Music videos of the week
We have a number of players to recognise for some fantastic performances this week.
The first is a player who fell a few runs short of a century in an almost faultless display of strokeplay in a magnificent innings. He has been the highest scoring batsmen in the club this season and is a delight to watch batting. Well played Jordan …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URAqnM1PP5E
The second player hasn’t played a lot of cricket this season but his 45 runs in the Second team game against Arundel showed exactly what he is capable of … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3wKzyIN1yk
The third player we would like to recognise has most certainly been on the ball this year – his batting has been going from strength to strength in recent weeks with some magnificent boundaries … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoMhkYlS33c
The next player we would like to recognise has been opening the batting for the Second X1 and has shown a calmness and maturity well beyond his 16 years . On Sunday he opened the batting for the under 16 team and had to retire after cashing in on his very first half century for the club – no doubt the first of many. We’ve tagged this one for you Callum ………. https://youtu.be/qMxX-QOV9tI
The final player we would like to recognise this week is normally known for his bowling prowess , but he has been firing on all cylinders with his batting this year. He scored an undefeated 22 for the Seconds on Saturday and an undefeated 50 for the under 16’s on Sunday which means he goes into this weekend undefeated on 72. ……………………. https://youtu.be/bFHEuKkTa5k
Honours boards for the week
Matches over the weekend
First X1 vs Eastergate
- Skipper Sadler wins the toss and elects to field
- Eastergate get off to good start
- Jamie Self in fine form with the ball again and claims 4 wickets for the third game in a row.
- Green bowlers tame oppo batsmen and restrict oppo to 239 after 275 looked a possibility
- Jordan Bell stars with the bat with brilliant 97
- Mark Day continues good form with the bat and notches up second 50 for the club with well played 54
- Green canter home as batters take control of the game
- Second half of the season beckons with eagerly awaited 40 over format
Click here for the full scorecard
see match report below
Second X1 vs Arundel
- Green lose to strong Arundel 2nd X1
- Youngsters star with bat
- Middle order performs well , with Hughie (45), Jacob (30) , and Tommy (22 no) getting runs on the board
- Jacob Ball cruelly denied 6 after ball hits top of sightscreen
- Brutal knock of 26 no by Leon Kilford at the end of the innings moves score quickly along to competitive total of 199.
- Green take WG Grace lookalike Ian Richie cheaply
- Ball magnet Chris Francis takes 2 fine catches but also forgets how to take a sitter
- Arundel knock off runs with ease as First X1 player Gaskin hits 113 no in 25 overs including 8 sixes.
Second X1 pictured at Arundel
Picture from left : Chris Francis , Frank Vickery,Nick Klein, Joey Calder Smith, Tommy Colbran
Front : Josh Dixon, Hughie Ragg, Callum Price, Leon Kilford, Jacob Ball. Missing from picture : Chris Marshall
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Under 16’s Horsham Trinity
- Trinity win the toss and elect to field
- Callum Price gets team off to a solid start and retires with undefeated 52
- Tommy Colbran also in the runs – retires with undefeated 50
- Charlie Phillips and Hugo March cap off fine Green batting display with knocks of 30 and 29 runs respectively
- Green post competitive 169 for 4 off 25 overs
- Brilliant bowling spell from Leon Kilford takes early wickets
- Stubborn resistance from oppo batsmen Patel and Dunningham as they try and hold innings together
- Economic bowling from Josh Tussler who ends the day with 0-5 off 4 overs helps stem the runs
- Trinity end the day 41 runs short
- Green celebrate long overdue and well deserved first victory of the season
Callum Price and Tommy Colbran pictured after the match – happy at scoring 50 no each but disappointed they had to retire and not go on to score 100 .
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Under 12 vs Steyning
WG u12’s overpower Steyning with impressive all-round display
• WG win toss and elect to field on a fabulous sunny morning
• Early breakthrough from Tom Bonney helps to stem the runs
• Outstanding fielding from Captain Hamish Ramsay forces 2 run-outs
• Accurate bowling from all contains the opposition to few boundaries on a good batting track
• Steyning end up with 99 for 3 off their 20 overs
• WG start well and then lose 2 quick wickets
• Ran Dawson (16 runs) and Will Dixon (32 retired) forge a good partnership which ends in an unfortunate (and unnecessary) run out
• Harry Hunter (9 not out) and Tom Bonney (4 not out) bat and run well between the wickets together to secure the win
• WG end with 101 for 3 off 18 overs
Well done the Green on a great team effort and a deserved victory.
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Under 10’s vs Horsham Trinity
- Trinity win the toss and invite Green to bat
- Good batting partnerships the order of the day
- Bad balls despatched to the boundary in style
- Green end on respectable 296
- William Reed shines with the ball and claims 4 scalps in his 3 overs
- Brilliant Green fielding including sensational runouts from Miles and Flynn
- Green restrict oppo to 248 and claim commendable victory
- Coach delighted with another fine performance
see match report below
Matches this weekend
Both our senior teams will be in action this Saturday. Please note that the First Team game will commence on the Green at 9:30 and finish at 2:30 in time for the football – please click here for match details and team selections . Click here for fixtures for all age groups this weekend
After much consideration and we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s Presidents Day match. We looked at the option of reducing the match to a 20/20 format to enable us to accommodate the World Cup football final at 3:30 pm , but we felt that we would not do this important traditional club fixture justice. We have done this with a heavy heart and realise that this will be a big disappointment to some but we feel it is the right decision under the circumstances.
We will keep you posted on arrangements for our next Presidents’ Day.
Wisborough’s Got talent
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 .
It would be great to see a couple of acts from the cricket club, I know the seniors are hatching a plan. Please contact Craig and let Steve Calder Smith know if you are planning something. It would be lovely to see a junior parent’s act or a Vice Presidents act. We know there is plenty of talent around !!
Race Night on the Green 24th August
Our major fund raiser will be on the 24th August when a race night is planned to take place. 6 races in all be on the card with an opportunity to win on each. Between the races there will be a meal, an auction and comedy. The star of the show will be Bobby Davro and he 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.
We are hoping to get 250 people to the event and it would be great to see parents of each age group organising tables of 10 for friends and colleagues. 10 are already provisionally reserved so contact me on the number on the attached flyer to book your space. Tables of 10 will be £450 including dinner. You can book in smaller numbers and we will make up tables before the events for you. There will be no spaces sold on the night so you will need a ticket to get in. look forward to hearing from you.
If any of you have businesses that would like to sponsor a race please let me know. We are looking for each of the 6 races to have a sponsor.
With World Cup football fever hitting the country it would be hard to ignore the following facts :
Real Madrid win the Champions League
Burnley quality for Europe
Manchester City win the league
Chelsea finish 5th
Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon
Madrid win the European Cup
Burnley quality for Europe
Manchester City win the league
Chelsea finish 5th
Andy Murray dosn’t play at Wimbledon
England win the World Cup
Come on Engerland …………….
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
The first half of the First XI’s season was completed on Saturday, with bottom side Eastergate the visitors to the Green, which was looking at its finest on a gloriously sunny afternoon.
For the seventh time in nine matches (including one abandoned) Jim Sadler won the toss and, uncharacteristically, elected to field first, thereby preventing Eastergate blocking out for a draw batting second. Opener Andy Smith threw caution to the wind in the early stages, a savage cover-drive against James Rainford which struck the upper branches of a tree the highlight of his brief, unorthodox stay. He was dropped from a head high chance to Alan Law at slip in the sixth over, Ben Thatcher’s third, before edging to ‘keeper D.J. Dominique two balls later. This brought his brother, Nick, to the crease. Playing for his former club for the first time in two seasons, after a recent poor spell with Premier League Middleton, he soon looked a dangerous proposition and three times struck James for consecutive boundaries, most of them on the leg-side, an effortless drive through mid-on the best. The same bowler, who conceded 42 from 4 overs after only a single had been scored from his first two, nearly dismissed Smith on 17, though, Jack Sizzey-Carter just unable to hold on to what would have been a sharp catch at gully.
At the other end Aaron Bateman, who had started with great uncertainty and a complete lack of timing, gradually grew in confidence. He struck Jamie Self for three boundaries through and over the mid-off region in the bowler’s first over and, at the first drinks break, Eastergate were sitting pretty at 97 for 1 from 16 overs. In the first over after the resumption, Jamie claimed the crucial wicket of Smith (45), a loose square-drive to a widish ball of full length well held by Alan Law. Jamie could have struck again in his next over, inducing an edge from Steve Grant, but a combination of D.J. and Chris Plaister were unable to hold on to the chance. Reprieved, the experienced Grant was soon into his stride although, in his teens, he did offer another chance, a tough one to Mark Day at short cover, off Jonny Farmer. Powerful off-drives were the dominant feature of his innings, including the only six of the match (there were a remarkable 70 4s), off Jamie Self. The total moved to an ominous 188 for 2 in the 36th over, before Jonny crucially dismissed Grant for 52, the batsman chipping a much slower ball gently back to the bowler; bizarrely, Grant lingered, seemingly the only person in the ground who thought it was a bump ball. In the following over, Bateman’s long vigil (110 balls for 60) was ended when he was bowled, via an inside edge, by off-spinner Alan Law who, after conceding 20 off his first 3 overs, finished with 2 for 35 from a tidy 8-over spell, managing to control the flow of runs by bowling around the wicket.
Eastergate, for whom a total of around 275 had looked a possibility, were never able to regain any momentum within the final stages of the innings. A fine delivery from Alan struck the off stump of skipper Pete Smith and, switching to the pavilion end for his second spell, Jamie claimed three more wickets, thereby finishing with a haul of four for the third match in succession, this time his figures 4 for 55 from 12 overs. Eastergate closed with 239 for 8 from their 49 overs, somehow scrambling two runs from the final ball of the innings, which really ought to have seen a run out and two more points for the home side.
On what was a good deck for batting (with just a few low bounces) and with a lightning fast outfield, we must have fancied chasing 240, especially against a side so low in confidence, having lost all but one of their matches this season. However, after the innings had started with two maidens, half as many as in the whole of Eastergate’s innings, Jim Sadler was caught at mid-on, off his opposite number Pete Smith, from the first ball of the third. The target now looked considerably tougher, but Jordan Bell, the third of three left-handers at the top of the order, pulled his first ball wide of mid-on for three and never looked back. With an array of strokes around the ground, including several glorious extra-cover drives, Jordan twice struck Smith for three boundaries in an over. Having been dropped from a straightforward chance to Andy Smith at mid-on off young left-armer Jack Saunders, Chris Plaister then struck the same bowler for three consecutive boundaries. The total raced to 66 for 1 in the 11th over, at which point Chris was caught low at cover, a second victim for Pete Smith, namesake Nick holding onto an awkward chance slightly untidily.
Eastergate spirits had certainly been flagging. Briefly lifted by this wicket, the visitors soon became deflated once more, Jordan continuing to score runs at a rapid rate and Mark Day also scoring fluently. By drinks, the total stood at 113 for 2 after 16 overs and there already seemed to be only one possible outcome. Jordan’s was a brilliant innings. The most striking feature was that virtually all strokes were played along the ground, the only semblance of an error before his eventual dismissal an edged boundary, off the surprisingly predictable bowling of leg-spinner Rejo Raju, through where first slip might have been , when he was in the 60s. Mark continued the good form he had shown at Horsham Trinity last week. Happy to play second fiddle, he also looked in little trouble. Remarkably, with the field set deep, he moved from 24 to 40 completely in singles, but there were only a handful of dot balls amongst these. At times, to make use of a quote from the famous commentator John Arlott, Eastergate were “finding it difficult to bowl a maiden ball”. With his first century for the club seemingly inevitable, to the surprise of everyone Jordan was bowled for 97, a fine delivery from the Eastergate skipper, who had switched to the top end, pitching on middle and leg and knocking back his off stump. 179 for 3, Jordan’s partnership with Mark worth 113, the first century partnership for the side since Benjamin Steyn and Byron Napper’s double-century stand away to Brighton and Hove III last July.
Alan Law announced his arrival at the crease by emphatically square-cutting the first ball he received to the boundary, and he repeated the stroke two balls later. Mark reached his second half-century for the club soon afterwards but, having looked set to bat until the end, then seemed to lose concentration, first dropped behind the timbers, then caught at long-on in the first over after the second drinks break, having made 57. Nevertheless, Mark has certainly now shown what he is capable of and hopefully looks set for a bright second half of the season. Alan was joined by Ben Thatcher with only 41 more required from 13 overs and they completed the job, with few alarms, using less than 7 of these. Ben cracked a beamer from the tiring Pete Smith (3 for 74) fiercely to the square-leg boundary and the pair ran smartly between the wickets. The match ended on a wide, which was a little symbolic of what had become a dispirited Eastergate display, although they had faced some very fine batting.
So, 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats (with one match abandoned) in the first half the season and 6th place in the table. This Saturday sees the first of the 40-over contests, Arundel the visitors. After another week of very warm weather, there could be another high-scoring encounter on the Green, with a 9:30 start-time . It could prove to be a memorable day all-round…..
U10 vs Steyning
A magnificent day for cricket awaited the Wisborough Green’s Under 10’s who took on Steyning CC, at home. Our captain for the game, Emily, lost the toss and Wisborough Green were sent into bat.
Our openers, Joseph and Zac got off to a very good start with some lovely boundaries being scored and they put on a 28 run partnership. Georgina and Emily were next to the crease and did a very good job adding an additional 20 runs to the total. Both girls hit some lovely boundaries in their innings. William Green and Miles then followed and batted very well adding a valuable 17 runs to the total with some fine shots. William Reed and Flynn were our final pair and they also did a great job with the bat, with some strong hitting to the boundary. They recorded a partnership of 31 runs extending our total to 296. Congratulations to our leading run scorer, Joseph.
The Wisborough Green Colts then set about defending their total and bowled and fielded exceptionally well. Congratulations to William Reed, our leading wicket taker with 4 wickets off his 3 overs. There were some great performances in the field with sensational run outs from a direct throws by Miles and Flynn. Additional runs were saved in the field by the rest of the team with excellent fielding. At the end of their allocated overs, Steyning had lost 8 wickets and Wisborough Green restricted the visitors to a total of 248 runs.
The final scores were Wisborough Green CC 296 vs Steyning CC 248.
An excellent team performance by the Colts who all contributed to the win.