Keep up to date with all the matches played by the Sarnians in the Sussex League this season (2017) here:
21 May - Worthing CC at Manor Sports Ground The XI - Butler(Capt), Martin (Wkt), Nussbaumer J, Stokes M, Nightingale T, Ellis, Breban, Hooper, Newey, Perry, Martel D
First game of the campaign and first visit to Worthing. Change at scorer with the CEO sitting in the hot seat whilst our regular counter, Marisa, was preparing a fantastic lunch spread.
Worthing won the toss and batted. Steady start against a new ball pairing of Stokes and Breban who took a while to get to grips with the red ball. Stokes though soon found a nagging length and line and picked up the first wicket thanks to a catch from Newey at point. He soon followed up removing the other opener with a nick behind reducing Worthing to 32/2. JB entered the attach for a rare bowl and he soon had a wicket Newey again the catcher.
There then followed a 100 stand as the Worthing batters got more confident and put bat on ball, whilst the injury ravaged light-weight Sarnians attack toiled to find any menace. Finally a breakthrough came via Tom Nightingale who removed both century partners either side of a wicket for Ellis. 150/6 left some late order hitting needed to post a total. The Sarnians kept some control though and in the end Worthing posted 181 from their 45 overs.
The new opening pair of Stokes and Hooper strode out after the superb lunch (great egg sarnies!) and soon set about the winning target. Stokes was his usual authoritative self punishing the bad ball, whilst Hoops pickled his way through his innings gradually finding his timing. The pair got to 120, with Stokes on 51 when Hoops finally succumbed bowled for 38 from 71 balls. Stokes then lost Butler soon after adjudged LBW to same bowler who got Hoops. Jason Martin then joined Matt and the pair moved swiftly on to reach the target with the first ball of the 36th over as Jase went over the ropes. Good first game and given the injuries all the better.
Second up for the Sarnians a trip to Billingshurst for the first time on what was a rather dank day that got only worse.
The home team won the toss and chose to make the best of the weather to get their innings in and almost did falling 6 overs short before the rain intervened. In that time they racked up 194/3 as a young, and under strength through injuries still, Sarnian attack toiled. Wickets were shared by Nightingale, Le Messurier and Perry. Tom Haynes top scored for the hosts with 79.
The rain relented enough to allow the Sarnians a pop at a revised total of 173 from 32 overs, however the conditions, and some indifferent batting meant the chase really never got going. Wickets fell at regular intervals with only Jason martin (12) and Tom Nightingale (20) getting into double figures. In the end an all out total of 59 was all that was mustered. A forlorn group wound it's way back to the hotel and looked forward to the next day.
A return to Eastbourne, the next day, where the Sarnians had enjoyed great hospitality in their first season in 2016. It is also where Guernsey FC visit, the football pitch being alongside the cricket oval.
The hosts won the toss again and batted on a far better day but were never able to get away from the Sarnians attack who were bolstered by spinner Max Ellis (8-0-17-1). Dan Le Messurier took his chance afforded by the Sarnians youthful outlook with figures of 9-2-29-3 ably assisted by 'veteran' David Hooper (2/22) and Tom Nightingale (2/38). A total of 158 in their 45 overs did not look enough but runs on the board can count extra often.
The Sarnians opened with James Wilkes--Green and David Hooper and after the early loss of Hoops JWG rebuilt with Josh Butler(32) to take the score to 87 before JB went followed on the same score by JWG. Jason Martin then played a anchor roll with Tom Nightingale (29) before he and Nic Buckle saw it across the line in the 41st over. Jason finishing 22 not out.
After the disappointment of Sunday just the result, and more importantly performance to send the Sarnians back in far better spirits.
Another first this season and a trip to St James with a strong looking Sarnians team on show. Finally a toss was won and a chance to post a total which was taken up with gusto. The tone was set by Matt Stokes (51) and Zak Damarell (19) and the pace picked up by Ben Fitchet (45 in 46 balls) and Josh Butler with a run a ball 61. Ben Ferbrache and Tom Nightingale gave the innings a final push with 52 from 43 balls and 36 from 16 respectively. A total of 302 from their 45 overs meant a very happy Coach.
The chase at nearly 7 an over was always a big ask and despite a fine 85 from Sam Cooper the Sarnians kept chipping away and Stokes (3/28), Ferbrache (3/37) and a brace for both Hoops and Dec Martel saw the St James chase end on 197 all out in the 39th.
A return to the scene of the Sarnians first game in the Sussex Leagues and another strong team again chose to set a total to defend on a slow/low wicket.
Patience was the order of the day and after losing the opening pair early doors to the Bognor overseas paceman, Lucas Barker and David Hooper set the innings on it's way with watchful innings' where boundaries were scarce. After Hopos (32) departed at 78/3, Lucas (57) was assisted by Jason Martin (48), and Tom Nightingale (32) in getting the total up to a very respectable 217.
Bognor's reply was always there or thereabouts after an early breakthrough by Dan Le Messurier and at 121/3 looked threatening. Then enter the Barker/Hooper combination again, and with Lucas taking 3/30 and Hoops 3/31 (bowling off-spin) the wheels came of the reply. In the end Bognor closed 9 down and 33 short.
So 4 wins from 5 and top of the League !
9 July - Three Bridges CC at Three Bridges Cricket Club So match day 6 and a short trip from Gatwick to Three Bridges on a warm Sunday morning. JB won the toss and elected to set a total so out strode Stokesy and Fitchy to get things going. However, on a wicket that made batting a watchful task, with an outfield that was small and lightening fast, batting needed some thinking about. The openers both departed for 10 and it was Zak Damarell who chanced his arm and in the end just fell short of a half-century departing for 47. Everyone else came and went without getting going and, in the end the Sarnians were indebted to a rear guard stand from Matt Breban, (19) and, the on debut Tom Veillard (21) to post a score of 168/9. That total felt a little short in the conditions so a better bowling effort was required. The Sarnians took regular wickets and only the middle order partnership between Oliver Blanford (28) and Joe Walker (81) held things up. Walker it should be pointed out is only 16 and was coached by Ash when at Sussex. So not quite going to the wire the Sarnians ended up victorious by 10 runs. Pick of the bowlers were Stokes 3/24, Breban 2/39 and Ellis 2/29 whilst TV capped a good debut with a wicket. So another win and still top of the table with Lindfield CC next up on Sunday 16 July.