Wizzy News 3 June 2021

Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News.

The colts were on half term break this week so no junior games were played. That didn’t stop some of our youngsters showing their class in senior games with one of our players reaching his maiden senior half century. We’ve also got some great pics of the Saturday and Sunday games taken by club cameraman Chris Marshall.

Century Club Draw

As a consequence of Government restrictions it was not possible to hold the first draw of the Century Club for 2021 in January. However as a limited number of people were able to meet up in gardens a meeting at Beeches Brook attended by Steve Calder Smith ( President of Wisborough Green Cricket Club ) and John Newman and the draw for January took place as well as that normally held in April in order to bring matters up to date. The next draw will be on President s ’Day

The results of the draws were :

January 2021

  • First Prize £250 Craig Vit
  • Second Prize £150 John Newman
  • Third Prize £80 Geoff Staples
  • Fourth Prize £60 Jenny Riley
  • Fifth Prize £40 Sally Bowes

April 2021

  • First Prize £250 Craig Vit
  • Second Prize £150 Greg Stevenson
  • Third Prize £80 Simon Cheesman
  • Fourth Prize £60 Brian Smith
  • Fifth Prize £40 Richard Collard
Ray signing off the most recent winners of the Century Club Draw before handing on the baton after 15 years

Many thanks for all of your efforts over many years Ray – we are hugely endebted to you for your tireless efforts in running the Century Club.

Century Club – Big boots to fill

The Century Club has been one of the cornerstones of cricket funding over the last several years. For those who do not know what it is I shall briefly explain. Any individual can buy “a ticket” that entitles entry to four draws every year. In pre-Covid days these coincided with the AGM, the start of the season, President’s Day and the end of season. A ticket costs £25 per season. Half the money collected each year is given out in prizes and the other half goes to help fund the cricket club.

All credit for its success must go to Ray Greatorex who has driven the numbers of tickets up from the original target of 100 to recently over 200, although we are 10 or so short of this number at the moment. Ray often tells the story of how he used to go in through the front door of the Cricks intent on selling a few more tickets only to find his potential targets sneaking out through the other door. To commemorate this and all his hard work with the century club, a picture of the was commissioned from local artist Katie Wells and presented to Ray as he completed the last draws with him at the helm as lockdown eased.

Ray receiving the gift of a picture from all at the club. The picture depicts Ray and Barbara coming through the front door at the Cricks trying to sell Century Club tickets while everyone else is either hiding or leaving via the back door

So, what now? I have agreed to take over the baton and also set myself the target of reaching 200 members again and then 250.

What can you do?

 Well quite simply click on the link below and sign up. For those of you with one ticket, I ask you to but another one and for those who have yet to get involved I ask simply why? As Ray so eloquently puts it “you simply can’t lose”.

You are either helping the cricket club to survive and thrive or you are winning the draw. It’s the ultimate win-win. Please click the link below to sign up and email me at steve@caldersmith.net and I look forward to trying to match Ray’s success and the £25,000 plus his Century Club has raised for the club over the years 

Please click here to sign up

Steve Calder Smith – Club President         

Match reports

First X1 vs Middleton

  • Dissapointing day for the Firsts as batters struggle on wet wicket
  • Hoppo makes welcome return to the side with battling knock
  • James Janion the only other batsman to get more than 20 runs
  • Green post 129 in allotted 40 overs
  • Bowlers do their bit but Middleton senior players inflict the damage
  • Steve Calder Smith rolls back the years to take a great catch
  • Stu Rainford claims a scalp with a calm and collected run out
  • Middleton stroll home in 27 overs with 7 wickets remaining
  • Skipper Farmer rallies the troops and calls for players to dig in and show their mettle at Southwater

Click here for the full scorecard

Second X1 vs East Preston

With a few regulars missing, including Captain and Vice Captain, the 2nd XI travelled to East Preston with a mixture of youth and experience. Chris Marshall won the toss and put East Preston in to bat.

Realising that we had nobody who had kept wicket before, Matt Watts stepped up and donned a tiny pair of gloves and pads. Despite a lack of proper equipment, and the ground being a long way down, Matt performed admirably behind the stumps. Oscar Warmington bowled some incredible stuff, cutting the ball in and having the batsmen in all sorts of trouble.

At 122-0 after 26 overs, East Preston probably didn’t feel too worried. However a tight 9 overs from Josh Dixon, taking 3-32, a stunning one handed slip catch from Ollie Stott, and some fine bowling from Will Dixon, the East Preston finished on 195/5 off 40 overs.

Matt Watts and Ran Dawson opened the batting and immediately took control. Matt looked in fine form and was unlucky to snick one down the leg side on 27. Ran patiently built an innings, dispatching the bad ball, then following with an immaculate forward defensive. He hit 55 and looks a really fine prospect. Will Dixon looked equally comfortable, hitting a fine 37.

Tim Dodd dusted off the cricket whites after a few years out of the game. His knowledge was invaluable in the field for our young players. He walked out to bat, with Wisborough still a fair bit to do. Third ball was dispatched for 4, followed quickly with a 6, and Doddy was back. 31 not out, and a lofted straight drive for 4 finished off a good day for him and and a superb victory for the 2s.

Harry Hunter and Alex Phip also contributed strongly, with Harry taking a great catch in the deep and Alex flying around the midwicket boundary.

A great day in the sunshine, and a fantastic victory.

Ran Dawson in full flight
Ran’s maiden senior half century. Well played young man !
Great teamwork in the middle from Ran Dawson and Will Dixon
Youth and experience – a perfect combination …
Doddy’s still got it ….
Ollie Stott with a classy block
Ollie Despatching one to the boundary

Click here for the full scorecard

The Sunday Supplement

  • Nuthurst won the toss and elected to field first
  • Richard Wilson and Ran Dawson, fresh from his knock on Saturday , open the batting for the Green.
  • Steady start interrupted when Ran chipped one to mid off
  • Strong 2nd wicket partnership sees Vickery and Wilson both accumulate into the 30s
  • Bowler takes a catch with the ball lodge firmly in his stomach to send Vickery packing
  • Wickets continue to tumble to some very average bowling
  • Will Dixon and Zac Dawson build composed partnership to steady the ship
  • Will caught when Zac hitting out – a real team player!
  • Late boundary for Joshy seals what is expected to be a defendable total
  • Nuthurst openers show stubborn resistance with Will and DJ (bowling off spin) keeping things relatively tidy
  • Will induces the edge off a no ball which Vickery catches at gully, throwing down the stumps to break the deadlock with a runout!
  • Batsmen build up a head of steam, putting away the bad balls as Green search for another breakthrough
  • Alex Philp bowls a beauty to remove Nuthurst no. 3
  • Zac Dawson proves equally equipped with both ball and bat in hand with a couple of tidy overs
  • Nuthurst seal victory with a few overs and 7 wickets to spare
  • A great day on the Green where the the youngsters yet again showed their class.
Club Captain Dan Vickery always ready and waiting …
Harry Hunter in action on Sunday
Not sure what Will Dixon’s mum has been feeding him – he looks 6 feet taller this season …
Will Dixon firing off another one to the Nuthurst batters
Great to see clubman DJ Dominique on the cricket field again …
Josh Dixon showing that he isn’t just a great bowler …

Senior team selections for this weekend

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

Fixture Card

Our new fixture card for the 2021 season has just arrived – please pick up a copy in the PAV or Click here to download an eletronic copy.

Many thanks to club Chairman Tarnie Dixon for all his efforts in putting it together.


Dates for your diary

4 July : RunWisborough

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

A lot of preparation goes into the event and over 60 helpers are required on the day. If you are able to help in any way please get in touch with Mike Gadd at info@runwisborough.co.uk

Bar staff required

Are you able to help run the bar ? Wisborough Green Sports are looking for people to man the bar – primarily on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm-8pm initially and then midweek during the football season. If you are able to help in any way please contact Mike Gadd via email michael@gaddweb.co.uk

And finally – spotted out and about ….

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