1st XI – lost for the second week running but remain top of the table still. Findon had collapsed to 110-8 in the face of Jack Simpson’s 7-35 but they countered to reach 165. In reply 86 not out from Tom Trowbridge was the only score for Hill as they failed to support him in their 138 all out. Report.
2nd XI – again won easily, this week away at Rye to move within 10 points of top of the table. Rye batted first and reached 186-7 with the wickets shared amongst the bowlers. Despite an awful start Hill recovered through Aaron Barnes (80*), Daniel Yates (33) and Tom Penfold (59*) to win by seven wickets. Report.
3rd XI – lost to Preston Nomads IV by six wickets and now sit 14 points off promotion. Bobby Barnes scored 44 to get Hill up to 132 all out but it wasn’t enough as Nomads won four wickets down inside 33 overs. Scorecard.
4th XI – were unfortunately abandoned due to rain against East Grinstead IV.
Boys Under 16 – played their Festival Shield fixtures last week and came away with one win over Scaynes Hill, two defeats and an abandonment. A second U16 side made up of many younger players also entered into the Festival Bowl and finished with two defeats and one abandonment. Unfortunately there were two other fixtures where the opposition scratched. You can find all the scorecards here.
Girls Under 13 – beat St James by eight wickets. Having bowled St James out for just 39, Lucy McNiven with incredible figures of 4-2 in two overs, Hill had no trouble knocking off the runs with Louise McClaren finishing 13 not out. Scorecard.
Boys Under 11 – claimed a draw in their opening Festival fixture yesterday against Henfield. Henfield scored 196-4 declared and in reply Hill clung on for a draw at 126-8. Scorecard.
Off the pitch
Bar – recently as part of our project to improve the bar, the club had bespoke shelving installed in the storage area at the back of the bar together with a new 180 bottle cooler and rubbish bins. Some of you will also have noticed the new wooden bar ends and corner column that have been in place for a couple of weeks. Whilst you’ll all agree they look very nice I’m sure, they are in fact there for a very good reason. This, together with having to rebuild certain elements of the internal fascia, is phase two of three to enable us to install new electric shutters for the bar. Phase three with the installation of the actual shutters is due to be completed in the next couple of weeks. This will make the bar far more secure but also a lot easier to open and close at the start and end of games.
The 300 Club has been a major contributor to providing the funds for these improvements, which in total run to several thousand pounds. Please don’t forget to pledge your support by joining the 300 Club and thank you to all those who already are members
President’s Day – is this Sunday August 28th. Our first youth game will start at 10.30 am and will be a pairs softball game, for all players from U9 through to U12, of 20 overs a side lasting until 12.30, which will ensure that every youngster is involved in the match. Depending upon the final numbers of girls and boys who are available we may run two games at the same time. Steve Ward has kindly volunteered to run the game and pick the teams. If your son or daughter is able to make the day and wants to play please let Steve or your team manager know immediately, if you have not already done so. We will be setting up the ground from around 9.00 am so the youngsters can come down to the park at any time from then to practice etc. There will be a breakfast of bacon rolls available from around 10.30 am. The bouncy castle will be in place from 10.15 am and there will also be a popcorn machine. The main adult game will take place between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm. We have many Australian visitors from Georges River District CC who have travelled from all over England to join us on the day and they will be taking on a BHCC Select XI in a 20/20 over game.
The final game of the day, starting at 4.30 and finishing by 6.30, will be a hard ball 20/20 game between boys and girls ages U13 upwards. Many of the youngster’s parents have already let us know of their availability but if you haven’t yet and your son or daughter wants to play please let your manager know as soon as possible. The bar will be open all day and there will be a BBQ serving lunch from around midday. Teas, coffees and cakes will also be available. We will be running several competitions during the day some of which will be raising funds for our chosen charity of the year, Time for Children.
President’s Day is great fun for all the family but is also an important fund raising event for the club. It would be great to see as many people as possible down at some stage during the day. As always the day can only be successful if we have the volunteers to help run it. If you can give some time to help umpire or score, assist with the BBQ, kitchen or bar, or supervise the bouncy castle or the competitions, you will be made very welcome!