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
Bowling
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
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Sum 184
Extras 28
Fall
Total 8 Wickets 212
Bowling
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

The Week That Was- Thursday 10th August 2017- Another Defeat…. Another Sport

The weather having relented, Thursday provided the first opportunity for some proper bat ‘n’ ball. And indeed all who attended were given an opportunity to get involved. The afternoon’s fare took the shape of a twenty over game in which ten on each side were to bowl a couple of overs each and a batsman was to return to the hutch upon reaching 25 and only return to the field once all others had either been dismissed or retired in the same way.

This format, though admirable, was to be Wanderers Achilles heal. Still, a match that includes everyone and is played in a spirit of both entertainment and competitiveness rightly dwarfs such analysis. Luke went out to attend the toss and, of course, Brittany used the result’s natural default to make a choice of batting first….

Brittany’s early efforts were hampered by a slow and long outfield that wasn’t being addressed by any aerial routing. Taylor Sombrero, Lord Sponge and Mr Lincoln were three of the opening four bowlers and went for less than ten runs each. The run rate gathered pace, however, once The Author was forced to bowl and others, although far more capable these days, entered the fray too. Batsmen Scanlon and Morgan retired at the 25 threshold and Mr Snelling, in his new part time bating role, tucked into some dangerous Fennell leg side long hops to ceremoniously join the retirees.

A left field record was probably broken by The Author in this innings which ended on 149 with Baker Joe the pick of the bowlers at 2-12. The most unfortunate, and most affable, batsman Valace was bowled by a Fennell delivery that actually pitched and did so in line. Whilst Peter may be able to cite shock as the cause of the castle this meant that a Fennell wicket appeared in the Wanderers score book for the first time in 19 years (May 1998). Probably the longest distant between wickets.

 

Britanny All Stars
           
1 Valace P     b Fennell I 16
2 Scanlon M   Retired     25
3 Morgan M   Retired     25
4 Snelling L   Retired     30
5 Akroyd W c Naidu R b Baker J 22
6 Cox D   Not Out     11
7 Ward J     b Baker J 2
8 Heard D   Not Out     10
9 Cox J          
10 Slaymaker P          
11            
           
  Extras         8
             
  Total 3 Wickets 20 Overs 149
             
  Fall Of Wickets 45, 126, 132
  O M R W
1 Salerno T 2 0 9 0
2 Smith L 2 0 8 0
3 Barrs K 2 0 15 0
4 Lincoln P 2 0 7 0
5 Fennell I 2 0 25 1
6 Walker A 2 0 19 0
7 Jones G 2 0 17 0
8 Naidu R 2 0 18 0
9 Baker J 2 0 12 2
10 Wadey D 2 0 17 0

Nibbles were had in between innings. Not perhaps the original intention, but as Mr Slaymaker had made the effort to bring food in the previous day it was decided best not let it go to waste. Alas Master Wilson wasn’t present to give it full homage.

Wanderers replied at blistering pace. Ronnie and The Big Bear opened and, in a reversal of the previous innings, it was the opening five bowlers who took a clubbing. With the top five being initially placed in the score-book it was suggested that the rest may not be need- especially as the 50 came up in only the fifth over. Ooops….

You see, as I said earlier, everyone gets a game. And, in a strong sense, we get a better look at relative strength. Alas, on this afternoon, the robust top order of Wanderers made way for a soft, well, rather squidgy, underbelly.

The Big Bear and Ronnie were retired to the hutch. Baker Joe made 16 (including a rare six) and Mr Lincoln rolled back the years wielding the bat like a caveman’s club. Unfortunately, batsmen six to eleven could not even muster a retirement score between them, using up the overs in the process. Thus only 39 runs came off the final ten overs. With the order ran through Ronnie came to crease again needing to clear the boundary every ball for the match to be won. The reality was, through steady bowling, and clear all round ability, Brittany added cricket to their skittles success with a 19 run win.

A special mention here must go the Slaymaker. Wanderers current holder of the bowling trophy shone at the death. Four miserly wickets in two overs. His uncomplicated slow medium pace hitting the deck and forcing batsman to improvise, or in this case implode… A special mention to the other Peter for some competent keeping.

Southwick Wanderers
           
1 Naidu R   Retired     25
2 Jones G   Retired     30
3 Baker J     b Cox D 16
4 Smith L*       Run Out 7
5 Lincoln P   Retired     25
6 Johnson M (wk) c Snelling L (wk) b Slaymaker P 9
7 Fennell I st Snelling L (wk) b Valace P 4
8 Wadey D lbw   b Slaymaker P 5
9 Walker A     b Slaymaker P 0
10 Salerno T   Not Out     4
11 Barrs K c Cox J b Slaymaker P 0
           
  Extras         5
             
  Total   Wickets 20 Overs 130
  O M R W
1 Akroyd W 2 0 23 0
2 Heard D 2 0 17 0
3 Snelling L 2 0 18 0
4 Ward J 2 0 14 0
5 Cox J 2 0 17 1
6 Morgan M 2 0 10 0
7 Scanlon M 2 0 11 0
8 Cox D 2 0 6 0
9 Valice P 2 0 7 1
10 Slaymaker P 2 1 5 4

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Another day of fun and much merriment was nicely topped up with a couple of brews and a meal at The Duke. Lovely stuff.

The Week That Was- Wednesday 9th August 2017- A Non (Miss) Match Report

The British summer, having decided that BREXIT means BREXIT, greeted our French friends last week with a first cricketing day of climatic misery. After all, a morning of dry weather with a depression moving in from the west- just in time for cricket- is the lot of a Sunday journeyman in these parts. Having realised that most of our guests were English anyway, and the West Indian among them would also be familiar with rain too, it eventually decided to try the tactic of turning dry instead. We were quite happy with that- and so was anyone else tasked with the job of tea preparation.

The festivities had started in the Duke of York Inn at Sayers Common- although The Author, unfamiliar with such a setting, had missed the jollities thinking that a watering hole with such a grand old title could only exist in an urban scrawl and got ready for an evening out in Brighton. It seems that, however irregular my appearance during, a season will always have a Fennell story attached somewhere.

As Wanderers and the Brittany All Stars (some folk troubled when spelling the region of our southerly neighbours) made there way to the ground for the first match ominous clouds hung overhead. Muggy and dark an hour before play was due to start, it was soon raining heavily. The track at Sayers Common, in common with most clay soil in Mid-Sussex, holds water like a grudge and play was thus called off very quickly.

So what to do. Well, the starts of Brittany seemed less bothered by this eventuality as they were mostly still in the pub. And why not ? So accepting the weather’s poor judgement of inconvenience, a spontaneous and happy gathering was had. But there was not be an ending there. With an evening table booked at the Plough in Pyecombe a few hours were yet to be had. So a small convoy of cars made is way to Henfield for the first and unofficial challenge of the tour. A game of Skittles…

The teams were evenly divided according to, well, which cricket team they played for. The Slaymaker representing France. In fact, the games were billed as England v France- although it may well have been San Marino v France such was the thumping Wanderers took. French Dave (every team should have a ‘Dave’) and Mr Snelling were the pick of the overseas bunch. Six strikes were to be had on the french side with only Lord Sponge responding for the home team.

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So Wanderers first match had ended in defeat without so much as a ball being bowled. But no-one seemed too fussed as some attendees then made there way to Pyecombe for a splendid evening meal.

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Nervous Nineties- Southwick Wanderers CC Reaches Another Landmark

For some reason I thought it was Engelbert Humperdinck who sung ‘Happy Anniversary’ but it was Slim Whitman who sung the 1974 classic so engrained in my mind as it was repeatedly played on Radio Brighton when I was a kid. I wonder if DJ Dave has this in his collection of reminiscent numbers.
There has been no ‘last waltz’ for Wanderers though- despite the ruthless decline of Sunday cricket. At times the club, like others, has suffered for playing personnel. It should, perhaps, have suffered more given the lack of a league structure and a colts section. The secret of the teams endurance could be pontificated over many an evening pint but with so many references to the ‘Wanderers spirit’ one would be inclined to believe that such an oft used colloquial to describe a team with guts and determination is not miss-placed here.
This week sees a few matches of celebration to mark the clubs 90th year. The original plan was to run a cricket week in a tournament format although unnecessary delay from the masters of Wanderers home of the last 21 years, Plumpton College, put the plan into turmoil. As a result of this and other frustrations we have now wandered to Berrylands Farm, the home of another former club that has met sad demise, and have de-camped there at this current time. It seems the destiny of Southwick Wanderers to be forever rural in its station but that is part of the fun. The term ‘village cricket’ could hardly be applied to an urban recreation ground with a power staion for backdrop. You cant beat a warm summer Sunday in the sticks.
Our friends from Brittany our joining us as opponents. Wanderers have enjoyed splendid tours in the area and our looking forward to their company. A number of guests and friends from other clubs will feature in the matches during this week.
The agenda for this week is below:
Wednesday 9th August- 40 over match, to be played at Berrylands Farm BN6 9XH. 1pm start.
Thursday 10th August T20 to be played at Berrylands Farm 4pm start.
Friday 11th August Lunch at Days in Brighton (all you can eat Chinese buffet, with other food available.) 7pm @ Sussex County Ground -Sharks v Gloucester. Tickets £28
Saturday 12th August – 40 over match to be played at Berrylands Farm 1200 start. Slow cooker curry and beers at the ground, with end of tour presentation.
Join us if you can. We are looking for more numbers for the Saturday fixture.

Amicitia et liberalitas….

As the early autumn sun lowered in the west, and a crispy air engulfed the barbecue embers, the pavilion of rural Chailey Cricket Club was awash with wistful chatter. As much as the summer was saying goodbye, the cricket schedule had been holding out for as long as it could. But now was the time of benediction. The grace of a Barber drive, the love of a Lukey toss victory, and the fellowship of a Wanderers social gathering had indeed been with us all. Amen to another season.

Chailey had hosted the final match in the absence of Plumpton’s invitation. Overnight rain had made way for a dry, bright and breezy afternoon. Arundel, most affable opponents, had struggled for numbers. Under normal circumstance the match may have fallen victim to this current Sunday struggle amongst the more established clubs. Thankfully, due to enthusiasm for one final hurrah, the Wanderers were over subscribed. The Author, Lloyd and Butcher jnr joined the opposition ranks and a forty over match was agreed upon. Lukey won the toss (read that again) and elected to bowl. The stage was set for the final scene.

Even with the added strength of young Butcher and the very able Lloyd, the Arundel innings struggled on the pudding pitch. A team of able Sunday cricketers lacked the flashing blades of Wanderers recent renaissance. As much as Arundel are a successful West Sussex League side, the Sunday team are a splendid tribute to the friendly game. The attitude and desire to include everyone was a pure testament to this. The youngest player was 14 and the eldest, wait for it, 86. More on bowler Denny in a bit. The opening exchanges were a little muted. With DJ Dave and Raunak employing some steady arms the score eased its way to 27 in the ninth over.

Lloyd became the first victim, stepping back to a ball that kept fairly low. Raunak had bowled especially well in his first spell, turning the ball off a fine length, and was most deserving of a wicket. The wicket set a pattern of struggle for the visitors, the next fourteen overs yielding forty-five runs as Wanderers continued to make proper use of a drying wicket. As the score crawled into the seventies a further four wickets fell, Baker Joe, Max, DJ Dave and Will B joining the party in a rotating attack.

Ensuing was seventeen overs of attritional cricket. Sensibly, Arundel clawed their way to a respectable scoreline. Batsman Pitts providing a measured but combative approach to a fully resourced Wanderers attack (every outfield player was used). Naturally there will be no mention of the pea roller from the hand of Will B that sent The Author back to the hutch without scoring…. But after this batsman Shoulders accompanied Pitts in a stand of twenty four which was only ended by a superb one handed catch, behind his head, from Johno at deep square. The innings ended on 139-7, the full forty overs being used.

Arundel
1 Crathern (L) lbw b Naidu (R) 11
2 Dip c Johnson (M) b Baker (J) 17
3 Theodoridi (A) b Wheatley (M) 11
4 Butcher (M) c Wilson (J) b Field (D) 12
5 Adkin (C) lbw b Barber (W) 12
6 Pitts (I) Not Out 47
7 Fennell (I) lbw b Barber (W) 0
8 Shoulders (M) c Johnson (M) b Naidu (R) 12
9 Adkin (B) Not Out 1
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Extras 14
Total 7 Wickets 40 Overs 139
Fall Of Wickets 27,34,52,64,72,102,131

 

O M R W
1 Field (D) 8 1 21 1
2 Naidu (R) 8 1 35 2
3 Baker (J) 4 0 13 1
4 Slaymaker (P) 5 2 10 0
5 Wheatley (M) 2 0 5 1
6 Smith (L) 2 0 10 0
7 Wilson (J) 3 0 16 0
8 Barber (W) 4 1 9 2
9 Jones (G) 2 0 9 0
10 Johnson (M) 2 1 5 0

Tea was had, and particular thanks must go to Catherine for her rallying of domestic assistance in ensuring grumbling stomachs were fed and watered. Wanderers opened up with The Big Bear and Will B. It soon became apparent that, in these latter weeks of the flashing blade, matters would be swiftly concluded. But let’s take a brief look at the environment in which it occurred before dismissing a bowling attack as weak and ineffective against a plethora of talent and experience at village level.

Opening from the Pavilion End was a bowler of much ability, and, despite a number of loose balls being punished by Gwyllim’s club- and this was regular and without ceremony- one must take into account that perhaps fifty years previously things may not have been so one-sided. Yes, fifty years. For bowler Denny is eighty-six years young. Coming in off about six or seven paces he produced as much swing as anyone else had all afternoon. Granted, a number of deliveries were falling errant, but one sensed that this was not one of his better afternoons. For as long as he is able this old soldier will be playing the friendly game- and a fine chap he was too. A few Wanderers will be seeing retirement before any such considerations on his part, The Author being one of them.

At the other end, and equally unfazed by the Gywillim onslaught, was young Benjy Atkin. His deliveries were of sometimes good length and quite nippy, yet he came in for equal punishment. The first five overs were therefore the subject of assumed records that need no research. The largest age difference between an opening, possibly any in fact, bowling pairing, and most likely the fastest Wanderers fifty in modern club history- believed to be around twenty balls. Gwyllim retired in the fifth over. He left the field with the score on 59.

What was most apparent was that Arundel could have turned the screws early if they had wished to. Bowler Shoulders accounted for both Master Wilson and Max Wheatley in the aftermath of the carnage. The best, and rather swift, spinner to have bowled against us this season. Despite the outcome seemingly being sealed Wanderers wobbled. Bowler Dip, from the Pavilion End, was quick and dangerous. His errant deliveries saw punishment from Master Wilson and Mr Noakes though- and thankful Wanderers were. At 130-5, and with Raunak having left, there could have been twist in the tale. Baker Joe and Johno, with some fortune, saw the Wanderers home in 20.4 overs. A most surreal passage of cricket.

So that’s all folks, well, apart from a few thoughts and a short benediction of my own. I forgot to mention the game of pairs that occurred at the end of the match by those who were desperate to squeeze the last puff of breath from the passing season. Mr Lincoln had a bowl and The Author was ran out four times in four overs (although Lukey will admit to causing three of them). As the light drew in, and the smell of burgers wafted in the air, time was finally called and we all met for a spontaneous social.

So, dear reader, what of the title of this final match day offering ?

‘Amicitia et liberalitas’- sounds rather grand doesn’t it ? Well, perhaps. But it runs deeper than that. It’s Latin, you probably knew that, and it means ‘Friendship and generosity’. Two words that currently run through the veins of this cricket club. Two words that sum up all the effort and time that people give to its social fabric. Two words that Luke epitomises in his captaincy, or Gwyllim shows when deciding that someone else should have another go when the fastest century isn’t beyond him. Two words that allow a bowler, new to the club, a run in the attack when the match is delicately poised. Two words that summarise the efforts of the ladies of the club who toil and ask for no recognition. Two words that have kept this club alive when many others are folding in this demise of Sunday cricket.

I spoke to folk on Sunday and suggested that they should become the club’s motto as well as being incorporated in the Mark IV badge for the anniversary year. This was met with much approval. The AGM will have the final say. But ultimately this is academic.

This year the Wanderers season has been most friendly and most generous of spirit- and that is all that matters.

Southwick Wanderers
1 Jones (G) Retired Out 51
2 Barber (W) b Atkin (B) 12
3 Wilson (J) b Shoulders (M) 25
4 Noakes (D) b Dip 25
5 Wheatley (M) b Shoulders (M) 0
6 Johnson (M) Not Out 5
7 Baker (J) Not Out 3
8 Naidu (R)
9 Slaymaker (P)
10 Smith (L)
11 Field (D)
Extras 22
Total 4 Wickets 20.4 Overs 143
Fall Of Wickets 59,70,118,119,130
O M R W
1 Denny (B) 5 0 48 0
2 Atkin (B) 5 0 45 1
3 Dip 5.4 1 36 1
4 Shoulders (M) 5 0 3 2

 

Fixture v Arundel
Date 25/09/2016
Venue Chailey
Type 40 Overs
Toss Southwick Wanderers
Result Southwick Wanderers won by 6 wickets
MOM Points
1 Jones (G) 5
2 Johnson (M) 3
3 Noakes (D) 1

 

 

Photographs by kind permission of Gemma Manvell

 

Early Retirement…..

As much as some cricket seasons, especially those that run deep into September, are less likely to end with a big bang and more a silent fart, Wanderers batting renaissance continued today to the point that some might be asking whether the resulting demands for a continued programme of cricket will mean that we have breakfast between innings as the tired watery sun of autumn is asked to wearily preside over the extended season. Certainly, a match in the first week of October is not beyond the remit of reason- if only to restore justice to the historic AGM’s of that month which produced sun lit afternoons of wistful memory and yearnings for those extra runs or wickets that would have bridged the gap between average and genius-and secured that coveted award…

On the subject of awards and accolades, some folk are very protective of their averages. As a bowler The Author was little bothered by this, but batsman are rather prickly creatures-, as this journal will reveal.

Wanderers lost the toss, as predictable as the seasons. I was wondering if someone could write a line for this statement each week Luke is captain as I am getting rather bored of it. Apparently he won the toss at Preston Nomads although my eyes of doubt were passed over the scorebook that afternoon. I arrived late and was not there to witness this miracle. One wonders if we were playing at Lourdes. That wasn’t that funny, no, but if any of you have been subject to DJ Dave’s jokes in recent time it will have felt that way. Rudgwick asked us to bat.

What ensued was not so much a day of apple indulgence, for those who read last year’s report, more flashing blades blowing raspberries at a tame attack. The much-feared youngster who troubled Wanderers previously was absent from the line up and little was forced upon any tired late season technique. In fact, ‘tired’ is not a fitting description of Wanderers top order at this time. Something of a renaissance has occurred and it is pondered that the first five these days would be a decent consideration when compared to any other of the last quarter century. Perhaps Yogi Whitehead, Martin Malpass, Barry Hawkins and Pappy Preston could contest any claims to the crown, but certainly no top order has accumulated heavy runs as such a rapid rate as this one. Today was no different.

Wanderers once again passed the 200 mark with ease. At present, until the long winter nights are completed, there is no official records, or collated references to official records, that can show if the first four wickets producing 50 partnerships is a modern record. I suspect it is. We saw this today and a joyful sight it was. The Big Bear continued from whence he finished last week with a fluent 59. Will Barber, the most concentrated and technically correct of the crop, made 51. David Noakes, for whom slower and lower wickets are made with his low centre of gravity when striking from the middle, made 52. Master Wilson, overcoming his fear of perennial opposition guest, Keith Barrs, made 50 in his own inimitable style (or is imitable at Wanderers these days). Some well-worn colloquials have disappeared in recent times when describing a Wanderers knock. The score ended at 241-3, although with Mr Higgs and Naidu having been dismissed during this period one might ask how this was possible. Well…

The magnanimous gesture of retiring by Mr Barber and Mr Noakes had allowed others a hit. A debate was had about whether such sacrifice should constitute a ‘not out’. The rules are clear…

MCC Rule 2:

(b) If a batsman retires for any reason other than as in (a) above (EDIT: Unavoidable cause), he may resume his innings only with the consent of the opposing captain. If for any reason he does not resume his innings it is to be recorded as ‘Retired – out’.

Attempts to allow not outs have led to the secretary over ruling the captain here but no one is going to fall out over this. What is most important is that Wanderers players have been willing to selflessly give others a chance, as is expected, and secondly that we have actually found ourselves in this strange position in the first place. How times have changed…..

Southwick Wanderers
1 Jones (G) c b Driver 59
2 Higgs (A) c b Driver 6
3 Barber (W) Retired Out 51
4 Noakes (D) Retired Out 52
5 Wilson (J) Not Out 50
6 Naidu (R) st b Barrs 1
7 Johnson (M) Not Out 10
8 Manvell (G)
9 Slaymaker (P)
10 Baker (W)
11 Smith (L)
Extras 12
Total Wickets 38.4 Overs 241
Fall Of Wickets 50, 102, 157, 213, 220
O M R W
1 Caygill (T) 11 0 53 0
2 Ross (J) 5 0 19 0
3 Driver (J) 7 0 51 2
4 Callaghan (J) 3 0 25 0
5 Brogan (T) 5 0 37 0
6 Barrs (K) 4 0 38 1
7 Hutchin (D) 2.4 0 15 0
8 Page (D) 1 1 0 0
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Declaring fifteen minutes early, Wanderers gave themselves a bounty of time to chip away at a 10-man opposition. But Rudgwick’s batting provided a far sterner test than their bowling. Well, that statement isn’t entirely true. The opening batsman provided most of the test.

On a cool and cloudy evening, Wanderers huffed and puffed for eighteen overs against and established pair of Page and Ross, a left hand and right hand combination of evergreen villager and young and well-coached aspirer. Apart from one spill neither looked in any discomfort. Only the occasional vagaries of a springy and over used pitch might cause any danger. Both batsman steadily accumulated runs, the younger Ross playing some cracking drives and Page proving particularly accomplished off the legs. An hour and a quarter in, and almost on the stroke of twenty overs, Johno held Page off Raunak. Too late, perhaps, but a calamitous middle order, a throwback to Wanderers of the near past, did their best to keep things interesting.

Baker Will and The Slaymaker had made way to Raunak and Jordan. The pitch, although suited to a bowler such as Peter in form, had not been used as well as we would like. Jordan, although essentially a part time bowler, has years of the line and length principle hammered into his cricketing soul. To Raunak such a concept comes naturally also. For a few overs things went tame but, whether through frustration or not, the middle order then lost the plot against this measured attack. Seven wickets were to fall in a period of just seven overs. Even Wanderers in the troubled years of the blade, would have baulked at such an event. A glance at the home scorebook suggested that it was hurried, but not unique. With Raunak and Jordy both on four wickets there were seven overs and one batsman to despatch.

Batsman Driver, an appropriate name, at number nine, decided to attack the bowling but also employ frustrating defence. Batsman Callaghan simply employed frustrating defence. Lord Sponge, correctly, decided that a change in attack might bring new and dangerous initiatives to the batsman’s mindset. Despite some close calls against the newly employed Gywillim and Sponge, the batsmen held out for the draw. At close of play Wanderers had cause to be disappointed, but the position they found themselves in was not one of their own creating. At times the team have been further away from victory and more deserving.

So as the ripe old apples sat in the huge crate again and local rogues hid in the bushes in an attempt to scrump in fading light and avoid the hangman’s noose, the season came nearer to its close. Talk of AGM’s, dinners, Christmas and next year’s nets filled the cooling dusk. Each then went unto his, or hers, home and prepared for the falling leaves. There is another week to go though, or is it two ? Who knows ? The season never really ends does it ?

Rudgwick
1 Page (D) c Johnson (M) b Naidu (R) 39
2 Ross (J) lbw Naidu (R) 58
3 Page (J) c Slaymaker (P) b Wilson (J) 2
4 Faithful (M) c Baker (W) b Wilson (J) 0
5 Hutchins (D) c Wilson (J) b Naidu (R) 8
6 Brogan (T) b Wilson (J) 0
7 Caygill (T) b Naidu (R) 1
8 Barrs (K) c Johnson (M) b Wilson (J) 0
9 Driver (J) Not Out 28
10 Callaghan (J) Not Out 3
11
Extras 9
Total 8 Wickets 39 Overs 148
Fall Of Wickets 83 103 103 111 112 112 114 118
Fixture v Rudgwick
Date 18/09/2016
Venue Rudgwick
Type Friendly
Toss Rudgwick
Result Match Drawn
MOM Points
1 Wilson (J) 5
2 Naidu (R) 3
3 Barber (W) 1

 

 

 

 

No Cameras Allowed…..

Fixture v Chailey
Date 11/09/2016
Venue Chailey
Type Friendly
Toss Southwick Wanderers
Result Match Drawn

It is often written into the terms and conditions of a ticket to many an event that photography, or moving pictures of any kind, are strictly prohibited. Sometimes this seems a little harsh. But this is naturally to prevent the breaching of copyright rules- although with the advent of modern technology it is hard to implement. No such legislation is currently in force for Southwick Wanderers matches, although given the unfortunate timing of some of these features the AGM may need to reconsider. The Big Bear was caught on film being bowled out for 98 recently, as was Will Barber being dismissed for 49 last week. Despite suggestions that our Raunak should not in any way have history record his next run, the one that would bring up a swashbuckling century on a glorious September afternoon at Chailey, one Wanderers player failed to heed the warning. You now how many he was dismissed for….

The delusion of summer, as lamented in last weeks despatches, amplified its mocking mirth this Sunday. At one stage the heat became a little intense for a scorers focus on the sideline- or was that too many tins of Scrumpy Jack. Given that Lukey had opted out, Wanderers had the choice of whether to bat or bowl. It was decided to take first hit- and fruitful it proved.

Baker Joe was promoted to open the batting with the Big Bear. Robin to his Batman, or was it an unusual collaboration between the hare and the tortoise ? Either way, the decision was proved just. Anchoring the Big Bear’s heaving blade, Joe hung around for the entire afternoon’s display of blade swinging prowess from the other end-Raunak playing the Big Daddy to Gywillim’s Giant Haystacks. It was as if we were watching the first swing on the longest hole at times, both players opting to use the wood…

As Chailey’s opening bowlers were mercilessly plundered to all parts of the park the 50 found its way into the scorecard by the seventh over, the hundred, by which time the scoring rate had slowed to a more palatable rate with the steady Will B joining Baker Joe at the crease, the seventeenth. Gywillim had fallen for 61 of an opening 88 stand. Not quite the calculative output of percentages that Master Wilson has had in stands before, but nonetheless a mutual understanding of partnership. Joe would give consistent and quick-footed support to Gywillim’s array of sword work. After the mighty Bear fell, Mr Barber then made 15, falling at 112, and Joe had Raunak join him at the crease. Gwyllim, it seemed, had then been upgraded into an IPL colossus, for as Raunak took guard the swallows flew off to enjoy summer elsewhere. What followed was carnage. No tree top was safe.

For those who wish to analyse an extraordinary innings for future annals, the statistics of Raunak’s are not fully recorded in TMS details. He was in, however, for a period of 14 overs, probably around an hour. His innings of 99 contained seven sixes and nine fours. The 29th over went for 29 runs (doubtless one of the most ever recorded by a Wanderers batsman in a main match). Raunak scored 99 of the 127 partnership. But lets face it, Joe didn’t get a look in. When Ronnie was caught at deep square on 99 Wanderers declared. Joe had performed the task he was set finishing on 35 not out. The offending Wanderer with the moving pictures of Ronnie’s demise wont be named….

Southwick Wanderers
1 Jones (G) b Coppard 61
2 Baker (J) Not Out 35
3 Barber (W) b Demberry (P) 15
4 Naidu (R) c b Harding (M) 99
5 Kamal (K) DNB
6 Butcher (M) DNB
7 Butcher (A) DNB
8 Johnson (M) DNB
9 Slaymaker (P) DNB
10 Manvell (G) DNB
11 Field (D) DNB
Extras 29
Total 3 Wickets 36.5 Overs 239
Fall Of Wickets 88, 112, 239

 

O M R W
1 Hurkett (T) 4 0 26 0
2 Arnold (J) 4 0 34 0
3 Coppard (J) 9 0 26 1
4 Demberry (P) 7 0 21 1
5 Stevens (S) 5 0 37 0
6 Hacker (L) 3 0 34 0
7 Demberry (D) 2 0 16 0
8 Harding (M) 2.5 0 23 1
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At Plumpton last year Wanderers had been defeated in a 35 over match. Young batsman Demberry (P) had made 37 whilst opening. This year, in line with the rapid years of youthful development, he presented an even stronger and more open-faced bat. The outfield at Chailey is even and fast, although it could be said that is a mere footnote to Wanderers who take the aerial route. Some Wanderers may have been of the impression that the ten men opposition may not offer that much resistance beyond a couple of batsman we knew well. This was a poor analysis.

The Chailey response was a calm and measured affair that always gave the impression that, despite faltering briefly at 60-3, could always threaten with a few wayward overs. Thankfully the bowlers were rotated with this in mind. The Wanderers declaration had been well timed (Chailey had been offered four more overs by the close) for any more leverage and the match could have been lost. Demberry being the catalyst for any such defeat.

DJ Dave had opened up from the Pavilion End, Butcher snr the Downs End (interestingly titled as such by The Author for Plumpton matches as also by Chailey for their home affairs). No self-respecting cricketer can fail to acknowledge this glorious sites that adorns the distant scenery of many of our matches. Adrian have proved a little wayward but landed a couple of halting wickets in his five overs. DJ Dave found a fairly consistent line but was wicketless. The general feeling is that the Old Swinger is the unluckiest man in town also, another chance being spilled today.

Chailey were 54-2 after ten overs. Wanderers in the ascendancy. But somehow it never felt as though there would be time enough, the Demberry family seeing to that. The third wicket fell on 60, and that was to be the last till more flashing blades in the closing stages tried to push things along. Kamal, a friendly and affable Wanderers debutant bowled steadily and with pace from the Pavilion End. The Slaymaker, despite hitting the pitch, which had proved quite bouncy at times, failed to work his magic. Raunak came in for some stick from the Downs End. Demberry snr, much like Baker Joe, anchored the innings of the younger. When Demberry jnr fell to Raunak for 118, with the score on 183, the draw was almost a certainty.

And so it was. The overs dried up and, despite a couple of late wickets to Baker Joe, hands were meaningfully shook on a beautiful Sussex evening. Most Wanderers stayed for a while after being treated to pizza and tinnies by the most splendid hosts. As the night gathered in we pondered on the remaining matches and how quickly the seasons pass. Doubtless the AGM will be staged on a beautiful autumn afternoon most worthy of bat’n’ ball. There is a famous cricket match played at Preston Park each year on Christmas Day. One might wonder whether such novelty will wear off as it forms part of the main season in decades to come…

Chailey
1 Coppard (J) b Butcher (A) 18
2 Demberry (P) b Naidu (R) 118
3 Packham (R) b Butcher (A) 4
4 Arnold (J) c Butcher (A) b Kamal (K) 0
5 Demberry (D) c Barber (W) b Baker (J) 35
6 Stevens (S) Not Out 14
7 Crouch (S) lbw b Baker (J) 0
8 Harding (M) Not Out 0
9 Hurkett (T) DNB
10 Hacker (L) DNB
11
Extras 20
Total 6 Wickets 40 Overs 206
Fall Of Wickets 48,54,60,183,194,198
O M R W
1 Field (D) 6 1 21 1
2 Butcher (A) 5 0 33 2
3 Butcher (M) 7 0 43 0
4 Kamal (K) 7 2 20 1
5 Slaymaker (P) 7 0 27 0
6 Naidu (R) 5 0 45 1
7 Baker (J) 2 0 6 2
8 Barber (W) 1 0 5 0
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Old Crocks Day……

September, that month of beautiful delusion, when a warm and sunny afternoon feels like summer, whatever that is, has taken up a full tenancy. Alternatively, for some, it can feel like summer is merely teasing us to show its potential. Such teasing is often true of some Wanderers when it comes to such potential but all too often we return to type. A Dave Field first ball dab, for a scampered single, may spark thoughts of a quick fifty from the bench. The Author, eagerly bowling to mid air in the outfield, may bring memories of a quick and destructive bowling spell to roll back the years. As sure as winter comes neither is likely, but it could happen one day. It did reach twenty degrees in February 1998…

The sun wasn’t playing fools with us yesterday at the delightful settlement of Jevington, just west of Eastbourne. Cool and cloudy for most of the affair, the rain stayed off for a full afternoon of bat’n’ball. Luke was back as captain, so I need not report on which direction the toss went, and Wanderers found themselves inserted on a sweating and slow strip after the overnight rain. The well-tended Jevington pitch, in the chalky downland of South Sussex, is perhaps slow at the best of times. Even the dry summer of 1976 would have allowed a batsman to take an early swing and miss, have a cup of tea, and then return for another attempt.

The batting reflected the conditions. Unlike the recent fluid affairs, the first 50 runs took 16 overs with two wickets going down in the process. The Big Bear had played late on to a straight delivery, and The Noodle had also had his stumps disturbed when looking comfortable at the crease-as if he would ever look nothing but placid in anything bar a nuclear holocaust. Even then one suspects that nothing but a mild discomfort would be displayed upon his measured countenance.

Once again, whilst other Wanderers seemed to struggle to bed in, Will Barber stood firm at the crease even if he rode his luck a little early on. Mr Barber, despite some decent scores, has much of this in the bank. His elegance and correctness of hand makes admirable watching on many a Sunday. This is a man who could make an industrious heave to cow corner look nothing but textbook. With Mr Noakes and Butcher Snr having returned to the hutch before three figures arrived Wanderers were in the unusual position, certainly of late, of having needed nearly 33 overs to cross the century mark. If the summer weather of 1976 had chosen not to run a CTRL and ‘C’ this year then certainly a fleeting visit by its scoring rates had found its way through four decades of changing cricket.

The final twelve overs proved no more fruitful. Page (S) had been the pick of the Jevington bowlers. Delivering with dangerous late swing from the top end, he had bowled nine overs for just twelve runs for what seemed like more than the one wicket. Fielder (S) had taken the extra wicket for similar figures from the lower end with a quicker but more erratic delivery style. In fact, even with a bit of occasionally poor pie chucking, none of the Jevington bowlers had been embarrassed. Any embarrassment was to be felt by Lukey though, who like The Author a few weeks earlier, had taken to recording moving pictures of Will Baker’s pending 50. You know what happens next- and if you are naive enough not to the first innings scorecard is below…..

Southwick Wanderers
1 Higgs (A) b Fielder (R) 10
2 Jones (G) b Page (L) 5
3 Barber (W) c Swansborough (A) b Scott (I) 49
4 Noakes (D) c Page (S) b Page (L) 9
5 Butcher (A) b Page (S) 5
6 Baker (J) b Scott (I) 10
7 Johnson (M) c Scott ® b Fielder (R) 9
8 Fennell (I) b Fielder (S) 0
9 Slaymaker (P) c Fielder ® b Fielder (S) 0
10 Smith (L) b Fielder (R) 11
11 Field (D) Not Out 0
Extras 26
Total 10 Wickets 43.5 Overs 134
Fall Of Wickets 10,26,50,67,105,107,121,123,127,134
O M R W
1 Fielder (R) 9.5 0 35 3
2 Page (L) 9 1 32 2
3 Fielder (S) 9 2 12 2
4 Page (S) 9 4 16 1
5 Scott (I) 7 1 30 2

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Now, do I need to mention the tea ? Possibly not because you know all about it. And there was no let up in the quality or quantity this year. A splendid array of culinary delight awaited us. It dawned all too soon why Jevington had asked us to bat first. As the Wanderers gathered to stall any attempt at formidable reply full stomachs ached with expansion. But we took to the field imploring the push to victory.

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Lukey opened the bowling from the top end, The Oldest Swinger In Town, the other. (Note another deliberate reference to DJ Dave for the Google spiders). Apart from the odd loose delivery both bowled well. It was clear that Jevington were going to have to work for the runs as much as Wanderers did. The first wicket fell to Lukey with, who else, Baker Joe, the single representative of the brotherly duo, taking the catch. The run rate at this stage was calm but wickets were the issue. Once Lukey had succumbed in his usual mid over to the crooked back The Slaymaker took over. Opportunities were soon to knock.

It was clear that Jevington had some heavy hitters in the mid order with the steadying influence of one of the Scott brothers at the top. But the carves and crashes all seemed a little out of sorts and the scoring rate struggled to run above four an over. The usual deck hitting and reliable donkey Slaymaker always looked a threat. A run out from cover and a return catch to Peter had Jevington at 68-3. When the spin of Baker Joe deceived young Scott at number 5, Jevington found themselves at 79-4 in the 27th over. Only twelve remained on this pedestrian of afternoons. All results were possible.

Now, a little mention, before the gripping finale, for Wanderers old crocks. The Author, despite contributing nothing more than a stuck out boot to the afternoon, had wondered if all this cricket thing had now become too much. The Big Bear had also trodden on a boundary-celebrating ball and injured his thigh in the process. Mr Slaymaker, once again, had ordered his finger tips to give his hands a rest when taking a catch and Lukey, despite sending himself delirious with a pain killing concoction prior to the innings, had once again gone crook in the middle of an over. Mr Lincoln, umpiring the day with much appreciation from all, had suggested that any return in another capacity was past its welcome. All these ageing and weary limbs are a testament to the lengthening years that village cricket affords one in sport- even if the 100th anniversary will be met with zimmer frames to assist in an outfield sprint and golf carts to drive us all between the wickets.

Returning to the fray, Wanderers were soon on top. As the middle order would start their innings so Mr Slaymaker would finish them. Numbers six and seven fell to this one of our splendid crocks. Opening batsman Scott was a reluctant LBW victim among them. Wanderers chased in the field and the light drew in. With six overs remaining Jevington were 95-6. It all became rather close, and seemingly correct in their assessment, the spoils divided themselves in appreciation.

With a silly run out to follow and the late order struggling to penetrate the outfield, whilst trying to hold their wickets, the game finished at its natural end in a draw. Jevington had fallen six runs short of victory and Wanderers shy of two wickets. As the team limped its way off in the gathering night one was left to ponder how a season takes it toll. Three matches remain and delightful they shall be. Weary limbs will once more reach the breach and folk will make there last effort towards respectable average. To assist in this, cameras shall be banned and the St John’s Ambulance will be placed on call. But, despite this, in his 47th season, The Oldest Swinger In Town will bowl with little complaint so as to prove mine and others protestations redundant.

This is village cricket. There is no such thing as retirement.

Jevington
1 Scott ® lbw b Slaymaker (P) 24
2 Page (S) c Baker (J) b Smith (L) 19
3 Swanborough (A) Run Out 18
4 Fielder (R) c Slaymaker (P) b Slaymaker (P) 14
5 Scott (I) b Baker (J) 5
6 Fielder (S) b Slaymaker (P) 3
7 Ritchie (M) b Slaymaker (P) 7
8 Page (L) Run Out 11
9 Scott (M) Not Out 10
10 Martindale (P) Not Out 2
11 Fielder (A)
Extras 16
Total 8 Wickets 39.4 Overs 129
Fall Of Wickets 28,61,68,79,89,95,107,119
O M R W
1 Smith (L) 6.4 3 10 1
2 Field (D) 9 1 26 0
3 Baker (J) 10 2 49 1
4 Slaymaker (P) 14 2 43 4
Fixture v Jevington
Date 05/09/2016
Venue Jevington
Type Friendly
Toss Jevington
Result Match Drawn
MOM Points
1 Barber (W) 5
2 Slaymaker (P) 3
3 Baker (J) 1

 

 

Torchlight 20/20

As Lukey faced the final ball of a dramatic 20 over game tonight four results were possible. Firstly, that Wanderers might win, secondly that Wanderers might lose, and thirdly that the match could end in a tie. The fourth possible result was that no one would be capable of working out any of the other three options because none of the players on the field had been issued with headlamps….

In a very friendly and all inclusive 20 over affair Brunswick Village, like virtually every team that plays the Wanderers, won the toss and batted. All outfield players were expected to bowl at least one over and the bizarre rule of no lbw’s came back into play. Any batsman reaching 25 was to be temporarily retired and moved to the back of the line-up. This was sensible in the circumstances giving the lower order a better chance to bat. However, some pretty neat and attentive stroke play meant that five players were in such a circumstance tonight. At least it means a pretty ‘not out’ for the end of season averages….

A collection of solid stands had given Brunswick a platform to take the match to Wanderers. Their 143-3 (two retired) had come at swift and even pace- five of the seven batsman reaching double figures. As usual, Alan Moroney had anchored the affair with his Tavare like nudges and nurdles and batsman Penney, Emmett, Shrieves and Wikramasinghe had plundered runs to many parts. Prash, although wicketless, had proved the most economic of the Wanderers bowling collective, and Baker Will maintained the monopoly that his family seem to have on the catches this year. My understanding is that there are more of them too. Have we ever had four different brothers take catches in one game ?

Wanderers turned events round quickly at halfway point. And they needed to. Light had begun to fade by the middle of the reply and towards the end reached dangerous levels. Thankfully the bowling was tame enough to continue. Again a steady flow of runs had come from the top order with three retirements. This has been most unusual for Wanderers in recent times. Master Wilson made 19, with The Big Bear, Raunak and Baker Will all retiring as per rules. At 88 after ten overs, and 120 after fifteen, Wanderers had followed two patterns of scoring. The first resplendent with regular boundaries, the second with quick and cheeky running between the wickets. Once Baker Will had to leave, and The Author became knackered by the exertion, the reply began to falter and almost totally stalled.

Wanderers found themselves with plenty of wickets and requiring 24 runs off five overs. But flighted slower bowling in fading light brings changing textures of vision and The Authors efforts to compensate for lost energy by smashing Keith from the air and even seeing to negotiate others slightly wider deliveries had pegged the score back. Johnno fell cheaply and the returning, and doubtless frustrated, Tim Warren played and missed at least four times in a single crucial over. With Lukey eventually joining The Author, ten runs were required for victory off Alan’s last over. A frantic passage of one’s and two’s meant it became four off two. The penultimate ball, a wider delivery, was struck crisply from the Kookaburra blade, The Author looked into the gloom, where had it gone ? Asanga, in the covers appeared to whoop with excitement, Mr Moroney purred with joy, at this point it dawned that a catch had been taken. Wanderers needed a boundary off the final ball.

Prash went to the non-strikers end. Lukey faced up. Alan bowled. The crowd was gripped with uncertainly as no one could really see from the sideline anyway. But the ball was struck, the first run ensued (it appeared the ball had gone deep), a second run and then the turn for an unlikely third. Shouts, whoops and hollers could be heard from the field. Luke was pushing to make his ground, where was the ball ? Not at the stumps it seemed- and Lukey had taken Wanderers to a rare tie.

And so ended an evening of much entertainment. The sausage rolls and roast tatties were yummy and the scrumpy divine. As ever, Wanderers and the Village mixed with tales of cricketing prowess that grow taller by the year. A splendid social outing.

Just bring your torches next time.

 

Fixture Brunswick Village
Date 28/07/2016
Venue Lower Beeding
Type 20 Over
Toss Brunswick Village
Result Tie

 

Brunswick Village
1 Moroney (A) Retired Not Out 25
2 Penney (N) c Baker (W) b Smith (L) 22
3 Fernandopulle (A) c Warren (T) b Naieu (R) 8
4 Emmett (N) c Baker (W) b Johnson (M) 19
5 Wikramasinghe (A) Not Out 24
6 Shrieves (G) Retired Not Out 25
7 Mulford (S) Not Out 1
8 Sanfilippo (A)
9 Stapleton (W)
10 Barrs (K)
11
Extras 21
Total 3 Wickets 20 Overs 143
Fall Of Wickets 35,55,97
O M R W
1 Warren (T) 3 0 33 0
2 Wilson (J) 3 0 18 0
3 Smith (L) 3 0 14 1
4 Naieu (R) 3 0 33 1
5 Meshram (P) 3 0 10 0
6 Baker (W) 3 0 11 0
7 Johnson (M) 1 0 12 1
8 Fennell (I) 1 0 8 0
Southwick Wanderers
1 Wilson (J) b Fernandopulle (A) 19
2 Jones (G) Retired Not Out 27
3 Naieu (R) Retired Not Out 25
4 Baker (W) Retired Not Out 25
5 Fennell (I) c Wikramasinghe (A) b Moroney (A) 18
6 Johnson (M) c Penney (N) b Wikramasinghe (A) 5
7 Warren (T) c Shrieves (G) b Stapleton (W) 2
8 Smith (L) Not Out 8
9 Meshram (P)
10
11
Extras 16
Total 4 Wickets 20 Overs 143
O M R W
1 Emmett (N) 3 0 28 0
2 Wikramasinghe (A) 3 0 12 1
3 Fernandopulle (A) 3 0 14 1
4 Shrieves (G) 3 0 25 0
5 Stapleton (W) 3 0 25 1
6 Barrs (K) 3 0 15 0
7 Moroney (A) 2 0 18 1
MOM Points
1 Baker (W) 5
2 Jones (G) 3
3 Naieu (R) 1

All The World’s A Stage…..

Another Sunday, another losing run fest at the hallowed field of cricketing dreams.

Wanderers, who specialise in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, would have come close to the best stage performance award in this category with Sunday’s unfurling events. One might wish that such awards be placed on hold for an even longer and a more wistful list of play nominees come the season’s end. Now how many stage idioms can one write in a single report ?

Well the losing of the toss, the longest running Wanderers show of this particular season, took its regular matinee slot this Sunday afternoon. Will Barber taking over the role of lead actor. Hove Unicorns, evergreen opposition on the Sunday circuit, decided to bat.

Evenly and consistently plundering five an over for the first quarter of this forty over game, Unicorns found themselves at 58-2 after 11 overs. Wickets following to DJ Dave and Plumpton debutant, Anand. Once the top had come off the Unicorns batting though, one might have thought the slow but well prepared pitch had rendered them stage fright. Four further wickets fell for 26 runs, Anand being the chief protagonist with three in total as well as a run out and a wicket for Raunak. We had set the scene and a total of barely three figures seemed in the offing. Then Wanderers seemed to forget their lines.

Batsman Pollock and Batsman Eyles (initial ‘R’- there were three of those) seemed to comfortably, yet without grandiose expression, set about the Wanderers bowling over a fifteen over period. No one was really spared, although, unexpectedly, Max Wheatley seemed to find the blade of the unforgiving sword the most- although he was later to take a redeeming centre stage with much aplomb. The stand was worth 112 and was ended, encompassing two further wickets on top, at 196. With nine wickets down, Unicorns looked like falling shy of 200. As much as Wanderers had made a comeback, it was a halcyon period of much shortness. Batsman Ritchie at number nine added 33 runs of his own and one sensed, as the 40 overs ended with Unicorns on 240-9, Wanderers had let themselves down a little. Was that some muffled boos that I heard groaning off the rolling rafters of the South Downs hills ?

The Wanderers reply began with hope on our side. Master Wilson and our Will B plundered 35 runs off the first six overs. Every effort was made to meet the run rate at an early juncture. Calamity struck, however, in the sixth over with Will being run out by a false call from the stationary Jordan. Now one would suggest that seeing an angry Mr Barber is as rare as a live stage appearance by Alan Bennett these days, but the thunderous look on our man’s face as he made his way back to the pavilion brought a safe silence from those nearby. This was his second consecutive run out. To quote Bennett himself: ‘History…is just one damn thing after another’.

Enter stage left- Max Wheatley…

What ensued, after the hapless Will had been replaced, was a display of explosive batting that matched any seen during the Plumpton years. A radiant display of huge hits, the next over seeming to out do the previous, cumulated in one that found its way to the tree tops on the east side of the pitch. Such was the eminence of Max’s conquering club, Jordan found himself reduced to a painful role of by-stander. Max’s innings of six 4’s and six 6’s came to a close just eight overs, and 67 personal runs later, with a catch in the deep. Spectators to this mythical display gazed in wonder, but with a little discomfort in some quarters. Sunday sees these displays quite rarely- and with good reason.

At 122-2 after 14 overs Wanderers were very well placed but with a long way to go. The Unicorns last wicket stand had meant that the final total was still distant and relentless concentration was needed. Unfortunately, the very able Anand fell quickly, but the tidy Raunak came to the crease, and the orchestra became more allegretto than allegro- with a plethora of singles and the odd boundary thrown in. Jordan fell, 57 runs later, to bowler Eyles ‘R’ (who shared six wickets with his brother ‘A’) and The Author followed shortly after with a duck making cameo performance. 188-5. Still hope.

Raunak and the swashbuckling Johnno steered the ship on. Johno, who had performed tidily with the gloves, was most unforgiving with an array of all-sorted boundaries. This also inspired Raunak to briefly depart from his well honed and finely paced display to clear the ropes for himself a couple of times. At 224-5 come the end of the 32nd over, Wanderers were easing home.

Sadly this critic’s review reveals that the drama indeed had a tragic ending. So with plot already most spoilt, and your handkerchief at the ready, I can reveal the agony of so near but yet so far. The returning Eyles ‘A’ dismissed both Raunak and Johno in his comeback over. And with Master Wadey quickly being added to his list during this evening performance, Gemma’s brave attempt to save the day was not enough. DJ Dave’s leg side scoops failed to make an impact and Wanderers closed the show chewing the scenery at seven runs short of victory.

So we muffled our lines at the last, but much credit was due to some stunning individual efforts, and we shall return for the afternoon matinee next Sunday. But, given as an its open air performance at the height of summer, bring your umbrellas.

 

Fixture Hove Unicorns
Date 24/07/2016
Venue Plumpton
Type 40 overs
Toss Hove Unicorns
Result Lost by 6 runs

 

Hove Unicorns
1 Eyles (L) c Naieu (R) b Field (D) 11
2 Jones (S) lbw b Sawant (A) 15
3 Hutt (P) Run Out 28
4 Haslam (S) b Naieu (R) 17
5 Holmes (C) b Sawant (A) 7
6 Confrey (S) b Sawant (A) 1
7 Pollock (M) b Wilson (J) 53
8 Eyles (R) c Wilson (J) b Wadey (D) 56
9 Ritchie (R) Not Out 33
10 Eyles (A) c Naieu (R) b Wadey (D) 0
11 Moss (P) Not Out 8
Extras 11
Total 9 Wickets 40 Overs 240
Fall Of Wickets 28,58,72,76,83,84,196,196,196
O M R W
1 Wadey (D) 8 1 41 2
2 Field (D) 8 1 43 1
3 Sawant (A) 8 0 47 3
4 Naieu (R) 4 0 25 1
5 Wilson (J) 8 1 47 1
6 Wheatley (M) 3 0 30 0
7 Barber (W) 1 0 5 0
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Southwick Wanderers
1 Wilson (J) b Eyles (A) 65
2 Barber (W) Run Out 11
3 Wheatley (M) c Eyles (R) b Pollock (M) 67
4 Sawant (A) b Eyles (R) 0
5 Naieu (R) b Eyles (A) 48
6 Fennell (I) b Eyles (R) 0
7 Johnson (M) c b Eyles (A) 28
8 Wadey (D) c Eyles (R) b Eyles (A) 0
9 Manvell (G) b Moss (P) 1
10 Field (D) Not Out 0
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Total 9 Wickets 37.5 Overs 234
Fall Of Wickets 35, 122,123,180,188,225,225,233
O M R W
1 Eyles (A) 6 1 25 3
2 Haslam (S) 8 1 27 0
3 Ritchie (R) 4 0 66 0
4 Pollock (M) 8 0 49 1
5 Moss (P) 3.5 1 32 1
6 Eyles (R) 8 1 26 3
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MOM Points
1 Naieu (R) 5
2 Wheatley (M) 3
3 Wilson (J) 1