This week it was literally impossible to pick a Mansell McTaggart Player of the Week so we picked eight!
In the fight for promotion to the Prem, every game is massive and Louis Storey and Morne Louw opening up with a 225-run opening stand is one way to take the pressure off! It was in fact a record stand for the First XI, topping Tim Jarvis and James Howgate’s 199 (not out) for the third wicket against Arundel in 2014 and Tim Jarvis and Tom Chambers’ opening stand of 192 against Goring II in 2017.
In the Second XI three of our ‘tail-enders’ excelled taking the Seconds from the brink of defeat at 116-8 to a one-wicket victory at 223-9! Ludo Milne scored 68 at number 9, George Bryans 27 not out at number 10 and Dylan Trevelyan-Clark 23 not out at number 11. A remarkable turn around against the top team, Horsham, in the division.
In the Thirds Toby Taylor’s 61 runs and three catches were pivotal in the four-wicket win over season long Division leaders Storrington.
Finally Paul Hutchinson scored 103 against division leaders Hindu Unity and Matthew Farnes chipped in with 37 quick and vital runs before holding his nerve in the final over with the ball. Hindu Unity needed 7 to win from 6 balls with 4 wickets remaining when Matthew was handed the ball. What followed was nothing short of extraordinary. Wicket. Run-out. Dot. Wicket. Dot. Wide. Wicket. The Fourth XI won by just four runs.
These eight remarkable performances all deserve Player of the Week status this week not only for the performances themselves but in the context and importance of the games themselves. Well done all of you and the supporting cast. So many big performances across the club this week. Too many to mention.