Welcome to this week’s Wizzy News
Century Club winners
Congratulations to the following lucky winners of the most recent Century Club Draw :
Please see message below from Ray who runs the Century Club :
‘I was also able once again to hand over a cheque for £2,500 in favour of the Cricket Club to our Chairman Steve Calder Smith and I would like to thank every member of the Century Club who helped to make this possible. Your support for the Cricket Club over the years since I established the Century Club has been tremendous. My original aim of 100 subscriptions was achieved without too much difficulty and many of the original donors are still members. However I decided not to stop recruiting members and although this was more of a struggle it was very pleasing that total subscriptions passed 200 this year.
However sadly a number of our longstanding members have passed away in the last 12 months and, together with the fact that some others have left the village and not renewed their subscriptions, this means that membership is scheduled to fall back below 200 when subscriptions for the new year start to come in from October. I would therefore ask that any readers of Wizzy News who are not members of the Century Club consider taking out a subscription or two and perhaps also recruit friends who are not yet connected with the Cricket Club. Tickets are £25 a year and standing order mandates can be downloaded here from the Cricket Club’s website. If you would then like to send these to me I will forward them on to your bank. In addition if any existing members feel able to increase the number of tickets they presently hold then of course this would be wonderful.
Thanks again for your support.
Thanks for all your efforts in running the Century Club Ray – much appreciated
- John Rippin £ 250
- Tarnie Dixon £ 150
- Alison Dendy £ 80
- Neil Trestrail £ 60
- Jean Eames £ 50
- Joey Calder Smith £ 35
Ladies softball cricket festival – 31 August 5:30 to 8pm
We are delighted to be hosting a ladies softball cricket festival on the green on Friday 31 August from 5:30 to 8pm. The festival is aimed at ladies who may never have played cricket before and who are keen to just have a go. The festival will be run by Sussex Cricket and the aim is to just have fun. Participants will be divided into teams on the day and there will be a number of pairs cricket games played with a softball.
Click here for a short Youtube clip taken at a recent event which explains what to expect at the event
The festival is being advertised widely by Sussex and the ECB and it would be great to see the Wisborough mums and girls age 12 and above participating in the event.
Please click here to register for the festival
Pic taken at Barns Green’s recent festival
Music Clips for the week
Some fantastic performances to celebrate again this week. As all the players have already had songs dedicated to them in previous editions of Wizzy News, our music maestro Peter Mattock has chosen the songs which were no 1 on the hit parade in the week the player was born.
Our first music clip is for yet another masterful display of fast bowling by James ‘Junior’ Rainford – our First X1 opening bowler. Junior took 6 match winning wickets for 26 in his 9 overs which setup a great victory for the First X1 against West Wittering .
Our second clip is for Jimmy Francis who has continued his fine form with the bat and notched up a career best 90 against Storrington….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Jcs45GhxU
Our third clip is for Nick Klein who is returning to form with the ball – taking four wickets for 12 off his 9 overs against Storrington ….…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b74A7BP6Rvo
Honours Board for the week
Congratulations to all the players who made it onto the honours boards the week
With only 2 more games to play we compiled a list of all the top run scorers for the club in senior games this season : (stats per Playcricket)
Matches this week
First X1 vs West Wittering
Click here for the full scorecard
see match report below
- Green ruthless in victory over high flying West Wit.
- James Rainford unleashes spell of the season to wipe out the top order, and end with 6 wickets.
- Self and Farmer offer strong support, bowling out WW for 128.
- DJ remembers his kit, and then scores a fine 36 with it.
- Self sees team over the line with unbeaten 25 as Green win by 5 wickets
- Captain Farmer, fined for purchasing a beer to celebrate and heard saying ‘it’s coming home’, only for a late flourish of wickets to fall.
- Horsham Trinity up next as Green aim to climb the league and finish strong.
Second X1 vs Storrington
Click here for the full scorecard
- Exciting finish denies win for Green
- Storrington put into bat on soft wicket
- Grace Attridge (U14) gets her first senior wicket in her first over by removing the middle stump of the opening batsmen
- Nick Klein bowls an excellent spell with 4 wickets for 12 runs off his 9 overs
- Josh Dixon unlucky to not take any wickets – ends with figures of 0 for 23 off 9 overs
- Eddie Ragg (U12) also gets his first senior scalp with a great spell of 5 overs
- Storrington are held to 171 for 6 after 40 overs on a slow pitch
- Green openers (Callum Price and Jimmy Francis) start sensibly and steadily on a difficult wicket
- Callum Price eventually succumbs with 28
- Middle order unable to steady the ship whilst Jimmy continues to dominate the bowling and ends with a splendid 90 to almost win the match
- Green finish on 158 all out – 13 runs short of a win
- Congratulations to the Colts who all contributed with bat and ball and showed the senior players how its done
Matches this Weekend
Please click here for the team selections for this weekend (Please note that games start at 12:30)
Race Night – Friday 24th August
Friday night will be a big night in the marquee on the green and we look forward to Bobby Davro entertaining us with his comedy and entertainment. A big thank you to the 170 or so who are coming to the event – we hope you have fun and help to raise money for a new junior facility for cricket and football and Chestnut Tree House.
Running sport is difficult in the village as the green is an amenity not only shared with other sports clubs but with all in the village. In the next few weeks there will be a fete, the horticultural show, Wizzy has got talent, ballooning, the fair, cricket, the Eddie Spooner memorial match, historical commemorations, stoolball, touch rugby and the start of the football season, and those using the green for walking, chatting and socialising.
We are trying to improve things by creating a new junior sport facility that will take some of the stress off the green by converting available land to a training and match pitch. Let’s hope that Friday will be a big step towards providing the finance that will make this a reality.
Wisborough’s Got talent – Saturday 25 August
Message from Steve Calder Smith – Chairman of Wisborough Green Cricket Club
Dear Club Members
Saturday night is talent night and some members of the cricket club have taken the plunge and are putting themselves on stage. Is this ego?, hidden talent? or just a desire to cross dress in public? (only guessing but there is a high chance of history repeating itself) . Probably the answer to all these questions is yes, particularly the last one.
These brave men and women are putting on the grease paint and treading the boards is to encourage you to come along and support/ heckle as you desire. The real reason they and 11 other brave acts are putting themselves in the limelight is to help support the “climbing bears” and the sports association through any money raised. Click here to see more
So this is a request if you are around in the village to come along. If you are a Vice President, a parent or a relative of a junior or senior cricketer, involved or have been involved in the club or just someone who wants to support the club book yourself a ticket, join in with the spirit of the event and drag some friends along by calling the Cricks on 01403 700369, or pop in to the pub and buy a ticket or two.
Craig is looking for your support to make the event a success and to support the development of junior sport in the village. Our stars are looking for an audience who appreciates their art. There will be something for everyone!!
Hope to see you there
Non cricketing news – spotted on our travels
Not sure if Dolly Parton was on board …
Spotted in the West end …… sorry couldn’t resist ….click here
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Have a great cricketing week
First X1 vs West Wittering
West Wittering were the visitors to the Green on Saturday. On an overcast afternoon, acting skipper Jonny Farmer won the toss (our thirteenth success out of 16 this season) and elected to field. This looked to be a wise move, as the pitch was just a little damp after a wet couple of days, and so it proved; conditions were certainly trickiest for batting in the early stages. Nevertheless, this should in no way detract from a remarkable bowling spell from James Rainford.
Several of the West Wittering side did not arrive until five minutes before the start of play, after erroneously being told by their skipper that the start time was 1 o’clock; it is 12:30 for the last three games of the season. One of these was opener Gareth Lendrum. Despite having to get changed then enter the fray so quickly, he assumed his normal position at the top of the order but, from a ball that stuck in the wicket a little, offered a simple caught-and-bowled chance to James off the third ball of the match. From the last ball of his third over, with the total 11, James claimed a second wicket, Sam Wookey, having been troubled throughout a testing over, snicking to ‘keeper Jacob Ball.
Skipper Carl Tupper had already shown positive intent and runs flowed quickly in the next few overs. Ben Thatcher was unusually expensive, conceding at least one boundary in each of the six overs in his spell, and Tupper struck James for three boundaries in his fifth over, driving through extra-cover, pulling a short ball and square-driving. Jake Urwin-Brown, honestly admitting that he “hadn’t got a clue where it was going” when describing his first boundary, an inside-edge past square-leg off Ben, offered useful support, but perished in the 11th over; the ball after Tupper had been dropped by Dan Vickery, an awkward chance running back from slip, Urwin-Brown made a complete hash of an attempted drive against James, the ball lobbing gently to D.J. Dominique at mid-off. This brought Brandon Trimmer to the crease, who had shared a century partnership with Tupper in our match at West Wittering in June. He soon struck Ben for two trademark leg-side boundaries, but then became James’s fourth victim, bowled middle and leg stump by a fine delivery that he again seemed to be trying to work to leg, but was late on.
West Wittering had been 63 for 3 just before Trimmer’s dismissal. Within two overs, they had slumped to 64 for 7. First Tupper, having made an impressive 36 slightly marred by a couple of wild swings at James, was bowled, playing defensively at Jamie Self’s first ball. Then James claimed the wickets of the Staight twins, James and Harry, with consecutive balls. In an inspired piece of field placement, having just moved himself to leg gully, Jonny Farmer caught a mis-timed pull stroke, which had ballooned off the gloves of James. Harry was then caught behind by Jacob, having got into a tangle against another short ball, the ball again striking glove. James Rainford had now taken three wickets in four balls and was on a hat-trick. He delivered a fine, quick hat-trick ball, which just passed the outside edge of Jack Harte, who must have had very little time to put his pads on. After a further nine dot balls, James finished with the remarkable analysis of 9-4-26-6, a superb, match-winning performance. Surprisingly this was the first ‘five-for’ for the First XI this season, Jamie Self responsible for three of the five hauls of four wickets.
With seven wickets down in only the 15th over of the innings, there was a strange feeling to proceedings. With so much time remaining, the West Wittering tail fought hard to try to make enough runs to get their team back into the match and managed to double the total, the visitors eventually all out for 128 in the 36th over. Liam Bates top-scored with a sensible innings of 37 not out, generally playing cautiously, but quick to punish poor length with leg-side boundaries. He had one moment of good fortune, on 14, James Rainford spilling a tricky catch at mid-wicket that he initially seemed to have held, off Jamie. The last three wickets were claimed by Jamie, Jonny and Ben respectively, Harte caught by Dan Vickery at silly mid-off, Pink bowled by an inswinger and Baker, after a last-wicket stand of 28, l.b.w. Jamie finished with 2 for 21 from another impressive 9 overs, bringing his total of league wickets this season to 26. Jonny also delivered a tidy spell, yielding 1 for 22 off 9 overs, like Jamie bowling four maidens. Ben claimed 1 for 40.
Apart from one, all First XI home matches this season have been won by the side batting second and, despite the efforts of the visitors in the second half of their innings, we still seemed to be very much in the driving seat. Despite a consistently testing spell, at the top end, from the prolific Joe Pink (33 wickets in the league this season), D.J. Dominique and Tim Dodd gave the innings a useful base. The highlight of their partnership was a superbly struck six, over extra-cover, from Tim. Later he was dropped, by ‘keeper Trimmer, off Pink but, in the following over, was l.b.w to a well-disguised slower ball from Harry Staight. 34 for 1 in the 9th over.
Mark Day soon played the shot of the match, an exquisite extra-cover drive off Pink which glided over the turf, remarkably the only runs the bowler conceded in front of the wicket in a spell of 9 overs for 13. He was fortunate later in the over, though, dropped from a tough, low, chance to second slip. D.J., opening for the fifth match in succession, made his third significant contribution in that time. Although he played and missed on numerous occasions against Pink, he was much happier against the bowlers from the other end, unfurling a number of well-struck drives ‘in the V’. The total had moved to 74 before Mark (22), having struck a short-ball from spinner James Staight over the oak tree at mid-wicket for six in the previous over, lofted the other Staight twin, Harry, gently to Pink at mid-on. D.J. (36) was dismissed at 93, Pink again the catcher, this time at deep mid-wicket.
Only 36 required for victory now, with nearly 16 overs remaining. Most of these runs were scored by Alan Law and Jamie Self, the most memorable boundaries a sweep from Alan and a square drive from Jamie. Just when they seemed to be taking us home without further loss, though, Alan skewed a low full-toss from Tupper high to ‘keeper Trimmer. Two balls later Chris Francis, having made 87 at East Preston last week, was run out for 0. A fine pull stroke was well fielded at mid-wicket by Lendrum, the ball remaining closer to him than Chris had realised. Lendrum’s throw to the bowler left Chris about a foot short of his ground. 119 for 5.
Dan Vickery now joined Jamie in seeing us home, Dan lofting an emphatic straight-driven boundary off Baker, before Jamie (25 not out) edged Tupper for the winning boundary, in the 32nd over, greeted by a surprisingly loud expletive from the bowler, especially given that this was not a close finish. Nevertheless, the match had been played in a good spirit throughout.
A fine victory, against the side who are 3rd in the league. We remain in 5th place, only nine points behind Southwater. Given that they play Chippingdale this weekend, victories in our remaining two fixtures should, at the very least, secure 4th place. Horsham Trinity are the visitors to the Green on Saturday, in what is sure to be a keenly-contested fixture, not least as they sit just two points above the relegation zone. They will certainly not be taken for granted, though, having lost by a single run away to Chippingdale last weekend. Skipper Jim Sadler returns, for his final home match at the helm, and will be determined to go out with a victory.