One Man Went To Mow.. v Gully 10.06.2018


Back to Berrylands. One is persuaded that rather than cutting the outfield at this venue it would be better to graze livestock. Apart from the wicket itself, which played well at times, the pastures resemble a High Wealden autumnal meadow. But, then again, left unattended that is almost what they are.

The recent trend of pleasant Sunday weather shows no sign of abating and much of this week’s encounter was played in warm sunshine that flooded lobster like arms and elbows. Indeed, when sitting on the bench at this mid-Sussex abode it is wise to be conscious of the gamma effects. The author found the shower a bit prickly for a few days after some short sleeve shirted scoring for twenty overs.

Losing the toss, Lord Sponge’s ghost lingers, The Big Bear was asked to bat. Tis not a footnote to mention that, needing a new recruit to make eleven, Wanderers had a scout around the park. The options were pretty narrow. In the end the choice was limited to the scoring bench, a baguette, The Author and young Alice Noakes. Only one of those could be described as having any knowledge, understanding, and small ability to play cricket. So Alice was correctly chosen… Thus, it is believed, she became the youngest female to play for the team (DJ Dave can’t remember a younger one so that should be enough given his length of service) and possibly only the third or fourth to play a whole game in twenty five years. Slow progress in this area. It would be good to see Sunday cricket as a more mixed affair. Perhaps essential for the long term survival of the game.

In true Berrylands fashion, the match was dominated by individual efforts that dwarfed the able collective. The Big Bear elected to take the first ball and with Wanderers 11-1 at the end of the fourth over, and a tentative approach in prevalent, no-one was really expecting an onslaught. But that is what we were treated to.

With contrasting approach, as indeed we are used to, The Bear clubbed his way to fifty to ton and Wilbarb glided a sweet course of elegant beauty with nudges, nurdles and classic correctness. A potential stand of 200 was only broken at G man’s decision to retire upon reaching three figures. Amiable, perhaps, but an annoyance to scoring statisticians. We seem to get few of those. Will did the same upon reaching his own landmark. Wanderers are so thoughtful. The 40 over innings closed on 251-5.

As ever, tea was ample and immediately available. The only danger here being the tendency to forget that there could be a long haul coming. For Lord Sponge that was indeed the case. The affable and accommodating fool had offered to field for the opposition who were short of personnel. He fielded for 70 overs….

The Gully response, much like that of Wanderers efforts, came from two anchors of support in a second wicket stand. Opener Previn fell in the first over yet not as a sign of things to come. One would have thought that a target of 252 in 40 overs would have proved overwhelming for any chasing side at the meadow. But for a while, although the outcome looked relatively certain, Gully were in the hunt. A century stand between opener Zakir and number three Kanag gave the match a respectable edge and kept Wanderers labouring in the field on what certainly felt like a very long afternoon. Both Zakir and Kanag reached well earned half centuries, Zakir especially wading in with some hefty blows.

Ultimately, with a three wicket return for the Slaymaker and two for Ashley W, an industrious Gully fell short of their target. Wanderers would have preferred them much shorter with the long and arduous heavy fielding experience. By the mid-evening finish only young Alice seemed unfazed by the extended play. Other than that, creaky limbs and bones could be heard above the thunder of the A23. Fond farewells were issued and no-one hung about too long. One year on, one year older..

Match v Gully Format 40 Overs
Date 10/06/18 Venue Berrylands (H)
Innings of Southwick Wanderers
1 Jones (G) * Retired OUT 101
2 Waymark (A) b Zakir 0
3 Barber (W) Retired OUT 100
4 Noakes (D) + c & b Deepak 16
5 Preston (A) Not Out 2
6 Slaymaker (P) b Deepak 5
7 Walker (A) Not Out 0
8 Johnson (M) Did Not Bat
9 Smith (L) Did Not Bat
10 Noakes (A) Did Not Bat
11 Field (D) Did Not Bat
Sum 224
Extras 27
Fall 7-200-230-251
Total 5 Wickets 251
Zakir 8-1-28-1
Deepak 8-0-43-2
Gopi 6-0-25-0
Akshay 3-0-40-0
Hari 7-0-56-0
Kanag 8-0-52-0
Innings of Gully
1 Zakir b Slaymaker (P) 67
2 Previn c Johnson (M) b Smith (L) 0
3 Kanag c & b Johnson (M) 77
4 Hari lbw b Slaymaker (P) 5
5 Gopi lbw b Walker (A) 3
6 Arjun lbw b Slaymaker (P) 1
7 Deepak b Waymark (A) 25
8 Akshay b Waymark (A) 0
9 Previn (returned) Not Out 6
Sum 184
Extras 28
Total 8 Wickets 212
Smith (L) 8-1-25-1
Field (D) 8-2-28-0
Slaymaker (P) 8-0-46-3
Walker (A) 7-0-50-1
Preston (A) 3-0-33-0
Waymark (A) 4-0-24-2
Johnson (M) 1.2-0-4-1
Result Southwick Wanderers Won by 39 runs
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Match Report – 20/05/18 – Wanderers v Yellow Stumps…

Anticipation filled the air, the spark of nostalgia.. EVERYWHERE?! And so, as the 6th ‘scheduled’ match day of the season dawned (wisely Gems only booking this down as our 2nd home game) it really felt as if the dawn of summer had arrived.. It was also finally time for the Wanderers to step into action on our own recently adopted pasture for the first time in 2018!
{A washed out April putting pay to the first attempt}

That time was delayed a little as the lady with all the answers was struggling to bypass a few Minis in the Brighton area!.. In the meantime the rest of us were greeted to a delightful looking square but lush (aka heavily hay strewn!) outfield. Not much value for keeping it on the deck one would think :/“What’s a good score? 160-180.. 200?!” the usual chat. One would think 180 would take some getting for most..

Big G won the toss (new skip brings new fortunes it seems!) and with a strong top 7 against a few youthful looking opponents he took the positive move of batting first. And himself an Jordan strode to the wicket with barely a hint of trepidation between them.. And so to the action we go!

After a couple of quiet overs scoring wise (skip being dropped off a big skier early doors!) things BURST into life with Jordan punishing the young opening bowlers severely for any mistakes in their length, ‘Gwyll-i-am’ soon joined the party with the first maximum and at drinks part 1 these two beasts of men had accelerated us to 76-0 off 10!! 

This rudely timed interruption clearly affected our skip as he soon perished to the added experience of C.J the change bowler for 24. This brought the in form Mr Barber to the crease and not long after Jordy was cleaned up by the pace of their skipper for a sparkling 42 to usher Matt Butcher to join Will and the squeeze was on!

Drinks part 2 came and went and soon after Matts battle was over and at 118-3 after 21 it was your match reporters opportunity to have a go… I am happy to report that after a slow (aka Boycott-esque!) first few overs Will and i began to stitch together a partnership with memories of Arundel last year fresh in our minds.

The run rate started to increase again as both men fed off one another’s positivity. The combination of big hitting and running between the wickets truly was poetry in motion and ‘liquid cricket’ was once again the go to phrase 😉

With a mere 8 balls remaining yours truly attempted one slog too many and had to trudge off for 64.. Will remained to massage his season average “cough end the innings in style cough”with a delightful 68* and Ash just had enough time to trouble the scorers with a swift 8* 261-4 off our 40!!! STUNNING. And with Joe not even making it to the crease a real embarrassment of riches indeed.

Tea was taken and the skip had put on a real smorgasbord of delights. The opposition took their time to take stock of the whirlwind that had just blown through their bowlers, the sun continued to shine and we took to the field eager to make early in roads to make the game safe..

Lord Sponge had certainly got the message as ball one was RIGHT ON THE MONEY! Top of off with laser like precision and the ball was rolling!!

Baker J kicked things off from the west end with a maiden and then Luke found the magic again in BOTH his following two overs!! His accuracy was simply immense, the Yellow Stumps were indeed in more than a small patch of their own self titled colour and soon after Joe picked up 2 for himself and we had them under the cosh at 20ish for 5!!

D.J relieved Luke and one would surely expect a let up in the relentless accuracy and scrooge like bowling?! NONSENSE! If anything the precision of the deliveries increased! Their skip had his back truly against the wall and went into zero risk mode as the dots racked up.. Runs began to flow from the other end as Ant (partly due to some shoddy ground fielding!) and Ash both got a bit of tap and even i was dragged out for a trundle.. (Dave had since signed off for a stunning 8-3-11-1 and still remains the oldest swinger in town, MAJESTIC.) Did it all matter much in the grand scheme of things? Not particularly 😀 

Jordypops joined the attack and finally ended the long vigil of their main man for 78 with a dodgy lbw call (other opinions are available) as the match drew to a close. Some excellent defence from their tail saw them just about see out the 40 overs, deny Luke what would have been a well deserved 5 for, and the hands were shaken with the home side running out victors by a 135 run margin.

Many thanks to both Dave and Gemma for scoring a full innings each! The weather for staying beautifully lovely throughout and little Junior for behaving himself.

And a special mention to Danno for some cracking (eccentric of course) glove work which would have done M.J (and possibly even Monsieur Noakes!) proud.

The man of the match points were (clearly!) a tough decision in such a team effort and this was the outcome..
5 Luke Smith
3 Lloyd Crathern/Will Barber
1 Dave Field/Joe Baker/Jordan Wilson.

If you made it this far, i applaud you! until we meet again folks,
Yours sincerely,
Lloyd Crathern.

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Southwick Wanderers Cricket Club- 2018 Fixtures

With special thanks to our Gemma…

Team Date Time Venue Postcode
Ifield 15/04/2018 13:00 Away RH11
Fittleworth 22/04/2018 14:00 Away RH20 1JB
Wivelsfield 29/04/2018 13:00 Home BN6 9XH
Brunswick 06/05/2018 14:00 Away BN6 8RD
Scaynes Hill 13/05/2018 14:00 Away  
Yellow Stumps 20/05/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
Brasted & Sundridge 28/05/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
East Dean & Friston 03/06/2018 14:00 Away  
Gully 10/06/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
Ram 17/06/2018 14:00 Away  
Rudgwick 24/06/2018 14:00 Away RH12 3JJ
Rettenden (Taylors) 27/06/2018 18:00 Home BN6 9XH
Worthing Gents 01/07/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
Brunswick Charity Day 08/07/2018 TBC Away BN6 8RD
Chailey 15/07/2018 14:00 Away BN8 4EY
West Hoathley 22/07/2018 14:00 Away  
Headliners 29/07/2018 14:00 Away RH17 5AB
Zambucca Tigers 05/08/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
Greys 12/08/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
Alternatives 19/08/2018 14:00 Home BN6 9XH
Gully 02/09/2018 14:00 Away  
Hackney 09/09/2018 13:00 TBC  
Brighton & Hove Crescent 16/09/2018 13:00 Away  
Sporting Alfas 20/10/2018 13:00 Away  
Sporting Alfas 21/10/2018 13:00 Away  
Sporting Alfas 23/10/2018 13:00 Away



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