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2018 Season Review

2018 Season Review Part 2

The Younger Colts, the U19s, the Women and our Sunday Cricketers

Peter and Simon's U13s were our most successful youth side this year winning more than half their games. The team were joined this year by Charlie Woodage. Charlie hadn’t played much cricket before this season but has proved to be a more than capable opening bat actually winning the club’s overall batting averages in 2018. They competed in two tied games and didn’t lose a match till mid June when Roffey overcame us. Two defeats to Middleton were frustrating as the league game was lost by just one run when we looked certain to win; the second defeat in the SJCF was mainly down to our ex colt Toby Barton who was 92* when they declared. Buddy, Jacob, Charlie and Adam all played quite a few 3rd XI games with Charlie making his debut in the last game. This group shows a lot of promise and we will look forward to seeing how they all progress in 2019.

James' U12s played in a season of two halves. They competed strongly in their league losing the title on net run rate to Lindfield and played a good mix of boys and girls. When it came to the Festival however, it was clear they were in the wrong section as they struggled in every match. Welcome to Asmus Mitchell who topped their batting averages with Jack Bethell. Maisie and Rose played a couple of games whilst Bonnie Minassian also debuted. Hope the festival didn’t put too many off our summer game and James gets them all back together next summer!

Patrick and Craig's U11s were still playing pairs cricket in the league and finished third in the table although it’s more about getting everyone else like the 12s at this young age. They found the festival altogether tougher even in the Shield especially as some opponents were combining players from other squads. They returned to the New Forest on tour at the end of the season and they seemed to have yet another outfit to wear! More kits than the U19s!

Hope all our kids (including U10s and below) return to play indoor league or are back on the grass in April.

And onto JEM's U19s which was a new experiment for us this season. Bridging the gap between the old man’s game and the colts leagues. Pyjama cricket and christened the Windmills which is van Noort nickname for us which has stuck. We competed in an extremely tough group containing much bigger clubs than little old West Chilt - Billinghurst, Ifield, Cuckfeld and Horsham. A narrow home win over Ifield was followed up by a more comfortable success against ‘Hurst leaving us to play a double header towards the end of August at Cuckfield on a Friday night and at home to Horsham on the Sunday. In the event, we didn’t get enough runs in either game to progress to the next stage but fantastic to see some U13s and Harriet taking part. Sure we’ll give it a go next year and the quality on show at Cuckfield when I watched that game was hugely impressive. They never threw in the towel when the game looked lost either.

Before we get to the adults, some members have asked if we’ll re-enter the National Village Cup next season which Findon and Roffey did so well in this year. The answer is we just might IF we have enough commitment from members to play Saturdays and Sundays (esp. when the NVC starts in May).

The Women’s side won lots more friends this year. Sophie and Sarah welcomed Charlotte Kenyon to the team this season who opened and kept wicket. She only managed two of the six games but retired not out in both. Every year a little more progression for the club's best kept secret team.

Phil Abbott’s Sunday XI won half their games with three matches off due to rain or in Amberley’s case, not being able to raise a side. We went to Watersfield instead that day to play out a low scoring thriller with some Chilt players playing for the home side. And we have finally beaten Acton after them coming here for several years on tour and stuffing us. Goring and Charlie D saw to that after we’d restricted them with the ball. Phil A remains a shining example to all captains and coaches in the way he communicates, gets his side sorted and then organises peripheral stuff like teas, ropes etc on the day. Those that remember his colts team with Danny, Reuben and Alfred Reeves in the side will not be surprised.

Next time we'll look at the men's league teams in more detail. All three consolidated this season which we may have settled for in April knowing how availability would again pan out. We tended to have one thing in common no matter which side you played in. We rarely put enough runs on the board chasing or setting a target. Although the bowlers got us out of a hole on a few occasions, this is the main reason why we were looking over shoulders at the relegation zones rather than above us to see how far we were off promotion. Some of it was down to availability of players – most successful clubs and our opponents have a nucleus of players they pick week in, week out in their 1st and 2nd XIs. With us, it can still be a lottery as to how many who play one Saturday are available the following week. Two new players slotted in well – Phil Martin joined us at the start of June and was joint leading wicket taker for the 2nds - with the ageless James Chaloner having given him a month’s start. Phil also featured in the re-emergence of the Vets side and on Sundays when he could too. And Hugh Warmisham our new gentle giant who kept saying he was 2s and getting put in the 1s! Rather like Gabe, the big man was just happy to play cricket and bowl for whichever side he was in. Both have quickly become real assets for us on and off the field.

Next time: The Sussex League detail


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