings
• Steyning ended up with 241 runs at the end of their 16 overs
Dominant WG batting performance:
• Strong opening partnership with Fraser Williams and Miles Denyer-Hammonds (U8)
• Jed Guimaraens and Ethan Vince-Odozi continue with powerful hitting and good running between the wickets
• The Reed twins continue their form with some straight hitting and sensible calling
• Dexter McCullen (U8) and Will Dixon (41 runs) complete the innings with an aggressive display
• Wisborough Green end up on top with 298.
Great to see so much strength in depth within the colts section.