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2017 SCF Six-A-Side Winners!

 Sussex Cricket Foundation six-a-side competition in 2017

6-a-side winners June17

Teams from Barns Green, Broadbridge Heath, Slinfold, Southwater, Slindon joined us in a group format in mid June at our place before the top four competed in semi-finals. This was followed by the final itself between our lads and Broadbridge Heath which was won by the hosts which meant we were again in the Finals Day at Hove. Our lads were unbeaten all day and overcame Slindon in the semis. A couple of Southwater lads headed home early meaning that they had three Chilt players playing a match after lunch - Will Farnes, Toby Taylor and Matthew J Goring! There was excellent support for all sides and a great turnout of juniors who were treated to a coaching session by Sussex CCC staff including Vice-Captain Ben Brown. ‘Sid the Shark’ was also in attendance. 

Then on the 17th September, we headed to Hove to defend our trophy with the same side adding Hugo as our seventh squad player. We faced much tougher competition this year from higher ranked clubs such as Ifield (a new Sussex Premier Club) and Pagham. The competition had also expanded meaning an early start for four of the seven hub winners (Ifield, Glynde, West Chilt, Pagham, Preston Park, Little Common Ramblers and Henfield) and one lucky runner up (Broadbridge Heath). Ifield won their tight morning group from Henfield who also qualified for the evening finals. None of the eight teams were out of place at the event all competing well. In the afternoon, we took on Pagham in the first game of the second group and Pagham's batting was to be a feature of their play all day. Their score of 70 was too good for us meaning we needed to win both the two remaining group games to progress to the semis. Broadbridge Heath then hit ten off the last two balls to squeak home against Glynde before Glynde played West Chilt with both teams needing to win to stand a chance of progressing. We overcame Glynde after bowling them out for 29 before defeating Broadbridge Heath to join unbeaten Pagham in the semi finals. 

2017 SCF six a side winners Hove

In our first semi, we batted first and posted 67 without losing a wicket. Our running between the wickets led by the ageless Howgate was exemplary as few boundaries were hit off the tight Ifield bowling. Despite a big third over, Ifield still needed 34 runs to win off two. The fourth over was crucial with only four runs being scored and the Windmills were in the final again. In the second game, favourites Pagham again blasted their way to a huge total which proved too strong for Henfield and we had a re-run of the first game of the afternoon in the final. Under a dark sky and the Hove floodlights, Pagham batted first again but we pulled it back magnificently on an increasingly dewy surface. 57-4 was comfortably Pagham's lowest score of the day which eclipsed the 70 in their first game (also against us). In reply, the Pagham fast bowling unit struggled to grip a damp ball and sent down several fast wides which went to the boundary. These cost seven runs each in this format. So the Windmills were home in only the third over. All of our seven man squad bar one were again colts or ex colts. West Chiltington and Thakeham squad: Tom Chambers*+ (aged 22), James Howgate (young in heart & head), Reuben Taylor (U17), Ben Lucking (U15), Hugo Gillespie (U15), Josh Reeves (23) and Jake Hodgson (24). Only Tommo and Reuben survived from the team that won the competition last year which shows our strength in depth and everyone contributed in a fine all round team effort. Great support from a strong Chilt contingent too!
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