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:

10th July

We have 13 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 10th July 2004 when the 1’s and 2’s both won.

1st team match report vs Pulborough (written by the opposition):

A solid all-round performance from third-placed Littlehampton proved too strong for Pulborough, the home side easing to a seven-wicket victory.

Pulborough elected to bat first after winning the toss, but Jody Healy was bowled by a fine ball from 16 year-old Luke Vinter in the fifth over, without a run on the board. However, 'Boro now enjoyed their best period of the afternoon, Kelly Russell and Paul Allen putting together a second-wicket partnership of 59 in 16 overs. Russell, continuing to relish his relatively new opening role, mixed moments of good fortune with some booming drives, before being bowled by Gary Tester for 32 (48 balls). Frustratingly for the visitors, Allen, having moved steadily to 25 (65 balls) was then dismissed in the same bowler's next over, playing no stroke to a ball that swung back to hit off-stump.

The remainder of the Pulborough innings was dominated by skipper Ashley Clark and the home bowlers. Although Matt Goff made a breezy 14 and Andy Barclay offered Clark stubborn support in an eighth-wicket stand of 37, most of the batting was disappointing. Clark struck a 6 to mid-wicket to reach his third league half-century of the season, but then saw the last three wickets fall in an over to the returning Vinter, who finished with 4 for 19. Clark's 57 not out came from 93 balls. No less than six of his team-mates failed to trouble the scorers.

Although damp, the wicket generally played fairly well and Pulborough's total of 143 looked inadequate. They had a chance to strike in the first over of the home reply, though, but wicket-keeper Barclay was unable to hold on to Cole's edge from Russell. The New Zealander later exacted revenge by trapping Cole lbw for a brisk 26 (out of 32) but Pulborough were only able to claim two further victims: Martin Dibble had the obdurate Gary Tester caught at mid-off for 25 and Clark bowled South African Gideon Langner for a stylish 54 (66 balls). Dibble was arguably 'Boro's best bowler but, in his least co-ordinated moment, fell over during his delivery stride just as the speakers from the Littlehampton Carnival were blaring out the chorus of Steve Harley's "Make Me Smile". Littlehampton's winning boundary came with more than 17 overs remaining.

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs East Grinstead 2’s:

LCPCC 2nds travelled to on the back of a defeat by Preston Nomads the week before. Anything but a victory would have dented the title hopes of the newly promoted side.

LCPCC were full of confidence and even though the wicket was damp the skipper won the toss and elected to bat knowing that his side were able to obtain the maximum batting points.

Matt Staight and Rick Heberlein opened, Rick not in the best of form - new nick name of Jug of noughts - lived up to his billing and was snapped up down the leg side off Muggleton for you've guessed it 0.

Matt and Chris then put on 68 for the second wicket until Matt played catch me with point. Matt had made a fine 32 with some glorious shots through cover. Chris also soon departed but not after making 29. Stu Hanks returning from a couple of weeks in the first team contributed 11 and last weeks top scorer Robin 6.

The innings gained momentum when McGeorge and Souch came together they put on 72 for the 6 wicket with Nick hitting Tarling for a huge six over square leg. Nick departed when he scored 42, just when a jug was in sight. Nervous when it means £9 spent at the bar.

Neil, again the top scorer a few weeks ago, chipped one to Mid Off when the score was on 178.

Dan and Guy then progressed the score steadily pass the 200 mark. Guy then achieved his maiden league 50 when he pulled White through square leg in the last over. LCPCC 228 for 7, first target achieved ie 10 batting points.

Time to Bowl.

As usual Rive and Parnell opened the bowling Rive conceding 5 runs in first two overs and Parnell 11. The game changed however when Parnell bowled the EG wicket keeper Gwynne for 8, some compensation as the previous over Gwynn had hit all his 8 runs off Parnell. The next over saw Rive remove Bogg? And the rot had set in for EG. The next three overs Rive bowled saw three wickets fall for no addition and in between time Staight also snaffled up the opener Adkins caught by Souch at point for 12. EG were struggling at 27 for 6 after being 20 for no wicket.

Up stepped J Cannon - 21 overs later and he finally got of the mark, in between time Harms decided to hit out and scored a brave 34 until Rick had him edging one to Neil at second slip. The end was near but LCPCC struggled to gain the last three wicket but Rive brought himself back on and got the stubborn Cannon caught again by Nelly at second slip for 4 yes 4.

The end swiftly came when Rick replaced his son Chris and manged to get the last two wickets the final one being caught by Stu Hanks. LCPCC were victors by 133 runs and head the table by 32 points after were defeated by Horsham.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 10th July:

2019 – Under 12’s vs Broadwater

2016 – Sunday XI vs Burpham

2015 – Under 13’s vs Midhurst

2014 – Club XI vs Eastonians

2014 – Under 13’s vs Middleton

2011 – Under 14’s vs Stirlands

2011 – Under 11’s vs Goring

2010 – 1st XI vs Slinfold

2010 – 2nd XI vs Slinfold 2’s

2008 – Under 14’s vs Goring

2005 – Sunday XI vs Royal Household


Batting highlights from 10th July:

James Askew 95 vs Burpham (2016)

Dan Clarke 91 vs Burpham (2016)

Mike Askew 69* vs Burpham (2016)

Tom Lee 77 vs Eastonians (2014)

Benn Challen 119* vs Slinfold (2010)

Gareth Challen 58 vs Slinfold (2010)

Mike Askew 93 vs Slinfold 2’s (2010)

Rick Heberlein 55 vs Royal Household (2005)

Gideon Langner 54 vs Pulborough (2004)

Guy Souch 51* vs East Grinstead 2’s (2004)


Bowling highlights from 10th July:

Luke Vinter 4-83 vs Slinfold (2010)

Amjad Mohsin 6-55 vs Slinfold 2’s (2010)

Neil Hewitt 5-52 vs Royal Household (2005)

Paul Hewitt 4-39 vs Royal Household (2005)

Luke Vinter 4-19 vs Pulborough (2004)

9th July

We have 15 games to look through today.

Games played on 9th July:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Burpham

2017 – Under 14’s vs Bognor

2016 – 1st XI vs Wisborough Green

2016 – 2nd XI vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s

2016 – 3rd XI vs Horsham 4’s

2016 – 4th XI vs Chichester 4’s

2015 – Club XI vs Eastonians

2011 – 1st XI vs Slinfold

2011 – 2nd XI vs Slinfold 2’s

2011 – 3rd XI vs Scaynes Hill 3’s

2009 – Ladies XI vs Brighton

2006 – 1st XI vs Horsham

2006 – Sunday XI vs Middleton

2005 – 3rd XI vs Worthing 3’s

2000 – Sunday XI vs Bognor


Batting highlights from 9th July:

Ryan Budd 59 vs Burpham (2017)

Sophie Parnell 77 vs Broadbridge Heath 2’s (2016)

Nathan Perry 160* vs Eastonians (2015)

Sophie Parnell 56* vs Brighton (2009)

Anna Champion 53 vs Brighton (2009)

Andy Foster 50 vs Worthing 3’s (2005)

Matt Staight 53 vs Bognor (2000)


Bowling highlights from 9th July:

Chris Heberlein 7-19 vs Wisborough Green (2016)

Dan Rive 4-56 vs Slinfold (2011)

Chris Perry 5-47 vs Scaynes Hill (2011)

Justin Scott 5-46 vs Horsham (2006)

Kev Staight 4-15 vs Bognor (2000)

8th July

We have 11 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 8th July 2006 when the 1’s and 3’s won and the 2’s drew.

1st team match report vs Bexhill:

Bexhill rattled up a mighty 272 ao against LA on Saturday with their overseas Aussie smashing J Mclean 140. However wickets tumbled at regular intervals and eventually Bexhill werE all out.

In reply LA got off to a quick start with 88 coming in approx the first 10 overs. Colsey being the first to depart on 38. Siya lasted all for a few balls and was out for 0. Benn and Hebs then put on a match winning partnership Hebs falling short of his 100 on 97. Benn out with 3 runs required on 72 and Chris Grenn making 43 no.

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Bexhill 2’s:

This top of the table match ended in the inevitable draw. Fortunately the visitors did not have the notorious "Dreaded batter pudding hurler of Bexhill -on -Sea" in their team (For the younger of you ask any Goon Show fan of the significance (Milligan lived there)).
Three changes were made to the eleven that beat Roffey , Rich and Ally James and Dan Rive back from holiday and long term injury respectively, in for Baby Kirks, Bruce and Lewis.
Dan won the toss and decided to bat.

Rich James and Ricky opened and soon the runs were mounting up, necessitating several switches around by the Bexhill bowlers, namely messrs Jenner and Wickenden changing ends. Ricky got his 50 first then Rich took over, reaching 75 before Gary Johnson caught him off Jenner, the opening partnership being a superb 147 in 30 overs.
Rich Hanks joined Ricky and the runs continued to flow. Ricky was caught by M.Johnson off Jenner for 82 with the score on 179.
Jimmy Askew then joined Hanksy and the score continued to accellerate, before he fell for 34, caught behind by Phillimore off Hiscock, 245 for 3. Souchy came in and actually stayed there, enabling Hanksy to 54, and the declaration on 264 for 3 off 51 overs.
Steve Jenner took 2 for 70 off 17, and was the best of the5 Bexhill bowlers.                   

This gave Bexhill a target of 265 in 49 overs, but When Matt Parnell had M.Johnson caught by Uncle Albert for a duck in the second over, their scoring rate always seemed a bit on the slow side. Tim Peters had Munro caught by Ricky for 20 with the score 48, and then Dan, in his first bowl since were in the same division as Wolves, bowled Matthews for 5 (64 for3). Dan wisely took himself off, putting Ally James on. Ally's second over read as follows: w w 4 .4 w ! the first 3 wickets in an over.

This mini collapse saw the experienced Steve Jenner join Martin Phillimore and they put on 84 for the 7th wicket, Phillimore ending on 72 not out, and Jenner falling to a good catch by Jimmy off Matt for 45. Wickenden was the other not out batsman, and Bexhill finally finished on 226 for 7 . Ally James had to be the pick of the bowlers, finishing on 3 for 39, closely followed by Matt with 2 for 46. Nelly unexpectedly was wicketless. Ricky took 2 catches, the other one being Rich James (off Ally!)

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Pulborough 3’s:

The 3's were looking to return to winning ways at Clapham vs bottom of the table Pulborough

Playa lost the toss, but ended up batting anyway on a fine looking wicket- thanks to Lou!!

Daz and Andy opened up. Would Mr Delmonte see it like a grapefruit again?

Andy looked in form but perished early on for 9 with Bruce 'Makosi' Brogan coming in at number 3. Bruce only managed a single before returning to the pavilion

Playa was in at 4 and was soon joined by Ryan, as Daz was out for 17

They enjoyed a healthy partnership of 50 before Ryan went for 22

Wes came in next and again posted a key partnership with the skip of 53. Wes hit 25 before being bowled and Playa was out soon after for 51

Callum and Brads were at the crease and pushed things along to try to reach the magical 200 Brads was out for 3 but Cal kept the strike rate up with Ian.

Callum posted a solid 36 before being run out - his highest senior score, we believe.

Lloyd and Ian then used the remaining overs to push us to 242-9, with them each posting 17* and 29* respectively

After tea, Brucie Bonus and Hugh spearheaded our attack

Hugh took a wicket with his third ball, but pulled a shoulder muscle with his fourth. He was unable to play any further part in the match, so we were down to 10 in the field

Bruce bowled well, and posted figures of 7-2-17-3, and he took the key wicket of Underwood who looked dangerous

Ryan again bowled well, but didn't get a deserved wicket

Callum and Playa then came on, and did some damage

Callum took four wickets and Playa two, and they posted figures of 9-1-35-4 and 8-3-15-2. Lloyd kept brilliantly and took two stumpings. They were catches from Foz and Playa too

Pulborough were all out for 120 and max points for LA

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 8th July:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Burpham

2018 – Under 12’s vs Pagham

2017 – 1st XI vs Eastergate

2017 – 2nd XI vs Scaynes Hill 2’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Chippingdale 3’s

2007 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2007 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands

2007 – Under 12’s vs Eastergate


Batting highlights from 8th July:

Dan White 67 vs Burpham (2018)

Amjad Mohsin 54* vs Burpham (2018)

Ally James 88* vs Eastergate (2017)

James Askew 79 vs Eastergate (2017)

Geoff Cole 56 vs Chippingdale 3’s (2017)

Chris Heberlein 97 vs Bexhill (2006)

Benn Challen 72 vs Bexhill (2006)

Rick Heberlein 82 vs Bexhill 2’s (2006)

Richard James 75 vs Bexhill 2’s (2006)

Richard Hanks 54* vs Bexhill 2’s (2006)

Paul Hewitt 51 vs Pulborough 3’s (2006)


Bowling highlights from 8th July:

Dan White 4-68 vs Scaynes Hill 2’s (2017)

Will Kitchen 6-14 vs Eastergate U12’s (2007)

Callum Foster 4-35 vs Pulborugh 3’s (2006)

7th July

We have 11 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 7th July 2007. The 1’s and 3’s were victorious but the 2’s were defeated.

Match report from the 1st team game vs Sidley:

LA welcomed Sidley to the Sportsfield for Saturdays important clash. with Chichester having a week off it was crucial that LA did not slip up and leave the door to top spot open. Benn won the toss and put them in on what looked like a good deck considering the weather over the last few weeks.

The experienced opening partnership of King and Wildman set about the LA attack with some crunching early blows from Wildman in particular. both Keeno and Adam took an early battering as Wildman dispatched the ball to all parts with a combination of classy strokes and unorthodox hitting. After 11 overs Sidley had raced to 73 without loss.

King was the first to go top edging a cut to Hebs at point. This early breakthrough did nothing to calm the approach of Wildman who was throwing his bat at every delivery. Wildman was dropped twice early in his innings which was proving costly as he was clearly striking the ball well and proving hard to bowl to. Wildman was aided by overseas player Manjot Singh who was more circumspect with his approach at the crease. Wildman looked to be taking the game away from LA as no bowler managed to tie him down. Adam eventually got through his defences with a well disguised slower ball which just clipped the off bail as Wildman swung himself off his feet.

Singh was joined by Woodroffe and the two helped LA by slowing the scoring rate considerably, Benn in particular proving hard to get away. Although the boundaries dried up some slack fielding allowed the pair to rotate the strike with singles with too much ease for the Skippers liking.

Singh was eventually stumped by Baby off Benn for 74. The rest of the sidley line up looked as though they would not pose much of a threat and this proved correct as Woodroffe was the only other player to hit double figures. Once he was ct behind off Keeno the innings lost what momentum it had left and they finished on 241-8, a total which looked as though it would have been 60-70 runs higher at one point. Benn finished the pick of the bowlers with 3-62 off 22 overs.

The LA reply got off to the worst possible start with Hebs adjudged LBW to King in his first over. Baby and Amit began the run chase. Baby playing some flowing shots including a straight six off opener Wildman. Amit survived a simple ct behind as the keeper put him down but in the next over he edged again to the keeper who this time made no mistake. King the jubilant bowler. Baby followed soon after Amit as he went for one shot too many and was bowled round his legs sweeping, out for 22. Green was then adjudged LBW to Wildman the very next delivery, a decision which was both batsman out in the middle found very difficult to accept, enough said!!

La were in pretty dire straights in a game which they had to win. This cause was not helped when Gary misjudged a lofted clip over midwicket and was caught in the deep for just 1. Dan replaced Gary at the wicket as Rich Hanks had a hand injury which left him unable to grip the bat. Dan came in when the run rate was increasing quite rapidly. Challen soon set about this by hitting spinner Singh for some huge sixes over midwicket, and combined with some sensible batting from Dan the pair rotated the strike at will.

After several overs of good quality hitting from both, Sidley seemed content to drop all their fielders out which left massive gaps for Benn and Dan in particular to exploit. Benn was dropped at deep midwicket in his 40s which proved to be a crucial moment in the game. Dan defied his age with some whippet like running between the wickets which left Benn to reach his half century with relative comfort. Singh in particular suffered at the hands of Challen and even a switch in ends for him could not stop the runs flowing. Benn was imperious in his strokeplay hitting in areas to manoeuvre the field leaving him free to play big shots to hit boundaries. The Sidley attack and fielding was rapidly losing its buzz and although Dan survived two missed stumpings (or runs outs!) neither looked in much trouble at the crease. Dan brough up his 50 with a towering straight 6 off Singh. Benn was racing along and duely brought up his ton in excellent time and the game ws well and truly tilting toward LA. A required run rate of over 8 an over did not ever look in doubt and thanks to a quite fantastic partnership LA strolled to victory with several overs to spare. Dan finished with an unbeaten 64, Benn on 128*. A victory which looked so unlikely when LA had 5 men back in the pavilion with only around 50 on the board.

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Eastbourne 2’s:

After winning the toss, the Eastbourne skipper elected to bat on a flat wicket at the Saffrons on Saturday. Matt and Tim opened up and the Eastbourne openers got off to a flyer; the short eastern boundary and the batsmen's choice of shots necessitating a packed cordon. E'bourne raced to 50 without the loss of a wicket until a sharp stumping off Tim broke the deadlock. Stu Stoneham removed the other opener, but the LA attack were powerless in damming number 3 Tomsett's flow of runs as he dispatched bowlers to all parts of the ground. Matt dismissed their number 4 who had made a good partnership with Tomsett. Tomseet eased to 50 ad it was left to Ryan Waey to dismiss him after a good catch in the deep from Nelly. Nelly was brought on and ripped through their middle and lower order thanks to a c + b, a stumping and two bowled. E'bourne declared on 235-8, leaving LA 236 to win from 50 overs. Encouragingly, there had been no wides or no-balls bowled throughout the innings.

Geoff and Bruce departed early on for 5 & 3 respectively. Souchy batted patiently and made 26 before he was trapped in front. Callum made 10 before being caught at mid-wicket and Stu Hanks was out for 16. Wickets continued to tumble with S Lipa taking 6-fer as he demolished our middle order. Stu Stoneham's 13 and Tim peter's 12 were the only glimmer's of hope in the closing overs as we were bowled out for 113, extras being second highest scorer. A disappointing loss after putting in so much effort in the field.

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Chichester 3’s:

3's returned to action at Frog's Hole (now Bog's hole!)

Playa won the toss vs a very young Chi Priory side and we were in the field

Hugh and Lou opened the attack and struck early on.

Once Lou had fine tuned his action, he took two for and had thr first hat-trick chance of the day

Hugh bowled the usual tight lines at the other end 10-5-9-3

Playa replaced Lou and struck 3 times in his first over, also with the chance of a hat-trick. Playa finished with figures of 2.2-2-2-4

With a neat run out from Buddy, Chi were 46 all out

In reply Tom departed early doors, but Ian and JP saw us to victory in 8 overs.

30points - job done

We then enjoyed an impromptu 20/20 match

LA batted first and Playa and Lou top scored with 36 and 32, posting 117ish

Chi made a better fight of it, and Chris Task carried his bat, all out for 70

Everyone had a dabble with the ball with mixed results!!

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 7th July:

2019 – Sunday XI vs Burpham

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

2015 – Club XI vs Old Albanians

2013 – Sunday XI vs Washington

2006 – Under 12’s vs East Preston


Batting highlights from 7th July:

Olly Hemsley 69 vs Burpham (2019)

Louis Paul 63 vs Burpham (2019)

Mike Askew 56 vs Burpham (2019)

Mac Cox 54* vs Burpham (2019)

Sophie Parnell 66 vs Clymping (2018)

Jordan Atkinson 68* vs Old Albanians (2015)

Nathan Perry 59 vs Washington (2013)

Benn Challen 128* vs Sidley (2007)

Dan Rive 64* vs Sidley (2007)


Bowling highlights from 7th July:

Zack Sanderson 4-44 vs Burpham (2019)

Ryan Budd 7-43 vs Crawley (2018)

Neil Hewitt 4-38 vs Eastbourne 2’s (2007)

Paul Hewitt 4-2 vs Chichester (2007)

6th July

We have 12 games to look through today and we take a closer look the 2’s T20 on Sunday 6th July 2008.

2nd team match report vs Stirlands 2’s:

A lazy wet Sunday, Lewis Hamilton driving well, the prospect of an epic mens Wimbledon final and the thought of travelling to Stirlands to get soaked and have to bowl off. Not exactly the ideal pre match preparation?

A strong two's team (yes a strong 2's team) trecked to Birdham for a 20/20 cup clash with Stirlands. Rich won the toss and chose to bat. Gareth and Rich got the team off to a flyer. Gaz slogging and Rich hitting proper shots (through cow!). The score rocketed to 100 off 8 overs. Gaz departed after an excellent 49 and Rich went for 68. Matt P and Souchy both knocked excellent 30's and the score of 203 off 20 overs looked more than enough.

Tim ran into the wind (it's a good job he's well built!) and bowled well. Wadey ran in with his usual aggression. Stirlands were below the rate from the start and the Littlehampton bowlers kept them tied down. Luke Vinter (first team paceman) got taken to toy town for 39 off his four overs but a comfortable victory was very much deserved. He might keep his place for the next round!

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 6th July:

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

2017 – Club XI vs Eastonians

2016 – Under 13’s vs Pagham

2014 – 1st XI vs Clymping

2013 – 1st XI vs West Chiltington

2013 – 2nd XI vs Southwater 2’s

2008 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2003 – Sunday XI vs Plumpton and East Chiltington


Batting highlights from 6th July

James Askew 70 vs Pagham (2019)

Mac Cox 69* vs Pagham (2019)

Dan Peach 81 vs Ram 2’s (2019)

Graham Watts 54 vs Lancing Manor (2019)

Sam Pannell 98 vs Arundel 3’s (2019)

Kev Foot 63 vs Arundel 3’s (2019)

Jack Turner 74* vs Eastonians (2017)

James Askew 67 vs Eastonians (2017)

Mike Askew 63 vs Eastonians (2017)

Mike Askew 71 vs Clymping (2014)

Chris Heberlein 90* vs West Chiltington (2013)

Nathan Perry 88 vs West Chiltington (2013)

Richard Hanks 68 vs Stirlands 2’s (2008)

Jim Brown 67* vs Plumpton and East Chiltington (2003)

Paul Brotherston 63 vs Plumpton and East Chiltington (2003)


Bowling highlights from 6th July:


5th July

We have 15 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 5th July 2003 when all league teams were victorious.

1st team match report vs Roffey:

The game on Saturday was always going to be a tight affair after the skipper Wellsy put Roffey into bat on a flat strip. Roffey made a ponderous start losing a couple of early wickets, whilst runs were at a premium Stuart Stoneham struggled to find a line and length, but he made the early breakthrough beating the opener with a ball that nipped through the gate. TT(Gary Tester) was bowling very tightly at the other end, causing all sorts of trouble for all their batsmen. Roffey had very little to offer as resistance until their Kiwi Mark Jefferson came into bat, troubled by both Tester brothers he managed to survive several LBW appeals.

Just as Littlehampton seamed to be on top, the Kiwi started to hit the bad ball and as time went on he looked more and more at home. Hitting successive balls off Wellsy for four the tide was turning in favour of Roffey. Adam was still hurrying the batsman at his end and trapped the batsman LBW. Another double bowling change which seams to be Wellsy's trade mark as skipper brought on the two spinners Dennis & Woody.

The third wicket fell with Woody's third delivery after drawing the batsman up the wicket only to miss it and the Vicar made no mistake stumping him by yard, bringing in the Roffey skipper Simon Shivnarian. Mark Jefferson was soon at home against the flight path deliveries of Woody and Ben was having runs steadily taken off him at the other end. Just as we were looking at the wrong end of a target of over 230 Jefferson made an error, which changed the game. Due to Woody being milked all over the leg side of the field Disco was moved from Gully to Mid On. With first ball of the over the Jefferson played a reverse sweep, which caught a very slight top edge and looped up to the waiting Vicar behind the stumps. This was obviously a planned attack! This then brought in what you cold call the start of a long tail at number 6!.Simon Shivnarian was left at the other end playing stokes but once the Kiwi had gone all the batting was on his shoulders. He didn't last too much long as he too fell victim of the woody/Vicar pairing, caught behind trying to cut one. This truly started the end from being 146-4 when Jefferson got out Roffey proceeded to run two of them selves out and hit another one of Woody's stunning deliveries (the full toss) down Karl Stedamns throat at mid wicket to make it 156-8. A little struggle to get the last two wickets happened but in came Gary tester to the Attack and cleaned out the number 10. It was starting to look like Woody was not going to get his fifth wicket when the Dolphin dropped a comfortable chance at mid-on. This did not matter as without another run being added the Woody/Vicar partnership struck the fatal blow to kill Roffey off having set a target of 179 to win.

The Dolphin & Stedman started the chase, with a flying start putting on 29 for the first wicket in 6 overs when the Dolphin nicked a catch to the keeper of the third ball off Jefferson's 1

TT then came in to join Karl Stedman and made a very steady start. Stedman was next out after making a Fifty on his return to the first team after his exile to the 2nds. We were 86-2 when Dennis(Ben Challen) came into join TT, which I think made TT start hitting the ball with a little more ease than earlier. TT was next out for 33 with the score at 106, in came the Vicar! Living up to his name, out went the Vicar after hitting the ball into his pads (allegedly) first ball making it 106-4. We were starting to make hard work of a very gettable target. In came Disco who played a relatively calm innings until he slapped it down long off's thoat, meanwhile Dennis was performing with relative ease at the other end showing how it should be done.

In came Robin and he didn't last long only adding 4 to his name but all the time Dennis was guiding us home with some good shots, we were 144-6 when Stuart "The Rock" Stonehame came in to join Dennis and some goods shots were played by both players, the most memorable one being the 6 over extra cover from Ben, along with the pull one bounce for 4 to long boundary. These two got us home with an over to spare, making the decision to put Roffey into bat a wise one, although a close run thing will Wellsy doing some pacing up and down at many points during the innings.

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Roffey 2’s:

Roffey are the most recent team to fall to the Littlehampton machine. With all four sides from the club winning, the seconds were not going to miss out. Finding the formula to dismiss sides and chase a total has given the team extra confidence as each match becomes more crucial in an attempt to stretch our lead at the top of the table.

After a very enjoyable drive to the ground where Dans` batting line is almost as important as Neil's` choice of music in the love machine, we arrived to a friendly club house and made ourselves intimate and relaxed in the compact change rooms. Being top of the league we need to prove each week we deserve to be there and our warm ups are usually well attended after a jog around the outfield.

Talk of winning or losing the toss is not as important to us as it is with other teams in our league. With only a few changes to the side from previous weeks, in came newly qualified driver Mr John Pyant, who dazzled us with his off-white fielding slacks and provided an apparently faultless chauffeur service to Roffey.

The toss was lost and we prepared to take to the field. Stu Hanks was back behind the sticks and surprised everyone with his selection of keeping gloves. He found it hard to choose between last winters model and Spring 2001 gloves. Eventually he made his selection and in future I will only agree to take his bag in my car if I get to inspect what is in it before it is loaded. On the other hand young Kirkham was slightly rushed and didn't seem too bothered that last weeks cream crackers were still in his moderately weighted bag.

 Enough of the small talk, lets get to the game…

With hindsight, Roffey put their stronger batters in the middle order. Their openers looked for a solid start but were cheaply dismissed before the score could get past 40. Mr Gain, who will hopefully have more comeback gigs than the band Madness eventually persuaded the umps to agree an lbw and the slightly quieter Luke Vinter showed the other opener a trap door, who presented Stu with his first catch of the day.

The steady Josh, batted sensibly at number three but on another day could and should have scored at least 30 more runs after loose attempts at leg slide glances. Pay him his dues, he was unflappable and made 51. A very close run out decision went Roffeys` way and he eventually was caught and bowled by Neil, who once again led the way with a series of well thought out constructive comments throughout the game. Neil who in other social situations can go through phases of not talking makes up for it on the cricket pitch. A qualified ECB coach, Neil also offers one on one sledging and team encouragement workshops throughout the winter.

Back to the match….Roffey batters made up for a sensible start by the openers by attacking the ball hard. Some big hitting at one stage got Roffey to 172 before the 5 wicket fell. Roffey were back in the game, but even at this stage with over 200 being a possibility, Littlehampton kept working hard and the chances came. Although Ricky was hit for a few big shots he captured their left hander and this wicket was a crucial point in the game. As in all matches we get our chance to bat too, and I was still confident we could chase any total on a pitch where the ball raced along the outfield to the boundary.

The bottom order for Roffey did not fire and Roffey lost their last 5 wickets when they should have accelerated. A total of 199 was good but probably 40 runs short of what could have been possible with more application.

Neil ended with 4 wickets and enjoyed some conversation with his Roffey victims who think that spinners are put on the earth to be slogged. Job done, we all got stuck into the tea and those brave enough and young enough hit the choccy cake very hard. A connoisseur in all things baked, Stu Hanks commented that it was slightly undercooked. Having tasted his mother's shortbread, I value his opinion and agree that the cake could be moister.

Another highlight of the day was the blackcurrant cordial. Very satisfying and I hope our skip takes note for the remaining home fixtures. (Editors comments Orange Squash already brought).

With the batting order announced with more secrecy than a Masons initiation, Rick and Geoff Cole opened our account. As in previous weeks we faced a bowling attack that was offering sufficient chances to get us off to a flyer. What a difference a season makes. We now have much more confidence and in Geoff Cole a player who does his own thing and is crucial to our push for promotion. Watching Geoff bat on a Saturday is more enjoyable than on a Sunday. Coupled with the recently crowned 15,000 run machine Rick, sixty runs were on the board when Rick chased one too many deliveries and departed for a rapid 30.

There was no defence of Gainy's bowls title, which left us to talk amongst ourselves and enjoy Pete's scoring, which once again was without fault. Sooner or later Mr Henry will be included in the post match cockspur ritual, which I have now retired from.

Brothers Matt and Kev both fell to Neil's nemesis, Mr Russell. He bowled well, moving the ball late and started to get his team mates excited by his wicket celebrations. This was a crucial point in the game. Roffey were looking to find a way back into the game. The boy who was born to eat chocolate, but not in the sparkling golf, went to join Geoff at the crease. I'm sure many teams think they have another wicket on the cards when he goes out to bat. They then realise his natural flair for batting is more than they expected. Whilst he is batting well, the start of return fixtures in the second half of the season will prove if he can push on make regularly big scores which his team-mates knows is just on the horizon.

When Geoff gets settled, he scores and scores big. Today was the day he crushed any bowling in his half of the track. A partnership of over 100 was just what was needed. With the overs not an issue Geoff made his 87th 100 of his career. Young Kirkham made 30 before he unfortunately got caught up in the Coleman's century celebrations and was run out from a good direct hit.

Ending on 104*, the team left the ground and returned back home hoping other results also went our way.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 5th July:

2015 – Sunday XI vs Rustington

2015 – Under 14’s vs Chichester

2014 – 1st XI vs Clymping

2014 – 2nd XI vs Dome Mission

2014 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 5ths

2012 – Club XI vs Eastonians

2009 – Sunday XI vs Maharajah Umaid Singh CC

2009 – Under 14’s vs Worthing

2008 – 1st XI vs Worthing

2008 – 2nd XI vs Horsham 2’s

2008 – 3rd XI vs Dome Mission

2008 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s

2003 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 5ths


Batting highlights from 5th July

James Askew 154* vs Rustington (2015)

Jack Turner 54 vs Rustington (2015)

Stewart Murray 192* vs Three Bridges 5ths (2014)

Tom Lee 52 vs Eastonians (2012)

Chris Heberlein 50 vs Eastonians (2012)

Benn Smith 73* vs Maharajah Umaid Singh CC (2009)

Chris Kirkham 68 vs Worthing (2008)

Kyle Abrahams 120 vs Dome Mission (2008)

Karl Stedman 52 vs Roffey (2003)

Geoff Cole 104* vs Roffey 2’s (2003)


Bowling highlights from 5th July:

Martin Milford 6-31 vs Rustington (2015)

Amjad Mohsin 5-39 vs Dome Mission (2014)

Paul Hewitt 5-57 vs Maharajah Umaid Singh CC (2009)

Benn Challen 4-51 vs Worthing (2008)

Chris Hanks 5-32 vs Roffey (2003)

Neil Hewitt 4-37 vs Roffey 2’s (2003)

Sean O’Shea 5-19 vs Three Bridges 5ths (2003)

4th July

We have 10 games to look through today and we take a closer look at the 1’s and 3’s games on Saturday 4th July 2009.

1’s match report vs Glynde:

The 1st XI travelled to Glynde on Saturday hoping that after a break they could turn things around in the 2nd half of the season. Jimmy is running close to taking the nickname of “Tramp” off of Gareth after arriving at the ground still in his suit from the night before. It must have been a crazy night for our smiley friend as apparently he couldn’t even spare the 3 minutes 27 seconds it would have taken him to get changed! Rumours are circulating of a Freddie Flintoff style pedalo incident at Harbour Park, also involving Rick and Birbs, but these are yet to be confirmed. The pre-match football again provided entertainment with the top 6 snatching a 2-1 win thanks to a keeping display from Dan “Sweet Chuck” Rive that he won’t want to see repeated by Marcus Hahnemann for his beloved Wolves next season. Dan’s mind was clearly elsewhere as he was still elated at the fact that he had managed to drive to Glynde without writing off his car! Now on a serious note…..Sadly the skill, effort and enthusiasm shown in the warm up wasn’t transferred onto the cricket pitch. After being put into bat we were skittled for 67. The pitch was definitely very bowler friendly but the attitude shown by a number of the batsmen, who weren’t prepared to try and grind out a potential match winning score, was not what was needed. Jimmy (who can feel very hard done by with his dismissal), Souchy, Garth and Dodge were the only 4 to make double figures as 5 people chalked up ducks. Curly Chang restored some pride, taking 4-25, but Glynde won easily by 6 wickets. Dan’s effort with the ball shows what might have been possible if we had managed to get up to 120-130. There needs to be a vast improvement for Saturdays must win game against St James. On a lighter note the handful who did stay around after the game enjoyed a fun filled night of playing darts and listening to Dan Rive talk about his 4-for! Benn and Dodge cleaned up on the quiz machine, winning £17! Quite surprising considering Dodge’s earlier quote - “She’s 17?” in response to Hebsy’s comment that his girlfriend only had 5 days left as a teenager! The Wasp was a massive help, shouting out “Chips and Bananas” for the category “Things you get at the chippy”, before heading off to the Coco Lounge to stick WKD stickers on his face. Ahmed Midha also deserves a special mention as he was once again successful in his one man competition - “Find a ridiculous way to get out each week!”. With the keeper standing up to a spinner and with the ball in his hands Ahmed decided to go for a little stroll down the wicket! Early reports suggest he has something big planned for next week….a combination of handled ball and obstructing the field by hitting the ball up in the air and catching it himself. We all look forward to that.

Full Scorecard HERE


3’s match report vs Chichester 3’s:

After a bit of debate as to where the ground was we made it up to Chichester and found the fair was our sightscreen. On winning the toss Birbeck decided to have a bat. There was a plethora of batting talent from 1 – 11 and everywhere in between.

Birbeck and Lee got the innings started putting on 30 for the first wicket. Lee carried on from his runs last weekend with another half century. Heberlein senior followed Burgess back to the hutch claiming the dodgems were moving behind the bowlers arm. Fish settled to the party atmosphere throwing some shapes with his bat and chased Lee to his fifty. Fish seemed to relish hitting the ball especially when “Blame it on the Boogie” came on at the bowlers end. Chichester struggled to set a field to this Littlehampton colossus. Eventually he holed out for 71. Kempson and Askew junior scored 28 and 33 not out before Birbeck pulled in the troops as the total passed 250.

Chichester showed the good side they are battling gamely against our opening attack of Farrell senior and Standing. Babu scored a fine 79 before retiring hurt for the second time. He always looked like giving Littlehampton a chance but didn't put a catch near a fielder. The bowlers toiled with Kitchen G, the two Farrells, Heberlein senior and Fish all trying hard without success. Kitchen G gamely went to stop the return hit from Babu who then gamely tended to his injured foot. With Hobbler Kitchen disappearing the star of last week appeared in the form of Kitchen W. Within minutes he snaffled a catch off Dawtrey who had scored a good 50. 144 for 1 looked a long way from a Littlehampton victory but with Fish, Kempson and the two Farrells wickets kept falling and the runs slowed. In the end were just too good getting home with a few overs to go but with effectively 8 wickets down.

Another good performance which with a bit of luck might have gone the other way. Some good fielding in particular from Kempson with three wickets could have turned the game.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 4th July:

2015 – 1st XI vs East Preston

2015 – 2nd XI vs Ifield 3’s

2015 – 3rd XI vs Goring 3’s

2015 – 4th XI vs Clymping 2’s

2013 – Club XI vs Eastonians

2010 – Sunday XI vs Washington

2010 – Under 12’s vs Eastergate

2009 – 2nd XI vs Glynde


Batting highlights from 4th July:

James Askew 154 vs East Preston (2015)

Ally James 83 vs East Preston (2015)

Olly Hemsely 64* vs Ifield 3’s (2015)

Stewart Murray 94 vs Goring 3’s (2015)

Jack Turner 76 vs Clymping 2’s (2015)

Tom Lee 120* vs Eastonians (2013)

Nathan Perry 73 vs Eastonians (2013)

Bruce Brogan 79 vs Washington (2010)

Amjad Mohsin 58 vs Washington (2010)

Paul Brotherston 71 vs Chichester 3’s (2009)

Tom Lee 62 vs Chichester 3’s (2009)


Bowling highlights from 4th July:

Nathan Perry 5-25 vs East Preston (2015)

Hugh Milner 4-29 vs Clymping 2’s (2015)

Dan Rive 4-25 vs Glynde (2009)

3rd July

We have 12 games to look through today.

Games played on 3rd July:

2018 – Club XI vs Eastonians

2016 – Sunday XI vs Rustington

2011 – Sunday XI vs Washington

2011 – Ladies XI vs Henfield

2010 – 1st XI vs Bognor

2010 – 2nd XI vs Bognor 2’s

2010 – 3rd XI vs St Andrews 2’s

2007 – Under 14’s vs Worthing

2005 – 1st XI vs Hastings

2005 – Sunday XI vs United Services

2004 – 1st XI vs Preston Nomads

2004 – 2nd XI vs Preston Nomads 2’s


Batting highlights from 3rd July:

Louis Paul 139* vs Rustington (2017)

Paul Hewitt 55* vs Washington (2011)

Chris Cooke 99 vs Hastings (2005)

Matt Staight 66 vs Hastings (2005)

Rick Heberlein 75 vs United Services (2005)

Robin Ward 65 vs Preston Nomads 2’s (2004)


Bowling highlights from 3rd July:

Benn Challen 5-82 vs Bognor (2010)

2nd July

We have 14 games to look through today, and some pictures of the Presidents game on Sunday 2nd July 2006.

Highlights from 2nd July:

  • Geoff Cole scored 94* as the 3’s beat Broadwater 2’s by 47 runs in 2016.
  • The under 14’s beat Arundel by 8 wickets as they bowled the opposition out for 43 in 2006.
  • Bruce Brogan hit 93* as the 3’s beat Haywards Heath 3’s by 44 runs in 2005.

Games played on 2nd July:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Rustington

2017 – Under 12’s vs Midhurst

2016 – 1st XI vs Ram

2016 – 2nd XI vs Dome Mission

2016 – 3rd XI vs Broadwater 2’s

2016 – 4th XI vs Clymping 2’s

2014 – Under 13’s vs Findon

2011 – 1st XI vs Bognor

2011 – 2nd XI vs Bognor 2’s

2006 – Sunday XI vs Presidents XI

2006 – Under 14’s vs Arundel

2005 – 1st XI vs Chichester

2005 – 2nd XI vs Chichester 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Haywards Heath 3’s


Batting highlights from 2nd July:

Jack Turner 68 vs Rustington (2017)

Geoff Cole 94* vs Broadwater 2’s (2017)

Guy Souch 69 vs Bognor (2011)

Siya Sibiya 90 vs Presidents XI (2006)

Rick Heberlein 75 vs Chichester 2’s (2005)

Bruce Brogan 93* vs Haywards Heath 3’s (2005)


Bowling highlights from 2nd July:

Dan Rive 4-62 vs Dome Mission (2016)

Liam Roberts 5-3 vs Arundel U14’s (2006)

Benn Challen 5-83 vs Chichester (2005)

1st July

We have 13 games to look through today and we take a closer look at the 2’s and 3’s games on Saturday 1st July 2006.

2nd team match report vs Roffey 2’s:

Outstanding bowling from Tim Peters, refreshed from his week altidude training in the Pyrenees, and all-rounder Matt Parnell saw the 2s gain yet another win to remain at the top of the table.
Nelly actually won the toss and decided to bat first, which ,despite losing Baby Kirks for 14 with the score on 28 in the 4th over seemed a wise decision. However after a 2nd wicket partnership of 46 between Rich Hanks and Ricky Hebs a mid order collapse ensued, along with a major slowdown in the scoring rate. The change in bowling by Roffey, with spinners Liley and Russell replacing the openers was a major catalyst in their change of fortune. Jimmy Askew fell to a rare duck, Souchy failed again with the bat, and after Nelly , with a quickfire 20 and Bruce Brogan , who batted patiently as anchorman for 2, fell it was left to Matty Parnell to partake in an innings of complete contrast, and maturity, to that seen the previous week at Worthing. Matt was last out for 66 with the final total 189 off 43 overs , which seemed an easily attainable total for Roffey with 57 overs at their disposal.
Tim Peters and Matt were the pace spearhead for LA , The rotund one striking in his first over , Jones LBW for a duck. Matt then bowled Smith for another 0 in his first over. Matt and Tim saw Roffey continue to lose wickets the principal batsmen being able to see England lose to Portugal, with the opening 6 wickets falling with 37 on the board.
Then with defeat staring them in the face, Banner scored a patient 51 until he was 9th out with the score on 95. Ricky took the last 2 wickets, aid by Nelly at the other end with the economical , Milner esque figures of 5 overs 4 maidens 1 for 5. Roffey were all out for 100, which saw a victory by an 89 run margin , and 28 runs. 

Full Scorecard Here


3rd team match report vs Ram 3’s:

England met with Portugal. LA met with Ram. The day was set for upsets, comebacks and victors. While England's best sought to progress to the World Cup Semi's, Littlehampton's third best sought to jump into second place with a victory over Ram.

The team included veterans Hugh Milner and Jim Brown while u'14 Ryan Wadey made his senior debut. Playa won the toss and elected to field in the heat. Harry Palmano and Hugh opened the attack but Harry, bowling good lines, didn't take a wicket. Hugh opted for a change of ends and replaced Harry while Wadey was brought on. He took the first wicket in his senior career, a catch at cover by Callum Foster. He continued to bowl well and bowled his allowed compliment before being replaced by Ryan Budd. Hugh took 3 wickets for 48 in his ten over spell before Playa brought himself and Callum on to bowl tandem spin.

Callum struck third ball after a sharp stumping from Lloyd Hanks and Playa continued from the previous week taking four wickets. Ram were bowled out for 162 in the 33rd over, leaving LA 57 overs to reach their target.

Ian Birbeck and Tom Merrien opened up but departed quickly without much troubling the scorers. Playa and Ryan Budd batted steadily before a direct hit ended Playa's run of 3's form. Callum didn't score and Ryan was out for 27. Jim Brown and, after Andy Greig also didn't score, Hugh Milner were at the crease. Both batted finely and showed it aint over 'til the fat lady sings (or in England's case until the fat scouser gets sent off). Hugh went for 25 and Lloyd and Jim batted well together. As the previous partnership had given hope, this one carried the flame and LA were within shot of another win.

Jim reached his fifty, including several fours on Ram's big boundaries, but departed soon after for a hope-instilling 52. Lloyd batted with debutant Ryan Wadey who lasted a few overs before being bowled. 25 runs to win with one wicket. Unfortunately it was not to be as Lloyd was bowled for 8 and the game was lost, Harry Palmano ending on 0*.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 1st July:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Rustington

2018 – Under 14’s vs Middleton

2017 – 1st XI vs Eastergate

2017 – 2nd XI vs Scaynes Hill 2’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Chippingdale 3’s

2016 – Under 15’s vs Arundel

2016 – Under 13’s vs Bognor

2015 – Under 13’s vs Selsey

2012 – Under 12’s vs East Preston

2006 – 1st XI vs Roffey

2000 – 3rd XI vs Amberley


Batting highlights from 1st July:

Harry Standing 55 vs Scaynes Hill 2’s (2017)

Jim Brown 52 vs Ram 3’s (2006)


Bowling highlights from 1st July:

James Askew 8-19 vs Eastergate (2017)

Tim Peters 4-18 vs Roffey 2’s (2006)

Paul Hewitt 4-16 vs Ram 3’s (2006)

30th June

We have 10 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Sunday 30th June 2019 when the 2’s lost a lose T20 and the Sunday side beat Rustington.

2nd team match report vs Chichester 2’s:

On the back of the following day’s emphatic win against top of the league Selsey, the 2s found themselves up against a side who were 3 divisions higher and according to some first team members “we didn’t have a chance”, with these kind words of encouragement our leader won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Lucas and Amjad opened the bowling and we initially did well to restrict Chi, Lucas picking up one of the openers in the third over. However, things didn’t continue in this way as we found fielding with the pink ball and windy conditions challenging with a number of miss-fields and dropped catches in their innings. We even resorted to a few slide tackles and unorthodox methods in the deep in our efforts to stop the flurry of runs, one highlight being Zack at deep square trying to take a catch by slide tackling the oncoming ball and trying flick it up with his first touch, needless to say he unfortunately didn’t but did manage to kick it past Sophie who was at deep midwicket for four. Olly created numerous chances but the Chi batsman continued to find the fence, Theo however did bowl well in the middle overs and picked up a deserved wicket for his troubles. Jammy and Zack finished the innings off well, Zack picking up a wicket and a runout in the last over. Chi amassed 178-4.

On a good wicket we knew we still had a chance, Harry and Sophie opened up and got us off to a flyer, making use of the powerplay and some wayward bowling, with the Chi fielders having the same issues we had in the field. With the great start there was even some small talk of the next round alas we should have known… Harry went first to ex LA player Wahid, with Sophie and Olly quickly following, a reality check if ever I saw one. With the century maker and Mellor at the crease they found it tough against some disciplined bowling with the pressure building something had to give and it did, the run-out king AKA Mellor this time the victim of a run out going for the second run. This brought Peachy to accompany our leader, this pair needed to form some sort of partnership if we were to have any hope. Bazley ran his luck being dropped two times but the partnership continued to build with the runs flowing more easily as they became more settled, they put on 86 before Peachy was bowled for a very well made 42. 36 needed to win enter Jammy… who hit his first two balls for 4, the Chi players suddenly knew they were in a game. A tidy second to last over meant that we required 20. Jammy hit the first and second ball for 4 and then a 6 off the third, could it be?! A dot ball followed by single meant that Bazley a man who has scored over 200

runs in the weekend had to hit a 4 to tie the game or a 6 to win. He swung hard but could only manage a single. A herculean effort from the skipper nevertheless.

A great game of cricket and very respectable display from the 2s who will dust themselves down ready for the next game vs Ram on Saturday. Final mention to Bazley who batted for around 50 overs and scored over 200 runs without losing his wicket in the weekend! Well batted skip.

Full Scorecard HERE


Sunday XI match report vs Rustington:

With the sun out on a glorious Sunday afternoon we headed to Rustington. Having won the toss I decided to bat. Mac and Pannell opened the batting, Pannell getting out for a duck after gloving the ball to first slip in the 3rd over. This brought George Bryant-Nichols to the crease, who looked solid, but was only able to make 3 runs before being bowled. Harry Merritt-Blann was the next in. He and Mac put on 70 runs before Mac got caught behind just after hitting 50. Mike Askew then joined Harry in the middle, making an impact straight away by hitting a six off Ben Kimber. Both bats rotating the strike and playing some good shots, Phil Merritt being a proud grandfather as Harry struck his first adult 50. He then was caught was caught on 51. Ben Duffell made a short and sweet 9 runs before being bowled and Dan Foot supported Mike to his 50 and made 9 runs not out. A total of 193 in the end for Rustington to chase.

Our bowling started well, with Raj (6-0-19-1) and Dan Foot (4-0-12-2) starting proceedings. Raj making the early breakthrough by bowling Jack Dennet. There was then a caught and bowled opportunity of Raj's bowling, with the ball being skied and Raj then dropping the ball. The drop wasn't too costly as Dan Foot took the wicket soon after as the batsman tried hitting the ball over mid-off and instead finding the safe hands of Harry Merritt-Blann. Dan then took a second wicket soon after when the batsmen took a heave at a wider ball and could only chip it to Dan "Bucket hands" White at point.

Rustington started rebuilding with B. Payne and J. Villiers at the crease. Surviving bowling spells from Dan Clarke (5-0-21-0) and Ben Duffell (3-1-12-0). The breakthrough came from Phil Merritt (7-0-5-2) when he bowled Villiers. Dan White (4-0-5-3) took then took 3 quick wickets, one stumping and two bowled wickets. Phil Merritt then had Steve Kimber out LBW. I then brought on George Bryant-Nichols (2.2-0-11-1) on to finish the proceedings and he had Simon Blowen caught behind to make Rustington all out for 89.

There was a very good atmosphere and I was pleased that all the youngsters from both teams managed to get a game out of the day.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other highlights on 30th June:

Chris and Georgie Heberlein tied the knot on this day in 2018. Happy anniversary!


Other games played on 30th June:

2019 – Under 14’s vs Arundel

2018 – 1st XI vs Pagham 2’s

2018 – 4th XI vs Broadwater 3’s

2013 – Under 12’s vs Pagham

2012 – 1st XI vs Bognor

2012 – 2nd XI vs Bognor 2’s

2012 – 3rd XI vs Ram 3’s

2002 – Sunday XI vs Arundel Grasshoppers


Batting highlights from 30th June:

Harry Merritt-Blann 51 vs Rustington (2019)

Mike Askew 50* vs Rustington (2019)

Mac Cox 50 vs Rustington (2019)

Jack Turner 59* vs Pagham 2’s (2018)

Stewart Murray 68 vs Ram 3’s (2012)


Bowling highlights from 30th June:

Ryan Budd 5-28 vs Pagham 2’s (2018)

Ryan Budd 4-4 vs Bognor (2012)

Dan Rive 4-26 vs Bognor (2012)

Paul Hewitt 5-36 vs Bognor 2’s (2012)

Harry Standing 4-52 vs Bognor 2’s (2012)

Chris Perry 5-19 vs Ram 3’s (2012)

Paul Brotherston 4-25 vs Arundel Grasshoppers (2002)

29th June

We have 11 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 29th June 2019. The 2nd team scored big vs Selsey while the 3rd team won a last ball thriller vs Worthing.

1st team match report vs Roffey 2’s:

Jimmy Askew won the toss and elected to bat first at Roffey. The skipper was first to go when he was caught at cover for 12. Louis Paul joined Tom Lee at the crease and they put on 118 for the 2nd wicket. Tom top scored with 68 and Louis scored 54. The rest of the order tried to push the run rate up and to take the score over 200. However some rash shots and good bowling from Roffey meant the first team posted 198-9.

Roffey’s innings couldn’t have started any better for the first team as Mac Cox and Chris Heberlein ripped through the top order and Roffey were 23-5. Roffey recovered slightly to 61-6 at the first drinks break. Sam Henderson wasn’t giving up hope for the home side though, and he proceeded to put away any bad balls. Roffey then fell to 158-8 and with 41 runs still to get, the first team should have wrapped it up. However Henderson finished the job for Roffey, and the first team let slip a vital 30 points.

The first team did manage to climb up a place to 7th but now sit only 5 points above the drop zone at the halfway point.

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Selsey:

League leaders Selsey turned up to the Sportsfield having won 6 out of the 8 matches they had played with one of them being cancelled due to the weather. Selsey won the toss and strangely put Littlehampton into bat, on a flat, dry wicket.

Dazzler (179*) and Andy Lee (36) opened up and started at a fair rate with the score 56/0 off 10 overs. Once the new ball had stopped swinging and the change bowlers came on the rate increased quickly. Andy Lee hitting the 1st 6 of the day was then followed up by 3 in the next over from Dazzler. Andy departed for his 36 with 132 on the board. Sophie (1) came in and top edged a sweep shot straight to the keeper which bought Olly Hemsley (54) to the crease, both players were batting comfortably. Dazzler bringing up his 2nd ton of the season, shortly followed by Olly who brought up his 50 soon after. The score was 237 off 28 overs when Olly finally departed to a good catch. Andy Greig (12) and Dan Rive (7) and Jordan Atkinson (1) all came in and helped to keep the run rate at a decent level, before Amjad Mohsin (26*) finished off the innings with a flurry of 4's. Dazzler at the end of the innings did finish on 179 not out hitting 21 fours and 7 sixes.

We went out to bowl with Selsey having to score 360 to win

Lucas Stubbs (0/23) and Zack Sanderson (3/29) opened up... Zack got the early break through following a good catch from Dheeraj and was then taken off as he was leaking runs. Lucas had bowled tight without reward. Amjad (2/23) came on and took out the rest of the top order with the exception of the Selsey captain who was standing firm at the other end. Dheeraj (2/23) bowled 2 maidens to start with against players who were trying to play attacking shots at him. Olly (1/27) and Andy Greig (3/17) came on and finished off the middle order pretty quickly... By this time all hope for Selsey had been lost... Zack came back on and snicked off the Selsey captain for 42 who was the 8th wicket... Andy Greig then got the last caught by olly at short cover.

Although a dominating performance from start to finish, in the field there were some dropped catches and miss-fields something that in closer games I hope we won't do.

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Worthing 3’s:

The tradition says that a captain will be the last person to leave a ship alive before its sinking or utter destruction, and if unable to evacuate the crew and passengers, the captain will not save himself even if he can. In other cases a captain may decide to save himself to the detriment of his crew, the vessel, or its mission. A decision that shirks the responsibilities of the command of a vessel will usually bring upon the captain a legal, criminal, or social penalty, with military commanders often facing dishonor.

Captain Rivo dropped himself to the 2nd XI as one of 8 changes to last week’s side, which must be some sort of record. The children of the Rivolution made their way to Worthing’s Manor ground, disappointed to find no test players on the main square in the marquee game at the ground; Worthing v Pagham. Stand in Captain Dan Clarke chose to bowl. It is safe to say he didn’t have much support; especially from Bushmills fanatic Geoff Cole or ex-skipper Ian Birbeck.

A blistering start was made by Worthing captain Glenn Harris, hitting Stew Mohsin’s first over for 17 in Stew’s first game in 11 months. Stew removed the other opener in the 3rd over with a good catch taken by Birbs in the gulley, a vast improvement on last time Ian had to take a catch off Stew’s bowling, when he opted to use his head instead of his hands. Glenn batted well but was hitting in the air; and Nick Larking was bowling well but not to Glenn. In Nicks last over Glenn hit one high in the air, where Buddy took a good catch at long on – the breakthrough we needed coming in the 12th over. A blip on the innings was one of 13 byes (sorry everyone) saw Geoff try and intervene and pull a muscle; and leave the field for ten overs before hobbling back on. We then took wickets at regular intervals through Mark (3), Will (2) and Theo (1); but Worthing were probably happier at the interval with their 193-8, thanks mainly to an adult best by Harry Merritt-Blann (at the time; until he bettered it the next day!).

A fine selection of Battenberg, Flapjacks and Pork Pies made for a good tea, made better by the news of Bazley’s 179*, which lifted the motivation of our side, thinking how embarrassing it’d be to get collectively fewer. We must offer thanks to Worthing for allowing Geoff a runner after his injury in the field, as he was totally unable to run (insert your own joke here).

Geoff and Birbs got us off to a solid start before Geoff was adjudged LBW despite appearing to hit the ball; although he was probably pleased he could put his feet up and score a massage from the watching Tim Peters. A trick from the Birbeck playbook followed as Will Kitchen came in at 3, and he was dropped at least 3 times in his buccaneering 23. Specialist fielder Ryan Budd followed, and he (26), Birbs (26) and Kenneth (23) all made useful contributions before getting out, unlike the stand in captain who picked out a fielder to depart for only 8.

When Mark was adjudged LBW for 11 we were left with Raj and Theo and over 40 runs to get. Both batted excellently and maturely, respecting the good balls and dispatching the

bad, with positive running between the wickets resulting in a couple of scares but equally pressure on the home side. We were always behind the rate and probably underdogs until Theo ended the 38th over with back to back 4s to leave us needing 4 runs from 2 overs with 3 wickets in hand.

The 39th over saw us score 1 run and Raj get caught at point. We then needed 3 from the final over to win, a single from the first ball put Nick on strike for his first ball against his good friend Glenn, who he’d earlier got out. 3 dots and a wicket followed to bring Stew Mohsin to the crease and the equation was now 2 required from 2, which became 2 from 1 after a play and a miss. Everyone was on the single, and all three results were possible. Stew got bat on ball, almost blocking into the leg side; and him and Theo started to run – mid wicket picked the ball up cleanly and had a shy at the stumps, and thankfully missed – so we’d got the single we needed for the tie. But thankfully in the panic, no one had backed up and the rest of the side frantically shouted “run run run” and the overthrow ensured Stew and Theo pick up a second run and saw us to a fine victory, and for 4 of us who suffered the last ball defeat to Henfield the previous week it was a mixture of relief and redemption.

A true team effort, capped by Mr Cole intercepting Pagham’s order of 10 Corona’s and distributing to the victorious 3rd XI. Thanks go to Rivo for picking the side, Lloyd for umpiring, Worthing for providing an umpire and scorer, and thanks to the whole side for tolerating a captain who chooses to field on the hottest day of the year.

Full Scorecard HERE


4th team match report vs Worthing 4’s:

The 4s set off to play Worthing with a much changed young side, hoping to put the show back on the road after a difficult game the week before. Worthing 4s had not won a game, so we expected a competitive game. Andy Wilkinson making a 2nd outing for the 4s of the season as a late call up and would it be third time lucky with Andy completing a game uninjured?

Tim lost another toss and the 4s were asked to bat first. Tim was first to go after opening with Kev Foot (another 43). George started well with a cracking 4, but was soon back in the pavilion. The fight back began with Andy joining Kev, before unfortunately falling LBW to a ball patching on off and leg spinning. Worthing thought it was a harsh decision, but as was their right, didn’t call Andy back. Jake made a short visit for 1 before being followed by Georgie Heberlein for her 1st LA game of the season. Georgie made an impressive 20 before

being bowled. Dan Foot managed 4 before making way. Phil Merritt was next in for 4 n.o. and Joel, batting for the first time 1, with Anuj coming in for the last over hitting a 6 and a 4 to finish 10 n.o. LA closed on 154/8 off 40.

Worthing set off to make a quick start but Dan and Kev kept it to under 4s for the first 8 overs. Anuj taking LAs first wicket as Worthing took control with Julian Smith potentially at risk of jug avoidance being LBW to Phil Merritt and Josh Amos 59 n.o. George took the other wicket to fall for 19 and Barry Cool the Worthing Captain scoring 12 n.o. It was a difficult afternoon, with the worthing players able to hit regular boundaries.

Josh, George, Mat and Joel were LAs young bowlers being challenged by dominant batsman, with Phil Merritt trying to keep it tight at the other end 1/29 off 5. Despite it being challenging, they all kept going and will all ultimately benefit from the experience. Littlehampton did come out on top in one area only conceding 14 extras to Worthing’s 42, which was a real credit given the pressure. Great promise for the future was shown. Jake Howson had a great debut behind the stumps conceding the 1 bye.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 29th June:

2014 – Sunday XI vs Rustington

2014 – Under 12’s vs Bognor

2013 – 1st XI vs Southwater

2013 – 3rd XI vs Clymping 2’s

2003 – Sunday XI vs Arundel Grasshoppers

2002 – 1st XI vs Roffey

2002 – 2nd XI vs Roffey 2’s


Batting highlights from 29th June:

Tom Lee 68 vs Roffey 2’s (2019)

Louis Paul 54 vs Roffey 2’s (2019)

Darren Bazley 179* vs Selsey (2019)

Olly Hemsely 54 vs Selsey (2019)

Amjad Mohsin 66* vs Rustington (2014)

Andy Lee 68* vs Clymping 2’s (2013)

Andrew Northcote 107 vs Arundel Grasshoppers (2003)

Rick Heberlein 80* vs Roffey 2’s (2002)

Adam Place 51 vs Roffey 2’s (2002)


Bowling highlights from 29th June:

Stewart Murray 6-15 vs Clymping 2’s (2013)

28th June

We have 18 games to look through today! We take a closer look at the 1’s and 3’s games in 2008.

1st team match report vs Pulborough:

The 1st team were unable to build on last weeks win against Lewes as they suffered a very disappointing loss at the hands of Pulborough.

Jagota won the toss for the hosts and decided to bowl first. It proved to be the right decision as after only 28.2 overs we had been bowled out for only 104 with Matt Crump taking 6-45. The wicket was not predictable but it can not be used as an excuse as, apart from Baby who got an absolute Jaffa and Jimmy who fell to a stunning catch, most people will feel poor shot selection led to their downfall. This was shown by the fact that 9 of the 10 wickets were caught!! Hebs and Gus were the only 2 batsman to make double figures, making 40 and 29 respectively.
Pulborough reached the small target in 35.4 overs having lost 4 wickets. Progress was extremely slow before Jagota smashed a quickfire 28 to up the rate. Woody was the pick of the bowlers with 2-14 off 8 overs.

Tea was below par and a score of 3 out of 10 leaves Pulborough and Bexhill in the Tea relegation battle.

With the season now at the halfway point we find ourselves in 3rd place but will need to find some consistency if we are to challenge for promotion.

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Lancing Manor:

LA were seeking to avenge two defeats to Lancing in 2007, when they were also promoted to Div 2 as league winners.

The omens were good when their skip pulled out a £2 coin for the toss, as that is Playas usual weapon of choice. Heads it was and we opted to bat (Yes Rick, bat!!)

Birbs and Ranj dominated the first 8 races and raced to 49. Some shots straight out of the text book from both. The dangerous Baker was the key to the early overs and he clean bowled Kyle for 31, then Tom suffered the same fate for a golden.

Ryan survived the hat-trick ball.

Birbs and Ryan put on a decent partnership of just under 50 to cement the start to the innings. Ian was bowled for 42 - a fine knock. Ryan was caught for a solid 31.

Playa came into the game and survived to drops, and then punished the bad balls before running himself out on 20.

Bruce also looked in fine nick, but again was another player who should have scored big, caught for 28.

Budd snr marshalled us through the final overs, with 23 not out.

At the other end, Callum also got a golden, when caught on the boundary, trying to punish a long hop.

Jim ran himself out in the chase to 200 and Greiggy was caught for 4, despite doing well to see off the last two overs from Baker.

Hugh needed 2 off the final ball, but played on.

LA posted 198ao, but would we rue the dot ball that Birbs almost to the boundary but never ran!!!

After a fine ploughmans, LA were hopeful of early breakthroughs against a strong top order of decent batters.

Buddy Snr and Jnr spearheaded the attack and it was the Younger who did some damage. Buddy clean bowled numbers 2 and 3 as he showed with real venom. Father Budd then got one, gloved behind to Callum.

Three down and we were on tp, but their opener continued to drill the ball and LA's heads and voices dropped. Greiggy replaced Ryan and was unlucky when the ball disected the cover fielders.

At drinks, Playa tried to rouse the team, but it felt like being in a Charlie Chaplin silent movie. Lancing were 125-3, when Playa and Hugh came on and tried to continue their fine form with the ball.

One wicket really does change it, and Hugh struck in his first over thanks to a neat Merrien catch. The tide has turned and suddenly it wasn't just one or voices that could be heard. Hugh struck again, clean bowled, and then the skip got in on the act.

Lancing lost the next 7 wickets for 25 runs as Playa for 4 and Hugh 3.

Kyle took a catch in the covers and fielded tirelessly all day. Playa and Ranj both took hits to the legs but didn't show the pain as adrenalin kicked in.

In the end, the victory was secured, and the older players showed the passion and determination to turn the game around.

Pivotal moments in the field - 1) Ryans big wickets at the start to remove dangermen 2) Paul and Hugh showing enthusiasm and desire to win, which reaped just rewards.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other highlights from 28th June:

Dan Clarke made his LCC debut on Sunday 28th June 2009 as the under 18’s beat Eastergate.


Other games played on 28th June:

2015 – Sunday XI vs Preston Park

2015 – Under 12’s vs Goring

2014 – 1st XI vs Felbridge

2014 – 2nd XI vs Crawley Eagles 4’s

2014 – 3rd XI vs Middleton 3’s

2013 – Under 12’s vs Bognor

2011 – Under 13’s vs West Chiltington

2009 – 2nd XI vs Burgess Hill 2’s

2009 – Ladies XI vs Preston Nomads

2009 – Under 18’s vs Eastergate

2009 – Under 12’s vs Chichester

2008 – 2nd XI vs Hastings 2’s

2003 – 1st XI vs Bexhill

2003 – 2nd XI vs Bexhill 2’s

2003 – 3rd XI vs Petworth Park

2003 – 4th XI vs Ifield 4’s


Batting highlights from 28th June:

Mike Askew 61 vs Preston Park (2015)

Mike Askew 50* vs Felbridge (2014)

Dan Clarke 86 vs Middleton 3’s (2014)

Tom Lee 56 vs Burgess Hill (2009)

Ryan Budd 56* vs Eastergate U18’s (2009)

James Askew 51 vs Eastergate U18’s (2009)

Rick Heberlein 59 vs Hastings 2’s (2008)

Richard Vokes 76* vs Bexhill (2003)

Geoff Cole 65* vs Bexhill 2’s (2003)

Keith Kirkham 57 vs Ifield 4’s (2003)


Bowling highlights from 28th June:

Amjad Mohsin 5-58 vs Crawley Eagles 4’s (2014)

Tim Nicholson 4-56 vs Crawley Eagles 4’s (2014)

Stewart Murray 4-42 vs Middleton 3’s (2014)

Tim Peters 4-49 vs Hastings 2’s (2008)

Paul Hewitt 4-26 vs Lancing Manor (2008)

Dan Rive 5-45 vs Bexhill 2’s (2003)

Shaun O’Shea 7-15 vs Petworth Park (2003)

27th June

Just five games today, and we take a closer look at the 3rd XI game on Saturday 27th June 2009.

3rd XI match report vs Middleton:

The 3rd XI had the choice of a number of players this week as the 1st and 2nds both had weeks off, but the only change was the skipper coming in for the inform fish.

Dazzler lost the toss and Middleton decided to put us in

Dazzler and rick opened and were back in the hutch before the end of the 10th over Mikey Askew couldn't show the impressive form of past weeks either and soon departed as well we were 42 -3 at this point off 15 overs.

However a 101 partnership between Dan K (Mole Boy) and Tom Lee (Monkey Man) steadied the ship and then excelled in there new batting positions. Dan got his 2nd senior 50 (68) and tom made his first one (53) Jordan (Squirrel Head 30) George (The Fridge 4no) and Brett (9) came in and made sure the total got up to 205.

A good effort considering they were last years champions

Tea would have got a rating of 9/10 with scones and chicken tikka pieces being the most popular.

After tea we knew the importance of early wickets which both George and Jordan duely delivered (although Jordan not at his best) Jim came on for his debut and although didn't get a wicket bowled very well. Brett came on and got the key wicket of Rawstone. But Will Kitchen stole the show with 4 - 33 off 8 (1 LBW, 1 Stumped, 1 Caught and 1 Bowled) this kept the middleton batsman under pressure and eventually they collapsed with Dan K coming on and wrapping up the tail with 2 - 7 off 4.5

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 27th June:

2015 – 1st XI vs West Chiltington

2015 – 2nd XI vs Brighton and Hove 4’s

2015 – 3rd XI vs West Chiltington 3’s

2010 – Under 14’s vs Chippingdale


Batting highlights from 27th June:

James Askew 100 vs West Chiltington (2015)

Dan Kempson 68 vs Middleton 3’s (2009)

Tom Lee 53 vs Middleton 3’s (2009)


Bowling highlights from 27th June:

Chris Perry 4-29 vs West Chiltington 3’s (2015)

Will Kitchen 4-32 vs Middleton 3’s (2009)


26th June

Only 9 games to look through today. We take a closer look at the 2nd team game on Saturday 26th June 2004 when they drew with Steyning 2’s.

2nd team match report vs Steyning 2’s:

LCPCC travelled to Steyning under grey skies, was the game going to finish or even start as all morning there had been fine drizzle. However the game started on time with LCPCC winning the toss and electing to bat, after those bonus points to keep them top.

What a start 4 for 1 has Heberlein R wearing his new cap (16,000 club runs) was bowled by Barr the next over Karl played on 8 for 2. two overs later it became 15 for 3 as McGeorge also played on. Heberlein C and Ward steadied the good ship but Franks snared Heberlein C for 22 and the score had reach the 50 mark. Up stepped the skipper elevating himself up the batting order only to watch Robin leave one and get bowled off his pads for 15, 54 for 5 – the ship was sinking. But as everyone knows the batting line up for the seconds goes past 11. A 48 run partnership between Souch and Rive saw the total go pass 100, still 24 overs to go. Rive chased a delivery, to close to cut and was caught at first slip. This gave the Steyning bowler Franks a five for.

Next in Neil – a bird a crapped on him earlier on in the day was this a good sign only time will tell but 16 runs later Souch was adjudged LBW for 17. 118 for 7. No panic stations as last weeks opener Kev Staight went to the crease and under guidance from Neil the edged the total to 156 before Kev played a game of catch me please. 156 for 8. Matt P was soon bowled and LCPCC were 159 for 9. 41 Runs alter and Neil maiden league 50 and some gutsy blows from Wes the scored moved to 200 and the LCPCC skipper declared on 200 for 9. Maximum bonus points.

Now for maximum points. The rain became steadier and after teas there was a 30 minute delay but LCPCC were soon in there stride as Hewitt with luck still on snapped up Gurd of Rive at second slip the next over saw Parnell bowl the Steyning opener. Steyning rocking on 10 for 2. Browning and Burtt hit some lusty blows and it was time for a change as the skip brought on Rick and Uncle. The runs began to dry up and heberlein got the important break through as he had both Browning and Burtt snapped for 39 runs each and Steyning were in the 90 with 4 wickets down and plenty of time. Kennett started off slowly but got in to his stride and steadied the Steyning inning to an extent that probably cost tehm victory but credit to him managed to ensure that Steyning drew the game and avoid defeat he ended on 61 no did the same bird crap on him as well as he survived a drop chance at extra and stumping chance.

Hewitt picked up two late wickets and £30 winning off the bonus ball as Steyning held out for the draw and were 180 for 7 at stumps.

Full scorecard HERE


Other games played on 26th June:

2016 – 1st XI vs Clymping

2011 – Sunday XI vs United Services

2011 – Under 14’s vs Chippingdale

2011 – Under 11’s vs Midhurst

2010 – 1st XI vs Pagham

2010 – 2nd XI vs Pagham 2’s

2005 – Sunday XI vs Arundel Grasshoppers

2004 – 1st XI vs Bexhill


Batting highlights from 26th June:

James Askew 112 vs Clymping (2016)

Ian Birbeck 68 vs United Services (2011)

Benn Challen 62 vs Pagham (2010)

Rick Heberlein 75 vs Pagham 2’s (2010)

Mike Askew 54 vs Pagham 2’s (2010)

Rick Heberlein 101* vs Arundel Grasshoppers (2005)

Gary Tester 134 vs Bexhill (2004)

Neil Hewitt 61* vs Steyning 2’s (2004)


Bowling highlights from 26th June:

Luke Vinter 4-33 vs Pagham (2010)

Luke Vinter 5-10 vs Bexhill (2004)

25th June

We have 12 games to look through today. Some highlights from the games played:

  • The Sunday side enjoyed a close-fought victory vs Ashurst in 2017. Dan Clarke top scored with 54 as LCC posted 188-8. Ashurst looked in control until pace bowler Mike Askew ripped through their middle order, taking 4-42, and Ashurst finished on 180-7.
  • The 1st team picked up their first win of the 2016 season after 6 successive draws. They beat Arundel by 9 wickets with Nathan Perry taking 5-20.
  • The 1st team beat Pagham by just 6 runs in 2011. Defending 163, Amjad Mohsin was the hero as he picked up the final wicket to spark big celebrations.
  • The 1st team had the better of a draw vs Three Bridges in 2005. The 1’s posted 235-9 with Chris Kirkham and Chris Cooke both scoring 50’s. In reply, Three Bridges limped to 97-9 with Benn Challen taking 6-21 off 18 overs.
  • The 2nd team convincingly beat St James Montefiore 2’s in 2005. Rick Heberlein took 5-46 as St James were bowled out for 138. The 2’s chased the target with 4 wickets in hand.


Games played on 25th June:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Ashurst

2017 – Under 14’s vs Middleton

2016 – 1st XI vs Arundel

2016 – 2nd XI vs Arundel 2’s

2011 – 1st XI vs Pagham

2011 – 2nd XI vs Pagham 2’s

2011 – 3rd XI vs Arundel 3’s

2006 – Under 16’s vs Pagham

2006 – Under 12’s vs Chichester

2005 – 1st XI vs Three Bridges

2005 – 2nd XI vs St James Montefiore 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Brighton and Hove 3’s


Batting highlights from 25th June:

Dan Clarke 54 vs Ashurst (2017)

James Askew 70* vs Arundel (2016)

Amjad Mohsin 57 vs Arundel 2’s (2016)

Dan Peach 56 vs Arundel 2’s (2016)

Chris Heberlein 69 vs Pagham (2011)

Chris Kirkham 53 vs Three Bridges (2005)

Chris Cooke 50 vs Three Bridges (2005)



Bowling highlights from 25th June:

Mike Askew 4-42 vs Ashurst (2017)

Nathan Perry 5-20 vs Arundel (2016)

Ryan Budd 4-17 vs Arundel 3’s (2011)

Benn Challen 6-21 vs Three Bridges (2005)

Rick Heberlein 5-46 vs St James Montefiore (2005)

Neil Hewitt 4-22 vs St James Montefiore (2005)

24th June

We have 10 games to look through today and we take a closer look at the 2’s and 3’s games on Saturday 24th June 2006.

2nd team match report vs Worthing 2’s:

LA scored runs at their leisure yesterday before Captain Neil declared on a mammoth 311 for 4 after only 45 overs. 75% of LA's runs cam in boundaries. After a slowish start as compared to the rest of the innings 76 off 20 overs then 272 off 40. Messers James and Heberlein put on 115 for the first wicket. Rich being caught at point off Westlake for 44 of a full toss. Contentious yes but out.

The second returnee from injury Rich Hanks joined Rick and the runs continued to flow until Rick was caught by Westlake off Barnes at cover for 97. Here followed a mini collapse with Askew departing for 8 and Souch for 5. Both bowled. Matt Parnell then arrived at the crease and 20 balls later he had scored 57 runs in a bothamesque, freddieesque innings of brutal hitting 7 fours and 4 sixes. His 50 actually came of only 14 scoring shots.

Rich Hanks ended on 83no and at one point was involved in 10 boundaries off 14 balls. LA declared on 311 for 4 off just 45 overs leaving Worthing 55 overs to chase the total.

When Worthing replied Brice and Pearse were ahead off the game both openers scoring freely. However the introduction of Hewitt and James slowed things down and wickets began to tumble. Hewitt bowling Brice for 42 and James snapping up Pearse for 62 and Dunn for 17. Smart catches taken by Hewitt and Heberlein. Worthing at the midpoint were 147 for 3 with the possibility of the run chase still on requiring another 165 off 26 overs for victory. However Neil began to tighten the screw and the Worthing middle order could not mount a serious challenge to the total. Neil finishing with 5 for 38 of 19 continuous overs. All James finished with 2 for 58. Worthing finished with 234 for 8 Match Drawn.

A draw was probably the inevitable result but the batting superb from both sides. Does the Worthing Captain regret putting us in only he knows.

Full scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Ifield 4’s:

It wasn't just aeroplanes you had to be aware of on Saturday, the sky was full of UFB (Unidentified Flying Balls). On an unpredictable wicket in Ifield, LA looked to continue their run of league form. Playa won the toss and decided to bat, with Ian Birbeck and Darren Bazley opening up. After putting on a steady partnership of over 70, Birbs skied one to point for 18. In came Andy Foster who, after scoring 8, was struck on the head from an eratic delivery. After staggering back in pain it was decided he should leave the crease hurt. (Foz went to Crawley A & E where no brain activity was detected. With everything normal he returned to watch LA field). Playa came in with a lid on as he had seen the danger of the pitch.

Darren had been playing the pitch well striking four after four. "I'm seeing it like a grapefruit" commented Darren with his cheeky chappy grin as he reached a stylish fifty, including 3 fours and one six. The grapefruit however turned sour as he was caught soon after for dead-on 50. Ryan Budd and Playa played conscientiously to give LA an impressive 211-2 off 45, Ryan getting 23 and Playa continuing his run of form with 44*.

Hugh struck early in Ifield's response after a catch at square leg from Callum Foster. Lewis opened too and was unfortunate not to strike but bowled economically, conceding under three runs an over. Hugh struck again in his opening spell and Ryan and Andy Greig replaced the openers. Both bowled well, Andy taking two wickets.

Spinners Callum and Playa bowled in tandem, Callum taking one and Paul two (including that of Ifield's number three, caught by 12th man Paul Budd, who had scored 72) before Callum was replaced with Hugh. The Chairman struck twice in his final spell, one being a sharp catch taken on the boundary by Foz Jnr.

The game was in LA's hands and Playa took the final wicket after a stunning slip catch by Hugh.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 24th June:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Yellow Stump

2017 – 1st XI vs Ram

2017 – 2nd XI vs St Matthias

2017 – 3rd XI vs Holmbush Park

2016 – Under 15’s vs Pagham

2010 – Under 12’s vs Chippingdale

2006 – 1st XI vs Worthing

2000 – 3rd XI vs Billingshurst


Batting highlights from 24th June:

Dan White 75 vs Yellow Stump (2018)

Mac Cox 50 vs Yellow Stump (2018)

Dan Rive 79 vs Holmbush Park (2017)

Benn Challen 114 vs Worthing (2006)

Geoff Cole 80* vs Worthing (2006)

Rick Heberlein 97 vs Worthing 2’s (2006)

Richard Hanks 83* vs Worthing 2’s (2006)

Matt Parnell 57* vs Worthing 2’s (2006)

Darren Bazley 50 vs Ifield 4’s (2006)

Martin Leggatt 86 vs Billingshurst (2000)

Geoff Cole 82 vs Billingshurst (2000)


Bowling highlights from 24th June:

James Askew 4-61 vs Ram (2017)

Kenneth Mohsin 6-16 vs St Matthias (2017)

Nick Larking 4-24 vs Holmbush Park (2017)

Tim Nicholson 4-30 vs Holmbush Park (2017)

Gary Tester 4-65 vs Worthing (2006)

Neil Hewitt 5-38 vs Worthing 2’s (2006)

Hugh Milner 4-34 vs Ifield 4’s (2006)

23rd June

We have 17 games to look through today, and we take a closer look at Saturday 23rd June 2007 when the 1’s and 3’s won, while the 2’s drew.

Match report from the 1st team game at Worthing:

La won the toss and put worthing in on a good looking wicket. Things did not start well for la as the worthing openers put on 73 for the first wicket. With rain eventually coming and going both sides had lost 3 overs each and with worthing behind the rate arter good la bowling they tried to up the tempo and wickets started to fall. Worthings last 6 wickets fell for 29 with 4 wickets for benn challen, 1 each for gary tester and chris hanks and a run out by hanks, worthing closed on 179 for 7 off 50.

La's reply started poorly losing kirkham with 1 on the board. Gupta then stared the fight back by scoring 20 off bowes second over with a brilliant cover drive for 6. Heberlein and gupta (26) then fell quickly and la were in a bit of trouble at 39 for 3. Challen and askew then started the rebuilding with a partnership of 66 before challen was out for 35. Richard hanks followed shortly after with la still needing 59 to win with 20 overs left. Gary tester joined askew and both saw la home with over 3 overs to play, tester finishing on 31 and james askew finishing the game with a 6 and his first 1st team 50, 58 not out.

Full scorecard HERE


Match report from the 2nd team games vs Cuckfield 2’s:

The seconds chose Saturday to produce our worst performance of the season.The signs have been there for a few weeks that the batting has not really been firing and there has been an over reliance on Mattie P and Nellie to guide us in to winning positions. Having said that we are still well placed in fourth place at the half way stage of the season. The next 2 weeks will define our season with tough away games at Brighton and Eastbourne. Brighton remain top, but have faltered in recent weeks with Patrick Spencer returning to First team duty. Next week will be a good time for LA to bounce back.

LA started brightly and restricted Cuckfield to 27-1 from the first 13 overs. At this juncture Watson a pinch hitter was sent in by Cuckfield to pick up the rate. Watson (43) hit the ball hard and often, riding his luck as mishits went to unplanned areas of the ground . The rain caused 2 breaks in play, which broke concentration. The second passage of play lasted only 2 overs, but saw Littlehampton drop 3 of the 5 catches that we droppped on the day, all off Watson before he had double figures. Watson finally departed stumped by Scrawny off Nellies bowling. Tea was finally taken at 2:30 to try
and ensure that good weather was not wasted on the half hour break.The excitable opening batsman Mitza was finally removed for a painful 69 made in 48 overs. Still I am sure his mother loves him. The tail then crumbled as Neil (4-46) and Stu (2-32) bowled with guile and accuracy. Cuckfield elected to declare early rather than send in the next 2 mobile bowlers bonus points ( much to the despair of those who have Nellie and Stu in their fantasy teams).

The Littlehampton response started badly with Geoff failing to RISE to the occasion, playing across a swinging delivery from Flour and being bowled. Flour whose BREAD and butter delivery was Left arm inswing with a good action at a decent pace with little support from the rest of the pedestrian Cuckfield attack. Indeed the skipper had to GRIND 18 overs out of him.

The Vicar (31) and Harmy (16) batted well until Harmy unluckily bottom edged a hook off Flour on to his stumps. The middle order then subsided and it was left to Dan (46 NO), Stu and Nellie to ensure that a draw and 2 batting points were achieved.

Full scorecard HERE


Match report from the 3rd team game vs Worthing 4’s:

3's travelled to Worthing, trying to forget the disappointment of the previous week

Playa won the toss and decided to bat

Fresh from their 168 partnership vs Hangleton & Knoll, Ian and Tom again looked in confident mood and both raced to their half centuries.

Despite two rain delays, LA were keen to get back out there.

Ian secured his second league century, whilst Tom fell an agonosing 8 short. He hit 92 off 90 balls, including 17 fours

Jon Pope joined Ian for the remaining overs and plundered 38 off 34 balls

Ian carried his bat with a mammoth 126 off 149 balls with 21 fours

We'd all like to see his wagon wheel or should it be renamed gullygram!!

LA finished on 282-1

In reply, LA needed to get through 20 overs sharpish, in order to secure a result

Wadders and Hugh spearheaded our attack

Ryan struck first thanks to a well-held catch from Pez

Wadders recorded figures of 5-2-14-1 and he bowled very well indeed

Hugh struggled early on, and was asking the skipper to come back later on, however

Playa stuck with the warhorse and wickets began tumbling

Hugh struck 6 times, all clean bowled bar one, thanks to a Jimbo catch

Playa toiled away at the other end, and finally got himself two clean bolwed victims, including Matt Thorne who hit 56.

It was nice weather for ducks, as Worthing had 5 of them!

Worthing were all out for 122

Full scorecard HERE


Other games played on 23rd June:

2019 – Sunday XI vs Bognor

2019 – Under 12’s vs Chippingdale

2018 – 1st XI vs Horsham 2's

2018 – 2nd XI vs Broadwater 2’s

2018 – 3rd XI vs Worthing 3’s

2018 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s

2013 – 1st XI vs Eastergate

2013 – Under 12’s vs Selsey

2013 – Under 11’s vs Midhurst

2012 – 1st XI vs Billingshurst

2012 – 2nd XI vs Billingshurst 2’s

2012 – 3rd XI vs Portslade 4’s

2012 – Under 11’s vs East Preston

2001 – 1st XI vs Stirlands


Batting highlights from 23rd June:

Jack Turner 52* vs Horsham (2018)

Stewart Murray 91 vs Portslade 4’s (2012)

James Askew 58* vs Worthing (2007)

Ian Birbeck 126* vs Worthing 4’s (2007)

Tom Merrien 92 vs Worthing 4’s (2007)

Richard James 59 vs Stirlands (2002)


Batting highlights from 23rd June:

Phil Merritt 4-4 vs Bognor (2019)

Tim Nicholson 4-23 vs Broadwater 2’s (2018)

Nick Larking 5-22 vs Worthing 3’s (2018)

Tim Peters 4-48 vs Worthing 3’s (2018)

Theo Hemsley 4-38 vs Arundel 3’s (2018)

 Hugh Milner 4-22 vs Portslade 4’s (2012)

Benn Challen 4-57 vs Worthing (2007)

Neil Hewitt 4-47 vs Cuckfield 2’s (2007)

Hugh Milner 6-54 vs Worthing 4’s (2007)

22nd June

We have 15 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Sunday 22nd June 2019 when the Sunday 1’s lost vs Chichester, the Sunday 2’s beat Arun Wanderers, and the under 16’s lost Findon.

Match report from the Sunday 2’s victory vs Arun Wanderers:

Missing Andy Foster was a blow as the Sunday 2's left for Climping. The vice captain had done a morning visit to check the route.

Birbeck didn't need to fear the Hewitt and Foster show was replaced by the Askew and Staight show. Both batted well to score 68 and 55. Staight just won the race to the fifty. They saw us well towards the target of 162 set by Arun Wanderers. Mature batting from Merrion and Heberlein saw the Sunday 2's home.

It wasn't all as straight forward as that earlier in the afternoon as Mellor and Rees got Arun Wanderers off to a flying start with boundaries being peppered. A key wicket came as Sakib decided to come round the wicket and got Mellor with a cracker.

Brown and Hewitt restricted the run rate snaffling a couple of wickets in the process with good catching. Heberlein entered the attack and showed us how to do it. He bowled 3 overs 2 maidens 2 wickets for 5 runs.

Atkinson came back from having pulled up to take a wicket as well as a couple of catches in spite of the captain trying to bundle out of the way for one.

Another solid performance from everyone.

Full scorecard HERE


Match report from the under 16’s defeat vs Findon:

Littlehampton U16s played Findon on Sunday morning. After a long wait for the arrival of the changing room keys, the game got under way, with LA winning the toss and choosing to bat. Brad opened up with new partner Callum, who played his shots before being bowled. Amit came and went quickly, but did show glimpses of his ability with some lovely shots. When Brad and Ryan Wadey fell in quick succession LA seemed to be in a spot of bother; clear heads were required. Alex Clifton and Ryan Budd tried to steady the ship, picking up the singles and hitting the odd boundary with minimal alarm. Ryan retired on 30*, and a sudden cluster of wickets fell: Alex, Harry Reeves (without facing a ball!) and Jordan were all removed. It was left to the tail to rescue the innings, a task which they set about with much gusto; Jon Perrott clubbed 31*, Glenn Harris hit 2 boundaries, and Harry Standing worked his way to 8*. LA finished on 136-8 off 25 overs – a respectable total.

 Both Ryans opened the bowling. The first 4 overs yielded only 13 runs for Findon; LA seemed to be in a strong position. However, the next few overs saw the pressure being released, and Findon were able to pick up runs off almost every ball. To try and stem the flow of runs leggie Glenn came on, a move which immediately paid off as he claimed a wicket with his third delivery. He continued to bowl with flight, guile and accuracy, and with the help of Harry Standing at the other end managed to pick up 5 wickets – a terrific effort, considering how tough the other bowlers were finding it.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, with the game eventually boiling down to LA needing 1 wicket, Findon 5 runs. Despite the best efforts of Amit, the Findon number 11 was able to hit the boundary which secured victory for the visitors. It was a tight game, but on reflection Findon probably deserved their win.

Full scorecard HERE


Other games played on 22nd June:

2019 – 1st XI vs Worthing

2019 – 2nd XI vs Henfield 2’s

2019 – 3rd XI vs Bosham

2019 – 4th XI vs Chichester 4’s

2014 – 1st XI vs Eastergate

2014 – Sunday XI vs Washington

2014 – Under 11’s vs Eastergate

2013 – 2nd XI vs Felbridge 2’s

2013 – 3rd XI vs Selsey 2’s

2008 – Sunday 1st XI vs Chichester

2003 – Sunday XI vs Rottingdean

2002 – 1st XI vs Sidley

2002 – 2nd XI vs Sidley 2’s


Batting highlights from 22nd June:

Kev Foot 51 vs Chichester 4’s (2019)

Mike Askew 57 vs Eastergate (2014)

Tom Lee 55* vs Eastergate (2014)

Guy Souch 86 vs Washington (2014)

James Askew 85 vs Chichester (2008)

Paul Askew 68 vs Arun Wanderers (2008)

Kev Staight 55 vs Arun Wanderers (2008)

Mike Purcell 63* vs Rottingdean (2003)

Rick Heberlein 50* vs Rottingdean (2003)

Geoff Cole 128 vs Sidley 2’s (2002)


Bowling highlights from 22nd June:

Zack Sanderson 5-36 vs Henfield (2019)

George Kitchen 4-16 vs Chichester (2008)

Glenn Harris 5-26 vs Findon U16’s (2008)

21st June

We have 15 games to look through today and we take a closer look at 21st June 2008 when the 1’s won by the other three sides were defeated.

Match report from the 1st team game vs Lewes Priory:

Adam Tester was the hero of the day as the 1st XI crushed Lewes at the Sporty. Luckily the outfield dried up enough for play to start on time and Lewes batted first, after Benn had shocked us all by winning the toss. We knew we had to improve a lot from last weeks display and all the pressure was placed on Lewes from the start as the opening bowlers found a consistent line and length. Adz made the first breakthrough, as the newest addition to the slip cordon - Gus, took a good catch low down. This seemed to give him a huge boost and the wickets began to fall at an alarming rate from his end. An LBW, bowled and a caught behind left Adz one wicket away from a 5-for and he nearly had it when Allan was dropped at gully first ball. However the batsman didn't take advantage of his good fortune and was bowled by Adz soon after. Number 6 soon followed and by the time Adam finished his 12 over spell he had recorded figures of 6-36. It's fair to say his last over was a bit of a struggle!! With Benn and Woody replacing Dodge and Adz Lewes still found runs hard to come by. Woody struck in his first over, the good old long-hop proving effective as the batsman picked out Dodge at deep midwicket! The comedy moment of the day then followed in the form of a run-out. Lewes batsman Meek was left stranded at the wrong end of the wicket as his partner showed about as much interest in going for a quick single as Jimmy would if he was asked to host his own chat show. A few boundaries from Seager nearly got Lewes up to the 100 mark but Benn wrapped things up with them only on 97, to finish with figures of 2-24.

Benn's 2nd attempt at tea making was a lot better than his first. Quite possibly one of the most unhealthy tea's of the season - mainly because of the huge bowl of Pick 'n' Mix (Benn did try to compensate for this with a bowl of fruit....but that went pretty much untouched!) However it was very enjoyable and a score of 7 out of 10 shows the skipper has clearly learned from his mistakes first time around. Hannah still sits proudly on top of the Tea Making League Table which is shown below:

1. Hannah - 10/10
2. Grenny & Laura - 9/10
3. Worthing - 7/10
= Sidley - 7/10
= Benn & Laura 2 - 7/10
6. Dodge - 6.5/10
7. Benn & Laura 1 - 5/10
8. Sandwich Company - 4/10
9. Bexhill - 2/10

So as you can see Hannah and Greeny/Laura have made a bit of a gap at the top...could Pulborough challenge next week? Theres a lot of competition for the UEFA cup places but
Bexhill are facing a huge battle to avoid relegation.

A new opening partnership of Baby and Blanny got us off to the start we needed, which calmed any nerves we had about chasing such a small target. Baby, clearly on a bit of a high from all those sweets at tea, treated us to an array of text-book shots such as the "pre-meditated sweep off the opening bowler" and "the pull shot to 3rd man whilst falling over". Blanny made a solid 28 before falling to Murray with the score on 72. At this point though the result was never in doubt and Baby and Gus saw us home in the 19th over.

Full Scorecard HERE


Second team match report vs Cuckfield 2’s:

The seconds went to Cuckfield for yet another away game off the back of two defeats and a draw. In those three games they have only totalled 302 runs. Therefore it was no suprise that Cuckfield inserted the LA team.

Rich Hanks and Dan Rive opened the batting and after a few play and misses settled in and began to score runs but not without luck as Rich was dropped twice off no balls as he marched towards his fifty. Dan who opened the batting for the 1sts in a pre season friendly at Cuckfiled in April continued his luck as he was dropped 3 times (10 in all at Cuckfield thsi year). The 50 partnership came and went the 100 arrived in 22 overs as Dan and Rich pressed on. Dan reached his 50 first with two meticulous slogs to leg. He was also the first to depart 113 for 1 for a well built 54. Guy entered the fray lasted 12 balls and was dismissed for a duck, 131 for 2. Two overs later 6 runs and we were 136 for 6 as first Rich was dismissed for 69, then Tom for 1, Kev for 0 and Stu S for 0. Disaster but Rick and Dazzler saw off the colly wobbles and progressed towards the target of 200. Rick went for 24 in the chase for quick runs but Dazzler and Wes remained cool as LA reached the target of 200 for the loss of 7. 

Tea was had

Tim Peters opened the bowling and had the opener in trouble from ball 1 with the extra bounce. The extra bounce led to our first wicket as Tim bowled his first bouncer in 25 years and dismisised the opener for 7 caugt by the reliable Souch in Gully. Rive got his name in the book as he dismissed Abraham for 23, caught by the reliable Campbell. Runs remained tight and the young Waders bowled 6 overs 3 for 18 as his pace caused the Cuckfield batsman all sorts of problems. However a partnership of about 80 saw Cuckfield home with two balls to spare and 4 wickets in tact. However not before a stunning one handed catch behind his head running backwards by Bazely off Wadey. Rive ended with two wickets.

Full Scorecard HERE


Third team match report vs Goring 3’s:

The 3rd XI were at home to Goring in a friendly on Saturday. After winning the toss and (inevitably!) electing to field, skipper Hewitt opened the attack with Ryan Budd and George Kitchen. Both bowled well with George taking one of the opener's wickets; the other opener being dismissed by a 'Rhodes-esque" Birbeck run out. However, breakthroughs were hard to come by and during the middle overs we rarely had a sniff of one. William Kitchen bowled very tight lines, and deserved some success, but chances didn't come our way. Goring raced towards 200 but a tight tandem spell of Hewitt and Milner claimed 3 wickets each and meant that Goring made 219: a score that would prove tough to chase down.

Things started steadily for LA until Birbs was dismissed for 10. The top order of Hewitt, Budd and Brown all made starts and made partnerships of 30 odd with Bruce but were unable to post a big score. Bruce was eventually dismissed 1 short of 49 in an innings where he had peppered the bowlers to all parts of the ground. At 120-5 the collapse began and the bottom 5 made just 14 runs between them in a traditional English batting collapse. 

Full Scorecard HERE


Fourth team match report vs Billingshurst 3’s:

A breezy afternoon and a rain interupted match saw the 4x1 fail again with the bat.

Having lost the toss for the first time this season we were sent in on a bowlers wicket.

Variable bounce was the name of the game.

Tom Lee made a bright start but it was not to last as wickets fell far too easily.

Kyle made an entertaining 40 in just 5 overs but fell to a brilliant catch from the same 12 year old who'd pulled off a stunner in the reverse fixture,1st game of the season.

Farrell senior put some respectability back in the innings at number 11 but 121 was never going to be enough with the 55 overs they had to get them.

The bowling was tight and Dan picked up a double wicket maiden that left the oppo bemoaning the dodgy bounce. Kyle was the surprise victim of their big hitters going for plenty.

Rain gave a brief respite with 19 overs gone (no match yet) but it was short lived and they finished off the runs at a steady pace with 20 overs to spare.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 21st June:

2016 – Under 15’s vs Goring

2015 – Under 14’s vs East Preston

2015 – Under 11’s vs Chippingdale

2014 – 1st XI vs Arundel

2014 – 2nd XI vs Lancing Manor

2014 – 3rd XI vs Billingshurst 3’s

2009 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2009 – Sunday XI vs Arun Wanderers

2009 – Under 12’s vs Stirlands

2003 – 1st XI vs Bexhill

2003 – 2nd XI vs Bexhill 2’s


Batting highlights from 21st June:

Mike Askew 116 vs Arundel (2014)

Ally James 61 vs Arundel (2014)

Harry Standing 78 vs Lancing Manor (2014)

George Perry 60* vs Lancing Manor (2014)

Nathan Perry 58 vs Lancing Manor (2014)

Stewart Murray 162 vs Billingshurst 3’s (2014)

Paul Hewitt 98 vs Arun Wanderers (2009)

Nathan Perry 57 vs Arun Wanderers (2009)

Chris Kirkham 62* vs Lewes Priory (2008)

Richard Hanks 69 vs Cuckfield 2’s (2008)

Dan Rive 54 vs Cuckfield 2’s (2008)

Gary Tester 85 vs Bexhill (2003)

Benn Challen 65 vs Bexhill (2003)

Matt Staight 79 vs Bexhill 2’s (2003)

Rick Heberlein 53* vs Bexhill 2’s (2003)


Bowling highlights from 21st June:

Gemma White 4-16 vs Goring U15’s (2016)

Adam Tester 6-36 vs Lewes Priory (2008)

20th June

Just 10 games to look through today. Some highlights from 20th June:

  • All three league teams won on Saturday 20th June 2015. The first team won at Pulborough thanks to a 126 run partnership between Ally James and Mike Askew, and also 4 wickets from Chris Heberlein. The second team beat St Andrews after defending 232. The third team won a thriller against Barns Green. The third team were bowled out for 177 but they bowled Barns Green out for 176!
  • In 2004, the first team beat Sidley in the Sussex Cup. Geoff Cole scored 119 as the 1’s chased 236 to win.

Games played on 20th June:

2015 – 1st XI vs Pulborough

2015 – 2nd XI vs St Andrews 2’s

2015 – 3rd XI vs Barns Green 2’s

2014 – Under 12’s vs Midhurst

2010 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2010 – Womans XI vs Bells Yew Green

2010 – Under 12’s vs Bognor

2009 – 1st XI vs Bexhill

2009 – 2nd XI vs Haywards Heath 2’s

2004 – 1st XI vs Sidley


Batting highlights from 20th June:

Ally James 68 vs Pulborough (2015)

Mike Askew 63* vs Pulborough (2015)

Geoff Cole 81 vs St Andrews 2’s (2015)

Rick Heberlein 65 vs St Andrews 2’s (2015)

Olly Hemsley 64 vs Barns Green 2’s (2015)

Geoff Cole 98 vs Haywards Heath 2’s (2009)

Geoff Cole 119 vs Sidley (2004)


Bowling highlights from 20th June:

Chris Heberlein 4-44 vs Pulborough (2015)

Tim Nicholson 4-49 vs Barns Green 2’s (2015)

19th June

We have 11 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 19th June 2010 when the 1’s and 2’s both beat Findon.

1st team match report vs Findon:

The 1 XI got back to winning ways on Saturday, edging a thrilling run-fest at the Sporty. Gareth won the toss and elected to field. The team made a good start, everyone clearly buoyed by the opportunity to play on a good wicket, a good outfield and with a league ball! With runs hard to come by and 3 early wickets we felt we had a chance to restrict Findon to a low total on what was a good batting track. However Jack Metters and Felix Jordan got themselves set, took advantage of some sloppy fielding and took their team towards a huge total. The run-rate slowed in the last few overs and Findon declared on 267-7, leaving us 48 to chase the score. Hebsy was the pick of the bowlers with 4-58. Jimmy fell for a rare duck in the first over, leaving us 0-1, but Boom Boom and Benn took the attack to the bowlers as we raced to 72. Blanny and Hebs fell in fairly quick succession but Benn and Umar went about rebuilding the innings, and did so successfully, putting on 108 for the 4th wicket. Benn finally got over his 90s hoodoo and reached 3 figures for the first time since 2007. However a lapse of concentration saw him out for 102 and Gareth quickly followed, leaving us on 212-5 with the required rate climbing. Cool heads were needed and Stu and Buzz chipped away at the runs before Stu fell with 7 overs left. With a full balcony cheering on LA, Buzz and Dodge saw us home with 1.4 overs to spare, Dodge sealing the game with consecutive four's to finish on a quick-fire 30 not out. Too Good: Benn – Top match winning knock Hebsy – Best figures for the 1 XI Dodge – Finally contributing with the bat! Blanny – Getting us off to another flying start Umar – Batted well and a great spell of bowling, not going for a single run (that was to change rather dramatically the next day!) The 2s – Bowling Findon out for 27, top work! The Wasps bird – She's got a West Ham tattoo....brilliant! Too Bad: The fielding – Not the best! Dodge – The toys were well and truly thrown out the pram before a half hour sulk in the changing room! Stu's young lady from Saturday night – Just bad, enough said! The Wasp – A whole night of talking absolute rubbish (luckily he didn't mention Ferryln this week)

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Findon 2’s:

The 2's recorded an emphatic win away at Findon.

We posted a very healthy 231-6, with Daz (73), Greiggy (53) and Rick (51).

This was Daz's highest ever score for Littlehampton, and he stroked the ball around to all parts of the ground. Well Done Mr Delmonte, as he was again quoted as seeing it as a grapefruit.

Rick was his opening partner and was a perfect foil for him. Rick departed once he attained his 50, retired with a dodgy fetlock.

Greiggy continued in the same vein as in previous weeks, and raced to his 50 too.

After tea, Tim and Matty P opened the attack and finished the game off in super-quick style.

Tim took two early wickets, both hitting the timbers, and then the fielders did splendidly, with great catches. Paul snaffled a sharp chance at mid wicket, Mike took one behind the stupms. Amjad took another hard chance, and then Buddy did the same at mid-on. Matty P took two catches and finished with 6-1-16-3, whereas Tim stole the show with 6.2-2-10-6.

Findon 2's were 27 all out, and we really steamrolled them with our positive attitude in the field and we never turned off the gas.

Thanks to Hugh for umpiring, which must have been an enjoyable experience!

Skip Tim has asked to record his apologies to those that didn't get much of a game, but i'm sure we'd all agree that it was well worth the result and brilliant team effort.

Full scorecard HERE


Other games played on 19th June:

2016 – Sunday XI vs Arundel Grasshoppers

2015 – Under 13’s vs Goring

2014 – Club XI vs Thorley

2011 – Sunday XI vs Arun Wanderers

2005 – Sunday XI vs Felbridge

2004 – 1st XI vs Haywards Heath

2004 – 2nd XI vs Horsham 2’s

2004 – 3rd XI vs West Chiltington

2004 – 4th XI vs West Wittering


Batting highlights from 19th June:

Rick Heberlein 53 vs Arundel Grasshoppers (2016)

Tom Lee 115 vs Thorley (2014)

Mike Askew 53* vs Thorley (2014)

Dan Clarke 51 vs Thorley (2014)

Rick Heberlein 105* vs Arun Wanderers (2011)

Kev Staight 92 vs Arun Wanderers (2011)

Benn Challen 102 vs Findon (2010)

Darren Bazley 73 vs Findon 2’s (2010)

Andy Greig 53 vs Findon 2’s (2010)

Rick Heberlein 51 vs Findon 2’s (2010)

Matt Parnell 85* vs Felbridge (2005)

Guy Souch 83 vs Felbridge (2005)

Gideon Langner 59* vs Haywards Heath (2004)

Geoff Cole 59 vs Haywards Heath (2004)


Bowling highlights from 19th June:

Nathan Cooper 4-20 vs Arundel Grasshoppers (2016)

Paul Hewitt 5-4 vs Arun Wanderers (2011)

Chris Heberlein 4-58 vs Findon (2010)

Tim Peters 6-10 vs Findon 2’s (2010)

18th June

Just 11 games to look through today, rain calling off games in 2016 and 2011. We take a closer look at the 2nd teams draw vs Horsham 2’s on Saturday 18th June 2005.

Match report:

LA seconds nearly won a remarkable game of cricket at the Sportsfield on Saturday. Horsham won the toss and were grateful to bat in the heat of the day. However LA had Horsham reeling with both Attfield and Casey gone for 0 and it would have been even worse but Richard Hanks dropped Stratton third ball for 0. Stratton went to make a huge total of 166. However Rich was not the only player to drop him Hanks again, Souch and Rive all spilled chances ranging from very difficult to down your throat.

 The bowlers were mixed and matched and Challens first ball of filthy leg spin removed Simpson for 26 every dog has his day. Other wickets fell to Heberlein, Hewitt another one to Challen this time bowling medium pace.

Horsham finally declared on 256 for 6 the thought was they batted too long but Horsham were missing a number of their bowlers and after the new ball was seen off by Hanks and Challen it showed.

However the new ball did have LA reeling at 7 for 3 – James, Souch and Rive all back in the pavilion for 2, 4 and 0 respectively.

Up stepped Challen who started to hit the ball cleanly to all parts of the ground ably supported by Parnell 17 Hewitt 15 and Hanks 22. By the time Challen was out for a magnificent 133 LA required 36 of 5 overs. Rob ward then carried on the mantle by scoring freely especially to the short leg side boundary and it was down to 13 of 3. However tight bowling and poor shot selection saw LA needing 5 off the last ball and Rick was bowled but the draw achieved

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 18th June:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Goring

2016 – 1st XI vs Crawley Down

2016 – 4th XI vs Chippingdale 4’s

2011 – 1st XI vs Billingshurst

2006 – Sunday 1st XI vs United Services

2006 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Arundel Grasshoppers

2006 – Under 14’s vs Westbourne

2006 – Under 12’s vs Goring

2005 – 1st XI vs Horsham

2000 – Sunday XI vs Northcote Drifters


Batting highlights from 18th June:

Mac Cox 99 vs Goring (2017)

James Askew 75 vs Goring (2017)

Tom Lee 80* vs Crawley Down (2016)

Guy Souch 67 vs Billingshurst (2011)

Sam Mellor 55 vs Billingshurst (2011)

Tom Merrien 62* vs United Services (2006)

Siya Sibiya 50 vs United Services (2006)

Gareth Challen 133 vs Horsham 2’s (2005)

Geoff Cole 81* vs Northcote Drifters (2000)


Bowling highlights from 18th June:

Martin Milford 5-63 vs Goring (2017)

Dan Rive 4-65 vs Billingshurst (2011)

Connor Hendrie 4-11 vs Goring U12’s (2006)

17th June

We have 15 games to look through today and we take a closer look at the 2’s and 3’s games in 2006 when they both won.

2nd team match report vs Lewes Priory 2’s:

On a rather (?) green wicket LA lost the toss and were put into bat. Guy and Rick Heberlein opened up with Souchy departing fifth ball of the game to a lightening quick stumping. 0-1. After a slow start Rick and Kev Staight started the scoreboard ticking but Kev was caught for 12 in the 18th over. In came Jimmy Askew who, with Rick, put on a partnership of 80, 38 of which were his, including seven fours. Rick reached his fifty in the 31st and James was caught behind. Bruce departed without scoring and Rick soon after, stumped for a well-crafted 72, the foundation of the innings.

 Now Matt P and Darren Bazley were at the crease. Daz was caught and bowled for 7 and after an impressive start Matt was out for 25 after an astonishing catch in the slips. Skipper Neil Hewitt smashed 2 sixes and one four in one over in his Freddie Flintoffesque 21 Not Out and with Ally James holding up the other end LA reached 202-7 declared and had 55 overs to bowl Lewes out.

 The bowling attack of possibly the youngest 2nd XI ever was spearheaded by Matt P and Tim Peters. Matt struck early and took 3 in his opening spell, including two in his fourth over. Brucey replaced him and took a wicket while Tim persevered at the other end and finished up with two wickets. Nelly came on replacing Tim and Souchy went under the helmet at short leg. Neil bowled well and picked up a wicket before Matt came back on to initiate Operation 'Shock & Awe' from the other end. Matt picked up his fourth before Tim caught a skier Nelly to end Lewes' innings after 38 overs and wrap another thirty points.

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Chippingdale 3’s:

The health of the club is looking good. With much of yesterday's second team under the age of 18 there was once again a varied mixture of youth and old men in the 3rds. 13yr old Harry Palmano made his debut for the 3s and bowled 4 very tidy overs. He did not get a wicket but Western Warrior Harry mixed it up and came back well after bowling a couple of wide balls.

Littlehampton batted first and started steadily with Andy Foster 28 and Tom Merrien putting on 38 for the first wicket. Andy Foster proved that the club operate an equal opportunities policy and was bowled by Haley Baker a Sussex womens cricketer.

Captain went out and blasted a quickfire 35 whilst Tom kept the steady ship.

14yr old Ryan Budd then entered the arena. After a shakey start he then blossomed and played a super aggressive knock and finished the innings on 54 not out scoring his maiden adult 50. Gentleman Jim Brown got to double fiqures and LA concluded their innings on a fairly respectable 177.

Chips batted with a degree of difficulty not helped by the Littlehampton chairman insisting on capturing a four wicket haul assisted by Paul Hewitt and Colly Olly getting 3 wickets apiece. Ryan Budd scared the opposition for his one wicket. 

Chips were all out for 83. Twas a good performance by all involved.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 17th June:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Ifield

2018 – Under 14’s vs Chichester

2017 – 1st XI vs Horsham Trinity

2017 – 2nd XI vs Horsham Trinity 2’s

2017 – 3rd XI vs East Preston 2’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Barns Green 3’s

2012 – 1st XI vs Pulborough

2012 – Sunday XI vs Elsted

2012 – Under 12’s vs Arundel

2007 – Sunday 1st XI vs Pagham

2007 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Elsted

2006 – 1st XI vs Lewes Priory

2000 – 3rd XI vs Lancing Athletic


Batting highlights from 17th June:

Olly Hemsely 112* vs Ifield (2018)

Harry Standing 154 vs Horsham Trinity 2’s (2017)

Olly Hemsley 102* vs Horsham Trinity 2’s (2017)

James Askew 86* vs Elsted (2007)

Geoff Cole 51 vs Elsted (2007)

Chris Heberlein 54 vs Lewes Priory (2006)

Siya Sibiya 52 vs Lewes Priory (2006)

Rick Heberlein 72 vs Lewes Priory 2’s (2006)

Ryan Budd 56* vs Chippingdale 3’s (2006)



Bowling highlights from 17th June:

Tim Nicholson 4-34 vs Elsted (2012)

James Askew 4-43 vs Elsted (2007)

Matt Parnell 4-20 vs Lewes Priory 2’s (2006)

Hugh Milner 4-4 vs Chippingdale 3’s (2006)

16th June

We have 13 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 16th June 2007 when the 1’s and 2’s were victorious but the 3’s were defeated. The 1’s also played against future Zimbabwe international Craig Ervine.

1st team match report vs Bexhill:

With the weather not having been great during the week the la wicket had been covered and was bone dry ready for the start of the game. On losing the toss la were put in to bat in what appeared a negative tactic by the Bexhill captain and was proved to be so later in the game.

The wicket was good and the bowling not so as la rattled up 220 all out in 48.1 overs. Wickets were lost at regular intervals, more through poor concentration and poor shots then good balls. Chris Kirkham batted well for 79 opening the innings and then some good runs came from the in form Justin Scott and the recalled Dan Rive, both scoring 33.

The Bexhill reply never really got going with the fit again Adam Tester bowling the quickest spell of the season for or against la this season and Matt Keen swinging it both ways at the other. Keen struck first with 2 wickets in 2 balls, then Tester joined the party with 2 of his own wickets and Bexhill were 39-4. There were spells for Rive, Scott, Chris Hanks and Challen with all getting wickets before Tester and Keen being brought back on the finish off the game. The game had stopped and started several times due to rain thus shorting Bexhills innings to 45 overs. With 1 wicket needed and 6 overs to bowl at the last pair it seemed as though Bexhill may of got away with a draw. Then with 7 balls to go Keen struck, with great joy and celebration among the la players, a great win and with other results going our way la are now 5 points behind chi at the top of the league.

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Three Bridges 2’s:

On the way to Three Bridges Phil Tozer reminded Tim Peters and me that 37 years ago playing for the firsts in a 40 over cup game he took the wicket of a Robbie Barker.
On arriving he mentionned this to their umpire,who turned out to be said Robbie Barker.

On to the cricket. Matt won the toss and with overcast conditions present decided to bat first.
Geoff and Guy opened,and after a slow start Geoff was LBW to Brown for 5 , 19 for 1 in the 9th over. Then it rained, and for a while it looked as if further play would be unlikely.
Geoff then took on Wes in the most tedious Pool frame ever, snookering him at every available opportunity, until Wes won.
Play resumed with each team forgoing 7 overs each.
Souchy was soon out,for 15 followed by Greeny for 12 and Rick for 1, leaving us on 39 for 4.
Matt and Kev added 45 for the 5th before Kev fel for 4.
Here entered Callum Foster, LAs' answer to Matt Prior. He and Matt added 29 before Matt was out for a responsible 54.and with Neil following for 6 , Callum made a good 39, including two sixes off Brown.
Tim and Ryan were the last two out, Wed being not out as we closed on 161.

After a superb tea Tim caught and bowled Gray for a golden, before Webber and Mirza put on 80 for the second wicket.Neil and Rick were now bowling and a major batting collapse followed.
Rick took 2 for 21 in his 8 overs, and amazingly Neil had the same figures as the previous week. 4 for 11. Matt wiped up the tail and a 44 run victory, and 26 points were in the bag.
Matt ended on 3 for 43 and Tim 1 for 30.

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs Lancing Manor:

If only there had been access to new technology, third umpires and referrals the result might not have been so frustrating. With a gale force westerly wind, three close decisions went against the LA side and helped the home side strike their way to 231 for 8. Playa won the toss and we fielded. The Manor batsmen struggled to pick up the pace and height on the artificial pitch and only managed 37 runs in the first 10 overs. Paul Budd bowled well - without luck - and Andy Grieg became more menacing as time went by. It was partnerships by the home side that helped them to an impressive total. Several good catches were held but many aerial shots just went out of reach or fell onto vacant grass. Jamie Scardified took 3 for 54 and he was the bowler who suffered most from possible catches falling beyond reach. Two wickets to Playa and to Andy Grieg were achieved expensively but to score 231 did not seem impossible. However, with two wickets down by the third over and another two by the 10th over the pressure on the remaining batters was great. Nathan Perry, on his debut, scored an impressive 28 (1 six and 4 fours) and looks a good prospect. When the Chairman joined Paul Budd with the score on 76 for 8 most of the team had changed and were waiting for the transport home! Milneresque became Boycottesque and the pair lasted for 20 overs, 60 minutes at the crease and 53 runs. The Chairman (36* and 82 balls) was joined by the Magistrate and a further batting point became a dream when Lloyd was bowled on the last ball of the innings.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 16th June:

2019 – Sunday XI vs Pathfinders

2018 – 1st XI vs Broadwater

2018 – 2nd XI vs Ram 2’s

2018 – 3rd XI vs Lancing Manor

2018 – 4th XI vs Middleton 3’s

2013 – Sunday XI vs Arun Wanderers

2012 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2012 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands 2’s

2012 – 3rd XI vs Lancing Manor 2’s

2006 – Under 16’s vs Felpham


Batting highlights from 16th June:

Mike Askew 121* vs Pathfinders (2019)

Tom Lee 111* vs Broadwater (2018)

Dan Rive 68 vs Lancing Manor (2018)

Sam Mellor 63 vs Lancing Manor (2018)

Mike Askew 52* vs Arun Wanderers (2013)

Ian Birbeck 150 vs Lancing Manor 2’s (2012)

Chris Kirkham 79 vs Bexhill (2007)

Matt Parnell 54 vs Three Bridges 2’s (2007)



Bowling highlights from 16th June:

Olly Hemsley 5-23 vs Pathfinders (2019)

Ryan Budd 4-79 vs Broadwater (2018)

Nick Larking 4-40 vs Lancing Manor (2018)

Neil Hewitt 4-11 vs Three Bridges 2’s (2007)

15th June

Just 10 games to look at today. No main focus but some highlights include:

  • Mark White took 5-6 off 7 overs for the Sunday XI in 2014 as they beat Arun Wanderers by 8 wickets.
  • Tim Peters tore through Felbridge in 2013, taking 4-21 off 15 overs, as Felbridge held on for a draw in a low scoring game against the 1st
  • The second team chased 199 vs Horsham 3’s in 2013. Paul Hewitt and Hugh Milner both took 4 wickets and Harry Standing scored 66 as the 2’s won by 2 wickets.
  • A very strong third team beat Three Bridges 3’s in 2002. Three Bridges were bowled out for just 74 with Stu Stoneham doing most of the damage, taking 6-15.


Games played on 15th June:

2019 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2019 – 2nd XI vs Bognor 2’s

2019 – 3rd XI vs Rustington 2’s

2019 – 4th XI vs Bognor 3’s

2014 – Sunday XI vs Arun Wanderers

2013 - 1st XI vs Felbridge

2013 - 2nd XI vs Horsham 3's

2008 – Sunday XI vs Crawley

2008 – Under 14’s vs Midhurst

2002 – 3rd XI vs Three Bridges 3’s


Batting highlights from 15th June:

Sophie Parnell 64 vs Bognor 2’s (2019)

Kev Foot 54* vs Bognor 3’s (2019)

Mike Askew 54 vs Felbridge (2013)

Harry Standing 66 vs Horsham 3’s (2013)

Richard Hanks 50 vs Crawley (2008)


Bowling highlights from 15th June:

Mark White 5-6 vs Arun Wanderers (2014)

Tim Peters 4-21 vs Felbridge (2013)

Hugh Milner 4-47 vs Horsham 3’s (2013)

Paul Hewitt 4-73 vs Horsham 3’s (2013)

Stu Stoneham 6-15 vs Three Bridges 3’s (2002)

14th June

We have 15 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 14th June 2008 when the 3rd team won but the other 3 sides lost. The first team also played against a future Australian international.

1st team match report vs Haywards Heath:

Tea was by far the highlight of the day on Saturday as LA were well below par on the pitch. The reasons for Justins "large build" became very apparent as we were treated to a range of home-made culinary delights from Hannah. Pasta, quiche, cookies, brownies, just to name a few things on the menu, and there was enough to feed an army. To use the words of Mr Vinter Snr - "The best tea I have ever had". It went down equally as well with Vinter Jnr who came very close to achieving his goal of the "Most Chocolate Cookies Eaten In One Sitting" World Record. A definite 10/10 and a big thank you to Hannah!

As mentioned earlier our performance in general was poor. Haywards Heath racked up 279-5 as Hayden James smashed 150 not out, including 11 sixes - the Sportsman clearly being one of his favourite grounds after a similar performance a couple of seasons ago. Dodge was the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 wickets. At times it looked as if we may reach the target but wickets fell too regularly and although many got starts no-one went on to get a big score. Benn batted well for 79 before being the 2nd of 3 wickets to fall with the score on 206, which pretty much handed Haywards Heath the game.

A special mention should go to Blanny who took quite possibly the greatest short leg catch of all time! A ball from Dodge caught the batsmans inside edge, deflected of the thigh pad and looped up in the air well behind square. Blanny showed the agility of an Olympic Gymnast as he turned, ran and dived full length to catch the ball one-handed just before it hit the deck. Clearly a reward for all the hard work he has been putting in at training!

Full Scorecard HERE


2nd team match report vs Brighton:

LA 2nds travelled to Brighton in hope rather than expectation, hope that is they will score some runs as the previous two weeks saw them accumulate 65 and 118 respectively.

Captain Hanks won the toss and duly batted on a strange looking pitch, that in due course played a bit strange as well with some tennis ball bounces and a few keeping low. However saying that the wicket did not get our batsman out - poor shot selection and some good bowling on a less than friendly batting pitch saw LA dismissed for 119 - 1 short of the batting points. Bazely, the Grapefruit turned down a single and then was bowled.

Stu Hanks opened the inning and immediately began to hit over the top with some lusty blows through midwicket and straight. Stu was 4th out with the score on 42 for a top score of 30. Kyle lasted two overs edging to the keeper, Rich missed a straight one and Souchy played catch me with first slip. 4 down 42 on the board not what was required. It soon became 5 as Tom was bowled with the score on 44.

The two old pros in Dan and Stu tried to repair the damage and progressed the score on to 66 when Stud hit a full toss straight to square leg. The love machine was stumped for 1, other things on his mind now. Rive and Bazely then put on 30 for the 8 wicket until Rive played on for 24. Tim Peters was out for 0 LBW to Taggart and then finally Bazely playing around one - all out 119

A low score, but a difficult track to bat on and if bowling straight we could have been rewarded. Rollings was first to go of Rive's first delivery - bowled. After a few lusty blows and a bit of luck Marks was caught superbly by Kyle at Mid Off - Wadey looking elsewhere!! Rive had two and BH were 29 for 2. Enter Kyle with his leg spin and with Peters picking up one BH were struggling at 87 for 6 with kids to bat, but the youngster batted with sense and saw BH home at 120 for 6 of 33.1 overs. Rive ended with two, Ranji with two and Peter 1 a piece.

Full Scorecard HERE


3rd team match report vs St Matthias:

After last weeks disappointing performance, the 3's were looking to show some bouncebackability at Fernhurst vs St Matthias.

Skipper won the toss and decided to field

A wise decision, as we were in total control straight from the off.

Ryan and Jimbo spearheaded the attack. Jim struck early doors with a sharp stumping by Merl. Ryan was bowling tight lines at the other end, and runs were hard to come by.

Uncle Albert patrolled the covers brilliantly and stopped everything.

Jim took another, thanks a neat catch by Birbs at gully.

The oppo had a solid partnership forming, until Playa and Merl combined for a tight run out.

Greiggy entered the attack and got better with every ball, unlucky not to pick up some wickets.

Hugh and Playa then tried to get some more success. Playa got a breakthrough, thanks to another fine effort from Callum.

Oppo's number 5 reached his 50, only for Kev to dismiss him with a direct hit run-out. No fantasy points, but a comprehensive dismissal.

Despite Hugh recording unusually disappointing figures, he joined the party with a catch in the deep from Steak The Younger and Playa got his second clean bowled.

Buddy came back and schnaffled a deserved wicket, again a Matty catch in the deep - Bananaman doesn't drop those!

They posted 160-8 off their 45 and we could enjoy our tea and focus on the batting.

Ian and Kev were looking to bat sensibly and they did 'exactly what it says on the tin!'.

Bad balls were punished and good balls were respected as they built a match winning stand of 99. Kev secured a league 50 on a Saturday, yes,...a SATURDAY and was first out for 57 - Mr Heinz! Ian then departed for a well crafted 43.

Buddy departed for a quack, which brought Makosi aka Brucie Bonus to the crease. Kev went for 57, out on Nelson (111), so Playa then joined Bruce.

They had plenty of time to spare, and settled into the game. Bruce couldn't connect, but once the ball was in the slot, he hit 14 off the 38th over and this secured our destiny.

Playa hit some solid shots and ticked the scoreboard over. Bruce was caught on 19, so Matty Staight entered the arena. 10 runs off 5 balls, and he hit the winning runs with a boundary.

A solid LA performance, and more importantly, an enjoyable game of cricket played in a sporting manner.

Full Scorecard HERE


4th team match report vs Chippingdale:

We've been top of the table for 7 weeks and it seems that other clubs have taken this as a sign to "load" their teams. Chips,always known as a young team, came with just two 16 year old colts.We fielded just 3 over 16.

Winning the toss (7 out of 7) we sent them in and it looked like a good decision with an early wicket. They chanced their arm with an all aerial assault that always seemed to fall out of reach.Their ring-in number 3 made the most of friendly conditions going on to 92.

An inspired bowling change brought young Dan back into to the attack and he responded with 3 wickets in 4 balls to put us back in the hunt.

Amit bowled tight and they continued to ride their luck in the air but it wasnt going to be our day in the field.

The youngsters continued with the job and we were unlucky not to have them all out at tea.

Our batting was much more positive and Alex Clifton took yet another 50 at Clapham. Paul Askew holed out at deep mid off trying to accelerate the rate. This pre-empted a middle order collapse of true english standards with the skipper taking his first ever golden duck.

Enter Michael Askew and Jordan Farrell who gave us "oldies" a lesson on how to attack the bowling and suddenly it looked like we could just about get there, but with Michael run out to a direct hit it became obvious we were going to fall just short.

In the end it was a really inspiring performance from the young guns. They were a real credit to the club and themselves.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 14th June:

2015 – 1st XI vs Felbridge

2015 – Under 12’s vs Broadwater

2012 – Under 15’s vs Angmering

2009 – Sunday 1st XI vs Crawley

2009 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Elsted

2009 – Under 16’s vs Pulborough

2009 – Under 12’s vs Chichester

2003 – 1st XI vs Preston Nomads

2003 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands 2’s

2003 – 3rd XI vs Ram 2’s

2003 – 4th XI vs Southwick 3’s


Batting highlights from 14th June:

Andy Greig 50 vs Crawley (2009)

Guy Souch 93 vs Elsted (2009)

Paul Hewitt 75* vs Elsted (2009)

Benn Challen 79 vs Haywards Heath (2008)

Kev Staight 57 vs St Matthias (2008)

Alex Clifton 51 vs Chippingdale 3’s (2008)

Benn Challen 87 vs Preston Nomads (2003)

Nick McGeorge 66* vs Stirlands 2’s (2003)

Sean O’shea 86 vs Ram 2’s (2003)

Ian Birbeck 57 vs Ram 2’s (2003)

Paul Hewitt 66 vs Southwick 3’s (2003)


Bowling highlights from 14th June:

Paul Brotherston 4-41 vs Crawley (2009)

13th June

We have 11 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 13th June 2009.

The 1st team match report vs Roffey:

The arrival of overseas player Ben Smith gave the 1st XI a much needed lift as they put in a good performance to draw at Roffey. The pre-match football was won by the top 5 with a last minute tap-in by Heberlien, who now jumps above Luke “the white Kanu” Vinter in the scoring charts. Smithy showed encouraging signs, making up for his lack of skill (do they even play football in New Zealand?) by covering plenty of distance. It’s fair to say that with Stu, Woody and Curly Chang in their team the bottom 6 suffered from a lack of pace…..thank god Amit wasn’t there as well! Roffey decided to have a bowl first, clearly favouring the option of chasing at their quick scoring ground. Jimmy “Smiler” Askew and Souchy got LA off to a flying start as the outfield and small boundaries meant anything hit in a gap ran away for 4. They did however have to negotiate some awkward bounce at times as the ball was misbehaving from back of a length. Smiler departed after hooking one to fine leg but Smiffy didn’t show any signs of jet lag, hitting 12 off his first over. Souchy reached a much deserved first 50 for the 1’s before gloving an absolute snorter off Fleming. Smiffy followed soon after for 42 and when Hebs confused “yes” with “no” and well and truly barbequed Garth it looked as if the great start could be wasted. However Hebs and Stewie rebuilt the innings with a conbination of big hitting and good running. After Hebs was caught on the boundary Andy “the next Benn Challen” Grieg and Dan “Hiro” Rive were both run out. Dodge and Stu saw out the remainder of the innings taking the score up to 290. Like Souchy, Stu batted superbly to reach his first 1’s 50 - at more than a run a ball. It couldn’t have started any better in the field as Smiffy picked up wickets with his 1st and 5th balls for the club, leaving Roffey 19-2. Smiler then took a great catch at deep-square to give Smiffy a cheeky little 3-for and the home side were deep in trouble. Chris “the medium pace Dale Steyn” Heberlien then struck straight after the first drinks break to remove Fleming thanks to a juggling effort from Smiler at point. Despite being 4 down Roffey weren’t too far behind the rate but 17 overs in they decided it was time to shut up shop. Shiv and Webb batted solidly and without them attempting to chase the score down it was always going to be hard to remove them on a wicket that had flattened out nicely. Dodge tried a number of bowlers, including the Tramp and Griegalitharan, but nothing worked. Webb finally took the bait and played a few shots once all the fielders were brought in but by this stage the game was dead and it ended in a fairly dull draw with Roffey on 207-4. Hopefully the make-shift 1’s team can build on this performance at Bexhill next week before we have our break.

Full Scorecard HERE


The 3rd team match report vs Ifield 3’s:

On a lovely warm day at the idilic Burpham ground we won the toss and after studying the increase in average age elected to bat. Mike and Rick opened with Rick showing that he has lost none of his class. Mike departed early so enter the Fish. These two put on an impressive partnership of 91 including Rick's first six of the season before he was tempted once too often. Fish continued with some impressive hitting. A few wickets fell and then a good partnership with Jordan of 94 steadied the ship, Jordan finally falling after another good knock of 42. Fish was still there despatching boundaries until he was caught in the deep on 98 including seventeen fours and one six, unlucky as he deserved to get his ton. Mike Askew gave us a great cameo role at the end with a mixture of big hitting and clever shot selection including seven fours, one six and a five finishing on 48 not out. Credit also to Curtis who ably supported Michael with a great four hit straight back past their opening bowler for four. We batted through our overs for a seasons best of 267, a great effort by all.

After a well needed tea we came out refreshed, although some (not mentioning any names) seemed well laden with too much cake.We got off to a great start with Jordan bowling their number two. But Ifield were made of stern stuff and put together a string of good partnerships with their opener Singh putting together a Fish like innings, infact that much alike that he finally departed for a very good 98. All the bowlers put in great efforts with the wiley campaigner Colin picking up a couple of wickets with some nice pirouetting in the run up.

I think the most impressive element of the afternoon was the efforts in the field, everybody selflessly chasing everything, stopping boundaries and keeping twos down to ones was truly great stuff, especially in the heat. Special mention to Mike Mitchell who chipped in with two great catches and a sharp run out. The game became quite tense towards the end as Ifield gallantly battled their way to our target, but thanks to tight bowling and great fielding they ended up just three short. A great lesson to be taken from the match for the youngsters involved is the value of work in the field, those stops and chases made the difference between us ending with a winning draw and losing, never under estimate the importance of fielding in the game of cricket.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 13th June:

2015 – 1st XI vs Felbridge

2015 – 2nd XI vs Scaynes Hill 2’s

2015 – 3rd XI vs Henfield 3’s

2014 – Under 13’s vs Findon

2010 – Sunday XI vs Elsted

2010 – Development XI vs Bognor

2010 – Under 16’s vs Arundel

2009 – 2nd XI vs Roffey 2’s

2004 – Sunday XI vs President’s XI


Batting highlights from 13th June:

James Askew 63 vs Felbridge (2015)

Amjad Mohsin 62* vs Scaynes Hill 2’s (2015)

Geoff Cole 52 vs Scaynes Hill 2’s (2015)

Stuart Hanks 59* vs Roffey (2009)

Guy Souch 56 vs Roffey (2009)

Matt Parnell 69 vs Roffey 2’s (2009)

Paul Brotherston 98 vs Ifield (2009)


Bowling highlights from 13th June:

Chris Heberlein 5-41 vs Felbridge (2015)

Ryan Budd 4-25 vs Felbridge (2015)


12th June

Only 9 games to look through today with only 3 of them won by us.

Games played on 12th June:

2011 – Under 14’s vs Chichester

2010 – 1st XI vs Henfield

2010 – 2nd XI vs Henfield 2’s

2010 – 3rd XI vs Himani

2008 – Under 13’s vs Chichester

2006 – Club XI vs Maraharaj Umaid Singh CC

2005 – Sunday XI vs Presidents XI

2004 – 1st XI vs Roffey

2004 – 2nd XI vs Eastbourne 2’s


Batting highlights from 12th June:

Dan Rive 64 vs Henfield (2010)

Darren Bazley 57 vs Henfield 2’s (2010)

Chris Kirkham 53 vs Maraharaj Umaid Singh CC (2006)

Chris Heberlein 98 vs Presidents XI (2005)

Chris Cooke 64 vs Presidents XI (2005)

Gary Tester 57 vs Roffey (2004)

Rick Heberlein 51 vs Eastbourne 2’s

Robin Ward 50* vs Eastbourne 2’s


Bowling highlights from 12th June:

Luke Vinter 6-37 vs Henfield (2010)

Rick Heberlein 4-62 vs Henfield 2’s (2010)

Dan Rive 5-54 vs Eastbourne 2’s (2004)

11th June

We have 17 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 11th June 2011 when the 1st team picked up a surprised win at Middleton, the 2nd team lost, and the 3rd team drew against Portslade.

Match report from the 1st team game vs Middleton in 2011:

After winning the toss LA captain Dan Rive decided to bat first, with James Askew promoted to open alongside overseas star Sajid Khan. And the Captain would have been pleased to see his openers make a bright start, Askew looked to score quickly from the off, with an array of shots to all parts of the ground and Sajid supported by adding a few nice strokes of his own. It wasn't until the introduction of spin that the Middleton bowlers made the first breakthrough. Sajid was undone by the bounce and was caught and bowled driving on the up and he went for 32, again falling shy of his first league 50, Littlehampton now 80-1. But this soon became 83-2, regular opener Darren Bazley being bowled by a half-volley which he wrongly decided to try and play off of the back foot! With Jimmy at the other end merrily increasing his average, Guy Souch came in at 4. These two looked to dig in and rack up a huge total for the visitors. Jimmy passed 50 and looked on course for a big ton, but with the score on 163, he too was outdone by the bounce from Hanley and as he tried to drive down the ground the ball hit high on the bat and he was caught on the long off boundary going for a very well made 95. Chris Heberlein was next in but had little time to build a partnership with Souch, another wicket falling to a boundary catch off of the spinner. Souchy going for a solid 27, to leave the visitors 168-4. Sam Mellor was the next man in making his return to league action for Littlehampton after a prolonged spell away. He looked solid in defence but was unable to score as he went LBW with the score at 178-5. Littlehampton now looked like they may fall short of the large total they looked set for not a few overs before. Mikey Askew joined Heberlein at the crease, with the latter forced into taking more risks to try and increase the scoring rate. Indeed that was the catalyst for the next wicket, Askew running himself out for 6 as he tried to give Hebsy the strike. Littlehampton at 193-6 were now at least close to picking up their full allocation of bonus points, and with the help of new batsman Andy Greig they reached this target. But the run rate had noticeably slowed as Heberlein spent long spells at the non-strikers end. Andy Greig was yet another victim to the turn and bounce going for 2 with the score at 208-7. Only 2 overs remained now, but in the penultimate over Heberlein went ballistic, smashing 4 fours and bringing up his 50 in the process. Littlehampton lost 2 wickets in the final over, Amjad bowled for 8 and Tom Lee going for a duck as he was handed the thankless task of going in for just the last ball. Littlehampton finishing on 239-9, with Heberlein 55 not out and Hanley picking up figures of 6-67 after a marathon 21 over spell.

Littlehampton changed their opening attack for the Middleton reply. Tom Lee was chosen as the man to take the new ball with Rive. It was proved a good decision with the score on just 6, Tom taking a sharp caught and bowled to remove Rebbetts for a duck. And the youngster struck again moments later to remove the other opener Towner who was caught by Heberlein at 2nd slip to leave Middleton 19-2. It got worse for the hosts as Dan Rive joined the party, he clung on to another caught and bowled as Hansford went for 16. The dream start was completed for Littlehampton when Rive also removed overseas player Gallagher for just 3 caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Michael Askew, Middleton now 38-4. Hanley and Colvin looked to attack to try and turn the tide but a moment of genius by the LA skipper thwarted this. Amjad was introduced to the bowling attack and a lose delivery was met by an uppish drive from Hanley, which was brilliantly caught by Dan Rive in the covers. He made a quick fire 27 to leave the score 76-5. And Amjad was again the man to make a further breakthrough just as Colvin and Spedding were looking to counter attack, he found a fine edge off of Colvin's bat, and again 'keeper Askew held on. Heberlein was just starting to turn the ball at the other end, although it was minimal! He used his changes of pace and flight instead to deceive next man out Toby Macer who never got near the pitch of a flighted delivery. He only managed a thick top edge which held up in the wind and was spectacularly caught over his shoulder as he ran towards the boundary by Tom Lee, who obviously wanted to take back the fielding plaudits after his captain's catch a little earlier! Those 2 quick wickets took the score to 104-7, and Littlehampton could smell victory. They had to wait a short while for the 8th wicket, but eventually it came with another catch at 2nd slip by Heberlein, this time off the bowling of Amjad. Heberlein then saw a chance dropped, as Spedding hit the ball to fielding coach James Askew on the mid-wicket boundary, he spilt the chance which prompted thoughts of the previous week. However, Jimmy was bailed out by younger brother Mikey who took a sharp stumping to dismiss Spedding for 35, leaving Middleton 9 down and still more than 100 away from the target with plenty of overs to spare. After some rotation of the bowling attack, Tom Lee was back and he claimed the final wicket with the only dismissal of the innings that wasn't a catch, as he bowled Middleton captain Warren to complete a comprehensive 104 run victory for Littlehampton.

Full Scorecard HERE


The 2nd team hosted Middleton 2’s at The Sportsfield. Captain Tim Peters lost the toss and the 2’s batted first. They lost Geoff Cole early but Rick Heberlein (40) and Kev Staight (38) looked to build the innings. However, only two other batsmen made double figures as the 2’s were bowled out for 148 on the last ball of the innings.

Middleton 2’s made light work of the run chase, winning with 17 overs and 6 wickets to spare. A notable spell of bowling from George Kitchen – 7 overs, 4 maidens, 1 wicket, 12 runs conceded.

Full Scorecard HERE


The 3rd team match report vs Portslade:

Top-of-the-table Portslade won the toss and put Littlehampton in to bat on a cool and blustery June afternoon at Fernhurst, Goring. Their opening bowlers soon justified that decision after four early wickets fell for just 29 runs. Chris Perry then joined Jim Brown to stop the rot, and the pair put on a good partnership of 73 runs, when Chris (26) was bowled by Collins; - but Jim had reached a well-deserved 50, and was still going strong. Dan Clarke and Phil Parnell both went cheaply, and this brought in last week's opener Colin Oliver-Redgate with the score on 128. Still way short of any achievable total for Portslade, the veteran pair had just 14 overs left to steer L.A. to a safer score. This they did, putting on an 8th wicket partnership of 49, with some lusty blows by Jim, and some nicely timed drives by Colin (18 not out). Jim finished just 7 runs short of an historic ton when the 49-over barrier effectively closed his innings. L.A. finished with a very reasonable 177 runs, some way in excess of any other opposition's total that Portslade had faced this season. The L.A. opening attack of the irrepressible Jim Brown and young Stuart Mohsin soon had the visitors in trouble, helped by some good solid catching by Dan Clarke, Matt Webb, and Chris Perry. At 20 for 3, Portslade were in a similar position to L.A., when young Dan Holgate (43) came in and showed scant respect for the bowling. He was deceived by Chris Perry's cunning change of pace, and the Portslade middle order had a mini-collapse to 71 for 7, with Chris taking 4 wickets for 19 runs, helped by two good catches by Mike Mirchell, and a superb running catch by wicket-keeper Phil Parnell. However, Shaun Chambers' dogged defence, coupled with Steve Gravett's aggression, took the score to 92 for 8. L.A. were within sight of an unlikely victory over the league-leaders, when Greig Vardy joined Gravett. The latter hit out strongly, including a powerful blow to extra cover where Mike Mitchell was inches away from a 'hat-trick' of catches, which would have most likely sealed the visitors' fate. However, they built a sensible partnership of 62, which was at one time within sight of the 178 needed for victory. Ian Birbeck tried his 'floaters' briefly, to no avail. In the end, Mike Folly's pace was too much to bargain with, and with the accurate bowling of the cunning Jim Brown, the draw became the logical outcome. Great fielding by Littlehampton had cut off many likely boundaries; their catching was simply superb, with wicket-keeper Phil Parnell only letting through 2 byes. So honours shared for the second week in row, with L.A. taking 12 points to Portslade's 7, and with team spirit on a 'high', the long-awaited victory cannot be far away.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 11th June:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2017 – Under 14’s vs Chichester

2016 – 1st XI vs Broadwater

2016 – 2nd XI vs Lancing Manor

2016 – 3rd XI vs Henfield 3’s

2016 – 4th XI vs Middleton 3’s

2008 – Under 15’s vs Chichester

2006 – Sunday 1st XI vs Arundel

2006 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Lynchmere

2006 – Under 12’s vs Felpham

2005 – 1st XI vs Brighton and Hove

2005 – 2nd XI vs Brighton and Hove 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Steyning 3’s

2000 – Sunday XI vs Midhurst



Batting highlights from 11th June:

Mac Cox 91 vs Chippingdale (2017)

James Askew 101 vs Broadwater (2016)

Lucas Stubbs 82* vs Lancing Manor (2016)

Rick Heberlein 51 vs Lancing Manor (2016)

Amjad Mohsin 50 vs Lancing Manor (2016)

James Askew 95 vs Middleton (2011)

Chris Heberlein 55* vs Middleton (2011)

Jim Brown 93* vs Portslade 3’s (2011)

Bruce Brogan 62* vs Arundel (2006)

Guy Souch 105* vs Lynchmere (2006)

Chris Cooke 87* vs Brighton and Hove (2005)

Rick Heberlein 50 vs Brighton and Hove 2’s (2005)

Geoff Cole 87* vs Midhurst (2000)



Bowling highlights from 11th June:

Chris Perry 4-19 vs Portslade 3’s (2011)

Paul Hewitt 4-24 vs Arundel (2006)

Siya Sibiya 5-12 vs Lynchmere (2006)

Chris Hanks 4-36 vs Brighton and Hove (2005)

Luke Vinter 4-36 vs Brighton and Hove 2’s (2005)

Tim Pyant 4-32 vs Steyning 3’s (2005)

Hugh Milner 4-35 vs Steyning 3’s (2005)

Chris Hanks 4-32 vs Midhurst (2000)


10th June

We have 15 games to look through today. We take a closer look at Sunday 10th June 2007 when the Sunday 1st XI drew, the Sunday 2nd XI won, and the under 16’s won.

Other highlights from 10th June:

  • The first team picked up an impressive win against title rivals Southwater in 2017 despite wicket keeper Mike Askew sitting in hospital for 3 hours during the game. The second team also won that day with Andy Greig starring with bat and ball.
  • The first and second team also won on this day in 2006 as they both beat Stirlands.
  • The third team beating Worthing in 2000 with Geoff Cole scoring a ton and taking 6 wickets.

The Sunday 1st XI match report vs Lynchmere in 2007:

The day started off with Dazzler actually winning a toss and choosing to bat first. The innings started off very slowly with Nathan Perry and Mikey Mitch not managing to put bat on ball, byes and leg byes doing most of the work. Mikey was bowled out for 0 in the 8th over. Souchy came in next and was soon given LBW for 6. Amit Gupta and Nathan put on a healthy partnership with Nathan winning the race to 50. Amit would have made it but for a stunning catch by bowler David Thayre (anyone who can’t work it out he was caught and bowled). Next came in the skipper who started to find form before perishing on 27. Phil and Amit Midha came in and left without troubling the scorers, Nathan then perished for 92, a very good innings. Then the real entertainment came Ryan and Paddo clobbered 3 fours and 1 six in their quick partnership. Amjad made it in for the last over but Wadey was on strike so he put the 1st ball for 6 and the 2nd ball he sliced for 1. This left Amjad 4 balls to last so he smashed 2 sixes 1 four and a single are innings finished on 244 – 9

After tea we came out to bowl. Ryan and Amjad opened up. Ryan started off by bowling the wrong length to the opening batsman but soon sorted that out and ended up bowling a tight 5 overs. Amjad was exceptional at the other end by taking 2 wickets for 40 runs off his 8 overs. Phil and Amit M both bowled well with the exception of the odd loose ball. 

Amit G came on and after he bowled 3 bouncers that got put away he bowled full and straight and in the end deserved his wicket the only thing we couldn't do was clean up at the end of the innings.

H Nash from lynchmere batted well for his 95 and kept their innings together so in the end a draw was probably the right result.

Full Scorecard HERE


The Sunday 2nd XI match report vs Washington:

The Sunday 2s returned to their winning ways with a 10 run victory in a 40 over match at Washington, mainly thanks to Jimmy Askew's 114, which included 6 fours and 12 sixes, most of which were fielded by Callum and Andy Foster in the lane behind the kids play ground!
The two Fosters opened the batting , but neither lasted long nor did Paul Askew , probably knackered from his 110 not out for Climping 2s the day before.
Jimmy entered at no4 and after Playa was out for 9, followed by Pete for 5 and the 3rds centurian Birbs for 2, it was left to Jimmy and the vastly improved Tom Merrien , with 16 to make a decentish score of 186 for 8. Jordan Atkinson getting 1 and Erin 0 not out. Tim Pyant making a very rare appearance didn't have to bat .
In the Washington reply Pottinger made a good 52 aaided by Alex Iff 26 and John Merret 47.
No other batsman made any noteable score.

Tim bowled as if he hadn't played for a year, bowling Ginsters initially , but improving eventually.
Tom took 2 for 33, Birbs 1 for 41 (Not too economical), but Playa was almost Milneresque with 8 overs 2 maidens 0 for 8. Jimmy took 3 for 11 and Erin 0 for 16 , Erin also took a breathtaking catch at gully off Jordan's bowling, as he bowled with tight lines.
It was a most enjoyable afternoon, followed by an excellent real ale at the Franklands Arms.
Hopefully this will become a regular fixture, they have a picturesque ground, albeit with shortish boundaries. But both teams had a good afternoon and the game could have gone either way.

Full Scorecard HERE


The under 16’s match report vs Selsey:

The U16 season kicked off with their bugle call informing West Sussex of what is to come. Littlehampton batted first and amassed a whopping 178 off 25 overs. Retirements for James Askew, Callum Foster and Nathan Perry at 30 and Ryan Wadey assisted with 21.

The bowling was tight with the unsung heroes of Warren Page and Erin Foster getting 2 apiece. Harry Standing came on from the Chichester end and snatched the last 2 wickets.

A very impressive start.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 10th June:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2018 – Under 12’s vs West Wittering

2017 – 1st XI vs Southwater

2017 – 2nd XI vs Southwater 2’s

2017 – 3rd XI vs Ifield 3’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Bognor 3’s

2016 – Under 13’s vs Stirlands

2012 – Under 14’s vs Chichester

2012 – Under 11’s vs Clymping

2006 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2006 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands 2’s

2000 – 3rd XI vs Worthing 3’s


Batting highlights from 10th June:

Olly Hemsley 74* vs Chippingdale (2018)

Mike Askew 63* vs Chippingdale (2018)

Dan Clarke 58 vs Chippingdale (2018)

Andy Greig 50* vs Southwater 2’s (2017)

Geoff Cole 62* vs Ifield 3’s (2017)

Nathan Perry 92 vs Lynchmere (2007)

James Askew 114 vs Washington (2007)

Chris Kirkham 62* vs Stirlands (2006)

James Askew 84 vs Stirlands 2’s (2006)

Stuart Hanks 56 vs Stirlands 2’s (2006)

Geoff Cole 108* vs Worthing 3’s (2000)

Martin Leggatt 82 vs Worthing 3’s (2000)


Bowling highlights from 10th June:

Andy Greig 4-32 vs Southwater 2’s (2017)

Benn Challen 6-16 vs Stirlands (2006)

Neil Hewitt 4-30 vs Stirlands 2’s (2006)

Geoff Cole 6-7 vs Worthing 3’s (2000)

9th June

14 games to look through today. Some highlights from 9th June:

  • The 1st team smashed Billingshurst 2’s in 2018, bowling them out for just 58. James Askew took 4-21 off 11 overs.
  • The 1st team completed a T20 double in 2013. They beat East Preston by 8 wickets in the first game and then they chased down West Wittering’s 156 in 16 overs with Mike Askew blasting a ton.
  • The 2’s and 3’s both won in 2007. The 2nd team defended 156 thanks to Matt Parnell (5-27) and Neil Hewitt (4-11). The third team smashed 305-5 against Hangleton and Knoll with Ian Birbeck top scored with 102. Hangleton were then bowled out for 227.

Games played on 9th June:

2019 – Sunday XI vs Chippingdale

2018 – 1st XI vs Billingshurst 2’s

2018 – 2nd XI vs Himani

2018 – 3rd XI vs Bosham

2018 – 4th XI vs Chichester 4’s

2013 – 1st XI vs East Preston

2013 – 1st XI vs West Wittering

2013 – Sunday XI vs Fernhurst

2012 – 1st XI vs Slinfold

2012 – 2nd XI vs Slinfold

2008 – Under 13’s vs Brighton

2007 – 1st XI vs Chichester

2007 – 2nd XI vs Chichester 2’s

2007 – 3rd XI vs Hangleton and Knoll


Batting highlights from 9th June:

Mike Askew 81 vs Chippingdale (2019)

Harry Standing 73 vs Himani (2018)

Mike Askew 100* vs West Wittering (2013)

Jordan Atkinson 94 vs Fernhurst (2013)

Mike Askew 51 vs Slinfold (2012)

Jordan Atkinson 60 vs Slinfold 2’s (2012)

Ian Birbeck 102 vs Hangleton and Knoll (2007)

Tom Merrien 76 vs Hangleton and Knoll (2007)



Bowling highlights from 9th June:

James Askew 4-21 vs Billingshurst 2’s (2018)

Will Kitchen 4-39 vs Bosham (2018)

Matt Parnell 5-27 vs Chichester 2’s (2007)

Neil Hewitt 4-11 vs Chichester 2’s (2007)

Paul Hewitt 4-38 vs Hangleton and Knoll (2007)

8th June

We have 14 games to look through today and we take a closer look at Saturday 8th 2019 when the first team won a close game against Findon and the third team comfortably beat Chippingdale.

The first team match report vs Findon:

The first team were looking to bounce back after last week’s poor performance when they hosted second bottom Findon. With overnight rain, and a leak under the covers, play was delayed until 1pm. Skipper James Askew lost the toss and unsurprisingly the first team were batting first.

The skipper and Tom Lee were looking for their third consecutive 50 partnership but it wasn’t to be when J.Askew was caught for just 7. Harry Standing made his first appearance of the season for the first team at 3 and looked solid until he chopped a wide one onto his stumps for 7. Lee (25) was finding it tough but with the support of Ally James (68) they progressed the score onto 65 before Lee also chopped on. Louis Paul (31) joined James at the crease and they looked to up the run rate with Ally hitting seven fours and 3 sixes in his classy 68. James fell with the score on 125 and LA soon collapsed to 144-6 with Macleod Cox (5) and Jack Turner (2) not troubling the scorers. Mike Askew (27) joined Paul at the crease and decided to hit the first team out of trouble by taking on the Findon attack. M.Askew and Paul fell with 4 overs to go but Chris Heberlein (11) and Dan White (17*) saw the first team to a competitive total of 213. Valuable runs were scored by the lower order with 63 runs scored in the last 7 overs.

The first team trudged to the field knowing early wickets were needed. The first wicket couldn’t come any earlier as Bradley Bridson edged to Harry Standing at second slip, first ball of the innings, off Cox (1-30). Findon looked to rebuild but were 50-3 after 13 overs. Felix Jordan and Glen Bridson soon started to get on top of the LA bowlers by manipulating the field very well. However, the drinks break seemed to break their concentration and Jordan was ran out by Cox and the Findon were 89-4 with the run rate creeping up. Findon then fell to 126-6 with Louis Paul (2-35) taking both wickets and it looked like the first team would be picking up an easy win. Liam Freeman and Ben Coulson had other ideas, with Freeman freely finding the boundary, and Coulson making sure he got Freeman on strike at every opportunity. Findon were soon 185-6 needing just 29 off 6 overs. LA needed something special to win from here. Chris Heberlein replaced Dan White, and looked to vary his pace. Heberlein got the big breakthrough with Freeman LBW for 49. Coulson was still battling on and Findon reached 198 with just 16 to win and 4 overs left, Heberlein struck again, Coulson falling LBW for 20. Heberlein then picked up his 3rd wicket, Jack Pierce hitting a skier to Harry Standing. Findon were suddenly 199-9. With two overs to go LA needed one wicket to win and Findon needed 11 runs to win. Heberlein ran in for his last over of the day. The first two balls were singles, and it looked like the Findon 10 and 11 would be more than capable of winning the game. However the 3rd ball of the over saw Heberlein find Grayston’s edge and keeper M.Askew dived to his left to take the catch. Heberlein picked up the last four wickets and finished with figures of 4-39.

A great game of cricket and a great advert for win/lose cricket. The first team climb up to 6th in the table, 28 points off top and 29 points above bottom. This league looks like it’s going to be very close throughout the season. Next week the first team travel to second place Steyning.

Full Scorecard HERE


The second team match report vs Himani:

The 2nd team turned up to Himani knowing it would be a tough game despite where they were in the league. Rain had delayed the start of play which meant when the toss was done the game was 38 overs each. As per usual on a must win toss Dazzler lost it and LA were put into bat.

Once again as in the previous week the top 2 failed Jordan (1) getting out LBW to a ball that nipped back off the pitch to him and Dazzler (1) spooning one up to cover going for a drive where the ball just held up on him. So once again it was down to the middle and lower order to get a score posted. The in-form Sophie (25) and Peachy (12) started the job, Peachy missing out on a full toss and top edging it to square leg. Next bought Mellor (14) in, that also then bought the rain. So once again we were off for rain and knowing it would be better later in the day, we had tea to try and reduce the overs further. Once we had got back to playing, the game had been reduced to 36 overs a side since the rain had extended tea slightly later. Sophie and Mellor had batted till the 24th over before Mellor was caught at cover that then bought Clarkey (0) to the crease who then chopped on. Sophie followed next to a delivery that pitched a foot outside off and hit the top of leg stump (this was a seamer bowling not a spinner). Olly (5) and Buddy (29*) were at the crease when once again rained had delayed play. When we resumed, we had 34 overs to bat, and we were currently in the 27th with 60 on the board. Olly and Buddy had started well after the break before Olly held out at deep mid-wicket, Zack (0) and Lucas (0) both got bowled shortly after which led Theo (1*) to the crease. These two batted well to get the score to 90, Buddy farming the strike while Theo doing everything he can to stay out there with him.

So, 94 on the board, wasn’t a bad total on that pitch and with the constant delays.

Zack (1-22) and Lucas (5-22) opened up and started well, Zack in the first over should have had a wicket but with 3 people running to the ball no one gave it a shout (probably the only bad bit of fielding in the match). Lucas at the other end had ripped out the top 4 with the score on 30 getting 3 bowled and 1 LBW. (He was on a hat-trick which the batsman tried to edge but missed). Zack then joined in and took a very smart caught and bowled. Buddy (0-30) then came on to replace Zack and struggled in his 1st over to find the right length but after that kept it tight throughout his spell. Lucas had carried on and got his 5fer due to a very good catch over his shoulder from Sam Mellor. Lucas bowled out and Buddy not going for many Dazzler had to go with a choice of the seamer Theo or the top wicket taker but spinner Olly. It was a hard choice but with the pitch doing a bit he went with the seamer. Theo (3-16) came on and got his first of the game bowled to a batsman that was well set, the slower ball had done him a treat. In his 2nd over Theo then picked up 2 more, both caught by Dazzler at square leg. The 1st a flick off his pads, the 2nd a top edge that went fairly high. Suddenly, they were 9 down with 27 needed. Devang started to up the run rate and hit Buddy for a boundary and followed up by hitting Theo for 7 off the next over. Dazzler made a change, Theo was taken off for Olly (0-5) and Buddy had bowled out, so Zack then replaced him unfortunately the winning runs came off a full toss and went to the boundary.

The team had given it all despite all the rain breaks while batting and the fact that the loss of the toss meant they had the better of the batting conditions late in their innings meant that the 2s had lost by 1 wicket.

The performance showed a lot of heart and fight both with the bat and with the ball, they should be proud of that performance all in all despite the loss.

Full Scorecard HERE


The third team match report vs Chippingdale 3’s:

Well after Friday's deluge the pitch was remarkably dry and playable. As usual a number of changes with Kenneth returning and Greigy making his seasonal debut. Chipps won the toss and elected to bat. Stu and Raj taking the honours with the ball and after 17 overs Chipps were 36 for 0. Stu getting through 9 overs for 10 runs. The first wicket soon came via Whitey and a second soon followed. An injury to a Chipps batsman meant they were in effect 3 down for 50. The introduction of spin with Greigy and George resulted in 6 wickets (3 apiece). With George taking 3 in one over including a walking catch by Sir Geoffrey of Cole. Chipps ended on 120 for 8 off 40.

Our response was muted at best after 6 overs we were 0 for 2 with Geoff and Andy having an early shower. The first run came in the 7th over from Kenneth. At drinks we were 49 for 2 requiring 72 off 20. Despite a few close scares and drop catches Ian and Kenneth progressed serenely to the total and both reaching their 50's before Birbs smashed the winning runs ending on 59 no. Kenneth ending on 52 no. Won by 8 wickets and 5 overs to spare.

Viva le #Rivolution. Table toppers Rustington is next week’s challenge.

Full Scorecard HERE


The fourth team match report vs Middleton 3’s:

The 4s travelled to the Tangmere Oval to play top of the table Middleton Academy. After winning the toss and a tidy start, things started to go a little off-piste. There was a wicket each for 2nd and 3rd change bowlers Anuj (on league debut) and Phil, we didn’t see another wicket until near the end with Graham Turner taking the third to fall. Steve Rishman retired on 61 and Mark Robson not out 106, leaving a total of 253 to chase. This doesn’t tell the whole story with 7 catches being missed on a very blustery day with the wind playing tricks for fun. On another day we would have made inroads and Middleton were able to make good use of the wind to go aerial with wickets in hand.

Graham Watts was joined by Graham Turner for a new opening partnership. Graham Watts, Kevin Foot and Ken Chapman were the only batsman to reach double figures and extras top scoring with 31, it was a difficult day. The innings closed with LA 6 wickets down with 100 on the board. The weather played its part on a day when the 4s didn’t fire, with scoreboard pressure and the wind accounting for some misjudged shots. It would have been easy to give up, but we batted out the overs and managed to gain two batting points for a little consolation.

The team will put this game day as a bad day at the office, regroup and go again against Bognor Regis 3s at Amberley next week. Despite the poor result the 4s remain in 4th place with at least a game in hand over the teams above us.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 8th June:

2014 – Sunday XI vs Fernhurst

2014 – Under 12’s vs Goring

2013 – 1st XI vs Southwick

2013 – 2nd XI vs Brighton and Hove 3’s

2013 – 3rd XI vs Arundel 3’s

2008 – Sunday 1st XI vs Lynchmere

2008 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Washington

2008 – Under 12’s vs Findon

2003 – Sunday XI vs Parham Park

2002 – 1st XI vs Bexhill


Batting highlights from 8th June:

Ally James 68 vs Findon (2019)

Ian Birbeck 59* vs Chippingdale 3’s (2019)

Kenneth Mohsin 52* vs Chippingdale 3’s (2019)

Darren Bazley 50 vs Fernhurst (2014)

Harry Standing 58* vs Brighton and Hove 3’s (2013)

Stewart Murray 120* vs Arundel 3’s (2013)

Chris Perry 75 vs Arundel 3’s (2013)

Callum Foster 58 vs Lynchmere (2008)

Kyle Abrahams 57 vs Lynchmere (2008)

James Askew 50 vs Washington (2008)


Bowling highlights from 8th June:

Chris Heberlein 4-39 vs Findon (2019)

Lucas Stubbs 5-22 vs Himani (2019)

Tim Nicholson 4-0 vs Fernhurst (2014)

William Standen 4-5 vs Goring U12’s (2014)

Tom Lee 5-27 vs Southwick (2013)

7th June

16 games to look through today. Lots of batting and bowling highlights to look at and we take a closer look at Saturday 7th June 2006. The first team travelled to Sidley, the second team hosted East Grinstead 2’s, and the third team travelled to Clayton and Belgrave Adelaide.

The first team match report from Saturday 7th June 2008:

The 1st XI made it back to back wins with a 7 wicket victory away to Sidley. The long journey is never usually an enjoyable one but while some of us enjoyed watching the Test Match and listening to "The Greatest Ever Power Ballads" in the front seat of
the skippers car, it was made even worse for Woody, Blanny and Greeny who were crammed into the back of Adam's car and were only allowed the occasional 2 minute blast of air-con!! Benn proved that last week was obviously a complete fluke as he went back to his old ways and lost the toss. Sidley chose to bat first on a hard wicket. Baby had an eventful warm up, managing to plant a ball in the houses and pin Gus in the face during a session of throw-downs!

Dodge and Adz opened the bowling but opener Wildman was up to his usual tricks, and after being dropped 2nd ball smashed Dodge for 12 of his 1st over. After a couple more boundaries Adz removed him in the next over, and when Dodge removed the other opener Sidley were struggling at 17-2. The incoming batsman, Woodroffe, survived a huge shout for
caught behind but then along with overseas player Bullock, began to pile on the runs quickly. With Sidley on 100-2 in the 17th over Benn brought himself into the attack. It had the desired effect as, along with Gus, he managed to stem the flow of runs and put some pressure back on the batsmen. This was also helped by an improvement in the field as
people dived about to stop every possible run and Blanny looked rather like a Gladiators contestant on the 'Travellator' as he charged up the hill in pursuit of the ball!! Woodroffe went with the score on 167 as Benn claimed his first wicket which opened up an end for us and allowed the 2 spinners to tie down the new batsman. While Bullock was ticking along nicely wickets began to fall regularly at the other end. Woody took an amazing one-handed
return catch to dismiss Belfield and then bowled the next batsman round his legs with some "big turn"! Bullock completed a chanceless hundred but fell to Woody towards the
end of the innings going for a big shot. Benn claimed the last 2 wickets to complete his first 5-for of the season (5-68 off 18 overs) while Woody ended up with 3-45.

Coronation Chicken sandwiches, doughnuts and jam and cream scones were the highlights at tea. A score of 7/10 puts Sidley way above their local rivals Bexhill in the rankings;
something that I'm sure will please them greatly.

Baby and Greeny began our reply and Baby was clearly in confident mood. "Get me on strike Greeny" he said, "I'm going to take this bowler to toy-town!" No-one is still quite sure what he meant but he hit some wonderful strokes down the ground including an on-drive his old coach Les Lenham would have been proud of. Greeny fell to the wily bowling of Wildman, but Gus came in and joined Baby in his boundary fest. The pair put on 100 in no time at all. Baby hit the ball over the houses for the 2nd time (leaving a nice dent in a car by the sound of it!) and Gus struck an amazing 26 off 1 over (in which he was out off a no-ball!) Baby looked set for a hundred but fell to a rank full-toss, hitting it straight up in the air when it should really have joined the other balls a few streets back. This didn't bother Gus as he continued to put the Sidley bowlers to the sword and removed a few roof tiles in the process! Benn got out for 17 chasing a wide one but despite us still needing just under 100 we were all confident of getting the win. Gus completed his first LA hundred in only 64 balls and put on an unbeaten 89 with Jimmy for the 4th wicket to see us home in only 39.3 overs! He finished the game with 2 sixes, racking up another £6 in the process (or 2 snakebites as
he will look at it!), to finish with 133 off 82 balls. Jimmy ended up unbeaten on 28.

A good win, especially after the start Sidley made, and we are hoping to make it 3 out of 3 in a tough match at home to Haywards Heath next week.

Full Scorecard HERE


The second team held onto a draw at home to East Grinstead 2’s. East Grinstead batted first and posted 206 all out. Tim Peters and Dan Rive both took 4 wickets each. In reply, the second team never looked like chasing the target but 21 not out from Wes Campbell secured the draw.

Full Scorecard HERE


The third team match report from Saturday 7th June 2008:

Patcham Place was built in 1558 for a chap called Sir William West. He would turn in his grave if he saw the Littlehampton 3s batting performance on Saturday. The building overlooked the delightful ground which would have been even more delightful were it not for most of Brighton's infrastructure converging on this one point with the A27 flyover, the A23 and the London to Brighton railway all being within a lusty boundary from each other. Whilst fielding in the afternoon sunshine it was fascinating to reflect on the question “Where are all these people travelling to?” “No sign of any concerns about fuel prices here” I thought. The traffic highlight apart from the LBW appeals from the travelling sunshine seekers ( how can they tell where the ball pitched at 50 mph? ) was a vehicle who did a 180 degree spin on the roundabout leaving rubber on the road and facing the troubled oncoming traffic. He was last seen heading northbound back to the big city.

Back to the case in hand. LA fielded first and did reasonably well to hold the oppo down to 178. Sophie and Ryan Budd opened and their first wicket fell at 48.

In his first game of the season Lewis Hart toiled in the sunshine and would have got a catch behind had it not been for an adjudged no ball. (Has anyone got a smoother run up than Lewis?) The Milner machine cranked up and he got his customary wickets, with a stumping from Callum and a catch from Ryan Budd. Paul Hewitt tied one end down with his miserly bowling and Jim Brown, drinking buddies with Sir William West, snaffled a couple of mid order LBWs.

Not the best fielding display ever seen by LA, not enough “intensity” but 178 was gettable. Even more gettable when we realised they only has ten players and their opening bat had to depart from the ground early doors.

So with 9 fielders surely the mighty 3s would sail through the innings. How wrong can one be? Birbs showed some fight early on but was castled by the opening bowler.

Kyle, Buddy and Foz handed their wickets to the oppo and so the trend continued.

Paul Hewitt and Callum tried but wickets fell at an alarmingly regular interval.

Finally it was left to Jimbo & the Chairman to save face. They hung around for a little while but the fat lady was in full voice when Hugh had his off peg removed.

In all it was another poor batting performance following on from last weekend. In the post mortem into where it went wrong it was suggested that it was only a game of cricket. Thankfully the originator was corrected and was informed that it was more important than that. Hope for a turn round next Saturday continues.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 7th June:

2015 – Sunday XI vs Royal Household

2015 – Under 14’s vs Middleton

2015 – Under 11’s vs Arundel

2014 – 1st XI vs East Preston

2014 – 2nd XI vs Ifield 3’s

2009 – Sunday 1st XI vs Lynchmere

2009 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Washington

2009 – Under 14’s vs East Preston

2009 – Under 11’s vs West Chiltington

2003 – 1st XI vs Cuckfield

2003 – 2nd XI vs Steyning 2’s

2003 – 3rd XI vs Bury and West Burton

2003 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s


Batting highlights from 7th June:

Chris Heberlein 73 vs East Preston (2014)

Jordan Farrell 72* vs East Preston (2014)

Ally James 57* vs East Preston (2014)

Matt Parnell 54 vs Lynchmere (2009)

Angus Webster 133* vs Sidley (2008)

Chris Kirkham 64 vs Sidley (2008)

Andrew Northcote 59 vs Cuckfield (2003)

Geoff Cole 65* vs Steyning 2’s (2003)

Paul Brotherston 54* vs Bury and West Burton (2003)


Bowling highlights from 7th June:

Chris Perry 5-25 vs Ifield 3’s (2014)

Jim Brown 4-27 vs Washington (2009)

Curtis Wadey 5-10 vs East Preston U14’s (2009)

Benn Challen 5-68 vs Sidley (2008)

Dan Rive 4-47 vs East Grinstead 2’s (2008)

Tim Peters 4-65 vs East Grinstead 2’s (2008)

Benn Challen 4-55 vs Cuckfield (2003)

Dan Rive 5-14 vs Steyning 2’s (2003)

Graham Gain 5-56 vs Steyning 2’s (2003)

Shaun O’Shea 5-9 vs Bury and West Burton (2003)

Paul Hewitt 4-37 vs Arundel 3’s (2003)

6th June

We have 10 games to look through today but only 2 of those were won by LCC. We take a closer look at one of them, and that’s the Sunday XI in 2004. Unfortunately there’s no scorecard on the website but there is a match report…

On a blazing day down at HQ Sportsfield the Sunday 1st XI took on the mighty Arundel. The fish failed in his first objective of the afternoon which was to win the toss and Littlehampton were placed into the field.

Stu "the rock" Stoneham was thrown the new ball and didn't disappoint in a lively first over spell unlike any other seen before. Stu with hair gel still on his hands from his male grooming session in the dressing room before the game started, ran in bowled the bowl which missed the deck nearly hit square leg umpire and darted away for four no-balls. After realising his error Stu made amends with the second ball of the day having there opener caught in the slips by Colesy a classy reposte having lulled him into a false sense of security from his first ball of the day! Stu continued to bowl a lively spell throughout and was unlucky not to have taken more wickets. He constantly had their batsmen in trouble and bowled unplayable deliveries all afternoon. The rock finished with figures of 1-16 off 8 overs. 

Young gun Chris Heb's took the new ball at the other end and bowled good line and length managing to get the ball to move both ways in a tight spell. He managed to get rid of the other opener bowled with a large in-swinger. Chris finished the day with bowling figures of 1-17 off 6 overs another tight unrewarding spell.

The fish aka "Captain Haddock" came on at Stu's end and was only supposed to bowl a few overs to allow the spinners to get their hands on the ball. The fish bowled a tight line and length and eventually obtained a wicket in his sixth over to finish with figures of 1-24 off 7 overs.

At the other end came the big "G". He bowled with a variety of pace and swing. He constantly had their batsmen in trouble and his work was rewarded with figures of 3-23 off 7 overs. Good figures considering he bowled at the death of the innings as well.

After the pace quartet of the Sunday side had finished their spells the spin twins souchy and nelly came on to bowl together. They both helped to tie up the middle order and keep Arundel's danger man R.Chitty under control. Nelly bowled a clever mix of deliveries with the batsmen unsure of what to do against him. In the end Nelly finished wicketless off 7 overs for 22 runs. Souchy however was a different story. having been dispatched for 8 off his first over the souch man finally got his line and length correct. This helped to tie down the batsmen and was unlucky not to have taken more than his 3 wickets he eventually claimed. He is on a hat-trick next time he bowls after the souch-steadman partnership conjured up 2 stumpings in a row off his last 2 balls in his last over. The souch man eventually finished with 3-19 off 5 overs.

Arundel finished their innings on 134-9 off their allocated 40 overs. R.Chitty ended up on 65 not out.

Tea was beckoning and a lovely spread by Kay and Percy made the tea interval very enjoyable.

The LA reply was on and needed a good start could Colesy and Andy "Mongoose" Mcvey do the honours? Geoff was under a bit of pressure having registered a diamond duck the previous day at Cuckfield. Disaster struck from the first ball of the innings with colesy out bowled. A king pair in 2 games? Has this ever been done before in LA history? 

His departure brought Karl to the crease he again tried to caress the ball around before being out. Andy at the other end had smashed 20 off the 4 overs from the other opening bowler before offering a simple chance and was eventually on his way.

Gideon and Percy were now at the crease and steadied the ship through until the 20th over when Gideon just didn't get enough on a ball and was dismissed on 36 caught at gully. Rick came to the crease in buoyant mood having scored a brilliant ton the previous day. Percy and Rick were guiding us too victory but there was still some doubt as to which way the game might go. Littlehampton required 64 runs off the last 15 overs with 6 wickets in hand could they do it? Perce was eventually out bowled in the 27th over which brought young Mr Souch to the crease. Ricky turned on the gas and claimed 16 runs off the next two overs to allow LA cruise to a comfortable 5 wicket win inside 35 overs. Ricky eventually finished on 42 not out and souchy on 10 not out. Another victory for Captain Haddock's mighty band of men! 

Scores HERE


Other games player on 6th June:

2015 – 1st XI vs St Andrews

2015 – 3rd XI vs Middleton 3’s

2015 – 4th XI vs Chippingdale

2010 – Sunday XI vs Lynchmere

2010 – Womans XI vs Steyning

2010 – Under 18’s vs Eastergate

2010 – Under 14’s vs Worthing

2009 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2009 – 2nd XI vs Stirlands 2’s

2009 – 3rd XI vs Haywards Heath 3’s


Batting highlights from 6th June:

Tom Lee 77 vs St Andrews (2015)

Mike Askew 53 vs St Andrews (2015)

Andy Lee 76 vs Middleton 3’s (2015)

Stewart Murray 57 vs Middleton 3’s (2015)

Matt Parnell 65 vs Stirlands 2’s (2009)


Bowling highlights from 6th June:

Ryan Budd 4-35 (2009)

5th June

We have 10 games to look through today. We take a closer look at Saturday 5th June 2004 when both sides faced Cuckfield. Rick Heberlein particularly likes 5th June, scoring two hundreds and a fifty on this day since 2000.


Match report, written by Cuckfield, from the first team game in 2004:

Cuckfield continued their relentless march towards promotion with a tense three wicket victory at Littlehampton.

The home side elected to bat and soon found themselves 13 for 2, as Nick Patterson and Steve Booth each grabbed an early wicket. Chris Kirkham and Ben Challen saw them off and set about the change bowlers. Neil Fairhall had replaced Boothy into the wind and had Kirkham put down at gully, but when switched to the other end began to make life even more difficult for the batsmen. Fezza removed Kirkham (30) and Langner (0) to leave the home side 81 for 4, then Jon Lamley snared Challen (31) and Fezza took a further three quick wickets to leave them on 109 for 8. A brief flurry from Chris Hanks (17) and Stuart Stoneham (13) saw Littlehampton all out for 132, with Neil Fairhall bowling outstandingly well to return figures of 14.5-4-38-6, aided by some sound catching behind the wicket.

Cuckfield were confident, and had no reason to worry early on in their reply as Chris Mole shared stands of 24 with Stef Piolet (9) and 38 with brother Tom (8). For whatever reasons, however, the visiting batsmen then seemed to develop kamikaze tendencies as a procession of wickets to Stoneham (3 for 30) and Challen (3 for 23) left the game in the balance at 101 for 7. Not content with his earlier Herculaean efforts, Fezza then joined Chris Mole and, several anxious moments aside, helped steer Cuckfield to victory. Chris Mole put together an excellent knock of 87 not out whilst Fezza finished 12 not out, the second highest score of the innings.

Full Scorecard HERE


The second team match report vs Cuckfield 2’s:

Some teams win games, some teams lose games and there are the teams who never get into a match. We faced one of those sides on Saturday. Away at Cuckfield, the players on their side who looked interested in changing the game were not given ample opportunity to play as they were batting too low in the order.

We all arrived on time at ready to do our jobs like a well-oiled machine. As usual we all protected as much personal space as possible in the kids creche-area which is the away dressing room.

With a line up of players which is looking well-settled we were optimistic of scoring enough runs to defend a total and attack. Opening up, Geoff and Rick faced up to the challenge of looking for the kind of partnership which was so crucial in last years campaign. Unfortunately, this lasted 1 ball as Geoff was given out LBW. All questions to Geoff over the decision, I am merely the scribe. Robin joined Rick and was later undone by a full length delivery from evergreen Collins.

Rick began to grow in stature and stroked the ball with fluency. His fifty came off 71 balls and was adding to a healthy run rate. He was joined by Stu Hanks who batted cleverly. Despite good field placings used against him, his strong hitting and flashing blade gave him his maiden 2 XI 50 off only 47 balls. In such a good position it was a shame Stu was dismissed at a time he could have really cashed in. He departed on 57 after a loose shot offered a caught and bowled which was held onto.

Nick McGeorge arrived and shook his bat at anything and everything. He made it to the 30`s and left as quick as he arrived. He went after a big biff and was slightly early with the blade and offered a chance which once again brought a new batting partner for Rick.

Dan is lucky to have a team with players who are willing to sacrifice personal goals and enjoy doing particular jobs at difficult stages of the match. Young gun Guy was no exception and allowed Ricky to keep the strike. Although slight in frame Guy proves that good timing can still send the ball a long way and he almost cleared the tree at the top of the ground with a delicate stroke which kept on climbing

Dan batting way up the order!, scored a sweet 23* including a monster 6 off the last ball to take our total to 254/5. Rick carried his bat and ended up with a neat 101*.

Tea was enjoyed and we all took the field hoping we could keep the run of taking 10 wickets going. Cuckfields` reply staggered to 11/2. A cracker of a catch at 3 slip for Nelly off Dans bowling was a champagne moment. The ball before, the spectacled opener swished and missed leaving the gaggle of slippers optimistic of a few nibbles on the end of the rod. Next ball a strong and low edge neatly stuck in Hewitts hands and the whoops of joy started. We hope this would start a major collapse but it didn't materialise. A steady partnership began but there were never enough runs for them to begin taking a serious attack on our total.

A few breakthroughs later and we still had a chance to take more points and get closer to the elusive 10 wickets to give us 30 points. With Brighton & Hove not playing we were clear in top spot but this fact was not enough for us to grab all the points not on offer.

Robin had been looking for a catch in the deep all afternoon and had his chance when batter number 3 gave him a chance right on the line. Robin took it on tip toes and we all hoped the next few batters would not last too long.

Bowling boots was the call Rick gave his son and once the magic boots were put on Rick took a wicket first ball and a wicket second ball. `007`, the man with the golden arm, probably has golden legs too looking at the speed runs round the park! Rick took 3 for 16 which seriously dents his average this season.

Matt Parnell then made the game interesting as the skipper mixed and matched the bowling having Longfield trapped in front of all three is first shout missing a set of 9. LCPCC had four overs at 9 and 10 but Wisdom held out for a tame draw.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 5th June:

2016 – Sunday XI vs Rottingdean

2014 – Under 13’s vs East Preston

2011 – Sunday XI vs Lynchmere

2011 – Under 12’s vs Findon

2010 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2010 – 2nd XI vs Steyning 2’s

2005 – Sunday 1st XI vs Arundel

2005 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Lynchmere


Batting highlights from 4th June:

Louis Paul 123* vs Rottingdean (2016)

Rick Heberlein 107* vs Rottingdean (2016)

Mike Askew 86* vs Lynchmere (2011)

Nathan Perry 62* vs Lynchmere (2011)

James Askew 114 vs Steyning (2010)

Benn Challen 93 vs Steyning (2010)

Geoff Cole 63 vs Steyning 2’s (2010)

Rick Heberlein 60 vs Steyning 2’s (2010)

Geoff Cole 54 vs Arundel (2005)

Rick Heberlein 104* vs Cuckfield 2’s (2004)

Stuart Hanks 58 vs Cuckfield 2’s (2004)


Bowling highlights from 4th June:

Theo Hemsley 5-56 vs Rottingdean (2016)

Guy Souch 4-57 vs Arundel (2005)

4th June

15 games to look through today with only four wins for LCC. Some highlights from the games are:

  • Mac Cox scored his maiden ton for the club on this day in 2017 vs Bognor in a 81 run win for the Sunday side
  • The 3rd XI won by just 1 run vs Goring 3’s in 2017. Will Kitchen took 4-29 to help his side.
  • The late Jim Brown starred for the 3rd XI in 2011 as they drew with Lancing Manor 2’s. Jim top scored for the team with 43 and then took 5-27 off 13 overs with the ball.
  • Geoff Cole and Siya Sibiya both scored 100’s for the Sunday 1st XI as they beat St James Montefiore in 2006.
  • Overseas star and now county professional Chris Cooke scored his maiden 50 for the first team as he helped the 1st team draw vs Eastbourne in the Premier League.
  • Darren Mathura, better known as Disco, scored 66 not out for the Sunday side in 2000 as they beat Burgess Hill.

Games played on 4th June:

2017 – Sunday XI vs Bognor

2016 – 1st XI vs Felbridge and Sunnyside

2016 – 2nd XI vs Felbridge and Sunnyside 2’s

2016 – 3rd XI vs Goring 3’s

2016 – 4th XI vs Clymping 2’s

2011 – 1st XI vs Henfield

2011 – 2nd XI vs Henfield 2’s

2011 – 3rd XI vs Lancing Manor 2’s

2006 – Sunday 1st XI vs St James Montefiore

2006 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Slinfold

2006 – Under 14’s vs Worthing

2005 – 1st XI vs Eastbourne

2005 – 2nd XI vs Eastbourne 2’s

2005 – 3rd XI vs Horsham 3’s

2000 – Sunday XI vs Burgess Hill


Batting highlights from 4th June:

Mac Cox 116 vs Bognor (2017)

Mike Askew 61 vs Bognor (2017)

Mike Askew 89 vs Felbridge (2016)

Shaun Keyte 79 vs Clymping 2’s (2016)

Geoff Cole 103 vs St James (2006)

Siya Sibiya 102 vs St James (2006)

Chris Cooke 72* vs Eastbourne (2005)

Darren Mathura 66* vs Burgess Hill (2000)



Bowling highlights from 4th June:

Connor Finneran 4-35 vs Felbridge 2’s (2016)

Will Kitchen 4-29 vs Goring 3’s (2016)

Jim Brown 5-27 vs Lancing Manor 2’s (2011)

Chris Hanks 4-25 vs Burgess Hill (2000)

3rd June

We have another 17 games to look through today, plenty of them being colts games. No focus today but some standout highlights from 3rd June are:

  • The second team smashing Crawley Eagles 4’s in 2017 with Harry Standing scoring 110 not out. Ally James also impressed with the bat as he battled to win his place back in the first team.
  • Peter Henry swearing at Darren Bazley after being run out by Bazley in 2007.
  • Paul Hewitt scoring 84 not out as the third team chased down Horsham Trinity’s 200 in 2006.
  • The colts playing six games on this day and winning all of them. The most impressive being in 2007 when the under 12’s bowled Middleton out for 22.

Games played on 3rd June:

2018 – Sunday XI vs Bognor

2018 – Under 14’s vs Midhurst

2017 – 1st XI vs Henfield

2017 – 2nd XI vs Crawley Eagles 4’s

2017 – 3rd XI vs Brighton and Hove 4’s

2017 – 4th XI vs Arundel 3’s

2016 – Under 15’s vs West Wittering

2015 – Under 13’s vs Lancing Manor

2008 – Under 13’s vs Findon

2007 – Sunday XI vs Slinfold

2007 – Under 14’s vs Eastergate

2007 – Under 12’s vs Middleton

2006 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2006 – 2nd XI vs Steyning 2’s

2006 – 3rd XI vs Horsham Trinity 3’s

2000 – 1st XI vs Stirlands

2000 – 3rd XI vs Shoreham


Batting highlights from 3rd June:

Amjad Mohsin 100 vs Bognor (2018)

Tom Lee 62 vs Henfield (2017)

Harry Standing 110* vs Crawley Eagles 4’s (2017)

Ally James 50 vs Crawley Eagles 4’s (2017)

Shaun Keyte 86 vs Arundel 3’s (2017)

Kev Foot 66 vs Arundel 3’s (2017)

Guy Souch 61 vs Slinfold (2007)

Geoff Cole 60 vs Steyning 2’s (2006)

Paul Hewitt 84* vs Horsham Trinity (2006)

Geoff Cole 131 vs Shoreham (2000)


Bowling highlights from 3rd June:

Theo Hemsley 5-0 vs Midhurst U14’s (2018)

Nathan Perry 4-53 vs Henfield (2018)

Shaun Roberts 4-22 vs Eastergate U14’s (2007)

Jordan Farrell 4-3 vs Middleton U12’s (2007)

Chris Hanks 4-45 vs Steyning (2006)

Chris Hanks 4-65 vs Stirlands (2000)

Chris Collins 4-17 vs Shoreham (2000)

2nd June

We have played 17 games on this day since 2000. We have 7 wins in total. Our focus today is on just one game. On Friday 2nd June 2006, our under 16 side faced Rajasthan under 15’s from India. The match report and some photos from that game:

The Rajasthan Cricket Association firmly left their mark on a determined Littlehampton u16 team at The Sportsfield yesterday. A team of extremly talented Indian U15s showed their oppostion what can be achieved with a great deal of devotion and effort. The Rajasthan team set off at a blistering pace and the bowlers were being dispatched to all corners. It was a long, deflating afternoon in the field but to the credit of LA they all kept working for one another. Sharper fielding was required but I suspect they were in ore of the Indian batting which was a delight to watch. The visitors declared on 274-3.

During tea a rousing speech was made by Colin Oliver-Redgate, who was the instigator of this super fixture. Tea was extended by a few minutes due to the amount of splendid scran that was on offer.

James Askew and Ally James opened the innings and both played the required type of innings. The total of 274 was never reachable and both applied themselves against more that adequate bowling. However on a flat pitch Rajasthan were unable to winkle any early wickets. Ali James was the first to go with a well earned 21 and Jimmy Askew soon followed.

The draw was inevitable once Tom Merrien held the team together. Littlehampton finished on 76-4.

The game finished with some presentations by our opponents which were most appreciated.

Littlehampton should be really proud that they did not fold and sensible batting helped attain a quiet but well deserved draw. I feel sure that some of the players on show today will go on to be involved in the Indian senior set up in years to come. Our U15 opponents continue their tour next week and play Kent U16s, Sussex Rep side and other cricketing college sides.

Full Scorecard HERE


Other games played on 2nd June:

2019 – 2nd XI vs Bognor 2’s

2019 – Under 14’s vs Chippingdale

2018 – 1st XI vs Henfield

2018 – 2nd XI vs Henfield 2’s

2018 – 3rd XI vs Goring 3’s

2018 – 4th XI vs Bognor 3’s

2013 – Sunday 1st XI vs Chippingdale

2013 – Sunday 2nd XI vs Rustington

2013 – Under 12’s vs Midhurst

2012 – 1st XI vs Steyning

2012 – 2nd XI vs Steyning 2’s

2012 – 3rd XI vs Ram 3’s

2007 – 1st XI vs St James Montefiore

2007 – 2nd XI vs St James Montefiore 2’s

2007 – 3rd XI vs Goring 3’s

2002 – Sunday XI vs Findon


Batting highlights from 2nd June:

Sam Mellor 53* vs Bognor 2’s (2019)

Ally James 75 vs Henfield (2018)

James Askew 55 vs Henfield (2018)

Darin Bird 54 vs Goring 3’s (2018)

Chris Heberlein 75 vs Chippingdale (2013)

Tom Lee 61 vs Chippingdale (2013)

Nathan Perry 51 vs Rustington (2013)

Stewart Murray 68 vs Ram 3’s (2013)

Jim Brown 51* vs Ram 3’s (2013)

Justin Scott 85* vs St James Montefiore (2007)

Geoff Cole 112 vs Findon (2002)



Bowling highlights from 2nd June:

Ian Birbeck 5-8 vs Rustington (2013)

Tim Peters 5-28 vs St James Montefiore 2’s (2007)

Paul Hewitt 6-27 vs Findon (2002)

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:


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