Only one music clip for the week – and quite deservedly to man of the match Chris Francis whose 87 was the stand out performance in the First X1 game against league leaders East Preston this weekend. This song was the number one single on the day he was born (info provided by music maestro Peter Mattock) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw
Honours Board for the week
Well done Chris
Catching Honours board to 11 August
Catching Honours board for the season to date. Two wicket keeping catches are taken as one catch.
Stats as per Playcricket on 16 August 2018
Matches this week
First X1 vs East Preston
- Wisborough select lose to champions elect East Preston
- Self and Junior start well to restrict East Preston early on
- Brutal quickfire ton by Wittaker takes game away from Green as they post 295
- Frank called in after fine 2nd XI display’s, but the big occasion leads to a muscle tear and scream.
- Chris Francis delays oppo celebrations with knock of 87
- Day blames fly in the eye for turning his back on the ball, leading to a sore finger.
- Junior and Self also amongst the runs as Green show character to gain maximum batting points
- West Wittering at home next up #bouncebackability
Click here for the full scorecard
see match report below
Second X1 vs Pullborough
Matches this Weekend
Please click here for the team selections for this weekend (Please note that games start at 12:30)
Wisborough Green Sports Clubs Association
Michael Gadd was recently appointed as the Chair of the Wisborough Green Sports Clubs Association. Please click here for Michael’s note where he sets out some details about the Sports Association – what it does and plans to do over the next few years.
Race Night – Friday 24th August
Last chance to book a seat – please contact Steve Calder Smith on Steve@caldersmith.net, Individuals and small groups will be placed on tables with others. Thank all for support so far . Its going to be a great evening with nearly 200 in the tent already booked in
Wisborough’s Got talent – Saturday 25 August
Only one week to go and counting…. Be prepared for an act from the Cricket club you wont forget in a hurry ….
Please click here for a Video promo of the event by Craig at the Cricketers
Non cricketing news – spotted on our travels
Would never have guessed – thanks for the warning
Love a mystery
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Have a great cricketing week
First X1 vs East Preston
Last Saturday saw us face our toughest match of the season, away to unbeaten league leaders East Preston. The afternoon did not begin auspiciously, D.J. Dominique, ever-present in the side this season, arriving only just before the start, then realising that he had left his kit at home. Fortunately, he was able to borrow some whites, including a pair of trousers left in the pavilion, but Jacob Ball donned the gloves. With Jim Sadler on holiday, Jonny Farmer deputised as captain and, upon winning the toss, elected to field first, which was certainly the correct decision, the pitch very damp after some heavy rain on Thursday and Friday.
The pitch, in fact, played quite well, although conditions were certainly trickiest for batting in the early stages. With James Rainford and Jamie Self maintaining a consistent line and length, East Preston’s opening pair, skipper Gary Weedon and 16 year-old Louis Storey, were very watchful in the early stages, the deadlock only broken when Weedon carved a rare loose ball from James over point, to the very short boundary, for six. The bowler gained revenge in his next over, trapping Weedon (who scored a century at Wisborough Green in June) plumb l.b.w., after he had tried to work a low full toss to leg. 12 for 1 in the 7th over.
In the following over, it seemed that Mark Day, at a shortish extra-cover, had managed to hold onto a very tough chance from Paul McCafferty, on 0, who had absolutely slammed the ball at him. Reprieved, the batsman opened his account in Jamie’s next over with a gloriously timed six over extra-cover, scoring 12 off the over altogether, and the shackles were off. The diminutive, McCafferty continued to strike the ball powerfully in an authoritative innings. He survived a decent shout for l.b.w. against Jonny Farmer, the ball deemed to be just going down the leg-side, but was quick to punish some loose deliveries from the same bowler, who conceded boundaries in all but one of his nine overs. Storey, having returned to East Preston after a brief spell with Billingshurst earlier this season, is a highly organised player, with a very sound defensive technique and a range of well-executed strokes either side of the wicket. The stand ended at 91, in the 22nd over, McCafferty (49) lofting Jack Sizzey-Carter, yet to concede a boundary in five tidy overs, to Jamie Self at mid-off.
The action in the rest of the innings is best described as carnage, no fewer than 204 runs being scored from a mere 18 overs. Even on such a small ground this was remarkable and, unfortunately, the lack of depth in our bowling attack in this match was cruelly exposed. Number 4 Glenn Whitaker played one of the most extraordinary innings any of us present are likely to see. Opening his account, second ball, with a six off Jack, he was soon striking the ball ferociously to all parts, the third of three sixes in four balls in Jack’s final over, spoiling what were very respectable figures, taking him to his half-century, scored from only 30 balls. His second half-century was then smashed from a mere 16 balls, Whitaker reaching three figures with his tenth six. He was dropped (on 77) by the skipper, at long-on off Jamie Self, but the same bowler eventually dismissed him in similar fashion, Mark Day holding on, at head height, just in front of the boundary. Whitaker’s 106 had been scored from 48 balls, his partnership with Storey worth 142 in 13 overs.
Storey had continued in generally untroubled fashion. He reached his half-century, in the 28th over, striking Jack over mid-wicket for six. From the following ball, most of our side were convinced he had been run out at the bowler’s end, after James Rainford’s direct hit from mid-on, but he survived, reaching the final over with 78 to his name. With our four main bowlers having bowled their nine overs, a combination of Frank Vickery and Mark Day had conceded 34 from the other three, D.J. now entrusted with the last. Storey struck the first two balls for six, was then dropped by Jamie at long-off on the third, while running two, struck the fourth for yet another six (the 20th of the innings), then ran two off the fifth, to complete his third league century in four innings. Three byes from the final ball, in an otherwise tidy display from Jacob, meant that 25 had been scored from the final over, the total now a mammoth 295 for 3, Jack Sunderland, a very dangerous proposition in his own right, an almost unnoticed 26 not out. There were some sorry-looking bowling figures, James Rainford’s unspectacular 1 for 48 off 9 the most respectable and, not for the first time this season, not reflective of how well he had bowled.
Realistically, the match looked to be over as a contest, our main target a 175, to attain all five possible batting points. We soon lost both openers to the leading wicket-taker in the league, Sunderland. Although the nature of the pitch certainly reduced some of his pace, he immediately troubled D.J. before having him caught, low down, by Josh Carter at second slip. Mark Day again began promisingly, striking Mark Coskin for two pleasant square boundaries, either side of the wicket. However, when he pulled a short ball from Sunderland to Ryan De Gruchy at mid-wicket, we were 12 for 2.
First XI debutant Hughie Ragg, who had already impressed with a keen fielding display, showed plenty of guts and determination against the strongest opening attack in the league. Jamie Self, previously dismissed first ball at Wisborough Green by each of these bowlers, soon overcame any doubts, pulling Sunderland emphatically to the boundary and continuing to play with fluency. Both batsmen were dismissed, though, in the opening overs of the two first change bowlers. First Hughie (7) completely mistimed a big attempted drive against Lucy Uncles, offering a simple chance to Sunderland at mid-off. Then Jamie (24) was smartly caught by Tom Chamberlain, after steering De Gruchy to gully. 49 for 4 in the 15th over.
The remainder of the innings was dominated by Chris Francis, making only his second appearance for the side this season. He was close to being dismissed second ball, chipping De Gruchy just between fielders on the off-side, then nearly run out, from the same ball, having called for a single. Having survived, he was soon into his stride, striking Uncles for 4 and 6 off consecutive balls, then De Gruchy for consecutive boundaries in the following over, the first of these a powerful, lofted straight drive, the second flying over the heads of the ‘keeper and slip, after Chris had danced down the track.
We lost two more wickets with the total in double figures, Jack Dixon l.b.w. to Uncles, having missed a low full toss and Jacob Ball, having struck two straight boundaries, brilliantly caught in the left-hand of veteran first slip Tim Miles, off De Gruchy, the ball appearing to have passed the fielder. However, Chris was now consistently striking the ball cleanly, predominantly scoring in the arc between mid-on and mid-wicket on the leg-side, including two sixes in an over from Chamberlain in which 22 runs were scored altogether. Chris found a useful ally in James Rainford who, once again, showed what a useful batsman, with a sound technique, he is. James struck six boundaries in his 25, including three in an over from the profligate Chamberlain and a lovely off-drive against Coskin, possibly the shot of our innings, before edging a fine ball from Sunderland through to ‘keeper Weedon. 161 for 7 in the 33rd over, the partnership having yielded 69 runs.
By now Chris had reached his first half-century for the First XI league side (previous best 45), from only 43 balls and had played so well that the two opening bowlers were bowling to him with all four leg-side fielders on the boundary. A disappointing day for the skipper was completed when he was dismissed for his third duck in succession, edging Coskin to Weedon. Two boundaries from Jack Sizzey-Carter, square on the off-side then over wide mid-on, saw us reach maximum batting points, before he was stumped by Weedon off Glenn Whitaker. The last over was reached at 185 for 9, Chris 19 short of a remarkable century. He struck Uncles over mid-wicket for his fifth six but, aiming another mighty blow, was bowled by the fourth delivery, having scored 87 from 73 balls. Chris’s innings was certainly our high point of what had not been a happy day overall and hopefully it will give him greater confidence to perform in the First XI. All out for a respectable 191, we had nevertheless lost by the crushing margin of 104 runs, Sunderland (3 for 27) and Uncles (3 for 42) the most successful bowlers.
Three defeats in the last four matches now, although two of these have been against the two sides who are now almost certain to be promoted. Only three matches to go now, with third-placed West Wittering, who suffered a surprising defeat to Horsham Trinity last Saturday, our visitors this weekend. A tough game to call; whether we are able to arrest our recent run of form is partly dependant on how strong a line-up we are able to field.