Welcome to Wizzy news – quite a lot to report on again this week.
Music Clips for the week
No fewer than 5 music clips this week to celebrate some of the performances by our players.
The first clip is for our First X1 skipper James Sadler who is having another great season with the bat notching up 42 undefeated runs on Saturday and as always leading from the front … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDbEXC0Zedg
Our second clip is for Jamie Self who is in prolific form with both bat and ball this season, notching up yet another half century against Steyning. Those who know Jamie well will know that he most certainly enjoys a good party
Our third clip is for a player who scored his very first 50 for a senior team at the club on Saturday. He hasn’t played too many games this season but his confidence is visibly growing and there is no doubt that there is lots more to come from Hughie Ragg with both bat and ball..
Our fourth clip is for our Second X1 skipper Frank Vickery who has taken more wickets this season than any other season. His accurate left arm spinners have caught out many accomplished batsmen and he has also taken a couple of outstanding catches so far this season
Our final song is for one of the Dixon clan who opened the batting for the Second X1 on Saturday and narrowly missed out on his very first 50 for the club. It won’t be long Jack ….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbT1k5DYYds
Honours Boards for the week
Congratulations to all who made it onto the honours board this week
Matches this week
First X1 vs Steyning
Click here for the full scorecard
see match report below
- Skipper Sadler wins the toss again and elects to bat
- DJ and Mark Day steady the ship after early wicket
- Day scores his 400th run for the club with sweetly timed cover drive to the boundary
- Skipper Sadler and Self put on 82 run partnership with Self notching up another 50
- Green set oppo target of 175 for victory
- Early wickets give Green hope
- Bowlers battle to dismiss oppo batsmen King and Isaac who each score undefeated half centuries
- Steyning reach target with 16 balls to spare
Second X1 vs Crawley
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- Green run promotion hopefuls Crawley close, but end up just short of 217 target
- Tommy takes the wickets of the 2 danger men
- Vickery and Klein combine to restrict Crawley to 217
- Jug avoidance from Jack Dixon, knocking up 49
- Ragg with classy knock of 58
- Wis fall just short as they are bowled out for 204 with an over to go
Under 16’s vs Southwater
see below for not to be missed match report of the game played a couple of weeks ago
Click here for the full scorecard
Matches this weekend
Both our senior teams will be in action this Saturday with a number of our Colts playing in the Second X1 against Pullborough at home. Please come along and support them if you can . Click here for match details and team selections .
Stoolball Tournament – Sun 12 August
Our Stoolballers will be hosting their annual tournament on the green this Sunday from 10:30 to 5pm . There will be 10 teams from various divisions in Surrey and Sussex competing this year in what will be an action packed day of Stoolball.
The bar will be open from 12pm and there will be refreshments on sale including some home baked cakes, and of course a bbq. There will also be a raffle and a chance to win £50 for a £1 contribution.
Many may not have seen the game played before and this is a great opportunity to come along and enjoy the atmosphere and support the ladies.
Race Night – Friday 24th August
Hope you’re not going to miss out on Race Night in a couple of week’s time . The event will be hosted by well known comedian Bobby Davro and all proceeds will be going towards our new Colts training facility and Chestnut Tree House. If you don’t have tickets yet please contact Steve Calder Smith via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07785 336472
Wisborough’s Got talent – Saturday 25 August
Only two weeks to go and counting…. Be prepared for an act from the Cricket club you wont forget in a hurry ….
click here for a Video promo of the event by Craig at the Cricketers
Spotted out and about
What better way to celebrate your 18th birthday than going to watch a Sussex T20 cricket match. Pictured from left Hughie Ragg, birthday boy Jacob Ball and Hugo March. Not in the pic : DJ Dominique and Mark Day . Happy Birthday Jacob !
p.s. Happy 40 tenth birthday on Sunday Alan Ball 🙂
Non cricketing news – spotted on our travels
Sign spotted at a local shop…..
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Have a great cricketing week
First X1 vs Steyning
With the ground yet again swathed in sunshine, we played hosts to second-to-bottom Steyning II on Saturday. For the tenth time in thirteen (including one abandonment), Jim Sadler won the toss and, as he has done on all but two of these occasions, elected to bat first.
We lost an early wicket, Tim Dodd caught at slip from the final ball of the second over, bowled by Bart Poyser. D.J. Dominique and Mark Day steadied the ship, though, the latter reaching 400 league runs for the season in sending a sweetly-timed cover drive to the boundary. The partnership ended in strange circumstances in the eighth over; after D.J. had steered the ball square on the off-side, the batsmen completed a comfortable single, before Mark surprisingly set off for a second, apparently mistaking a shout from one of the opposition for a call from his partner. By the time he realised his error and turned back, it was too late, Mark run out by a substantial distance. A significant moment, Mark having scored half-centuries in four of the previous five matches. Four overs later, the innings subsided to 49 for 4; Alan Law, who had started more watchfully than at Southwater but again looked in good nick, edged Poyser to ‘keeper Matthews from the crease, then Jonny Farmer, promoted in the order this week, was yorked first ball. Poyser had claimed 3 for 22.
D.J., whose confidence must have been high following a half-century against the Kenya Kongolis the previous Wednesday, battled hard, the best of his five boundaries a lovely off-drive against Steyning’s youthful skipper George Isaacs. On 28, he nearly fell to an instinctive caught-and-bowled from the tidy Sam Sutterlin (0 for 13 from 7 overs), the ball just failing to stick in the bowler’s right hand. However, without adding to his score, he was much less fortunate in the following over, falling in the cruellest of manners, bowler Isaacs deflecting a firmly struck drive from Jim Sadler onto the stumps, via his foot, with D.J. out of his ground. 63 for 5 in the 20th over.
This wicket fell in the middle of a very quiet passage of play, only 28 runs scored in the 14 overs the skipper, in particular, digging in trying to resuscitate the innings. The shackles were broken in the 27th over, Jamie Self striking Khan for three convincing boundaries, the first two lofted over mid-wicket and cover, the third pulled through mid-wicket. Having moved to 25, he was, though, dropped at deep mid-wicket from the final ball before second drinks break, which arrived at 98 for 5 after 30 overs.
A remarkable 40 runs were scored from the following three overs. Jim, having restrained himself to 10 in 18 overs, clearly enjoyed the additional pace of Paul Eyre-Walker, emphatically driving the first two balls of his second spell down the ground for boundaries. In delivering a wide later in the over, the same bowler dramatically fell, complete with very loud expletive, and withdrew himself from the attack. After I had heard him tell his skipper “I really fancy a crack at the left-hander”, Jim had certainly won that battle. This was the first time that Jim and Jamie had batted together since their match-saving stand of 60 at West Wittering. This time their partnership yielded 82 before Jamie, having just reached his second half-century of the season, was caught at long-off by Sutterlin, off diminutive slow left-armer Minh Nguyen. A few edges in the latter stages notwithstanding, another fine innings from Jamie, who is enjoying a memorable season. 145 for 6 in the 36th over.
175 was now the target, which results in maximum batting points in the 40-over matches. We were to finish with exactly that total, helped considerably by 17 runs being scored from the penultimate over, bowled by Isaacs, including a 6 over mid-wicket from Jim. Ben Thatcher made a useful 13 before being caught at long-on from the final ball of that over, Khan making a potentially tricky chance look easy. After four singles had been scored from the final over, Nguyen finishing with a tidy 1 for 27 off 8, Jim finished with 42 not out, a sensible, composed innings, befitting the situation.
It has a hard game to call the outcome of at this stage. Despite our recovery, Steyning must nevertheless have fancied their chances of only their second victory of the season. However, despite a healthy run rate, they lost wickets regularly in the early stages of their innings. Hugo March claimed the first two of these during another generally impressive spell of 7 overs (2 for 26); first veteran Simon Grant, having begun brightly, steered a straightforward catch to Jack Sizzey-Carter in the gully, then another experienced campaigner, Dave Kennett, who had begun ominously with a fiercely struck cover-driven boundary second ball, hit him tamely to Jamie Self at mid-on. At the Pavilion End Leon Kilford was unable to replicate his dramatic success at Steyning earlier in the season, conceding boundaries in each of his five overs. He did, though, take the wicket of Ben Buckley, with what is best described as an unorthodox caught-and-bowled after the batsman had totally mis-timed a short ball. When Ben Thatcher induced a thin edge through to D.J. from Ryan Matthews, the batsman walking, even though apparently he would not have been given out, Steyning were tottering at 63 for 4 in the 14th over.
Surprisingly this was to be our last success of the afternoon, 16 year-old Harvey King and his 18 year-old skipper George Isaacs piecing together an unbroken partnership of 113 in 23 overs against an increasingly frustrated, blunted, seven-man attack. Runs continued to be scored at a good pace, the visitors always ahead of the run rate, Hugo the only bowler to concede an average of fewer than four runs per over. Both youngsters impressed, King probably having the tighter defence, but the left-handed Isaacs displaying a slightly wider range of strokes. Having said this, it was King who provided the most memorable stroke of the match; having scored only 13 from the first 12 overs, he launched Hugo mightily completely over the oak tree at mid-wicket and onto the road. He reached his half-century in the 25th over with a pair of boundaries through extra-cover off Jamie Self. After beginning steadily, Isaacs dominated the scoring in the second half of the partnership and was playing with complete assurance by the end. The ninth of his eleven boundaries, guided to third man off Jonny Farmer, brought him his half-century. The closest we came to breaking the partnership was when Alan Law drew an outside edge from Isaacs, which fell just short of Tim Dodd at slip, the fielder immediately preventing any dispute by confirming that the ball had not carried.
The end was prolonged slightly when Ben Thatcher bowled only the third maiden of the innings (Steyning had bowled seven), but King struck the second ball of his next over to the boundary, to complete a memorable win for a side who have not had much to cheer this season. King finished with 67 (102 balls), Isaacs 62 (67 balls), victory completed with 16 balls to spare.
This result was certainly unexpected, bottom side Eastergate the only other side to have been beaten by Steyning II this season, whilst our only previous defeats had come against the top two, East Preston and Chippingdale. However, credit to our opponents, who certainly outplayed us with bat and ball on the day and deserved their victory. The toughest assignment in the league, away to East Preston, awaits us next. At the very least we will be hoping to give them a decent battle, having lost our three previous encounters with them by margins of 6 wickets, 8 wickets and, again, 8 wickets respectively.
Under 16’s vs Southwater
And so, the end was near
And Wisborough faced the final curtain
My friends, I’ll say it clear
They’d win the chase, of that I was certain
They’ve had their ups and downs
And snatched defeat from many victories
But each and every time
They did it their way
After an all-too-short season, the U16s came up against Southwater in their final confrontation, desperately seeking a final victory to see them off to their summer breaks in high spirits after so many near misses.
Winning the toss, Southwater invited Wisborough to field first. The early overs saw some tight bowling from Hugo and Josh T, and with Hugo striking early to bowl the Southwater number one, the visitors’ innings limped along to 7-1 off the first three overs. But their batsmen dug deep, and a flurry of boundaries saw the score and run rate rise rapidly, reaching 49-1 by the end of the seventh.
But with the partnership approaching 50, Leon struck a hammer blow, sending Southwater’s big-hitting number three’s bails flying, and the batsmen departed for 26 including 24 from boundaries. Wisborough suddenly had a foothold in the game.
Southwater showed stern resilience though, and continued haring along at almost seven an over, reaching 68-2 after ten. With a score of 150+ now looking eminently achievable, Wisborough needed something to swing the balance back in their favour.
Enter Tommy Colbran.
A spinner’s lot can be a challenging one, with patience and mental strength needed to accept that some balls might be smashed to the boundary by bold sloggers, but that there is always a chance of a wicket regardless.
And so it proved, as Tommy’s first four balls went dot-4-1-1. Another boundary and it might have been put down as one of those overs. Instead, the demon spinner spun a web of magic, bowling two in two, and putting himself on a hat trick for the start of the next over.
Following a tight over from Leon, the pressure was starting to tell, and Tommy approached the crease for his hat trick, only for the batsman to play and miss, the ball narrowly avoiding the stumps. But not be thwarted, Tommy turned and sent down his next ball, scattering the bails once more, his third wicket in four balls. From a healthy 74-2, Southwater had slumped to 76-5.
Not to be outshone (too much), Leon continued the assault, skittling number seven to bring the score to 86-6. A brief fightback saw Southwater pass the century mark, bit following a maiden, it was Tommy Time again as he sent back his fourth victim, this time catching his mark plumb before his stumps for lbw.
Southwater continued to battle, their second opener still holding firm and starting to take the attack to Wisborough. As the 120 mark was breached Tommy, who had been thinking of taking a breather, opted to bowl his fifth and final over in search of a rare five-for. The tide was inexorable. Following an opening dot, two more wickets fell to his next two balls, six wickets to Tommy, and another hat trick ball to follow. Alas, the number 11 stood firm, but Tommy finished with a double-wicket maiden and truly outstanding figures of 5-2-20-6.
Fancying a bit of the action, Sam Williams then took an over, and despite conceding a couple of boundaries whilst he found his length, he wrapped up the innings with his final delivery, Southwater being sent back to the pavilion with a total of 132 all out with five overs still to go, and their opening batsman carrying his bat for a nevertheless potentially match-winning 40. A stiff target, but achievable nevertheless.
So it was Wisborough’s turn to take to the crease, a required run rate of 5.32 the task ahead. The innings began steadily, albeit somewhat doughtily, despite a rapid opening three overs, and by the ten over mark the score stood at 41 without loss. With an asking rate now in excess of 6 an over, but all ten wickets in hand, the time to begin the acceleration was fast approaching.
But out of nowhere, with the batsmen having been in no difficulty thus far, Hugo sought to step up the scoring and attempted a risky run. Despite some brisk movement between the wickets, an excellent throw coupled with some fine wicketkeeping saw the bails removed with Hugo agonizingly short, and the first wicket was down at 42-1 in the eleventh.
Following his heroics with the ball, Tommy had decided it was going to be his day, and strode out confidently at number three. But taking his time to get his eye in, and with Callum holding the fort at the other end, the score crept up to 53-1 by the end of the fourteenth over, 80 runs still required off 11 at a challenging 7.3 an over.
Time to go large, and Tommy hit some lusty blows to reach a quickfire 17 after his leisurely start. Then out of the blue, a loose chip to mid-off and a fine catch by the Southwater fieldsman saw Tommy fall. As five dot balls followed to see out a wicket maiden, Wisborough were now 69-2 from 17 overs, now chasing 64 off 8.
‘Plenty of wickets in hand, just go for it’ appeared to be the message as Josh T and Callum conferred in the middle, and the next five overs saw 44 runs as the ball flew all over the place, including a magnificent six over the trees from Callum. And despite falling for 41 to an edge behind, Callum had put Wisborough in the driving seat at 113-3, twenty runs needed off the final three and still seven wickets left.
Leon fell cheaply as he sought to push the rate along, followed shortly afterwards by Josh for an excellent 21, and Green were now 117-5, sixteen runs still needed with twelve balls to come. Nerves were fraying on both sides, but Eric and Luke were holding firm in the middle, with some excellent running between the stumps keeping the runs ticking, coupled with a fine boundary from Luke, and nine off the penultimate over left seven runs needed for the win off the final six balls.
Would they look to keep pushing the quick singles and wait to punish anything loose? Nah, Luke clubbed the first ball to boundary, three needed off five, job done surely. But then catastrophe struck. The exertion of hammering the ball had caused something to pop in Luke’s leg, and as he was supported from the field, the game was in the balance once again.
Wilbert saw off his first ball, three needed off four, two to tie. Next ball Wilbert dabbed back. Then suddenly he looked up to find himself face to face with Eric who had already sprinted the length of the wicket before Will had even time to set off, seeing to eke out every possible run. An easy run out followed, and now it was three from three.
Looking to lead from the front, Will swung lustily at the next ball, managing only to edge a dolly up in the air, and the ball looped agonisingly into the keeper’s hands.
Three from two now, the advantage with Southwater, but Wisborough just one strike from a famous victory. Fin faced, swung looking for the elusive boundary, missed, straight to the keeper, three from one.
Final ball. Straight, bat on ball, the batsmen set off running, but there simply wasn’t enough on it, and as they turned for a second run which would have at least secured a tie, Sam was left stranded out of his crease, the bails were removed, Wisborough had lost by a solitary run.
In a season of near misses, this was the most agonising yet, a match of what-ifs, but nevertheless a battling performance right up to the final delivery, and the boys should feel proud of themselves for rounding the season off in such thrilling, if ultimately disappointing, style.
The Dads will be quaking in their whites ahead of the 2nd September!