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2012 Review

2012 Green & Gold Season Review

Well we thought we couldn’t possibly improve on 2011 and whilst the colts weren’t as successful in terms of trophies, our adult sides were on fire! The main headline was that the 1st XI achieved back-to-back championships which is a rare thing in any form of sport. In truth, Division Two appeared to many players to be little stronger than Division Three whilst the divisions sort themselves out under the relatively new Sussex pyramid structure. Once we had finally escaped the third tier of the Invitation League last year, 2012 followed a similar pattern - once the rain had stopped.

The 2nd XI also achieved back-to-back promotions and if relegated Warnham hadn’t fought so hard to ensure we didn’t bowl them out in the last game, we would have pipped friends and rivals West Wittering 1sts to the title again. The 2s actually went unbeaten for the remainder of the season after a friendly loss at Arundel in their opening game. The 3rd XI took their bow in Division Ten and for the first half of the season, they and Trinity 4ths looked dead certs to be relegated to Division 11. However once the Uni boys were back, the 3rds won five out of the last six games and in the end, nearly went up. The Sunday side had their most successful season yet. They won 13, drew just one at Henfield and lost one in "allegedly dubious circumstances" to bogey side Fittleworth.

Overall the adults won 42 out of 59 games played which is mightily impressive. Last year it was 45 out of 60 so actually a better % won last year but this year, we finished at a canter. All sides were dominant in the second half of the season. In fact the last day any adult side tasted defeat in 2012 was the 21st July when the 1sts lost the top of the table battle at Serendib and the 3rds lost at Arundel for the second time that season. In August we won every game we played (15) and had one Sunday game cancelled at Ebernoe. In 2012, we had 29 adult games cancelled mainly to the awful weather – the average is normally eleven or twelve and only seven were lost in 2011. If we’d won many of these, the stats would have been even better.

In the shorter form of the game, the Wildcats had five games scheduled but played none! Most were rained off like Madehurst where a freak storm washed the game out 30 mins before the start but when the weather was okay, the opposition decided to go on a golf tour (Scarlett Arms). The Cricket Week was yet again rain affected. Nazeing was played in almost continuous rain and both the Billy and Boro games never got started.

Leading Merged Club Batting Averages (Min 10 innings)

 

Name

Games

Inns

Not Outs

Runs

High Score

Avg

50's

100's

Ducks

Mick Armstrong (1st XI)

29

24

13

1251 

103*

113.73 

13 

2

0

2

Dave Robinson (2nds)

18 17 5 737 109* 61.42 2 3 0

Eddie Miller (U13/2nds)

34

32

15

859 

103*

50.53 

1

1

Rob Llewellyn (2nds)

33

32

12

888 

109

44.4 

1

1

Ben Hasler (U16/2nds)

15

14

3

465 

104*

42.27 

1

2

James Howgate (1sts)

15

13

5

330 

87*

41.25 

0

0

J Elliott-Monday (U15/2nds)

27

27

4

826 

114*

35.91 

4

4

Danny Abbott (U12)

17

10

3

230 

90*

32.86 

0

0

  9

Reuben Taylor (U12/3rds)

18

13

5

195 

49

24.38 

0

1

10 

Charlie Davies (U13/3rds)

37

18

9

185 

52*

20.56 

0

1

Leading Merged Club Bowling Averages:

 

Name

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

BB

5WH

Econ

S-R

Ave

1

Reuben Taylor (U12/3rds)

68.4

14

219

21

4/16

0

3.19

19.63

10.43

2

James Chaloner  (1sts)

151.3 35 442 42 6/41 3 2.92 21.64 10.52

3

Malcolm Fitzgerald (1sts)

78.1

11

222

21

5/24

1

2.84

22.34

10.57

4

Jim Gee (Sunday)

76.3

11

271

23

4/20

0

3.54

19.96

11.78

5

Matt Hennings (2s/3s)

32.3 2 120 10 7/34 1 3.69 19.5 12

6

John Tolson (2nds)

66.1

16

232

19

4/28

0

3.5

20.91

12.21

7

Gabriel Peck (2s/3s)

85.1

14

269

22

4/15

0

3.16

23.21

12.23

8

Mick Armstrong (1sts)

162.1

33

468

37

4/11

0

2.89

26.29

12.65

9

Danny Abbott (U12)

72.3

9

246

17

3/7

0

3.39

25.59

14.47

10

Alan Reeves (2nds)

108.5

29

323

22

4/27

0

2.97

29.67

14.68

New kids on the block (this year - 34): Back after one year: Mick Armstrong, Peter Jones, Rob Rydon, Peter Bowen-Davies, David Bowen-Davies, Tom Maslona and Paul Richman (all played in 2010). Matt McKew, Larry Moir, Adrian Klingenberg, Damian Costello, Jason Davies, Wesley Rankin, Peter Raywards, Mike Morrish, Clive Morrish, Toby Hurry, William Pearce, Harry Sedgewick, Russell Armstrong, Louie Laurence, Matt Warren, Miles Bowyer, Bruno Clark, Justin Escott, Benjamin Thomas, Joseph Goodfellow, Jon Taylor, Miles Austin, James Powell, Isaac Evans, Tom Wates, George Carter and Mike Gillespie.

Those we have loved (people who played in 2011 that haven’t been seen in 2012 - 43): Justin Creed (2011 overseas player), Dom Fritche, Wesley Scott, Bailey Crouch, Tom Harvey-Jones, Dan Wheatley, Will Hay, Shaun Tavares, Brandon Smith, Harry Jones, Alex Tossi, Jamie Curtis, Josh Steggles, Paul Aftanas, Andrew Crosland, Joe Beer, Ben Ackland, Jack Kent, Alfie Scott, Charlie Kowszun, Chris Martin, James Monaghan, Louis Tanner, Nick Burroughs, Tom Bryant, Martin Glover, Conrad Mumby, Mark Fischel, Torin Emms, Gatsby Fitzgerald, Megan Goring, Jack Harding, Steve Williams, Hector Crouch, George Agate, Harry Kent, Louis Charnaud, Ben Lucking, Annabel Jeffries, Konnar Horsewood, Stuart Miller, Josh Reeves and Phil Attfield.

So despite the launch of a 3rd XI, we've lost more people than we've gained for the first time in many years.

Steve Ward Club Day 2012Wardy in action during this year's August Club Day

One player who will not be returning in 2013 is Steve WardOld Wardy lives in Burgess Hill and has finally decided to take his kids to play colts cricket in the Mid Sussex town. In addition, he will turn out for Hill when required. We certainly respect his decision and wish him, Sarah and the family well. 

Wardy's never lived anywhere near the club. He got into playing in 2004 with his friend Steve Curran who lives in Billingshurst but although Curran lasted just one season, Wardy stayed for good. Like many of us, he averages with the ball what he wished he could do with the bat and vice versa! His top score of 37 came on a Sunday in 2007 whilst opening up against the Arundel Grasshoppers whilst Hussey was still captain and a year later he made 35 at Amberley batting at 4. His bowling highlight was at Storrington also on Sunday in 2008. Opening the bowling with David Bowen-Davies, Wardy took 4-33 from his seven overs in a game which Shaun Tavares bowled the last over which went for 22 as Storrington got over the line to win.

Steve is definitely a member who was as important for us off the field as he was on it. He was entirely responsible for launching our web presence - this website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed were all initiated by him - much of our online communication today. He was Club Secretary for a time and also captained the Sunday side for a couple of years after James Hussey gave it up - there was no Mick or Dave to turn to either in those days! He won't mind me saying he's not the most gifted of cricketers but he's a real club man, an honest man and Burgess Hill will definitely gain from having him around to assist them. Thanks for all your efforts, Wardy and good luck!

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