Weekend Review - 11th/12th May
It was another tough weekend for our four league teams, with unavailability being another big issue. A big credit to the captains who successfully fulfilled all the sides, and thank you to everyone who played. Also a big thank you to everyone who came to our curry night in the pavilion after the games.
Game of the weekend – 4th XI vs Aldwick – Won by 10 runs
The 4s team at Aldwick saw a few changes from the week before with the return of the Foots, Alex Hall, Mat Wilkinson, Jake Howson and a first start for Graham Turner. It was also the first opportunity for a team from LA to sample the new pavilion with all its mod cons.
After winning the toss and electing to face the music our opening partnership faced some hostile bowling. Sam Pannell stayed at the crease whilst others came and went until the arrival of Kevin Foot. Kevin was then joined by Graham Turner. Graham and Kevin put on over 90 runs for the fifth wicket, with Graham falling lbw for 36. Kevin Finished on 61 n.o. Partnered by Colin Oliver-Redgate.
The reply saw some some tidy bowling, despite an attacking batting style. Kev bowled 9 overs for 22 straight off so he didn’t cease up! With Dan and Graham sharing the bowling at the other end. Jake bowled two tidy overs to manage the change between Kev and Phil Merritt. Phil bowled unchanged for 9 overs taking 5/31 and Mat 2/27, Dan 1/47 and Graham 2/21 sharing the remaining wickets. Graham finished off the innings with two wickets in two balls.
The game was played in a great spirit, but competitively and the 4s return to Amberley next week on the back of a first league victory! Again we were complemented on our younger players who all made telling contributions, with bat and ball or in the field.
By Tim Hemsley
1st XI vs West Chiltington – Lost by 4 wickets
The first XI travelled to West Chiltington looking for their first win of the season. Captain Askew won the toss again and elected to bat first. Souch (5) was the first to go with the score on 9. Lee (29) and Turner (28) looked to build the innings and put on 60 for the second wicket before the latter was caught and bowled. A standard ‘LA’ collapse saw the score go from 69-1 to 99-5. The only other batsman to offer much resistance was Askew (62) who decided to try and slog his team to a competitive total. The first team had to defend 172 if they were to pick up their first win.
West Chiltington got off to a flyer, with their overseas Louw (54) dispatching Cox and Askew to all parts of the ground. Louw was dismissed with the score on 74 but only 12 overs had been bowled. This meant West Chiltington didn’t have to take many risks with the required run rate being around 3 an over. Nathan Cooper bowled a very respectable spell, 1-10 off 7 overs. However, West Chiltington chased the total down with 4 wickets in hand.
2nd XI vs Crawley Eagles – Lost by 71 runs
So we faced Crawley Eagles after the trouble we had last year we had to have an umpire to make sure the game went ahead in the spirit it should so Vernon came along and was happy to stand in.
Dazzler won the toss and decided to bowl the pitch was slightly wet and so felt that the deck would help early on, and so it proved with Nick Larking (1) and Zack Sanderson (2) opening the bowling taking 3 early wickets between them with 34 on the board Raj, Theo (1) and Tim (3) carried on the good work along with Olly and we managed to keep them down below 200.
Needing 197 to win we had to get off to a solid start unfortunately Harry (1) Dazzler (2) and Olly (1) saw that we didn’t. Peachy (46) and Atko (11) started off a slight recovery before Atko got a freak delivery that just popped a bit and took the top edge of his bat… This then bought Dan Clarke (27) to the crease and he and peachy put on a 50 run partnership… which even at this point there was still hope we can win the game. Dan Clarke then got out. Zack (10) and Nick (5) batted with Peachy for a while and there was still hope but when Peachy went LBW the game seem to have gone… Tim, Raj and Theo got us to the next point but in the end the game was out of reach.
Despite it being a hard week selection wise the players who had come up from the 3rd XI done very well its been the established 2’s players that need to step up and show a lot of the form that got us to 3rd place last season… if not we are going to struggle this year.
By Darren Bazley
3rd XI vs Clymping – Lost by 111 runs
After the struggles during the week 11 of Rivolutionaires made the short trip to Clymping. On arrival a very green and grassy wicket was seen. Rive won the toss and elected to bowl. Whitey made quick in roads with 3 wickets and Henry taking one. Clymping were in trouble at 37 for 4. However that was last wicket for some time as the experienced Paddo (99) decided to hit our attack all over the shop. Missed run outs and drop catches cost us as Clymping finished on 243 for 7. A tough ask.
With Henry injured and unable to bat we had 10. Whitey leaving early meant he was a pinch hitter. Runs came ok but so did wickets so Geoff dropped anchor ending on 65 ensuring we picked up batting points ably supported by George. The rest of the batting was a bit tame. Onto next week v Eastergate.
By Dan Rive
Sunday XI vs Steyning Rebels – Lost by 4 wickets
So I wasnt able to make it 2 wins in 2. Although I was happy with our performance overall.
Having lost the toss we were put into bat and I started with Graham Watts and Dan Clarke. Clarkey (3) being bowled in the 3rd over. This brought Simon Wright to the crease, two veterans of the game with the combined age of between 130~140 years. The two built a good stable innings, but quite slow as we were 57 off 20 overs. After a bit of Geeing up the two pushed the score up to 85 by 26th over when Simon (27) got cleaned up by Kublin.
George Bryant Nicholls was next in, having impressed me by his batting ability in previous weeks I wanted to give him some time to bat a good game and have some experience with him. Unfortunately he only made 7 runs before being judged LBW. Jammy was next at the crease, we were 100 for 2 off 30 overs at this point and we really needed to up the run rate to give ourselves something to bowl at. He made 5 runs before Watts (53) got caught out. I was in at this point and we needed to hurry the rate. Between Jammy and myself we managed to put on 45 runs in 6 overs before I managed to run myself out on 23, Jammy (23) also got caught in the same over.
Phil Merritt and Dan Foot tried to increase the rate in the dying overs but we managed to finish on 169 after 40. I knew that if we kept our bowling tight we had a chance.
Raj opened the bowling and was tight, restricting the visitors to one off his first over. Dan Foot also impressed, but had a couple of loose deliveries hit for four. Dan Bone, the visiting skipper was in a hurry and no matter how tight we kept our bowling he was finding a four an over. In the 6th over Dan Foot made the breakthrough bowling Skeet (9). It was at this point wickets fell quickly for The visitors as the next four batsmen were all out for ducks with Raj taking two, Amjad and Dan taken a wicket a piece.
Unfortunately, we hit a wall with Dan Bone scoring freely he brought up his half century quickly. Attempting to slow the run rate, I turned to my premier spin bowler, Phil Merrit, his 3rd over managing to take the prize wicket of Dan Bone, 6 runs short of a century. Unfortunately at this point the damage was done and I.Bone (36)and J.Lee (27) finishing proceedings by the end of the 35th over.
It was a tight game and I had just about enough runs to play with to give the three colts I had some overs to bowl. All three looking like they have promising futures should they carry on developing at the rate they are.
By Sam Pannell