Wizzy News 9 May 2024

Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News – our regular newsletter about news and events at Wisborough Green Cricket club. If you missed last week’s edition please click here

Lots of teams in action this last week despite the wet weather with some fantastic match reports and a great pic of the historic Under 13 girls game against Southwater.

Honours Boards

Congratulations to all the players who feature on this week’s Honours Board

Vice Presidents Tea and BBQ on Saturday

We are looking forward to welcoming our Vice Presidents and Life members to a Tea and BBQ at the club on Saturday afternoon. For those who are new to the club, our Vice Presidents and Life members have made valuable contributions to our club over many years and have helped to make the club what it is today. It is a great opportunity to meet them and share some great memories.

Kit now in stock

Gray Nicholls have informed us that kit is now in stock and available for purchase. Please click here to go directly to the Gray Nicholls Online store

Our ‘Ordering Kit ‘ web page has lots of additional information on local stores to purchase kit from and some useful videos on how to choose the right junior bat, how to choose the right bat size and how much you should spend on a junior bat. We have also included details of helmet sizes and a pads size guide.


Junior cap
Ladies cap
Senior men’s cap

Caps will be on sale at the Pav on Friday evening at 7pm . We would like all players to wear the new Wisborough Green caps for our matches which enhances our identity as a team and a club. We have slightly different colours for juniors (£10) , ladies (£12) and senior men (£15)

Thanks to Sarah Meurer – Head of Womens and Girls cricket and Jen Cambell one of our Women’s Team captains for modelling the caps for us this week. Looking good ladies…


All our teams that play in leagues (ie Under 10 upwards) have team Whatsapp Groups . If your child plays in one of these age groups and you haven’t been included in a Whatsapp group please speak to your age group coach.

Just a reminder that we have a lot of useful information for each of our age groups on our Juniors web page. Please click here for more info

To all the junior players out there – what do you think of this young fella’s batting ? (click on the link below) You can’t fault the commitment to the cause …

RunWisborough – 9 June

The countdown to the very popular RunWisborough event has begun – only 4 weeks to go. The event is attracts fun runners from far and wide and many fun runners from the local community as well, so if you would like to take part please click here and sign up for the 5km run, 10km run and colour run for the children

As with all events of this nature there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and the race organisers are looking for help with marshalling and a number of other activities on the day. If you are able to help in any way please contact Michelle on tel 07540 546638

Upcoming Fixtures

Lots of games coming up this next week – our First X1 are at home to Crawley , our Second X1 are away to Crawley Eagles, our under 14’s are at home to Horsham on Sunday, our under 12’s are at home to West Chilt on Saturday morning and our Sunday X1 are at home to Believers X1 on Sunday afternoon. The cricket season has well and truly begin !

Please click here for all of our age group fixtures on the ECB’s Playcricket website. Fixtures are also listed in our official Fixture card, copies of which available in the Pavilion. You can also download an electronic copy of the fixture card by clicking here.

Team selections for this week

Our First X1 are up against Crawley at home on Saturday afternoon in their first senior match of the season. The match starts at 1pm on the Green – please do come along and support the team if you can.

The Second X1 are away to Crawley Eagles. Great to see one of our junior players making his debut for the seniors. Good luck Harry !

…and finally

Match Reports

Second X1 vs Crawley

“If they are all like this, I’m not playing anymore… “

The 2’s were delighted to kick off the season against newly promoted Crawley 3’s on the Green on Saturday. Grim weather the week beforehand had threatened all week but the Chief Grounds Officer had declared the pitch fit, so play we did.

I won’t go through blow by blow account, but a strong bowling line up and a long outfield restricted the opposite to 84 all out. Joey was tight and abstemious (look it up Farms), Dave G worked hard up the hill and was unlucky at times and Joshy took a little time to find his line but when he did – clink clink. But the star with the ball was DJ. Unchanged up the hill with a 5-fer inside 6 overs, the ball swung prodigiously and the batters had little answer.

Feeling pretty good at half time (where a delicious tea was provided by Mia Finn (big kudos), mood was high and smiles were large.

At 14-6 in reply, the mood started to change a little. Good bowling, tricky pitch and some early season rust (and some hideous batting on my part) meant wickets toppled at alarming regularity. Short story is that a dedicated, unflinching and patient partnership from DJ and Dave G (and a scrambled single from Joey at the end) saw us home from the last ball.

Words can’t do justice to the drama, and the excellence from DJ and Dave. The league table says 30 points in the bag – I’ll take it and forget about the drama. Onwards and upwards….

Please click here for the full scorecard

Tim Palmer – Captain

Under 14 vs Slinfold

The under 14’s first fixture of the season was an enticing matchup against local rivals Slinfold. It was a beautiful morning for cricket, but the earlier weather had left a wicket that was pretty sticky so when Slinfold won the toss and elected to bat, Wisborough were more than happy to take to the field. 

After a steady start that saw Slinfold put on 20 or so Harry Maggs stepped up and took two quick wickets which seemed to turn the tide of the game. Unfortunately however some slightly errant bowling, giving away wides combined with 4’s (six runs), meant that Slinfold’s score climbed quite quickly during the middle spell. Some good bowling from Bella Boyce and Joe Aspidin led to a couple more wickets and Hector and Josh managed to keep the opposition scoring reasonably slow but they finished their 20 overs with wickets to spare on a decent but chase-able total of 110.

Wizzy went out to bat full of confidence with some strong players making up the backbone of the team. First up were captain Harry  R and Monty Palmer who started well, until Harry was unfortunately bowled out by a ball that hardly bounced and went under his bat. Jackson M then stepped up and suffered the same fate only a few bowls later. This really was a challenging wicket to bat on. While Monty held his end up well, Joe Aspidin came in and managed to score a few with some nice running, followed up Bella and Olivia who both played some lovely shots. By this point though the game was getting away from Wisborough and we had left ourselves too much to do. Some very mature batting from Hector and Josh wasn’t enough to get us the runs we needed and we finished our overs 40 short of the target. 

So a disappointing start to the season however some very good individual performances and as usual it was a game of fine margins where one or two errors and some messy bowling cost us the game. Special mention to Harry Richardson for an excellent performance as captain and to Bella Boyce for a great performance at keeper and also to Josh B who despite playing up three years looked very at home out in the middle. As usual though, everyone played their part and the team spirit was fantastic.

Please click here for the full scorecard

Dave McCullagh

Under 13 girls vs Southwater

The under 13 girls welcomed Southwater to the hallowed but rather wet Wisborough turf on Tuesday evening.

A rather historic game for the Under 13’s as it was the first official league game for the team in the history of the club – very special indeed.

There was some doubt as to whether the fixture would actually go ahead because of the wetness of the pitch, but after some deliberation it was decided that the girls would play with an incrediball because of the bounce of the ball on the damp turf.

Southwater won the toss and elected to bat first and it was very clear why they finished top of the league for a number of seasons. Their batting was very good as our bowlers struggled to find consistency. Two great deliveries in succession from skipper Olivia Church saw off the top order but their batters stuck to the task admirably and finished their innings on 119 after 16 overs.

Newcomer to the team Molly Jones opened the batting with Becca Foster but a couple of runouts saw us fall behind the run rate. The rest of our batters struggled against some good bowling and the team eventually reached 70 after our allotted 16 overs.

Lots of positives to take away from the game – we have a great team spirit and everyone is very keen to learn. We need to practice our bowling to minimise the wides and no balls and also focus on our batting.

Congratulations to Molly for being awarded player of the match by the opposition in her first ever cricket match and well done to Olivia Church and Becca Foster for being recognised for their batting and bowling contributions.

Thanks to Suzana Braddock for all her efforts scoring on the app and to all the mums who brought along some delicious biscuits and drinks.

A lovely evening of cricket on the Green – looking forward to lots more

Please click here for the full scorecard

Under 12 vs Balcombe

What a beautiful sunny morning to kick off the first competitive game of the 2024 season at home to Balcombe.

Wizzy had a strong team from both the boys and girls squads captained by Josh Braddock.

Balcombe won the toss and elected to bowl.

Ultimately Balcombe won the match by 8 wickets driven by their great fielding taking catches and getting the ball back quickly to stumps building pressure on our batters.

Standout moments of the match:
Freddie Brookfield 27 runs off 18 balls retired including 4 boundaries
Joanna Nicholls & Bobbie Ayling 8 runs a piece
Henry Nicholls 7 runs

Olivia Church excellent fielding to runout 2 batters (the only 2 wickets)
Josh Braddock most economical bowler 5 runs off 2 overs including maiden over
Lucy Ross Hurst accurate bowling from 3 overs for only 21 runs

Please click here for the scorecard

Darren Hunter

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 🏏😊