November 2014

We held our Annual Awards Evening at the Eight Bells on Thursday, 20th November. Our thanks to John Snow for joining us and presenting the awards. This is always a very enjoyable, sociable evening when everybody has a chance to catch up after the summer. Our thanks go to Waz and Emma for making us so welcome every year.

Winners of the awards are on the awards section of the website, congratulations to everyone!

On behalf of all of our players and members we would like to thanks Vice Presidents and members of the community who so generously continue to support us in so many different ways, and to wish everyone a very

Merry Christmas

October 2014

By the time this article is printed the cricket season will be over for another year. We can all reflect on a very exciting year, being the first year for a Bolney second team for many years and the first year ever for a Colts side playing league cricket.

Everyone was delighted that the first team remained in Division 1, bearing in mind that we lost Jack Collins for most of the league season following an operation for appendicitis, and Nick Ridgway with a broken thumb which required an operation to have a pin inserted! The script for the last game could not have been better written – both Poynings and Bolney to play each other. Poynings needed to draw to stay in Div. 1 but Bolney needed to win to stay there. Bolney declared on 206 and things were not looking too good with Poynings 140-4 until Jack Collins came to the party taking 8-59 and secured a Bolney win by 11 runs! Jubilant scenes at the Club as you can imagine and thereafter I think Haywards Heath suffered until the early hours!

The second team had a really good season being in the top two of the division for most of the season but unfortunately couldn’t win the last game and so finished third – the top two being promoted. They had some sparkling performances with Dean Hamilton getting the league award for most runs in the division.

The Colts won most of their games in the friendly league they played and there is a lot of potential amongst them for the future. Their season ended with a friendly game of children v parents followed by a barbecue and awards. There was a lot of fun had but there’s no way parents are going to easily let children win!!

Cricket club winnersTheir awards went to:
Best Batsman – Charlie Chandler
Best Bowler – Max Johnson
Most Improved Player – Finn Jordan
Champagne Moment – Charlie Trumble

Our Sponsored Treasure Hunt raised over £700 which was amazing – thank you to those who took part and for some very generous donations from those who were unable to. The clues are still out there and so if anyone would like to do a lovely 2 or 5 mile walk just let me know and I will email the route.

A huge thank you to Mark Barrow and his team from Bolney Nursery for donating our beautiful hanging baskets again and to everyone who has supported us in any way this year, either financially or by just coming to watch – we are always very grateful.

Wendy Lambourne

July and August 2014

Good news to report on the cricket front. The first team, at the time of writing, has played four games, lost one, drew one and won two. The seconds have played three games and won three and the Colts have played two and won two – having had the other two games cancelled due to the weather. So – the firsts are fourth in Div 1 and the seconds are top of Div 5. The Colts have all really enjoyed the experience of playing in a team against unknown opposition and have played, and conducted themselves very well. Well done everyone, excellent news all round.

Some Bolney records have tumbled as well. James Flower hit 179, in just 145 minutes off 85 balls, against Colemans Hatch during a league game on 17th May. The previous record of 160 not out by Terry Sayers had stood since 1994. During that game another record went. James Flower and Rory Delves recorded a partnership of 244, the previous one of 212 had been held by Trevor Warburton and Ian Jarrett since 1975. It was also the highest ever Bolney score, the previous one being 301-3 in 2010.

As there will be no magazine published during August I would like to let you know that we will be organising a sponsored Treasure Hunt on Sunday August 31st in aid of Club funds. This will be held during the morning and will consist of two routes, one for younger members when hopefully the Colts and their families will be taking part and a longer route for adults. It would be lovely if everyone could bring a picnic for lunch and end up at the cricket ground where Bolney will be playing a game at 2.00 p.m. The bar will be open!

April 2014

We will be raising a glass to a new era as the Club embarks on its first season in the Mid Sussex Stoner League Division One.  This will be a double celebration following the development of a new partnership with Bolney Wine Estate who will be generously sponsoring new shirts for the senior and junior teams.  We are delighted to have them aboard and trust this partnership will be mutually beneficial to all.


Colts training, which has been ongoing throughout the winter, will now take place at the cricket ground during the week commencing 21st April.  This is now likely to be during the afternoon on Fridays but please check local posters as this day is not yet confirmed.  This season will be very exciting for the juniors as they will participate in the Southern Area Junior League, the first home game will be on 10th May.


Our coach, Reg Perrin, is hoping to tap into funding for women’s cricket through the Sportivate initiative which is aimed at women of all ages to participate in recreational cricket in their local area.  This training will commence on Friday 25th April 7 – 9 p.m. for a six week trial period.  The cost would be £30 for the course.  Who knows, we could have mums and dads, sons and daughters all playing together!


Our first home game will be on Saturday 12th April against Streat & Westmeston, commencing 1.00 p.m. weather permitting!  All games are ‘friendlies’ until the league starts on 3rd May.


If anyone would like any further information please contact me.


Wendy Lambourne

March 2014

A big thank you to everyone who helped with our Jumble Sale. We are so lucky that people who have no connection with the Club turn out to help – either by helping on the day, donating jumble, making cakes or coming along to support us and have a cup of tea. We made £830 profit – helped by two very generous Club members.

Another big ‘thankyou’ must go to our Vice Presidents who are currently being invited to renew their membership in support of the Club. To date we have received £800 since the beginning of January. Anyone who would like to support us in this way please contact me – there are no tasks to perform and all VPs are welcome to a free tea during home games. A donation of £25 is all we ask and these donations make a huge difference to our ever stretched bank balance!

Our Juniors have continued throughout the year with indoor coaching at Downlands College in Hassocks. We now not only have Reg but a second Sussex trained coach who will carry on with them throughout the summer.

We are always looking for new players. We play league and friendly matches, juniors and adults and so players of all ages and abilities would be very welcome.  Please let us know if you are interested. Nets – if ever the ground is dry – are on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 p.m. from mid April onwards.

Many thanks

Wendy Lambourne

November 2013

Not surprisingly I don’t have any cricket news for you – unless you are interested in scarifying, fertilising, or spiking the pitch, work starts early for next season!

FINGES CROSSED – we are hoping to be able to use the Rawson for our Jumble Sale on Saturday January 18th.  This is much earlier than usual as the Hall will not be useable, we assume, by the end of March.  However, if it is in the hands of the new owner by January 18th we are hoping we may be allowed to use it for the last time. It is a bit of a gamble but we desperately need the funds.  Please put the date in your diary and watch this space!

Finally everyone at Bolney Cricket Club would like to wish our Vice Presidents and everyone who has supported us in whatever capacity this season,


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.