1st XI – lost a third consecutive game, this time to Steyning by 66 runs. Steyning batted first and quickly moved to 190-0 before ending 314-4 declared. Hill struggled in the chase but a big partnership from Joe Maskell (80) and Zain Patel (63) gave them hope but it wasn’t to be as Hywell Jones took 6-59 to follow his first innings 80. The result takes Hill into the final game week of the season just 8 points clear of Portslade, 18 clear of Mayfield and 20 clear of Chichester. A draw and 11 points guarantees promotion, a win of course takes maths out of the equitation! Report.
2nd XI – lost emphatically to new division leaders St James. Hill won toss and batted but struggled to 165 all out. Paul John scoring 41 and Karl Boffey 58. St James chased with ease however as they won by 7 wickets inside 29 overs. Crowhurst Park’s surprise defeat to Ansty means St James leapfrog them to go top and Hill can still win the title but need results to go their way on the final weekend. Scorecard.
3rd XI – lost by just one wicket to Cuckfield IV. Hill set 128 as Paul Elphick led the way with 47 runs. Bobby Barnes then nearly won the game for Hill as he took 7-45. Unfortunately they found they were perhaps 20 runs short of par as Cuckfield stumbled over the line to win. The defeat puts an end to Hill’s creditably promotion push as they sit 36 points behind Smallfield in third. Scorecard.
4th XI – drew with Bolney II. Chasing 223-6 after Charley Hepburn had taken 3-65 in the first innings Hill came up short at 148-5 despite 44 from Alec Hepburn and 38 not out from Richard Mamoany. Scorecard.
Boys Under 11 – ended their festival week with two draws and one defeat in games against Steyning, St James and Henfied. The final game against Steyning in particular a high scoring draw that brought a number of highlights. A full write up and scorecards from the three games can be found here.
Off the pitch
President’s Day – Presidents Day was a lot of fun – even the weather couldn’t spoil it! Thanks to everyone who came and did so much to make it such a success. Thanks to Lorraine/Richard/Martin and team for their hard work on the BBQ – absolute superstars! Those who staffed the bar all day, Lisa and Andy kindly selling popcorn and to Ben for your hard work planning the day, thanks also.
To all the youngsters/adult players/guest players/parents/coaches/umpires/scorers and supporters we hope you enjoyed the occasion. Thank you for managing/playing the games and getting involved. Great to see everyone getting on with it, on and off the pitch, rain or shine. To everyone else who did anything to get the day on it is very much appreciated, if not name checked above. You are why the club goes from strength to strength. Finally a huge thanks to our friends from Georges River District Cricket Club who made the effort to travel down and be such great fun and take the victory. You are welcome any time!
Hopefully everyone also saw the club’s next project – the preliminary drawings on display for the extended and refurbished pavilion. Once the plans and designs have been finalised we will circulate them to all club members. We will need to obtain planning permission for this and raise the necessary funds so the project is likely to take a number of years to reach fruition but it’s a start.
Presentation Evening Dinner and Dance – The annual awards dinner will be held on Saturday 15th October at Mid Sussex Golf Club commencing at 7.30 pm. Tickets will cost £30 per person and will include a 3 course sit down meal followed by dancing to the Flaming Mojos. Given the success the club has had this year the event will most likely sell out. Numbers are limited to around 90 people so book early to avoid disappointment.
Final Game of the Season – This coming Saturday the season reaches its climax for our 1st XI. The final day of a very long season. With the team having headed the table for much of the time, every outcome is still possible – promoted as champions or runners up or the unthinkable could happen. Either way it has been a great season for all our adult teams, so come down to St John’s, watch the finale and then help us celebrate or commiserate. We are going to have a party!!