Welcome to the 2023 cricket season

Welcome to the 2023 cricket season

Welcome to the 2023 cricket season. For those who are new to the club a very warm welcome, and a particular welcome to Wizzy News – our regular roundup of news and events at Wisborough Green Cricket Club.

We are all looking forward to the new season which is going to be rather special as its the very first time that our under 11 Girls and Ladies teams will be playing league cricket.


Existing members should have received their renewal emails a few weeks ago. If you missed the email and would like to register again this season, please let us know and we will resend the email to you.

New members can register via the Wisborough Green Sports MyClubhouse site by clicking here.

Age groups

We have a lot of useful information about our various age groups . Please click here to go to the Juniors Web page on our main cricket website.

Parking on Friday evening

Just a quick reminder about parking. We look forward to welcoming Juniors to the first training session on Friday 21st April from 6pm, and with this comes a pressure on parking around the Green. We therefore ask you to walk to the Green if possible and be considerate when parking avoiding the verges around the playground area and Butts Meadow. Please also be mindful of the implication of your parking on the flow of traffic around the Green – we obviously want to avoid any unnecessary risks caused by the build-up of traffic. There is additional parking to be found in the Village Hall car park, so please do make use of it if you can.

Many thanks in advance for your help with this which will be much appreciated by the wider village community


All of our age group fixtures are available on the ECB’s Placycricket website – please click here. Our fixture card is currently in production and we will let everyone know when it is available.

Cricket for the over 50’s

Last Season our Club President Steve Calder Smith, started to play Senior’s cricket representing Sussex at over 50s level and also at over 60s level. He says “it is a little different from weekend League cricket in two main aspects. Firstly the warmup, league cricket comprises of getting to the ground and into some training gear and then going through some warm ups and then getting changed for the game. Senior’s cricket warmup is a chat with the opposition, a cup of coffee and a chocolate biscuit or two or a piece of cake. Everyone is well aware that we are one overstretch away from an injury. Secondly, it is most unusual to see the wicket keeper standing more than five yards back from the stumps and although the bowling may be slower, and the fielding less energetic, and the running between the wickets is at Vickery pace, there is good competition between the teams and always a chat and time spent after the game.

It was my first year, so didn’t really know what to expect, there are some players who still play regularly for club sides, but a lot choose to play this form of cricket especially in the 60s and over 70s age groups. If you are a little reluctant to get involved in league cricket but would like to play on good grounds, then please contact me on steve@caldersmith.net and I will introduce you to the relevant age group head. There are 4 teams who play over 60s cricket with a fifth fulfilling some friendly fixtures and 2 over 70s teams as well as two over 50s teams. You will play against 8 local counties in a league and then the two top teams play in one national competition and those finishing third and fourth play in another. I was lucky enough to finish the season playing for Sussex over 60s 2s as I was underage being a modest 59 years old. Each team is only allowed one underage person. I also played Sussex 1s and 2s over 50 and for the third X1 over 60s until a birthday meant I moved up a team. We came third in the South – East league and became National Vase Champions winning the final at Stroud in mid-September’

Sussex Senior’s team who became National Vase Champions last season. Steve is pictured in the back row – second from the right

The Sussex Over 6Os first team are in the rain delayed national final against Essex First team on 18th April at Chipstead. As I reported the second XI won the national vase competition, Please click here here for team sheet for this delayed Final to be held at Chipstead, Coulsdon and Walcountians Cricket Club – the start is at 12.30pm. It is hoped that as many of the Sussex Seniors supporters as possible will attend and support the Sussex team.

The link to the cricket page is here https://sussexover50.play-cricket.com/

For those of you are interested you might see a few familiar names on the list below

RankPlayerInnsRunsHigh ScoreAvgStrike Rate
1 John Moore229569156.2473.57
2 Peter Matthews17776115*64.6776.89
3 Gordon Morgan177669245.0678.00
4 Steve Calder-Smith11667146*83.38124.44
5 Martin Sims16620176*44.29138.7

Walking Cricket

Sussex cricket have introduced walking cricket for those who prefer to play the game at a more leasurely pace. Please click on the following link for more details : https://sussexcricket.co.uk/walking-cricket

Date for your diary – 7th May – Coronation

Outline of the day :

2.00 – Arrivals
2.30 – Welcome and Toast
2.35 – Glee Choir with National Anthem
3.00 – Barn dance session 1 (1 hr)
4.15 – 5.15 – Barn dance session 2 (1 hr)
6.30 – Oli Austen (2.5 hrs)
9.00 – Ends

Theme: Royal Fancy Dress

That’s it for now – lots to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Heres’ to a great season ahead