Wednesday 8 October 2014
Apologies for the delay in supplying the scores from Sunday 28 September.
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Apologies for the delay in supplying the scores from Sunday 28 September.
Monday 6 October 2014
Here is the report of the England games from the West Sussex County times. Enjoy.
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Stoolball England send their sincere thanks to all the players, umpires and scorers for providing such stimulating and intriguing matches on Sunday at Horsham Cricket Club. They also thank all those clubs and members who provided some superb raffle prices as well as their help and support on the day.
The Horsham Cricket Club ground and facilities were once again in superb condition and our thanks to everyone who helped to provide this for us.
John and Kay
Sunday 21 September 2014
Selectors watched and made notes at Horsham Cricket Club today (21 September) as players, nominated by their leagues and associations, competed for places in the England and President’s XI sides for 28 September. The day started with fitness training, followed by catching and fielding exercises led by a team of professional cricket coaches, and finally practice matches for everyone to show off their skills. Now, the results are in.
Wednesday 27 August 2014
This year the Expo Cup charity event, first played in 1968, was held at Clymping in West Sussex and hosted by the West Division. Over £600 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Christine Pudduck, a member of Clymping Stoolball Club, who suffered from this terrible disease and passed away two years ago.
With eight teams from the five Sussex divisions plus teams from Kent, Surrey and for the first time a team representing the local Coastal League, the competition was played on two pitches with four teams in each group.
Apart from a vicious downpour half way through the day’s play, the event was blessed with warm sunshine for most of the time. In group 1, the Central Division were the winners with victories over Surrey, North Division and the Coastal League, while West Division in group 2 had wins over Kent, Mid Division and East Division.
In the final 6 over match, fast bowlers Amanda Curry and Fiona Kilfeather proved too much for the Central Division batsmen as they struggled to produce a challenging score. When West Division batted, some well-placed shots and speedy running between the wickets by Connie Chapman and Nicky Gorman saw them home by the end of the second over.
This day was all about fundraising, not individual achievement, and Melissa Mantle, West Division Secretary, was delighted to announce that the day had been a tremendous success both financially and on the field of play and thanked everyone for their contribution. Sylvia Rowbotham, Christine’s twin sister, also thanked Melissa for her hard work and said how proud her sister would have been and gave her grateful thanks to everyone for making the day such a success.
West Division winning team
West Division captain, Nicola Gorman, with the trophy
Sunday 17 August 2014
For the first time this summer there was a decidedly chill edge to the breeze as we prepared ourselves for another active day with the youngsters from Heathfield in East Sussex. The numbers of children attending were down on those experienced in the first two weeks but that didn’t deter the Chairman of the Wealden Council who was doing the rounds and clearly took much pleasure in watching his grandchildren play stoolball.
It was also good to see teachers and their families from local schools visiting the event who were very appreciative about the coaching work and help that Stoolball England have given them over the years when running stoolball sessions and events at their own schools.
Another very interesting contact was made with a lady who had taken her children out of the state education system and was educating them at home. She was herself a qualified PE and maths teacher and was most eager to introduce her family and other similar families (apparently there a quite a number) to the joys of playing stoolball. All this was a new language to the members of Stoolball England who were present but we quickly learned about the process involved in taking children out of state education. This lady was not only keen to introduce everyone to the game itself but she also wanted them to learn about the history and heritage that goes with it. We shall be talking to her again to see how best we can move her ideas forward.
Next week on Wednesday 20 August, Stoolball England will be visiting West Park, Markland Way, Uckfield from 10am-2pm and very much look forward to meeting up with the children from that area.
Below are some pictures of the children enjoying the day at Heathfield.
Friday 8 August 2014
Isn’t it wonderful when the forecast says there will be heavy rain just when your activity is meant to start and then surprise, surprise the rain never came. Our last few miles from Uckfield to Crowborough suggested very heavy rain, the sky was dark and there was a very heavy mist, almost like fog, which was closing in on us as we arrived at the Goldsmith Recreation ground. Visibility was down to no more than 10 yards. We were amongst the very first to arrive and as we sipped a hot cup of tea, we watched the black clouds and thick mist slowly drift away as the sun started to break through.
The children started to arrive and we were on our way with non-stop activity for the next 3½ hours. Many of the children came from St. John’s Primary School, The Femor School, Manor Primary, Judd School in Tonbridge, Brambletye Junior School, East Grinstead Twiglets Nursery School or were home schooled, but sadly none of these schools offered stoolball as a sport. The redeeming news was the strength of stoolball being played at Uckfield Community Technical College, but there is plenty of work to be done in the local primary schools to publicise the game. Could you possibly help out here? Please ring Kay Price on Horsham 01403 252419 or email her on kay@…">kay@….
Wednesday 6 August 2014
Warm sunshine accompanied by a pleasant cooling breeze provided the perfect setting yesterday as the top ladies teams in Sussex played 7½ hours of 8-a-side stoolball to find the winners of this county tournament which was first played at Seaford in 1957. In front of one of the biggest crowds seen in recent years, the players treated spectators to an impressive display of hard hitting and audacious running between the wickets which produced some very high scores off the 6 over innings.
The round-robin format produced four semi-finalists where Lindfield (Central Division) played against Rudgwick (West Division). Rudgwick batted first and scored 82 runs in their six overs but found the superior batting of the Lindfield opening duo, Adele McPhee and Julie Gravett, too much for them and their score was overtaken. In the second semi-final Horsted Keynes, who had been one of the heaviest scoring sides in the round-robin matches, missed out narrowly in a close scoring match with reigning champions Angmering who passed the score of 64 by the end of the fifth over.
In the final game between Angmering and Lindfield, Angmering batted first and in typical fashion skipper Melissa Mantle and Connie Chapman challenged the fielding team by turning singles into speedily run twos to produce a six over total of 82. In reply Lindfield reached the half-way point with 41 runs on the board, but after dismissing the two opening bats, the remaining five batsmen were removed before the end of the sixth over for 72 runs.
SECTION ONE: Maresfield 77 v Isfield 96
Angmering 87 v Partridge Green 56
Partridge Green 94 v Maresfield 47
Angmering 126 v Isfield 54
Maresfield 44 v Angmering 143
Isfield 98 v Partridge Green 94
SECTION TWO: Nutley 52 v Ditchling 75
Stone Cross 57 v Rudgwick 88
Rudgwick 85 v Nutley 55
Stone Cross 72 v Ditchling 75
Nutley 69 v Stone Cross 83
Ditchling 66 v Rudgwick 74
SECTION THREE: Fletching 114 v Adastra 92
Burwash 71 v Horsted Keynes 126
Horsted Keynes 70 v Fletching 50
Burwash 90 v Adastra 82
Fletching 74 v Burwash 86
Adastra 54 v Horsted Keynes 119
SECTION FOUR (9 over matches):
Newick 122 v Barcombe 112
Lindfield 95 v Newick 79
Barcombe 104 v Lindfield 134
SEMI-FINALS: Angmering 67 v Horsted Keynes 64 Rudgwick 82 v Lindfield 91
FINAL: Angmering 82 v Lindfield 72
INDIVIDUAL WINNERS: Batting: Sarah Boyce (Horsted Keynes) 169 runs
Connie Chapman (Angmering) 147 runs
Bowling: Tracy Brockman (Partridge Green) 8 wickets Val Lindsay (Rudgwick) 7 wickets
Catches: Tasha Beale (Angmering) 4
Georgia Aloof (Horsted Keynes) 4
Monday 4 August 2014
In asking your help to provide stoolball memorabilia for the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, I asked if anybody might have a bat made by CLAPSHAW AND CLEAVE of Brighton.
Imagine my delight when yesterday at Seaford a tall, charming lady came into the control tent to tell me that I had got the second name in the firm’s title wrong – it was CLEAVE and not NEAVE.
It was staggered but delighted to learn that there was someone still around who should know such information. Naturally I wanted to know more and soon discovered that Clapshaw and Cleave occupied Victorian premises at No. 3 Queens Road in Brighton which is just north of the Clock Tower going towards Brighton station. Their shop was at street level with offices above and the bats were made on the top, third floor.
So who was this lady telling me all this wonderful news and how did she know so much? The answer was very simple; her father had purchased the premises and retained the name of Clapshaw and Cleave. The lady was herself a stoolball player and had played mixed stoolball in the 1960’s for TIGERS in the now defunct Border Mixed league. Her name is Ann West and I was thrilled and delighted that she should take time out to tell me this wonderful bit of history.
Saturday 2 August 2014
Started back in 1957, the Sussex County Stoolball Association tournament is again being played at the Salts Recreation ground on the seafront at Seaford.
Play will commence at 11am with non-stop play on four pitches. Teams consist of 8 players and, weather permitting, each innings will consist of 6 overs. The 16 teams playing this year have been drawn in four groups with the winning teams taking part in two semi-final matches followed by a final.
Whilst there is very limited parking for disabled supporters available on the ground, there is generally plenty of parking to be found on the seafront and spectators are always very welcome.