Battle Abbey and Little Common triumph in the Battle of Hastings

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Sussex Cricket Foundation have begun their annual Kwik Cricket competitions which run across Sussex during the summer months. These popular competitions have been running for over 10 years, and are well supported by the local schools. Spectators are encouraged to come along and support the teams, making a great competitive atmosphere.

On Friday 20th May, Horntye Park in Hastings hosted the local Year 6 Kwik Cricket 6-aside competition, run by the Sussex Cricket Foundation coaches, and ably assisted by young leaders from local secondary schools.

Twelve schools played a total of eighteen matches which were all a true spectacle of quality cricket. Eventually, after a strong afternoon of competitive cricket, Battle Abbey and Little Common both took well-deserved wins, qualifying for the Grand Final, and will join the winners from other competitions across the county to play at Sussex Cricket’s Blackstone Academy Ground In Henfield, sponsored by Hurstpierpoint College, in July.

Sussex Cricket Foundation 6-a-side Cup set for launch

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There will be an inaugural Sussex Cricket Foundation 6-a-side tournament taking place at two community venues in Sussex in May and June, with the two finalists set to meet in a showpiece final at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove in September.

Two hubs will be hosting the Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup; Henfield Cricket Club on Sunday 29th May and at West Chiltington & Thakeham Cricket Club on Sunday 19th June. The money raised at the two events will form part of the Sussex Cricket Foundation Appeal 2016 and will be directed towards disability cricket within Sussex.

The SCF is running their appeal year during 2016 to raise funds for recreational cricket throughout the county, and for programmes that use sport as a vehicle to achieve social good. There are a number of events being planned during the year, with the emphasis on cricket within the community and therefore all clubs involved will be encouraged to play with the spirit of this in mind.

Teams finishing 1st and 2nd at each venue will be invited to play in the ‘Finals Day’ at The 1st Central County Ground on Sunday 4th September, when each team will be managed by a player from Sussex CCC. The winning team will be presented with the Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup.

The teams taking part at Henfield are: Henfield CC, Portslade CC, St Peters CC, Burgess Hill CC, Glynde & Beddingham CC and Billingshurst CC, whilst at West Chiltington, the SCF will welcome: West Chiltington & Thakeham CC, Wisborough Green CC, Barns Green CC, Middleton CC, Arundel CC and Steyning CC.

Players from Sussex Cricket’s professional squad are also set to be on hand at both venues to provide coaching for any junior players in attendance who wish to take part.

All spectators are welcome on both dates to watch the action; there will be a BBQ and a raffle taking place at each venue, with some excellent prizes on offer, including Matt Prior’s wicket-keeping gloves, a signed shirt from Sussex batsman Ed Joyce, and tickets to watch Sussex at The 1st Central County Ground.

Play is due to commence at 10.00am on both dates, with the final for each venue scheduled for 6.00pm.

‘Deaf Cricket Day’ to take place at Arundel Castle

The Sussex Cricket Foundation have teamed up with the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation to organise a County ‘Deaf Cricket Day’ for children across Sussex, and neighbouring counties.

This event follows on from last week’s annual Sussex Cricket Foundation Disability day, supported by Ortus Business Finance, which was attended by over 250 young people and adults with a range of disabilities.

This ground-breaking event will take place at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground on Tuesday 5th July, and deaf children from many different schools and organisations have been invited to receive coaching and try their hand at cricket activities, with friendly matches also taking place. The Sussex Cricket Foundation Roadshow, with its inflatable cricket equipment, will also be present on the day.

Sussex launched their first ever County Junior Deaf Team last year, running two boys sides (U14s and U15s) and a mixed age girls side, and are now looking to expand their provision for deaf children in Sussex, and indeed beyond, as children from counties such as Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey will also be invited.

The event will again be supported by Ortus Business Finance and will be delivered in association with Hamilton Lodge School and College for Deaf Children in Brighton.

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 (The Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children at the recent Disability Day)

Sussex Cricket Development Officer, and County Junior Deaf Manager Matt Parsons said, “Following the successful launch of our first ever County Junior Deaf teams last year, we’re delighted to bring a showcase day to Arundel Castle this summer.

“The event is the first of its kind in the south-east and one of only a few that have taken place across the country, so this really is a unique opportunity to encourage more deaf youngsters to get involved in cricket.”

KERALA STRIKERS: South Indian team launch into the East Sussex Cricket League

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The Kerala Strikers are a newly formed cricket team, who this season have joined the East Sussex Cricket League. Having played in local tournaments and the ‘Last Man Stands’ competition last summer, the Kerala Strikers have pushed on an this season began their first season in the ESCL.

Kerala Strikers club captain Manoj Joseph spoke to Sussex Cricket Foundation on the launch of the Kerala Strikers. Manoj ‘We are a group of youngsters from South India, with a real passion for cricket. Last season we played in a few local tournaments and also played in the LMS league. This then sparked an idea, I contacted Roger Newman (Sussex Cricket Foundation Development Manager) and from that moment the Kerala Strikers were born’.

‘Roger and the East Sussex Cricket League supported us at every stage, from registration, coaching and nets. We wanted to play Cricket & learn, and we felt the East Sussex Cricket League would give us a chance to develop’

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The Kerala Strikers took on Bexhill at Battle on their first outing in the East Sussex Cricket League on Saturday 7th May, at their temporary home Claverham Community College, Battle. The Strikers batted first, with Vijesh (88), Vineeth (53),  Manoj (45) and Jinson (46) helping the Strikers record a score of 288 from 39 overs.

Bexhill battled back, however wickets from Sachin (3-9), Edwin (3-85) and Jinson (1-38) helped The Kerala Strikers record a draw in their first competitive East Sussex Cricket League fixture.

View the full scorecard HERE

Sussex Cricket Foundation’s Inclusion Officer Azam Riyard spoke about the importance of teams such as the Kerala Strikers taking advantage of all that Sussex Cricket have to offer.

 ‘It’s fantastic to see another new cricket club entering the league, have started as a LMS team last year then moving onto playing league Cricket in the East Sussex League. It is a great achievement for any community group or ethnic minority group.’

Azam went onto say ‘It’s a great opportunity to showcase the passion of Asian cricket, I would like to wish the Kerala strikers well this season and the seasons to follow’.

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DISABILITY DAY: Annual event hailed another success at Sussex

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The 6th Annual Sussex Cricket Disability Day, supported by Ortus Business Finance, took place at a sunny 1st Central County Ground this week, with the inclement weather from last year’s event a distant memory.

Over 80 volunteers arrived early to assist the coaches with setting up coaching stations, multi skills zones, the Sussex Cricket Foundation inflatables, and many more activities ready for the 300 – 350 participants expected into the ground throughout the day.

Participants attended from schools, colleges, day centres and community organisations spread across the county. The 80-plus volunteers came from a variety of businesses including 1st CENTRAL, Metro Bank, Handelsbanken, Southern Water, Jointing Technologies, Yes Promo Products, Parkers, Chambers of Miss C Buchan, Oliver Graimes, Davenport Wealth and Spire HealthCare.

In addition, the event was supported by students trained as sports leaders from Worthing High School, sports students from Downlands School, and students from the University of Brighton.

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It was a fantastic day with lots of activities for participants to get involved and have fun, with really positive feedback, including:

“A couple of our pupils participating commented on the way home that “It was the best trip ever!” Tom Brown, Woodlands Meed School

“The coaches and volunteers were so welcoming and friendly which helped my son join in – he is often shy about getting involved so it was lovely to see him taking part so happily” Ainslie Clarke

“I’ve attended a number of these annual events with my group and this was the best one ever”Nigel, Project Leader – Friary Gardeners.

Volunteers also had a great day and many commented that they would love to come back again next year. Comments included:

“There was a great positive spirit, and it was an opportunity to experience working with a group that I haven’t had much experience with previously, this has inspired me to work more in this area!” Sophie Loveday, University of Brighton.

“The best thing for me was seeing the look of sheer joy on the faces of participants!” Shirley Price, Yes Promo Products.

“Seeing the attendees having fun and laughing was the best thing about the day” Gemma Warrenne, Metro Bank.

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Tim Shutt, Managing Director of the Sussex Cricket Foundation, said; “This event was a very strong example of how sport can be fully inclusive and accessible to everyone irrespective of ability.  “We are hugely indebted to the diverse range of volunteers who enabled fun and organised activity to be provided to just over 300 disabled participants.”

West Sussex Area Finals 2016

It has been a busy Winter for the clubs in the West Area Cricket Association Indoor Competition, with nearly 120 games played in the run up to Finals Day on Sunday 17th April.

The competition was split into four age group competitions; Under 11 Softball, Under 11 Hardball, Under 13 & Under 15.

UNDER 11 SOFTBALL

The Under 11 Softball final was played between Worthing CC & Pagham CC – Worthing CC proving victorious in some style, not losing a single game during the whole competition.

U11 Softball Winners - Worthing CC

UNDER 11

Seven teams competed in the Under 11 hardball competition, for some their first taste of hardball cricket. The final was a closely fought contest between Chichester Priory Park & Chippingdale CC. Chichester batted first and set Chippingdale 145 to win, who came just short, with a total of 134.

UNDER 13

The under 13 competition was the most subscribed of them all, with a total of 12 clubs entering. Two leagues were completed with the winners of each, taking part in the final – these teams were Chippingdale CC & Stirlands CC – In a thrilling final, it was Chippingdale who batted first and set 124 for Stirlands to win. Stirlands just fell short of the total, meaning Chippingdale were this year’s winners.

U13 Winners - Chipps CC

UNDER 15

Eight teams fought to reach the final in two leagues – League winners Littlehampton & West Chiltington met in the final at Six Villages.

West Chiltington won toss and elected to field. Littlehampton finished on 115 for 5, with Jack Turner scoring 26 from last over and finishing on 60 not out. West Chiltington responded well and matched Littlehamptons score right up to last over where they required 29 to win – they finished 90 for 3 with Ben Lucking 21 retired not out and Lucas Stubbs stand out bowler for Littlehampton with 3 overs, 2 for 9. Littlehampton winning by 25 runs.

U15 Winners - Littlehampton CC

A big thanks to everyone involved, we hope you have a good Summer of cricket & look forward to seeing you next Winter for more Indoor Cricket.