Sussex CCC win the Royal London ECB U15 Cup Final

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A superb all round performance from our Under 15s resulted in Sussex being crowned the winners of the A Division Royal London ECB U15 Cup Final.
Having lost the toss Sussex were invited to field, and Staffs got off to a great start making 54 without loss. Our wicket keeper Mason Robinson got things moving with a spellbinding flying catch. Skipper Tom Clark then turned their innings upside down with a double wicket maiden on route to figures of 3 for 17, and from that moment Sussex were on top. Max Lincoln wowed the crowds sprinting 30 yards to take a high catch in the deep, and it was left to Tom Gordon (3 for 39) to have Staffs floundering on 164 all out. Alastair Orr completed the job with a well timed catch on the ropes.

In reply our openers faced a real barrage of pace and bounce as Staffs were not going to lie down easily. At 68 for 5 Sussex were having their first and only wobble throughout the whole campaign. However our team is resilient and man of the match Tom Gordon lead the recovery with perhaps one of his most important innings thus far, and against a spirited and energised attack Tom grafted hard making a match winning 68 runs. He was backed up by Oliver Carter (39 not out) who demonstrated a very straight bat from the off. He was rewarded by hitting back to back cover drives to win the match.

Huge celebrations then ensued as Sussex became the 2016 Royal London ECB U15 Champions. The team and coaching staff have been a wonderful credit to Sussex CCC – well done to them all.

(match observation kindly forwarded by Colin Bowman)

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Sussex CCC u15s progress to the ECB Royal London Cup Final

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Sussex County Junior Under 15s completed a fantastic victory over Notts yesterday to qualify for the ECB Royal London Under 15s Cup Final today at Kibworth CC.

Sussex won the toss and elected to bat first, making 242 from 47.4 overs.
Top scorers were Tom Gordon (55), Max Lincoln (60), Louis Storey (24) and Tom Hinley (33*)

In reply Notts could only manage 170 and were bowled out in 42 overs.
Top wicket takers were Scott Lenham (3 for 23) and Joe Pocklington (3 for 16) with Dominic Morgan, Henry Crocombe and Tom Clark taking a wicket apiece.

It was a wonderful team performance from all the boys and they have worked extremely hard all season and are rightful Final contestants.

We wish them the very best for today – good luck lads!

Sussex CCC U15s qualify for Finals Day

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Sussex Cricket Ltd are delighted to announce that their Under 15s have qualified for the Semi-Final and Final of the Royal London U15 County Cup A Division Finals at Kibworth Cricket Club on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August.

The draw for the Semi Finals is Sussex v Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire v Essex. There will be a third place playoff match on the Thursday in addition to the Final so all teams will play on both days.

The Sussex team consists of the following Under 15 players – Tom Clark (Captain), Mason Robinson (Wicket), Tom Gordon, Max Lincoln, Dominic Morgan, Alastair Orr and Joe Pocklington as well as the following Under 14 players – Oliver Carter, Henry Crocombe, Tom Hinley, Scott Lenham, Louis Storey and Freddie Longley.

The team recently defeated Somerset in the Quarter Finals on Wednesday 17th August to qualify for the Finals, so congratulations to them all as well as the Under 15 coaching team of Phil Hudson and Matt Green.

Any Sussex supporters who fancy a trip to Leicester, or any fans who live in the area are very welcome to come and cheer our boys on – there could be one or two future SCCC professional players participating!

Trustee to ride 400 miles for the Sussex Cricket Foundation

Katy Cooper

Katy Cooper is a newly appointed trustee of the Sussex Cricket Foundation, and is mountain-biking nearly 400 miles, solo, through Portugal and Spain to raise money for the SCF. You can sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/katycamino.

We thought we’d ask her what inspired her to take on this challenge:

I first had the idea of doing a Camino (it means ‘the Way’, or pilgrimage, in Spanish) when I was on holiday in France as a teenager. We camped overnight almost in the shadow of the beautiful cathedral at Vezelay, and I discovered that the scallop shells carved liberally into the building were the symbol of the Apostle St James, who is buried in the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain (‘Iago’ is ‘James’ in Spanish, so it’s Saint James’ Cathedral). Its popularity as a pilgrimage destination rivalled that of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages – largely because St James had a habit of popping up at helpful moments in battles to scare off the Moorish invaders, and the Spanish were very grateful for his ongoing support.

Have you done anything like this before?

Yes! I part-walked, part-cycled my first Camino last year, taking a route that starts just over the French border in the Pyrenees. This year’s route, from Lisbon up through Portugal, although being a bit shorter, is likely to be more of a challenge for me because it will be so much quieter – 150,000 people walked/biked the French route in 2015, but this time I will probably see only a few fellow pilgrims every day, so it won’t be nearly as sociable (I get quite bored of my own company quite quickly!). But I know that the excitement, sponsorship and the sights will keep me going.

Talk us through the route and some of those sights you will see.

I pick up the hire bike in Lisbon on Bank Holiday Monday, and will doubtless post a selfie outside the cathedral to prove I was there. I set off on Tuesday for 10 days of biking north, mostly on paths, but on roads in towns and if the weather gets rough. The first few days take me inland as far as Porto, and then I hug the coast for a couple of days before heading into Spain to Compostela. One way that I am rather different from other pilgrims is that I intend to stop at as many churches as I can, and (if they are open and no one minds) I will sing some really ancient songs, which would have been sung by the pilgrims as early as the 12th century. This can be a magical experience – it sometimes feels like the stones of the buildings know the tunes. (I should add that I do sing professionally in the UK, so in theory I know what I’m doing, even if I tend to sound very out of breath when I’ve just cycled up a massive hill.) The first few days of countryside are very flat, and I’ll be going plenty of distance – but after that it gets hillier… I’m hoping for some swimming in the sea, some glorious countryside, historic towns (Thomar, Coimbra, Porto…), and some beers at the end of each day. If you’re interested in following my progress, and seeing photos of the places I visit, I will be blogging at http://katycamino.wordpress.com.

How have you trained for this challenge?

I’m not sure if you would say I’ve trained specifically for this (and I didn’t last year either) – but I do keep myself in decent shape. I’m assistant director of a health charity, C3 Collaborating for Health, and I try to practise what we preach by going running three times a week. I also cycle pretty much everywhere in London, avoiding the double-whammy of the underground and Southern Rail – I probably average about 15km a day. But the Camino can be tough going – last year I managed to lose over half a stone in 16 days, but it’s very impractical as a weight-loss regime.

What happens if you get a flat tyre?

I’ll fix it, of course! But to be honest, that will be challenging because the tyres are super-thick and super-hard-to-get-off-the-wheel. My back-up plan is to remove the wheel, lock up the bike, and get a cab to and from the nearest bike shop, wherever that is. I’m hoping there won’t be a repeat of last year, when I had the bike stolen before I’d even started – but that’s a story for an evening in the pub sometime!

Why did you choose the Sussex Cricket Foundation?

That’s an easy one! I’ve just been appointed to be a trustee – and I’m really excited about it. I’m a big advocate of encouraging everyone to be physically active, which the SCF does so well. This needn’t necessarily be about playing sport (although of course cricket is the best sport of all, and I will be checking the ODI scores frequently while on the road!) – it’s about moving a bit more every day.

What is your fundraising target?

I thought I’d start with a target of £1000. It’s a lot of money, but I’m hoping that I can persuade friends, colleagues and SCF supporters to sponsor me the cost of a pint or two… If you sponsor me a penny a kilometre, that’d be £6.20 – cheap at the price – and of course I’d be delighted if you could spare more. SCF is doing amazing work, and I am really pleased to be able to lend my support. Now all I need to do is get cycling!

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Make sure you sponsor Katy here www.justgiving.com/katycamino as she starts her mammoth trip on August 30th. If you’re interested in taking on a challenge of your own for The Sussex Cricket Foundation, please contact Faye Russell via Faye.Russell@sussexcricket.co.uk.

Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup Finals Day – Sunday 4th September

Fancy enjoying an afternoon of free cricket for a good cause? Join us for the Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup Finals Day, sponsored by Wilson Sandford, at the 1st Central County Ground on Sunday 4th September.

All proceeds from the day will go to Sussex Cricket Foundation to support its work in disability and grassroots cricket across the county. A range of delicious food and refreshments will be available from the Long Room to accompany what promises to be an exciting afternoon of cricket.

The day will see four six-a-side teams compete to be crowned winners of the inaugural SCF Cup. Play will commence at 3pm as Glynde and Beddingham face West Chiltington and Thakeham, followed at 4pm by Arundel vs. St Peters.

The defeated semi-finalists will play a third-placed play-off at 5pm, with the victorious semi-finalists facing-off in the final at 6pm.

For more information about the day, please contact Faye Russell on Faye.Russell@sussexcricket.co.uk.