Welcome to this week’s Wizzy news.
Lots to report on again including a nail-biting win for the Firsts against Barns Green.
Music Clips for the week
Our first song of the week is for our stand-in First X1 skipper Jonny Farmer who took 3 key wickets for 26 runs and led the team to a great victory in the Battle of the Greens on Saturday. The song is Jonny’s favourite and one he is often overhead singing to himself …..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVEohM8BOQQ&start_radio=1&list=RDRVEohM8BOQQ
Our second song is for one of Wisborough Green’s workhorses who always puts in a shift and is almost always amongst the wickets. This week he took the crucial first wicket against Barns Green and then held his nerve to take the final one …
Honours Boards for the week
Congratulations to all those who made it onto the Honours Boards this week.
Matches over the weekend
First X1 vs Barns Green
- Wisborough win low scoring contest in the battle of the Green
- 8 double figure scores – only Self scores 30
- Price and Junior dig in for crucial 10th wicket stand
- Tea ladies deliver a lovely spread to revitalise the green to defend 130.
- Best fielding display since the Wisborough Harvest in 2007.
- Captain Farmer leads the way with the ball with 3 scalps
- Thatcher, Law and Self bag 2 a piece.
- Mark Day makes it out the village to celebrate
Celebrations after the game
Pictured from left : Alan Law, DJ Dominique, Jonny Farmer, Callum Price (front) , Jamie Self, Chris Marshall, Stuart Rainford , Chris Francis, Mark Day, James Rainford, Ben Thatcher
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see match report below
Second X1 vs Stirlands
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- Harold Hardie and Luke Kilford make welcome return to squad
- Stirlands win the toss and elect to bat
- Promising start for Green as 3 wickets fall with only 4 on the board
- Stirlands middle order dig in as Green struggle to take wickets
- Game runs away from Green as Stirlands tailenders share 58 run 10th wicket partnership and end on 235 all out
- Jack Dixon posts best bowling figures of 3 for 34
- Luke Kilford wins battle of the Kilfords bowling contest with one more wicket than Leon
- Green struggle against accurate bowling
- Dan Webber top scores with 20
- Harold Hardie has better day with the bat than the ball after looking very composed in front of the stumps
- Its 1-1 to the Kilfords as Leon posts more runs than older brother Luke
- Green skittled out for 135 in disappointing day with both bat and ball.
Under 12 vs Horsham Trinity
- Green bat impressively and post 116 for 5
- Bowlers shine and dismiss Trinity for 84
- Coach delighted with great focus in the field
Under 9’s vs Crawley Eagles
- Green narrowly lose out in hard fought game against top of the table Crawley Eagles
- Credit to all the players for their efforts with bat and ball, excellent concentration in the field – every game we are improving.
Matches this weekend
Both our senior teams will be in action this Saturday. A number of players are on holiday this weekend and our Second X1 are struggling to find players to field a team . If you are available to play please let Frank Vickery know. His tel number is 07824 697214 . Please click here for match details and team selections . Click here for fixtures for all age groups this weekend
Colts training – Friday night
Colts training will officially be finishing on Friday 27 July except for the under 5/6/7 age group who will be having their final session and prize giving on Friday 20th July.
There was an unsightly amount of litter dropped on our beautiful Green last Friday evening including plastic drinking cups, straws and hotdog/burger napkins. Please could everyone use the bin and make sure all children know this is the correct thing to do rather than just drop it where they stand. Thank you to Karl, Fizz and Rossie from the U9’s for cleaning up everyone else’s mess!
Race Night – Friday 24th August
Don’t miss out on Race Night on 24 August . We are privileged to have well known comedian Bobby Davro who will host and compere the evening as well as introducing the race card and coordinating all the activities that will take place in the big marquee on the green.
There are a few tables left – please contact Steve Calder- Smith if you would to book table. Steve can be contacted via mobile 07785 3364 72 or email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisborough’s Got talent – Saturday 25 August
Hope you’ve got 25th August in your diary. The Cricket Club are preparing an act to show off our talents – hope other groups are doing the same. Please contact Craig and let Steve Calder Smith know if you are planning something.
As we indicated last week The Cricketers Arms, has sponsored the cricket club for many years and has been the driving force behind Wisborough’s Got talent. This year Craig has selected the Cricket Club as the beneficiary of funds raised on the evening. See details below .
And finally a few chuckles for the week.
Hey dude – do you want to be noticed or not ??
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
First X1 vs Barns Green
The First XI visited Barns Green on Saturday, a clash of the two sides occupying the middle two positions in the table. With Jim Sadler making use of his Lord’s membership to see England defeat India, Jonny Farmer deputised for the first time this season. On another warm afternoon, although not quite hitting the temperatures of the previous Saturday, he won the toss and elected to bat first. Both captains expressed some concern about the quality of the pitch, which did not look like it would be easy to bat on; this indeed proved to be the case.
Jamie Self and D.J. Dominique became our tenth opening partnership in as many matches. They began well, a cover-driven boundary from Jamie and an off-driven boundary from D.J. the highlights as the total reached 26 in the sixth over. At this point D.J. was dismissed in a strange fashion. An inswinger from Steve Courquin appeared, to these eyes, to clip his pad en route to garrulous ‘keeper Phil Cox who, soon realising that his appeal did not look like being responded to positively, quickly removed the bails with D.J. out of his ground. He was given out stumped although, walking off, the batsman confessed that he had, in fact, hit the ball, so should have been adjudged caught. This partnership, remarkably, was to be the highest of the innings.
Mark Day, confidence high after consecutive half centuries, flicked a full toss through mid-wicket to open his account with a boundary first ball but, having been beaten by turn and bounce from young left-arm spinner Nick Cooper’s fine first ball, he was caught at extra-cover from his second, a surprisingly poor stroke although it looked like the ball had stopped on Mark a little. Alan Law, also in form, cracked his first ball over mid-wicket for six and quickly reached 14 but, the ball after driving off-spinner Danny Conway to the cover boundary, he completely miscued a leg-side stroke, offering a simple chance to mid-wicket. 62 for 3 in the 14th over.
Jamie, in his first innings for three weeks, since his half-century at Horsham Trinity, moved smoothly onto 30, including several well-timed leg glances. For the second year running, though, he was trapped l.b.w. by New Zealander Ant Quinn who, after a fairly wayward opening spell, took 3 for 4 in 4 overs in a miserly second, to finish with 3 for 19 overall. His other two victims were Stuart Rainford (13), bowled by a slower ball, and Jonny Farmer (0), another l.b.w. victim. 85 for 3 just before Jamie’s dismissal, the innings collapsed to 109 for 8, the other wickets Ben Thatcher (13), l.b.w. to a ball from Conway that kept much lower than anticipated and Chris Francis (10), caught at slip off a fine ball from Cooper. Bizarrely, apart from Jamie the top seven were out for between 10 and 14. Although the pitch certainly gave the Barns Green bowlers, especially their two spinners, some assistance a much higher total could have been acquired.
First team debutant Callum Price and James Rainford now added what proved to be a crucial 21 for the ninth wicket, the former concentrating mainly on defence, but pushing a boundary off the face to third man, the latter striking three leg-side boundaries, one of them fortunate. The innings was ended by two wickets from left-arm seamer Chris Bailey in the 33rd over, Callum caught at point attempting a forcing stroke against a ball that merited it and Chris Marshall inside edging his second delivery onto the stumps. We were all out for only 130, with no fewer than 45 balls not used.
Defending such a modest total, early wickets were obviously important and, after a maiden from James Rainford, one arrived from the first ball of the second over, Guy Duhig completely misjudging the length in attempting a bold stroke against Ben Thatcher, the bowler holding on to a fairly gentle skier. A quiet period of play now ensued, opener Matt Cooper playing particularly cautiously. Skipper Will Currie looked to be in more confident touch but, playing a defensive stroke, was bowled by Jamie Self in the 11th over. 23 for 2 soon became 35 for 4, Cooper, having made only 10 in 14 overs, caught at deep mid-on by Ben Thatcher off Alan Law, before Jamie claimed the crucial wicket of Jay Dumbrill, who scored an unbeaten century and half-century against us last season, smartly caught behind by D.J., standing up. D.J. gave a sparkling display behind the timbers, which set the tone for a generally tidy performance in the field.
The experienced Paul Cockley soon struck Jamie over mid-wicket for six and, scoring almost entirely on the leg-side, steadied the ship in company with Cox. The latter had a very unusual stance, his bat well outside leg-stump until just before the moment of delivery, surely making it harder for him to gain good balance. Having survived a series of l.b.w. shouts from Alan, some closer than others, he was bowled off stump by a fine delivery from the same bowler, whose spell of 2 for 18 from 9 frugal overs was an important competent of our victory. 65 for 5 became 75 for 6 when the acting skipper knocked back the middle stump of Cockley who, as Jamie had done earlier, top-scored with 30. Jonny seemed convinced that he had dismissed Conway l.b.w. first ball, but he survived. However, during a tidy four-over spell from Chris Marshall, he offered a simple chance to Mark Day at mid-wicket, who gratefully accepted. 93 for 7.
Chris Bailey had played with great caution up to this point, although he had looked as solid as anyone in the match. He now showed signs of acceleration, driving Jonny to the cover boundary before, in his next over, to a loud cry of anguish from the bowler, pulling a short ball for another boundary. However, the same bowler soon claimed his second wicket, trapping Nick Cooper l.b.w. 107 for 8 in the 35th over, 24 required for victory. At this point, Ben Thatcher returned to the attack, but he conceded nine runs from the first over of his spell, Bailey running the ball off the face to a vacant third man and Courquin cracking a full toss to the mid-wicket boundary. With the match now tantalising poised, critically Bailey fell to the second ball of Jonny’s next over, scooping the ball to the ever-reliable hands of Jamie Self near the cover boundary. Bizarrely, and frustratingly, the batsman stayed his ground, claiming that he had hit the ball into the ground; he had clearly done so just after the bounce. After both umpires had made it clear he was out, a clearly unhappy Bailey departed, apologising after the match and admitting his error. 116 for 9 in the 37th over.
More drama followed in quick succession, Courquin driving Jonny to Chris Marshall, emerging out of lengthening shadows at deep mid-on. Unfortunately, Chris was unable to accept the chance, but he was not made to fret for too long, Ben bowling the same batsman, seemingly aiming to halve the remaining target of 12 in one blow. Jubilant scenes of celebration followed. Barns Green were all out for 119. Jonny finished with 3 for 26. As well as managing his troops well, he deserves great credit for stepping up so well at the death. Ben finished with 2 for 16, Jamie 2 for 28, bringing his tally of league wickets for the season to 19.
A dramatic victory, our third in succession. Excluding the three victories that were separated by two cancelled fixtures last season, this is the first time we have had three consecutive wins since July / August 2014. Only one defeat in the last eight matches now and the only two sides who have beaten us are the top two, East Preston and Worthing Chippingdale. The latter are the visitors to the Green on Saturday in what looks to be a very tough assignment. After more than 560 runs in the last home fixture, I wonder whether another afternoon of high-scoring awaits us.