U10 Gilbert Cup

Sussex Cricket Foundation, in association with Royal London, delivered the U10 Gilbert Cup across the County throughout the Summer.


There were four preliminary competitions, one in each area to determine the top eight Under 10 teams, who would compete at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove.

In total, 34 different junior cricket clubs across the County took part in the competition, the eight that were welcomed to Hove were; Chippindale CC, Chichester Priory Park CC, Laughton CC, Lindfield CC, Pevensey CC, St Matthias CC, Three Bridges CC & West Chiltington & Thakeham CC.

With beautiful sunshine at Hove, the 150 on looking supporters enjoyed some exciting pairs cricket, with plenty of boundaries, clever bowling, athletic fielding & spectacular catches.

It was an all East Area final, with Laughton CC & Pevensey CC facing off for the Gilbert Cup. In a tight game, it was Pevensey who prevailed and took the title home.

Paul Baker of Chippingdale CC said “Many, many thanks to the Sussex Cricket for hosting this competition, we’re are so glad we took part. Some good learnings and magic moments, which is what cricket at this age is all about.”

If your club would be interested in taking part in the Sussex Cricket U10 softball competition next season, please get in touch with gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk.

Pagham seal fifth spot at Finals Day!


Congratulations to Pagham, who will be at our 6-a-side Finals Day on Sunday 17th September!

Teams from Pagham, Selsey and West Wittering competed in a group format, with the top two teams progressing to the final, which saw a victorious Pagham side overcome West Wittering.

There was excellent support for all sides and a great turnout of juniors who were treated to a coaching session by Sussex County Cricket Club staff, including Delray Rawlins and Harry Finch. ‘Sid the Shark’ was also in attendance. Our thanks go to West Wittering CC who hosted the event.

Our next stop on our 6-a-side tour will be Crawley Eagles Cricket Club on Sunday 23rd July 2017. Good luck to all of the teams involved!

To find out more about our fundraising activities, please visit http://sussexcricketfoundation.co.uk/get-involved/ 

Blackstone Academy Ground Open Day


On Sunday 2nd July, Sussex Cricket Foundation took the opportunity to show case it’s stunning Blackstone Academy Ground, sponsored by Hurstpierpoint College.  Under the backdrop of wall to wall sunshine, both the Trustees and their guests enjoyed two competitive games of cricket, along with food and refreshments.

Secretary Nigel Russell explained “Through creating better futures for all, we want to get adults involved, children involved, women involved, disabled people involved and people from deprived backgrounds involved. Then, we keep them involved in the game. Through Health and Education programmes, we show cricket as an inclusive force for social good in the community.”

Guest Malcolm Thorpe from Haywards Heath said “It is very well run with some very committed people.  Evidence of that is the caliber of Sussex staff who have turned out today.  Our Foundation is perhaps the best in the country who are operating on many levels.  I went to a Sussex visually impaired match last season as organised by the Foundation and it was great”.

CEO Rob Andrew commented “This ground is amazing and anyone playing or watching cricket here would be inspired by the place”.

It’s time to get involved and embrace this amazing Foundation vibe. To read our Annual Review, follow the link below –http://sussexcricketfoundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SCF-Annual-Review.pdf

Credit: Colin Bowman.

It’s with great sadness that we report the death of Tim Monday


Tim Monday joined West Chiltington & Thakeham CC in 2013/14 as Club Captain from Wisborough Green and helped the club secure promotion to the Sussex Premier league two years later. He will be remembered for his loveable character, knowledge of the game and most importantly encouragement of junior cricket. He leaves a son, and team mate, Jack Elliott Monday.

Little Common Ramblers will be at Finals Day!


Congratulations to Little Common Ramblers, who have booked their place at our 6-a-side Finals Day on Sunday 17th September!

Teams from Heathfield Park, Plumpton, Little Common Ramblers, Crowborough, Robertsbridge and Hurstpeirpoint competed in a group format and then semi-finals. This was followed by the final itself between Plumpton and Little Common Ramblers, which saw Little Common Ramblers run out as winners.

There was excellent support for all sides and a great turnout of juniors who were treated to a coaching session by SCCC staff, including Steve Magoffin and Stuart Whittingham. ‘Sid the Shark’ was also in attendance. Our thanks go to Heathfield Park CC who hosted the event.

Our next stop on our 6-a-side tour will be West Wittering Cricket Club on Sunday, 16th July 2017. Good luck to all of the teams involved!


Third Spot for Finals Day goes to Glynde & Beddingham!

GB plus Sid and Jofra (003)

Congratulations to Glynde & Beddingham, who have booked their spot at our 6-a-side Finals Day at the 1st Central County Ground on Sunday 17th September!

Ringmer, Laughton, Seaford, Newick, Denton and Glynde & Beddingham all enjoyed some excellent cricket in the beautiful sunshine last Sunday. The final saw Seaford and Glynde & Beddingham face off, with Glynde & Beddingham the eventual victors. The raffle on the day raised over £300 for disability cricket.  Thanks to all players, volunteers and spectators involved in making the day such a success!

Our next stop on the 6-a-side tour is Heathfield Park CC on Sunday 2nd July. The action starts from 10am!

Sussex and England legends visit Shoreham Academy for National Cricket Week

Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.
Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.

Former Sussex and England cricket legend Matt Prior and former England Women’s cricketer Lydia Greenway visited Shoreham Academy as part of Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week on Tuesday 20 June. Matt and Lydia, along with coaches from the Sussex Cricket Foundation, surprised the Year 7 & 8 pupils from the school and treated them to a day of cricket.

The morning started with Matt and Lydia giving the pupils a coaching masterclass. Matt gave the students some of his top batting tips, while Lydia showed them how to improve their fielding. Having played cricket at the very highest level, both were able to pass on their
valuable advice and experience to the schoolchildren.

Speaking at the event, Matt Prior said “This has been a great chance to get the students excited and engaged with cricket and to give them some advice that will hopefully stand them in good stead. The work that Chance to Shine, with the support of Yorkshire Tea, does is hugely important in giving pupils the opportunity to experience the game and to allow them to push on and develop their skills.”

Matt and Lydia then joined a classroom session focusing on cricket journalism. They talked the future writers through some of their favourite cricketing moments before receiving a grilling from the pupils. The students then put their new skills into practice, filming a short video report of their day.

Competitions & Education Projects Officer at Sussex Cricket Foundation, Gary Wallis-Tayler, said “It was a fantastic day and it was great to see both boys and girls of mixed abilities gain an insight in to professional cricket, from legends of the game. Not only the cricket skills but to also benefit from the non-playing side of sport was a great addition for the students and hopefully it will inspire them to continue their sporting journey through cricket.”

Lydia Greenway added “What a great day for some cricket! We’ve been doing some fielding drills and Matt was showing them some batting skills as well. It’s so important for children to enjoy their game and take on the values of cricket as well learning skills like teamwork and communication that will help them throughout their lives.”

Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is an initiative to showcase the work of the national charity, Chance to Shine. The organisation aims to use the power of cricket to raise aspirations and provide young people across the country with the opportunity to play and learn through the sport.

To find out more go to www.chancetoshine.org.

Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.
Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.

Lord’s Taverners: National Table Cricket Finals 2017

Pupils from Angmering School had a day to remember last week as they travelled to London to take part in the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Finals.

The West Sussex school’s side were one of nine to compete in the Nursery Pavilion, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, for the right to call themselves national champions.

The event, which was made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and Ford, is now in its 19th year and, working with 30 county cricket boards across the UK, more than 300 schools took part in the 10 regional heats to qualify for the finals.

Angmering eventually finished third in the finals and 13-year-old pupil Jamie Chappell could not contain his excitement at playing at the home of cricket.

He said: “I think it is a great sport to play because anybody can do it. I have played for three years and it has really helped to build my teamwork and communication skills.

“I have met a lot of new people and that shows what an inclusive sport it is. I cannot wait to play in another event like this. I love batting and trying to beat the fielders to score lots of runs.”

Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket enables young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

The game not only gives opportunities for competitive play and social integrations, it also improves life-skills including self-confidence, independence and social skills.

And PE teacher Nat Webb revealed to sport has given her pupils a great opportunity to express themselves.

She said: “All the children have been itching to play. They were all up bright and early to get down here and take part.

“Table cricket is about giving the opportunity to children who may not be able to play other sports and express themselves. It provides so much more than just a sport for these children and they will cherish this day for the rest of their lives.”

Watching on as the school competed at Lord’s was Radio 1 DJ, cricket lover and member of Lord’s Taverners Greg James.

And he was excited to see the charity making cricket available to people of all abilities.

“I’ve never seen table cricket before on this sort of scale and it’s been brilliant,” he said.

“I’ve seen it in videos and heard all about it, but to see hundreds of kids from all over the country in one place, just enjoying it and having a day playing cricket at Lord’s, it doesn’t really get any better than that.

“There are kids who love cricket, but also some who just like the team element of it all, the community aspect.

“What I love about it, is that it’s not exclusive to people and it has its own fans.”

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose aim is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance – go to www.lordstaverners.org to find out more.

Take part in Yoga – International Yoga Day

Stretching out their legs and backs

Brighton Yoga Foundation in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council Take Part festival & Sussex Cricket Foundation are proud to present a day of specialist yoga to help celebrate International Yoga Day.

Location: The 1st Central County Ground – SCF Learning Room

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 10am-8pm

Bookings: no booking required, first come first served basis

Price: All classes are free, but a suggested donation of £2 is optional

Class Schedule:

10-11am chair yoga – for anyone looking for a gentler approach with Hannah Watkins

11.30-12.30 yoga to help with the many symptoms of stress – with Anika Grimm

1-1.30pm talk an introduction to the roots and practice of yoga “then and now”

2-3pm yoga for mental health – a practice to still the mind with Sabine Dahn

3.30-4.30pm yoga to free up the neck and shoulders – a practice to help with mobility issues in the neck, shoulders and upper back with Sabine Dahn

5-6pm tbc

6.30-7.30pm Beginner’s yoga – for those who have not tried yoga before

8pm event finishes