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Week Twenty - day jar voo

20th - 27th August

WCTCC 2018 BHM

A bit tired and emotional today after yet another terrific Bank Holiday Monday celebration. Pictures on various players Instagrams and also no doubt there will be pictures posted on our Facebook page. It was our tenth rendez-vous (as French Phil would say) and great to see Mick back after dashing back from Thailand with Yaz and friends to be with us at an event that he first organised back in 2009. Lots of cricket, food and beer as usual shared with young and old in the traditional Chilt way. (If everyone turned up from the last ten years, we'd need several cricket pitches to play the games and many more barmen too...) We've inevitably lost a few colts and oldies along the way but have gained so many new players and friends. As Jayne Norris (Jackson) mum of Benji and Jenna said yesterday after trying to leave for the third time, this club really is the focus of the village in the summer and we'd like to keep it that way! We have our AGM on November 9th. It's your club so come and shape our strategy for 2019. Help us both at the Rec and also at our new ground at Abingworth which, as Jason said in Mandy's newsletter, will be in play at last next year. We need ideas people but of course, we will need "doers" too like the Farnes, Jim and the Davieses. These magic elves that sort events and put money under your kids' pillows when their teeth fall out are hard to come by in our 21st Century busy world but go on, step forward! You know you want to...

Back to the cricket last week and not our best period to be fair. I left you last time as Slindon were comfortably chasing down our Sunday XI target of 134 to win. Tommo top scored for us with just 39 as the Fuente boys took four wickets between them. Croque monsieur Phil and Crispy Curly 1st XI all round superstar bowled economically enough but the visitors could just sit and wait for the bad balls.

On Monday, it was the start of the U16s SJCF. Mr Goring and Annie were confident of another successful week in a competition they'd enjoyed so much success in down the years. In the event, it started well enough but got tougher as we picked up two draws and two defeats from the week in an extremely challenging round of fixtures. We started at home to Pagham. Hugo was back in the runs at last with another unbeaten ton (116*) as he and Toby Taylor (51*) put on 111 for the unbeaten 3rd wicket. Out total of 218-2 declared was perfect as the visitors had a sniff. Despite three wickets for Lyle, we could only knock seven of their batters over as they fell forty short when the match ended. The next day, we hosted St James, a club that Phil's U15s have again had many battles with down the years. This also resulted in a draw but it was us that picked up the losing points as we clung on nine down at the end. The visitors posted 205-8 with Lyle again and Hugo bagging a brace each. In reply, our player of the season Lucking sheperded a nervous tail well with an unbeaten 51 as we finished well short on 153-9. After a day off, we made trips to Stirlands and Steyning. The former blew us away for just 144 in 39 overs last Thursday. Toby Witham opening with 37 and Alex Tatchell with 33 were the only players to make any notable scores. Braces for Farnes, Lucking and Gillespie were to no avail as they got home by four wickets in the 36th over. At Steyning, we posted 221-5 declared off 41 with Lucking (again) making 101* and Lyle, who is also having a fine season, making 47. However that was deemed paltry as the home side smahed 226-5 off just 33 overs with two for Toby, one each for Ben and Harriet aided by a run out for Charlie T. So a tough week but many will be playing at U16 next year when many sides won't want to face us. Well played everyone and lessons learnt hopefully.

On Saturday, things didn't improve. The 3rds descended on Faygate to play promotion chasing Roffey. The North Horsham side are still chasing several national trophies having sewn up the Premier League once again. Boosted with a few 2nd XI players, it was a complete mismatch as they posted 241-7 off their 40 overs. Four players made 39 or more with Harriet once again being the pick of our attack with 3-39 from her eight overs. Miss Thornton has had another good season and encouraging the likes of Maisie Taylor and Jenna Jackson to also play boys and men's cricket. We didn't quite lose by 200 but 52 all out wasn't too far off the club's lowest score. Five ducks and only Jon Taylor into double figures. However we're sixth and safe. The 2nd XI were involved in the closest match of the day once again but slid to their second successive defeat at Findon who won to avoid relegation. We only made 137-7 off our 40 overs with Callum and Howgate both making 30s. In reply, the home side made hard work of it also losing seven wickets in overhauling our score. No scorecard posted yet so no idea which geriatric bowler picked up what. We are eighth but again safe after Bognor lost. Regis will go down with Selsey 1st XI to Div 7 West. Finally to the Rec where the 1st XI were hosting Stirlands in a largely meaningless affair after Goring won the title last week and we'd won at Steyning to make doubly sure we were safe. We staggered to 171 all out after 40 overs. Lucking making a second successive 50 and Alfie Batchelor a characteristically breezy 24. van Noort had opened with Chambers in an all southern hemisphere pairing. The latter was out first ball and TvN staggered to 12 before being dismissed. In reply, the visitors knocked off the runs with few alarms despite 2-38 from our Indian overseas. Frank has grown into our club this season and we'll miss him when he returns to Delhi next Sunday morning. van Noort bowled 2 overs for 23 - he's been a little pre-occupied looking after Mum and the kids in the past few weeks but great to have him back on the field again. Lucking and Mr Tickle Warmisham also received some tap and that was that really. 1st XI: JE-M*, Chambers+, van Noort, Farnes, Lucking, Batchelor, Peck, J.Hodgson, Alf Reeves, Warmisham and Rawat.

The U11s are playing their SJCF this week. Patrick and Craig's little uns start today at home to Arundel which brings the curtain down on colts cricket for another year. They're off on tour again to the New Forest next month. It's also the last week of men's league cricket next Saturday. The 1st XI are at the Manor Ground, Worthing with our hosts still needing a few points to make safety. Club captain Jarv is back to lead us into battle. Slinfold are at Steyning needing to win to stay up and hope Worthing lose to us. The 2nd XI host champions elect RMU 1st XI whilst the 3rds host Horsham Trinity at Amberley. Could this be our last league game there before the 3rds move to Abingworth (Thakeham) next May? After that, we have three Sunday fixtures at home to Parham Park, away at Littlehampton and finally a Vets game at West Hoathly

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See you next week

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