2011 Review

2011 Season Review

Detail on the U12's historic day out at Horsham Trinity and other SJCF Finals this year follows the roll of honour. Our Wikipedia page is also updated each time we achieve another success. 

1st XI clinch Championship 2708112s champs 2011
                   1st & 2nd XIs after clinching their 2011 Championships

1st XI: Invitation League Division Three Champions
2nd XI: Invitation League Division Seven Champions
Wildcats [T20]: Won all three games this season

16s team friday fest 2011U14s T10
16s SJCF winners at Felbridge and U14s in T10 championship at Worthing Chipps

U16s: IDL: 3rd; SJCF Shield: RU. T.Chambers hit fourth colt's ton in the festival.
U15s: WACA: 
3rd
U14s: IDL League: RU; IDL six-a-side: RU; SJCF: Shield Group RU. Beat finalists Portslade but rain prevented likely progress to final. T10: Group RU
U13s: IDL: 7th; WACA: Winners; SJCF (Shield): RU. T.Good first colt to hit two tons
U12s: IDL: RU; SJCF Shield: Winners; T10: RU. Colts team of the year again!
U11s: WACA: 6th; SJCF: 5th
U10s: IDL: 8th; MKK Finals Day: Fifth
U9s: IDL: 5th; T10: Group RU

IDL=Identilam League; WACA=West Area Cricket Association; SJCF=Sussex Junior Cricket Festival; T10=Tenty Tenty

U12s Shield Final 31st July 2011 - West Chiltington & Thakeham vs. Crawley

12s shield winners hoorayThe victorious U12s - our first SJCF winners at any age!

WC&T 190-9 (35 overs), Crawley 166-8 (35 overs). West Chilt win by 24 runs.

After being runners-up in their league for the past three seasons, the Under 12s finally got their hands on some silverware when they triumphed in the SJCF Shield Final against Crawley at Horsham Trinity’s ground.

On a glorious afternoon, Crawley won the toss and invited West Chilt to bat. In the absence of James de Winton, who had had an excellent series of innings in the group matches, Paul King opened for West Chilt with Ed Miller. The pair put on a brisk 36 for the first wicket in 7 overs, before Paul was out for 6. Reuben Taylor came in at 3 and he and Ed put on 49 in 7 overs to take the score to 85-1, before Ed was bowled for 40 in the 14th over. It wasn’t to be George Lee’s day with the bat, as he departed without scoring. Alex Scott joined Reuben and scored 8 before becoming Archit Patel’s 2nd wicket. Harry Staples came in at 6 for West Chilt and put on 17 in 5 overs with Reuben, taking the score to 113 in the 22nd over before being caught. Cameron White then joined Reuben, but quickly became Patel’s third wicket, all bowled. The West Chilt innings was now finely balanced, having been 85-1 in the 14th over and now finding themselves on 114-6 in the 23rd over. Reuben Taylor seemed to hold the key to posting a decent score. Dan Abbott came in at 8 and he and Reuben played positively against some accurate Crawley bowling. Together, they put on 31 for the 7th wicket in 7 overs, moving the score along to 145 before Dan was bowled for 13 in the 30th over. Charlie Williams was next in and supported Reuben in putting on 17 for the 8th wicket in just 2 overs, departing for 2 in the 32nd over. Joe Riley, making his debut for the U12s due to the holidays of a number of the U12 squad and having played for the U11s in the morning, came in with 3 overs remaining. In a final flourish, Reuben scored his maiden 50 and took the score on to 190, putting on 28 with Joe, before Joe was run out on the last ball of the innings for 3 – although Gatsby Fitzgerald was ready to come in had it been a no ball! Reuben finished unbeaten on 59, picking the perfect time to post his highest-ever score. 190 looked like a good total for West Chilt, particularly with the strength of their bowling attack.

Crawley started their innings needing to score at 5.5 per over and the rate immediately went up after George Lee bowled a maiden first over. He followed this with a wicket maiden in his second over, to leave Crawley at 6-1 from 3 overs. The fall of the wicket brought in the Crawley captain, Sussex player Ellen Burt. George and Dan Abbott continued to keep things tight in their opening 4 over spells, with Crawley moving on to 26-1 from 8 overs. With the required run rate now above 6, Ed Miller and Reuben Taylor took over from George and Dan and tightened West Chilt’s grip further. Ed bowled very tightly, conceding just 10 from 4 overs and Reuben followed his batting exploits by bowling the other Crawley opener, taking 1-13 in his initial 4 overs. Crawley found themselves 50-2 from the first 16 overs, now requiring 7.4 runs per over from the final 19 overs.

Crawley’s main hope seemed to be the 3rd wicket pair of Ellen Burt and Matthew Leese. Harry Staples (4 overs for 18), Joe Riley and Charlie Williams bowled the mid-innings 7 overs and although no wickets fell, they forced the run rate up still further to over 7.5. Dan Abbott and Reuben Taylor returned to the attack and bowled their final 6 overs between them for just 25 runs. As the pressure built on the Crawley batsmen, George Lee ran Matthew Leese out for 27 in Dan’s 6th over, breaking the stand of 69 for the 3rd wicket for Crawley. With Reuben (7-1-26-1) and Dan (7-1-30-0) having completed their overs and the Crawly score standing at 129-3 from 29 overs,, Ed Miller and George Lee returned to bowl out the innings; by this stage Crawley required 62 from the final 6 overs, although Ellen was still at the crease having passed her 50. Again the bowling was spot-on from the Chilt bowlers and as they continued to turn the screw 5 wickets fell in quick succession, one-apiece to Ed and George and 3 to smart run-outs by Ed, George and Reuben, which typified the excellent fielding performance by the whole Chilt team. The Crawley innings came to an end at a creditable166-8 from their 35 overs, with the impressive Ellen Burt remaining unbeaten on 80,although in truth the Chilt bowling attack always looked in control.

So, after near misses in the league in the past 3 years, Ed Miller lead the Chilt team up to collect the trophy and winners medals – and well deserved they were, too. Congratulations, too, to Crawley U12s for reaching their first final and for the excellent spirit the game was played in. Congratulations go to the 11 on duty in the final and also to the players who played in the group games, but were not available for the Final: James de Winton, Charlie Davies, Sam Fisher, Charlie Treasure, Jacob Bugden, Alex Tozzi & Crispin Tavares.

Malcolm Fitzgerald/Phil Abbott   Scorecard

Click on underlined words for scorecard and reports of the 13s and 16s Finals below

The story of the U13s SJCF Final


Nearly, But Not Quite!

Tom Good & Ed Miller
Double-centurion U13 captain Tom Good & U12 captain Ed Miller

The story of the U16s SJCF Final


16s come up short against quality opening batting display

 U16s SJCF Final with medalsU16s with runner up medals after defeat to Littlehampton

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