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Isfield crowned 2018 Sussex Cricket Foundation Six-a-Side Cup winners after lengthy wait

This past Sunday, The Blackstone Academy Ground sponsored by Hurstpierpoint College played host to Finals Day of the Sussex Cricket Foundation Six-a-Side Cup, sponsored by Wilson Sandford.

The re-arranged 2018 final saw Henfield CC, West Chiltington & Thakeham CC, Isfield CC & Crawley Eagles CC hoping to take the title seven months after rain had washed out the original fixture.  

Isfield beat West Chiltington in the first semi-final with the two-year reigning champions falling just four runs short of the total, resulting in a guaranteed new champion.

Crawley Eagles completed an emphatic victory over Henfield by 25 runs to advance to the final.

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In the third place playoff, West Chiltington wrapped up victory over Henfield with one ball to spare, an audacious scooped six from Charlie Davies onto the roof of the Blackstone pavilion providing the winning runs.

A nail biting final, saw Crawley Eagles batting first and in strife early on, with ‘Jock’ taking a triple wicket maiden in the third over, leaving Eagles reeling on 17 for 3.

Eagles managed to recover in the following two overs, gathering a respectable 47. In the chase, an expensive first over, going for 17 runs, put Isfield out in front and from that point, the runs ticked along. With three balls to spare, the Isfield batsmen stole a quick single to complete the victory.

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Robin Wilson, of competition sponsors Wilson Sandford presented the Sussex Cricket Foundation Six-a-Side Cup to Isfield CC, who will look to successfully defend their title in the 2019 competition.

If your club would like to enter the 2019 competition and have a chance of playing in the finals day at The 1st Central County Ground on Sunday 15th September, contact your Territory Manager or book here.

2019 Six-a-Side Hubs are:

Henfield CC – Sunday 26th May

Slinfold CC – Sunday 9th June

Pagham CC – Sunday 30th June

Newick CC – Sunday 14th July

Phil Salt visits local school children for 2019 All Stars Cricket launch

Sussex batsman, Phil Salt, paid a visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Rottingdean, Brighton on Thursday to help launch the county’s 2019 All Stars Cricket programme.

Phil was joined by the All Stars mascot, Twinkle to introduce boys and girls from reception, year one and year two classes to the basics of cricket and tell them about this summer’s programme.

With the 1st Central Sussex Cricket Foundation Roadshow set up in the playground, the children were able to pick up a bat and ball – many for the first time - and try their hand at the kind of activities on offer at All Stars Cricket sessions.

All Stars Cricket is the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) national entry-level participation programme aimed at providing girls and boys aged five to eight with a great first experience of the sport.

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Last year, in Sussex alone, over 1,500 children took part in All Stars Cricket at 53 clubs across the county. Sixty-two clubs have signed up to host the programme in 2019, with more than 2,000 participants expected.

The visit to Our Lady of Lourdes is one of a number being delivered by Sussex Cricket Foundation at primary schools and community centres in March and April. Over 12,000 children will be given a flavour of All Stars Cricket and encouraged to sign up to their local centre ahead of the start of this year’s programme in May.

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Every child that registers will have a backpack containing an All Stars Cricket bat, ball, personalised t-shirt, cap and activity book sent to their door, so they have everything they need for their first session.

Anybody that is registered before the end of March will be in with the chance of becoming a ‘trophy mascot’ at this summer’s men’s ICC Cricket World Cup that is being held in England and Wales.

For details of your nearest centre and to register a child for All Stars Cricket, visit www.allstarscricket.co.uk.

Reflecting on his visit, Phil said: “This is a great initiative. Things are kept very simple with the kids allowed to just pick up a bat and ball and enjoy themselves.

“They’re buzzing and enjoyment is what it’s all about. It’s not about everyone having a perfect forward defensive, it’s about getting kids into cricket and making sure they have loads of fun doing it.

“It’s great to come and see the Sussex Cricket Foundation’s work at a visit like today, it puts things into perspective and reminds you why you love the game and why it's so important to give as many kids as possible the chance to discover their own passion for cricket.”

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Discussing the All Stars Cricket programme as a whole, Sussex Cricket Foundation’s All Stars Cricket lead, Ollie Smith said: “All Stars Cricket is a fantastic programme and has been a real success in Sussex. Its impact on participation at clubs can be seen even after just two years.

“However, we are looking to build on this early success and make 2019 our biggest and best year yet! We want the programme to inspire as many children and new families to get involved with cricket as it can.”

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Jofra Archer & Danny Briggs drop in for a game of Street Cricket

Sussex's Jofra Archer and Danny Briggs used a break in their busy winter schedules to take part in Sussex Cricket Foundation’s (SCF) Chance to Shine Street Cricket project last week.

During a brief trip home between the Big Bash League in Australia and the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Jofra met up with Danny - who himself has recently returned from his second England Lions tour of the winter – and dropped into the regular Tuesday afternoon session at Southwick Leisure Centre on the outskirts of Brighton. 

The pair joined 17 local boys and girls for a game of the fast-paced version of cricket that is played outside of traditional club settings with a tapeball – a tennis-ball wrapped in electrical tape – and is designed to break down barriers like cost, equipment and accessibility that can be associated with sport.

Captains for the day, 12-year-old Rhys and 13-year-old Taylor picked the teams, with the two newest participants at the session ending up on opposite sides.

Watch the video below to see who came out on top: Team Rhys featuring global T20 superstar, Jofra Archer or Team Taylor, featuring England spinner, Danny Briggs.

Speaking after his first taste of Chance to Shine Street Cricket,  something that came just days before his much talked-about qualification for England, Jofra said: “Speaking to the coaches, I found out that a lot of the kids here are not in clubs, which I found hard to believe because there’s so much talent.

“I guess some kids might not have the means to go to training or to afford cricket kit. Street Cricket means they don’t have to worry about that, they can just come and play.

“It’s really important to provide these opportunities for the kids because we just don’t know who can be the next England captain or the next death-bowler in one-day or T20 cricket and we won’t find out without projects like this.”

Danny, who has played eight limited-overs internationals for the full England side, added: “It’s so encouraging to see the numbers coming down here and participating in cricket. It’s great for the kids to be able to just come and play. It’s relaxed, you face balls, you bowl balls, you get to field.

“When I was young, there wasn’t anything like this and it was much harder to get involved if you weren’t from a cricketing family or if you didn’t live near a club. Street Cricket means these kids can give the game a go.

“Being here and seeing how much fun everyone is having makes you realise how lucky we are to play a game you love professionally. Hopefully, me and Jof have added something for the kids today.”

There are currently 165 Chance to Shine Street programmes taking place across the country. Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to help children and young people play, learn and develop through cricket.

SCF is running seven of these programmes for 8-14 year olds in Sussex. The venues for these are Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Crawley, The Y Centre in Hastings, Southfields Jubilee Centre in Littlehampton, Southwick Leisure Centre, The Crew Club and Manor Gym, both in Whitehawk.

Sessions are completely free; no equipment is required and participants can just drop-in. To find out timings for each session or for more information on SCF’s Chance to Shine Street Cricket project, click HERE.

Will Beer visits his old primary school as part of Chance to Shine programme

 

Will Beer

Sussex’s Will Beer took a break from his pre-season preparations to visit to his old primary school and help Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) with their Chance to Shine programme.

Will met more than 200 pupils from Holbrook Primary School, near Horsham and lent a hand to the SCF coaches as they taught children from years one, two and three all about cricket.

After an assembly where the school was shown footage of Will and his teammates in action for Sussex, each year group was given the chance to practice a series of cricket skills.

Visits like this are part of a programme run by SCF in cooperation with national charity, Chance to Shine. Each year, SCF delivers the six-week programme in over 100 primary schools across Sussex.

The aim is to inspire the next generation of cricketers, raise awareness of the sport among the county’s boys and girls and teach them both academic and life skills.

A further ambition is to establish links between schools and their local cricket clubs to give children the opportunity to continue their cricketing journey in the ECB’s All Stars programme.

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Horsham Cricket Club – where Will has played since he was a junior - were also part of the assembly during the visit to Holbrook.

Reflecting on his return to Holbrook, Will said: “I really enjoyed coming back to my old primary school and helping the Sussex Cricket Foundation team inspire the next generation of cricketers.

“The kids were really enthusiastic, and I hope our visit will have inspired some children to carry on playing and join up at Horsham.”

Emma Bishop, a teacher at Holbrook Primary School, added: “It was a great opportunity for the whole school to find out a bit more about the work of Sussex Cricket in the local community and especially great for some of our younger pupils to experiences some cricket skills in the hope that they would be enthused to pursue the sport outside of school”

Laura Cordingley, chief executive of Chance to Shine, was also present at the visit. She said: “It’s brilliant to see the inspiring impact that a visit from a professional cricketer can have on children.

“Will is a terrific role model for the pupils and I hope that they can learn from the hard work and dedication that he has put into his career.

“Chance to Shine is committed to providing opportunities for children to play and learn through cricket and the work being done by the Sussex Cricket Foundation is having a powerful impact on the children in the area.”

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About Chance to Shine:

Chance to Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities. The charity takes cricket to new places and uses it to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people from Cornwall to Cardiff to County Durham.

Since 2005, Chance to Shine has given over 4 million boys and girls in more than 15,000 state schools and community projects, the opportunity to play and learn through cricket. The Chance to Shine Street programme is engaging thousands of young people in inner-city areas affected by youth crime.

Go to www.chancetoshine.org for further information.

2018 Impact Report

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Sussex Cricket to host South's first Sporting Memories Club

Sussex Cricket to host South's first Sporting Memories Club

Older sports fans from Brighton and Hove will have the chance to share their sporting memories with likeminded people at a new weekly club that starts at the home of Sussex Cricket next month. 

The sessions will take place between 10 and 11.30am at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove every Tuesday from 27th November with the aim of engaging older members of the local community in social activities through their love of sport.

The sessions – the first of their kind in the South of England - are organised by the Sussex Cricket Foundation, the charitable arm of Sussex Cricket that aims to actively change lives through the power of cricket, with help from local volunteers.

Volunteer training, mentoring and resources are being provided by The Sporting Memories Foundation, the national charity that tackles dementia, depression and loneliness through its unique blend of social activities, sporting reminiscence and games.

Sessions will utilise a wealth of archive photographic, video and audio material – provided by The Sporting Memories Foundation - to stimulate discussion and reminiscences amongst participants.

Participants that would like to will also have the opportunity to take part in low-intensity games and activities for all abilities.

Activities for all abilities will be on offer

Linda Bowen, the Sussex Cricket Foundation Development Officer in charge of the Sporting Memories project, said: “Keeping active and socialising is key to good physical and mental well-being. The aim of this group is to provide a fun, sociable and friendly group where sports fans or those that used to play are able to simply talk sport!

“Despite taking place at the county cricket ground, all sports will be covered, not just cricket.  There is just as likely to be a discussion about boxing, motor racing or football. The group is designed to be accessible to all, regardless of age, ability or fitness level and I would encourage people to get in touch to find out more, or to simply drop into one of the weekly groups”.

Chris Wilkins, Co-founder of The Sporting Memories Foundation added: “We are very excited about our partnership with Sussex Cricket and look forward to helping them establish a growing number of Sporting Memories Clubs across the county over the next three years”

The sessions are free, although a £1 donation to cover the cost of light refreshments would be welcomed. 

Anyone who would like to attend the sessions, who knows someone that would like to or who would like more information should contact Linda Bowen on 07947 521 836 or via linda.bowen@sussexcricket.co.uk

It is hoped that this first group in Hove will lead to a network of similar clubs across Sussex. If you are interested in volunteering to help set up another Sussex Cricket Sporting Memories Club in your area, please contact Linda Bowen.

Over 400 people attend ninth #DIScoverABILITY Day at Sussex Cricket

The 1st Central County Ground was bathed in glorious sunshine for Sussex Cricket’s ninth annual disability inclusion day on Friday 11th May.

Twenty-eight different organisations including schools, colleges, day centres and community organisations brought more than 400 people from across Sussex to take part in the event.

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Discoverability Day

Gates thrown open for Sussex school kids

Sussex Cricket welcomed more than 600 primary and secondary school pupils to The 1st Central County Ground over the course of two recent Sussex Sharks one-day matches.

Groups from 19 schools across the county attended the Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures against Kent Spitfires on Friday 17th May and Middlesex on Friday 25th May.

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Schools Day

Women's Softball Cricket has record-breaking year in Sussex

Women's Softball Cricket is alive and well in Sussex after a record-breaking summer saw more participants than ever playing the game. 

Across 18 festivals in the region, over 700 players joined in with the action at events, that involved music, colourful t-shirts, prosecco and, of course, cricket.  

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Womens Softball

Sussex schools gather for sun, sea, sand & stumps at Beach Cricket Festival

As part of the recent Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week, the Sussex Cricket Foundation, in partnership with Chance to Shine, combined sun, sea, sand and stumps for the annual Beach Cricket Festival at West Wittering Beach.

Beautiful weather ensured an outstanding day for all involved, with Chance to Shine Primary Schools travelling from as far as Worthing to take part.

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Beach Cricket

Three new Walking Cricket projects launched

The Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) is running three walking cricket projects in the east of the county.

The projects in Ore, Rye and Wishingtree provide allow people over the age of 55 to get or stay involved with cricket, keep active and socialise.

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Walking Cricket

Sussex Cricket to host South's first Sporting Memories Club

Older sports fans from Brighton and Hove will have the chance to share their sporting memories with likeminded people at a new weekly club that starts at the home of Sussex Cricket next month. 

The sessions will take place between 10 and 11.30am at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove every Tuesday from 27th November with the aim of engaging older members of the local community in social activities through their love of sport.

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Sporting Memories

Sussex school reaches national Table Cricket final

Students at Northease Manor School in Lewes will be representing Sussex at Lord’s this Thursday 21st June the Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket Finals.

A team from the school are heading to the home of cricket to battle it out against eleven other schools as they look to be crowned champions of the national competition organised by the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.

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Table cricket