Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News – our weekly roundup of news and events at Wisborough Green Cricket Club.
Some great games to report on this week with our Firsts, Seconds, Sunday, and under 12’s in action. In the senior games there were no less 7 batsmen scoring over 50 runs with one batsman scoring over 50 runs on Saturday and Sunday and a bowler who had a 3 wicket haul on both Saturday and Sunday. Well done lads.
The standout performance however has to belong to Joel Colbran who had the following bowling stats : 7 overs 4 maidens 5 wickets 3 runs. Great work Joel – fantastic stuff.
Honours Boards for this week
Congratulations to all the players who have made it onto the honours boards this week
Pimms and Prosecco afternoon – 3 June
A really big thank you to all those who helped out with the Pimms and Presseco afternoon which was a great success- in particular Sam Sadler, Sammi Minto , Chloe and Emma Filby.
As you can see from the pic – the event lasted a little longer than just the afternoon….
Welcome to Wisborough Benjamin Steyn
We are pleased to welcome our overseas player Benjamin Steyn to our ranks for the season. Benjamin arrived from South Africa last Thursday and has already been in action for us – scoring 52 on Saturday and 72 on Sunday. A very warm Welcome to Wisborough Benjamin – pictured below and above in the centre of the pic sampling a local ale.
The Sussex Cricket Foundation will be running an ‘Emergency First Aid for Cricket Coaches’ course on Wed 5 July at Ifield Cricket Club. Please let us know if you would like to attend . Places are limited so please let us know by return email if you are interested in attending as soon as possible.
Team selection for the Senior teams for this weekend
Click here to see who has been selected to play for the First team this weekend (there are is no second team game or Sunday game ). A special congratulations to Jonny Farmer who will make his debut as Captain for the Firsts.
Other non cricketing news – Election 2017
With the nation going to the polls to vote on Thursday we thought we would reveal who our Wizzy News team will be voting for. Click here to see our choice including his manifesto which will be music to your ears….
Firsts vs West Wittering
– Green back to winning ways with comprehensive win over West Wittering
– Dodd leads the way with brutal 86
– Sadler and debutant Steyn both score half centuries as Green post 271 for 8
– Intelligent bowling and sharp fielding sees visitors dismissed for 153
– Sizzey-Carter (3 wickets) the pick of the bowlers
– Hopkins stars in the field with outstanding reflex catches and stops
Click here for the full scorecard
See match report below
Seconds vs St Andrews
– 2’s Secure huge win with exceptional performance
– Captain Mariner and Lieutenant DJ star with the bat
– Lieutenant DJ almost busted down to cadet after comical run out of Joel
– Joel rips the heart out of St Andrews top order with 5 wicket haul
– Harry Sedgwick takes 2 wickets despite struggling with strained gooch.
– Jacob Ball takes last 2 wickets to round off superb team display
Click here for the full scorecard
See match report below
Sunday team vs Flycatchers
- Green notch up 25 run victory
- Top order batsmen set good platform
- Benjamin Steyn and Chris Francis star with the bat with 72 and 53 respectively
- Jack Sizzey Carter and Ben Thatcher take 3 scalps each
- Rev Jamie Self does what’s needed on his day by bowling key batsman Banks for 108
- Loved up Calum struggles to explain away lipstick marks on his neck
- Positive end to the weekend as Firsts , Seconds and Sunday team all claiming victories
Click here for the full scorecard
Under 12 vs Billingshurst (friendly)
- Green take on local rivals Billingshurst in friendly
- Hamish Ramsey enters into spirit of the game by playing for Billi who were one player short.
- Green notch up 116 for with only 2 wickets down
- Freya Knox and Phoebe March get the innings off to a steady start
- Green batsmen retired early to give everyone a fair knock
- Green skittle Billi out for 70
- Coach delighted with superb fielding performance
- Perfect summers evening of cricket played in the right way and thoroughly enjoyed by all
Under 12 vs Roffey
- Green take on top of the league team Roffey
- Zach Whittle star with the ball again with a 3 wickets haul for only 13
- Under 10’s Charlie Burchell and Fraser Williams do themselves proud
- Nothing gets past keeper Fraser Williams who puts in brave, calm and intelligent performance
- Green restrict Roffey to 86 runs off 20 overs
- Green have day to forget with the bat as batsmen struggle against Roffey’s Sussex bowlers.
- Roffey Coach full of praise for Green’s bowling attack which is the best they have faced all season.
That’s it for this week
If there is anything we need to know you know where to find us.
Have another great cricketing week.
Firsts vs West Wittering
The 1’s returned to the green and returned to winning ways with a fine performance with both bat and ball to secure 30 points against a good West Wittering side.
The sun was out and the wicket looked excellent for batting which prompted skipper Sadler to have a bat when he won the toss.
With recent opening partnerships not giving us the start we’ve wanted Sadler opted to revert to the opening pair that had served Green so well in the past. He and Tim “Doddy Smash” Dodd strode to the middle to take on the new ball.
The decision paid dividends as, after a watchful start, the two really got the runs flowing. Sadler playing the holding role whilst Dodd began to smash the bowling to all parts. 130 runs were on the board at over 6 an over when Doddy, batting for a few overs with a hamstring strain, was caught in the deep for an excellent 86. Exactly the sort of start that Green were hoping for. Sadler soon got to his half century before he was brilliantly caught at square leg. 159 for 2.
Benjamin Harm Steyn came to the crease at number 4 to make his debut. He was looking to do some serious harm to the West Wittering bowling figures. He and Byron batted well together and put on 50 for the 3rd wicket before Byron (31) was bowled. Steyn (51) continued to play his strokes though and scored an superb debut half century. After he was dismissed Green did suffer a mini collapse trying to move the score along. Thatcher in at 5 batted with 6 different partners on his way to an unbeaten 31. After their 49 overs though Wis had made a very tidy 271 for 8.
Another delicious tea was consumed which this week included hot dogs and it was out into the field with the task of taking 10 West Wittering Wickets (say that after a few pints).
The early bowling was a little loose and Wittering were looking to make a quick start. Green needed a bit of inspiration to get the ball rolling and they got it in the field. A mix up between the two batsmen saw them both stranded towards the bowlers end. Chris Francis had picked the ball up and was looking to throw to the bowlers end but quickly changed his mind and brilliantly threw down the stumps at the keepers end.
The home side tightened up their lines with Thatcher and Napper bowling well. However WW were still playing their shots. Fortunately it was easier to set a field to as the bowlers were bowling one side of the wicket. The next wicket came courtesy of Thatcher. Lendrum went for a big shot but only ended up skying it and Thatcher had time to settle under it and take the catch. Thatcher struck again a couple of overs later when Feazey was caught brilliantly at silly mid-on by Martin Hopkins. Napper was the next bowler to strike when Tupper mis-timed a drive and only managed loop a catch to cover.
4 down with only about 80 on the board and WW needed to regroup. They were beginning to stabilise things so a change in the attack was needed. Jamie Self came on up the hill and Jack Suzzey-Carter was brought on from the top end. It was Self who made the breakthrough with a slower ball which resulted in the batsman looping a catch to Steyn at mid wicket. His next slower ball and over or two later saw him take a good return catch. Sizzey-Carter got in on the act when a lofted drive was caught low down by a sprawling Jim Sadler. Hopkins then took a sharp catch at silly point and JSC had his 3rd wicket two overs later when he clean bowled Baker. With the Wittering number 11 unable to bat due to an injury he picked up in the field the game was over. The visitors dismissed for 153 and Wis had completed a very good days work.
View from the skipper:
Good batting performance, would have liked more runs from the last 10 overs so we could have declared early. Batsmen were just looking for the big shots rather than collecting singles and 2’s and hitting the bad ball. However good overall.
Bowling and fielding was good. Team spirit on the field is good.
Still only performing at 75% of where we need to get to!
Seconds : Commanding performance sees Seconds secure a big win against St Andrews
The presence of 6 players who have played for the firsts this season alongside others who have been regulars in the past meant that the skipper took a strong team to St Andrews. SCS won the toss and decided to bat confident that if the batsmen could secure sufficient runs then the strength of bowling would bring a win.
With the strongest batting line up this season he could have chosen any number of batting orders but after much soul searching settled on his line-up with the help of a tombola. The master strategy was going perfectly until the second ball of the innings when SCS offered catching practice off his first ball and was dismissed. Not the most positive start. However it meant that he had all afternoon to man the score board which was probably the most productive thing he did all day.
However the Tank settled in for a typically Frank like innings and our resident accountant Jack looked very comfortable playing a couple of nice shots and the team recovered to about 30 for 1 off ten overs. Jack inexplicably chipped the ball to mid-wicket and was caught. This brought two significant changes to the game. The hustle and bustle of George Nicholls to the wicket and the Accountant to man the score book. George carried on from his last innings and played some lovely shots scoring a breezy 33 without looking in danger until bowled by turning a half volley into a Yorker.
We were 80 for 3 off about 20 overs and this brought Joel to the crease. Sadly Frank lost his wicket after a solid 38, and that meant we had greased lightning at the crease as DJ joined Joel. However, quick as these two batsmen were they needed to be on the same wavelength, as Joel looked to pick up a ball trapped by his feet he found DJ in his face looking for a quick single. An inevitable run out occurred with Joel the unlucky victim. We were 105 for 5 and the skipper was wondering what had happened to the master man.
We needed a stout yeoman, we needed a soldier, we needed discipline and we got it. Mariner strode to the crease with the air of a man who was not going to run any quick singles, and was going to take command of the situation. He had spent far too much money on Prosecco not too enjoy his time at the crease. Batting with admirable restraint and barking out orders to DJ as to when to run and when not to the pair started to build a partnership. DJ was a revelation driving and pulling powerful and was the dominant in terms of runs scored. The score started to pile up and 6s and 4s flowed. The pair secured a hundred partnership and DJ was finally out on the last ball of the game.
Here is where the sub plot began. Whilst the captain was agreeing with the scorers as to the totals at the end of every over, the Accountant had in his diligent manner been running the score book. It became apparent that double entry bookkeeping was a course he has yet to master as whilst the bowling and total scores matched there was a severe shortage of runs entered against the batsmen. Junior acted as Solomon and allocated runs to each partner, which led to a very surprised Mariner being applauded for a 50 much before he probably did. With good natured agreement at the end of the innings we agreed on a compromise but no one is really sure who scored what. Jack has decided to take the next few weeks off for revision prior to his accountancy exams (although how he thinks he is going to pass is a real mystery!)
Joel’s disappointment from the earlier dismissal needed to be channelled so the skipper gave him the downhill end to steam in from with Junior bowling uphill. Both bowled beautifully and allowed the captain to set aggressive fields. In Joel’s second over the dangerous opener Hills was dismissed by a beautiful in-swinger of full length. Wickets regularly tumbled as the two settled into a good rhythm with Joel bowling a particularly outstanding spell taking 5 for 3 off 7 overs. When Harry the Hair replaced Junior he took a wicket with his first ball and a wicket in his second over and St Andrews were 20 for 8.
Hole came in at 10 and swung the bat but Jacob snaffled the last two wickets. All in all we hit the stumps 8 times in the innings and the team had performed incredibly well. It was great to get back into winning ways.
We were able to share a beer with the oppo and get back to the green and see the firsts win before settling into an evening outside fuelled by Prosecco and Thai curry and Peter’s braai.
Well played team, it’s a shame there is no game this week to keep up the good work