Wizzy News 20 May 2021

Welcome to the first Wizzy News of 2021 and a special warm welcome to all those who are new to the club.

Regular readers of Wizzy News are no doubt familiar with the format of Wizzy News – a bit of news about cricket, information about what’s going on in the community , and a good old chuckle about this and that. We don’t take ourselves too seriously at the club and we enjoy having a dig at players and personalities at the club, so if you’re important enough to be a target of our humour please take it as a compliment !

Not a bad place to have a game of cricket …

Covid Rules for the Pav

As everyone in no doubt aware, the new COVID guidelines came into effect from Monday 17 May.

The rules allow for people to be seated indoors in groups of 6 from different households or more if from 2 households. Tables must be appropriately separated and rooms ventilated. Outside groups of up to 30 are allowed but as for indoors people must be seated and no counter service is allowed.

Can we please ask everyone to continue to scan in on the NHS app and to wear masks when moving through the inside area. People entering the building must also please handsanitise.

Lets all stay safe

Pics from recent games

Many thanks to our club cameraman Chris Marshall for capturing some great pics from recent games

Our Wisborough Warrior DJ Dominique as always putting his body on the line for his team.
Hughie Ragg on his way to his first undefeated century in the game against Dome Mission

Club President Steve Calder Smith with his trademark cut shot in the game against Findon
Club legend Ben Thatcher making a welcome return to the green
First team skipper Jonny Farmer celebrating his first fifty of the season

Click here for some more great pics of recent senior games

Match reports

First X1 vs Findon

It was the first home game of the season for the 1st XI and it was 50/50 whether we would get a game in on the Green due to the Met Office and our in house weatherman Stuart Rainford’s predictions.

So the toss took place and much to Mr Farmer’s delight he lost it and was inserted by the Findon. Out strode a new partnership of SCS and the second best Vickery (D). It was a controlled but an aggressive approach from both with Steve caressing two lovely drives in the first over and WG really motoring with Vickery punishing anything short. The first wicket fell on around 40 as Dan hit one slightly on the up and a good catch was held.

The Chairman and Presidential partnership has yet to really hit full strides this season as Tarnie also fell to a good catch as Wisborough tried to carry on the good start 55/2.

Enter Fosol Ahmed, a colleague of Dan’s who was keen to impress on debut. He soon kicked on with Steve as they took the attack to Findon and pushed the score over 120, before Steve had seen off the main bowlers and fell to the 3rd changes first ball. 39 fine runs from the elder statesman.

Enter the captain, a promotion up the order and something to prove after a few rash shots in previous games. Foysol and the captain had a tricky period of avoiding full tosses, facing plenty of wides and then digging out the odd yorker, luckily Farmers experience of facing Ollie Bamber and had prepared himself for the mental battle. But less fortunate was Foysol’s leading edge off a full toss that spooned up to the fielder. A fine 42 with some explosive hitting, and a chap we look forward to seeing play many more games for the Green!

The next couple of partnerships less pretty on the eye as DJ spooned a catch back to the bowler, and Stu decided to come up for a chat with his captain before being sent back and a direct hit caught him short , bringing us to 150/6. The innings was also halted by the 3pm Met offices first correct prediction and the deluge lasted 45 minutes while tea was also taken.

Now the time for Farmer had come, but instead it was the Sizzler who brought the big show, smashing the ball to all parts while Farmer worked it around, picking off the bad balls and getting JSC as much of the strike as possible. Farmer ending on 51* a fine captain’s innings and Jack another great 34. Wisborough 239/6 after our 40 overs.

A straight turnaround, with Jnr and the return of the King (Benjamin Thatcher) taking the new ball, with Findon’s flamboyant openers tried to set up a foundation for them to chase down the total it was looking like their day again as the ball avoided fielders and started to hit the boundary on too many occasions. In the midst of this the unfortunate and worst part of the day was that of DJ who was standing up to Thatch, as the ball reared off a length and caught our keeper straight in the throat, a site nobody likes to see on the cricket field. DJ a true warrior said he was fine and was out for the rest of the game, but a trip to A&E for the big man did reveal his battle scars.

It was that man Farmer again who brought himself on to remove the dangerous Findon skipper for 40 and start the next few overs of WG Dominance with Sizzles also taking a couple of scalps. It was then catch of the season (contender) from Tarnie, Farmer bowling a friendly half volley only for a one handed diving catch to send the Findon no. 3 back to the shed. Such a shame in the Covid times that a full on bundle couldn’t occur, our thoughts to those in Japan who received the aftershock. The Findon number 4 had other ideas and made life very tough for the green bowlers, the message was clear, tight lines restrict and build the pressure and wickets would come.

It was the return of Thatch who got the next breakthrough, an outpour of emotion from the veteran, what a site. I can also confirm he still aches, and can’t wait to do it all again, when he’s not shouting at the seniors on the golf course.

The Farmer and Sizzler show continued the theme of the day as Jack got rid of the danger man stumped by Dan for 52. The game still in the balance captain Farmer came back for his final two overs and got rid of 2 men for only 6 runs. Kleiny who had to wait patiently for his 8 overs reeled them off and also kept things tight. While Jnr was left with 20 to defend in the last over, in typical Jnr fashion he served up a filthy half volley first ball. 16 off 5, with the memories of his no ball coming back to the team, he kept his composure and removed the last man. Wisborough WON their first of the season, and with players slowly coming back and confidence building next stop is Worthing.

MOM – Genuine all-rounder Farmer – 51 & 4-29 off his 8.

DOD – Stu Rainford – Poor weather updates and running between the wicket.

HERO – DJ, Our thoughts are with you – speedy recovery, we need you back!

OAP – Benjamin Thatcher, great to see you back in those tighty whites.

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Second X1 vs Horsham Trinity

  • Green 2’s beat Trinity 2’s for the second time in 3 weeks taking Green to 2nd in the league
  • We finally win a toss on a quintessentially English afternoon. Sticking Trinity in with the aim of making early inroads.
  • Joey and Will open the bowling and keep things very tight. Joey striking early with 2 key wickets.
  • Bowling is all about partnerships and this was demonstrated by Ran Dawson and Harry Hunter, carrying on the good work, with Harry’s slower ball yorker clean bowling the trinity no. 4.
  • Then came Josh Dixon and the skipper who closed out the Trinity innings. Joshy picking up 2 scalps, with the skipper removing his opposition number opening the flood gates, taking 5-34.
  • Trinity bowled out for 147 – more than expected but a very getable target
  • Green off to a bad start with Kenny going first ball
  • Wickets tumble and Green in trouble on 36 for 5
  • Pricey makes welcome return to the team and gets going after a scratchy start notching up 39
  • Charlie Mauder picks up the mantle and gets the scoreboard ticking over before being trapped in front for 35
  • Will Dixon joins skipper Frank at the crease with only 3 wickets remaining and 25 runs to get
  • Valiant and determined batting from Will and the skipper see the team over the line with 3 overs to spare
  • Great victory for the Green in a game that ebbed and flowed and could have gone either way

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The Sunday Supplement

For the first time in a long time, we have a full Sunday fixture list. We also had a few early season Saturday friendlies to play into a bit of form. Dan Vickery scored a solid 80 away at Selsey and Hughie Ragg a fine hundred on the Green the following week.

On Sundays, we aim for a mixture of seasoned pros and young talent. Whilst not league cricket, the games are competitive, and against decent opposition. These games are a great opportunity to have a bat or bowl where players might not get the chance in a league game. The team morale is extremely positive and the games thoroughly enjoyable.

Matt Watts 30th Birthday tournament allowed a Wisborough team to have a knock. Decent batting performances came from Tom and Ran Dawson, as well as Eddie Ragg and Will Dixon (who also bowled well).

Against the touring Sunday Seconds CC, runs came from Richard Mellor and Mick Hollands, while Josh Dixon took 4 including a clean bowled with his first ball. He was robbed of a five-for as the opposition were short of a full team. Oscar Walmington also bowled beautifully.

If you havent played cricket for a while and would like to have a game please get in touch with our Sunday captains Chris Marshall or Richard Mellor. Nearly all the games are on the Green and are a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Under 14’s

On a dry but as expected cold morning another strong Wisborough u14’s team welcomed Steyning to the Green.

Wisborough batted first and amassed 174 runs with the loss of only 3 wickets in their allotted 25 overs. Some great performances with the bat from Ran Dawson 41 retired , Oscar Warmington 26 and Isaac Paisley 25 not out.

Wisborough bowlers tore into the Steyning batsmen with only two of the Steyning players reaching double figures. After 21 overs it was game over with only 107 runs on the board. Oscar Warrington bagged 3 scalps for 15 off 3 and Charlie Conway 3 for 20 off 3.

Well played Wisborough!

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Under 12’s

Great result for our gallant U12s on Saturday beating Southwater by 8 runs! It was true team performance with everyone contributing to the win.

Tight fielding was a standout feature of our game. Player of the day went to Ben Gwilliam for his performance with the bat scoring 14 runs and an outstanding debut with the gloves keeping wicket. Hardly a ball eluded him with a diving catch that Jos Butler would have been proud of (hope Barney has recovered from being flattened in the process)!

Special mentions also to Brooke Meurer top scoring with 17 runs and taking a wicket, Barney Wadell for two great catches and a stunning runout and to Archie Gray for his captaining. But again, everyone played their part in a fantastic opening win!

Under 10’s

The under 10’s were finally under way on Saturday morning in a home fixture against West Chiltington.

Wisborough won the toss and decided to bat first, mainly due to one of the parents driving two children to West Chiltington thinking it was an away fixture.

Strong performances throughout saw Wisborough post at highly competitive 323. Sensing they were ahead in the game they showed a level of intensity and concentration in the field along with regular wickets that restricted West Chilt to just 291.

Really good to see the girls playing a key part in the game and the whole team for their all round eagernes to take wickets. A true team performance by Hector, William, Neve, Olivia, Layla, Harry, Gus, Henry, Lucas and Buddy.

Well done to all and a thanks to Tom for umpiring and Kirsty for scoring.

Team selections for this weekend

Please click here for our senior team selections for the weekend.


Dates for your diary

31 May : Afternoon Tea on the Green

Local Caterer Emma Foden presents a superb selection of exquisite sandwiches, a brownie, a scone with jam and clotted cream, served with tea and juice for the children. You will enjoy waiter service in order that you can relax outside the Sports Pavilion on the Green and the bar will be open for the usual refreshments served at your table (with Prosecco at just £18 per bottle).

All proceeds will go towards the drainage and leveling work on the Green in Autumn. If you would like to make a small additional donation towards this significant project please add it to you your booking using the add on button. Please click on the following link for more information:


4 July : RunWisborough

Please click here for more information on this year’s RunWisborough 5km and 10 km funruns

Are you able to help ?

Are you able to help us in any way with umpiring matches, rolling the square or making tea for the players ? If so please do get in touch with us – we would really value your help

And finally – spotted out and about ….

A great read – available at all leading bookstores

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

Stay safe