Classic Matches Down The Years

Each week that passes without cricket we are taking a look back at games against our would be opponents. This week our cancelled league fixtures against Ansty, Broadbridge Heath and Warnham.

27 JUNE 2020 | Ansty, Broadbridge Heath and Warnham

Ansty (away)

We used to play Ansty’s Sunday 2nd XI between 2009 and 2012. Half abandoned due to rain so we’ll look at our first league meeting at their’s last season. They had already beaten us at the Rec when we travelled to their place in July. We weren’t safe from the drop yet and they weren’t going up either so maybe more for us to play for.

The Main Ground, Ansty

In a rain reduced game of 31 overs, we batted first and Morne and Charlie D put on 130 for the first wicket in extremely testing conditions; however, we didn’t make the most of a good start as we finished on 174-5 at tea. On a sticky wicket it was hard to know if 174 was a good score or not but we were confident. Whilst Sam Palser, batting at three was there, Sty had a chance but once Toby T had stumped him off Charlie, the job got harder. Jack Palser and Harry Freeman gave them a chance but in the end they finished 11 runs short of our target and we had claimed a valuable victory, Reuben Taylor bowling the final over to see us home, most notable for a sublime one handed pluck by Charlie D on the long-off boundary. Hugh, back in Mid Sussex, was the pick of our bowlers claiming 2-23 off his six overs including an very tight penulimate over when the pressure was on.


WCTCC 1st XI: Louw, Davies, R.Taylor*, Batchelor, Lucking, Alf Reeves, Goring, T.Taylor, Holden, Trevelyan-Clark and Warmisham

Broadbridge Heath (home)

The 3rds were scheduled to play BBH 2s at Abingworth in late May so we’ve already looked at one previous home game against Heath (last season). So we’re going right back to the 2001 season which was our first season as a merged club and a Sunday home game. Heath batted first and made a par score against the Sunday XI in those days – 200-7. Wickets shared around but the pick of our bowlers was Tom Jenkins. In his only game for the club, he picked up 4-27 off 8 overs before presumably being transferred to Horsham or Preston Nomads. In reply, James Hussey’s boys knocked off the runs for the loss of six wickets. The captain made an unbeaten 30 and Bob Llewellyn (67), his par Sunday score of more than 50.


WCTCC Sunday XI: Llewellyn, Mustchin, Knowles, Fillingham+, J.Brown, Hussey*, Groom, Jenkins plus 3 Unknowns

Warnham (home)

For the last opponent this Saturday, we’ll go back to the last match of 2009 when a certain M.Armstrong needed all ten wickets for 100 in the season. As it was Sunday match of course, this would have been a little unfair on the oppo! Anyway it nearly went to plan! We batted first after Denton won the toss. JD opened with Budgen. Ollie became the first of several batters to be dismissed for single figure scores as was the way in many Sunday games in those days – Bob «the wall» was one of these after a 41 ball 8. The innings was largely rescued by the aforementioned Aussie who wallopped a run a ball unbeaten ton before we finally posted 242-9 in our 40 overs. After tea, Andy Canrell opened the batting for the visitors – he used to be able to bat a bit but normally at seven or eight for them. However bar Michael Parker the keeper who made a spirited unbeaten 56, the other ten batters didn’t really dent the scorebook. And so to the bowling. Al Reeves opened with Mick and did as instructed – bowled economically but didn’t bag any wickets so the other opening bowler had a chance for ten. Mick bowled both openers before grabbing numbers 4,5 and 6 to LBWs and a caught behind be keeper Goring. So it was still on… except Denton could hear the rumblings from the pavilion and promptly withdrew the snarling Aussie from the attack. The damage had been done. Bob grabbed three quick wickets and Mick as ever had the last word when he ran out their last man. Only ten men and dismissed for 96 runs. Having been West Sussex’s whipping boys since before merger but especially since, the Sunday XI finally had some bite to back up poor old Bob Llewellyn. In 2008, we had won just three and lost eleven matches; a year later with Mick (and Dave turning out occasionally), we won eight and lost six.

Mick Armstrong scored 102* and took 5-7


WCTCC Sunday XI: Denton*, Budgen, Llewellyn, Ward, Goring+, Armstrong, P.Bowen-Davies, Al Reeves, W.Hasler, J.Hasler and Gee.

28 JUNE 2020 | Aldershot and Wisborough Green

In honour of our former leader and general all round club legend, we play against his two former sides every year for a trophy. This year, we were due to be at his penultimate club, Wisborough Green. We’ve also played the Wiz a lot on Sundays and usually lost so we’ll focus on the two Shot’s games that have happened. In 2018, we hosted the first event which is scheduled on the Sunday closest to Tim’s birthday – think he would have been 55 or 56 this year? In 2018, we beat both teams in T20s before retiring to the bar to discuss «Monday type things» in his favourite environment. Last year, the Wiz cried off so we made the journey north alone to darkest Hampshire where Tim had spent his youth as a colt before becoming an all round mega star at home and in Seth Efrica. Just two sides meant it was a longer match although Aldershot appeared to be a side in decline being bottom of their league. Add to that, a few late nights for many of their XI and the game eventually became a little one sided. We batted first and included our two Brighton belles – both Jarv and Gillespie wanted to come back and play in honour of the big man. (Tom Chambers was unable to make it). Jarv and Morne opened - the Seth Efrican making one of his few failures. Captain JE-M marched in at 3 but when he and Alfie Batchelor were both back in the hutch, it was left to the Premier League boys Hugo and Jarv to rebuild the innings. Tim perished on 49 but Hugo managed one better reaching exactly 50. Reuben and Sean Healy helped push our score up to a respectable 179-9 off the 40 overs. In reply, the alcoholic haze kicked in as various Shots’ batters tried to focus on missiles being served up by Jake (3-11) and Baguette Phil (2-10). Healy had a bowl too but it was left to the sinister figures of Lucking (2-24) and Howgate (3-4) to deliver the hammer blows. (Sinister my friends is Latin for left-handed but can of course also mean «threatening, portending evil or even ominous»). So our hosts were blown away for just 70 in the 24th over. We looked at various pictures of a young Monday on the wall, had a few sherbets and headed home.

Other matches on 27th/28th June:

2003: 1xt XI won at Findon 3s (B.Chambers 5-21)

2004: Sunday XI drew at home to Salfords (G.Brown 67, Hussey 60 & 3-27)

2008: 1st XI lost at home to Felbridge (N.Miller 49 & Chaloner 2-31); 2nd XI won at Clymping 2s (Al Reeves 4-74 & 109*, Evans 50*); U14s beat Barns Green at home (J.Hasler 4-24, Wyatt 3-12; Glover and Aviss retired) and the U13s won at Broadbridge Heath U14s (Chambers 36; B.Miller 2-9); The U10s lost at Lindfield.

2009: 1st XI lost at Broadbridge Heath; 2nd XI beat the same club (Al Reeves 5-30 & I.Jeffries 81); U14s won at Wisborough Green (Chambers, Glynne Jones and B.Miller all ret. B.Hasler 4-20, Chambers 3-3); U10s beat Ansty (Lee 21; Harry Jones 5-6). Sunday side suffered annual defeat at Fittleworth (P.Hasler 44, J.Hodgson 2-33); U13s overcame Goring (Tavares and T.Glover ret.); The U16s won at Ansty U15s (J.Hodgson 29, Bowen-Davies 20*)

2011: U13s beat Littlehampton (Scott 41, Fritche 40) & U9s lost at Horsham (Cope 3-19 & Coole 29)

2012: U13s won at Southwater (Miller & Lee ret.)

2013: U13s lost at Horsham (Taylor ret, Abbott 20) and the U11s won at Steyning (T.Taylor and Lucking ret.

2014: 1st beat Southwater at home (Howgate 53, JE-M 52; Armstrong 4-49); 3rds lost against St Andrews at Amberley

2015: 1sts lost at Littlehampton (Howgate 4-69 and Chaloner 40*); 2nds got hammered at home by St Matthias 1sts (Davies 4-51); 3rds lost at Amberley also against Littlehampton (Graham-Watson 3-50). U14s won comfortably at Wisborough Green (Moir and Fisher both took 3 wickets); The U10s lost at home to Roffey (Bates 4-5). The Sunday XI overcame Amberley at the Rec (JE-M 103 ret. Taylor 4-23) and the U12s won at Ardingly (Rydon 25)

2016: The U9s lost at Broadbridge Heath (Alun Jones 20 & Clarke 3-13)

2017: The U13s lost at East Grinstead (Duxbury 21, DT-C 20)

2018: The U16s lost at Preston Nomads U18s (Thornton 3-28 and Tatchell 26*) but the U13s won at Southwater (A.Trees and S.Grayson ret. Skirrow 4-10)

20 JUNE 2020 | Goring, Rustington and Southwater

Goring (home)

After just one season in Division Two last term, the seasiders’ 1st XI returns to Division 3 West. Quite a few games at colts level and against their other adult sides. In 2017, the 1st XI actually played their 2nds and won both games convincingly in Div 5 West. Having jumped two divisions in another restructure, we then played their 1s a year later. They went up as champions that season and exacted revenge by beating the 1sts home and away quite easily. Our featured game at the Rec is between the two 2nd XIs in 2018 and was another close match which we just shaded.

Goring won the toss against Goring and put them into bat. All their top six reached double figures but no one managed a half century as for once, Malcolm couldn’t exert control and it was left to the express pace of Martin, Chaloner, Batchelor and Josh Reeves to limit their scoring; Alfie Reeves grabbed a wicket at the end too. Phil Martin, in his first season with us, was the pick of our bowlers with 2-32 from his nine. Goring (the town) reached 199-6 off their 40 leaving us needing exactly five an over for victory. After tea and the early loss of opener Capel, Luke Tolson and Charlie Reeves (21) put on 54 for the second wicket before Tolson was bowled for 38. However 67-2 soon became 103 for 5 with us still needing 100 odd runs to win. Captain Goring and Josh Reeves (33*) then put on another 50 run partnership as the game became more interesting again before Matt swung once too many and was caught for 65. Despite the further loss of Batchelor and Chaloner, Josh held his nerve and with Phil Martin there to calm the nerves, these two saw us over the line with three and a half overs remaining. We finished in mid table that year with Goring 2nds narrowly avoiding the drop again.

Josh Reeves saw us home with 33 not out


WCTCC 2nd XI: C.Reeves, Capel, L.Tolson, Goring*+, A.Reeves, J.Tolson, J.Reeves, Batchelor, Chaloner, Martin and Fitzgerald.

Rustington (away)

Always traditionally a fun game after the Reeves twins were loaned there a few years ago to play with their cousins. Chaloner took 6-29 in an Invitation League Division Three 1st XI game in 2009 but we’re going to scrutinise a 3rd XI game on the coast on the opening day of the 2015 season against their 2s. Division 8 of the West Sussex Invitation League prior to the pyramid structure.

Rustington CC

We had quite a strong side out that day presumably as Partridge Green had conceded their game to our 2s… Rusty won the toss and strangely, for so early in the season, elected to bat. They must have fancied their chances of bowling us out. In the event, the opposite occurred. Extras top scored with 21 and only three batters made double figures in their 100-9 off the 40 overs. Andy Cantrell bowled 8 overs taking 1-4, Liam Richman 1-16 off his seven with Dave Bundock and Charlie Davies bowling ten overs between them taking 4-22. After the break, we set off like a train with Ben Hasler (30) and Bundock (37) again the main contributors as we got home in the 24th over with six wickets to spare. Despite this victory, the 3rds managed only two more that year and were relegated. Rustington 2s heading in the opposite direction.


WCTCC 3rd XI: B.Hasler, Peters+, L.Tolson, Bundock, J.Reeves, Davies, Cantrell, S.Hodgson*, Richman, A.Reeves and G.Lucas.

Southwater (away)

Our near neighbours have featured on our adult and kids’ fixture schedule for many years. We have a great record at colts’ level but less good at adult. One of the few success at their old ground was in 2008 when the 1st XIs clashed in an Invitation League Division 2 contest in mid May.

Brian Chambers hit 105 not out

We were put into bat by our hosts and Brian Chambers hit his last ton for us making 105 opening. He was ably supported by Neil Miller and Matt Hennings who both made half centuries. We had amassed 272-7 off 47 overs when James Chaloner was dismissed for 26 and Miller decided we had enough for a declaration. After tea, young Will Chambers, opening with Chaloner, bagged three Southwater wickets but going at nearly seven from his five overs. Stephen Hodgson restored some normality to our figures with 1-27 from his eight before man of the match Brian (3-18) took over from Chaloner and grabbed three of his own from his seven. The home side were eventually dismissed for 151 with one of their side not batting due to injury. A massive 121 run victory set us up nicely for the season.


WCTCC 1st XI: B.Chambers, Denton, Llewellyn, Miller*, Hennings, Bullock, Chaloner, Fitzgerald, Hardisty+, Hodgson and W.Chambers

21 JUNE 2020 | Bury & West Burton

Quite a few defeats down the years against our second Sunday scheduled game usually on the Bury turf. Only one or two home matches. We have a heavy reverse and a big victory so nether very thrilling. We‘ll give you detail of both. Back in 2004, the two villages visited us for a Sunday match. Peter and Simon Jones opened that batting and were two of nine batsmen not to reach double figures. Extras top with 40, Chaloner made 39 and Chris Mutschin, 11 before being run out. We’d made 112-9 when our 40 overs ran out. In reply, B&WB knocked off the runs in the 27th over with just the openers back in the hutch.


WCTCC Sunday XI: S.Jones, P.Jones+, Llewellyn, E.Jones, Hasler, Hussey*, Chaloner, Mustchin, Godfrey, Tuppen and Dolly

In 2009 after a few more defeats on Sundays at their place, we won two very one sided games in Invitation League Div 3. Mick was in his first year with us (watching the Aussies lose the Ashes again) and the opposition batted first. Their account was ended in the 16th over after Chaloner and Armstrong had gone through their batting like a knife through butter. They made 65 all out with Mick taking 6-19 off 7.5 overs and Walt, 2-34 off his 8. In reply, we knocked off the runs with no loss of wicket – JD 23* and Miller 35*


WCTCC 1st XI: Denton, Miller, S.Pulling+, Fitzgerald, C.Pulling, Hennings, Ashley, Armstrong, Hodgson, Chaloner* & T.Chambers

Other matches on 20th/21st June:

2003 - 1st XI won at Crawley Eagles 3rds by 7 wickets (Cleaver 4-58, Chaloner 6-14)

2008 - 1st XI won at Scaynes Hill by one wicket (Llewellyn 69, Chaloner 4-56, W.Chambers 3-51) ; 2nd XI lost at home to the same club by 10 wickets; U13s won at Barns Green U14s by 13 runs

2009 - 1st XI beat Bury at home by ten wickets. (Chaloner 2-34, Armstrong 6-19) ; 2nd XI won at Worthing 4ths by 64 runs; U14s beat Steyning by 86 runs (20 over game!). Sunday side lost at Wisborough Green by 6 wickets and U12s beat the same club by 24 runs

2010 - Sunday side lose at home to Wisborough Green again, the U12s lost at the same club earlier in the day and the U16s lost at home to Southwater

2012 - U11s tied with Horsham Trinity

2013 - U11s beat Southwater at home ; U9s won at Pulborough but the U13s lost at home to Roffey

2014 - 1st XI lost at Ram by one wicket; 2nd XI lost at home to Findon 3rds, 3rd XI lost at Broadwater 2nds; The U14s beat Roffey at the Rec (L.Tolson 43, R.Taylor 32 ; Alfie Reeves 4-3)

2015 - 1st XI beat Arundel at home by 4 wickets, The 2nd XI won at Barns Green 1st XI, The 3rd XI lost at Felbridge, The U10s defeated Lindfield at the Rec. The Sunday side won at Wisborough Green but the U12s lost to the same club.

2016 - The U11s crashed at home to Roffey

2017 - The U11s lost at home to Horsham, the U16s lost at Hurstpierpoint but the U13s beat Horsham Trinity at the Rec,

2018 - The U15s were dismissed for just 24 in a hammering at St James and the U13s lost at Roffey

13 JUNE 2020 | Pagham and Tilgate

Pagham (home)

No matches at all between the sides at all until 2017 when Pags 2s were in Div 5 West with a load of other 2nd XIs plus our 1s, Crawley 1s and Broadwater 1s. A year later and we were in Div 3 West with their 1s. Two big home wins in 2018 so we’ll start with their first 1st XI visit to the Rec that season.

It was our second home game after the Findon match was rained off the week before. Jarvis the master of toss losses was at it again and they put us in. The backbone of our innings was the 89 run stand between the two East Sussex boys – van Noort and Richie «Tennis Playing» Harrison – who put on 89 for the sixth wicket. 232 in the 45th was certainly a target we could defend with our formidable bowling attack and so it proved. After tea, Jake and Frank were keen to impress and get the speed gun in their first home game of the season. Mithelesh (Frank) took 2-19 off his seven before Charlie D came on and snared 3-15 off 6. Although Hugh took some tap, van Noort, Lucking and a Frank run out saw us get home comfortably by 97 runs. We were off and running in a challenging league


WCTCC 1st XI: Jarvis*, Haggart, Howgate, Davies, van Noort, Trevelyan-Clark, Harrison+, J.Hodgson, Lucking, Rawat, Warmisham

Pagham (away)

Looking at the matches at their’s, we can see two thumping defeats at Nyetimber Lane for our 1s against their 1s in 2018 and 19 so we’ll look at the low-scoring 1st XI win against their 2s instead in 2017 which makes for better reading!

Pagham CC, Nyetimber Lane

Jarvis lost the toss again and we were put into bat in mid August. Only our overseas Mani («Money») Deep Singh with 31 made it past 16 as extras top scored with 36. So we were in serious danger of only our second defeat of the season at half way with a total of 147 all out. However we bowled sensibly and with control. Once Jarvis had turned to his spinners, we quickly broke the back of their batting. Money took 3-37 off his nine and Lucking an amazing 4-6 off 5.3 overs. Jake, Reuben and, in one of his last games for us, Reece Collins-Powell all took one wicket each.


WCTCC 1st XI: Jarvis*+, C.Reeves, JE-M, R.Taylor, Singh, Wood, Haggart, van Noort, J.Hodgson, Lucking, Collins-Powell

Tilgate (home)

Only played these guys in Division 10W last year after they formed so there’s only one home match to inspect. The visitors won the toss and batted in late June. Another warm day at Abingworth. Stand in captain Stephen Hodgson employed six bowlers in the usual mix of youth plus Matt Luckhurst and himself. Opener Matt the pick with 2-18 from his nine, ably supported by Josh Metters 2-43 and Jack Shaw 2-52. Tilgate finished on 208-8 after their 40 overs. Newman (28) and Luckhurst (39) put on 62 for the first wicket but we were soon 106-6 and fast running out of overs too. In the end we were 39 runs short, seven wickets down.

Alan Newman hit 28 against Tilgate


WCTCC 3rd XI: Newman, Luckhurst, Sopp+, Trees, Lucas, Woodage, Kuchhadia, S.Hodgson, Shaw, R.Grayson, Metters

Other matches on 13th June:

2007 – U13s (79-6) beat Worthing (78-5) at home

2009 – 1st XI (220-6) drew at Brighton Insurance (264-6) ; 2nd XI (88 a/o) lost at home to Clayton & Belgrave Adelaide (89-2); The U14s (114-8) won at Southwater (110 a/o) ; The U10s beat Steyning at home

2010 – The Sunday XI (167-9) lost at home to the Fleet Street Strollers (197-7); The U16s (135-9) won at Capel (131-5)

2011 – The U13s (105 a/o) lost at Barns Green (140-7)

2014 – Benji Jackson stars as the U9s won at Horsham

2015 – The 1st XI (149-2) won at Horsham Trinity (145 a/o) ; The 2nd X (112-4) beat Worthing 3rds (110 a/o) at the Rec; The 3rds (58 a/o) lost at home to West Wittering 2nd XI (61-5) ; The U14s (60-0) won at Southwater (54 a/o) ; The U10s lost at Horsham

2016 – The U9s lost at home to Horsham Trinity

2017 – The Boys U11s lost at East Grinstead

2018 – The U16s (73-9) won at St Peter’s U18s (72-6); The Boys U13s (189-3) beat Three Bridges (115-4) at home

2019 – Armada Tour match at Wargrave rained off so we went to the pub

14 June 2020 | Fleet Street Strollers

The Sunday fixtures would only have started in mid June this season and our first opposition are actually our oldest fixturer. The fixture brings back many memories. It dates back to the long hot summer of 1976. Terry Jacks’ «Season In the Sun» and all that. (Look it up, kids). West Chilt CC’s then Chairman – John Marshall - who lived in Thakeham, worked for the London Evening Standard. The Strollers were formed by employees of the paper and brought a side down to the Rec to take us on for the John Marshall Cup. This will be the first year we believe that this hasn’t happened since 1976 (excluding washouts).

In the first year, we posted a massive 144-7 (declared?) and they proceeded to be bowled out for just 55. However the lads improved not least because they started filling the side with Aussies, Safas and Kiwis. By the time the merged club came along, we were getting summarily thrashed every year followed by plenty of shandies. (They were hacks after all). Of course, our merged club started with a small membership and no kids or women sides. Sunday matches in those days were generally our late Welshman Bob Llewellyn making 70 odd and the rest of us making 50 between us if we were lucky. Then we started the colts section in 2005 with an Under 12 team containing Jake Hodgson and in 2009, we tried our hand at that complicated thing, recruiting some foreigners to assist us on the field. Our first were two contrasting Aussies. Mick «I’m having another leaving do» Armstrong and big hitting Dave Boomerang Robinson. One largely stayed for ten years whilst the other went and came back and went and came back on several occasions.

For the big Strollers game, we’ll go back to 2009 when Mick and Dave first arrived. And our oldest fixture which had become a formality for the away side suddenly became a contest as although Dave was still asleep in bed, Mick, who even then would have played seven days a week if he could, played a stormer. The Strollers batted first and made 269-6 off just 35 overs (they couldn’t get to us early so games were usually truncated to leave time for socialising afterwards). So just 7.7 runs per over required and in the days before T20s too. Mick the pick of our attack with 3-36 off his seven overs. After tea, we were soon up against it. 17-4 in fact with Peter B-D, Goring, Craig Pulling and Paul Ackland all gone. Mick batting at four found a willing ally in Ed «rugby player» Rydon and the par put on 142 runs before Ed (48) - who didn’t run much due to too many rugby injuries – was bowled (swinging once too many) by the wily slow arm of Simon Broadbeck. Our first Safa at the club, Mr Shaun Tavares from KwaZulu Natal then made 25 valuable runs in a partnership of 98 with our belligerent Aussie. We were 257-6 needing just 13 to win. However the scorebook tells us that this was the last action as despite three big sixes in the last over and a marvellous 0* from Hasler Snr, we were done. (Mick loved the Strollers game and played as often as he could in the fixture even when he moved up to London). We look forward to seeing them again in 2021 and of course Mick himself again one day.

6 JUNE 2020 | Slinfold, Arundel and Steyning

Slinfold (home)

We have only just started playing the Rams regularly in the league in recent years after a few friendlies before that often pre season. For our chosen match, we go back to mid July in 2017 when the 2nd XIs clashed at the Rec; after winning the toss and bowling them out cheaply, we came home with a comfortable nine wicket win in Division Six (West).

The Reeves twins opened the bowling for us and although Charlie had one of his off days with the ball going at nearly five an over, Josh was precisely the opposite picking up 3-29 off his eleven. However the real potency came from another dream Chilt spin combo. The ageless Fitz replaced Charlie and bagged 4-31 off his ten whilst at the other end, even younger than he is today Ben Lucking took 3-7 off his six. Dave Kinner made exactly 50 batting at number 3 for Slinfold as the visitors were all out for just 112 in the 34th over. After tea, despite the loss of Callum (15), Charlie again (25*) and Reg (59*) ensured a comfortable victory was achieved after only nineteen overs. We finished in mid table that season whilst Slinfold narrowly avoided the drop.


WCTCC 2nd XI: C.Reeves, Wyatt, Emmett, Fitzgerald, J.Reeves, A.Miller, D.Abbott, Lucking, Davies, Goring*+, Harrison

Arundel (away)

Similar to Slinfold, the Swifts were much higher than us in the league for much of our history meaning, it was traditionally just friendlies between us. However unlike Slinfold, their 1s have dropped quite a bit and now play our 2s in Div 6W this season. Our classic game at Waterwoods Plain was back in 2015 where we find Tim Monday’s side visiting for an Invitation League Division One match.

Arundel Cricket Club

The home side were asked to bat by our wily captain and we did well to pull it back after openers Joe Bain and Joel Crook put on a century stand. Despite being 119-0, Arundel didn’t quite go on to the threatened big score declaring on 200-5. Monday and Howgate were the most economical of our bowlers, once again taking pace off the ball. After tea, an identical situation for us as Jarv (65) and Eddie Miller (77) put on 126 before Jarvis perished. Eddie was last out for us with the score on 191 as JE-M and Howgate saw the 1s home with seven wickets to spare and a couple of overs remaining. A perfectly paced response!


WCTCC 1st XI: Jarvis, E.Miller, Wyatt, JE-M, Howgate, Monday*, A.Rydon+, A.Miller, B.Miller, J.Hodgson, J.Carter

Steyning (home)

Following relegation again from Div 5 West, Steyning 2s rejoin our 2s in Div 6 just as their 1st XI departs our 1st XI league for Division Four. Not a great deal of games to look at down the years (and very few victories for us too!). Our two biggest wins have come at their place in the aformentioned « Lucking match» two years ago plus a win at Partridge Green over their 3rds again by our 1sts in 2002. For our classic home match, we’ll go back to another Div 6 West 2nd XI tustle in 2017 when it all came down to the last over in a 45 over a side match… It was the opening 2nd XI league game of the season at the Rec which is always an auspicious affair of course and the sun was shining in mid May. Goring won the toss and elected to bat. However not for the first time, the 2s struggled to post a big score. Only half century stands between Ben Lucking (43) and Alfie Reeves (18) & Lucking and former 2s VC Neil North (70* - his highest for the club) helped pushed us over 200. 202-7 off our 45 overs. In reply, Steyning lost three wickets with the score on 65 and were 90-6 at one stage. Chaloner bowling typically miserly taking 1-19 off nine overs at one end. Supporting him were Josh Reeves (1-46) and Danny Abbott (3-38) off their nine. After Danny and Neil North disposed of the eighth and ninth wickets, Steyning still needed quite a bit (I forget! Ten?) off the last over bowled by Neil. Number 10 and 11 were in. You could cut the tension with a chainsaw (which no doubt Neil had in the back of his vehicle). As is customary in the 2s, one or two of our side were less nimble in the field than others and the Steyning boys located these fielders perfectly. The visitors had won. Neil was particularly frustrated having helped considerably posting our score and bowling the last over. Shame we can’t take them on again at the Rec this year but we hope to be able to at least visit them later.