Weekend Preview – 18th May
It’s already the third week of the league season, and it’s another busy one as we have four league games on Saturday, and one cup game and a friendly on Sunday. We also have two colts’ games. The under 10’s host Arundel on Saturday morning and the under 14’s host Chichester on Sunday morning.
The 1st and 2nd teams are still searching for their first league wins of the season, Dan Rive’s 3rd team will be looking to bounce back, and Tim Hemsley’s 4th team will be looking to make it back to back wins.
1st XI – Stirlands (H) 12.30pm
The first team host Stirlands at The Sportsfield, and will hoping for a better performance with the bat so the bowlers have a decent target to defend.
Both teams are yet to win this season, and are in the relegation zone. Stirlands have lost to Worthing and Pagham. In their recent game against Pagham they posted 193-6, George Briance top scoring with 58. Pagham, like against us, had no trouble chasing the target and will certainly be competing for the title at the end of the season.
Last year Stirlands finished 4th. Their top run scorer was William Gubbins who scored 715 runs at an average of 47.67. Their leading wicket taker was George Briance with 28 wickets at an average of 17.75.
Team News – Mike Askew returns and replaces Nathan Cooper who is back at school.
2nd XI – Horsham (A) 1pm
The second team travel to Horsham, and like the first team, will be hoping all their batsman put in a good performance for the first time this season.
Horsham 3’s are yet to fulfil a game when their 1s and 2s have played this season. They did play their first game of the season on 27th April, losing to Selsey by 7 runs.
Last year Horsham 3’s finished 5th. Their top run scorer was Joe Willis who scored 484 runs at an average of 44. Their leading wicket taker was Mark Haines with 33 wickets at an average of 12.67.
Team News – Sophie Parnell makes her first appearance of the season, Sam Mellor and Amjad Mohsin return, and Dan Clarke keeps his place in the side.
3rd XI – Eastergate (H) 1pm
The third team host Eastergate, looking to get back to winning ways after being beaten by a very strong Clymping last week.
Eastergate 2’s have played just the one game so far and that was against Pagham 3’s last Saturday. Pagham 3’s posted a competitive 200-9 off 40 overs but Eastergate made easy work of the chase, losing only 3 wickets.
Last year Eastergate 2’s finished 9th in Division 9 West (South). Their top runs scorer was Jonathan Dakic who scored 381 runs at an average of 34.64. Their leading wicket taker was also Jonathan Dakic with 21 wickets at an average of 15.71.
Team News – Stu Stoneham and Will Kitchen appear for the first time this season, and Ben Duffel is recalled. Superstar bowler Mark White keeps his place and will be looking to add to his 7 wickets.
4th XI – Goring (H) 1pm
The fourth team host Goring 3’s at Amberley. Tim Hemsley’s side will be looking to replicate last week’s performance at Aldwick which saw the 4’s pick up their first win of the season.
Goring have played two, winning one and losing one. Last week they lost to Chichester 4’s. Chichester were bowled out for 162, Keith Barrs (4-16) impressing with the ball, but Goring were all out for 58 in reply.
Last year Goring 3’s finished 9th in Division 10 West (South). Their top run scorer was Alan McNamara who scored 147 runs at an average of 21. Their leading wicket takers were Alan McNamara and Keith Barrs who both took 8 wickets.
Team New – Graham Watts makes his league debut for the club after impressing last Sunday. Graham Turner keeps his place after an excellent all round performance last week.
1st T20 – Findon (A) 1pm
On Sunday, the first team travel to Findon for the second round of Sussex League T20 Cup.
Team News – Nathan Cooper replaces Tom Lee from Saturday’s side.