Music clip of the week
This week’s music clip is dedicated to the First and Second team Captains who were out l.b.w. for 0 on Saturday. To make matters worse they were both given out by Wisborough Green Umpires. Oh ShShShsherbet…………… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXM4wGCqKWA
Honours boards for the week
Matches over the weekend
Firsts vs Chippingdales
- Half Baked Wis suffer defeat to Chipps
- Self’s 1 to 1 coaching with Day pays off as Day leaves a straight one
- Bell and Farmer make runs
- Tail wags to give Green half a chance
- Bowling and Fielding not up to scratch
- Chipps chase down total in quick time
- Self only man to take wickets
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Team pic before the game – Back from left : Joey Calder Smith, Frank Vickery , Nick Scott Payne (Capt) , Chris Francis , John Page , Tarnie Dixon. Front from left : Jacob Ball, Martin Hopkins, Chris Marshall ,Stuart Rainford, Steve Calder Smith
Headlines from the game
- Crawley get off to brisk start as bowlers struggle to find their line and length
- Crawley batsman run out for 98 after trying to push for one extra run
- Frank Vickery rolls back the years with magnificent single handed diving caught and bowled
- Green set target of 286 to win on fast outfield
- Players royally treated with strawberries and ice cream at tea – thank you Sara Scott Payne for the great spread
- Classy batting from Jacob Ball who ends on 46
- Stuart Rainford notches up memorable 50 n.o. on final ball of the day
- Green fall short of target by 77 runs with one wicket remaining
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Under 14’s vs Horsham Trinity
- Green set oppo 119 to win on fast outfield
- Ollie Warmington stars with the bat with classy 38 runs
- Oscar Warmington and Joe Bonney ably assist with 22 no and 21 runs respectively
- Unfortunate runouts the order of the day
- Wickets tumble early in Trinity innings
- Excellent Green fielding on the boundary stems the flow of runs
- Will Dixon and Captain Palmer dismiss troublesome batsmen to seal the victory
- Team praised for spirited performance
- Coach Bonney in top form with match report
Under 12’s vs Billingshurst
- Green fall short in local derby
- Nathan Caddock and Charlie Burchell pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets each.
- Wren Fawcett stars behind the stumps and only concedes 1 bye
- Billingshurst restricted to 80 in allotted 20 overs
- Green batsmen struggle against oppo bowling
- Harry Hunter tops scores with 9
- Green end the game 16 short
- Coach praises team for positive team spirit
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Under 5/6/7 training on the Green
Another large group attended this week, and Alen was once again most appreciative of those parents who lent a hand with his session. One performance of note this week, from Lucy Baker who was the most helpful player (MHP) in the group! Sometimes that’s what it’s all about! Well done Lucy!
Matches this weekend
Pics from last week
Royal celebrations at the Pav on Saturday
Date for your diary
Great News – The Circus is coming to the Green on 15-17 June . Click here for further details
Other non cricketing news
First X1 vs Chippingdales
After the disappointment of the abandonment of the home match with Barns Green, the First XI returned to action at the Rotary Ground, Worthing, home of Chippingdale. For the third week in succession, including last week’s aborted fixture, skipper Jim Sadler won the toss and elected to bat first on a surface that played well, although not quite as truly as anticipated. OSP Mark Day scored his first runs for the club, with a sweetly-timed three through wide mid-on. However, from the first ball of the second over, he was beaten by extravagant swing and bowled middle stump, having played no stroke.
Debutant Chris Plaister and fellow left-hander Jordan Bell ensured there was no further early loss, although both suffered moments of unease amidst a pleasant array of boundaries. Chris lofted slow bowler Gary Mockford emphatically to the fence on both sides of the wicket but, with the total 46, miscued another attempted drive, providing a simple catch to extra-cover. Two more wickets soon followed, Jamie Self caught-behind first ball and the skipper l.b.w second ball. Tim Dodd, effortlessly struck the second delivery he received over bowler Mockford’s head for the only six of the match but, having moved to 10, fell to an excellent catch in the gully, having again struck the ball sweetly. When Jordan was dismissed, caught-behind, for a battling 33 (64 balls) and Ben Thatcher followed in similar fashion, we were reduced to 88 for 7.
A gutsy effort from the Wisborough Green tail breathed life into the match. Jonny Farmer soon displayed assertive intent, in both his strokeplay and running between the wickets, and found a useful ally in D.J. Dominique, who generally played very soundly, with the exception of a couple of very strange shots, including something akin to a tennis smash, from a very low position, to a ball of reasonably full length. Jonny raced to 32 (33 balls) before, having previously just about jabbed down in time on a sharply-turning googly from Saad Qutab, was bowled by a similar delivery, via his pad. After D.J. had fallen in Qutab’s next over, James Rainford and Jack Sizzey-Carter shared a partnership of 25 for the last wicket, the former defending tightly whilst the latter attacked, the highlight a strong blow over mid-wicket. With the home side starting to become a little rattled, the innings ended in the penultimate of the 49 possible overs, Jack lofting a simple catch to mid-on, to give youthful Chippingdale skipper Josh Bourne his third wicket. Our total was 156, three short of that at Arundel a fortnight ago, although this was certainly a better batting wicket.
The tone for the Chippingdale reply was set immediately, Bourne square-driving the opening delivery, from James Rainford, emphatically to the fence. However, he offered a chance in the second over, edging Ben Thatcher to Tim Dodd at slip, who was unable to accept the offering. Although both Bourne and fellow opener A.J. Wood (who was perhaps inspired by the sight of the sponsor’s logo on the shirts of his opponents) occasionally rode their luck, no more chances were proferred until the match had swung inexorably in Chippingdale’s favour. Bourne dominated the early scoring, but Wood’s became the stand-out knock, featuring several beautifully struck boundaries, along the ground, ‘in the V’. Jim rang the changes in trying to break the partnership, sixth bowler Jamie Self eventually doing so, Bourne (47) skying to Mark Day at cover, with the stand one short of a century. Wood (59) followed in Jamie’s next over, edging a straightforward chance to D.J., who again impressed behind the stumps, with some particularly tidy glove-work standing up. The home side eased home, though, with more than 17 overs to spare, without further loss, the memorably-named Aaron Tugnutt (32 not out) just as fluent as the openers had been.
A disappointing defeat then, and certainly one that the team won’t want to dwell on. A bright-spot was the resistance shown by numbers 8 to 11, which reflects the depth in the batting line-up, although there have been no half-century scores or partnerships in the first two matches, which is something the team will be keen to address. With Byron Napper returning next Saturday, the team looks to be at full-strength for an intriguing match at home to Southwater.
Seconds vs Crawley Eagles
The 2nd X1 entertained Crawley Eagles 4th on a super sunny day with the green looking resplendent in the May sunshine and the blossom still evident on the trees bordering the green.
As with all Eagles sides you never know what side they will field on any particular day, but Crawley 4ths are made up of the entire Sri Lankan Serendip side now reformed as Crawley 4ths, who in previous years had given Wisborough 1sts a good run for their money. Marina lost the toss and Wizzy were invited to take the field first. Reflecting on last weeks bowling performance, hopes were high to dismiss the oppo for another low total on a pitch that looked like a bit of a “green un.“
As with many “sub continent“ team you know that they will not hang around and Crawley/Serendip lived up to that reputation as in the initial stages all loose deliveries were duly dispatched. So much so that the first run single was not tagged in the scorebook until the 6th over as Crawley/Serendip shot off at a brisk scoring rate pegged back a little as Stu Rainford bowled a full, (take note guys!!) straight one, to dismiss Nafeez. That brought Rashafi to the crease, who played a superb innings based on the old adage, “ Stop the good ones, Hit the bad ones!!“ He and his fellow batsmen followed that formula throughout their inning. Unfortunately the “bad ones “ outnumbered the good ones considerably and it was clear that Crawley/Serendip were going to rattle up quite a considerable total. and so it proved! Rashafi finally falling on 98, run out, as he tried to retain the strike in a bid to reach what would have been a deserved century, Not quite though in the same manner of Frank`s infamous run out of Justin Grant ,also on 98, all those years ago -, if you still remember that infamous occasion.
Rashafi, ably supported by the other big hitters helped Crawley/Serendip post a formidable commanding total of 285-7. The “green un“ actually turning out to be the normal Wizzy “flat track“ and those Serendip boys certainly bullied the flat track ! Don`t look at those bowling figures too closely guys.
After a superb tea from Sara, strawbs and ice cream included ==Yummy!! And double helpings , (He`s now known as four plates Hopkins) as Crawley/Serendip were fasting for Ramadan, Wizzy set about chasing the total down “We can do this guys!!“ were the rousing words from Marina.
Serendip`s opening bowling pair kept the Wizzy openers quiet by keeping the ball aimed full at the timbers, no doubt working on that old Sri Lankan adage. “You miss it lad and it will flatten your bloody stumps!“,it was clear that there is a difference in style between the cultured, classic , straight out of the coaching manual style of the Wizzy batsmen and the slightly more agricultural approach of Sub continent batsmen and due to this tight bowling Wizzy were soon behind the formidable required run rate of 7.125 per over. In spite of some classy looking shots.
Hope was that the change bowlers would not quite have the accuracy of the opening pair and Marina had a trick card by keeping the opponents guessing as to who would bat next (well, maybe his own players too???) by having 17 people padded up. Those plans were somewhat scuppered by Jacob`s word in the skippers “shell like“ that he had an appointment with a group of nubiles at 5.30pm .So Jacob was promote to number 5 and made the former classic schoolboy error of batting too well and too long, meaning the nubiles were kept waiting as he smashed out an impressive 46.
Wizzy were still behind the run rate at 125-6 after 25 overs and the batsmen st st st st struggling with st st st st stuttering bowling action of first change bowler Wazoomi Wahed and with a required run rate of something like 147.2 an over a win looked unlikely. Unperturbed ,the battle cry of the skipper was… Yes ,you`ve guessed it “We can do this guys!! Words that galvanised the late order batsmen,!!! Culminating in a last wicket stand of 46 between Stu Rainford and Chris Marshall and Stu reaching a fantastic 50 off the last bowl of the game. 208-9 being a credible score for the team.
So, Wizzy fell a few short in the run chase but were not disgraced against a side that will surely be pushing for the top of the division place this year. Serendip bat hard and long and bowl straight and well.
On a side note Rob Knight is apparently recovering well in hospital after his bout of Hypothermia , and the doctors say he should get back full use of his fingers ,as I believe it got a bit chilly willy on the balcony as the sun went down.
Under 14’s vs Horsham Trinity
Wisborough Green u14s bowled out for 4. Horsham Trinity spinner Kane takes 10 for 2 and the wheels well and truly fall off the resurgent u14s. The Warmington brothers fall out over mistaken box incident and Wisborough umpire gives 8 LBWs. There was no pitch marked out, no keys to get the scoreboard out, no one brought any teas and someone nicked the £12 of subs on the bench to fund their addiction to vBucks / Fifa points.
These are the thoughts of a crazy person I here you say and certainly not the positive mental attitude of a born winner. Thankfully, the coaching staff don’t have to compete in the matches and our team had a much more positive approach from start to finish.
Match day 2 and the Green host Horsham Trinity. The finely tuned athletes mass in good time for a 9.30 start. In fact Harry and Joe are there at 8.40am despite a sleep over, the effects of which are being hidden by an overdose of Haribo. Trinity skipper wins the toss and foolishly puts us in. Thinking the dew will make the track misbehave, he is completely underestimating the ability of Ken Vickery to produce fine cricket wickets that maintain the complex balance between bat and ball.
Guy Greenwood looks in good form but unluckily fails to clear the fielder and is caught for 1. Sam Williams was in majestic form hitting three fours before he too is unfortunate to be run out by a direct hit when backing up. On the insistence of Hugo and coach Klein, the skipper has dropped himself to number four which coach Bonney disagreed with. Bonney thinks it is easier to scratch around a little at the start of an innings and then find your form rather than feeling the pressure of coming in after a couple of wickets and feeling the need to score quickly. Bonney and Klein do not disagree often but the last time in 1934, their stolen Ford V8 was riddled with more than 130 bullets and someone tried to cut off Klein’s trigger finger. Palmer made 4 and was then caught.
Meanwhile, Ollie Warmington the Senior was batting superbly. The only error was to run poor Will Dixon out when a crisp straight drive hit the stumps at the bowlers end. Will only knew Ollie was running when he whispered in his ear “run”. Will had a prolonged discussion with the incoming batter, Oscar Warmington the Junior. It could not have been about the state of the wicket as a, it was perfect and b, Will hadn’t been on it long enough to offer any advice. It transpired that the two four year olds were concocting a plan to serve revenge on Ollie. “Yes, no, yes, no, sorry” and Warmington senior was run out for a brilliant 38 by younger brother. Ouch! Joe strode to the crease and provided the much needed impetus, slapping the ball to all parts and scoring 21 off 16 balls. Oscar carried his bat again scoring 22 delightful runs and Hux scored a single before Oscar ran him out too (it was the last ball of the innings though) 118 was touch and go for such a fast track and outfield – what a difference a coupe of days of sunshine makes and countless hours of preparation.
Trinity took their tea into the changing room and disappeared. The Green prepared to defend 118. Hugo and Hux kept it tight, Hux picking up a wicket in his first over. Will Dixon made it tighter. Warmington Senior picked up the other opener and the number 3 using umpire Klein’s thankfully still in place trigger finger. The Trinity skipper and their number 4 threatened to take the game away from The Green with some well timed hitting. Bonney, Attard and Carpenter kept it fairly tight but anything loose went to the boundary. Bringing back Will Dixon and himself, the skipper played a blinder. Will bowled a wicket maiden and Hugo removed their skipper. Game over, we won by 16 runs. Fielding was really tight throughout with some really impressive boundary saves that kept us in the game. A spectator commented that he couldn’t see too many Wisborough boys playing, coach replied that he didn’t know, all he could see was winners!!
Thank you to all the parents who served tea, tidied up, coiled the rope back up, your help is very much appreciated. Played two, won two, top of the league. (http://identilamccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=79781)
Under 12’s vs Billingshurst
U12s keep everyone guessing in an exciting contest against local rivals
On the walk up from the car park to the pitch there is time to reflect on the vivid blue sky, the rising mist and surprising weight of the U12s kit bag. The stage was set for another memorable tussle with the local rivals away at Billingshurst.
Wisborough Green lost the toss and were invited to field. The subdued enthusiasm of the U12s started to bubble over as Ran Dawson sped in for the first ball and the wave of the fielders walked in and out to the rhythm of the run up like a well-rehearsed orchestra playing a familiar symphony. Tom Bonney quickly hit his straps with some beautiful bowling and was rightly rewarded with a wicket in the second over. Ran forced a run out with an outstanding direct hit at a single stump. Captain Fraser Ayres and Harry Hunter also joined the party with one wicket each to disarm the top order. Wren Fawcett was faultless behind the stumps only conceding 1 bye all day. The potent attack continued with Charlie Burchell and Nathan Caddick each taking a brace of wickets (with Nathan on a hat trick ball) and Tom Mahon with a single wicket such that the home side ended up with 80 for 9 off 20 overs.
At the break the team realised that the wicket was lively which gave an advantage to the bowlers so the plan was to play straight and slowly knock off the runs by attacking the bad ball. The mathematicians amongst the team calculated that we needed at least 4 runs an over to win the game. With the tactics agreed and set in place WG took a different path. Ran Dawson batted positively however was bowled playing across the line for 6. Harry Hunter batted sensibly for his 9 and then holed out. Thereafter we lost wickets and struggled to get the ball off the square in equal measure and after a tense last 4 overs WG were unable to reach the total and finished with 64 for 8 off 20 overs.
This was indeed a difficult batting wicket and a learning experience for the team. In any case everyone contributed and there was a great team spirit so well done to all.