In Graham Coster’s book ‘Snow Stopped Play’ he says that “Cricket is a summer sport intended to be played on green fields, under a blue sky with warm sunshine.” For those watching and playing today we would have found it difficult to believe that cricket was in fact a summer sport as hail stopped play and the temperature dropped so low that I think I saw a penguin fielding at slip and a polar bear at cover point.

We had intended for a 16 over a-side match starting at 2.15pm but unfortunately Shoreham got held up so didn’t arrive until 2.30pm. So with a 2.40pm start we agreed to a 13 over game so our guests could be back in Shoreham for 5.00pm as their mini bus was needed for the school run.

We fielded first but only managed to bowl one over before the hail storm. Sheltering under the tree, it didn’t look like we would get a game in at all. Thankfully, we were able to start again at 3.00pm but with the lost time and the deadline of Shoreham needing to leave just after 4.00pm, I decided to reduce the match to 10 overs each. To save extra time we bowled from one end and decided to have tea at the end of the game rather than between innings.

So to the match itself, our bowlers put in a good performance despite having to bowl with a very wet ball, limiting Shoreham to 28 runs from their 10 overs. We picked up a couple of wickets through Luke F and Nicholas C. The boys did well in the field particularly Sam R behind the stumps and Archie M and James V out in the deep and Louis R marshalled his troops well in his first match as captain.

As we were chasing such a low total it meant that not everyone was going to get a bat. In fact, only two people did as Liban and Shams knocked off the runs without losing a wicket in 4 overs. So we start with a win, but I promise you there will be tougher fixtures ahead.

Thank you to those parents who braved the weather but I reckon the quality of the cakes served at match tea made the afternoon worth while (Note to self add an extra mile to my run on Friday to burn off the calories from that 4th cake I had!). Well done boys – stars all round.

Next week we aim to put out 3 Colts teams against Brambletye so plenty of opportunity for people to represent the school in our wonderful SUMMER sport.

Team: Louis R (capt), Sam R (wkt), Luke F, Shams K, Liban A, Nicholas C, Luca A, Sam P, Ali H, James V, Archie M