Weekend Review – Saturday 13th July
1st XI vs West Chiltington – Won by 8 wickets
The first team were desperately looking for their first win in over a month when they hosted West Chiltington on Saturday. Skipper James Askew lost the toss and the first team were asked to bowl first.
The day started brilliantly when opener C.Davies was run out in the first over without facing. Dangerman M.Louw soon followed when he was caught behind for just 9. West Chilts then rebuilt their innings with J.Elliott-Monday and A.Reeves batting sensibly and putting away anything loose from the bowlers. Returnee Ryan Budd got the breakthrough when Elliot-Monday chipped to mid-wicket and Reeves did exactly the same two overs later. This left West Chilts 83-4. Nathan Perry was causing havoc up the other end with turn and bounce, and he picked up two wickets for just 24 runs. Dan White then come on and picked up a wicket, and Mac Cox returned to clean up the tail. On a good day to bat, the first team bowled West Chilts out for just 122. Budd and Cox with three wickets each.
James Askew started with intent and hit the first over for 13. He then followed it up with a huge 6 in the next over but then was caught at the end of the over. Louis Paul then came out and followed the skippers example, smashing 49 off 33 balls. The first team were well on their way to victory. Tom Lee played the anchor role through the innings, and he and Ally James finished the job and steered the first team to a much important 8 wicket victory.
With Findon winning the points gap between the relegation zone and the first team stayed the same but with Broadwater losing, the first team are just one point off 7th. Next Saturday the first team travel to bottom of the table Stirlands.
2nd XI vs Crawley Eagles – Lost by 84 runs
We lost the toss and had to bowl on what was a fairly good track that was only slightly 2 paced... We bowled in good areas and created chances... Unfortunately once again this season we dropped catches... It is something we need to change next year and a proper warm up would be a start (it hasn't happened all year due to players not being on time for 1 reason or another)... We kept them down to 240 odd which we didn't feel was a bad total at teas. I would recommend any team going there makes sure they take an umpire.
We went out to bat and started positively... I got out softly once again to a poor shot chipping it to mid off... And some but not all of the batsman then followed me by getting out for soft dismissals.
By Darren Bazley
3rd XI vs Clymping – Won by 106 runs
Rivo was once again dropped to the 2s and stand in Captain Dan Clarke was back. Dan lost the toss, but got his wish of batting first anyway. Geoff and Graham opened up; Graham falling early on caught and bowled. Birbs joined Geoff and still hit a couple through the gulley region despite the addition of fielders there, before hitting two cracking fours back past the bowler where the space had been created. Birbs (22) fell with the score on 53 to bring the inform 2s superstar Andy Lee to the crease, who missed the extensive warm up due to work commitments. Andy and Geoff opted to see off dangerman Blakemore (9-1-23-1), save for two big hits over midwicket by Andy. At the second drinks break on 28 overs the score was 111-2 with both teams probably happy. Andy and Geoff pushed on before Andy departed for a run a ball 42 in a partnership of 97. Geoff opened up too and let the other batsmen swing the bat but Kev, Dan, Mark and Will all fell cheaply in the process. Raj then hit some classy fours to all parts of the ground in scoring 22 from 14; with Geoff ending unbeaten on 81. Dave Moon snaffled the ball for his five wicket haul.
Tea included the famous Sausage and Chutney sandwiches, Theo disgracefully claiming to not like the chutney and very lucky to be allowed to take part in the rest of the match. Other delicacies included Babybel’s and Chocolate Crepes.
Nick and Raj opened the bowling, Nick getting a breakthrough in his first over with Andy (just!) taking a catch at point. Raj got the second breakthrough with a tickle behind in his third over, leaving him with temporary figures of 3-3-0-1; exerting great control. Andy took another catch off Nick, this time making it look simple; Mark and Theo following suit leaving Nick with 4 wickets. Raj then picked up his second wicket with an inswinging yorker. Nick was searching for his five-fer and it came courtesy of a lovely ball clean bowling the Clymping number X. (Note: Nick owes a jug next week…) Mike Mitchell batted well, offering resilience and patience, two traits he presumably perfected living with Darren Bazley. We eventually bowled Clymping out for 112, returning beagle Kev Staight took two catches including the winning catch, and inbetween Ian made a fine catch at gulley. The best moment of the day followed, as Corona’s were once again on the menu in The Bull’s beer garden to celebrate.
By Dan Clarke
4th XI vs Aldwick – Lost by 9 wickets
Back at Home the 4s continue their mission to enjoy their cricket and find that next win. With several returning players the team felt confident. Aldwick won the toss and asked Littlehampton to bat. The team got off to an inauspicious start with LA being 33/3 and then 35/4. Wickets fell regularly but Kevin Foot who came in the 4th over was still there. Brief cameos by George and Ken saw LA gain their first batting point and with the fall of Ken, LA were 78/6 and Kevin still there. Jonathan Keyte in only his second innings of the season batted tidily (11) putting on 97 for the seventh wicket. Kev broke the team duck scoring our first century finishing on 113 off 105 balls, an excellent knock. Highlights including his first scoring shot, a straight six back over the bowler just missing Shaun Keyte car by a foot, crashing into the hedge. Shaun parked their as he didn’t think anyone in Div 11 would hit a six there. Kev was out at the start of the 40th over with young Dan sneaking up the order whilst Phil wasn’t looking. I am sure there will be repercussions :-)
Aldwick sent in two experienced batsman who made the most of the drying conditions. Jonathan and Mat opened the bowling with Mat opening for the first time. Johnny gave way to Dan and Mat to Phil, but still no wickets. Dan then gave way to George and finally George to the centurion Kev. With Kev taking our soul wicket and figures of 1/17. We were confident that having posted as defendable total and with our attack we would make inroads. Unfortunately it was a tail of missed opportunities with missed edges, airial shots into gaps, three catches going down and missed stumping letting us know it wasn’t going to be our day with Aldwick reaching their target in 29.5 overs.
Special mention to Alex Hall and Sam Pannell as ball finders extraordinaire on a day when the balls conspired to disappear in hedges. Our thanks to our umpires Liz Yates and Andy Wilkinson on a hot day who did their best to keep the game moving.
Next week sees the 4s at the 3s Fernhurst Rec for the return match against Goring.
There were positives out of a difficult day with Kev’s ton being the biggest one.
By Tim Hemsley
Sunday XI vs Yellow Stump – Lost by 7 wickets
The Sunday side lost to Yellow Stump but there is no match report as the captain was hit in the head while batting and had to go to A and E.