October 2013

I am so pleased to be able to tell you that Bolney Cricket Club are now in Div 1 of the Mid Sussex Stoner League!! The excitement went right down to the last league game at Hurstpierpoint with Bolney winning in a nail biting finish. The script couldn’t have been written better for James Flower, it was his last game for the Club before moving to Leeds and he scored 104, with all of his family there to celebrate, both with him and the team. Jack Collins, ever reliable, was the other match winner taking 5 wickets for 49 runs. Many congratulations to all of the players on a brilliant season.

Next year we have applied to the League to enter a 2nd X1 team – if we are accepted this will be our first step to providing a league team for players who don’t play in the first team but would like to play league cricket and also provide a platform for our up and coming juniors. Very exciting!

On September 11th we held a juniors/parents/senior players match for a round robin Kwik cricket game and presentation of awards. Everyone agreed that it was fun and I think the children really enjoyed playing with parents. Thanks must go to the parents who were such good sports and joined in wholeheartedly – I think we had as many Mums as Dads playing!
Congratulations to those children receiving awards, these were presented to:

  • Bear Nugent-Harvey: Best Batsman
  • Oliver Atkins: Best Bowler
  • Harvey Byne: Best Fielder
  • Tabitha McCulloch: Best Team Player
  • Edward McCulloch: Most Improved Player

Our Winter coaching for juniors begins during the first week in October at Downlands Community College, Hassocks from 5.30 – 7.00 p.m. This is a 10 week course and the cost is £35. At the time of writing there is discussion regarding the day, we have booked Fridays, however some people are unable to manage that date owing to other Clubs and so Tuesdays are a possibility. Anyone who would like to take part please look out for the posters stating the day, or contact me for confirmation.

As this is the end of our season we would like to thank everyone who has supported the Club and helped in so many different ways, we hope you will agree that this has been Bolney’s most successful season for many years, here’s to 2014!

August – September 2013

So far the Club has enjoyed a very successful season, and at the time of writing, the Saturday League team is 3rd in Division 2, 24 points behind 2nd place Dormansland, who we still have to play.  The top two teams gain promotion to Division 1 which would be an amazing achievement to go straight through division 2 at the first attempt.  Fingers crossed!

The Sunday team has also enjoyed their friendly games and have travelled to some lovely venues, the last of which was Parham Park, a beautiful setting for a cricket ground.  Our first colt has progressed to this team, playing with his Dad, Robert, we were delighted to welcome Oliver Atkins.

After a second successful summer of colts’ sessions the Club is going to hold a Family Evening with an Awards Presentation on Wednesday, 11th September from 5.30 p.m.  The coach, Reg, is going to organise a series of small games (culminating in a final) on the outfield that will include colts, parents and Bolney CC senior players.  Anyone would be very welcome to come along and enjoy the fun, even if you are not involved with the colts.

In order to build on the summer coaching, and to prepare the children for junior league cricket next year, the Club has organised winter coaching from 4th October  until 6th December at Downlands School, 5.30 – 7.p.m.  Anyone who would like to participate in this please contact the Club.

July 2013

After a flying start with two wins we now have to record a tie and a defeat leaving us third in Division 2 – early days yet! Jack Collins took 6 wickets against Smallfield and James Flower and Dean Hamilton scored 70 and 58 respectively against Staplefield.

On Sundays we have been not yet been defeated and have had some very enjoyable ‘friendly’ games. Nick Ridgway scored 60 with Andrew Bennett taking 5 wickets to secure a win against Twineham whilst Steve Bowles retired on a sparkling 104 and Nick Ridgway took 5 wickets against Forest Green.

Our Juniors are as enthusiastic as ever and are progressing well with Reg at the helm. There will be some ‘friendly’ games planned for the end of the course.

We again need to thank Mark Barrow and his team at Bolney Nursery for our lovely hanging baskets again this year – they make the pavilion look so attractive and we are very grateful to Mark for the donation yet again.

June 2013

At the time of writing we should have played ten games – due to the weather we have played six with one game abandoned at tea. However, the good news is that we have played two league games and won them both leaving us top of Div 2 with maximum 60 points – early days yet though. It is good to see Jack Collins back and taking 5 wickets in each of the league games, ably supported by Matt Stone who took 7 wickets.

In a friendly game against St. James Montefiore Jamie Bowles, aged 14, took 5-13 and I think that takes him into the record book. There is no sentiment for age and his Dad, Rob, had his arm twisted (by Jamie) to buy a jug – first of many!

The Juniors are doing well with a regular attendance of 25+ children attending. They are very enthusiastic and seem to really enjoy the sessions with Reg and the other coaches.

The Club will be hosting a small school’s tournament on 23rd May and Bolney Primary School , where many of our juniors come from, will be taking part. It is an ideal venue with such a large ground and it will be great to see so many children taking playing cricket.

May 2013

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Jumble Sale, we made £1030 profit – helped by some very generous Club members! Thanks should go to so many people, those who helped collect, those who helped sort, those who helped sell on the day, made cakes, donated jumble and last of all everyone who came along to buy. It was a great response on what was a very wet morning which had us thinking no-one would come.

A big thank you must also go to our Vice Presidents who this year have so far donated £1100! This is fantastic support from such a small community which makes everything we try to do at the Club seem very worthwhile. The Club relies on these two fund raising events to fund all expenses at the beginning of the season. This year we have been able ask Lee and Steve Jones to decorate the exterior of the pavilion and scorebox and so we are now looking very smart for the beginning of our new season in Div 2.

Once again we had received much support for the Junior coaching 12 week course which commences on 27th April run by Reg Perrin, in association with Chance to Shine and Sussex County Cricket Club. These sessions are very popular and Reg makes sure they are fun in a learning environment. If any late comers would like to join the course please contact the Club.

At the time of writing our first two weekend games have been cancelled due to the weather – let’s hope this is not setting the scene for the summer!

April 2013

The first home game will be on Saturday 13th April – weather permitting!  At the beginning of the season the games are all friendlies, the first league game is 11th May against Cuckfield .  All of the fixtures are on our lovely website (thank you James Staples) and it would be great to see anyone who would like to wander up to offer their support in exchange for a free cup of tea!

Coaching for juniors will begin on Saturday 27th April 10 – 12 noon for all children who are aged 7 upwards, this is not restricted to primary age and if any children, boys or girls, up to age 14 like to come along they will be very welcome.  This will be for a 12 week course which will take us through the summer.  The cost will be £48 for the course,  for families of more than one child there will be a reduction.  The course will be run by Alan Perrin (Reg) who is a Sussex County Cricket Club Coach.   Please contact me for application forms as soon as possible, this will give us an idea before 27th of how many children will be taking part.

Reg will be running a session on April 20th from 10 a.m. for anyone who would like to help with the coaching.  This would not mean a commitment every week, just whenever people are free, but the more people we have the better for the children.  On that morning Reg would present everyone with a copy of his coaching plan for the course and discuss the ideas behind various aspects of it, also he will familiarise helpers with the equipment.   You do not require coaching qualifications for this as all helpers would be under the guidance of Reg.

If you feel able to spare an hour or two occasionally please do come along on 20th.  If you would like any further information or have any questions please contact us.