Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News. Plenty to report on in this last edition of Wizzy News for the season, although we will be having one final end of season wrap in 2 weeks time.
Music Clips for the week
Our first two music clips are for the Rainford duo who have been fighting it out for top spot in the ‘battle of the Rainfords’. The first is for Stuart who had a very entertaining knock in the First X1 game against Eastergate. Stuart’s 39 included two massive 6’s and was the highlight of the innings. Married life is clearly treating Stuart well ! According our music maestro Peter Mattock this was the number one song when Stuart was born : Click here
Our second clip is for James – the younger of the two brothers. James finished with another 5fer – his second in three weeks. James has been in blistering form in recent weeks – its such a shame that the season had to come to an end
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.Our final clip for the week is for our First X1 skipper James Sadler who has decided that its the end of the line for his captaincy and will be standing down at the end of the season. James has always led from the front and his leadership on the field will be sorely missed. James won’t be fully retiring from the game thankfully and he will no doubt a great source of inspiration for our First X1 skipper next year……. Click here
Honours Board for the week
Congratulations to all the players who made it onto the honours board this week :
Matches this week
First X1 vs Eastergate
- Rainfords dominate as Green finish the season with the demolition of Eastergate
- 101 run victory puts a smile on skipper Sadler’s face as he retires his captaincy
- Alan Law plays classy innings to get Green going
- Stuart Rainford smashes 2 sixes and top scores with 39 run in entertaining knock
- Tea of the season inspires Chris ‘cupcake’ Marshall to bag two wickets
- Another match winning performance from James Rainford as he claims 5 scalps for 27
Pics for the photo albums – game against Horsham Trinity last week
Alan Laws defending a straight one
It was going to be a six ……..
Jamie Self in action
Great shot of the green in the year 2018
Thanks for the superb pics Grant Foulston
Click here for the full scorecard
see match report below
Second X1 vs Arundel
- Nick Klein strikes in first over
- Ecstasy soon turn to anguish as Arundel put on 287 for next and final partnership of innings
- Callum Price finishes season with another solid knock at the top of the Wisborough innings
- Nick Klein batters 42 runs and tail wags to knock up batting bonus points
- Promising performances with both bat and ball from youngsters Gracie and Will
- Despite loss, some brilliant performances over the season see Wisborough finish above the relegation zone in strong league.
Team pic before the game
Pictured Back from left : Steve Calder Smith, Ken Vickery , Nick Klein, Nick Payne, Chris Francis, Jack Dixon, Tarnie Dixon
Front from left : Gracie Attridge , Will Dixon, Callum Price, Josh Dixon
Click here for the full scorecard
Ladies festival on the green – Friday 31 Aug
A fantastic evening of cricket for the ladies on the green on Friday :
Well done ladies – great effort !
- Warmups on the green will never the same again after ladies strut their stuff to music before the games begin
- Games get off to good start after the ‘M&M’s’ devour the ‘Juicy fruits ‘
- Mums show the boys how its done with some outstanding catches in the field
- Dads advise mums to always keep their focus on that middle stump
- ‘We never realised playing with pink balls could be so much fun’ claim Wisborough’s mums as dads watch on enviously
- Trish Dixon stakes claim as best cricketer in the Dixon family after outstanding diving catch and outscoring husband Tarnie, and sons Jack, Josh and Will over the weekend
- Bex Samuelson confirms she was just coming along for the fun of it and assures teammates she wouldn’t be attempting to outdo son Eddie after his fantastic knock of 73 for Sussex the previous day
- Bex Samuelson and Trish Dixon smack 42 off 2 overs in final game of the festival
- Julie ‘I’m not really that competitive’ Phillips disappointed to only score 4 fours in an over
- Loxwood ladies notch up 300 to post highest total of the day
- Vanessa Bonney scores more at the festival than coach Danny has scored in the entire season
- Michelle Kilford underlines dominance as best South African cricketer at the club after dazzling display
- Jenny Jones considers giving up snowboarding to focus on cricket full time
- Coach tries to take credit for some excellent cricketing shots from Freya Knox
- Mums call for more Prosecco before the games, during the games and after the games in future
- Ladies look forward to the next’ non competitive ‘ festival next year
Good Day Mark Day
This week we said goodbye to our Aussie overseas player Mark Day who was with us for the summer. Mark asked to say a few words of thanks to everyone at the club : Click here
It was a real pleasure hosting you Mark – you’re a top bloke who helped us hugely with the grounds and colts coaching in addition to your contribution on the field. You were a real credit to our club and we hope to see you again soon – you will always be very welcome at our club.
Pic of Mark at his very best …
Under 16’s dads vs lads – Sunday 2 Sept
Great morning of fun and competition at our annual dads and lads (and mums and granddads ) awards morning.
Dads Captain – Tarni Dixon
Lads Captain – Josh Dixon
After the match, Tarni presented awards and gave a big big thank you to Mark Day for coaching, motivating, umpiring and generally being a brilliant chap to all of our lads. He also thanked Joel Moore for his fantastic support in umpiring and match reporting.
Under 16 award winners for the 2018 season :
Best Bowler: Leon Kilford
Best Batsman: Tommy Colbran
Best Fielder: Fin Ayres
Coaches Cup: Callum Price
Most Improved: Luke Kopiec
We rounded off with hot dogs and the odd beer or glass of rose (squash for the boys of course!)
A really great finish to the season.
Thanks to all the ground staff who put in huge effort to prepare the grounds for all the matches
Captains and umpire ready to do the toss
Ken Vickery sprinting to the boundary
Josh ready to let one go
Josh claims another scalp – always hungry for those wickets
Hugo March relishing the challenge to bowl at those dads (and mums and grandads)
Tarnie Dixon leading the way with his trademark cut shot
Ken Vickery showing the youngsters a thing or two
When you get three A* for your A levels you’re allowed to look as cool as Jack Dixon
Time to bring on the cavalry – Bex ready to rock and roll after her warmup with the mums on Fri
Total concentration from Joel Moore
No shortage of commitment from Alan Ball
Mark Day receiving a big thank you from Tarnie Dixon
Leon Kilford suitably impressed with his bowling award
Fin Ayres with his fielding award.
Stoolball tournament – Sunday 23 Sept at 10am
The stoolballers are having a stoolball tournament on the green on 23 Sept. The invite is open to all age 12 and above, and teams can be all female, all male or mixed.
For every team the fee is £16 (£2 each player). The tournament will start at 10am and there will be bacon sandwiches, bbq, a raffle and the chance to win £50 for a £1 bet.
It would be really great if we could support the stoolballers in this venture and it will be a good opportunity for the ladies in the village to have a go at stoolball in a fun tournament.
Please email Claire Steere via email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14 Sept if you would like to put a team forward .
Special General Meeting – Sports Association – Wed 26 Sept at 8pm
The Sports Association has called for a Special General meeting at 8pm on Wed 26 Sept to seek approval for the Sports Association to move to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which the committee believes will be of significant financial and governance benefit. Please click here to see formal notice of the meeting. Further information explaining the move and benefits will be circulated in due course.
End of Season Dinner
Our end of season dinner and boogie is on Sat 20 October at the Bat and Ball. Tickets are going fast so please contact James Sadler to confirm. Details below
Spotted out and about
They said it was free …
Hurry folks – genuine sale now on …
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See you in a couple of weeks with our final end of season wrap
First X1 vs Eastergate
The First XI season ended with a visit to bottom side Eastergate. Strangely, this was the only match in the division with nothing significant riding on it, with three teams still striving to avoid relegation and two still in with a chance of being crowned champions. However skipper Jim Sadler, standing down after this match, was obviously keen to finish with a victory. He won the toss, the 14th time in 18 we had done so this season, and elected to bat first; for the more statistically minded amongst our readers, there is an approximately 1.5% chance of winning the toss this frequently or more. OSP Mark Day was playing his final match for the club, while there was a welcome return for Tim McMath, now living in Devon.
Jim chose to open the batting with the man he has often done so during his years as captain, Tim Dodd, although they were doing so for the first time this season. Jim square drove the second ball of the match, bowled by young left-armer Jack Saunders, to the boundary and clipped him to the mid-wicket boundary in his next over. At the other end Curtis Drake began with a Harmison-like wide and struggled to maintain a consistent rhythm, Tim unfurling two trademark extra-cover drives to the fence. The stand was broken in frustrating fashion in the 10th over, with the total on 43, Tim run out for 18 by a considerable distance after being called for a second run, following Jim’s strike over extra-cover.
A sweepstake predicting the number of runs scored by Mark had been organised amongst the team, Stuart Rainford starting to ask me for my prediction, before quickly realising how inappropriate it would be for the umpire to take part. Sadly, everybody over-estimated Mark’s score as, after a quiet start, he was trapped l.b.w. to spinner Nick Smith for only 3. Mark was convinced he had nicked the ball, an edge I was unable to detect from square-leg; his skipper, batting at the other end, thought he was plumb. A disappointing end, but Mark had certainly made a significant impact this season, especially in the middle part of the season, when he made four of his five half-centuries. He has also impressed everyone with his commitment to the club and his friendly, mature personality.
Jim became stuck on 22, tied down by the consistency of slow bowler Rejo Raju. Having failed to score from the previous 17 balls he had received from him, Jim was caught by Smith at mid-off. 69 for 3 in the 20th over. D.J. Dominique followed in the next over, bowled by Smith, via his arm, as he pushed forward. Alan Law had attained some fluency, though, ending a run of four consecutive maiden overs by striking Smith for 14 in an over, including a glorious six over long-off. Twice in an over, he then twice struck Raju to the cover boundary although, with the benefit of hindsight, he may have been fortunate to survive a confident l.b.w. appeal from the last ball of that over. He received good support from Jamie Self in a stand of 43 before Alan, unable to score as quickly in the latter stages of his innings, was bowled by Smith for 33. This was the penultimate ball of the 18 overs delivered by Raju and Smith in well under an hour, these overs yielding only 55 runs off the bat, Smith claiming 3 for 26.
With nine overs remaining, we were 113 for 5. With clearly the two best bowlers in the home attack having completed their allocation, we were able to significantly accelerate. The highlight was a highly entertaining knock of 39 from Stuart Rainford. After getting off the mark with a fortuitous boundary to third-man off the toe end of his bat, he soon lofted a sweetly-timed drive over mid-off for four, then struck two superb sixes over long-on, the first a remarkable feat of timing having advanced down the track, the second struck slightly wider but even more emphatically. After Jamie had skewed to backward having made a steady 24, uncharacteristically featuring only one boundary, Stuart added 48 for the 7th wicket with Jonny Farmer, the highlight of the latter’s innings a firm blow over mid-on. They were dismissed in consecutive balls in the final over, Stuart (39) run out by a brilliant direct hit from long-on, by Smith, and Jonny bowled by skipper Steve Grant, whose only over this was. We finished with 175 for 8, the second time in the second half of the season we had made exactly the total required for maximum batting points.
Following a spectacular tea, the home side’s reply was, to be honest, rather shambolic. Their skipper was dismissed by the second ball, gloving James Rainford low to ‘keeper D.J. Dominique. James then passed the outside edge of Saunders with the next six balls he bowled. Having survived, Saunders later clipped him along the ground through mid-on for four, easily the shot of the Eastergate innings. The total moved to 26 without further loss before Drake was splendidly caught, two-handed above his head moving backwards, by Alan Law at mid-off, off Chris Marshall, the very audible expletives from the fielder before completing the catch causing much amusement amongst his team-mates.
Potential danger-man Nick Smith struck Chris over mid-wicket for six but, in attempting a pull stroke against James in the following over, dragged the ball onto his stumps before trudging away very slowly from the crease. Three balls later, James bowled White, who was bowled swinging wildly and late at a straight ball, having already been close to being caught behind via body then the back of his bat the ball before. He claimed his fourth wicket with the first ball of his next over, Saunders, who was to be top-scorer with only 16, bowled. 41 for 5 and just a case of how much longer the match would last.
The sixth wicket resulted from the most bizarre piece of action of the day. With youngster Henry Grant blocking Chris Marshall stubbornly, Jim remarkably set a field with everyone on the off-side. For the first (and only) ball of this arrangement, Chris dropped short, allowing Grant to move outside his off-stump and work the ball through wide mid-on. The skipper stopped the ball just inside the boundary, passed it to Stuart Rainford, whose strong, accurate throw to D.J.at the far end just beat Grant’s attempt to complete a fourth run.
The match was completed in only the 20th over. Chris trapped Reed plumb l.b.w, the ball striking bat well after pad, and finished with 2 for 43 from 9 overs. James bowled left-hander North in the last of his 9 overs, completing a second five-wicket haul in three matches, this time returning figures of 5 for 27. He has finished the season absolutely at the top of his game, which augurs very well for next season. Perhaps appropriately, the last word belonged to our player of the season, Jamie Self, who bowled Price with his second ball. 74 for 9, but in fact all out, as Raju was unable to bat, having sustained an injury while bowling.
So, in a season of so many exciting matches, a crushing victory to finish, our ninth of the season. We finished in a very respectable fourth place. Congratulations to the team and especially to Jim Sadler, who will certainly be missed next season. However, although, to quote the Traveling Wilburys in that great track of theirs, he’s at “the end of the line” in terms of captaincy, he will continue to play and, I am sure, will be an invaluable source of support for his successor.