Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News – our weekly roundup of news and events at Wisborough Green cricket club.
Another great week of cricket to report on with our First X1 in action against local rivals Billingshurst on Saturday and a Wisborough Green Invitation X1 against a Ricky Holland X1 on Sunday.
Congratulations to all those who made in onto our honours board this week
First X1 vs Billingshurst
- Green take on local rivals Billingshurst
- Jonny Farmer elects to bat first upon winning the toss. It is the sixth match in succession in which we have batted first.
- Tom Malcolm and Alan Law again give the innings a sound footing, with their ifth half-century stand of the season. It ends when Tom (35) is again dismissed by a slower ball.
- Alan makes 31, including 4 boundaries from consecutive balls, before falling to a fine catch at deep square-leg.
- In-form Martin Hopkins (31) and James Rainford (16) add valuable runs before both, and George Nicholls, are stumped in quick succession by Billingshurst skipper Richard Brown.
- Joey Calder-Smith smashes his first delivery to the point boundary, en route to a rapid 40 and shares a partnership of 70 with his skipper. Both strike 6s over long-on.
- Normally frugal veteran David Dunn concedes 47 from 8 overs.
- Jonny finishes on 43 not out and Nick Klein 15 not out, as we close with an imposing 225 for 6.
- Jack Sizzey-Carter strikes in the second over of the Billingshurst reply, striking the top of off stump, to bowl De Silva.
- At 32, Nick Klein makes the second breakthrough, Isaac Thorneley gloving to ‘keeper Martin Hopkins.
- The innings collapses to 89 for 9, the skipper striking in his first over and claiming 3 for 18 in 7 overs, to clinch Man of the Match title.
- James Rainford’s first ball for six weeks is somehow dragged onto the stumps by Dunn. Meanwhile, after being no balled for a delivery which bounced twice, Chris Marshall claims 2 for 23.
- Youngsters Ben Robinson (40 not out) and Connor McCarney (22) add an entertaining 44 for the last wicket. The match ends with a sharp catch at mid-wicket from James Rainford, his third catch of the innings, off Tom Malcolm.
- Following seven consecutive defeats, this was a fourth win in a row. A top-half finish remains possible.
- Battle of the Pete’s as Wisborough supply both Umpires, a first in the club’s league cricket history.
- A quieter day in Pete Klein’s season with only one LBW. Pete Mattock however breaks his own record of replacing yet another bust ball, 38.12 Seconds from Square to changing room and back!
Smiles all round as the team celebrates another great victory ….https://youtu.be/D2Ey-h-KUXA
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Invitation X1 vs Ricky Hollands X1
Wisborough Green Invitation X1 victorious against Ricky Holland XI with a perfect blend of youth and experience
- After a morning of rain the sun smiled kindly on the green to allow a slightly later start of 2pm and a 30-over contest
- It was agreed that WG should field first as the start time approached and the opposition were gathering their full compliment
- The WG team had a perfect combination of arthritic experience and fearless, youthful, talent.
- Joey Calder Smith, and Eddie Ragg opened the bowling and immediately closed down any easy scoring opportunities.
- Eddie removed one of the openers bowled with a peach up the hill.
- Josh and Will Dixon then continued the tight bowling attack gaining 1 and 2 wickets respectively
- Ran Dawson, his debut for a WG senior side, moved the ball beautifully in the air to keep the batsmen guessing
- His father Tom Dawson, after 25 long years in the wilderness, marked his cricket comeback behind the stumps leaping around like a wild salmon – sometimes in the direction of the ball.
- Peter ‘ the finger’ Klein enthusiastic to demonstrate his bowling prowess apparently developed a chronic back problem seconds before he was asked to bowl which was not obvious as he leapt around the field like a rutting stag
- Tom Malcolm kept both the batsmen and the fielders guessing and benefited for his efforts from an amazing one-handed diving catch from Joey at silly mid-off.
- Joey also picked up a late wicket through a great athletic effort from Darren Hunter who had to run backwards to catch a high ball
- Chris Marshall then finished off majestically up the hill with a great spell of 4 overs for 3 wickets and 21 runs, and rightfully claimed the title ‘Reverend’ after his superb performance on a Sunday
- The opposition restricted to 144 off 30 overs – well done for a great bowling and fielding performance by all.
- A delicious tea was prepared by our beautiful scorer, Tricia Dixon, who is now a local authority on cricketing statistics
- The WG opening pair walked calmly out onto the battlefield whereupon Tom Malcolm took on the opening bowlers aggressively firing balls to all corners of the pitch
- Tarni Dixon took a more leisurely approach of hitting the shorter and wider balls whilst showing more respect for the well-pitched up delivery
- The score soon accumulated and WG were 70 for 0 off 10 overs
- Tom Malcolm holed out for 44 after attempting an ambitious Dilshan scoop whilst the first slip elbowed away the keeper to claim the catch in a near disaster (Tarni followed soon after for 39)
- Joey Calder Smith and Chris Marsall finished it off after 20 overs with some classy batting ending with 34 and 19 not out respectively.
- Pics from the game below (thanks to cameraman James Rainford)
Matches this weekend
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The laws of cricket – ‘lbw’
In this week’s 2 minute video, Stephen Fry covers one of the most difficult decisions an umpire is required to make – lbw.
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And finally ….
Spotted out and about …
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Have a great cricketing week
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