Lots to report on again this week with some fine performances .
It’s not often that we recognise an achievement of an opposition player in a game – but this particular performance was a little special. Our first song is for a player who took more wickets than any other player in both innings of our First’s game against Chippingdale – ending with figures of 3 for 39 and claiming 3 top Wisborough batsmen in the process. Ella Bourne’s performance is a timely reminder that cricket has no boundaries we hope that her achievement will inspire the many girls who play for our club. Well done Ella …. https://youtu.be/CevxZvSJLk8
Our second song is for a player who has already had a song for his bowling this season but this week we would like to recognise his achievement with both bat and ball. On Saturday he scored a magnificent 63 for the Seconds – his very first half century for a senior team. He batted responsibly with real confidence and amassed almost half the team’s total against an excellent bowling attack. If that wasn’t enough he followed up his performance on Sunday in an under 16 game with a career best 6 for 20 with the ball. Spin bowling is often a test of mental strength with the odd bad ball being despatched to the boundary with much aplomb. Well done Tommy Colbran ….. https://youtu.be/VcjzHMhBtf0
Our third song is for James ‘Junior’ Rainford who claimed the wickets of two prolific batsmen on Saturday and was promoted up the order to number 4 , making a valuable contribution. He made his very first century for the club last year and has continued positively this year – no doubt fuelled by some healthy competition from brother Stuart. … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPlQpGeTbIE
Our next song is for our Overseas player Mark Day who scored his third half-century in consecutive home matches and who is now the club’s leading runs scorer for the season to date. Great stuff Mark ….https://youtu.be/ws6CF4S82nY
Our final song is for under 16 player Callum Price who again showed this weekend what a tenacious cricketer he has become. Opening the batting for the Seconds on Saturday against some outstanding bowling he stood his ground fending off the good balls and playing some fantastic shots in the process. He followed up his performance on Sunday in the under 16 game, scoring 40 valuable runs . There is no doubt that there is more to come from him …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPJPFnesV4
Honours Boards for the week
Congratulations to all those who made it onto the Honours Boards this week.
Matches over the weekend
First X1 vs Chippingdale
- Skipper Sadler wins the toss and characteristically elects to bat first
- Top order get Green off to a good start with Mark Day posting another fine fifty
- Wizzy tail unable to build on good start as oppo set target of 188 to win
- Green take early wickets and pin Chips back as DJ takes fine catches behind the stumps
- Oppo batsmen Robinson hits quickfire 87 off 63 balls to severely dent Green’s chances of a victory
- Chips coast home with 4 wickets remaining
see pics from the game below
It’s all eyes on the ball for Jamie Self
Skipper Sadler keeping a straight one out
Skipper Sadler in full flight
Alan Law despatching one
Mark Day taking the long walk back after posting another 50 . PS we hold the bat the other way round in England, Mark
First team umpire and major contributor to Wizzy News, Peter Mattock
Click here for the full scorecard
see match report below
Second X1 vs Crawley Eagles
- Depleted Green team take on top of the table Crawley Eagles
- Skipper Tarnie Dixon wins the toss and elects to bat
- Openers Hughie Ragg and Callum Price dig in against accurate swing bowling
- Runs come slowly as Green struggle against oppo bowlers
- Tommy Colbran only batsman to get on top of bowling – scores maiden 50 for seniors
- Green post modest target of 140 in 40 overs.
- Under 12 Oscar Warmington drafted into team at the last minute opens his account for the seniors with brilliant opening bowling spell
- Fiery opening spell from Nick Klein as he claims Green’s second wicket for only a few runs on the board.
- Crawley Eagles batsmen find their rythm after early setback and punish Green bowlers.
- Will Dixon takes wicket late in the game as Crawley Eagles reach target in 18th over to seal emphatic 7 wicket victory
Team Dixon pictured at the game from left: Will, Tarnie, Jack and gangsta Josh.
Not in the picture – fielding at extra extra deep cover : Trish Dixon, Chief ball finder : Barney Dixon
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Under 16’s vs Southwater
- Green lose the toss and invited to field first
- Hugo March takes early wicket to put pressure on oppo
- Leon Kilford sends big hitting Jonny Mills packing
- Tommy Colbran in brilliant form puts Green on top with 6 scalps for 20
- Southwater finally dismissed for 132 in 20 overs
- Callum Price and Hugo March start Green innings cautiously
- Callum gets going with some big hitting all around the park after finally succumbing with his score on 40 .
- Wickets fall at regular intervals
- Luke Kopiec keeps Green in the game with some big blows but knee injury sadly forces him to retire
- Very good death bowling seals the victory for Southwater as Green fall short by 2 runs
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Matches this weekend
Colts training – Friday night
Colts training will officially be finishing on Friday 27 July except for the under 5/6/7 age group who have already finished for the season.
Race Night – Friday 24th August
Don’t miss out on Race Night on 24 August . We are privileged to have well known comedian Bobby Davro who will host and compere the evening as well as introducing the race card and coordinating all the activities that will take place in the big marquee on the green. Click here for video promo of the event
There are a few tables left – please contact Steve Calder- Smith if you would to book table. Steve can be contacted via mobile 07785 3364 72 or email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisborough’s Got talent – Saturday 25 August
Hope you’ve got 25th August in your diary. The Cricket Club are preparing an act to show off our talents – hope other groups are doing the same.
As we indicated last week The Cricketers Arms has sponsored the cricket club for many years and has been the driving force behind Wisborough’s Got talent. This year Craig has selected the Cricket Club as the beneficiary of funds raised on the evening. See details below .
And finally a few chuckles for the week.
Important to keep our open spaces clean
This clearly has to stop people …
Need some cool ice in this hot weather …https://youtu.be/rog8ou-ZepE
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
First X1 vs Chippingdale
Second-placed Chippingdale were the visitors to the Green on Saturday. For the fifth week in succession, in this remarkable summer, the match was played throughout in warm conditions. Skipper Jim Sadler won the toss and, characteristically, elected to bat first.
Our innings began with the utmost caution against off-spinner Gary Mockford and the lively pace of Chippingdale skipper Josh Bourne, the first runs finally scored when D.J. Dominique inside-edged the third ball of the third over to the boundary. He endured a terrible struggle against Bourne, who conceded only a single in his spell of four overs, D.J. at one point beaten outside the off stump by five consecutive deliveries. At the other end Tim Dodd was having more joy against Mockford, sending the ball to the top branches of the oak tree at mid-wicket in striking his first boundary, before lifting him just over the hands of mid-off and then mid-on. However, having moved to 20, he edged a ball that bounced a little more than he had anticipated to ‘keeper Thair.
Mark Day soon looked at ease, riding some chirpy early banter relating to his bizarre dismissal in the match at Worthing in May. Strangely, his first scoring stroke involved overthrows for the second home match in succession. Having taken until the 13th over to reach double figures, D.J. now broke free, striking four boundaries in quick succession, the most memorable a resounding pull stroke off the wayward Donaldson. Alarmingly, this just avoided striking a toddler in a push chair, whose father (on his mobile phone) seemed totally oblivious to the action. Having suddenly moved to a promising 28, though, he was dismissed l.b.w. by leg-spinner Saad Qutab, D.J. apparently so convinced that he was out after missing an attempted slog sweep that he didn’t look at the umpire. 67 for 2 in the 15th over.
Mark was joined by James Rainford, promoted to the heady heights of Number 4, and they built a useful stand, the total reaching a promising 118 for 2 after 24 overs. Mark, on 25, was dropped at slip off medium-pacer Tugnutt and celebrated his reprieval in style, striking Qutab for 14 from three consecutive balls of the following over, including a six over the aforementioned oak tree at mid-wicket, no mean feat. Shortly afterwards, Mark reached his half-century, bizarrely not applauded by any of his team-mates, who seemed oblivious, despite the scoreboard being up-to-date. After a quiet period of play, the partnership ended in the 28th over, James (17) skying a low full toss from Ella Bourne to her brother at mid-wicket. Crucially, Mark (53) steered the very next ball to A.J. Wood at point. This was Mark’s fourth half-century for the club, his third in consecutive home matches, although he has yet to go past 66, which is something he will be anxious to put right. 128 for 4.
Alan Law again scored rapidly, twice striking Ella Bourne for consecutive boundaries. His first boundary thumped ferociously onto the bonnet of a car just outside the boundary at mid-wicket, another was hit with such energy that it flew to a similar region off the toe end of the bat. Jim Sadler was happy to offer steady support but, having scored 6 in singles, he was well caught by his opposite number at mid-off, having driven Mockford. With an inexperienced tail to follow, the partnership between Alan and new batsman Jamie Self was an important one, but it was soon cut short when the latter was run out, by a considerable distance, after Alan had changed his initial call, following a slight fumble, after he had played the ball to Dan Robinson at mid-wicket. Alan was then bowled, via an inside-edge, attempting another aggressive stroke against Ella Bourne, who was a little unfortunate to then be withdrawn from the attack, with figures of 3 for 39.
We were now 168 for 7 in the 36th over. The tail was unable to wag to a significant extent although, following the dismissals of Stuart Rainford and Luke Kilford, Chris Marshall steered his first ball to the point boundary before Hugo March played arguably the shot of the innings, lifting a short ball sweetly to the third man boundary, drawing praise from his opponents. When he inside-edged the same bowler, Tugnutt, onto his stumps later in the same over, though, we were all out for 187, with exactly two overs unused. Although the pitch had certainly offered more assistance to the bowlers than in the two home games preceding this one, the total nevertheless felt under par, especially given the speed of the outfield and the strength of the top order Chippingdale batting.
Early wickets were going to be vital if we were to have a realistic chance of victory. James Rainford threatened to take one in a testing first over, troubling Josh Bourne several times, although the Chippingdale skipper survived. Opening partner A.J. Wood looked in confident mood, nonchalantly whipping a straight ball from the same bowler to the mid-wicket boundary, but he was out in the fourth over, slamming Hugo March to Alan Law at mid-on, who held a tough chance with aplomb. James then dismissed the prolific Tugnutt and Bourne (more than 900 league runs between them this season) in consecutive overs. Both were caught behind by D.J., the former, having attempted a steer to third man, falling to a stunning one-handed effort at full stretch, the latter gloving a tentative jab at a ball placed in what Geoff Boycott would describe as the ‘corridor of uncertainty’. 43 for 3 in the 9th over, game on…
There was now a match-winning stand of 88 in only 12 overs from Giles Robinson and Saad Qutab. It began in bizarre fashion, Qutab misjudging the length of the first ball he received, from James Rainford, which was certainly not as short as he had anticipated. As he ducked, the ball flew off his raised bat to the boundary at fine-leg. Qutab, although sometimes looking a little suspect in technique, generally played well thereafter and was particularly strong off his legs. At the other end Robinson, who had scored 293 runs (twice out) in his previous three innings, soon showed that his was going to be the key wicket to take. Amongst a fine array of strokes, his driving, along the ground, through mid-on was a particular highlight, even including a one-handed stroke in that region.
No fewer than twelve boundaries were scored in the first four overs of the partnership and, having sniffed an unlikely victory, we were soon very much on the back foot again. Alan Law slowed the scoring, conceding only 2 runs from the opening two overs of his spell. Jamie Self was not having one of his better days at the Pavilion End but, having also dragged the scoring rate back after conceding 24 runs in his first three overs, he was unlucky not to dismiss Robinson (for 58), D.J. unable to hold onto a tricky chance, standing up. Robinson swung Alan square-leg for six in the following over but, from the last ball of it, Qutab drove a low full toss to Luke Kilford at extra-cover, who held on to a fine, low catch. 131 for 4, 57 needed for victory at exactly three an over.
The rest of the Chippingdale batting, hardly required in many games this season, did not look to be confident. Adam Robinson (unrelated to Giles, apparently) was close to being caught behind off Jamie first ball, a low edge just eluding D.J., but moved swiftly to 15, before being bowled by Chris Marshall’s third ball. By now Jim had moved all nine fielders back on the boundary, a plan designed to frustrate Robinson. After the batsman had just remarked that “this is becoming tedious”, the plan clearly working, he was dismissed, driving Jamie, who had switched ends, to James Rainford at long-off, another potentially awkward chance accepted. Despite his scoring being slowed at the end of his innings, Robinson had scored 87 from a mere 63 balls.
171 for 6 and the game, just about, still alive. However, Thair (20 not out) and Dan Robinson (8 not out) ensured that the visitors reached their target without further loss. Chris Marshall bowled consecutive maidens in the latter stages, but was struck to the mid-wicket boundary in the 32nd over, to finish the match.
An interesting afternoon’s cricket. This was only our third defeat of the season, two of them to Chippingdale; however, this was certainly a better match than the one at the Rotary Ground in May. Just six matches remain now, the first of these away to probably the most unpredictable side in the league, Southwater, who will be keen to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered in May.