2009 Season Preview

Apologies to readers of Outlook that we missed the March edition of the journal. Severe snowstorms in February led to the postponement of the Cricket Club AGM and there was little else of interest to report.

Now, however, we have a much to communicate– first the club appointments – The new skipper of the LCC is Andy Long. Andy has played for almost a decade with the village team and is one of our key bowlers. He has served his time as vice-captain for two seasons and now takes on the task of lifting the club to a higher level.

The new vice captain needs little introduction. Paul Phillips is another key bowler and has served the club in many other capacities. He has almost single handed transformed the wicket at the recreation ground from a mediocre square into one of admirable quality – still slow but at least it is true. He has also overseen the clubs accounts for four years.

The full line-up is

  • President – George Bristow
  • Chairman and Hon. Secretary – John King OBE
  • Captain Andy Long
  • Vice Captain – Paul Phillips
  • Fixture Secretary – Hunter Graham
  • Hon. Treasurer – Bob Powell
  • Grounds Member Paul Phillips
  • Representative on the Village Hall Management Committee – John King
  • Committee Members – Andrew Wilson-Smith, Alan Thompson, James Hickey

Next – to the fixture list. Hunter Graham has excelled himself and we have a busy summer ahead of us with 20 regular Sunday games including, in addition to our regular opponents, for the first time for many years a fixture against Lurgashall CC, plus a match against Goodwood Park, another against Arundel Grasshoppers to be played in the famous Castle grounds, and a home game against a touring team -The Cricket Society– made up of a venerable team of County and Test match scorers.

All that remains is to find new recruits to the club. In 2008 we lost the high-scoring Indian batsman Alfred De Souza who returned to India and soon after we lost our South African all-rounder Rod Taylor who moved to Dubai. Martin Howard relocated to Manchester, so, although the core of the team remains, there are gaps to be filled.

We end therefore, as usual, with a plea for cricketers in the village and beyond, to join us for some fantastic games on Sunday afternoons, usually of about 35 to 40-overs, which accommodates both the youthful up-and-coming fast bowlers and seasoned batsmen with faultless technique who amble between the wickets. Forget the woes of the economic recession, we offer great teas, some charming away venues such as Lurgashall and Ebernoe Village Green and a lot of fun playing competitive Village Cricket.

Outdoor nets will commence at the Recreation Ground in late March/earlyApril. It you are interested in joining us telephone Paul Phillips (01798 861665) or John King (01798 861728).

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