Winter nets start this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The following age groups have the following Slots, please keep an eye for some weeks when the hall is not available for use.
Tuesdays 6 to 7pm U13s and U14s
U10s, U11s and U12s 6 to 7 pm
Girls and U15s and U16s 7 to 8pm
Seniors and U17s/19s 8 to 9:30pm
The cricket clubs annual general meeting will take place on the 25th January at the Village house hotel restaurant area at 8pm.
We are sad to report that former club stalwart Chris Green passed away yesterday aged 78. Ratbag, as he was known to most of us, was a larger than life character who was a fixture around the club from the late sixties thru several decades. Arriving in Sussex from Surbiton as an opening batsman he saw the quality of batting in the 1st XI and announced himself as a leg spin bowler! He went on to regularly take over 100 wickets a season!! Greeny became one of the Long Furlong groundsmen and was a long serving committee member. He retired from playing in 1981 to become a club umpire. Funeral details will follow
Last Saturday we held our annual dinner dance at The Ardington Hotel in Worthing. A fantastic evening organised by Mike Metters and Simon Cairns and the team of merry helpers. We were able to celebrate the 3rd XI successful promotion season plus celebrate all the winners. The following awards were announced :
Paul Wyatt Memorial Trophy (Junior team of the year) – The under 13’s
Norman Elms Cup (Best attitude for a junior player) – Archie Carins
Betty Elms Cup (Under 16 Junior player, for individual performances consistent with improved ability) – Alex Stevens
Junior Sportsman of the year – Matt Glover
Gunn Cup (most improved player 17+) – Cameron Young
Presidents Cup (Best all rounder 1st XI) – Curtis Howell
Centenary Cup (Best all rounder 2nd XI) – Jabe Rogers
Chapman Trophy – (Best junior 2nd XI) – Archie Cairns
Furlong Cup (Best performance 3rd XI) – Ollie Legge
King Cup (Player with most runs) – Glen Bridson
Ravera Tankard (Most wickets in a season) – Curtis Howell
Unluckiest Fielder – Ed Bennett
Stuart Randal Double wicket Trophy – Not played, washed out
Frank Gill Memorial Trophy (Most number of sixes) – Bradley Bridson
Sir Sidney Neville Cup (Best club performance) – Nick Hawke
Hine Cup (Best attitude in the field) – James Harrison
Brian Pannell Trophy (Best bowling average 30+ wickets) – Liam Freeman
Duck cup (Most number of ducks) – Matt Glover
John Mullen Trophy (Player of the year 3rd XI) – Simon Wadeson
George Payne Trohy (Player of the year 2nd XI) – Jon Flower
Marjorie Harris Rose Bowl (Player of the year 1st XI) – Glen Bridson
Jack Butterfield Trophy (Clubman of the year) – John Rogers
If anyone who was unable to attend the dinner dance and did not receive their trophy please get in contact with Mike Metters for collection.
On Saturday night up the club celebrated the fact that we have 3 young guys heading out to Australia this winter to continue their cricketing careers.
Home grown players, Curtis James Howell & Glen Bridson are heading down under to show off the talent within our club whilst this seasons Australian overseas, Liam Freeman, is returning to his local club Coomealla Wentworth Cricket Club.
All 3 players have had fantastic seasons here with the horses.
Our Vice Captain, Curtis ‘Big Cheese’ Howell is undertaking his first trip down under and will be playing his cricket for Yallourn North Cricket Club, who are based around 80 miles South East of Melbourne.
Curtis performed in all aspects this season. He finished as the 4th highest wicket taker in the league with 37 wickets at an average of 16.3. In all competitions he took the most senior wickets at the club this year with 48 wickets. Curtis contributed with the bat on a fair few occasions scoring 266 runs at an average of 22 in the league. On top of this, Curtis took the joint most fielding dismissals in the league as he took 10 catches and 1 run out.
Amongst taking wickets and scoring runs a key job for Curtis over the winter will be taking care of young Finley who will also be having his first trip to Australasia. Here is an article posted in their local press recently relating to Curtis’s arrival:-
Glen is returning to Nichols Point Cricket Club where he took the most wicket keeping dismissals in the league last winter.
This season, Glen built on this achievement by storming this accomplishment this summer as he took 22 league dismissals with 17 catches and 5 stumpings (14 dismissals was second highest). Glen was also Findon’s highest run scorer in senior cricket and finished up as the 12th highest run scorer in the league with 456 runs at an average of 32.6. His stand out performance came against Worthing where he hit 89 off 75 balls, followed by 2 splendid catches to ensure Findon won by just 7 runs.
Nichols Point are based in New South Wales around 200 miles east of Adelaide. I’m sure they will be happy to see ‘Brido’ returning to bleed Green and Gold.
Finally we say farewell to our Aussie, Liam Freeman who has had a tremendous season for the Horses. Liam will be returning to his boyhood club Coomealla Wentworth where he will again be facing up against Glen as they play in the same league.
After coming over as a ‘batsman who can bowl a bit’, Liam took 40 league wickets, including three 5 wicket hauls, at an average of 14.1 making him the 3rd highest wicket taker in the league. With the bat, Liam started well on many occasions, however struggled to convert into big scores as he scored 238 runs at an average of 18.3. Liam took 9 catches in the league.
Liam is a cracking bloke, being popular with everyone within our club and we wish him the best of luck in the future. We hope Liam will be interested in returning to the Horses next summer.
We wish the best of luck to the 3 of you (and Finley) on your efforts down under!
On Saturday saw our final round of fixtures for all league sides which saw the 3rd XI promoted following their 5 wicket win over Littlehampton 3rd XI. Going into the game the 3rd XI required just 2 points to secure promotion and the points were secured for the horses when Oliver Wadeson took the 6th wicket of the Littlehampton innings caught by his father, Simon. Littlehampton were all out for 126 with the wickets shared around, Findon then knocked off the runs in the 33rd over with the loss of just 5 wickets, Simon Wadeson again leading the way with 50 and under 13 Alex Stevens scoring 29.
The 1st XI came up 6 runs short in their final game of the season at home to Roffey 2nd XI. Roffey posted to 218 from their 45 overs, the wickets were shared around, but Jabe Rogers was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-28 from his 9 overs. In reply Findon were bowled out for 212 with 2 balls to go, Curtis Howell Scoring 50, and other contributions from Bradley Bridson (39) and John Cox (31).
The 2nd XI suffered a 4 wicket defeat away to Selsey 1st XI. After being bowled out for 152 the only notable contributions were from Steve Chapman (36) and John Flower (33). In reply Selsey knocked off the runs in relative ease in the 28th over at the loss of 6 wickets with two wickets apiece for Carrig Connolly and Archie Cairns.
Final League standings:
1st XI Division 3 West – 2nd place, played 18, won 9, drawn 1, lost 7, cancelled 1
2nd XI Division 6 West – 6th place, played 18, won 5, drawn 1, lost 11, cancelled 1
3rd XI Division 10 West (south) – 2nd place played 16, won 13, lost 3. (PROMOTED)
A huge well done to all teams this season, in particular the 3rd XI winning promotion from Division 10 west (south) up to Division 9 west. Both the 1st XI and 2nd Xi having solid seasons, consolidating in their respective leagues following the restructure which saw both sides moved around.
A huge thank you must go to the umpires, scorers and supporters who give up their time on a Saturday afternoon to enable us to get the games on.
This Saturday we are hoping to have a friendly fixture up the club followed by a BBQ to send off Liam who is heading back to Australia after his summer with us this season as our overseas player plus also Glen and Curtis who are heading off for seasons in Australia over the Winter.
FCC are very sad to report that one of the club’s great characters, Tony Botting passed away this morning.
Father of FCC stalwarts, Nigel and Gary and husband of Margaret, Tony umpired at the club for approximately 5 years after playing for local teams Broadwater, Pathfinder and Ham Sports in the evening league. A fierce competitor on and off the field and a formidable presence as an umpire, Tony had a great sense of humour and was an avid supporter of the club in his later years. He will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Details of the funeral will be provided in due course.
It is with great sadness that we announce former Club captain Dennis Williams has passed away.
Geoff , Dennis’ son phoned last night to say that Dennis had passed away end of May at 98 years old. Dennis was captain in the 60’s and was a great supporter of the club. He is survived by his wife of 74 years Eileen. He has three sons Alan, Geoff and David , David now lives in Australia. Alan the eldest used to keep for the club. Eileen would like to scatter Denis ashes at the club sometime this year. Dennis lived in Eastbourne in the latter part of his life and Called Bradley a few years ago to see the start time of the league match against Eastbourne so he could attend and support where he chatted at length with a number of our players, young and old. A true servant to Findon Cricket Club.
Our thoughts are with Dennis’ family at this sad time.
Rest in peace Dennis.
Findon CC are delighted to announce Georgia Adams as our coach for the Girls and Women section. Georgia is currently the captain of Sussex Women and plays for the Super League team, The Southern Vipers, who won the first competition in 2016. She has been involved in the Senior England Women’s Academy for several years.
Even though Georgia is pursuing her playing career, coaching is a passion helping to develop all of the players she coaches, coaching credentials include: Assistant Coach at The Aldridge Academy, a post she took after graduating at Loughborough University in the Summer of 2017 along with coaching on the junior Sussex program as U15 Head Coach and Assistant Coach with the U17s.
We are excited and looking forward to all the girls and women at Findon having this opportunity to learn form a highly skilled and passionate coach, such a truly amazing opportunity for all our female players. The club have been able to engage Georgia due to a generous Junior Legacy left to the club by Mike Payne a club stalwart for many years.
Georgia is keen to promote female cricket and women in sport and I’m sure this will inspire both our current players along with helping recruit new players.
Training will be on Friday evenings 6pm-7.30pm for all girls and women starting 20th April. The Friday training night will also see all sections at the club coming together. The club house will be open and there will be BBQ evenings, so all parents, friends and family welcome to come and enjoy being part of our club.
So come along and get involved in this exciting new phase of female cricket at Findon, contact Elaine Judges for more details 07973 747419 or email@example.com.