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Scaynes Hill  V East Grinstead U13 – 8 July 2018
79/8   |   113/9
Scaynes Hill won the toss and elected to bowl firstAfter last week’s win against Hayward Heath this game marked our second win on the trot. On the batting front things did not get off to the best start with the early dismissal of Alex Barker. Up stepped Paarth Nagpal. Paarth’s first shot got us off the mark with a lovely timed four .Liam Dawes hit an astounding shot over square leg for 6,which dented someone car! Sadly for Liam he would not be able to hit anymore cars becoming the left arm bowler Collins second victim. Jake Lingard with Paarth got us to 70 before Jake retired for 31, out goes one Jake in comes another (aka Ginger Pele oops wrong sport!). Paarth was next out for a stylish 24. Next in was John Bishop. Next out was me for 10(jammy catch).Henry,Charlie,Nathan and Josh all fell trying add quick runs to the total, in  the  last remaining overs. At the end of the 20 over we had reached 113/9  with John not out 16 and Usman not out 1. The pick of the bunch from Scaynes Hill’s point of view was Ethan Collins who after 3 overs achieved 10/4.
After stuffing our faces with biscuits we had to go and defend our total. The skipper and Paarth opened the bowling both bowling well  Scaynes Hill lost their first wicket to Paarth  leaving them 4/1. Things started to look a little worrying as a second wicket partnership began to build but with their score on 32 Alex Barker dismissed Bacon for a joint high score of 14 (bacon joint here all week,anyone). SH began to lose wickets regularly with Charlie Snashfold taking 2 both brilliantly caught by Liam and John. Nathan’s third over granting him with a very well deserved wicket. Henry Johnson’s bowling was very neat and tidy , he was very unfortunate  not to get a wicket in the 2 overs that he bowled. Paarth returned to bowl his third over in which he almost got a hat-trick but got three wickets in the over anyway. Liam and Josh were both unlucky not to get any wickets. Usman impressed with two maidens overs keeping the pressure on.After their 20 overs SH found themselves 34 runs short of EG total.
Thanks to James Bishop and Dylan Lingard for scoring and my dad of losing marbles all over Scaynes Hill’s pitch. It’s coming home
By Jake (ginger) Hodges

EGCC U13 v Cuckfield – Wednesday 13 June 2018
Well at least EG U13’s games can’t be said to be unexciting. Unfortunately as of late a little predictable maybe as for the 3rd time from 4 matches we lost in the final possible over of the game.
The gauntlet of skippering duties this week taken up by Liam Dawes who won the toss and for the first time this season decided that EG should bat first. This decision provoked the majority of the Cuckfield team to look worrying over their shoulders in search of late arriving teammates as at that particular time there were only 5 of their team present. Feeling that it would be to unfair to let them field with only 3 fielders, 4  volunteers 3 of whom had solely turned up to watch Dylan Lingard, Charlie Snashfold , Jake Hodges along with Nathan Austin took the field for Cuckfield so thank you for that guys.
Alexander Barker and Hamish McKelvie opened the batting for EG and Hamish after hitting a 4 found himself walking back to the pavilion after missing a ball that swung in just enough. Enter Liam at 3 who then proceeded to crash the ball to all parts of Font Hill making 33 before mandatory retirement from 16 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes (obviously somewhere we have to work on his running between the wickets). With the score on 86, Alexander Baker who had been playing the anchor role to Liam’s fireworks at the other end was caught out by a ball ballooned up off a length for 18.
There was a useful partnership between John Bishop and Henry Johnson with John in particular hitting a few sparkling boundaries before falling to Cuckfield’s leg spinner for 15.Rhys Hunt’s cameo for 9 not out was entertaining, particularly the session when we appeared to have entered a groundhog phase …bowler bowls and Rhys times the ball well hitting it straight to mid-off who returns the ball back to the bowler for 4 consecutive deliveries. Thankfully the over came to an end and everyone else could join back in.  Henry Johnson sacrificed his wicket in a final over chase for runs, leaving Matthew Burns 1 not out a couple of deliveries to try and repeat the heroics of the previous week.
Following drinks and more biscuits than you wave a stick at EG took to the field to try and defend their total of 120.  Liam got things off to good start his pace to much for one of Cuckfield’s openers who before departing attempted to further flatten the wicket with the aid of back of his bat (either that or he was suffering from a severe case of mole hallucinations). At 22-2 things were looking good as Hamish picked up a wicket with a catch to Alexander Barker. However Cuckfield stuck doggedly to their task their other opening batsman Seed leading the way eventually having to retire compulsory for a very smart 30 not out.
Good tidy bowling from in particular Alec Macey and Rhys Hunt asked the Cuckfield batsman a few questions but unfortunately yielded no wickets. Perhaps here EG where a little naïve leaving in an  attacking field and allowing Cuckfield to build momentum against some of the bowlers. With a few wickets in hand their batsman Bennet 25 not out and Vander 20 not out went successfully looking for boundaries to eventually win them the game with 2 balls to spare. Hindsight of game management is a wonderful thing and maybe had we collectively worked out that Cuckfield really needed boundaries to win and posted fielders on the boundary things could have been different. Chalk that one down as a learning experience as they all should be at an U13’s level.
Thanks as always to Andy Hayes for everything, Kristian Hunt for scoring, Richard Macey and Vicky Lingard for organising drinks etc. and to all the parents, grandparents and siblings for supporting. Due to Balcombe dropping out of the league we all get this coming Wednesday off to argue over watching the football or playing Fortnite…Have fun.

EGCC v Lindfield – 8 June 2018
Noteworthy features of this week’s game included local geography tips, (‘We’ll be alright batting second because the sun will have gone behind that oak tree’) a pitch invasion (by dog Reed to lend support against dissenters of owner Alec’s claim that Harry Kane will be the World Cup’s leading scorer) and for the second time in three matches the game going down to the last ball of the match. So all in all with this much excitement who needs ‘Love Island’? (A fine question indeed!)
Substituting one Jake for another as captain appeared to pay dividends as for the first time this season we won the toss…..and decided to put Lindfield into bat. The pitch had already been played on the night before, and both our opening bowlers Jake Lingard and Alexander Barker saw deliveries beat defensive prods only for the ball to carry on over the top of the stumps
With the score on 25 Liam Dawes provided the initial breakthrough with a fast skiddy delivery that bowled Lindfield’s no1 batsman Toby Colvin for 10. As has happened in previous games this season the introduction of Paarth Nagpal’s left arm round spin caused the opposition’s batting major problems. With Nathan Austen following Paarth the slow bowlers would end up with 5 wickets between them. EG’s ground-fielding was in the main very good with Henry Johnson particularly making some death defying stops on the boundary. Such smarting fielding from a combination of Jake’s and Liam resulted in a run out that left Lindfield on 61 for 6.
The introduction to the bowling front of the U13’s own Kiwi Hamish McKelvie had the opposition looking perplexed as he added swing to uncertain bounce and helped himself to 2 wickets. Lindfield’s lower order dug in determined to see out their full allocation of 20 overs and slowly their resistance gain results in the shape of 2 or 3 useful runs an over despite the best bowling efforts of Alec Macey, Josh Sparkes and Jake Hodges However the old adage of never run on a slight mis-field was to lead to their undoing as Matthew Burns who had been keeping very tidily all afternoon spilt a delivery but recovered to provide the second run out of the afternoon with a direct hit from his still gloved hand.76 for 9 quick turned into 79 all out as Liam returned firstly introducing himself to their no 11 with the quickest ball of the day and then bowling him as he sort refuge somewhere off towards square leg.
Following a quick drink and a discussion about the batting order which seemed to be more complexed than the negotiations about withdraw from Europe, Alexander Barker and Hamish McKelvie began our reply (….to the Lindfield total… not to European negotiations though I’m sure they could probably do a better job).
Lindfield’s bowlers were similar to Haywards Heath’s a couple of weeks ago in terms that they generated little speed off the pitch and so the power needed to make runs had to emanate from the batsman themselves. Consequently EG found trying to score difficult going. Hamish was first out, bowled by LF’s female off-spinner Asha Hindley. Alec Macey too found the pitch awkward top edging a slower ball and a slight call mix up saw Henry Johnson heading back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.
The choice of further education in geography was bought home to bare as the sun refused whatsoever to go anywhere near the aforementioned oak tree. Batting from the end facing the sun was near impossible and after a couple of boundaries Jake Lingard departed caught looking to drive the ball straight, another victim of Hindley for 12. With LF’s total beginning to look distant Alexander Baker went on the attack hitting a couple of boundaries before skying a catch to the ‘keeper. With 12 balls left EG needed 20 runs to win with Josh Sparkes and the left-handed Matthew Burns at the wicket. Making the most of the bowler being unable to cope with different lines to left and right handers Matthew reduced the deficit to 9 to win 8 to tie with a couple of sweetly hit 4’s and a quickly scurried single. A tightly bowled final over from LF’s Max Ward saw EG marooned just 4 runs short of victory despite the best attempts of Matthew Burns (14 not out) and Josh Sparkes (5 not out).
Thanks to everyone for getting everybody there on time andsupporting  the team and especially to Mike Sparkes for scoring. Next Wednesday we’re at HOME (Font Hill) to Cuckfield

EGCC U13 v Scaynes Hill – 23 May 2018

EG U13’s recorded their first victory of the season with a convincing 8 wicket win over Scaynes Hill. Early indications from the weather didn’t bode well for the chances of completing the game and for the second week running the umpires decided to reduce the game to 18 overs per side. Under darkening skies the Scaynes Hill skipper called correctly and decided to bat.

Sure enough as the EG team took to the field they were welcomed to their first home fixture of the summer with a steady drizzle (and not of the lemon cake variety) .Alexander Barker and Hamish McKelvie  opened the bowling and initially things looked good for the opposition as their opener Dillon Hancock pulled a couple of boundaries. The early promise however was short lived as first Alexander then Hamish struck in consecutive overs leaving SH 13-2. As a rebuilding exercise was slowly put into action EG rotated their bowlers with Rhys Hunt, Alec Macey and Jake Hodges all producing tidy spells.

Led by their left handed No.4 Ethan Collins SH had progressed to 34 when Paarth Nagpal drew a mistimed pull from his batting partner Frankie Francis which was easily snaffled up by Jake Lingard at midwicket. Paarth and Liam Dawes then proceeded to dismantle SH’s batting order with Liam’s pace clean bowling 2 batsmen and Paarth’s spin eventually netting him 4 victims. Ably supported by John Bishop’s wicket-keeping and with the drizzle abating the EG bowlers removed the last of the  batting resistance setting a total to chase of 51.
Barker 2.1-1-1-2;   McKelvie 2-0-12-1;   Hunt 2-1-1-0;   Macey  2-0-14-0;    Hodges 1-0-6-0;   Nagpal  3-2-2-4
Dawes 2-0-10-2;   Austin 1-1-0-1

Following a brief drink and biscuit break Nathan Austin and Alexander Barker strode to the wicket to begin EG’s reply. SH knew that to have any realistic chance they would have to take wickets early in the EG innings to sow any seeds of doubt.

An opening stand of 35 appeared to have put the game beyond SH but 2 wickets in 2 balls from bowler Cains had several EG batsman searching for pads and gloves. First to go was Alexander Barker leg before for 11 to a ball kept very low (so low in fact that he’d probably needed a shovel to successfully play that particular ball) on the damp pitch. With confidence now coursing his veins Cains produced that nemesis to all incoming batsmen a quick, straight, well pitched-up delivery that accounted for Henry Johnson. Any alarm in the EG side was quickly suppressed as No.4 Paarth and Nathan both hit boundary’s to place any pressure back on the bowling side. With 8 overs remaining Nathan not out 7 and Paarth not out 6 saw EG home to victory.

Thanks as always to Andy Hayes for pitch preparation amongst a thousand other things. Thank you also to all the parents, siblings, grandparents and dogs for braving the rain and supporting and a particular mention in dispatches to Anuj for scoring.

There is no game next week as it’s half term ( yay or no yay as applicable ) our next match is Wednesday 6th June AWAY to Lindfield with the normal squad rotations to give everyone  a game. Andy mentioned if any of the boys would like a game on Sunday the U14’s are still in need of players.
Thanks and have a great half term everyone.


EGCC v Haywards Heath – 17 May 2018

So at the second time of asking the U13’s cricket season began with a trip to Haywards Heath (HH). You’ve heard of the ‘Thriller in Manila’ well this game may become known as ‘The grief in Haywards Heath’ (…it just about works if you say it quickly enough).
It was a cold and overcast early evening and to add the gloominess we lost the toss and HH decided to bat. To prevent either team having to face the last few overs in gathering darkness it was decided to shave a few overs off reducing the match to 18 overs per side on a true pitch with a fast outfield.

HH combination of left and right openers progressed cautiously with the pace of Jake Lingard and Rhys Hunt producing several play and misses outside off-stump. Behind the sticks Matthew Burns impressed with his glove-work particularly against the lively Liam Dawes. Alec Macy nearly grabbed the first wicket with what would have been stunning caught and bowled just failing to hang onto a hard hit straight drive.

East Grinstead turned to spin (rickety old pun but completely meant) with Parth Nagpal’s spell of left arm round yielding only 1 run for HH. Nathan Austin was unlucky coaxing several false shots with deliveries that turned sharply. HH ‘s righter hander James Upchurch reached the compulsory  retirement  (32no) with a well composed innings.

With the score on 73 East Grinstead’s third spin option Jake Hodges provided the breakthrough with the wicket of Charlie Misfound for 29 , a looping delivery producing a leading edge well caught by Parth (as he had quite a while to think about it). With HH looking to increase the scoring rate bowlers John Bishop and Josh Sparkes held firm and a returning Jake Lingard trapped their dangerous looking batswoman Jess White lbw for a quick 10.

HH’s innings closed on 107 for 2 from their 18 overs. Thank you also to Henry Johnson who came initially to support  the team but found himself pressed into duty as substitute fielder.
Bowling      Lingard 3-1-2-1;  Hunt 2-1-9-0;  Macey 2-0-12-0;  Dawes 3-0-25-0;  Austin 2-0-27-0;  Nagpal 2-1-1-0;  Hodges 2-0-10-1;  Bishop 1-0-5-0;  Sparkes  1-0-8-0
EG in reply lost a wicket in the first over with Jake Hodges departing  . Alec Macey  and No 3 John Bishop shared in a partnership of 33 with both batsman producing some fluent drives. John was in particularly fine nick eventually making 24 before being bowling while looking to increase the scoring rate, Alec having gone for 9.

HH’s slower bowlers make EG drop behind the required scoring rate needed for victory as with little pace on the ball boundaries were harder to find. Enter Liam Dawes stage left , Liam caused several parents to wonder about their car’s no claims bonuses as he absolutely smashed a 6 in the direction of the car park. A few balls later however the drivers were breathing easier as Liam departed stage right miscuing a slower delivery.

With 3 overs left EG still needed an unlikely 31 to win. Time for the skipper to step up as Jake Lingard ruined the bowling figures of HH first change bowler by plundering 17 from the over. 2 overs to go and the game was even drawing in the joggers and dog walkers of HH.14 runs required from 12 balls HH brought back their opening bowlers EG scrabbled a couple of singles before wingman Matthew Burns was bowled having sensibly lent Jake great batting support. HH’s glee at taking another wicket was short lived as the new batsmen Josh Sparkes hit a 4. The last over, 8 runs needed for a win 7 for a tie, the pressure building to a crescendo, a couple of dot balls, then Jake hit another 4 and scurried a single to take his score to 29. To his credit Charlie Misfoud HH’s bowler of the last over managed to keep his nerve. With 1 run needed for a tie off the last ball he managed to bowl Josh off an inside edge to give his side a victory that at one time appeared a lot easier…and thus for us ‘The grief in Haywards Heath’.

Thanks to Mike Sparkes for scoring and to everyone who came to watch and lend support. Next Wednesday’s game is at Home (Font Hill) vs Scaynes Hill. In all probability we will, in the interests of everybody within the U13 squad make a few changes to the team next week to make sure everybody gets a chance to play .This is no reflection on anyone’s ability or form.