Week Eight - Six a side success plus colts, Three Bridges, Bognor and Henfield

2017 SCF six a side winners Hove
Only Hugo and Crispy featured on Sunday but still good enough!

So we're off to Hove again after beating Pagham in a repeat of last year's final at our hub last Sunday. It's the third time we've hosted and the third time we've won for the chance to play other winners at Hove in September to try and retain our Sussex Cricket Foundation six-a-side trophy. The Club would again like to thank all supporters and the 18+ players for participating, eating and drinking on Sunday but of course, it's the whirling dervilish-like duo of Jase and Mandy who keep us all on our toes. Love 'em. Jase has a new career as a cabaret entertainer. He certainly did it His Way. Mrs Farnes did lots of baking and in the limited time I was there, I saw several others dashing in and out of the kitchen and bar area too helping Mr and Mrs Gee. (Jim is smiling so much these days that he may have to seek medical treatment). Finally thanks to the likes of Mr Tatchell who only knew they were playing at the last minute.

Onto the rest of the action and the Sunday side lost their second successive home game narrowly on the 3rd June against the Arundel Castle Estate Grasshoppers. Andrew Mayne (Newdigate league player and mate of Capel) plus Phil(ippe) Martin (Our latest Welsh but French international and Sussex veteran player) both made their debuts and certainly played their part. ACEG batted first and our smooth French Welshman took 4-19 off his eight overs to help restrict the visitors to 169-8. In reply, the lad from Surrey opened with Bruce "French" Fryer from the post office (what a cosmopolitan lot we are) and made 59. However with little support, we succumbed to 166 all out. It doesn't get any easier as the Sunday side welcomes the Strollers to the Rec this weekend.

On Monday, Sarah's women's side came second in a T20 to the powerful Chipps whose line up contained Engand rugby international and our former colt Lauren Fisher plus a couple of Hepburns and Ella Bourne. Well done to Rose Grayson for her 32. Tuesday saw the U11s lose a home pairs game to Three Bridges.  Congrats to Charlie Clarke and Alfie Lucas on their wickets, Matt Farnes for 21 runs and "no outs" plus Angus Alcott for not bowling a single wide. Wednesday saw a thumping win for the 13s at Ifield. 32 extras in the home side's score of 47 with Dylan T-C the pick of a strong bowling unit taking 3-1. Captain Trees reversed the batting order to give the oppo a chance and our lower order a go - 25* for Ben Skirrow. The reverse was true at the Rec where Steyning's U18s handed out a lesson to our U16s (with a few over age players like Luke Tolson helping out). They smashed 172-3 off their 20 and although Farnes and Lucking retired, we finished well short.

And so to Saturday. In the morning, the U10s lost at Horsham Trinity. We conceded 75 extras in their score of 106-4! More work for Capel to do in the bowling and keeping depts but well done to Oliver Turner for making our high score of 11. Better news at the Rec where Chaloner's U12 league leaders march on as a powerful all round display dispatched Billingshurst. Asnus Minchell and Rose Grayson both retired before Ray Manders took a brace to help restrict the visitors. Well done Ollie Johnston and Harry Knott for not bowling any wides.

Next to AmberLords where we had the rare sight of our 3rd XI playing a cricket match against Henfield. Beanpole Tatch in charge of the kindergarten this week. League debuts for the U13s - A.Trees, Metters and Thomas D-C. The aforementioned French Fryer also available to help nurture the youngsters. Tatch is a Chilt captain so he declined to win the toss and we were soon 68-5 with Brucie despairing as each batschild left the stage. Out of the pavilion strode Adam Trees. 25 mins later he crossed the boundary rope and shortly before tea, he made it out to the middle. (That's enough shortist jokes Ed). What Adam lacks in height, he makes up for in guts and cricketing ability. Our U13s captain started testing Brucie's pacemaker and was soon catching him up in runs. Nearly a century partnership but alas, Bruce was bowled for 56 to go and have a lie down having held the innings together, as he is prone to do, brilliantly. 50+ runs later, Trees having run twice as far as his identical twin, Big Tatch, was caught pushing a tired shot to square leg. His godfather Peter Jones was purring away on the boundary as he marched past. The boy had become a man, readers. Terrific stuff. The Henfield innings was academic. They kept their wickets intact but Harriet and our lads decided to bowl loads of wides so they couldn't reach it to hit it! Despite the extras, Harriet, Josh, Joe Trees and Rhys all bowled well and we'd won our first 3rd XI game of the season. We're sixth out of nine with Southwater and Horsham already looking certs for relegation/disqualification. Off to Crawley next to play old friends Ram this weekend. 3rd XI: Tatchell*, Fryer+, Farnes, J.Trees, Kuchhadia, R.Atkins, Metters, A Trees, Davies-Crisp, Thornton, O.Atkins

And so to the Rec where this season's sob story is already looking like our battle weary 2nd XI. No Reg this season to provide runs as he's off to seek his hockey fortune in the Netherlands (Perhaps he can locate us a dutch international cricketer? Ed). And that tends to be our problem. Not enough runs on the board barring the recent declaration at home to nine man Selsey. This week, Goring handed Lyle Aichroth an adult league debut before Wyatt smacked a few around to make 68 but no one else got past 20 as we bravely declared on 159-8 having secured the batting points. Bognor were always going to go for it taking the draw out of the equation meaning wickets fell regularly. New VC Josh (5-40) picked up his first michelle pfeiffer for the club so well done to him and Chaloner took 3-28 off his eleven overs. Cantrell and Hodgson returned to the XI so that Fitzgerald's athleticism in the field was not missed. We lost by one wicket and now sit in the relegation zone as we approach the half way point in the season. No reason to panic yet. We just need to win these games we lose marginally! We travel to Rustington 1st XI this weekend. 2nd XI: Goring*+, Wyatt, Capel, Woodcock, Holden, Chaloner, Alf Reeves, L.Aichroth, S.Hodgson, J.Reeves, Cantrell

Finally to Three Bridges for our first adult league visit to try and shake off last week's batting collapse to Goring. Jarv didn't win the toss and we were inserted. Howgate (97) and Charlie (50) put on nearly 150 after Haggs and JEM had put on 75 for the second wicket. Charlie's first 50 for the 1sts and great to see so many generally putting their hand up this season - five different players have made 50s in this new challenging league whilst we await that elusive first ton. We finally reached 259-7 dec in the 44th over. In reply, the pace bowlers Jake, Hugh and Frank blew away their top order before our crispy curly Lucking got to work. 6-15 from 9.4 overs is a ridiculous return and a second 1s michelle in a row for the U16s captain. Bridges eventually dismissed for 177 to take us to 4th in Division 3 West which has now become wide open. New buddies Pagham won at Goring in a thriller leaving Stirlands in third as the only unbeaten side. (The Birdham side were held at home by bottom club Worthing). Next week, we host Steyning 1st XI at home for the first time. So many of our club went to school or sent our kids there that it's a game we looked for when the fixtures came out. Go well lads! Injury news: Reuben Taylor is close to full fitness following his wrist injury and post exams, will feature at the end of the month with Hugo again. 1st XI: Jarvis*, Harrison+, Haggart, Elliott-Monday, Howgate, Davies, Trevelyan-Clark, Lucking, Rawat, J.Hodgson and Warmisham.

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