DOWN MEMORY LANE

Every day (hopefully), we will look back at games that have been played on that day over the years, since 2000. Some games may be missed due to them not being on our play cricket website. Here is todays previous games:

1st June

12 games to look through today with only 3 of those being won by us! We take a closer look at last year when the first team lost at Broadwater but the second team won at home to Crawley.

First team match report vs Broadwater:

The first team travelled to Broadwater looking to make it three wins in a row. Captain James Askew won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a lovely day at Broadwater Green.

J.Askew (43) and Tom Lee (32) carried on their good form from last week as they freely found the boundary in the first 10 overs. The captain was first to fall to off-spinner Graham Merritt-Blann, with the score on 70. The returnee Louis Paul (16) looked comfortable until he was spun out by Merritt-Blann. With the score at 102-2, the first team were confident of posting a good score. However, Louis’ wicket sparked a typical LCC collapse. Ally James tried his best to prolong the innings with a gritty 35 but only one batsman in the middle and lower order made double figures, Mac Cox (10). The first team were eventually bowled out for a well below par 166.

Broadwater set about chasing the target in an aggressive way. Graham Waller (38) and Paul O’Sullivan (45) put on 90 for the first wicket, regularly finding the boundary off the opening bowlers. Spin once again got the breakthrough with Waller leaving a straight one from Nathan Perry (2-23). Perry and J.Askew (2-36) bowled well and Broadwater fell to 118-4. However a 5th wicket partnership of 48 from Joel Lewis (36) and Ian Gooding (17) took Broadwater to the brink of victory. The first team did get one more wicket, Louis Paul (1-11) sending Gooding’s middle stump flying but Broadwater chased the total down with 8.4 overs to spare.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team match report vs Crawley 2’s:

The 2s hosted Crawley 2s on Saturday knowing they needed to make back to back victories, if they are realistically going to challenge for promotion this year.

Dazzler won the toss and chose to bat.

Jordan (3) and Dazzler (1) opened up with Dazzler chipping one straight to the bowler and Jordan getting a good short ball that he couldn't quite get hold of. Sophie (84) and Olly (23) started the recovery before Olly got one that just turned enough to hit the top of off stump. Dan Rive (18) carried on the recovery with Sophie before holding out to long on. The score was 81-4 off 18 overs when Dan Clarke (69) came to the crease. Dan Clarke and Sophie maintained the run rate and were batting well, until the 28th over when Dan opened up and started upping the run rate... Sophie happy to give him the strike kept it ticking over at the other end. They had played the situation perfectly and didn't panic at any point during their innings. Dan finally getting out stumped for a very good 69, he does need a new bat though as his had split in half after smashing the bowler for 18 off one over. Sophie then departed shortly after for a classy 84, her innings was the most important innings as she was in on the 2nd over and got out in the 34th. Sophie was the glue that held the innings together while others batted round her. Sophie and Dan put on 117 run partnership that got us to a good total. Whitey and Cooper got us up to 251 going at just over a run a ball 35.

So a total set, it was important we bowled and fielded well.

Amjad (0-18) and Nathan (1-59) opened up and kept it at a modest total after the first 10. Nathan picking up a wicket and a run out from Dan White saw Crawley at 52-2 after 10. Zack (0-16) and Dheeraj (0-29) kept it tight and were fairly well disciplined in the next 10 overs. Both teams would have been fairly happy with the score at drinks (99-2). Dan White (4-36) and Olly Hemsley (4-36) came on to bowl and with both teams looking at the next 10 overs as the key part of the game it was important we kept our discipline and concentration in the field. Olly had managed to get a couple of wickets but Crawley had kept up with the run rate and after 30 overs the score was 160-4. Then the turning point, the over that had decided the game, Dan White got the opener caught at short fine leg and then got the very distructive Gul out 2 balls later (we knew how he bats from previous games against Crawley Eagles where he used to play, Dan Rive I'm sure will tell you the story if you asked). From that over onwards we were always in control, Amjad took a catch in the deep off Dan White and Olly finished the job off with 2 wickets at the end.

The fielding was very good with everyone putting their bodies on the line and chased absolutely everything. Dazzler had even got his whites dirty.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 1st June:

2014 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2014 – Under 11’s vs Burpham

2013 – 1st XI vs Clymping

2013 – 2nd XI vs Partridge Green

2013 – 3rd XI vs Felbridge and Sunnyside 3’s

2008 – Sunday XI vs Slinfold

2008 – Under 12’s vs East Preston

2002 – 1st XI vs Lewes Priory

2002 – 2nd XI vs Lewes Priory 2’s

2002 – 3rd XI vs Ocean

 

Batting highlights from 1st June:

Sophie Parnell 84 vs Crawley 2’s (2019)

Dan Clarke 69 vs Crawley 2’s (2019)

Mike Askew 86* vs Clymping (2013)

Chris Heberlein 55 vs Clymping (2013)

Kev Staight 77 vs Slinfold (2008)

Kyle Abrahams 70 vs Slinfold (2008)

 

Bowling highlights from 1st June:

Dan White 4-36 vs Crawley 2’s (2019)

Olly Hemsley 4-36 vs Crawley 2’s (2019)

Dan Rive 4-36 vs Clymping (2013)

Graham Gain 4-38 vs Lewes Priory 2’s (2002)

31st May

14 games to look through today and we go back 17 years as we take a closer look at Saturday 31st May 2003. The first and second team won in the league while the third team won a friendly.

First team match report vs St James Montefiore:

On a belting hot day the 1st team Captain Paul Wells lost another toss and that meant only one thing. We were fielding!!

Stu 'the Rock' Stoneham and Gary 'GTI' Tester opened the bowling, and it wasn't long before GTI got his first victim of the day, caught behind by the overseas wicket keeper Andy Northcote.

St James continued to battle on and seemed to reach 50 in no time.

Woody was then introduced into the attack and took a wicket in his second over. It was Andy's second caught behind of the day. It was a vicious delivery that actually didn't turn.

In came batsman no 4 for St James. The batsman at the non-strikers end told me that the incoming batsman was a big hitter of the ball. This resulted in the 'Rock' dropping right back on the boundary and two balls later the batsman hit it straight down his throat. The batsman at the non-strikers end must claim an assist on that one.

Littlehampton's fielding was made even more difficult by the fact that Karl Steadman and a severe case of the runs and had to leave the field for a period whilst he was otherwise engaged (It had something to do with what he had for breakfast).

St. James continued to score steadily but losing regular wickets along the way. Ben Challen was introduced into the bowling attack and picked up 4 wickets and a run out.

Off the last ten overs the opposition scored a whopping 15 runs, this was thanks to the reintroduction of the opening bowlers GTI and the Rock.

The visitors were finally dismissed for 183 off 53 overs.

In reply Littlehampton's batting line up had to change slightly due to Mr Steadman having the runs (of which he got none). Therefore Richard 'the dolphin' Vokes opened the batting with Andy, who unfortunately was dismissed early on. GTI was the next man in. He was unfortunately caught off his trouser pocket by the wicket keeper. It was a rather unfortunate time for GTI as he was also part of an El-Hadji Diouf incident, for apparently not walking for a dubious caught and bowled a few balls earlier.

Steve Kirkham then made his way to the crease and after a few overs then made his way back again. However on returning back to the pavilion he decided to smack the bowl away to the boundary (which he should have done to the ball he got out to), we will have to wait and see what the umpire's report regarding this. Karl then went in finally at no 6 and was adjudged LBW first ball. He obviously did not walk off the field quietly as he never does. He still found the need to advise the umpire on where he went wrong. Whilst all this was happening Ben was continuing to play his shots and scoring heavily.

Unfortunately Littlehampton continued to lose wickets steadily. Needing 50 off 15 overs, the 'Rock' went into bat. A couple of lusty blows later he was dismissed by Johnson by playing on. Now 8 down and still requiring 40

Woody was sent to the crease. Ben Challen was still there on 90. He pleaded and asked can I just stay there and not get out as we can still win this. As I have never played a forward defensive shot in my life, I thought I was going to let Ben down. With six overs to go Ben had got 99 and Woody was unbelievably still there. With a hefty blow through extra cover for four and a cultured edge over slips for another four, the scores were all tied.

It was then left to Ben to score the winning run and get his Ton. He did it in style by smacking a four to win the game.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team match report vs Worthing 2’s:

On a bright summers day with a cooling sea breeze Dan Rive lost the toss for the fourth game running. Again the opponents elected to bat. This decision backed fired on them immediately as Dan Rive took 3 wickets in 7 balls. First Dan got one to nip back at the left hander which hit middle and off, the next was a smart slip catch by Matt Staight at second slip and the third having the Worthing century maker from a previous game (B Montgomery) caught by behind for 0. This start should have bode well for LCPCC however things began to slip - at first a tight LBW decision was turned down and then 3 dropped catches and a potential run out missed. However when the score had progressed to 42 Gain got one to nip back and had plumb in front (42 for 4). From this point on progressed steadily with Carter and Rogers at the crease and at the drinks interval had put on 54.

As in previous games the break only inspired LCPCC, Dan Rive brought himself back on and with 'Smiler' – he was also smiling later on in the evening - keeping it tight, began to restrict Worthing's run chase and errors by the Worthing batsman crept in. Neil, being the main benefactor, as he removed both Carter (caught by Gain) and Rogers with the addition of only 10 more runs.

Ricky was brought back into the attack and quickly polished off the tail with three quick wickets finishing with 3 for 39 of 11. Hewitt and Rive also finished with three a piece and Gain 1. Worthing were all out for a total of 157 well in range of the LCPCC batsman or so you thought.

First delivery of the second over saw Matt Staight, in front of his parents, edge one to second slip LCPCC were 4 for 1. Matt never seems to bat well when they turn up!

KC and Cole's then progressed the score steadily with the run rate being kept with until KC missed a full toss and was out LBW. Partnership was the biggest problem LCPCC had and no paring got going and wickets fell at regular intervals with only Geoff – 29, Kev 25 and Ricky – 31 really troubling the scorers. The main wicket taker was 's skipper R Brown who eventually finished with 5 for 17. However with two wickers remaining and 45 runs required up stepped Neil and Stu Hanks who then changed things around chipping away at the total until with 8 runs required Hewitt was given out LBW!!!.

Time for Stu Hanks and Graham to step up to the oche in the same fashion as Dan and Kev last week. Kev at this point could barely watch sitting in the changing room The skipper was pacing around in circles. Other members of the team bemoaning their misfortune. However Graham settled the nerves when he swung across the line and watched the ball go for 4, next ball two runs. 2 to win with Stu facing the young seamer, nerves jangling however he remained calm and hit the second ball for 4. LCPCC win by 1 wicket for the second week running. Not good for my health lads.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 31st May:

2015 – 1st XI vs Belgrave Adelaide

2014 – 1st XI vs Southwater

2014 – 2nd XI vs Scaynes Hill 2’s

2014 – 3rd XI vs Clymping 2’s

2013 – U12’s vs Plumtree

2009 – Sunday XI vs St Clements Strollers

2009 – U14’s vs Chichester

2008 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2008 – 2nd XI vs Preston Nomads 2’s

2008 – 3rd XI vs West Wittering

2008 – 4th XI vs PCUK

2003 – 3rd XI vs Boxgrove

 

Batting highlights from 31st May:

Ally James 65* vs Belgrave Adelaide (2015)

Chris Heberlein 52* vs Belgrave Adelaide (2015)

Andy Lee 59 vs Clymping 2’s (2014)

James Askew 84 vs St Clements (2009)

Guy Souch 50 vs St Clements (2009)

Nathan Perry 50 vs St Clements (2009)

Benn Challen 103* vs St James Montefiore (2003)

C Berry 56* vs Boxgrove (2003)

 

Bowling highlights from 31st May:

Mike Askew 4-10 vs Belgrave Adelaide (2015)

Nick Larking 5-38 vs Scaynes Hill (2014)

Sam Pannell 4-28 vs West Wittering (2008)

Benn Challen 4-40 vs St James Montefiore (2003)

C Berry 4-3 vs Boxgrove (2003)

30th May

There’s 12 games to look through today. No main focus but some brief highlights from this day:

  • The 2’s and 3’s picked up comfortable wins in 2015. Stew Murray took 5-7 off 6 overs for the 3rd
  • The under 16’s smashed Pagham on Bank Holiday Monday in 2011.
  • Matt Parnell crashed a 100 while batting at number 8 for the second team as they drew with Chichester 2’s in 2009.

Games played on 30th May:

2015 – 1st XI vs Arundel

2015 – 2nd XI vs Chichester 3’s

2015 – 3rd XI vs Rustington 2’s

2015 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s

2012 – U15’s vs Findon

2011 – U16’s vs Pagham

2010 – Sunday XI vs Slinfold

2010 – U12’s vs Worthing

2009 – 1st XI vs Chichester

2009 – 2nd XI vs Chichester 2’s

2009 – 3rd XI vs Horsham 3’s

2004 – U14’s vs Eastergate

 

Batting highlights from 30th May:

Tom Lee 80 vs Arundel (2015)

Chris Heberlein 51 vs Arundel (2015)

Ian Birbeck 71 vs Slinfold (2010)

James Askew 85 vs Chichester (2009)

Benn Challen 85 vs Chichester (2009)

Matt Parnell 100* vs Chichester 2’s (2009)

Dan Kempson 74 vs Horsham 3’s (2009)

 

Bowling highlights from 30th May:

Tim Peters 4-57 vs Chichester 3’s (2015)

Stewart Murray 5-7 vs Rustington 2’s (2015)

Adam Tester 4-58 vs Chichester (2009)

Paul Hewitt 4-40 vs Chichester 2’s (2009)

29th May

Only 8 games to look through today and we take a closer look at the second team game on this day in 2004.

Match report from the second team game vs Hastings on Saturday 29th May 2004:

LCPCC seconds stood firm at fortress sportsman to stretch their continuous winning record, dating back to , when Preston Nomads were the last second XI to avoid defeat inflicted by LCPCC. This week's victory was over , with Dan losing the toss and being stuck into bat onto a wicket which thought would benefit the bowlers.

The LA innings began steadily with Rick and the Coleman opening. Tight lines from the opening bowlers made it initially difficult to score. A couple of loose overs allowed Ricky to take advantage with some beautiful straight drives, including one that went ten yards past long off who didn't even move for the ball which had already reached the rope. Ricky eventually fell for 30 to the first change bowler, who then got Robin a couple of overs later for 3.

The Coleman was joined at the crease by Matt Staight, back for his first game of the season (73-2). Both batsmen found the scoring relatively easy to come by, picking up singles and boundaries. The run rate increased when the left arm spinner Glasier was introduced into the attack as he was duly launched onto the croquet lawns by Matt with a 'Hewitt' like slog sweep. After a patient innings from the Coleman, he eventually departed for 43, having added a fifty partnership with Matt.

Nick 'The Key' McGeorge was next in and was soon caught by a vicious bouncer from the returning opener Warmington. This resulted in Nick deciding to smash every ball in sight, which he did to great effect. The scoreboard was moving along quickly as both batsmen were finding the boundary with ease, until Matt put one straight to Glasier who was more than happy to see him depart! The Key made three hefty blows that interrupted the croquet games before departing on 36. During this time Uncle Albert had been in and out without troubling Pete, therefore relieving Robin of the tea money duties. Dan Rive, Souchy and Matt Parnell moved the LA score past 200 for the first time this season, finishing on 219 for 7.

Dustbin and Matty P opened the bowling, with the batsmen making their defensive intentions clear from the start. Matt bowled with good pace, stinging Robins gloves with a couple of sharp lifting deliveries. The Dustbin took the first wicket with a plumb LBW, followed shortly by a superb Yorker from Chris Hebs, reducing to 40-2 off nearly 20 overs.

Souchy's introduction into the attack changed the innings, tempting a number of batsmen down the track, all looking to put him over the short boundary. Tidy work by Robin behind the stumps saw two stumpings in two balls and the chance of a Robin / Souchy double jug on the hat-trick ball, which was blocked by the new batsmen. Rick came on and there was immediately another double hat-trick on the cards, Robin taking a skier off Ricky's first delivery (rank long-hop) and then one caught behind off the edge. The game changed from looking like a boring draw into a real possibility of an LA victory.

Rick finished with 3 for 9 off 3 and Souchy picked up a further two wickets with catches in the ring by Dustbin and Matty P, finishing with 4 for 35. The final wicket was claimed by Matty P, caught in the gully by Kev Staight to give 30 points to LA, keeping the pressure on who are five points ahead.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 29th May:

2017 – Under 12’s vs West Wittering

2016 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2011 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2010 – 1st XI vs Middleton

2005 – 1st XI vs Sussex Academy

2005 – Sunday XI vs Tillington

2004 – 1st XI vs Worthing

 

Batting highlights from 29th May:

Louis Paul 118 vs Chippingdale (2016)

Nathan Perry 74 vs Chippingdale (2016)

Mike Askew 51* vs Chippingdale (2016)

Jordan Atkinson 50 vs Chippingdale (2016)

Amjad Mohsin 165* vs Chippingdale (2011)

Ian Birbeck 69* vs Chippingdale (2011)

Benn Challen 60 vs Middleton (2010)

Matt Staight 57 vs Hastings 2’s (2004)

 

Bowling highlights from 29th May:

Luke Vinter 4-35 vs Middleton (2010)

Lewis Hart 4-22 vs Tillington (2005)

Guy Souch 4-35 vs Hastings 2’s (2004)

28th May

We have 13 games to look through today. Not many league victories on this day but we take a look at two of them on Saturday 28th May 2016. Due to Ally James’ stag do, the 1’s and 2’s had a free week so the 3’s and 4’s took centre stage.

The third team travelled to Loxwood to face Horsham Trinity 3’s. Skipper Dan Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Ian Birbeck led the way at the start with 55. Middle order runs from Olly Hemsley (64) and Amjad Mohsin (48) increased the total nicely, and it meant third team tailender Ryan Budd could play more freely than usual as he slogged 41 not out. The third team finished on a more than competitive 269-8 off their 40 overs.

The third team started strongly with ball as Mohsins asserted early pressure. No bowler went for more than 4 an over as Trinity plodded along with their opener carrying his bat for 40 not out. Dan White was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-18 off 9 overs. Off 40 overs, Trinity finished on 107-7.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The fourth team had the luxury of playing at The Sportsfield as they hosted Chichester 4’s. Chichester won the toss and elected to bat first. 6 of the 7 bowlers used by the captain picked up wickets as Chichester posted 198-8. Connor Finneran was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3-34.

In reply, the fourth team were struggling at 53-4. A 96 run partnership from Lucas Stubbs (39) and Shaun Keyte (67) meant the 4’s recovered well. However, 149-4 soon became 162-8 and it looked like Chichester would defend their total. A crucial 25 run partnership between John Baker (15*) and Ken Orzag (14) took the fourth team within 2 runs of victory. Trusty number 11 Theo Hemsley then came in and hit the required 2 runs needed and the fourth team won with 2 balls to spare.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 28th May:

2018 – Under 14’s vs Stirlands

2017 – Sunday XI vs Walberton

2011 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2011 – 2nd XI vs Steyning 2’s

2011 – 3rd XI vs Selsey 2’s

2006 – Sunday 1st XI vs Tillington

2006 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Storrington

2006 – Under 16’s vs Pagham

2005 – 1st XI vs Preston Nomads

2005 – 2nd XI vs Preston Nomads 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 3’s

 

Batting highlights from 28th May:

Louis Paul 115 vs Walberton (2017)

Kenneth Mohsin 56 vs Walberton (2017)

Olly Hemsley 64 vs Horsham Trinity 3’s (2016)

Ian Birbeck 55 vs Horsham Trinity 3’s (2016)

Shaun Keyte 67 vs Chichester 4’s (2016)

Paul Hewitt 56* vs Steyning 2’s (2011)

Geoff Cole 100 vs Tillington (2006)

Siya Sibiya 62 vs Tillington (2006)

 

Bowling highlights from 28th May:

Colin Oliver-Redgate 4-24 vs Storrington (2006)

Hugh Milner 4-27 vs Three Bridges 3’s (2005)

27th May

We have only 8 games to look through today… We take a closer look at Saturday 27th May 2017 when the first and second teams were victorious but the third team lost.

The first team hosted Chippingdale at the Sportsfield. Skipper James Askew won the toss and elected to bowl first. Chippingdale got off to a good start as the aggressive Tugnutt (109) crashed the ball to all parts of the Sportsfield. His opening partner, Bourne (27), was first to go when he was caught behind off Ryan Budd. Tugnutt continued to play aggressively and brought up his 100 off just 98 balls. Tugnutt soon fell as Askew picked up his first of five wickets. Chipps continued to increase the score but LCC started to pick up some much needed bowling points. Chipps finished their innings on 251 for 8 off their 49 overs.

Heberlein (27) and Lee (14) got the first team off to a steady start with the bat but both fell in quick succession to leave LCC 45-2. Jack Turner (69) and Louis Paul (25) progressed the first team on well, with Turner impressing with some aggressive strokes. The middle order continued the job with Mac Cox scoring a pretty 41. Chipps thought they had a chance when the skipper was caught and the score was 231-7 but Mike Askew (27*) and Nathan Perry (7*) secured a 3 wicket victory with 9 balls remaining.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team had the long trip to the Sussex/Surrey border to face Felbridge and Sunnyside 2’s. Felbridge won the toss and elected to bat first. Their innings was heavily reliant on Tom Clare who scored 71. The second team bowlers were economical and were backed up by good fielding as Felbridge were restricted to 171-8 off their 40 overs.

The reliable opening pair of Darren Bazley (44) and Harry Standing (77) got the second team off to a strong start in the run chase. Bazley was first to go with the score on 100. 144-1 soon became 144-3 as Sophie Parnell (19) and Standing fell in quick succession. That didn’t matter as Olly Hemsley came in blasted a quick fire 26 and the second team won easily with 7 overs to spare.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The third team travelled to Upper Beeding to face Steyning 3’s. Skipper Dan Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first. The skipper might have soon regretted his decision as the 3’s limped 108 all out off 33 overs. Tim Peters topped scored with 34.  

Steyning made light work of the run chase as they won with 20 overs and 8 wickets to spare.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 27th May:

2019 – Under 14’s vs West Chiltington

2018 – Sunday XI vs Walberton

 2012 – Sunday XI vs Walberton

2012 – Under 12’s vs Bognor

2006 – 2nd XI vs Haywards Heath

 

Batting highlights from 27th May:

Dan Clarke 89 vs Walberton (2018)

Jack Turner 69 vs Chippingdale (2017)

Harry Standing 73 vs Felbridge and Sunnyside 2’s (2017)

Amjad Mohsin 61 vs Walberton (2012)

 

 

Bowling highlights from 27th May:

Ryan Budd 4-14 vs Walberton (2018)

James Askew 5-44 vs Chippingdale (2017)

Tim Peters 5-38 vs Haywards Heath 2’s (2006)

26th May

We have 13 games to look through today. No main focus but highlights from the games include:

  • Louis Pauls emphatic 99 not out off just 45 balls against Worthing 2’s in 2018
  • Zack Sanderson’s maiden LCC 5 wicket haul against Pagham 3’s in 2018
  • Ryan Budd and Amjad Moshin 111 run 10th wicket partnership vs Pagham in 2012
  • Amit Gupta’s maiden first team half century in 2007

Games played on 26th May:

2019 – Sunday XI vs Walberton

2018 – 1st XI vs Worthing 2’s

2018 – 2nd XI vs Crawley Eagles 3’s

2018 – 3rd XI vs Aldwick 2’s

2018 – 4th XI vs Pagham 3’s

2013 – Sunday XI vs Washington

2012 – 1st XI vs Pagham

2012 – 2nd XI vs Pagham 2’s

2012 – 3rd XI vs Billingshurst 3’s

2007 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2007 – 2nd XI vs Horsham 2’s

2007 – 3rd XI vs Middleton 3’s

2002 – Sunday XI vs Brighton Trafalgar

 

 

Batting highlights from 26th May:

Louis Paul 145 vs Walberton (2019)

Dan White 120* vs Walberton (2019)

Louis Paul 99* vs Worthing 2’s (2018)

Tom Lee 91 vs Worthing 2’s (2018)

Darren Bazley 53 vs Crawley Eagles (2018)

Nathan Cooper 51 vs Crawley Eagles (2018)

Geoff Cole 93 vs Aldwick 2’s (2018)

Raj Anumula 74 vs Pagham 3’s (2018)

Ryan Budd 51* vs Pagham (2012)

Amjad Mohsin 50* vs Pagham (2012)

Rick Heberlein 77 vs Pagham 2’s (2012)

Stewart Murray 77 vs Billingshurst 3’s (2012)

Andy Peters 67* vs Billingshurst 3’s (2012)

Amit Gupta 57* vs Stirlands (2007)

Benn Challen 56 vs Stirlands (2007)

Richard Hanks 50 vs Horsham 2’s (2007)

Tom Merrien 67 vs Middleton 3’s (2007)

Ryan Budd 54* vs Middleton 3’s (2007)

Stuart Stoneham 68 vs Brighton Trafalgar (2002)

 

Bowling highlights from 26th May:

Ryan Budd 6-16 vs Worthing 2’s (2018)

Tim Peters 4-25 vs Aldwick 2’s (2018)

Zack Sanderson 5-35 vs Pagham 3’s (2018)

Chris Heberlein 4-54 vs Pagham (2012)

Guy Souch 4-56 vs Brighton Trafalgar (2002)

 

25th May

We have 11 games to look through today, and we take a look at four league wins on Saturday 25th May 2019.

First team match report vs Ansty:

The unchanged first team travelled to Ansty looking for their second win of the season. Skipper James Askew won the toss and elected to bowl first. Macleod Cox (4-32) and Ryan Budd (0-39) opened up and bowled a good line and length without much reward. Cox got the breakthrough in the 9th over and after 10 overs Ansty were 30-1. A double bowling change saw J.Askew (0-37) and Chris Heberlein (1-47) replace the openers. Sam Palser (63) took a liking to the skippers bowling and soon smashed him out the attack. Palser and Darren Senadhira (38) progressed Ansty to 124-1 and they were suddenly going above 5 an over. The introduction of Dan White’s (2-39) leg spin and Nathan Perry’s (3-58) off spin proved a masterstroke as they began to work their magic and they reduced Ansty to 143-4. However, injured opener Leo Anderson (85) came back in and once again Ansty were on the attack as Anderson soon hit both White and Perry out the attack. It was left to Cox and Heberlein to try and reduce the runs and some good death bowling saw Ansty fall from 250-6 to 256 all out.

J.Askew (30) and Tom Lee (100*) trudged out to bat knowing a big task was ahead of them, coming up against arguably the best bowler in the league in Australian Jake Wilson. The openers got off to fantastic start and the first team were 80-0 after the first powerplay. The skipper was first to go when he once again chipped one straight to the fielder. Jack Turner (35) carried on from the skipper, playing aggressive shots and rotating the strike with Lee. Turner then played round a straight one and LCC were 145-2. Ally James (45) may have been struggling for runs recently but this didn’t stop him here. James took on the Ansty bowlers and he freely found the boundary while Lee was milking the singles up the other end. James fell with the score on 223 and there were was a little fear that a typical ‘LA’ collapse could occur. However, Guy Souch (10*) made sure that didn’t happen, and the calm Lee brought up his fifth first team hundred, arguably his best.

A big 30 points takes the first team into the mid table places and they’ll be looking to climb the table further when they travel to Broadwater next week.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team match report vs Slinfold 2’s:

The 2nd team played Slinfold on Saturday knowing performances had been better but still needed that performance good enough for a win. It started off at the toss where dazzler managed to win one, and with that he chose to bat.

Harry (100) and Dazzler (139) opened up and batted well, both getting themselves in and making the most of it (in past weeks it was talked about how we have thrown our wickets away). Harry was out in the 30th over stumped for 100. The partnership was a huge 248 (which I have heard is a club record partnership). That then bought Olly (52) to the crease who had time to get himself in and make some quick fire runs, in the meantime Dazzler was out for his maiden ton to a Yorker that if bowled on the first ball of the innings probably would’ve got him out. Sophie and Dan Peach got us through to the end and Littlehampton had set Slinfold 326 to win.

Knowing how good the wicket was and what happened last week the team knew we had to bowl and field well.

Amjad (2-28) and Nick (1-75) opened the bowling. Nick didn’t quite get his lengths right but Amjad bowled very well and bowled well to the plan set. After 10 overs Slinfold were 85/2 so they were up with the run rate. A superb run out changed the game, the throw from Sophie and the take from Jordan being quite exceptional. (Apparently the run out was Jordan’s as he had to throw the ball to take the bail off)

The spinners then took over and started to tighten Littlehampton’s grip on the game. Both bowled with accuracy and to their fields. Olly (2-39) and Tim (2-40) had pretty much put the game out of Slinfold’s reach. Dheeraj and Nick came back on at the end to finish the game before Dan Peach took the final wicket (which he will not let anyone forget) and the 2’s finally got their first win of the season.

There are a few players missing and a few players back this week so selection may be difficult. But whoever plays must carry on this performance and make sure the 2’s work their way up the league.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Third team match report vs Pagham 3’s:

Well 4 games in 4 toss of the coins won, this time we elected to bat as the weather was warm and sun was out. Cole and Clarke opened up and on what proved to be a difficult track to bat on were steady. However Clarke missed a straight one and then Birbeck chipped one to mid-off and we were 2 down. Soon to be three as Lee was bowled leg stump. Skipper Rive and Cole began the repair job expertly finished off by Raj, Will and Mark. Rive was out to a school boy error just before drinks for 20 and Stoneham soon followed for a duck. At drinks we were 5 down for 82. Paul and Geoff continued, with the ball either bouncing or shooting (a total lottery). However Paul went for 10 and then entered MOM Raj who seemed un-fazed as he smashed his way to 36. Cole had to retire ill and that was the masterstroke as Kitchen entered and with Raj pushed our total up to near 200.  Will was run out for 33. Cole re-entered the battle and Raj was bowled. Whitey then scored 12 off 4 balls and we ended on 197 for 8. Geoff 61 not out.

Pagham started confidently in their chase with boundaries and quick singles being found. However Raj found the breakthrough by getting both openers, first bowled with a pea roller and the other was trapped in front LBW. Raj got a 3rd and LA were on top. At drinks Pagham were 3 down but behind the run rate which was probably the demise of the youngster going for a non-existent second. Whitey and Theo kept the pressure on without reward so Rive turned to Will and Hewitt, with Paul ending with 4 wickets. Pagham began to find the boundaries required and the run rate became less than 8. However the return of Raj and Paul wickets fell. Pagham required 12 off the last over and two wickets needed. Paul got 2 in 2 and the game was won. The #Rivolution was alive and well. Next week is a rest week so no ramblings from me. Ta Ta

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The fourth team match report vs Broadwater 3’s:

When the 4s arrived at Hill Barn there were two major questions on our lips.

1)         Could the winning run continue?

2)         Could the tea top last year’s excellence?

Again our team was a mixture of some “pups”, old war dogs and a stray behind the stumps. Six colts was a season high, but everyone played their part in what was to be ultimately a tight game.

Having won the toss, a slow start was in order on a multi paced wicket and variable bounce. Tim and Simon (21, including a 6 over the leg side boundary), saw off the opening bowlers having milked the extras leading to much chuntering by a disappointed bowler at himself. The innings really got going with Kevin & Graham and then, Kevin (55) and a returning senior Wilko (36). Their partnership being the cornerstone of LAs 160.

Broadwater set off confidently on their run chase, buoyed by what they perceived as an inexperienced attack and one that we felt confident was up to the task, who was going to be right. Dan Foot took an early wicket having swung the ball back past the outside edge and taking the top of off stump. Kev Foot took 2 wickets, Phil Merritt had taken 2 and Graham took 1.

So now we were reaching the business part of the match, who had the bottle and the ability to bowl straight or hit the ball. This left just over 20 runs required and 4 wickets remaining with us repeating that we only needed four balls to win. Matt Wilkinson and Phil Merritt took a further wicket each.

With 11 runs required George Bryant-Nichols came in to the attack. The over started quietly and suddenly got interesting when Mark Power nicked off, with yours truly taking a catch behind stumps. How I managed to be there is another story, but given the quality of the keeping it was imperative that the bowlers attacked the stumps as anything from behind could be classed as hope over experience. The next ball went for a four with 3 required off 12.1 overs. George then flighted a ball pitching in front and turning away to hit off stump and much celebration by an exuberant team. The young pups had stuck to the task and delivered.

So going back to the original two questions: Yes the run continued and secondly the tea was even better than last year’s, which had set a really high bar. Will we see another close game and will the tea be beaten, the quest of the 4th XI carries on!

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 25th May:

2013 – 1st XI vs Selsey

2013 – 2nd XI vs Portslade

2008 – Sunday XI vs Storrington

2008 – Under 12’s vs Chichester

2002 – 1st XI vs Preston Nomads

2002 – 2nd XI vs Preston Nomads 2’s

2002 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 3’s

 

Batting highlights from 25th May:

Tom Lee 100* vs Ansty (2019)

Darren Bazley 139* vs Slinfold 2’s (2019)

Harry Standing 100 vs Slinfold 2’s (2019)

Olly Hemsley 52 vs Slinfold 2’s (2019)

Geoff Cole 61* vs Pagham 3’s (2019)

Kev Foot 55 vs Broadwater 3’s (2019)

Kyle Abrahams 79* vs Storrington (2008)

 

Bowling highlights from 25th May:

Mac Cox 4-32 vs Ansty (2019)

Raj Anumula 4-27 vs Pagham 3’s (2019)

Tim Peters 5-37 vs Selsey (2013)

Neil Hewitt 7-59 vs Preston Nomads 2’s (2002)

24th May

Our second down memory lane today. If you missed our special edition from Phil Tozer, you can read that HERE. We have 11 games to look through today, 7 of those are victories. We take a closer look at 2008 when the first team lost but the other three teams won.

First team match report vs Roffey:

The first team will be looking to bounce back against Steyning after slumping to a disappointing defeat at home to Roffey.

Josh Fleming won the toss for the visitors and decided to bat on a track that looked like it had runs in it. Dodge struck in the first over, removing the in form Jeal with a ball that nipped back and bowled him through the gate. Despite the good start it wasn't until the spin twins, Benn and Woody, came into the attack that we claimed the next wicket after a big partnership from Fleming and Webb. In between trying to stop the sight-screens blowing over we managed to slow the scoring and pick up regular wickets. Roffey finished on 229-8, a score we were pleased to restrict them to after their great start. Woody (4-71) and Benn (3-37) both bowled superbly and Greeny put in a fine performance at slip taking a hat-trick of catches.

Tea was the same as the last home game, nice but nowhere near enough - not even enough pieces of cake for 1 each! Stu H cheered us up by sending us photos of the tea the 2nd XI were enjoying at Three Bridges!

Our innings didn't get off to the start we were hoping for when Greeny got a leading edge to mid-on to record a birthday duck. Gus then "nicked off" and it was down to Baby and Benn to rebuild the innings. They were doing a good job until Baby unluckily picked out mid-wicket with a pull shot and was on his way for 52 off only 57 balls. He had looked in great form throughout his innings - hopefully a sign of bigger and better things to come! After losing Baby the innings seemed to lose some momentum and wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Benn, Jimmy and Matt all made 30's but failed to reach the bigger scores that were required if we were going to win. Roffey wrapped up a well deserved win when Woody smashed a return catch straight back to Josh Fleming. Fleming and Barnard were the pick of the bowlers with 7 wickets between them.

Despite some bad luck everyone knew we hadn't performed well enough and the better team had won. As mentioned earlier, we play Steyning at home on Saturday.a big game but I'm positive we can bounce back with a big performance!

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team match report vs Three Bridges:

What a game, what a win. I don't know where to start but here goes.

Rich won the toss and chose to bat on a firm track. Stu and hebs got us off to a solid start with some excellent shots. Stu was timing it particularly well to the frustration of the Bridges opening bowlers. Hebs retired to change a lense so Rich went in and kept the scoring going. Stu then departed with the score at 63-1 off 12 overs. Hebs came back in and Rich nicked one to slip for 25. Hebs followed shortly afterwards and the solid start was quickly being undone.

Then the mayhem began. Dan was out straight after drinks when he drove a ball off Tom Merriens back only to see it loop up to mid-on. Rich was still confident with a strong middle order. That confidence was ebbing away as wickets tumbled. First Kev, then Mike, then Stu. A hatrick and 4 wickets in an over had changed the game. 87-7.

Amit and Dazzler restored some respectability pushing the innings up to 140 all out. Dazzler in particualr played some excellent shots and top scoring with 33.

The pitch was still offering something so the target of 141 for Bridges would not be an easy one. Their task became even harder as Dan dismissed both openers. Mike replaced the unlucky Stoneham to pick up the Bridges number 3 and we were well on top. Then the Heberlein show began. Chris steamed in and looked dangerous from ball one. He kept picking up wickets and the target looked a long way away for the young Bridges middle order.

The game down down to the last three Bridges batsmen needing 17 to win. Enter Dazzler to take a superb low catch in the covers off Hebs. We were on the brink of victory. The odd leg bye and scoring shot edged them ever closer. Heberlein however kept going and clean bowled the Bridges number 11 leaving them 4 short of their target.

Praise must go to Dazzler and Amit for getting us to a defendable total. Dan Rive for his mammouth spell of 17 overs. And Chris Hebs who finished with 6-28. A match winning performance. From almost inevitable defeat, we had snatched victory and 24 valuable points. Well done boys.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The third team match report vs Goring:

After last weeks victory, the LA 3's had some new personnel as we rolled up at Fernhurst. Our all star cast included, The President, The Chairman, Local Magistrate and a new signing from Cape Town.

Playa lost the toss and we were batting.

Birbs and new-boy Kyle looked to prosper with the lightning outfield. After a steady partnership, Birbs was bowled and then Kyle chipped one up. Both out for 13. A steep learning curve can be expected for Kyle, but class always shines through...

Buddy The Younger and Playa set about to see off the dangerous Wyatt and did so with solidity. Some lusty blows saw them almost put on 100 partnership in 20 overs. Playa was a lucky boy as the bowlers shaved the stumps twice, but the bails stood firm. Amazing, when they kept on dropping off due to wind at least 15 times during the match!

Buddy was caught for 32 at deep mid -off. Greiggy did well here in 07, but a vicious rising ball was gloved behind for 5. Greiggy just needs to keep perservering, as he will prosper as the season continues.

Budd The Elder stroked the ball around and pushed the score along. Playa was still laying down some pace, as we ran 2's and 3's. A quick single was called by skip but he didn't quite make it, so out for 68. Back to back 50's showed some old skool skillz.

Buddy progressed to 25 before being caught behind. El Presidente hit a few, as did Paddo and JP III, as we just failed to reach 200.

After a lovely tea, LA needed to strike early. Budd Boyz bowled well, with Paul B took 3-for, with some intelligent work. Ryan had a 4 over spell and used the lively track well. JP held on to a difficult chance and he grew with confidence in the field.

The Milner replaced Ryan and plugged away in an effort to end his mini-drought. Breakthroughs came thanks to a clean bowled and a Kyle catch.

Lloyd was keeping well, and El Prez Hugh has running like Steve Ovett between overs.

The occasional 4 was inevitable, as the outfield got the better of the fielders, despite our best efforts.

Paddo also shone in the field, and I can't remember anything getting past him.

Playa replaced Paulo B and he is thankful to his Sunday skipper, as Mr Birbeck took two difficult catches at point.

The scoreboard was still ticking over, but the wickets were falling.

Playa secured two more, thanks to hitting the Peggy Mitchells. The two dangermen were out, as Botham was hitting big and straight.

Ranji (Kyle) was thrown the ball and some astute leg-spin kept the dot balls coming.

With 4 overs to go, the oppo needed 30, but only one wicket remaining.

Ranji took the c&b chance to end the game and a top team effort.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Match report from the fourth team game vs Horsham Trinity:

Starting the match with just 2 points between the 2 teams on a windy spring day the 4X1 played positive cricket without the skipper and with some more new players.

Winning the toss stand in skip Neil put them into bat and they got off to a steady start.

With enthusiasm LCPCC battled on and when the first wicket fell it seems to spur them on and a steady procession of batsmen returned to the pavilion. Andy Lee again proving himself to be a class act, taking 4 wickets and effecting 2 run outs. New addition Greg Harris also took 3 and they were all out with 8 balls to spare.

Tom Lee and Mike Mitchell got our reply of to a steady, if a little slow, response moving to 28 off the first 10 before Mike went trying to pull one over mid-wicket. Tom continued into his by now regular 20 something, joined by Neil Harris who show that he still knows how handle a bat. With one of his sons and then George Kitchen making steady progress at the other end, Neil went about destroying their bowlers, losing 2 balls in the process to finish on 82 not out.

Another great team win. Well done guys.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 24th May:

2015 – Sunday XI vs Washington

2014 – 2nd XI vs Ram 2’s

2009 – Sunday XI vs East Preston

2003 – 1st XI vs Haywards Heath

2003 – 2nd XI vs Haywards Heath 2’s

2003 – 3rd XI vs West Blatchington 2’s

2003 – 4th XI vs Aldwick 2’s

 

Batting highlights from 24th May:

Dan Clarke 53 vs Washington (2015)

James Askew 75 vs East Preston (2009)

Chris Kirkham 52 vs Roffey (2008)

Paul Hewitt 68 vs Goring 3’s (2008)

Neil Harris 82* vs Horsham Trinity 3’s (2008)

Sean O’Shea 51 vs West Blatchington 2’s (2003)

Dominic Baker 50 vs Aldwick 2’s (2003)

 

 

Bowling highlights from 24th May:

Nick Larking 6-28 vs Ram 2’s (2014)

Chris Hanks 4-71 vs Roffey (2008)

Chris Heberlein 6-25 vs Three Bridges 2’s (2008)

Paul Hewitt 4-53 vs Goring 3’s (2008)

Andy Lee 4-12 vs Horsham Trinity 3’s (2008)

Gary Tester 4-28 vs Haywards Heath (2003)

Sean O’Shea 5-14 vs West Blatchington 2’s (2003)

Paul Hewitt 5-23 vs Aldwick 2’s (2003)

23rd May

Just the 8 games to look through today with the focus on an unbeaten Saturday 23rd May 2015.

The first team hosted Horsham Trinity at The Sportsfield. Skipper James Askew lost the toss and the first team were asked to bat first. Askew continued his good form with the bat, scoring his third century in four games as he finished on 139. Tom Lee supported him with 56 and a late slog from Mike Askew (21*) meant the skipper could declare two overs early with the score on 247-2.

The opening pair for Trinity put on 50 but club veteran Paul Hewitt got the breakthrough. Trinity wickets started to regularly fall as Chris Heberlein picked up 4-29 and Jordan Farrell and Hewitt both got 2 fers. Heberlein secured the win by trapping Petch LBW and Trinity were all out for 133 meaning the first team picked up their first win of the season.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team travelled to Broadbridge Heath 2’s looking to make it four wins out of four in division six. Skipper Jordan Atkinson lost the toss and the 2’s batted first. They were soon in trouble at 14-2 as both openers were removed without troubling the scorers. Andy Lee (54) and Darren Bazley (47) steadied the ship with an 88 run partnership but when Bazley was out LBW wickets began to fall quickly. Dan White added 17* at the end of the innings and the 2’s were bowled out for 160.

The 2’s made easy work of defending their total as Nick Larking (4-24) ripped through Heath’s middle order and Kenneth Mohsin (2-6) and White (3-3) finished the tail off. Heath were all out for just 72.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The fourth team travelled to Southwater 3’s. Southwater won the toss and elected to field first. The 4’s lost Nick Lamb early in the innings but Geoff Cole (77*) and Darin Bird (69) put on 139 for the second wicket. The fourth team finished on 177-2 off their 40 overs.

Southwater were going well and at 105-3 they would have expected to win the game easily. 105-3 soon became 134-7 but Southwater recovered 167-7 and need just 11 to win. Connor Finneran picked up the 8th wicket and Will Kitchen removed the dangerous Kimber with the score on 171. Darin Bird then bowled Cooper, with just his second ball, in the 38th over and the fourth team won by 6 runs.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 23rd May:

2010 – Ladies XI vs Chichester

2009 – 1st XI vs Pulborough

2009 – 2nd XI vs Pulborough 2’s

2009 – 3rd XI vs Brighton and Hove 3’s

2004 – Sunday XI vs Fittleworth

 

Batting highlights from 23rd May:

James Askew 139 vs Horsham Trinity (2015)

Tom Lee 56 vs Horsham Trinity (2015)

Andy Lee 54 vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s (2015)

Geoff Cole 77* vs Southwater 3’s (2015)

Darin Bird 69 vs Southwater 3’s (2015)

Sophie Parnell 73 vs Chichester (2010)

Gareth Challen 85 vs Pulborough (2009)

Geoff Cole 54 vs Pulborough 2’s (2009)

Jordan Farrell 54* vs Brighton and Hove 3’s (2009)

 

 

Bowling highlights from 23rd May:

Chris Heberlein 4-29 vs Horsham Trinity (2015)

Nick Larking 4-24 vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s (2015)

Matt Parnell 5-32 vs Pulborough 2’s (2009)

Will Kitchen 4-29 vs Brighton and Hove 3’s (2009)

22nd May

10 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 22nd May 2004. The first team travelled to Sidley while the second team hosted St James Montefiore 2’s. 

Match report from the first team game:

The game against Sidley was always going to entertaining with the return of Disco, to a ground where he always goes down well. We arrived full of confidence even with the absence of both the Captain and his Vice. The Rock rolled back a couple of years and stepped into the breach. A major part of the day was the toss of the coin which The Rock lost, and to our amazement Sidley's elected to bat on what can only be described as damp seamers paradise. We were so positive with the thought of bowling on a track which would only get better.

Even with the ten men in field (Disco couldn't find Sidley), we started well with Gary taking a wicket in the first over courtesy of Tyrone opening the batting, and he managed to chop one onto the stumps, after this we were on our way. The next over the Rock had a direct hit to run out the other opener, although both batsmen were at the non strikers end by this point. Luke(trigger) was then to enter the fray with two wickets in quick succession, bowling both their overseas and there captain. The first being a great delivery which seamed back though the gate and took out middle stump, all of these wickets were taken prior to even Disco making it to the ground.

We then had a spell where we were tying Sidley down but not getting any more wickets. Eventually GT got the break through with two wickets in an one over, the first being caught by Chris Kirkham at gully whilst doing an impression of a Wes Campbell dive! Adam then chipped in with another wicket and soon after Luke returned to keep the pressure on. Whilst at the other end GT collected his well deserved fifth wicket. Luke then finished the job by taking the last wicket with another good catch by Gidz. So Sidley were dismissed for a mere 84, after a faultless performance by all in the field.

We had a new winner of the Dolphin award for the best driver, Pursy the faultless fielder…… unfortunately at first slip he couldn't actually manage to get his hands to the ball, because we bowled them out before he had chance.

We had 72 overs to chase the 84 runs; we lost Karl (6) and then Baby (0) to leave us on 12-2 . Gidz & Ben batted with patience and made great inroads to the total. When Ben was next out for 24, Gary came in and helped Gidz to get us across the line, with a well deserved 34 not out. We made great time and proceeded to get the 30 Points that the team deserved.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team hosted St James Montefiore. Skipper Dan Rive lost the toss and the second team batted first. Neil Hewitt top scored with 40 as Littlehampton were all out for 177. Matt Parnell helped increase the total with 30 not out at number 10.

St James struggled throughout the run chase with 6 LCC bowlers picking up wickets. Chris Heberlein and Dan Rive both picked up 3fers and St James were bowled out for 137 in the 41st over.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 22nd May:

2016 – Sunday XI vs Walberton

2016 – Under 11’s vs Arundel

2015 – Under 13’s vs Goring

2010 – 1st XI vs Goring

2010 – 2nd XI vs Goring 2’s

2008 – Under 13’s vs Bognor

2005 – Sunday 1st vs Fittleworth

2005 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Angmering

 

 

Batting highlights from 22nd May:

James Askew 119* vs Walberton (2016)

Chris Cooke 63 vs Fittleworth (2005)

Chris Kirkham 112 vs Angmering (2005)

 

 

Bowling highlights from 22nd May:

Luke Vinter 8-38 vs Goring (2010)

Gary Tester 5-34 vs Sidley

21st May

We have 11 games to look through today and the focus is on Saturday 21st May 2011. The 1’s and 2’s both played Arundel while the 3’s travelled to Horsham.

Match report from the first team game against Arundel –

An overcast morning was replaced by a cloudless sunny sky by the time Arundel had won the toss and chosen to bat first. Captain Dan Rive and Amjad Mohsin opened the bowling and managed to produce a tight early spell, despite some very early hitting from the Arundel openers. Dan made the breakthrough with the score on 23, finding a weakness in the defence of opener Clarke, which resulted in the ball rolling back and hitting leg stump. This brought former Littlehampton batsman Richard James to the crease who survived an early scare when he was dropped at short cover by Amit Midha. Although it was a very sharp chance, Amit claimed it as a drop by his own admission. It was Amjad who removed James, a lose drive looped to bookies favourite for fielder of the year Tom Lee, who took the catch to dismiss James for 8 with the score at 50. The third wicket followed in very quick succession with Rive bowling Stothert for 2 to win the battle of the captains. At 53-3 Littlehampton fancied their chances of repeating last years exploits and bowling Arundel out cheaply once again. However that fall of wicket brought Rohan Ardley to the crease, who along with surviving opener Justin Murray set about recovering the situation for the visitors. The introduction of Amit Midha brought the next breakthrough, when Murray was unlucky to go back to a short ball which kept low, the only ball to misbehave all day on a typically superb Sportsfield batting wicket. He was trapped LBW for a solid 39, to take the score to 79-4. The fifth wicket partnership was then to become the backbone of the Arundel innings. Some clean hitting by Ardley and the new to the crease Ryan Chitty, coupled with some loose bowling and sloppy fielding advanced the score rapidly. Littlehampton toiled in the field and were forced to chase leather for long periods, but the introduction of Rive from the Football Stand End, brought the breakthrough with the score on 190. Ardley mishit a drive and it went straight to Darren Bazley, better known as the Wasp at mid-on. Despite his broken nail, he clung on to a good overhead catch and Ardley was on his way for 70. Just 14 runs later Rivo struck twice in an over removing Shoulders caught behind by Mikey Askew for 11, and trapping Singh LBW for a duck to leave Arundel 204-7. By this point Chitty was going well and supported by the hard-hitting Barry who was eventually removed by Tom Lee, caught by Toby Bott, who atoned for his costly earlier drop. Barry went for a brisk 14. Sean Twine came to the crease, and along with the impressive Chitty took Arundel to a final total of 255-8 off of their 53 overs. Ryan Chitty ending up 76 not out, and Dan Rive picking up another classy 5 wicket haul, recording figures of 5-52.

Littlehampton began their reply to Arundel's steep total with openers Darren Bazley and Sajid Khan. Both scored early boundaries to keep Littlehampton well up with the rate. As the field spread both batsmen seemed untroubled as they accumulated runs at a good pace. It was the introduction of Neil Chitty, which brought Arundel a breakthrough. Khan played a rash shot and was caught at deep mid-wicket trying to hit a six to the longest boundary which was also into the wind! He departed for a well made 42 to leave the score at 93-1. Tom Lee was promoted to 3 and began in a very watchful manner. Meanwhile at the other end, Bazley was unaffected as he continued to pile on the runs, passing 50 his first for the 1st team. Tom Lee was the next man to go, bowled by Will Clark for 2, the score now 104-2. Chris Heberlein was the new man to the crease, and sensing the required run rate was beginning to increase, he looked to score in a positive manner, whilst Bazley at the other end proceeded to pick up boundaries and singles to help the momentum swing into Littlehampton's favour. Spin was introduced at both ends with the Chitty's bowling in tandem, Bazley edged closer to a maiden century whilst Heberlein showed a preference to the sweep shot hitting a succession of fours. With the score on 176, Bazley was undone by the crafty bowling of Neil Chitty and spooned a catch to mid-off trying to turn the ball into the leg-side against the spin. He made a superb 83, one I'm sure we shall hear plenty more about in the coming weeks! Matt Parnell was next to the crease, and was immediately tempted to hit one of his trademark straight sixes. He refrained for a few overs, playing a glorious cover drive in the process before eventually holing out to deep long-off, caught by Barry off the bowling of Ryan Chitty this time. Heberlein had passed 50 by now, despite feeling spasms in his troubled left shoulder, for a period of a few overs, he was limited to playing some ugly swipes across the line which he was fortunate to get away with. Mikey Askew was seeing himself in at the other end, helping to give Heberlein the strike when he could. A six over mid-wicket from Heberlein took the required run rate to under a run a ball, and with Askew finding his feet at the other end Littlehampton were cruising. But one too many shots by Askew as he looked to finish the game quickly brought his downfall, as he chipped a catch to mid-on off the bowling of Stothert and he went for a crucial 22. At 247-5 now Littlehampton were only 9 away from the victory target, but had only 14 balls remaining. Debutant Toby Bott came in and survived two balls, Heberlein then made light work of the target hitting three successive boundaries to take Littlehampton over the line.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team travelled to Arundel 2’s. A match report written by Arundel:

Arundel 2s finally get their first win under their belts when they bowled out Littlehampton for 147 in the 38th over.

Having lost the toss and put into bat on what the Opposition thought would be an unhelpful wicket, Arundel, having scored 290 last week, were confident of putting in another good total. Julian Caspari opened the batting and soon got into his stride taking the attack to the bowlers with fine front and back foot drives, scoring 54 on his Arundel debut.

Matt Reynolds continued the good form he showed at Pagham, driving the ball sweetly through the off and on-side, scoring a classy 59. Dave Wells, back from his lively week of Flamenco dancing in Mallorca with our scorer Kelly, started hesitantly before getting into his stride, launching an onslaught on Heberlein, before being trapped LBW on 44. Paddy Horn continued to show the restraint he showed at Pagham, batted carefully, playing classic off drives, eventually holing out at 40 in an attempt to get Arundel over the 250 run mark. Sam Temple and Ollie Morris showed how well they can hit the ball, both batting little cameos.

Arundel knew they had to get early wickets to put early pressure on the opposition. Neither of the openers looked happy against the pace and movement of the opening bowlers, Ollie and Paddy. With early wickets falling, the pressure was on the batting side. Cole, however, took the attack to Arundel hitting many fours and sixes as he settled in. The next change of bowlers kept up the pressure. Matt Reynolds was swinging the ball prodigiously against which the left hander had no answer. With young keeper Lloyd Rowlatt standing up and taking the ball with very fast hands it was great cricket to watch. Mike 'golden arm' Shoulders was in the wickets at the other end, moving the ball off the wicket and bowling a good length.

However Cole was still looking dangerous on 74 when he gave the charge to a Sam Temple dipping delivery and was well stumped by LLoyd Rowlatt. With the danger man gone, Arundel turned to the raging bull Paddy Horn to finish off the rest of the Littlehampton batsman. Breathing fire and venom, Paddy was soon 'amongst them'. When the last two Littlehampton batsman both required runners (never witnessed by me before) Arundel knew the opposition were literally on their last legs. It took 'Raging Bull' only a few balls to pierce the limping captain's defence with a fast yorker.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The third team travelled to Horsham 3’s. The match report from the game:

The Thirds welcomed back a Littlehampton legend in the form of Tim Pyant on Saturday along with a debut for Chris Perry on their trip to Horsham. Having left a cloudy Littlehampton it was good to see the sun shining brightly in Horsham.

The skipper lost the toss and we were inserted which assisted with two Littlehampton players still on their way. Ian Birbeck and Phil Parnell saw off the shine of the new ball. They penetrated the field not scoring many singles but picking up boundaries. Ian missed a straight one to bring Dan Kempson to the crease. With an air of confidence Dan played the ball around. After an unfortunate mix up leaving Phil stranded Dan made hay scoring his highest ever score of 77. His partnership of 122 with Chris Perry left James Askew with a case of pad rash. Chris on debut scored his top score of 66.

James came to the crease and made full use of the quick outfield scoring quickly. His partners disappeared quickly with Horsham's young attack bowling good lines. It was a pleasure to see James shepherd the strike from Tim Pyant who batted in his own inimitable style. The Horsham skipper was seen looking perplexed as to how to remove Tim. Eventually Tim saw another not out added to his career statistics with a good catch removing James in the deep.

A good innings of 262 where we scored maximum batting points. We had a fine tea where the skipper tucked into his fair share of carrot cake. There was a lusty rendition of Happy Birthday along with the arrival of a birthday cake for one of Horsham's experienced campaigners.

Chris Fell and Tim Pyant opened the attack bowling well. In his usual style Chris took an early wicket with a good catch from Juggler Carter. Toying with the growing Horsham crowd Ryan took the catch well. Chris Perry followed Ryan's example with a fine one handed catch in the gully. Chris Fell showed his development as a bowler with an opening spell of 7 overs 2 maidens 2 for 19. It shows the hard work put in at nets has come good.

Chris Perry followed with an early wicket and our talisman Stewart Mohsin did well taking a couple of wickets with another good catch in the outfield from Ryan. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Colin Oliver-Redgate taking a wicket with his first ball and Nick Young taking his first senior wicket.

Littlehampton hadn't banked on the determination of Horsham's skipper Nigel Hume and number 10 Joe Humphreys. They saw Horsham home to a draw batting through 17 overs where all types of bowling was turned to. Horsham ended up on 163 for 8.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

Other games played on 21st May:

2017 – U12’s vs Storrington

2016 – 1st XI vs Eastergate

2016 – 2nd XI vs Scaynes Hill 2’s

2016 – 3rd XI vs East Preston 2’s

2016 – 4th XI vs Bognor 3’s

2005 – 1st XI vs East Grinstead

2005 – 2nd XI vs East Grinstead 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Worthing 3’s

 

Batting highlights from 21st May:

Chris Heberlein 90* vs Arundel (2011)

Darren Bazley 83 vs Arundel (2011)

Geoff Cole 72 vs Arundel 2’s (2011)

Dan Kempson 77 vs Horsham 3’s (2011)

Chris Perry 65 vs Horsham 3’s (2011)

James Askew 60 vs Horsham 3’s (2011)

 

Bowling highlights from 21st May:

Dan Rive 5-52 vs Arundel (2011)

Rick Heberlein 4-58 vs Arundel 2’s (2011)

Luke Vinter 4-26 vs East Grinstead (2005)

20th May

No focus day today but 18 games to look through! We have had 8 wins, 7 losses, and 3 draws on this day.

Games played on 20th May:

2018 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands 2’s

2018 – 2nd XI vs Pagham 3’s

2018 – U14’s vs West Wittering

2017 – 1st XI vs Felbridge and Sunnyside

2017 – 2nd XI vs Himani

2017 – 3rd XI vs Rustington 2’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s

2016 – U15’s vs Bognor

2012 – Sunday XI vs Worthing

2012 – U14’s vs West Wittering

2010 – U15’s vs Arundel

2008 – U13’s vs Arundel

2007 – 1st XI vs Horsham

2007 – Sunday 1st XI vs Fittleworth

2007 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Loxwood

2006 – 1st XI vs Pulborough

2006 – 3rd XI vs Billingshurst

 

Batting highlights from 20th May:

Dan Peach 50* vs Pagham 3’s (2018)

James Askew 74 vs Felbridge and Sunnyside (2017)

Olly Hemsley 66 vs Himani (2017)

Andy Lee 54* vs Rustington 2’s (2017)

Nathan Perry 55 vs Worthing (2017)

Tom Lee 50 vs Arundel U15’s (2010)

Mike Askew 50 vs Arundel U15’s (2010)

Siya Sibiya 64 vs Pulborough (2007)

 

Bowling highlights from 20th May:

Dan White 4-18 vs Pagham 3’s (2018)

Tom Merrien 5-13 vs Fittleworth (2007)

19th May

We have 12 games to look at today with 6 wins in total. We take a closer look at Saturday 19th May 2018.

The first team hosted Chichester 2’s in an early season top of the table clash. Chichester won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision they probably soon regretted. 15 overs later, and about an hour later, the innings was completed. Opening bowlers James Askew and Mac Cox tore through the opposition line up, both picking up 4fers, and good fielding from Jack Turner and Ally James meant Chichester were bowled out for just 27.

Opening batsmen Tom Lee and Guy Souch saw the first team to a 10 wicket victory and everyone was on the beers by 2pm. A perfect Saturday some would say.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team travelled to Slinfold 2’s, looking for their first win of the season after a draw and a rained off game. Slinfold won the toss and elected to bowl first. Opener Harry Standing top scored with 84, and Jordan Atkinson scored a useful 39* lower down the order, as the second team posted 220.

The bowlers then got off to a good start with Dan Rive and Stewart Mohsin picking up early wickets. Amjad Mohsin and Andy Greig took out the Slinfold middle order but the tailenders of Slinfold managed to hold on for a draw, as they finished on 180-8 off 49 overs.

Full Scorecard HERE

The fourth team lost at home to Clymping 2’s but picked up a respectable 11 points. Clymping batted first and posted 210-9 off their 40 overs. Theo Hemsley took his second 5fer of the year, finishing with 5-32. In reply the 4th team fell 78 runs short. Shaun Keyte top scoring with 44.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 19th May:

2019 – 1st XI vs Findon

2019 – Sunday XI vs BMA

2012 – 1st XI vs Middleton

2012 – 2nd XI vs Middleton 2’s

2012 – 3rd XI vs Goring 4’s

2012 – U15’s vs Angmering

2007 – 1st XI vs Haywards Heath

2007 – 2nd XI vs Haywards Heath 2’s

2007 – 3rd XI vs Petworth Park

 

Batting highlights from 19th May:

Harry Standing 84 vs Slinfold 2’s (2018)

Amit Midha 54 vs Middleton (2012)

Wes Campbell 51 vs Middleton 2’s (2012)

James Askew 58* vs Goring 3’s (2012)

Geoff Cole 115* vs Haywards Heath 2’s (2007)

Richard Hanks 65 vs Haywards Heath (2007)

 

Bowling highlights from 19th May:

James Askew 4-5 vs Chichester 2’s (2018)

Mac Cox 4-22 vs Chichester 2’s (2018)

Theo Hemsley 5-32 vs Clymping 2’s (2018)

Adam Tester 4-57 vs Haywards Heath (2007)

Benn Challen 4-61 vs Haywards Heath (2007)

Dan Rive 6-72 vs Haywards Heath (2007)

Hugh Milner 4-5 vs Petworth Park (2007)

18th May

We have one of the busier days today with 16 games to look through. The focus is on last year, Saturday 18th May 2019… That seems a long time ago right now! We had two victories and two losses.

The first team hosted Stirlands, the match report from the game: The first team finally opened their account on Saturday when they hosted fellow strugglers Stirlands. Skipper James Askew lost the toss and his counterpart George Coles had no hesitation in electing to bowl first. There was a change at the top of the order as the skipper and Guy Souch swapped batting positions.

James Askew (9) and Tom Lee (12) put on 22 for the first wicket before the former decided to give catching practice to mid-on. Lee didn’t last much longer as he was ‘bounced’ out by the big scary Australian bowler. Jack Turner (7) and Ally James (18) then proceeded to rebuild the innings, with the help of some wides, and took the score to 61-2. James then copied his skipper and Jack was out LBW. Mac Cox (10) joined the new middle order hitter Guy Souch (76) and they put on 64 for the 5th wicket. Cox was next to go, edging to slip, and Souch was joined by Mike Askew (19). They put on 48 for the 6th wicket. Lower order runs from Chris Heberlein (17) and Dan White (18*) helped push the score to a very respectable 247-9, the first team’s highest score this season.

Another change of tactics saw Ryan Budd open the bowling alongside Cox. Will Gubbins (43) looked to attack early on but his opening partner Jake Moores (4) didn’t last long with Cox getting him caught behind. Budd then joined the party when he got George Briance (1) caught down the legside by keeper M.Askew. Stirlands were struggling at 34-2. Michael Clowes soon came and went, and Gubbins was joined by his captain Coles. These two looked to rebuild the Stirlands innings, and they progressed the score onto 83-3 before J.Askew got the breakthrough, Coles was caught at slip by Cox for 23. Gubbins then fell in the next over to the wily bowling of Heberlein. Stirlands game plan changed, and now they looked to get as many batting points as possible instead of chasing the target set. Stirlands finished on 166-9 with all the LCC bowlers picking up wickets.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team travelled to Horsham 3’s, the match report from the game: The 2nd team travelled to Horsham knowing they would have to bat well to have any sort of chance.

Dazzler lost the toss and we were stuck into bat. Dazzler (42) and Harry (27) got the team off to a good start before falling in consecutive balls, both to poor shots by their standards. Dan Peach (0) then came and went after being bowled round his legs so it came down to Sophie Parnell (45) and Sam Mellor (56*) to rescue an innings that had started promisingly. They put on a 74 run partnership before disaster struck with Sam running Sophie out. Clarkey (4), Olly (6), Dheeraj (4) and Amjad (0) didn’t give much support to Sam. It looked like another batting failure until Nick Larking (18*) came in and batted the last 8 overs with Sam to get us to a respectable if not outstanding score putting on 43 for the final partnership.

So we scored 224 off our 40 overs which was probably just short of par judging by what happened next.

Nick and Amjad opened the bowling and with hope of getting off to a good start like we had in previous games with the ball. However it wasn’t to be after they had scored 128 in the first 13 overs (with Gerrard Weide scoring 95 of them) we finally got the first break through. Olly who has started the season well with the ball getting him caught behind. As much as the bowlers tried to build pressure unfortunately the damage was already done with his innings and we could never recover. Olly did take 3 wickets and was the stand out performer with the ball.

We need as a team to be able to bowl to plans when someone is putting pressure on us, maybe try a couple of different things but saying that Weide didn’t give us a chance until the one he got out on.

A frustrating day once again but there are signs of recovery and becoming the side that was so good last year.

Full Scorecard HERE

The third team hosted Eastergate at Fernhurst, the match report from the game: The ‘Rivolution’ has hit the buffers as the 3rd XI suffer back to back defeats, this time against Eastergate. Dan won the toss for the 3rd consecutive game and decided he would have a bowl. Stu and Raj opened up but it took them a few overs each to get into their strides as both batsman scored freely with a little help from extras. Raj finally managed to get the break through bowling the opener (kept a bit low). Stu found his line and runs dried up as Raj snatched another couple, leaving Eastergate 3 down with about 50 on the board after 14 overs. White and Kitchen then replaced Raj and Stu and the Eastergate batsman started to build their innings, all be it at around 4 an over. Drinks and Eastergate were 82 for 3, two balls after drinks, Will trapped the opener LBW for 29. Eastergate then started to punish the bad ball as Reed progressed to his 50 (ended on 66 not out), but wickets continued to fall and a direct hit from Raj got us the initial break through. Will picked up 1 more and Raj returning ended on 4 wickets and Stu with one. Eastergate ended on 177 for 8. This total included 17 wides and numerous no balls.

In response LCC opened up with Geoff and Rick, with Rick playing some nice shots through the offside until one kept low and he played on. Geoff fell to a similar fate and we were 20 for 2 but Lee and Birbeck began the repair job and at drinks were 80 for 2. But 3 balls after the drinks Andy spooned one up in the air and was caught at midwicket. Enter the skip who with Ian increased the tempo and were going at 5’s and the scored progressed until Rive was out for 25. Birbs continued and with Stu the target should have been reached but as pressure began to tell, Birbs lost his middle pole for 33. Stu and Sam tried keep the tempo but in the end we fell 8 runs short, a case of too many extras when we bowled.

Full Scorecard HERE

The fourth team hosted Goring 3’s at Amberley, the match report from the game: Saturday saw the 4th XI hoping to turn one win into two against Goring 3s at Amberley. After attempting to use the loan system Goring were unable to add to their nine players.

Our two Foot attack opened up against past LA 4’s opener Sandra Yee. Kevin was able to bowl his 9 overs taking 4/20. Dan bowled a tidy 4 overs for 11 runs, before making way for Mat Wilkinson. Mat from his six overs was able to take 2/24 off 6 overs with both catches taken by Simon Wright, including an outstanding grab at point. Jake Howson, Graham Turner finished off the tail, with Phil Merritt in miserly form, 0/6 off two overs. The innings closed in the 27th over, setting a target of 108 for a win.

A new opening partnership saw Graham Watts score a stylish 49 and Tim Hemsley taking a few blows and batting through until the scores were level. Tim was latterly joined by Phil Merritt, Alex Hall and Simon Wright, who finished the match in the winning partnership with Graham Turner. The winning runs came in the 24th over with the 4s winning by 6 wickets.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 18th May:

2014 – Sunday XI vs Stirlands

2014 – U11’s vs Middleton

2013 – 1st XI vs Portslade

2013 – 2nd XI vs Findon 3’s

2013 – 3rd XI vs West Chiltington 3’s

2008 – 1st XI vs Brighton and Hove

2008 – Sunday 1st XI vs Fittleworth

2008 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Chippingale

2006 – U13’s vs Findon

2002 – 1st XI vs Cuckfield

2002 – 2nd XI vs Cuckfield 2’s

2002 – 3rd XI vs Brighton Electricity

Batting highlights from 18th May:

Guy Souch 76 vs Stirlands (2019)

Sam Mellor 56* vs Horsham 3’s (2019)

Geoff Cole 50 vs Stirlands (2014)

Rick Heberlein 61 vs Findon 3’s (2013)

Nathan Perry 51 vs Findon 3’s (2013)

Harry Standing 50 vs Findon 3’s (2013)

Nathan Perry 75 vs Fittleworth (2008)

Kev Staight 100* vs Chippingdale (2008)

Paul Hewitt 56 vs Chippingdale (2008)

 

Bowling highlights from 18th May:

Raj Anumula 4-24 vs Eastergate 2’s (2019)

Kev Foot 4-20 vs Goring 3’s (2019)

17th May

We have 13 games to look through today. We’ve only won 5 games since 2000 on this day, and we look at 3 of them as we take a closer look at what sounded like a wet Saturday 17th May 2008. The first team lost an abandoned T20 game at Bexhill while the other 3 sides won.

The first team match report from that day: LA made the long journey to Bexhill on Saturday hoping to continue their good start to the season. However an early morning downpour combined with leaking covers meant play looked pretty unlikely. Not wanting to make it a wasted journey we stuck around and a number of players ventured into the town centre, the bakery proving popular with huge sandwiches and a fine selection of cakes (the bread pudding - top drawer!). At 2.30 the captains had a meeting and agreed to play a 20/20 game. This meant that both teams would have 10 points for an abandoned game, with the winning team picking up an extra 6. The openers had their pads on before the toss, knowing full well Benn would lose, sure enough he did and we were put in. Batting was never going to be easy and despite a solid start from Baby and Hebs wickets soon began to fall and the run rate dropped. Some good bowling from Bexhill, in particular Ellis and Bulteel, combined with a wet pitch and outfield meant the usual 20/20 boundary fest was out of the equation and LA were instead left to pick up as many singles as possible. Benn made a solid 29 before a late burst from Tuck Box and Matty P took the score past the run-a-ball mark. Tuck Box struck fours from the last 2 balls of the innings to finish on 29 off 16 balls, a fine effort in the conditions.

A score of 121 was always going to be competitive as long as we picked up early wickets and kept the runs down from the start. However after an early breakthrough from Matt the bowlers struggled and Wright and Austin kept the scoreboard ticking over well above the required rate. Benn and Woody, who picked up 2 wickets - Matt catching both, slowed the scoring down but a Bexhill win was always inevitable. They wrapped things up by smashing Dodge for 3 fours in an over, his figures of 1-29 off 3 proving that his Chris Harris slower balls probably weren't the best option!!

Tea was taken at the end of the game, but wasn't really worth the wait! A score of 2 out of 10 - the 2 points earned solely by the jam and cream scones.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team match report vs Eastbourne 2’s: It was only a matter of time before the seconds secured that elusive first win. A stronger and more experienced side hosted Eastbourne in the only dry place in the county. God bless the river Arun!

Rich won the toss and decided to bowl first. Tim and Stoney hit their straps and Eastbourne were floundering at 18-3. Wadey and Danny Rive followed and continued to put the young Eastbourne batsmen to the sword. Dan getting the crucial wicket of the Eastbourne captain Mark Trubshaw. All bowlers were unlucky with dropped catches. Practice makes perfect and more practice is definitely required. Stoney unfortunately getting the brunt of the bad luck. A partnership at the tail saw LA lose a little composure and the fielding disintegrated but Eastbourne's total of 156 was definitely achievable.

The challenge for skipper Rich was to find 6 fit batsmen that could do the job! If anyone knows a good physio that is willing to rub down our more senior players, can i have their number!

Stu H and Dan opened up and got us off to a solid start. Stuart was out LBW after playing some crunching shots. That bought Rich to the crease. Dan continued to move the scoreboard until he chipped a drive to mid-on. He will blame the cramp in both calfs, left hamstring, both forearms and the failing eyesight!

In came in the inform Guy Souch who is quickly losing the 'vicar' nickname as he is definitely turning up on a Saturday. He timed the ball from the off and played some exquisite shots, especially off his pads. Rich continued to rotate the strike and let Souch play his shots. He raced to an excellent 61 before chipping one to deep cover.

Rich continued to hit the bad ball but again mistimed one to cover for a 'well paced' 33 with the team needing 8 to win. There was still time for a mini collapse as Kev and Stoney fell. Stoney's luck with the ball had followed him as he departed without scoring.

The 'one legged man' Rick bludgeoned two lusty fours to see us to our first win.

A great feeling to win the first game but plenty to work on. Conditions helped but the bowlers bowled very well and were let down at times by their team mates in the field.

Full Scorecard HERE

The third team match report vs Partridge Green: Littlehampton 3s registered their first league win of 2008 in a game packed with incident, good humour and the need for floodlights!!! The players came off the field at 8.15pm wet, soggy and victorious having completed the win which could have so easily have been a defeat.

Tom Merrien showed some pure class and maturity when he carried his bat through the Littlehampton innings scoring 90. He shared an opening partnership with Ian Birbeck of 54 and the foundation was laid in the early afternoon. Runs were difficult to come by and with Birbeck falling for 30 and Budd for 3 there was a requirement for the run rate to be increased. Call for Dazzler who was using borrowed kit ( don't ask!!! ) He punched the score along and was bowled for a quickish 27.

The rain held off during the LA innings and the loss of Wes Campbell with a stunning c&b from Chris Tagg brought Foz the Elder to the crease. Determined to get Tom running Foz blasted a few agricultural blows and got Tom in the mood for a clubbed 6 and the score finished on 211 with a final partnership of 49 in 6 overs.

Now for the tea and I stress this is a personal opinion. Pasta salad with ham, peppers, sweetcorn is a tip top favourite and Louise of Partridge Green is to be highly commended for her produce. Louise, Littlehampton 3s salute you. A variety of traditional English sandwiches cut into triangles added to a sumptuous, delicious delight.

The rain came down and P Green opened their innings. Buddy bowled with venom and Jim Brown bowled with precision, pluckiness and purity. Jimbo was was unlucky not to get more than the 2 wickets he obtained. Unusually Mr Milner failed to get any wickets but he was able to hold down one end.

All appeared to be going swimmingly but suddenly the total kept on rising. Hewitt came on and steadied the ship but runs were being leaked at the other end. Closer and closer PG came to the total. Darker and darker and wetter and wetter we all became. Wickets fell with a Foz the Elder and Foz the Younger run out partnership. Dazzler got in the groove with a run out and catches from Callum, Wes and Hugh Milner.

20 reqd off the last 2 overs but 10 an over was being attained in previous overs. Bowlers were running out and fresh legs were needed. The skipper Paul Hewitt tried to catch the eye of his second string bowlers who all looked away. Dazzler, while fiddling with grapefruits, was selected to bowl the penultimate over (second to last for the thickies ). 2 off the over was all that was accrued and it was left to Buddy to come on and finish up. With one or two scares in the final over LA came through with PG being 206-9.

A very close game played in trying conditions. A credit to both teams

Full Scorecard HERE

The fourth team match report vs Arundel 3’s: It was going to pour they said. So we waited. No chance of play they said. So we waited.

Then panic set in, 0930 Paul raced to Clapham to recut the pitch,1000 I raced to Tesco to buy the teas.

We won the toss and put them in. Brett opened the bowling only to see their 11 year old opener send one sailing back over his head for 6 in the first over. The same young bat proceeded rapidly to 14 off 3 balls. Not the start we had hoped for but with tight lines from both Farrells we soon had them 2 down for 12 after 4 overs.

A steady flow of wickets was followed by a stubborn patch from the oppo in the middle order until Glenn Harris changed the angle. Instant success and the tail didn't wag for long.

Alex Clifton and Tom lee went straight to work confidently and smoothly forging a 50 partnership before Tom mistimed one giving a leading edge back to the bowler.

Ed swift blasted 1 four,then left then gate wide open bringing Sophie to the crease. By this point Alex has pulled a muscle in his back trying to put one on to the road and missing. He battled on. Sophie giving him as much strike as possible, and he reach his 52 n/o with the winning runs.

It was a good win on a cold day and not a drop of rain in sight.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 17th May:

2015 – Sunday XI vs St James Montefiore

2015 – U12’s vs Middleton

2014 – 1st XI vs St Andrews

2014 – 2nd XI vs Rustington

2014 – 3rd XI vs West Wittering 2's

2009 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2009 – U18’s vs Roffey

2003 - 1st XI vs Lewes Priory

2003 - 2nd XI vs Lewis Priory 2's

 

Batting highlights from 17th May:

James Askew 104 vs Roffey U18’s (2009)

Guy Souch 61 vs Eastbourne 2’s (2008)

Tom Merrien 90* vs Partridge Green (2008)

Alex Clifton 52* vs Arundel 3’s (2008)

Bowling highlights from 17th May:

NO ONE!

16th May

There’s 10 games to look through today. No focus today just scorecards below:

2015 – 1st XI vs Broadwater

2015 – 2nd XI vs Aldwick 2’s

2015 – 3rd XI vs Felbridge and Sunnyside 3’s

2015 – 4th XI vs Clymping 2’s

2010 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2010 – Development XI vs Horsham

2010 – U16’s vs Worthing

2009 – 1st XI vs Middleton

2009 – 2nd XI vs Middleton 2’s

2009 – 3rd XI vs Worthing 3’s

Batting highlights from 16th May:

Stewart Murray 161 vs Felbridge and Sunnyside 3’s (2015)

Darin Bird 53* vs Clymping 2’s (2015)

Geoff Cole 104* vs Chippingdale (2010)

Gareth Challen 82 vs Horsham (2010)

Colin Oliver-Redgate 54* vs Worthing 3’s (2009)

Bowling highlights from 16th May:

Andy Greig 4-19 vs Broadwater (2015)

Tim Peters 5-28 vs Aldwick 2’s (2015)

Chris Perry 4-55 vs Felbridge and Sunnyside 3’s (2015)

15th May

We have 11 games to look through today with the focus on Saturday 15th May 2004. An international cricketer ripped through the first team but still ended up losing, while an unlikely candidate ripped through Brighton 2’s.

The first team hosted Stirlands at The Sportsfield. Making his debut for Stirlands that day was an off spinner from Pakistan… Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal went on to play over 200 times for his country and take over 400 wickets. The match report from that day:

Stirlands were the visitors to the sportsfield playing their first game of the season and desperate to make an impression on the league. On a very warm day Littlehampton won the toss and elected to bat.

 Skipper Paul decided to make a change to the batting order and opened with Karl and GTI. This decision obviously paid off as they made a partnership of 55 before GTI was dismissed. Karl survived two big appeals from the Stirlands bowlers, but this still didn't phase him, he continued to score freely. Both GTI and Karl managed to see off the opening bowlers before the Stirlands overseas player was introduced. The Pakistan spinner soon dried up the runs and began to take wickets. Baby came in number three nursing a hangover, (but don't tell his parents). Although he wasn't scoring freely he still managed to stay there. Karl was eventually dismissed for 41 and it seemed the famous Littlehampton batting collapse was inevitable. Ben Challen came in number four and managed to score 2 before being bowled by the leg spinner. Gids went into bat but he was dismissed without troubling the scorer.Baby was still there when his brother made his way to the crease. However one ball later baby was walking back to the pavilion. Kirky decided he would push the ball back to the bowler and run. Baby had no chance, however kirky was now at the non strikers end which I think is where he was desperate to be. Unfortunately Kirky did not make up for his early mistake and was some back in the pavilion. The rock managed to steady the ship by playing very aggressive. He and Adam put on a thirty partnership before Adam was caught at mid-on. The score was now on 130 and the team knew that this wasn't enough. Hanksy and Wellsy managed to get the total to 146, which was the same total against Preston Nomads.

In reply the bowlers were fired up, they knew they could bowl a side out for less than 146 as we have done it previously. The first 12 overs were the most frustrating 12 overs ever, as the batsmen did not have a clue. The first ball of the day Wellsy dropped a catch at third slip off GTI's bowling. However instead of the heads going down this seemed to motivate the players even more. It wasn't long before GTI had his revenge trapping the batsmen in front of the stumps. Luke also bowled very tight and he picked up the second wicket of the day when the batsmen was caught behind. The two batsmen now at the crease played at every ball but failed to make contact. This was probably the best both bowlers have bowled. Luke was replaced by Hanksy and Adam took over from his brother. It wasn't long before both bowlers made an impression. Adam sent the middle stump tumbling in his first over, whist Hanksy had one caught behind by Karl. At 45 for 4 Stirlands were in trouble. Adam was on fire and bowling at pace. Stirlands were gradually increasing their run chase as their overseas player was at the crease. I don't know whether he had a phobia of running because his only scoring shot was either a 4 or a 6. He hit one six which cleared Kirky by 20 feet at mid-on. He scored 45 off 18 balls before he was dismissed by Adam tester's slower ball. He was caught on the boundary by GTI. At 85-6 Stirlands were in trouble. Hanksy took 2 two wickets in his penultimate over and was on a hat-trick. One was caught by Karl who was beginning to release it was his day. This was his fourth catch of the day. Adam took the ninth wicket and Littlehampton knew that 24 points were on their way. Skipper Paul Wells decided he would let Challen bowl an over or two as he had not contribute toward the game at all. One ball later Karl took a stumping and Littlehampton had won. Karl finished the day with four catches and a stumping, whilst Adam had recorded his best figures for Littlehampton.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team travelled to Brighton 2’s. Brighton batted first and their opener Martyn Ford held the innings together, scoring 107, before he was bowled by the well-known bowler Kev Staight. Kev went on to take 5-12 (I don’t believe it as well) as Brighton were all out for 199. Looking at Kev’s stats, he bowled 132 overs in the 2004 season!

The 2’s run chase never got going and only three batsman made it into double figures as they limped to 87 all out off 37.5 overs.

Full Scorecard and prove of Kev’s 5fer HERE

Other games played on 15th May:

2016 – Sunday XI vs St James Montefiore

2016 – U12’s vs Midhurst

2011 – Sunday XI vs Crawley

2011 – U14’s vs Midhurst

2011 – U11’s vs Chichester

2010 – 1st XI vs Arundel

2010 – 2nd XI vs Arundel 2’s

2006 – U15’s vs Findon

2005 – Sunday XI vs Hambledon

Batting highlights from 15th May:

Nathan Perry 114* vs St James Montefiore (2016)

Chris Heberlein 121* vs Crawley (2011)

Chris Cooke 93 vs Hambledon (2005)

Bowling highlights from 15th May:

Luke Vinter 4-34 vs Arundel (2010)

Chris Heberlein 4-42 vs Hambledon (2005)

Adam Tester 4-24 vs Stirlands (2004)

Kev Staight 5-12 vs Brighton 2’s (2004)

 

14th May

We have 15 games today ranging from 2017 to 2000. The focus is on Saturday 14th May 2016 when all four teams were unbeaten.

The first team hosted Wisborough Green at The Sportsfield. The first team batted first and they lost skipper James Askew early for just two. However, Tom Lee and Louis Paul then put on 220 for the 2nd wicket with Louis Paul scoring his maiden century for the club as he finished on 136. The first team finished on 275-3.

Wisborough Green lost an early wicket but a century from Byron Napper steered Wisborough Green to a very boring draw as they finished on 217-3.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team travelled to Broadbridge Heath 2’s. Batting first, the second team were struggling at 118-6 but star all-rounder Dan Peach saved the day as he smashed 95 not out off just 77 balls to help his side post a mammoth 283-9.

Veteran Tim Peters got the second team off to a great start with the ball as he removed three of the top 4 as Broadbridge Heath fell to 44-4. A fifty from Heath’s number six gave them some hope but young leg-spinner Daniel White came on and mopped up the tail, picking up a 4fer in the process.

Full Scorecard HERE

The third team travelled to Horsham 4’s. Top order runs from Geoff Cole (79) and skipper Dan Clarke (51) gave the third team a solid start as they went onto post 231-5 off their 40 overs.

Horsham struggled with the bat straight away as the youthful opening attack of Connor Finneran and Stewart Mohsin picked up three wickets between them. Then the experience of Paul Hewitt and Darin Bird finished off the work as they ripped through the middle order and Horsham limped to 127-8 off their 40 overs.

Full Scorecard HERE

The fourth team travelled to Arundel 3’s. Here’s a match report written by Arundel –

On a sunny afternoon the band of brothers we call the Arundel 3rds cricket team gathered for our first league game of the season with an age range from 12 to 86. Seven colts with four adults took to the cricketing stage; ready for battle and refreshed and enthused for the new season.

Our opponent this week was Littlehampton, Clapham & Patching CC - 4th XI and with their Captain Tim we proceeded to lose the toss and were asked to field.

Our left arm fast Ben Hawkes came swooping into bowl to catch his bird of prey and delivered some feisty balls to quieten the Littlehampton openers.

Next to the attack was Patrick Denyer bowling some away swinging deliveries to entice the batsmen.

Soon our intrepid Mark Harrington displayed his goalkeeping prowess as he dived at second slip to an excellent swinging delivery on a perfect length from Patrick and we had the first wicket.

Onwards and upwards and our man of the moment Denny Pease clean bowls another batsman and soon Littlehampton are four wickets for under 50 with Ben Adkin serving a beautiful slower delivery for the batsman to loft into the safe hands of yours truly!!!

Littlehampton dug in and we continued to provide some good bowling and fielding with the colts eager for more blood (metaphorically speaking.)

Michael Kirby-Bott was outstanding as a wicket keeper diving superbly at times and saving the team double figures in runs.

Enter Mr William Spratt, a future Prime Minister with such an important sounding name, creating some wicket taking deliveries and soon another wicket falls as he clean bowls another batter.

Veteran from many hardened battles Mr Mark Barry offered his off spin with our new colt Jack Harrington offered our fielders some close chances just out of the reach of the diving Captain ( No the earth didn’t shake)

Some good tight bowling at the end and wickets falling to Ollie and Patrick sealed the deal and we had 176 to chase.  An achievable Target on our small outfield.  Over to the young Guns!

With sound of willow beating the leather, Ollie Davinett-Jays and Ben Hawkes made a strong and attacking start to the run chase with some glorious textbook strokes thumped to the boundary.

When Ollie skied an edge, Ben was joined by Michael who continued the march to victory with some sensible but attacking shots (Jos Butler move over!!! ) Some clever dabs from Ben kept the score book rapidly ticking and soon we were 104 -1 heading for an early finish.

Alas the best planning in the world does not guarantee success and we suddenly lost quick wickets with Jack and yours truly needing 50 runs with only three wickets in hand.  Jack played a very clever and mature innings with a lot of grit and determination as we soldiered on to the finishing line.

We were only 13 runs away and John Baker from Littlehampton bowled a great full delivery to bowl Jack.  Yours truly continued to knock down the total with a quick four from Patrick.  Denny the last man standing flicked off some singles and we were heading for victory and only required one strike away from victory.

Yours truly tried to flick the ball down to the short third man boundary for victory but the ball got slightly more bounce and it was edged to the keeper.  So close and yet so far. 

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 14th May:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Rustington

2011 – 1st XI vs Findon

2011 – 2nd XI vs Findon 2’s

2011 – 3rd XI vs Crawley Eagles 3’s

2006 – Sunday 1st XI vs Billingshurst

2006 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Middleton

2006 – U16’s vs Worthing

2005 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2005 – 2nd XI vs Roffey 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Haywards Heath 3’s

2000 – Sunday XI vs Les Lenham XI

 

Batting highlights from 14th May:

Louis Paul 136 vs Wisborough Green (2016)

Tom Lee 92 vs Wisborough Green (2016)

Dan Peach 95* vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s (2016)

Olly Hemsley 54 vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s (2016)

Geoff Cole 79 vs Horsham 4’s (2016)

Daniel Clarke 51 vs Horsham 4’s (2016)

Stephen Flint 79* vs Arundel 3’s (2016)

Chris Heberlein 80 vs Findon 2’s (2011)

Rick Heberlein 50 vs Findon 2’s (2011)

Chris Heberlein 62 vs Billingshurst (2006)

Geoff Cole 60 vs Steyning (2005)

James Askew 63* vs Haywards Heath 3’s (2005)

Darren Bazley 61* vs Haywards Heath 3’s (2005)

Karl Stedman 66* vs Les Lenham XI (2000)

 

Bowling highlights from 14th May:

Dan White 4-16 vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s (2016)

Val Olubodun 4-49 vs Crawley Eagles 3’s (2011)

Chris Hanks 4-51 vs Steyning (2005)

Hugh Milner 4-26 vs Haywards Heath 3’s (2005)

Tim Peters 4-32 vs Haywards Heath 3’s (2005)

Stuart Stoneham 4-14 vs Les Lenham XI (2000)

 

 

13th May

Today we have ten games to look through, with five adult league wins out of six. We take a closer look at Saturday 13th May 2006 where all three league teams were victorious.

The first team hosted Sidley at The Sportsfield. Sidley batted first but soon found Adam Tester on fire as he removed their top three for not many runs. A partnership formed between Kashif Rasheed and Peter King but once Benn Challen removed both of those, Sidley soon collapsed to 157 all out. Challen picking up 5-23.

The first team lost openers Geoff Cole and Chris Heberlein quickly. Contributions from most of the middle order, Siya Sibiya top scoring with 38, meant the first team got over the line despite losing 8 wickets.

Full Scorecard HERE

Match report from the second team game at Sidley:

LCPCC were looking for a third successive victory. The threat of rain did not materialise. Last weeks rain meant we had a 1 XI central track for todays pitch. It looked a very true wicket and although suited to batting, we hoped to field first and chase whatever was set as our target.

Neil lost the toss and was pleased to be asked to field.

Opening bowlers Merlin and Tim Peters hoped for an early breakthrough. This was not the case and we had to wait 15 overs for our first wicket of the day. Tim had to contend with a big slope to run in on and he was replaced by Justin. On a hat-trick from last week, he had to wait till his third over for our breakthrough. He bowled a tight spell of 8 overs, taking 3-15 (all bowled).

The Apprentice 'Lewis', had not been needed to bowl last week, but he only needed a sequence of 8 balls to take all of his 4 wickets for the day. On such a good pitch, he learnt quickly that a good length was key to success today.

Sidley had been 41-1 but slumped to 64-7. We looked to capture all 10 wickets quickly, but an innings of 45* by their number 7 saw them reach 131 as a total for us to chase. Bruce did well to come into the attack and took 2 wickets with straight lines.

The FA cup final noise from the club house was entertaining after tea. After Ricks departure with the score on 15-1, Rich Hanks joined Justin at the crease. A partnership of 102 runs was well constructed between them both. Rich Hanks played the quieter role but still scored at a steady rate. Justin started with strong check drives and ended his innings of 64 with 2 sixes and a flourish.

Jimmy joined Rich for the last 7 overs, before the game was won. At the close Rich waited for the chance to pull a ball to the boundary to bring home 30 points and on a personal note a good 52*.

Full Scorecard HERE

Match report from the third team game at Pulborough:

 LA 3rd XI began their 2006 league campaign against Pulborough 3rds and until fifteen minutes before kick off were without three of their team. Darren Bazley having taken Ally James and Wes Campbell on an accidental scenic tour of Sussex.

Playa lost the toss and was put in to bat by Pulborough's captain. The skipper opened the innings accompanied by Andy Foster, who departed early for 5.

 In came Darren Bazley who scored a stylish 39 after Playa and Tom Merrien both went after playing well and scoring in the mid-twenties. Wes Campbell scored a Flintoffesque 35 but was caught on the boundary going for another hoike. Ali James held up the tail scoring 23 not out and he finished the innings with Hugh Milner (watch that name!) who finished on 10 not out.

Pulborough came out and started promisingly with several fours being struck in the first couple of overs but this tomfoolery was brought to an end by Andy Greig who bowled out their No. 1 and would finish with figures of 2-18. Chris Staight struck soon after with a good catch from Lloyd and bowled tightly throughout to pick up figures of 3-15. Runs were few and far between as the pressure was piled upon the batsmen.

Hugh Milner was brought on and in his 6 over spell demolished the middle and tail, picking up a 'Michelle', (Pfeiffer, get it?). Four bowlings and a stumping made up his exceptional final figures of 5-0 from 6. Figures that are unlikely to be topped this season (or any other for that matter).

Pulboroughs innings ended in the 22nd over when Wes caught one off of Andy G.

LA won the match by 165 runs. A good start to the season.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 13th May:

2018 – Sunday XI vs BMA

2018 – U12’s vs Chichester

2017 – 1st XI vs Crawley Down

2017 – 2nd XI vs Dome Mission

2017 – 3rd XI vs Rustington 2’s

2016 – U13’s vs Chippingdale

2012 – Sunday XI vs Haywards Heath

Batting highlights from 13th May:

Chris Heberlein 53* vs Crawley Down (2018)

Justin Scott 64 vs Sidley 2’s (2006)

Richard Hanks 52* vs Sidley 2’s (2006)

Bowling highlights from 13th May:

Theo Hemsley 5-14 vs BMA (2018)

Louis Paul 4-25 vs Crawley Down (2018)

Tim Nicholson 4-14 vs Rustington 2’s (2017)

Benn Challen 5-23 vs Sidley (2006)

Lewis Hart 4-35 vs Sidley 2’s (2006)

Hugh Milner 5-0 vs Pulborough 3’s (2006)

12th May

Just 6 games today as rain decimated the fixtures in 2018 and 2012. We focus on the 3rd Saturday of the 2007 season. The 1st team hosted Roffey while the 2nd team travelled to Preston Nomads.

Match report from the 1st team game in 2007:

LA secured their 3rd straight league victory on a blustery day on the south coast.

Surprisingly Roffey won the toss and elected to bat on a wet wicket which looked as if it may offer some assistance for the seamers and spinners alike.

The Tester brothers opened up once again against Roffey opener Graham Dean who was fresh from a hundred against Pulborough the week before and skipper Josh Fleming.

Fleming in particular must have wondered if he had done the right thing by batting as he saw several seemingly harmless deliveries rearing up at him off relativly full lengths. Adam at the other end looked to pitch the ball up to give it the best chance to swing early on. Both bowlers bowled with decent control but Roffey slowly started to accumilate runs. The two openers put on 46 before Fleming chipped a length delivery off Gary straight to Jimmy Askew at mid off for 26. The very next ball a leg stump half volley saw Plaister clip the ball straight into the hands of Chris Hebs at short leg who did wellto hang onto a sharp chance. Hattrick ball saw George Fleming play and miss at a good length delivery from Gary.

Keeno replaced Adam after an unsuccessful opening spell of 7-0-19-0. Keeno bowled with good control and Roffey found scoring difficult with the miserly Tester bowling good lengths at the other end. Keenos spell was cut short with a groin injury and he had to wait until later in the game for his babysitter to come down and rub it better. Chris Hanks replaced Keen and immediately settled in with a maiden. Overs were ticking by and roffey although not losing wickets were not pushing the score along at a rate which would worry LA. George Fleming shared a 3rd wicket stand of over 50 before He was bowled by Benn who had replaced Tester for 24. After 35 overs Roffey had scored just 105 runs and Shivnarin seemed intent on addressing this by hitting Benn for a big 6 after just 2 balls. Shivnarin came and went out LBW to a delivery from woody which would have bounced twice had it had a chance to reach the stumps!

Simon Hickey entered and could have gone the very next ball but Adam Tester spilled a chance at cover. Dean was starting to play some shots but fell caught at mid wicket by Benn off Woody for 49, Pavlovic at the other end had come and gone for a duck. hickey survived a stumping chance to strike some hefty blows scoring 24 before he was undone by a Challen yorker. It was left to Hume and Nevins to see if they could add some much needed runs but LA managed to restrict them to singles and on the last ball Nevins skied a Challen delivery and was ct&bowled to give LA an 8th wicket and an extra 2 points.

The LA reply got off to a flyer with calypso Heberlein crashing some scrumptious boundaries all of which were aerial!! Roffey decided to open with a combination of swing and spin with young Barnard getting a chance with the new ball. The aerial boundary hitting was combined by some textbook playing and missing which signalled that Hebs was in form! Gary at the other end was more circumspect in his approach and was content to wait on the bad deliveries which did come with some frequency early on. The two were looking excellent together with Hebs the aggressor but this partnership was broken when hebs called Gary through for a single which Gary was not moving for and Hebs was left stranded half way down when the throw was sent to the keeper who removed the bails. Hebs made 36 in good time to get LA off to a good start putting on 57 for the first wicket. Jimmy Askew was in at three and looked to play himself in but walked past one and was stumped by Hume off the bolwing of Jacob for 3. Skipper Challen came in at 4 and with the score on 71 knew that if he and Gary could put on a partnership of 50 or so it should be enough to put LA in a winning position. He was flowing from the word go and carried on where he left off against Roffey in the Cockspur cup 3 weeks ago hitting the spinners over the top at will. Gary was picking up his strike rate and Roffey struggled to keep a lid on the scoring meaning they could never apply the pressure they needed. The two put on 73 before Gary was adjuged ct behind for 68, the ball missing his bat and hitting his pad, which did not please Gary!

Amit Gupta entered at 5 needing just over 20 to win. He did not last long ct behind for 3 pushing forward to a Jacob delivery outside off stump.

Greeny joined Challen looking to see the side home but failed to add to many before he was adjuded LBW to Jacob for just 1, the delivery looking as if it was heading down leg. Tuck box Justin wasted no time in finishing the game off with a 4 through mid wicket followed by a maximum in the same area. LA winning inside 41 overs and seeing them record their 3 win in succession in the league with 28 points. Benn ended 44 not out and Scott 10.

Full Scorecard HERE

Match report from the 2nd team game in 2007:

For the third time in as many games the 2nd XI came close to a deserved victory. This time Preston Nomads holding on with one wicket left. However at the midpoint of the Preston Nomads innings it looked like they could stroll to victory but as the pressure mounted wickets fell and they ended up holding out for 169 for 9.

On a dreary and windy day that threatened rain LA were inserted by Preston Nomads. Guy departed caught behind when the score was on 11. Rich went for 1 caught acrobatically in covers and Geoff LBW for 21 and the score had not reached 50. Bruce and Matt repaired the damage and put on a worthwhile partnership although very steadily. Bruce departed for 33 and with Rive at the crease the momentum began. Rive scored 11 in five balls but was out immediately after Parnell was caught for 37. Up stepped Stoneham smashing his first ball for six. Stu and Nick continued the run feast in the latter part f the game with Nick succumbing to the chase. Neil scored a brisk 17 and Stu ended on 35 no. LA's total although not that high was a stiff ask on aground that was slower than a Tim Peters delivery.

Preston Nomads chase got off to the best possible start a Stoneham long hopped chipped to Brogan 0 for 1. Warne and Downey repaired the damage and began to grow in confidence although not scoring at a rapid pace and it wasn't until a bit of luck when going for the third run Rich Hanks ha a direct hit Warne run out for 11 that LA began a fight back. Next oVer Clark out Downey caught at the wicket by Foster and Preston were 45 for 3. In came Des Covell who was immediately dropped by Brogan of Hewitt was that our chance, but two quick wickets by Rive dismissing Smith for 16 and Ball for 0 swung the game LA's way as they were reeling at 79 for 5 only 4 wickets required. However excellent marshalling of the tail by Covell saw Preston grow in confidence and the runs came. Preston Nomads required 52 of 12 with 3 wickets left. However the excellent take by Foster of Stoneham to dismiss Covell for a well constructed 59 saw the run chase end and Preston batted out for a draw at 169 for 9. 

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 12th May:

2019 – Sunday XI vs Steyning Rebels

2019 – U12’s vs Chippingdale

2012 – 1st XI vs Wisborough Green

2002 – Sunday XI vs Storrington

Batting highlights from 12th May:

Graham Watts 53 vs Steyning Rebels (2019)

Mike Askew 54 vs Wisborough Green (2012)

Gary Tester 68 vs Roffey (2007)

Bowling highlights from 12th May:

Dan Rive 5-56 vs Wisborough Green (2012)

Chris Heberlein 4-56 vs Wisborough Green (2012)

Benn Challen 4-43 vs Roffey (2007)

Stuart Stoneham 4-52 vs Preston Nomads 2’s (2007)

Guy Souch 4-15 vs Storrington (2002)

11th May

There’s 14 games to look through today but our focus is only on one game. That game was, I believe, our first ever ladies game as a club. On Sunday 11th May 2008 our ladies side hosted Hastings at The Sportsfield. We have two match reports from the game for you to enjoy.

The setting for the first ladies cricket 20/20 fixture at Littlehampton could hardly have been better. Perfect weather with a soft breeze greeted the well turned-out ladies as they assembled in front of the Old Pavillion, with entourage of coaches and supporters.

Littlehampton batted first, opening with Sophie Parnell and Hayley Shepperd. Sophie cut the second ball for 4, only to mistime a cover-drive two balls later against a swinging new ball to be caught high at cover by the tall Claire Hayden off Melissa Ferguson. Emma Teague looked thoroughly at home as she played herself in, timing the ball sweetly, but her first aggressive off-drive was snapped up cleanly at silly mid-off by Natasha Maharaj-Newman. When Michelle Payne was run out by Kirsten Mair, Littlehampton were reeling at 51 for 3 after 10 overs, but Hayley Shepperd was still there, and runs were beginning to flow from her bat.

Enter Sarah Kempson, and the picture suddenly changed for the better as both ladies upped the pace. Hayley departed for a commanding 62 runs, smartly stumped as she advanced down the wicket for a power-shot. Come in novice batsman Laura Bull in her first ever cricket innings, and all-hell broke loose as she joined Sarah to smash the ball all around the Sportsfield! They added an amazing 50 runs in 4 overs, and although they both succombed in the same over to Lara Petite, by then the damage had been done. Melissa Mantle scored her first 2 runs in competitive cricket; and a satisfactory total of 145 runs had been amassed, for a target of just over 7 runs per over.

Hastings began confidently with Natasha Maharaj-Newman and Claire Hayden adding 63 for the first wicket in 11 overs before the watchful Claire was undone by Emma Teague's pace and clean bowled leg-stump. Left-hand bat Melissa Ferguson joined Natasha, and they caressed the ball to all parts to reach 123 after 17 overs, leaving just 23 runs for victory from the last 3 overs. However, Michelle Payne had found a teasing length and tempted Natasha into a big hit to mid-wicket, where the ever reliable Sophie Parnell gobbled a skyer. Emma Teague then spectacularly caught and bowled Kirsten Mair, who could hardly believe her own misfortune. Now 129 for 3 with one over and 16 runs needed for victory, but Michelle Payne's teasing 'floaters' were all mistimed for just 1 run per ball, with Littlehampton's superb fielding holding as tight as ever.

Praise must also go to captain Hayley Shepperd, whose all-round performance, and shrewd captaincy and field-placing, played a pivotal role in the victory. She was backed up by some amazing and courageous stops in the field; including some excellent wicket-keeping by novice Laura Bull, whose reactions and athleticism let through only 4 byes (in itself a match-winning performance!); - and so everyone played their part.

Victory by 7 runs against an experienced Hastings side set the L.A.Angels dancing with delight!

Praise must also go to their coach Ken Chapman (Connie's Dad), and to Connie herself, whose enthusiasm and positivity has fed through to the ladies squad, whose pre-season indoor practice clearly paid off with a handsome dividend on the field of play!

Connie Chapman writes

"Having turned up at the sports field to find the opposition already there and warming up, the girls of L.A ladies seemed somewhat nervous! Then to find out just how successful the opposition were topped it off! However, captain Hayley Sheppard got underway with the game, won the toss and elected to bat first.

Hayley Shepperd and Sophie Parnell opened the batting. Hayley carried her bat through most of the game, scoring 62. Not bad for three years without playing! Hayley was supported by some superb batting from Sarah Kempson (22) and Laura Bull (20). Both have never played a competitive game of cricket before! Laura, batting number six hit four fours off her first four deliveries! Not bad considering Laura has only picked up a bat 5 times before and three of those were plastic! She has now just got to learn to run in the pads - or at least pick a matching pair before she heads on out to bat!

After scoring 145 off their 20 overs, L.A. Ladies took to the field with our heads held high. Although four out of the eight had never played cricket before, our stoolballing experience allowed us to take to the field with some confidence. The girls fielding was absolutely brilliant! A fantastic caught and bowled (which involved an impressive dive) by Emma Teague allowed us to really believe we could win our first ever game! Hastings and St.Leonards Priory had a very good opening bat and she reached her 50 before she was dismissed by a comfortable catch on the boundary by Sophie Parnell.

With the scores becoming close, LA. Ladies fought to the end and tightened their fielding. They won by seven runs... and silenced the experienced opposition. Our impressive batting and fielding throughout the game stopped any thoughts of 'beginners luck!'. It was a thoroughly deserved win!"

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 11th May:

2019 – 1st XI vs West Chiltington

2019 – 2nd XI vs Crawley Eagles 3’s

2019 – 3rd XI vs Clymping 2’s

2019 – 4th XI vs Aldwick 2’s

2014 – Sunday XI vs Ockley

2014 – U12’s vs Broadwater

2013 – 1st XI vs East Preston

2008 – Sunday XI vs Bognor

2008 – U12’s vs Midhurst

2003 – Sunday XI vs Storrington

2002 – 1st XI vs East Grinstead

2002 – 2nd XI vs Steyning 2’s

2002 – 3rd XI vs West Chiltington

Batting highlights from 11th May:

James Askew 63 vs West Chiltington (2019)

Geoff Cole 65* vs Clymping 2’s (2019)

Kev Foot 61* vs Aldwick 2’s (2019)

Darren Bazley 88* vs Ockley (2014)

Amit Midha 50 vs East Preston (2013)

Angus Webster 85 vs Bognor (2008)

Hayley Sheppard 62 vs Hastings (2008)

Ian Birbeck 51 vs Storrington (2003)

Stuart Hanks 63 vs West Chiltington (2002)

Bowling highlights from 11th May:

Phil Merritt 5-31 vs Aldwick 2’s

10th May

13 games to look through today with 4 match reports from the 2008 season to read.

The 1st XI continued their promising start to the season with a convincing win at home to St James on Saturday.

Despite losing the toss (again!) Benn got what he wanted as St James decided to bat first in the scorching heat. Dodge and Adz continued where they left off against Roffey, each picking up an early wicket to put LA on top from the start. A 3rd wicket soon followed and it was that of the St James overseas player - always a key wicket. Having hit the ball through mid-wicket he completed an easy first run and called his partner through for a risky second. Dan "Jonty" Rive needed no second invitation and in the blink of an eyelid he swooped to pick up the ball and fizz it in over the top of the stumps, where Baby whipped the bails off. As the team gathered to celebrate many wondered if Dan had only managed to reach the stumps due to his arm being saved from the warm up, as him and Blanny were too busy with a plumbing emergency on the outfield! After being 14-3 St James regrouped and passed the 50 mark without losing another wicket so Benn felt it was time for a change, bringing Matt and Gus into the attack. Gus soon struck, showing Dodge that if he does want to start picking up LBW's it will help if the ball is actually going to hit the stumps! Spurred on by the thought of a bit more money for the "Snake Bite Fund" he bowled with venom, moving the ball both through the air and off the seam. It was too much for the batsmen to cope with and he soon had his reward, picking up 3 wickets in an over, the last being an absolute Wasim Jaffer to remove the opposition skipper, Allum, first ball. When Dodge picked up his 2nd wicket to leave the visitors 102-8 LA were hoping to wrap things up quickly. However a succession of drop catches combined with some good batting from Lewis Hatchett, who reached 50, saw St James reach 171 before Benn and Adam finally wrapped things up. Despite letting it slip in the field late on all the bowlers again bowled superbly, Gus being the pick of the bunch with 4-41 off 9.

What there was of the tea was very nice but my scoring system takes quantity into account as well, a department in which it was severely lacking. I therefore give it a score of 4 out of 10.

Despite having 53 overs to reach the relatively small target and the pitch offering assistance to the new ball bowlers, LA set about chasing it down with their usual philosophy of attack being the best form of defence. Despite the early loss of Dan (who had to open after Greeny somehow managed to cripple himself gently heading a football!), Baby and Gus showed no fear and sped along at 6 an over. They hit boundaries at every opportunity but also rotated the strike with quick singles, much to the frustration of the St James bowlers. After despatching Hatchett into the pavilion for a 6 Baby went for one big shot to many and was bowled - running down the wicket and backing away at the same time probably not the best option against the new ball! Still a fine innings of 36 had got us off to the start we needed. Benn joined Gus and continued where Baby left off. Knowing time was not on their side the St James skipper shuffled his pack and brought quickie Johnson and off-spinner Ades into the attack. They did not have the desired effect however and the score continued to move along quickly. Gus reached his second league 50 in as many games but was out a couple of balls later, keeping the slog sweep in the locker against the gentle medium pace of Horsham proved too hard and he was bowled. This came the ball after he had picked out sub fielder Dodge at cover, only for him to (genuinely!) drop a pretty straight forward catch! Jimmy clearly had another party to get to as he set about knocking off the 50 that were still required as quickly as possible - some nice loud calling proving that he hadn't lost his voice! After only 28.3 overs he smashed a 4 through cover to bring up the first 30 points of the season. Benn again batted superbly ending up on 59 not out off only 48 balls.

Full Scorecard HERE

The Saturday 2's first away game of the season took them to St. James. A changed team from last week saw young Amit Midha make his 2nd team debut. The blend of youth and experience promised much on a blistering hot day.

Rich won the toss and chose to bat on a used pitch. Plan 'A' was to get the best of the dust bowl wicket, exhaust our opponents and rack up 200 runs with our long batting order. It didn't quite go to plan!

From ball one the St.James bowlers hit good areas and nipped the ball around. The pitch was on the slower side of slow and Geoff went early caught driving to a full ball. Rich went to the wicket and struggled to get to going. He rode his luck but steadied the ship with Hebs.

Hebs was then unluckily given out LBW when it seamed that he had just tickled the ball. Stu Hanks came in but was caught the ball before drinks! Souchy was given out LBW when all three stumps were visible and it became apparent that anywhere near 200 would be a good score.

Rich passed 50 as wickets kept falling. The St. James spinners were very difficult to get away. Rich got caught at long off for 80. Stu Stoneman and Amit batted well together and a few lusty blows from Tim got us to 189, a defendable total.

The bowlers took early wickets and St. James were under the cosh at 15-3. Souchy taking a sharp chance at gully off Tim to start the ball rolling. St. James then steadied the ship and rode their luck when a difficult chance was edged past Stu H. Amit bowled well and looks promising but once again LCPCC were light on bowlers. St James kept the board ticking and were moving closer to their target. All the bowlers worked hard in the heat but it was not to be.

Full Scorecard HERE

3's opened up their campaign in WSCL Div 2, away at Dome Mission

After the usual 6am scouting trip to the ground, we were looking forward to consolidating after a strong 2007

Playa won the toss and we bowled, despite the muggy conditions.

Ryan and Greiggy took the new cherry after impressing in nets

Once settled in, Ryan bowled very well and completed 6 tight overs.

Greiggy struggled a little, but skip has confidence that he'll do the biz in weeks to come.

Oppo raced to 60 before Hugh - 'The Restricter' stangled them like a boa constrictor

He yet again turned the tide with 10-7-7-2

Jimbo did the same at the other end with 2-for too. Vintage stuff from the Elder Statesmen.

Paddo had an over to forget!

Playa then built on their good work with tight lines and recorded his third league 5-for.

Buddy came back on, despite a split thumb. He got a well deserved wicket, and skip knows that that will be the first of many this season. Great pace and intelligence.

Paddo and Tom were rock solid in the field

Catches were taken by Ian in the deep, Hugh at slip, Jim at mid-off.

Callum showed commitment by diving around like Craig Gordon behind the stumps and got a stumping off Jimbo

Ed did well on debut, despite the heat

Oppo were all out for 176

In reply, Skip sensed that we'd prosper but a series of events denied us victory.

Ian and Tom recorded a 60 run opening partnership, which brought Buddy to the crease.

Ever-solid Ryan batted maturely without giving a chance away.

At the other end, wickets fell at regular intervals.

Everyone can assess their own performance with the bat and work on plenty for the weeks to come. Nets are the ideal time to do this....

Dome showed what we can expect from this higher div, gamesmanship to the max. Early season games will have a steep learning curve, but we're up for the challenge.

Ryan remained not out on 40, but we capitulated and were 140ish all out. For obvious reasons I'm not going to dwell on this anymore.

Hopefully Kyle will be here soon to strengthen the side and we'll prosper soon.

Man of the Match - Ryan Budd - total quality

Full Scorecard HERE

The fourth team travelled to Pulborough 3’s. A hot humid afternoon in the field with the outfield so thick nothing moved off the square.

With Farrells junior and senior opening the bowling the opposition were tied down from the start, the first 15 overs yielding only 25 runs.

An early wicket kept the pressure on them and they eventually had to go aerial.

With 29 overs gone and the scorers bored silly by the lack of runs a dramatic change was required, so the skipper decided to "drop" a catch at short extra cover by taking one on the head and deciding the the best position for him was horizontal in St Richard's.

With him out of the way the rest of the team battled on with almost all the bowlers chipping in for wickets and a run out from Tom Lee saw the tea interval arrive with Pulborough all out for 120 in the last over.

A stunning debut from Andy Lee saw him take 2 wickets in 9 balls.

A mixture of youth and experience opened our batting with Tom Lee grafting a patient innings to top score, while the experience came and went around him.

The youngsters did us proud to take us within striking distance and the reappearance of the skip added some energy and we cruised to the required total with a few overs to spare.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 10th May:

2014 – 1st XI vs West Chiltington

2014 – 2nd XI vs Horsham Trinity 2’s

2009 – Sunday XI vs Bognor

2009 – U16’s vs Stirlands

2009 – U12’s vs Chippingdale

2003 – 1st XI vs Sidley

2003 – 2nd XI vs Sidley 2’s

2003 – 3rd XI vs Ifield 3’s

2003 – 4th XI vs Chippingdale 3’s

 

Batting highlights from 10th May:

Tom Lee 125* vs West Chiltington (2014)

Mike Askew 57 vs West Chiltington (2014)

James Askew 90 vs Bognor (2009)

Nathan Perry 65* vs Bognor (2009)

Benn Challen 59* vs St James Montefiore (2008)

Angus Webster 50 vs St James Montefiore (2008)

Richard Hanks 82 vs St James Montefiore 2’s (2008)

Karl Stedman 50 vs Sidley 2’s (2003)

Paul Newnham 63* vs Chippingdale 3’s (2003)

Bowling highlights from 10th May:

Paul Hewitt 4-32 vs Bognor (2009)

Angus Webster 4-41 vs St James Montefiore (2008)

Paul Hewitt 5-46 vs Dome Mission (2008)

Dan Rive 5-45 vs Sidley 2’s (2003)

Graham Gain 4-38 vs Sidley 2’s (2003)

 

 

9th May

Just 7 games again today with the focus on the 2015 season. Not a very good day for our bowlers when the only player to get onto the bowling highlights is a certain Mr Bazley…

The first team hosted Ram in the second league game of the 2015 season. Ram batted first and in usual Ram style they took the Littlehampton bowlers apart with only Chris Heberlein (3-56) taking any credibility. With zero points at the tea break, a few heated exchanges inspired captain James Askew to blast his way to an unbeaten 139 not out. 25 was needed off the last over for victory, with every Ram fielder on the ropes, Askew smashed 24 off the over and astonishingly the first team tied the game, and ended up picking up more points than Ram.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team travelled to Steyning 3’s looking to make it two wins from two in division 6. Captain Jordan Atkinson won the toss and elected to bowl first. The second team picked up from where they left off the week before as all five bowlers used by the skipper picked up wickets, Paul Hewitt and Darren Bazley taking 3 each, as Steyning were bowled out for just 109. Harry Standing then anchored the innings, carrying his bat for 38 not out, as the second team chased the target with ease and won by 7 wickets.

Full Scorecard HERE

The third team travelled down to West Wittering. The batting troubles from the week before carried on as the 3’s limped to 97-9 off their 40 overs, Darin Bird top scoring with 28. The 3’s did take some early wickets with Connor Finneran and Stewart Murray both taking 2 wickets but West Witterings opener Liam Bates (48) steered his side to a 4 wicket victory.

Full Scorecard Here

Other games played on 9th May:

2010 – Ladies XI vs Seaford

2009 – 1st XI vs St James Montefiore

2009 – 2nd XI vs Lewes Priory 2’s

2009 – 3rd XI vs Chichester 3’s

Batting highlights from 9th May:

James Askew 139* vs Ram (2015)

Anna Champion 67* vs Seaford (2010)

Stephanie Millard 60* vs Seaford (2010)

Geoff Cole 103* vs Lewes Priory 2’s (2009)

Bowling highlights from 9th May:

Darren Bazley 4-56 vs Lewes Priory 2’s (2009)

8th May

With a few cancelations on this day over the years, we’ve only played 7 times on the 8th May. We look back at the opening day of the 2010 league season as the 1’s and 2’s both played Slinfold and the 3’s hosted Wisborough Green.

The first team travelled to Slinfold in division three west. The match report from that day - The 1st XI picked up their first league win since August 2008 by defeating Slinfold by 3 wickets. With skipper, and Barry Gibb lookalike, Gareth Challen away on his honeymoon, his brother Benn stepped up to lead the side....the last LA captain to win a league match! On a cold, wet day he made a good start by winning the toss and opting to bowl on a green wicket. The whole match was played under grey clouds, with more than the occasional bit of “light drizzle!” – conditions that made one wonder if we should still be playing football rather than our first cricket match of the season. This was clearly on Pezza’s mind as when the batsman smashed one to him at point in the 3rd over, he opted not to use his hands and instead trapped the ball with his right foot, showing a first touch Lionel Messi would be proud of! After a couple of early wickets from Dodge, Slinfold recovered and reached 98-2, with captain Thorne scoring a patient 42. At this point Benn made a double bowling change, bringing himself on from one end and Dodge, for a second spell, from the other. It proved to be an inspired move with the two bowling 21 overs unchanged and claiming the last 8 Slinfold wickets for just 37 runs. Dodge finished with 7-31 and Benn 3-32. It was a good performance from everyone in field though, Buddy and Tom, making his 1st XI league debut, also bowled good spells that could have seen them amongst the wickets on another day. In reply Jimmy and Boom Boom Blanny got us off to a flying start, putting on 42 within 6 overs. Blanny tried his best to show us his patented cover-drive six on a number of occasions but couldn’t quite find his range, and had to settle for one-bounce four’s instead. After Blanny went, for a quick-fire 18, Jimmy and Benn continued scoring at above 6 an over, taking us to 97-1, and many would have thought we had the game in the bag. However, Benn’s dismissal sparked a collapse that saw us lose 6 wickets for 31 runs, with Awcock and Thorne causing the damage. While his batting partners changed more regularly than Amit’s diagnosis of an injury, Jimmy continued along his merry way punishing any bad balls. After a nervy few overs Buddy nudged one into the leg side for 2 runs, meaning we had WON!! Jimmy finished unbeaten on 64, a superb innings in testing conditions. Thanks go to Andy Lee who very kindly scored. Now, in the style of Match of the Day 2 (and because I’ve nicked the idea off another teams match report) a bit of “Too Good, Too Bad”. TOO GOOD The whole team - Putting last year’s horror show behind us to get of off to a great start. Dodge – Back bowling and finishing with career best figures. Jimmy – A vital innings with the bat, holding his nerve when the pressure was on. Benn – Important contributions with the bat and ball. Has skippered the 1st XI in both of our last 2 victories. Shame there has been 15 months in between them! Ant “Sven-Goran” Tester – 100% league record as Director of Cricket! Slinfold teas – Chicken curry sandwiches, brownies, flapjacks, huge chocolate cake....beautiful. Chris “The Run Machine” Green – Scored his standard 40 for Clymping yesterday. What a hero. Blanny - Looks to have the "Making a ridiculously easy catch look incredibly hard" trophy in the bag after only 1 game. TOO BAD Amit – Tuesday: ”I’ve torn my shoulder, probably can’t bowl all season.” Friday night: “I’m alright to play actually.” However, on this occasion his bowling wasn’t required, thanks for coming! Also deserves a mention for playing more shots than Blanny did in the middle during his game of pool with a rather nice young lady. But didn’t get her number....poor work. LA Batting – Making us all far too nervous than was necessary. But a win is a win, not going to complain! Pezza – Sitting in his car with the windscreen wipers on while we were all trying to convince the umpires that it wasn’t raining too hard! Dodge – Similar crime. Slinfold 9 down and the heavens open. Dodge: “I can’t even see while I’m running up”, “The balls so wet I can hardly hold it”. Shut up and get on with it!

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team hosted Slinfold 2’s at The Sportsfield. Captain Dan Rive won the toss and elected to bowl first. It was Rive that led from the front with the ball as he removed 4 of Slinfold’s top 5 as they slumped to 112-6. Runs from Slinfold’s number 7 Martyn Haynes (59) meant they recovered to post 187-7 off their 53 overs.

The second team fell just 9 runs short of the target with Rick Heberlein (44) and Mike Askew (39) top scoring.

Full Scorecard HERE

The third team hosted Wisborough Green at Fernhurst. The match report from that day - A depleted and weakened 3rd XI lost to a strong and mature Wisborough Green 2nd XI on a rain-effected wicket at the Fernhurst ground at Goring. The visitors won the toss and put L.A. in to bat. Ian Birbeck and Phil Parnell opened the batting. Ian cut a short ball straight to gully who did not have to move his hands; anywhere else and it would have been a certain 4 runs. Tom Burgess came in at No.3 and batted sensibly, in a partnership of 22 before being yorked for 9. Apart from a promising innings of 18 from Phil Parnell, and Kane Lack's unfortunate caught and bowled by Pleasance, the rest is a sorry tale of mindless batting as one player after another played shots across the line of the ball which were more suitable for beach cricket, and totally irresponsible in the context of league cricket. The only real resistance came from CollyOlly combining sensible defence with some well-timed shots around the wicket, but who also succumbed to a good yorker. Ryan Carter showed promise with a good straight 4, but was then caught at mid-on trying the same shot. With a man short, Hugh Milner was left as the not out batsman, as we took an early tea, wondering how to defend a small total of 66 runs.

Our opening attack of Tom Burgess and Hugh Milner lifted our spirits when Hugh took a wicket with his first ball, as William Kitchen coolly took a catch at gully. Tom bowled a steady line and length and was rewarded with a smart catch at slip by Hugh. The first 8 overs went for just 19 runs, and we were quietly optimistic of another bowling point, or two. However Vickery and Steve Calder-Smith had played themselves in sensibly, and wasted no time in the remaining 4.2 overs hitting a quick 51 runs to clinch victory as the storm-clouds darkened from the north. The L.A. fielding did provide some hope, as everyone tried their best, and Phil Parnell kept a 'clean-sheet' behind the stumps; -indeed there were no extras at all, no wides, no no-balls, and of course no byes, so Phil Parnell's batting and 'keeping' clinched his accolade as Man-Of-The-Match for the home side.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 8th May:

2011 – U11’s vs Chippingdale

2008 – U13’s vs East Preston

2005 – Sunday XI vs Storrington

2004 – 2nd XI vs East Grinstead

Batting highlights from 8th May:

James Askew 64* vs Slinfold (2010)

Chris Cooke 131 vs Storrington (2005)

Richard James 57 vs East Grinstead 2’s (2004)

Bowling highlights from 8th May:

Luke Vinter 7-31 vs Slinfold (2011)

Dan Rive 4-64 vs Slinfold 2’s (2011)

Dan Rive 5-30 vs East Grinstead 2’s (2004)

7th May

15 games to look at today, and the focus is on Saturday 7th May 2011. The 1’s and 2’s both played Slinfold, while the 3’s had a long trip to Scaynes Hill.

The first team hosted Slinfold on the second Saturday of the league season. The first game of the season ended in a heavy defeat at Bognor. LCC got off to great start with James Askew (70) and Sajid Khan (39) putting on 111 for the first wicket. Quickfire contributions from Chris Heberlein (50) and Amjad Mohsin (30*) led the first team to 255-8 off their 53 overs.

The first team got off to a great start with the ball with Dan Rive doing bits with the new ball and removing three of their top five. Amjad removed the dangerous Guy Thorne and the first team were well on their way to victory with Slinfold 49-4. However, Slinfold’s number 6 Charlie Haire (111) started to put up some resistance for the away side. He carried his side to the cusp of victory but the experience Rive managed to bowl Haire and Slinfold were 230-8 with all three results still possible. Rive then removed another and Slinfold were 236-9. Slinfold were 238-9 with 1.1 overs to go when their batsman, who had a runner, decided to run after hitting the ball. The runner also ran, the batsman returned to his crease but the runner never did so when Amit Midha threw the ball in and the bails were whipped off and LCC won by 17 runs. A very disgruntled Slinfold weren’t happy that the first team run out the runner who was out of his crease?? but luckily the umpires knew the laws of the game.

Full Scorecard HERE

The second team travelled north to Slinfold. Captain Peters lost the toss and LCC were inserted. Geoff Cole fell early but Andy Greig (82) and John Pyant (46) steadied the ship. A standard LCC middle order collapse occurred but captain Peters smashed his way to 49 not out (hopefully with his woodpecker). Tom Burgess supported his captain with 33 not out and LCC posted 242 for 6.

Just like the first team, the second team got off to a very good start with the ball. George Kitchen removed Slinfold’s top 4 by himself and Slinfold were in trouble. However, middle order runs started to save Slinfold but four wickets from Hugh Milner looked like to would be enough to give the 2’s the win. But Slinfold managed to hold on, 9 down, and secure the draw.

Full Scorecard HERE

The third team travelled to Scaynes Hill 3’s. Match report from that day - We had a good game against Scaynes Hill 3 XI at the lovely setting of Warninglid on Saturday. With six players making their senior debut the inexperience was made up for by the enthusiasm of everyone.

Having won the toss we decided to have a bowl. An opening attack of youth and experience bowled good lines. Shaun Matthews bowled a tight three overs before needing to come off with a strain. Val Olubodon moved the ball about with his inimitable swing. At the other end Jim Brown tied up an end.

Eventually with the introduction of Stewart Mohsin a wicket came as the skipper stuck out a hand and it stuck. Gradually we started to take wickets although the opener Vaughan proved a tough nut to remove. He batted patiently for 83 not out. Tony Thomson, Sam Pannel and Nick Young threw themselves around in the field. We continued to restrict the run rate but struggled to take the wickets quickly enough.

Brandon Matthews, Will Kitchen and Sam Pannel all made good efforts. The stand out bowler was Stewart Mohsin taking 3 wickets for 29 runs off 8 overs. A chip off the block! Jim Brown showed determination bowling 19 overs going at 3 an over. He didn't seem to have the rub of the green. Well bowled Jim.

A more experienced Scaynes Hill team got to tea on 199 for 6 off their 49 overs. A good tea was enjoyed.

Shaun Matthews and Ian Birbeck opened up. Shaun batted with character without scoring too many runs. Ian made use of a few lives. A few wickets fell early before Phil Parnell joined Ian putting on 64 runs for the 4 wicket. Phil entertained the crowd with a quick 41. A Scaynes Hill player had a nasty injury slipping in the outfield. Littlehampton provided super-sub Thomson who then caught out the skipper on 28! The inexperience showed in our batting with Littlehampton ending up on 94 all out.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 7th May:

2018 – Under 14’s vs Pagham

2017 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood

2016 – 2nd XI vs Chippingdale 2’s

2016 – 4th XI vs Slinfold 3’s

2014 – U13’s vs Middleton

2006 – Sunday 1st XI vs Goodwood

2006 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Ebernoe

2006 – U14’s vs Bosham

2005 – 1st XI vs Hastings

2005 – 2nd XI vs Hastings 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Brighton 3’s

2000 – Sunday XI vs Ebernoe

Batting highlights from 7th May:

Darren Bazley 76 vs Chippingdale 2’s (2016)

Harry Standing 53 vs Chippingdale 2’s (2016)

Olly Hemsley 50* vs Chippingdale 2’s (2016)

James Askew 70 vs Slinfold (2011)

Chris Heberlein 50 vs Slinfold (2011)

Andy Greig 82 vs Slinfold 2’s (2011)

Matt Parnell 57 vs Goodwood (2006)

Matt Keen 51 vs Goodwood (2006)

Wes Campbell 58 vs Ebernoe (2006)

Chris Cooke 68 vs Hastings (2005)

Benn Challen 55 vs Hastings (2005)

Matt Staight 69 vs Hastings 2’s (2005)

Rick Heberlein 64* vs Hastings 2’s (2005)

Geoff Cole 85 vs Ebernoe (2000)

Bowling highlights from 7th May:

Kenneth Mohsin 4-18 vs Chippingdale 2’s (2016)

Connor Finneran 5-19 vs Slinfold 3’s (2016)

Dan Rive 6-40 vs Slinfold (2011)

Hugh Milner 4-35 vs Slinfold 2’s (2011)

George Kitchen 4-68 vs Slinfold 2’s (2011)

Colin Oliver-Redgate 4-28 vs Ebernoe (2006)

Benn Challen 4-33 vs Hastings (2005)

 

6th May

With 13 games being played on 6th May, we haven’t had many league victories on this day, so todays focus is on Sunday 6th May 2007 where we fielded two Sunday sides and an Under 12’s side.

The Sunday 1st XI travelled to Goodwood and here is the match report from that day - Dazzler won the toss and batted first. Baby Hebs and Souchy opened up and batted very steadily scoring 54 and 66 before retiring. Geoff and Amit Gupta came in after and batted well. Geoff fell for 17 and Nathan came in and got bowled on 7. Darren got stumped trying a sweep shot and was stumped for 2. Amit was getting his first taste of a slow low village wicket he ended up caught for 23. Jamie and Colin finished off the batting Colin hitting 18 off 10 balls and Jamie ended up 2 not out.

LCPCC innings left Goodwood needing 202 to win Ryan Wadey and Dan Rive opened up but were unlucky not to get wickets. Jamie came on but still couldn't get the breakthrough so Dazzler brought on Colly Olly and Matty P. They both took wickets and timber started falling. Jamie Sardello came on and took two more wickets after all this Goodwood needed 2 runs off the last ball. Jamie runs into bowl drifts down the leg side hits the batsman's hand and it went down to the boundary for 4 leg byes.

We lost a game which we really should have won.

Full Scorecard HERE

The Sunday 2nd XI travelled across the border to Surrey to face Ockley. Here is the match report from that day - Captain Birbs won the toss in a setting that was an idillic English scene. Foster & Askew snrs opened the inning and the years rolled back. Distant memories of LCS Highdown triumphs that were many between 1974 and 1979. Enough misty memories and back to the game. 30 odd was put on for the first wicket and junior Askew batted with snr. Jnr blasted his way to 41 whilst snr plodded only to be stumped off the pads of an unsuspecting wicketkeeper.

Pete "shovels" Henry scooped his way to 9 before being pinned LBW. Possibly a career best. He also went on to take a wonder catch in the covers.

Jnr Foster could not emulate his wham bam innings of last week and soon went. Captain Birbeck played with guile and guts and finished with a delightful 42. Paul Hewitt and Tom Merrien concluded the innings with a total of 213.

Azam & Said softened the opposition openers opening the door for Askew jnr to blast 4 wickets in quick time. Erin Foster was called upon and she was in the groove early on. With two wickets in quick succession the hatrick ball eluded her but she concluded with 3 wkts for 14 runs.

Wickets kept falling faster than Labour Party seats in a local election and it was left for Tom Merrien to snatch the final wicket, caught & bowled.

Everyone had an active part in the game and the captain can only be commended for his running of the game.

Full Scorecard HERE

The under 12’s hosted Worthing at The Sportsfield. Three current first teamers played for LCC while professional footballer Harrison Reed played for Worthing. Here is the match report from the game - The first game of the season saw all the usual mistakes in the field giving Worthing too many extras but good straight bowling saw alll wickets taken with 2 overs to spare.

Jordan Farrell was unlucky not to get his hat-trick and William Kitchen bowled well on debut in the hard ball game to take 1 wicket. Likewise Mia's first game for us saw her also take 2 wickets. Connor and Tom also chipped in with 2 wickets each.

Needing 5 per over LCPCC U12s suffered an early setback with Sophie bowled for 0 by a typical early season low bounce.

Tom, Jordan and Dan then steadied the innings with Dan playing some cracking aggressive shots to retire on 23 from 7 scoring shots.

Worthing also suffered from early season fielding errors to help us with plenty of extras.

Michael Askew's debut at U12s was also a fine display of batting retiring on 21 having got us to within touching distance, needing 17 off the last 4 overs.

It proved to be a nail biting finish cheered on by the vocal crowd with Mia,Jacob and Mark running for everthing and forcing errors from the fielders scoring the winning run with 4 balls to spare.

Well done to both teams for playing the game in good spirit.

A great start to what promises to be an exciting season.

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 6th May:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood

2018 – U12’s vs West Wittering

2017 – 1st XI vs Arundel

2017 – 2nd XI vs Southwick

2017 – 3rd XI vs Tilgate

2017 – 4th XI vs Clymping 2’s

2016 – U15’s vs Findon

2015 – U13’s vs Middleton

2006 – 2nd XI vs Pulborough 2’s

2000 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 3’s

Batting Highlights from 6th May:

Tom Lee 81 vs Arundel (2017)

Guy Souch 66 vs Goodwood (2007)

Chris Heberlein 54 vs Goodwood (2007)

Ken Chapman 71* vs Three Bridges (2000)

Bowling Highlights from 6th May:

Nathan Perry 4-56 vs Arundel (2017)

Ajay Tripathi 4-14 vs Tilgate (2017)

James Askew 4-15 vs Ockley (2007)

Justin Scott 5-25 vs Pulborough (2006)

5th May


Another 14 games to look through today with a mixture of adult and colts games. The focus is on the unbeaten 2nd Saturday of the 2007 season. The first team faced a long trip east to Sidley, the second team hosted Eastbourne second team, and the third team travelled to Braypool to face St Matthias.


The first team travelled to Sidley on the back of a 10 wicket victory the week before at Pulborough. LCC handed a debut to Indian overseas player Amit Gupta. The match report from the game – Sidley won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a decent track for this early in the season. The two openers looked intent on hitting over the top while LA had catchers around the bat with the new ball and Peter King sent several hammer blows over the top of the infield and into the wall which immediately scuffed the ball which rapidly lost its shine. King took particular fancy to Gary Testers bowling while from the other end brother Adam was exerting more pressure with his breed of hooping away swingers. After a brisk 50 run opening stand King fell ct behind to Matt Keen who struck in his second over with a jaffa of a leg cutter.

Fellow opener Thomson looked all at sea as he struggled to deal with the Swing of A Tester and the nagging lengths of Keen. He survived with some fortunate play and misses combined with a nack of chipping it just over every fielder LA had! After the departure of King LA tightened the screw and were able to exert severe pressure on the Sidley batsmen. After a brief spell of 6 overs from youngster Keen LA turned to fellow seamer Justin Scott. He took a wicket in his 3rd over but by his own admission did not have the best day with the ball. A Tester bwled 10 overs straight through and was thoroughly impressive taking 1-30 in that period.

Challen turned to the spin of Chris Hanks who had been instrumental in LA's Cockspur cup victory the week before and in his second over he took the wicket of skipper Woodroffe ct well by James Askew at mid off. Sidley were finding scoring hard as both Hanks and skipper Challen bowled few bad deliveries. Thomson was streaking his way to substantial score which for Sidley was vital as Hanks began to take wickets at regular intervals with his slow left arm finger spin.

Although Sidley were batting time they were not doing enough to take the game away from LA which is credit to Hanks who was superb in returning figures of 14.4-43-5. The wicket of Thomson taken by Hanks was the final hurdle LA had to clear and although the last two wickets managed to add 30 runs to take Sidleys Score to 184 all out from 50 overs the total ooked to be at least 40 short of par.

In reply LA openers Chris Heberlein and Gary Tester got about their work with consummate assurance looking comfortable against the steady King and wayward Aver. They both worked the strike well with Tester taking a single off the last ball of the over artfully on several occasions!! After a brief opening spell of 2-16-0 Aver was replaced by Warnest who although had more control than Aver could not stem the steady flow of runs. Neither batsman looked in trouble as boundaries came when required enough to stop Sidley being able to create any pressure. The two put on 72 for the first wicket before Hebs fell LBW to the spin of M Singh for 23. At the fall of that wicket it broke the partnership of Hebs and Gary which had totalled over 200 in two games including their unbroken stand of 129 against Pulborough the week before.

Young James Askew replaced Hebs and he too looked in minimal bother and was immediatley able to rotate the strike with some ease. The two added another 20 before Gary was adjudged LBW to Wildman for a well made 42 from 93 deliveries. Benn Challen came out at his regular number 4 position and spent a few balls assessing the pitch which was playing ok. He soon found his feet and the mix of his boundary hitting and Askews rotation of the strike saw LA edge gradually towards Sidley modest total. the pair put on 67 for the 3rd wicket Jimmy eventually playing at a ball he perhaps could have left alone edging behind to the keeper for a well made 38.

Amit Gupta came in at 5 for his first bat in county league cricket, he looks to be a classy player who should score well for LA this year. He hit 3 fours in 9 balls and was clearly keen to end the game with some speed, unfortunately he went for one too many and dragged on for just 12 with the score on 177. It was left to Chris Green and Challen to see La over the line. With LA needing 4 to win Challen hit a booming 6 over midwicket to take his score past 50 with his 9th boundary. Challen finished 54 not out with Green not out 4.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The second team hosted Eastbourne at The Sportsfield. The match report from the game - An entertaining match at the Sportsfield saw the seconds narrowly miss victory. The result was always in the balance from the beginning as Eastbourne openers survived the opening onslaught from Peters and Parnell and put on 49 for the first wicket. The introduction of Rive into the attack saw the wickets begin to tumble, with Dan taking 3 for 5 runs in 5 overs that saw Eastbourne reduced to 62 for 3 at drinks. Dan ended with 4 for 32. Neil Hewitt was also introduced and the spin king whittled out three and had Eastbourne reduced to 146 for 9. Matty P taking two. An unbroken partnership of 55 for the 11th wicket saw Eastbourne reach 201 for 9 declared. However their innings could have finished sooner with Rive spilling a chance of Hewitt with the score on 168.

LA innings opened in the worse possible manner as Cole Hanks Souch Parnell and Brogan all waking back to the pavilion with only 46 on the board. Rive and Stoneham then dug in to build a partnership. Runs began to flow from the Rive's bat and Stoneham providing steady support. They put on 75 and victory insight when Rive was adjudged LBW for 47!!!!. Hewitt joined the Rock and runs flowed at 5 an over the asking rate until Hewitt was bowled for 15 having put on 42 with Stu, Heberlein carrying an injury came and tried to keep the momentum up but as with last week we fell an agonising 15 runs short of Victory. Stu Stoneham ended up on 42 not out with Hart 6 not out.

Full Scorecard HERE

 

The third team travelled to Braypool to face St Matthias. The bullet pointed match report from the game -

3's travelled to Hove to play St Matthias 2's at Braypool
Playa's 5a.m. mission to found the ground was successful, so we all rolled up, looking to build on our 100% record
Playa lost the toss and we were asked to bat
After much deliberation with the batting order, P4 decided to go for youth and back the young guns who have been doing well in games and in the nets
Daz opened up with Tom
Daz hit a stunning 4 off the first ball, was then dropped at slip and then caught a short while later.... Taxi for Bazley
Tom was looking in confident mood but was undone by a strange bounce and was bowled. Up stepped Andy G and Ryan Budd.
They both batted sensibly and also kept the scoreboard ticking over at a healthy rate.
Greigy hit 38 not out last week and raced to his first senior 50 this week. He posted 75 off 100 balls and it was a world class effort... Nice average for the 3's of 110!!!
Ryan supported him well and hit 38.
Callum came in at 5 and again took control with some solid hitting. He scored a rapid 28 and a senior league 50 is just around the corner, me thinks.
Ian and Playa pushed the runs around and hit 27* and 21* to set the oppo a daunting 271 to win
After tea, Jim and Slim Shady (aka Ryan Wadey) opened the attack
Ryan struck early with a regulation catch by Playa at mid-off
Jim struck too, and the momentum was with us.
Their number one bat was hitting some big shots, but Jim snaggled hit for 27 and the job was almost done
Jim took a few more to finish with figures of 8-1-35-3
Ryan took another too 5-1-29-2
Hugh took a neat slip catch, Greigy got a catch too and Lloyd took a stumping
Playa and Hugh entered the attack and both got 2-for's and the game was won

Full Scorecard HERE

Other games played on 5th May:
2019 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood
2018 – 1st XI vs Crawley
2018 – 2nd XI vs Clymping
2018 – 3rd XI vs East Preston 2’s
2018 – 4th XI vs Chippingdale 3’s
2014 – U12’s vs Lancing Manor
2013 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood
2012 – 1st XI vs Arundel
2008 – U16’s vs Eastergate
2006 – U13’s vs Eastergate
2002 – Sunday XI vs Ebernoe

Batting Highlights from 5th May:
Guy Souch 84* vs Goodwood (2019)
Ally James 118*, Louis Paul 70*, and Jack Turner 52 vs Crawley (2018)
Dan Peach 53 and Harry Standing 50 vs Clymping (2018)
Benn Challen 54* vs Sidley (2007)
Andy Greig 75 vs St Matthias (2007)

Bowling Highlights from 5th May:
Chris Hanks 5-43 vs Sidley (2007)
Dan Rive 4-32 vs Eastbourne (2007)

4th May

Another load of games to look through today with 15 being played on May 4th since 2000. Today, we look closer at the opening day of the 2013 season where the first team and second team suffered heavy defeats but the third team were victorious.


The first team, having suffered relegation the season before, travelled to West Chiltington with high expectations. However, things didn’t quite go to plan, as only four batsman made double figures and the first team were skittled for just 103. Mike Askew top scored with 34. The West Chiltington innings got off to the perfect start for LCC thanks to Tom Lee’s ferocious spell of bowling that saw him pick up four wickets. That wasn’t enough though as West Chiltington managed to play the other bowlers with ease and secured victory by 6 wickets. Full Scorecard HERE


The second team hosted Southwater 2’s at The Sportsfield. Having looked at the scorecard, I’m assuming Southwater first team did not have a game that day! The second team had a tough day in the field as they watched first team heavyweight Johann Brouwer wallop 164 until Tim Peters managed to get him caught. In reply, the second team had to face another heavyweight from the leagues above, Paul Osborne, and he ripped through LCC’s batting with 4 wickets, and the 2’s only managed 132 all out in reply, Tim Peters top scoring with his Woodpecker. Full Scorecard HERE


The only victory of the day came in North Crawley. The third team made the long trip to Ifield 4’s. Captain Ian Birbeck won the toss, and obviously chose to bat first. The 3’s posted 181-9 off their 40 overs thanks to 44 from Chris Perry and 40 from Wes Campbell. Chris Perry then led the way with ball, taking 4-20, and he was supported by Jim Brown who took 3-45, as Ifield were all out for 156. Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on May 4th:
2019 – 1st XI vs Pagham
2019 – 2nd XI vs Ram 2’s
2019 – 3rd XI vs Lancing Manor
2019 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s
2015 – Under 13’s vs Broadwater
2014 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood
2008 – 1st XI vs Roffey
2008 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood
2008 – Under 14’s vs Bognor
2003 – Sunday XI vs Ebernoe
2002 – 1st XI vs Stirlands
2002 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands

3rd May

As a club, we have played 14 games on this day since 2000, and there’s not many wins to shout about! Today’s focus is on the opening day of the 2008 season.


The first team, captained by now Broadwater star Benn Challen, travelled to local rivals Worthing, who were captained by former Sussex player Dominic Clapp. LCC batted first, Dan Rive opened the batting????, and posted 236-5. Australian overseas player Angus Webster top scored with 59. Other contributions came from James Askew (53), Chris Green (52), and Challen (50). In reply, Worthing got off to a good start with Clapp (37) and John Kaye (64) putting on 70 for the first wicket. However, when Kaye fell with the score 131-3, Worthing limped to 172-8 to secure the draw. Fast bowler Luke Vinter took 3-38. Full scorecard and a match report HERE

The second team, captained by Richard Hanks, hosted a very strong Horsham 2’s side in the 2nd XI Premier League. LCC batted first and scored 185-9, current players Guy Souch (picture above batting that day) and Chris Heberlein top scoring with 48 and 42. Horsham made relatively light work of the run chase with Craig Gallagher scoring 110 not out as he steered his side to a 5 wicket victory. Full scorecard and match report HERE


A very youthful fourth team, with a touch of experience, travelled to Billingshurst 3’s in West Sussex Division Four. Billingshurst were bowled out for 163, with current club president, and then chairman, Hugh Milner taking 3-22, and Andy Greig taking 3-18 with his little wiffers. The White Lara (Mr Birbeck, pictured above from that day) was the spine of LCC’s run chase as he carried his bat for 90 not out and the fourth team won by 6 wickets. Full scorecard and match report HERE.

Other games played on May 3rd:
2015 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood
2014 – 1st XI vs Clymping
2014 – 2nd XI vs Dome Mission
2014 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 5’s
2010 – U14’s vs Findon
2009 – 1st XI vs Ventnor
2009 – Sunday XI vs Goodwood
2009 – Under 18’s vs Slinfold
2003 – 1st XI vs Findon
2003 – 3rd XI vs Worthing 3’s
2003 – 4th XI vs Hangleton and Knoll

2nd May

Today’s main focus is on Saturday 2nd May 2015:

James Askew’s reign as the first team captain started on this day five years ago. His team went to East Preston in the first West Sussex Invitation Division One game of the season. The skipper led the way with an unbeaten 150 as LCC posted 233-1. In reply, EP finished on 191-7 with Jack Sunderland scoring an unbeaten 117, 25 of those coming off of Dan Whites solitary over. Chris Heberlein took 3-51. Other highlight from the game - Mike Askew had a 10 hour round trip on a train to get a TFC. Full scorecard HERE

Jordan Atkinson’s second team Ifield 3’s at The Sportsfield in West Sussex Invitation Division Six. Ifield posted a below par 170-6 off their 40 overs. Paul Hewitt the standout bowler for the 2’s with 3-37. The 2’s then knocked off the runs with ease, Harry Standing top scoring with 89 not out. Full scorecard HERE

Over at Amberley, Ian Birbeck's third team were on the wrong side of a low scoring game against Goring 3’s in West Sussex Invitation Division 8. The 3’s were 127 all out, Darin Bird top scoring with 39. In reply, it looked like Goring were struggling at one point, with Stewart Murray taking 3-24, but they snuck over the line with 3 wickets remaining. Full scorecard HERE

Other games played on May 2nd since 2000:

2010 – U18s vs Findon U18s HERE

2009 – 1st XI vs Glynde HERE

2009 – 2nd XI vs Glynde 2’s HERE

2009 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 3’s HERE