Welcome this week’s Wizzy News.
A great week to report on with the Firsts, Seconds, Sunday team and our under 14’s recording great victories. A fantastic maiden half century by one of our players – and this week we have a Wizzy News special report as we uncover the secret of the Second X1’s success.
What a shame that the season is drawing to a close….
Congratulations to all the players who made it onto the honours board this week :
Firsts vs Horsham Trinity
- Wisborough WIN first August Cup match
- Rainford and March back on form
- Klein,Farmer Talcs and Stott chip away.
- Jack Gold only Trinity Batsman to get going before DJ sends him packing
- Tom Malcolm hits fine 79 to put Wisborough on their way
- SCS and Farmer in the runs again and our friends Extras.
- Farmer dreams of club record season average…
Match report :
The First team headed to Horsham Trinity with their
unbeaten record in tact, and as we warmed up we realized it could be a long day, with the outfield resembling a minefield and several bushes around the ground where ball hunting was to be a regular thing.
The coin went up and for the 4th time in a row the coin eluded the call of heads (Always back the queen). Gold the Trin captain froze, after a nudge from Pete he awoke with the murmuring ‘ I (we) will have a bat’.
Hugo and Jnr yet again found their line and lengths and made the opening pair work for every run. Hugo dismissed one of the danger men, and it soon became apparent the shoulders of the Trinity captain would become hugely sore. Farmer and Klein managed to keep things tight enough in the middle overs. It was apparent that from the ‘dog walkers’ end there was a 60 mph breeze which made it very difficult for any bowler to gain much control.
Ollie Stott in particular bowled every legal/illegal delivery possible but also chipped in with 3 wickets, most notably a wide down the wrong wicket that DJ then turned into a stumping! The Trin captain ended with a fine 83, DJ with the best moment in the field running him out in a game defining moment (so he says). T Malcs the team spinner bowled well to pick up two victims in the midst of it all.
So Tea was taken, Wisborough required a season best 191 to win. Half the team dispersed to the local deli, with Dan and Tom heading into the ‘zone’.
Things started well for the Green as Dan and Tom ticked things over, Dan though defended one onto his pads and rolled back onto the stumps, (something you would see in the 2s). This sent out James J, fresh from his Goji Berry/Red Bull mixer. A glorious cover drive (Pete M’s shot of the day) and he looked on, sadly he soon departed, I feel a big score coming from this man! So fresh from the Deli and his 162* the club’s president and all time senior run scorer (according to play cricket) headed out to the middle with Tom. It was a slight change from the right arm filth he had faced the week before, but it wasn’t long until he danced down the wicket and whipped the bowler over mid wicket. In the meantime T Malcs was starting to butcher the bowling, with some impressive ball striking. Wisborough were on around 140/2 ( I know you can’t lose it from here…can you) when Steve played a real soft swipe to cover (a very 2s shot).
Raggie then came to the crease played a few lovely shots before departing, and soon the big one of Tom fell for a fine 79. The Trinity crowd started to pick up their voice (a few Special Brews in) and for the first time the ‘Trin Chat’ picked up. Captain Farmer was in with Stott, 32 required with 5 wickets left, Stott bludgeoned one out the middle only to find Mid Off (Thanks Jeff Bezos). So Farmer and DJ were in at the crease and still 32 required with 8 overs and 4 wickets in the bag, the chirp coming from all angles, but little did the ‘Trin’ know Farmer was immortal in 2020. A couple of boundaries and wides later the target was down to single figures. DJ then tried to run himself out twice but survived and there it was the first WIN and some momentum going into the battle of the Green this weekend.
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Seconds vs Horsham Trinity
On a wet Saturday morning Horsham Trinity 2nd’s managed to scare away the rain cloud for long enough to enable us to have a full game.
Having lost the toss skipper Frank Vickery got what he wanted – a bat on a very well rolled used wicket.
Green got off to a steady start with the wicket behaving as expected – a lot of balls keeping low and an irregular bounce in damp conditions. The batsmen struggled a bit in these conditions , but it played perfectly into Jack Dixon’s hands as he knocked up his maiden half century before getting caught behind for 72 . Joey Calder Smith came to crease and carried on from where he left off last week, blasting a quickfire 45 before picking out the man in the deep. Green ended on a credible 226 in their 40 overs on a slow wicket.
With the wicket now looking very dry and tired, Green took the game to Trinity with some tight bowling. Wickets fell at regular intervals with only the opener providing any real resistance.
Matt Watts bowled accurately and economically and along with Chris Marshall had the middle order rattled. Chris Francis rolled back the years with a fantastic diving catch which all but finished off the Trinity innings. Henry Sunderland claimed the final scalp to finish the day on 3 for 23 after a fine spell of bowling.
Another great performance by the team which has propelled the Green to the top of the table with one game to play. It’s all to play for in the battle of the Green on Saturday ….
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Wizzy News special report -‘The secret sauce’
A number of weeks ago , Wizzy News was handed a photo of the Seconds skipper Frank Vickery at it, and shortly thereafter another picture of Club Captain Dan Vickery emerged showing that he was at it as well .
We initially thought it was a Vickery thing, but the evidence we have collected from Saturday’s game against Horsham (thank you cameraman Chris Marshall) has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that it isn’t only a Vickery thing – the whole team are at it .
We present the evidence as it unfolded.
Here’s the picture of Frank that first alerted us to it.
Here’s the pic of Dan
Guess what – Matt Watts was at it on Saturday
And so was Joey Calder Smith
Charlie Phillips was also at it
And to top it all – hero of Wisborough’s innings – Jack Dixon was at it as well.
So there we have it. Irrefutable evidence of the ‘TT technique’ – the Two’s tongue technique. Never to be found in a cricketing textbook – but clearly the secret sauce of the Second team that has shattered the hopes and dreams of all their opponents and propelled them to the top of the table this season. Is it the secret of their success ? You decide . The results speak for themselves and the evidence is clearly there for all to see…..
PS – well done lads – don’t forget to use the secret sauce on Saturday in the battle of the Green . We’ll be watching closely …
Some other pics taken on Saturday
Here’s a pic of Joey Calder Smith inventing the ‘Joey pirouette shot’ – to try and make up for the fact that dad Steve scored more than him last week …
Veteran Chris Francis effortlessly sliding one down leg side and helping himself to some runs …
The Nichols combination – George Nichols presenting his Gray Nichols in this textbook forward defensive shot
Some great shots from Jack Dixon on the way to his best ever score
Man of the match acknowledging his maiden half century – the first of many no doubt. Congratulations and well deserved Jack !
Sunday X1 vs Horley Striders
Wisborough’s Sunday X1, a predominately colts based side welcomed Horley Strollers to the Green on a cloudy yet changeable afternoon.
Skipper Tom Dawson won the toss and elected to bat.
The opening partnership of Dawson junior and senior started steadily with son Ran taking the lead with the scoring after 5 overs against some good spin and swing opening bowling.
At the mid way point just beyond drinks and 3 wickets down , skipper Tom Dawson retired after playing some delightful shots and proving that he had not lost any of batting his prowess.
A masterful batting performance by Richard Wilson (45 not out) and Eddie Ragg (36 not out) completed the 35 overs in style with Wisborough finishing on 182 for 3 amidst some tight bowling from Horley.
Wisborough opened the bowling with the colts who bowled some good line and length and before long had the visitors on the ropes with 44 for 5.
Some big hitting from Horley’s no 7 gave the visitors some hope , but with continued quality keeping from Harry Dancaster, Wisborough turned the screw. A good last wicket from Oscar Warmington wrapped up the day’s play with the visitors all out for 158.
A great day played in the true spirit of Sunday cricket.
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Team selections for next week
Please click here for our team selections for Saturday 29 August.
Please do come along and support our players if you can in what will be the last league game of the season – our lads really do appreciate seeing some friendly faces.
And finally – spotted out and about ….
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