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2015 Adult Review

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JE-M was oustanding for the 1st XI this season

After the Colts last week, we concentrate on the Adults and whilst the 2nds and 3rds struggled with changing personnel and some unfortunate lost tosses on occasion, the 1st XI achieved history by claiming the West Sussex Invitation League title and being promoted to the Sussex County League. After two successive fourth place finishes, we benefited from having no outstanding side in the division and just pipped Littlehampton on a tense final day at the Rec having seen off our other title challengers Arundel the week before. Seven former colts were on the field in our last game and Littlehampton also fielded several too in a great advert for West Sussex cricket. The weather helped us on the last Saturday - being ahead, we knew we were in the box seat when we saw the forecast. Some really good performances this summer not least from the captain and born-again Fitzgerald with the ball and Jarvis and JE-M with the bat. The captain's son was outstanding - coming of age at just the right time for the club with bat and ball and what a find he has been – thank you Will Jeffries! Mick played fleetingly but in one memorable match, he arrived late at Trinity to clean up the tail before blasting an unbeaten 64 opening to see us home. If this is his last year, we will remember the snarl, the fleeting smile and of course, the legendary August Bank Holiday games which have been such a part of our calendar. Just don't mention the rugby right now

James Chaloner & Malcolm 2011
They keep chugging along

Finally on the 1s, a special mention too to our resident jack-in-the-box, Howgate, who played in most 1st XI games as he said he would and often gave us key performances with both bat and ball. And the golden oldies who struggled last year proved they still had life in them. Chaloner and Malcolm continue to roll on after a shaky 2014 and despite a niggling Achilles injury for Mr Chaloner. They’ll be back again next year too with new limbs as the only survivors from the old West Chiltington 1st XI. Next season we may have to finally do without Mick and there will be no JE-M, Eddie Miller, Gabriel, Alex Rydon, RC-P or Ben Hasler in May as more go off to university or private school. However some of Phil Goring’s U12s in 2015 will be eligible for the 3s in 2016 and more colts will again feature for the 1st and 2nd XI next year. The committee is doing very well in their search for a new adult coach with an announcement imminent and they also have a plan for another overseas player. Exciting times ahead! However we still need to work on the occasional players and get them to play in May when we and other sides are weakest so if you can only play one or two games next season, please try to play them in May!

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1985 West Chilt Sunday athletes

Another point for discussion has been -  for many clubs not just West Chilt - the struggle to get sides out on Sundays. Sundays this year were again masterfully managed by Mick including his last match when we just pipped Broadbridge Heath in a thriller. Sunday fixtures in May are to be dropped in 2016 in an attempt to trim the schedule. The games are usually a struggle to get players to commit too as it's still damp and pretty cold. We also need as many to play Saturdays then with private school and university kids away. At West Chilt, we also need a proper debate about what type of cricket our membership wants to play. Longer friendly games or shorter T20 or LMS formats? As the gap in class between the 2s and 3s gets extended and when a large pool of players allows, the Sunday side will be used to good effect to gauge new players and colts' ability before they are thrown into the 2s. It’s unlikely with longer league games that we’ll have a long schedule of Sunday fixtures and shorter games. When we do ask you, our membership, for your opinions, it is vital whether you are a colt, a parent or an adult member, you reply to an email or questionnaire when asked to comment. It’s your club and we need to provide a variety of cricket for all.

Finally in our review well done to the Women's team. The Women's VIII did well in the first season in a T20 league and were keen to be under the radar. This they have been until now! The Women (and U14+ Girls) are training on Tuesdays starting on 13th October between 7pm and 8pm at Steyning Leisure Centre if you want to try cricket this winter.


2015 Stat Attack

New players (playing standard cricket) in 2015 – Tom Peters, Hugo Gillespie, Shaun Tatchell, Zac Oratis (didn’t play in 2014), Archie Greenfield, Charles Brampton, Toby Lee, Liam Vickery, Josh Maree, Harry Bryant, Lyle Aichroth, Luke Scriven, Glyn Lucas, Hugo McIntyre, Neil North, Will Jeffries (first game since 2012), Archie Graham-Watson, Oscar Milne, Michael Corkery-Hayward, Theo Trevelyan-Clark, Rob Haggart, Charley Hepburn, Kipp Batchelor, Finlay Summers, Henry Byrne, Jon Trees, George Roelich-Scott, George Laing, Abby Dorgan, Chris Braun, Josh Metters, Josh Lee, Callum Duxbury, Lydon Gandler, James Bailey, Oona Edwards, Penny Atkins, Jack Shaw, Martin Glover (first game since 2011), Adeline Preston, Charlotte Bates, Adeline Pearson, Emily Goss, Harriett Thornley, Wayne Collins, Harriett Loveridge, Jake McVicar, Maddie Murtagh, Ella Ward, Tom Rydon, Max Blackburn and Jo Jackson.

Those we have loved (players who didn’t come back this year) – Charlie Williams, Nandish Sheth, Harry Chapman, Jamie Walker, Freddie Hill, Ethan Jones, Thomas Woodall, Jacob Tofts, Ant Morris, Peter Rayward, Quentin Coole, Bertie Treasure, Teddy Egan, George Staples, Tom Good, Freddie Cripps, Alex Armstrong, Rupert Torp, Toby Glover, Michael Lemmon, Greg Baillie, Alex Pegler, George Pountney, Ned Brown, James Brown, Willem Sweet, Adam Weldon-Ming, James De Winton, Calvin Paine, Joe Charnaud, William Nielsen, Ryan Ashley, Matt Banham, Sean Goring, Tom Chaplin, Conrad Jouning, Steve Mann, Nick Batchelor and Ollie Kowszun.

First tons this season – John Tolson, Larry Moir, Will Farnes and Gus James. First five-fer – Eddie Miller, Elliot Brown and Gus James (again)

50 games for the club – Joe Trees, Lauren Fisher, Jack Carter, Toby Taylor, Ross Lucas, Iain Haggart and Ben Lucking
100 games – Will Hasler, Alfie Reeves and Josh Reeves
150 games – David Hardisty, Jack Elliott-Monday, Danny Abbott, Jake Hodgson and Charlie Davies.

Thanks to all players for their support of our cricket club. If you didn’t play this year, come back and see us again soon!

And finally...

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Gone but not forgotten... RIP RIL