Saturday 11 July 2015
Overcast skies, strong winds, occasional sunshine and one or two outbursts of rain made for a very testing day for both officials and players as teams of Year 9/10 students from Brighton, Bognor, Crawley, Hastings, Ringmer, Uckfield, Billingshurst, Angmering and Haywards Heath played on four pitches in the Sainsbury’s Sussex School Games at the Thomas Bennett playing field in Crawley on Wednesday 8 July 2015.
Playing in two groups, with matches of 4 overs in the larger group of 5 teams and 6 overs in the group with 4 teams, competition was very close between all the teams.
In Group 1, Angmering, Oathall (Haywards Heath) and The Weald (Billingshurst) all produced three wins in their opening four matches with Oathall and Angmering edging out The Weald for places in the semi-finals having scored more runs in their four qualifying matches. In Group 2, Ringmer with three straight wins and Uckfield with two wins also progressed to the semi-finals. With Oathall beating Uckfield and Angmering losing to Ringmer, the stage was set for a very testing final game.
In this game, Ringmer dismissed the entire Oathall side by the sixth ball of the final over for 44 runs. With 26 runs on the board and 2 overs remaining, it looked a certain victory for Ringmer but excellent fielding, the loss of three more wickets and some very controlled bowling by Oathall, deservedly brought them the title of 2015 Sussex Stoolball Champions for Years 9/10.
Group one (four overs)
The Regis 52 v Holy Trinity 56
Angmering 66 v Oathall 58
Oathall 66 v The Regis 36
The Weald 53 v Holy Trinity 50
The Weald 36 v Oathall 65
Angmering 48 v The Weald 49
The Regis 64 v Angmering 65
Oathall 62 v Holy Trinity 30
Holy Trinity 37 v Angmering 63
The Weald 65 v The Regis 53
Group two (six overs)
Helenswood 63 v Uckfield 98
Ringmer 94 v Dorothy Stringer 62
Helenswood 91 v Dorothy Stringer 38
Uckfield 74 v Ringmer 85
Ringmer 100 v Helenswood 68
Uckfield 156 v Dorothy Stringer 58
Oathall 69 v Uckfield 58
Angmering 43 v Ringmer 50
Final and play-offs
Oathall 44 v Ringmer 35
3rd/4th place: Uckfield 72 v Angmering 72 (medals awarded to Angmering on toss of coin)
5th/6th place: The Weald 60 v Helenswood 40
7th/8th place: Holy Trinity 62 v Dorothy Stringer 59