Sir Tim Rice caps celebratory day of cricket at Fernhurst

Sir Tim Rice flanked by Fernhurst CC officials
Sir Tim Rice flanked by Fernhurst CC officials

A FULL day’s cricket was enjoyed at Fernhurst. The Fernhurst junior cricket section, which has 50-plus members who turn up every Saturday for coaching, put on three inter club games for different age groups.

These led up to the start of the main match against Sir Tim Rice’s Heartaches team. A large crowd were in attendance and a barbecue kept them fed.

Sir Tim was celebrating his 40th anniversary of visiting Fernhurst with his Heartaches team and over the years honours have been almost even.

Asked to bat first, Fernhurst lost wickets at regular intervals and only James Bristow (63), Steve Tytler (31) and David Smithers (19) made decent contributions in a total of 140 for eight with J Frieda taking five for 31 in 27 overs.

During an extended tea interval and with a number of local dignitaries present, Sir Tim opened the new state-of-the-art cricket nets, with a new bowling machine included.

Chasing 141 to win, the West Indian under-19 player A Fox made 65 not out, J Cohen 31 and T Riley-Smith 37 not out and an eight-wicket win was reached in the 20th over.

Around the cricket grounds

Fernhurst v Lurgashall

I’Anson League division three

Asked to bat first, Fernhurst lost two early wickets - but James Bristow (59) and Mike Allen (43) put on 87 for the third wicket.

The Lurgashall bowlers, aided by good fielding, kept things very tight. Ryan Lewis (25) and Tristan Rissik (18no) contributed to get the score to 163 all out, Adam Sharp (5-51) being the pick of the bowlers with Aaron Carter taking two for 24 and Dan Dillon-Thistelton two for 41.

After rain, Lurgashall had 41 overs to score 164 to win and started cautiously against the Fernhurst opening attack of Ryan Lewis (3-45) and Tristan Rissik - and after 20 overs they were well behind the asking rate. But in worsening conditions and losing two more wickets, Seamus Lynch (68no) and Alex Wadey (42) picked up the momentum and scored the required 164 for five with three overs to spare, picking up eight points.

Kirdford v Graffham & Smithbrook

Both teams started with a minute’s silence on the square in memory of Graffham’s young player Alex Ford-Robbins.

Batting first, Graffham faced one of the best Kirdford attacks in years with J Gillett (2-25) and J Lywood opening the bowling.

With slow scoring and excellent change bowlers in G Reynolds (1-33) and S Pett (1-23), Graffham found themselves struggling to make it to 100. That changed with two good innings from H Reid-Brown (22) and Ali (32), which got the home team to a healthy 140 with one over to go. The last over, bowled by J Rountree (4-19) proved exciting as four wickets were taken including Rountree’s first hat-trick on the last three balls of the innings - and Graffham finished on 142 all out.

Kirdford’s reply started strongly with excellent knocks from P Charman (14) and F Thomas (43). However the usual Kirdford batting collapse, down to good bowling from J Alexander (2-25), turned an easily reachable target into one that seemed a hill too far. Enter three Kirdford heroes A Mane (24), S Pett (2no) and the excellent J Upton (17no), who won the game for Kirdford with two balls to spare.

It was a fitting match for the memory of a great Graffham player.

Pagham v Aldwick

Pagham batted first and Joe Metz (63) starred. He was well supported by J Fernandez (33) as Pagham posted 186 for eight. Ollie Smith had Aldwick’s best figures of three for 31, supported by Ian Guppy (2-24).

Ryan Hick’s 25 was the highlight of Aldwick’s innings of 111 all out. Veteran Vince Eade’s four for 19 was Pagham’s match-winning bowling performance of the day.

Aldwick Acorns v Arundel

Aldwick batted first and Luke Spindler (30) & Dan Cooper (51) - his maiden 50 - put on 56 for the fifth wicket. Dion Sampson’s 21 managed to get Aldwick to 145 all out. A Green (4-39) was Arundel’s best bowler.

Aldwick bowled well to hold Arundel at 39 for three after 20 overs. Ben Bambridge gave up only six runs in his six overs for one wicket.

Will Lewry (2-37) and Adam Robinson (3-17) held Arundel in check and Tom Hoare (4-39) finished them off, as Arundel finished ten runs short of their target. M Reynolds (38) and S Theodooresi (24) were Arundel’s best batsmen.