Some sad News to share
Music videos of the week
Three music clips for this week. Given the somewhat disappointing results for the Firsts and Seconds over the weekend we have had to go with : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH476CxJxfg. That said .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTWm0s7ZwDY .
The standout individual performance of the weekend came from an under 12 player who played in the Under 14 game against Horsham Trinity . He came to the crease with the team in a somewhat precarious position with two wickets down and only a handful of runs on the board. As cool as a cucumber he set about blocking the straight ones, despatching the bad ones and before you knew it had notched up an unbeaten 40. If that wasn’t enough he bowled full and straight, taking 2 valuable wickets to keep the Green in the hunt for an unlikely victory. It was a real pleasure to watch a young talent in action who made it all look so easy. If only we could all play .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVIiQ8iNvKc
Honours boards for the week
Matches over the weekend
Firsts vs East Preston
- Green up against last year’s league champions
- Skipper Sadler wins the toss and elects to bat
- Napper and Skipper Sadler get Green off to good start
- Batsmen struggle to deal with oppo speedster Sutherland who claims 5 scalps
- Green end on 168 in 46th over
- East Preston get off to blistering start
- Ben Thatcher and Jamie Self contain the flow of runs
- Oppo skipper Wheedon takes the game away from Green with unbeaten 104
- Skipper calls for better batting performances
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see match report below
Seconds vs Pulbrough
- Second X1 lose to Pulbrough 1st X1
- Green collapse from 100 for 3 to 128 all out with 111 Nelson claiming 2 wickets
- Strong performances with the bat from Keeper Callum Price, Stu Rainford and Steve Calder Smith
- Tommy Colbran secures vital batting points towards end of innings
- Josh Dixon stars with the ball taking 3 wickets
- Pulbrough take advantage of loose bowling to knock off total 4 down
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All smiles before the game
Pictured from left : Tarnie Dixon, Frank Vickery, Chris Francis (Capt), Tim McMath, Steve Calder-Smith
Front : Dan Webber, Callum Price , Leon Kilford, Stu Rainford, Josh Dixon, Tom Colbran
Under 16’s vs Three Bridges
- Under 16’s take on strong Three Bridges team
- Skipper March elects to field first
- Opening bat Nevill remains defiant and retires on 51
- Newcomer Matt Forester and Luke Kopiec pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets a piece
- Three Bridges set Green target of 139 to win
- Charlie Phillips stars with the bat and top scores with 42
- Hugo March returns to form with 30 well played runs
- Green fall short by 12 runs in final over thriller
- Encouraging performances – many positives to take from the game
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See match report below
Under 14’s Horsham Trinity
- Trinity win the toss and elect to bowl first
- Opening batsmen struggle with accurate bowling on damp wicket
- Eddie Ragg steadies the ship with classy unbeaten 40
- Zac Whittle shows his class with the bat with well played 23
- Green set Trinity target of 104 to win
- Joe Bonney takes first spin bowling wicket
- Eddie Ragg claims 2 scalps with economic bowling
- Trinity romp home in 17th over with only 3 wickets down
- Coach Bonney can’t explain the whereabouts of the missing cakes after he realises the team remains top of the table
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See match report below
Under 12’s vs Rudgwick
- Green start strongly with early wicket from Harry Hunter after being invited to field
- Fielding lapses allow Rudgwick openers to capitalise
- Wickets from Seb Wibaut and Ran Dawson help contain the runs
- Rudgwick finish with 96 for 4 after 20
- WG through Oscar Warmington, Harry Hunter and Tom Bonney keep the runs flowing after 2 quick wickets
- Run chase makes for a thrilling finish with 20 to get off the last 4 overs
- Tom keeps things going after Oscar retires and wickets fall
- Rudgwick opening bowlers return and stem the flow of runs
- Green ends with 90 for 7 off 20 – just short of the target
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see match report below
See match report below
Matches this weekend
Date for your diary
Monday 11 June – Sunday 17 June
HURRAH! THE CIRCUS HAS ARRIVED!
If you’ve been in and around Wisborough Green you can’t fail to have noticed that the circus is most certainly in town, with its beautiful big top gracing the area behind the Pavillion. All week Cirque Normandie have been putting on special events for the school including a blessing of the big top by the Reverend Clive Jenkins, circus skills workshops not only for children from Wisborough Green School, but also Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School, Climbing Bears and Ingfield Manor. Tickets are still available for all four performances including mischievous clowns, nimble acrobatics, talented jugglers, daring aerialists & more. There are no animals involved in the circus.
All tickets are £9 in advance from www.circusnormandie.co.uk or from the Box Office now located on the Green.
Friday 15th June 7:30 pm
Saturday 16th June 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday 17th June 2 pm
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL
Whether you are planning to visit the circus or not, we hope to see you at the school’s annual Summer Festival on Saturday 16th June. There will of course be a distinctly circus theme about the day, but all of the usual fun as well with some extra special games, a circus skills obstacle race, inflatables, plant stall, top quality food and drink and live music from 5.00pm. The bar will of course be open!
PARKING OVER THE WEEKEND
Because of the circus and the Festival, all parking will be restricted around the Green. Please park in the event car park in the Luth – second left past the playground. Thank you.
20 June : The Wisborough Green Sports Club Association AGM 2017 is taking place in the pavilion at 9pm on Wednesday 20th June.
This is a significant year for the Sports Association, a change of Chairman, the new pavilion development, and a new structure creating a Charitable Incorporated Organisation enabling fund raising and tax saving opportunities.
Everyone who has registered with the Cricket Club, which includes parents of the Colts, are automatically members of the Sports association and are invited (and encouraged ) to attend the AGM
23 June : BBQ on the Green after the Firsts game 18:30- late
Sunday 24 June : Remembering Timbo
Its hard to believe that its been a year since we received the sad news of the passing of our former Captain Tim Monday while playing in a cricket match for West Chiltington.
West Chiltington have arranged a ‘ Tim Monday Memorial day ‘ on Sunday 24 June which will include a 3 way T20 cricket tournament between Wisborough Green, West Chiltington and Aldershot – the three clubs Tim was involved with during his cricketing career.
The afternoon starts with Wisborough taking on West Chilts at 9:15 followed by Wisborough against Aldershot . Games will continue throughout the day and there will be a large screen TV on hand to watch England’s World Cup football game against Panama. The afternoon will conclude with a presentation at 18hoo
Tim contributed much to our club and it would be great to see the event well supported.
Click here for the full match day program
New benches on the Green
A number of new benches have been installed on the Green in recent weeks. One such bench was Sponsored by Ian Poysden in memory of his father who was a Vice President of the Club. The club received the following a message from Ian : ‘ I wanted to thank everyone for all their effort with Dad’s seat. It was very much appreciated. Also, I do some voluntary work with www.dementia-support.org.uk which is an amazing facility in Tangmere.
I want everyone to know that Wisborough Green is in the intended catchment area and so people can still use hub for their family and friends. If you could spread the word it will greatly benefit everyone involved with the club that has someone who has dementia.
Separately, after looking at the website, if anyone has any questions, please direct them to me. It really is an amazing place and the first of it’s like in the country, funded by donations and fundraising by people like me.
See you soon I hope and good luck for the rest of the season’
tel 01273 208813
Non cricketing News – spotted out and about
Wizzy News thought for the week
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
Firsts vs East Preston
East Preston, champions of our league last season, before the re-structuring kept them alongside us, were the visitors to the Green on Saturday. Jim Sadler won the toss and elected to bat first on what proved to be a fine batting deck.
Our best passage of the afternoon came right at the start, Jim and Byron Napper sharing a fluent, convincing opening stand. The highlight was a fascinating duel between Jim and probably the league’s best bowler, the speedy Jack Sunderland. Jim certainly won the early stages, unfurling consecutive straight drives and later pulling savagely. At the other end, another straight drive was stopped by the foot of bowler Joe Carter, causing his withdrawal from the attack soon after. Byron was certainly no slouch either, and also looked in good touch, the best of his four boundaries an elegant clip through mid-wicket off Sunderland. However, after very few alarms, the partnership was ended in the 11th over, a firm-footed Byron (21) thin-edging Sunderland to East Preston skipper Gary Weedon. In his next over, Sunderland also dismissed Jim (27); having restricted his scoring by peppering him just short of a length around leg stump, he bowled him via a deflection off his legs. 48 for 0 had become 54 for 2, which soon became 64 for 4, Sunderland claiming two more wickets, Mark Day bowled via an inside edge playing an extravagant stroke against a ball that didn’t seem to warrant one and, two balls later, Jamie Self inside-edging to Weedon.
For the rest of our innings, we threatened to make a good enough recovery to post a decent score for such a surface, without ever totally looking like doing so. Tim Dodd’s innings has started with a horrible short ball from Sunderland first up. Having survived some other awkward moments, including two possible leg-side catches which, ultimately, didn’t quite go to hand, he had just got into his stride, striking sweetly timed off-side boundaries in consecutive overs, when he was bowled by the steady Lucy Uncles, in rather ugly fashion, attempting an expansive drive. Tim’s 28 was to be our highest score. There were further useful, if not incisive, contributions from Ben Thatcher (19), Martin Hopkins (25) and Dan Vickery (13). The highlights of Ben’s innings were two emphatic pulled boundaries, his first scoring shots, off Sunderland. Martin played sensibly in his first appearance for the First XI this season, his best stroke an off-drive that resulted in a lost ball, its replacement certainly swinging more for Uncles than its predecessor had. Dan, after admitting he was very nervous on his return to the First XI, also proved a steady presence, as well as producing probably the firmest strike of the innings, a lofted straight boundary against off-spinner Glenn Whittaker. Ben and Dan both fell to sharp catches at mid-on, before Martin was bowled by a returning Sunderland, who finished with 5 for 41 from 13 overs. D.J. Dominique was another victim to a smart catch, Miles at a short square-leg clinging on just above the ground then, after a memorable upper-cut boundary from James Rainford against Sunderland, the innings closed when Jonny Farmer was stumped, to give Whittaker a third wicket. We were all out for 168 in the 46th over.
The total looked to be well short of par, but the start of the East Preston reply was, nevertheless, a shock. After 5 overs, the total stood at 36 for 0, remarkably all of these runs scored by skipper Gary Weedon. Having survived a reasonable shout for l.b.w. to the first ball of the innings, he emphatically dispatched a series of loose deliveries from James Rainford and Jonny Farmer. Meanwhile, at the other end, Ben Thatcher opened with three maidens. With Jamie Self also providing control, the total only advanced by 5 in the next 8 overs. Weedon’s opening partner, Tim Miles, played a strange innings. After scoring only 2 in 14 overs, he suddenly unleashed a mighty blow off Jamie, the only six of the match chiming off the flag pole. Just after Weedon had reached his half-century, Miles aimed another big drive, but was brilliantly caught by Ben Thatcher, off his own bowling. 64 for 1.
In truth, the match already seemed to be inexorably in East Preston’s favour and, although not the most orthodox of Number 3s, Whittaker was soon providing positive support for his skipper. The total increased at a rapid rate and, apart from a few aerial strokes which landed in gaps, there were few alarms for either batsman. Jonny Farmer’s four overthrows, which flicked off the shirt of Whittaker en route, were symbolic of a day to forget in the field. With the total 146, we did at least claim a second scalp, Whittaker caught at gully by Dan Vickery off James Rainford, for 41. There was then a curious incident amongst the dying embers of the match, Weedon (on 98), edging James to D.J., having advanced down the track and been cramped for room. To these eyes, it certainly looked like the batsman had squeezed the ball into the ground on its way through. James was unsure, D.J. less so! Weedon completed his century from the following ball and hit the winning runs in the following over, only the 34th of the innings. A memorable 104 not out had been scored from 92 balls, with no fewer than 18 boundaries.
This was certainly a disappointing defeat. East Preston will surely again be amongst the leading sides in the league at the end of the season but, after such a fine start, the team will have been frustrated that we were unable to at least give them a closer match this time. After five matches, we have not yet been dismissed for under 156, but there has been only one individual half-century and only one half-century partnership. There is definite potential for a good season, but this is surely one area the team will be looking to address.
A visit to the somewhat surprising league leaders, West Wittering, awaits next…..
Wisborough Green Under 16s were narrowly edged out in a final over thriller against Three Bridges last Sunday.
On a fast pitch with a rapid outfield, Wisborough started strongly, Leon removing one of Bridges’ openers early in the innings. But with a strong fellow opener at the other end, and an extraordinary run of edges and skied shots which failed to find Green hands, Bridges kept the run rate ticking along, and a score approaching 200 looked on the cards.
But the introduction of debutant Matt Forrester shifted the balance in Green’s favour, with 2-14 off 5 overs stemming the flow of runs. Once Bridges’ opener retired out with 50, the run rate slowed further, and two devastating overs of 2-4 by Luke Kopiec meant that Three Bridges were pegged to a final total of 138, a chase of 5.5 per over, eminently achievable given a strong Green batting line-up.
Unfortunately, Green’s innings got off to a calamitous start with Callum falling second ball. But following his success with the ball, Matt continued his great match, rebuilding the innings in partnership with Charlie Philipps. The chase ticked along at the required run rate, and even when Matt fell, shortly followed by the bizarre and controversial dismissal of Leon to a catch he vehemently claimed not to have hit, despite the clear sound of the ball hitting something being audible as far away as the dark confines of the scoreboard, Hugo stepped in to keep Green in hunt.
Charlie was unfortunate to fall short of his fifty, but his 42 runs had put Green in the driving seat, and an excellent cameo from Jack Burbridge saw the run rate fall from almost 8 an over to just over five with eight overs to go.
Jack departed for a handy 13, but Hugo continued to score fruitfully as Eric blocked out the bowlers at the other end. But as Hugo sought to press home Green’s advantage, his departure for 30 coupled with the reintroduction of Bridges’ opening strike force saw the run rate grind to a halt, boundaries suddenly being at a premium.
Some creative and often suicidal running between the wickets by Eric and Ben kept Green in the hunt through the closing overs, despite the required rate creeping up to and beyond 10 an over.
But with 15 required off the final over, Ben departed to a run out, swiftly followed by Wilbert making a brief first start to the season. This brought Josh Dixon to the crease with 12 needed off two balls to force a tie, and if ever there was a man for the moment it was Josh. Sadly it was not to be his day as he fell to a straight first ball, and Wisborough Green’s challenge fell 12 runs short.
Nevertheless, there were encouraging performances with the bat from Charlie and Hugo in particular, and by Matt and Luke with the ball, and a first victory of the season is surely just around the corner.
U14s Players vs Parents
After an unexpected gap in the Green calendar appeared last Sunday, the under 14s parents wasted no time in putting together a scratch 12 to batter their children and teach them a lesson in cricket. They didn’t. The u14s lost the toss and were put in, maybe so the parents could avoid the midday sun and extract the most of the morning dew on the pitch. They didn’t. The players batted superbly giving very few wickets away in this pairs match. One notable wicket came when one of the coaches, too humble to name himself, swooped in for a one handed pick up and throw, reminiscent of his play in the eighties. Hugo and Harry didn’t stand a chance as a direct hit ran them out. The humble coach basked in his own glory as Peter Klein watched on from mid-off. The players finished on 113, a formidable total. The parents however were confident of knocking it off. They didn’t.
A fairly mediocre batting display was not helped by Humble sledging his own players. A comment about Hannah’s white pads was heard as wide legs. Awkward. Fortunately, Humble has a way with the ladies and he was confident he had smoothed over this tricky misunderstanding. He hadn’t. Hannah, sporting the hottest pair of legs seen on the Green since, well, Humble’s, demonstrated why she is the best cricketer in the family with a fantastic three and left Coach Humble, Josh Dixon, Colts Chair and Coach Klein needing 72 off eight overs. They were confident of getting them, especially when the fluid stroke play of Dixon the Oldest (of the Dixons obviously) crashed boundaries for fun. They didn’t. A special mention must go to Gareth Silvester for two great overs with two wickets.
A fantastic BBQ and spread was produced by the parents and the result quickly forgotten. The players eagerly waited for the food to be shared by the magnanimous parents. They didn’t.
U14s vs Horsham Trinity
A much stronger Horsham team visited the Green after their mauling a few weeks ago. Captain Kane won the toss again and put us in again. 6 for 3 was not the best start and Horsham extracted the best out of the wicket early on. Joe Bonney and Eddie Ragg put on 25 before Joe became opener Sutton’s third wicket. Eddie then shared a 48 run partnership with Zach Whittle (23) before he had to retire on 40. A perfectly paced innings that, coupled with Freddie Phillip’s 14 not out, helped Wisborough to 103 and maximum batting points.
It was never really enough as Horsham knocked them off with three overs and seven wickets to spare. Tight from Ollie Warmington, Bonney got a stumping off his leg spin and Ragg bagged the other two with a sharp caught and bowled. A solid performance all round but never quite enough energy to put Horsham under any pressure. Still top of the table though.
A special thank you to the parents who helped especially Claire for helping with the teas and Hannah for learning how to score. The handmade cakes were fantastic. Strangely a number of these cakes made their way back with coach at the end of the match. Many thought he couldn’t possibly finish them off. He did.
As we arrived at Rudgwick the music of life played serenely in the background as the crack of leather on willow took to the stage – this was going to be a performance to savour – the game was on. WG lost the toss and was invited to field which considering the damp conditions and the unpredictability of the wicket was probably not such a bad position to be in. Harry Hunter opened the bowling and claimed his first scalp bowled in the first over. Oscar Warmington followed with an accurate spell which was very unlucky not to reap rewards. Unfortunately we spilled a few catching opportunities and let a few runs go allowing their top order batsmen to capitalise. Seb Wilbaut posted excellent figures of 2 overs, 1 maiden, 1 wicket for 3 runs with Ran Dawson also adding to the wickets with 2 overs, 1 wicket for 5 runs. WG tightened up their fielding in the last 6 overs and Rudgwick ended up with a score of 96 for 4 off their 20.
We knew that the wicket was unpredictable (play straight) and that we needed about 5 runs per over to win the game. The opening bats strode confidently onto the pitch with all to play for. Unfortunately we lost 2 quick wickets – the score was still ticking along. Oscar Warmington and Harry Hunter dug in against some good bowling, took the quick singles when possible and hit the bad ball. Harry then pulled one in the air to mid-wicket just as the partnership was maturing. Tom Bonney and Oscar Warmington then batted brilliantly together to keep the score going whilst keeping out the good bowling. Their running between the wickets, calling and running was a masterclass for everyone to admire. Oscar then retired at 30 runs after playing a sublime Captain’s innings. The score was now at 75 with 4 overs to go and we still needed 5 per over. Rudgwick brought back their opening bowlers whose line and length proved difficult to get away. Tom continued to keep the ship steady whilst we lost a few wickets trying to force the runs. Ultimately with Tom having batted with great skill for his 15 not out we were unable to meet the target and ended with 90 for 7 off our 20 overs. A great match played in good spirit and it could have gone either way.
Under 10’s vs Rudgwick
On a lovely day for cricket, the Wisborough Green Under 10 took on Rudgwick at home. Our captain for the game, Cosmo, won the toss and sent Rudgwick into bat. The Wisborough Green Colts bowled and fielded very well against a strong batting line up. Well done to Rufus, Oliver, Zach and Cosmo who all had wickets fall in their overs. There were also some great displays in the field with valuable runs being saved by great fielding. At the end of their allocated overs, Rudgwick had made a total score of 321.
Wisborough Green then began the run chase. A very good start was made by Flynn and Zach with some lovely boundaries being scored. Rufus and Oliver then followed and batted very well adding valuable runs to the total. Raffy and Cosmo were next to the crease played some very nice shots followed by Georgina and William Green who also did a good job with the bat with some fine strokes being played. Ben and Miles were our final pair and they also did a great job with the bat, with some very good running between the wickets and added to the total without the loss of a wicket. Congratulations to our leading run scorer, Flynn Mitchell.
The final scores were Wisborough Green 248 vs Rudgwick 321. A very good performance by the Colts against a strong Rudgwick team.
A special thanks in particular to Ben, Cosmo and Raffy who played their first game for the Under 10 team and did a great job.