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Matterface Cup and Veterans Cup 2008

Monday 28 July 2008, 8.41pm

The beautifully manicured recreation ground at Belmont Avenue, Clayton was the venue for the Sussex County Stoolball Association’s annual Matterface Cup for Divisional under 17 year old junior players and the Veterans Tournament for the over 50s on Sunday 13 July 2008.

Central Division chairman, Elaine Berry, surveys the scene at Clayton

Central Division chairman, Elaine Berry, surveys the scene at Clayton

Matterface Cup

With the East and West Divisions unfortunately unable to raise teams for this event, due largely to family holidays, the Matterface Cup was contested between hosts Central Division, Mid Division and North Division at Clayton.

At the end of the day, Central Division proved worthy winners as they posted convincing wins against both Mid and North Divisions. North Division took the runners-up berth by beating Mid Division. The games consisted of ten overs per innings.


North Division 120 for 5 (Kate 30) beat Mid Division 105-3 (Jenner 36, Kally 26)

Central Division 129 for 2 (Felicity 87 not out) beat Mid Division 54-5 (Kally 28, Jodie 4-24)

Central Division 134 for 6 (Felicity 52, Donna 3-42) beat North Division 47 all out (Grace 5-20, Jodie 4-22)

Veterans Tournament for the Price Cup

In the Veterans tournament, where there were a number of ladies playing who were in their 60s and 70s, West Division played a 24 over match, divided into 3 separate games of 8 overs each in recognition of the warm and at times hot sunshine, against opposition from North Division.

The day was a triumph for West Division who retained the cup, winning two out of the three games. For West Division the trio from Yapton, Heather Creswell (55), Sue Boxall (51) and Pat Putnam (17), together with Horsham Trinity’s Triss Neal (34) and Ashington’s Barbara Weir (27) all performed well with the bat. Kay Price (Trinity) with 6 wickets and Chris Hobbs (Yapton) with 3 wickets were ably supported by some very good fielding.

For North Division, Gill Hemsley (Newick) 32, Ruth Hobbs (Nutley) 18 and Lynn Cottingham (27) all batted well, while Carol Browne (Nutley) with 4 wickets was their most successful bowler.

Overall, it was an occasion thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who took part, with enthusiastic and efficient fielding by both teams accounting for a, perhaps not surprising, number of 10 run outs. Clearly a question of the spirit still being willing, but the bodies not quite keeping up.

Challenge match

Following the completion of the Matterface Cup competition and the Veterans Cup games, the older generation were challenged to a 16 over game (8 overs per innings) by the Central Division juniors.

In a unique, fun game and to round off a most enjoyable day’s play where 998 runs had already been scored, the Central juniors batted first and rattled up a confident 63 against a tiring Veterans bowling line-up. For the juniors, opening bat Felicity had a fine innings of 38 not out which included four confidently struck boundaries.

With the total on 39, West Division veterans lost their first wicket when Heather Creswell was caught by skipper Grace off the formidable bowling of Jodie. However, a shock result was not on the cards, and Sue Boxall (Yapton) 41 not out and Barbara Weir (Ashington) 14 not out put the game beyond doubt by the seventh over.


Central Division Juniors 63 for 5 lost to West Division Vets 71 for 1

There are more photos from the two matches in the Photos section.

Mid Division v Kent

Sussex County Stoolball Association’s Mid Division play Kent at Ringmer on Sunday 20 July 2008 at both senior and Under 21 level.

The return games of stoolball between Kent and Sussex (represented by Mid Division) at both Senior and Under 21 level took place on the Village Green at one the game’s oldest clubs, Ringmer, which is just north of Lewes. This venue is also one of the most picturesque in Sussex and should attract a good crowd. The younger team play their match in the morning with the seniors taking over in the afternoon.

In the matches earlier this season which were held in Kent at their Chiddingstone Causeway ground, the Mid Division Under 21 teams beat their Kent counterparts by the narrow margin of just two runs in a very close game. However, the Kent senior side comfortably beat their Sussex opposition and Mid Division will want to rectify this on Sunday.

The first fixture played between the two counties dates back to 1797, when 11 ladies of Sussex (in blue ribbons) played 11 ladies of Kent (in pink ribbons) on the Common in Tunbridge Wells. The senior teams compete for the splendid Rose Bowl which was presented to Sussex by Major W W Grantham back in 1938 and apart from the war years, it has been competed for annually ever since.

(Note: this report was written before the match.)

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