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Bosham Cricket Club


Village cricket in Bosham has made some positive developments over the last two years in terms of its cricket prowess, stature and involvement with the community and local business.

Our cricket club continues to perform as an important function in the lives of the local inhabitants allowing youngsters to get involved in and often progress young cricketers up through the ranks to first team cricket.


By the end of the summer of 2016, the club had completed its first full season at Home off Delling Lane for over six years. With a focussed and dedicated team of volunteers, this has encouraged villagers, players and supporters to be part of Bosham Cricket Clubs vision for the future. Hard work preparing the ground, the wicket and all other duties imaginable has already seen an improvement in the ground’s overall presentation and how the square has been playing and we hope it will become a long-term partnership to ensure that cricket will be an attraction for the next generation of village cricketers.


Currently playing in Division 8 of the Sussex Invitational League the club managed to maintain its position in the league but more importantly have had an extremely successful season, which has involved our Village community through the watching of home games and the successful fundraising ‘Big-Bash’ event.


We believe that our club provides a valuable service to the community, encouraging young people to learn the life skills that are part and parcel of playing in a team environment.


The development of a pavilion at our home ground has been an ongoing discussion point at committee meetings over recent years and we are delighted to announce that this is moving forward after meetings with local planners, the council and Sussex County Cricket Board. Whilst it had been a hard slog and we are a long way from achieving our goal, we have won over many new supporters and the club are hoping to offer greatly improved facilities that will attract more of & for the community and for younger generations to be involved in cricket for generations to come.

Watch this space for further developments.


Our Senior Winter Cricket net sessions have started and are every other week; come along and join in, the more the merrier.

Venue: Bishop Luffa School (Sports Centre)



Dates: 23/02/17, 09/03/17, 23/03/17, 06/04/17


Information regarding Junior Sessions will follow in next month’s magazine.

If you have any questions please contact Club Secretary, Martin Farrell on

Bosham Football Club


Andy Probee’s side have made a fantastic start to their Southern Combination Division Two campaign, winning their first twelve games in all competitions – ten of which in the League – to sustain their top position in the table into November. It’s been raining goals at Walton Lane, with 47 amassed in the League, and top goal scorer, Marco Giambelardini with 19 of to his name. The club received the ‘Team of the Month’ award for September and October, and are still also in the Division Two Cup quarter-finals, and Sussex Intermediate Cup last 16.

December throws up the first local derby, away at fellow high-flying neighbours Sidlesham on Boxing Day at 11am – with the two sides potentially meeting in the semi-final of the League cup, too, should they get past their respective opponents int he next round. Full December fixtures: 3rd, Rottingdean Village (away), 2pm; 10th, Shoreham U21 or Westfield (Sussex Int Cup Rnd 4, home), 1.30pm; 17th, Rustington (home), 2pm; 26th, Sidlesham (away), 11am.

The reserves have found it tough going to adjust to life in a very competitive Wyvern Combination East Division, with Frank Antony making a return to the club following the departure of last season’s manager, Danny Mullen. Our two youth teams have enjoyed good starts in the Arun & Chichester Youth League, with our u16’s riding high in the ‘C’ Division courtesy of 16 goals from two games against East Preston and Rustington Otters respectively; while John Stead’s u18’s are mid-table  of the ‘B’ Division with a notable 5-3 victory against Bognor Regis Town Youth – Harry Lidster scoring his second hat-trick in three games against the Rocks.

Off the field, the club continues to progress, with summer grants from the Big Society Fund (see photo) and Bosham Parish Council enabling the purchase of ground maintenance and equipment; a new pitch perimeter barrier, a bar shutter and external storage. Meanwhile, Player/ Manager and Groundsman, Andy Probee, received Sussex County FA’s ‘Groundsman of the Year’ award for Step 7 clubs, in recognition of the excellent playing surface.



Club Chairman, Alan Price, presents a club shirt to Roger Weymouth, of Automatic Gate Systems, the club’s new lead sponsor for the 2016/17 season (Photo: Gordon Webb).


Defender Callum Fewell is surrounded by his team mates in celebration, after scoring in his side’s 2-2 draw at Upper Beeding (Photo: Kyle Hemsley)

ks16000962-1 Spt Bos Present phot kate Alan Price receives a certificate from Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council and Nigel Hogben, member of the parish council.ks16000962-1

Players and club officials line-up with West Sussex County Council Leader, Cllr Louise Goldsmith and Bosham Parish Councillor, Nigel Hogben, to present the club with a certificate to recognise their success Big Society Fund grant bid. The Robins secured £10,400 in funding for pitch renovation, a new pitch perimeter barrier, a new sit-on mower, new line marking equipment and a new bar shutter for the clubhouse (Photo: Kate Shemilt, Chichester Observer)


Featured image: The Robins line-up in their new kit, sponsored by Automatic Gate Systems: BACK ROW (l-r): Alan Price (Chairman), Jake Lafferty, MarcoGiambelardini, Pat Bulbeck, Kieran Magee, Callum Fewell, Ollie Gilbert, Bradley Miles, Jon White (Physio), Mat Jackson (GK Coach); FRONT ROW (l-r): Graeme Dowden, Matt Docherty, Grahame Vick (Head Coach), Andy Probee (Manager), Neil Redman (Assistant Manager), James Wilson (Club Captain), Louis Bell, Alex Barnes (Photo: Gordon Webb).

Salthill Cricket Club


Big win for Salthill after tricky start. An overcast afternoon and a bowler friendly wicket at the Fishbourne Centre, home of Salthill CC and Peterfield II. Petersfield won the toss and put Salthill in to bat and it looked to be the correct decision when both openers were removed cheaply with E Bayliss taking both wickets. Scot Richardson and Nick Bishop steadied the ship however taking Salthill for 7-2 to 66-3 when Richardson was dismissed for 21. Bishop continued what he started with Rupert Fisk joining him both scoring at quick rates to finish on 44 and 43 respectively. Then Salthill’s batting wobbled losing the next 3 wickets for 6 leaving Salthill on 147-7. However the tail end contributed to another 54 runs for the loss of 2 wickets as Salthill finished on 195-9. Petersfield II’s battling started strong with C Salmon and D Squires making a 27 run partnership. However James Cox made the vital breakthrough in the 8th over, bowling Squires on the wicket that was offering plenty for the bowlers. Captain Ashley Court delivered very tight bowling at the other end, bowling 3 maidens and a double wicket maiden in 7 overs before finishing on 2-21 leaving Petersfield II on 27-3 in the 9th over. With Salthill’s opening bowlers exposing the Petersfield II’s middle order, Steve King and Ryan Dawntry continued where Court and Cox had left off, taking 3-38 and 3-3 respectively. R Dawntry’s figures of 3-3 was a very impressive start to his senior cricket figures, turning 18 on the day of the game. With Petersfield II’s on 89-9, Jack Hardman came on to see the game off taking the final wicket with his 3rd ball to complete an impressive win for Salthill CC. Salthill have now played 4 league games, winning 3 of them, as they look for a top half finish after promotion last season.

Bosham FC


A spectacular second half goal from Nick Edgington capped a super team display as Bosham retained the Division 2 Cup against AFC Varndeanians.


The Robins become the first side since the SCFL’s inception in 1983/84 to win the competition in consecutive seasons, in beating the League champions 2-1 on a momentous night at Storrington.


Bosham went into the game without captain James Wilson – recovering from an ACL knee injury – and leading goal scorer, Alex Barnes – but it didn’t dispirit the team who put in a hard-working performance from the off, with Giambelardini’s opener right before the break giving Andy Probee’s side the momentum they needed to go on and lift the trophy for a fourth time.


However it could have been very different as Charlie Young smashed against the crossbar early on, with Varndean pressing to put their own stamp on the final, in what was otherwise a fairly even first half, with two decent footballing sides largely cancelling each other out in the middle of the park.


Enter long-serving midfielder, Edgington who gave the travelling support some relief with Bosham’s crucial second on 62 minutes – and in some style.


Good work from Ryan Hillier down the right saw his lofted ball in come at the perfect height for Edgington to see his overhead kick loop over stranded Varndeanians ‘keeper, Connor Berwick.


Varndean brought on three substitutes with noticeable impact – and made for a nervy ending when left-back Ellis Hull hit a daisy-cutter into the bottom corner beyond the dive of ‘keeper, Kieran Magee, who was also called into action with a diving stop from prolific marksman, Jack Langford.


George Bunch received his marching orders right at the death for serious foul play, taking out Graeme Dowden on half-way with Bosham man’s path through on goal checked, and Bosham ran down the clock to secure a momentous victory for the club.


It made for a happy end to a League campaign which started with so much promise, before a prolonged spell out owing to the weather left the reds playing catch-up – amassing 11 games in April alone! Only two reverses in this time resulted in a sixth place finish in what was one of the most competitive leagues for many seasons, and signing-off with a cup victory against the champions will ensure they go into 2016/17 as one of the favourites to take the League scalp themselves.


Danny Mullen’s reserves have come on in leaps and bounds this season – hitting the ground running with no real pre-season, he has developed a squad who have gone on to hold their own in the West Division ending with three wins from their last four.


Meanwhile the club’s commitment to youth produced a great performance from the newly formed under 15’s in their first season – a fourth placed finish in Division ‘C’ of the Arun & Chichester League, while three of John Stead’s under 18’s have gone on to make their reserve team debuts this season. Football Foundation funding has also contributed to under 15 managers, Rick Kennett and Chris Rustell obtaining their FA Level 1 coaching badges.


Andy Probee won the FA’s Southern Region award for Step 7 Groundsman of the Year for a third time, with the Walton Lane pitch seeing significant investment over the summer to renovate, thanks to a West Sussex County Council ‘Big Society’ Fund grant. A new bar shutter, pitch line marker, perimeter barrier and external storage has also been ordered.


The club’s match programme has once again been acknowledged in the Soccer Club Swap Shop awards – being named 21st best in the country from 585 entries – remarkable given the limited resource and volunteer contributions.


A successful evening was also had at the Bosham Parish Assembly, where we showcased our club amongst the local community – thank you to all those who attended and came to say hello!


Bosham Football Club are giving local businesses an opportunity to share in our continued progress, in offering a range of exciting sponsorship and advertising packages for the 2016/17 season – including the main club (shirt) sponsor. Please contact us: for more info.



A Busy Weekend For Salthill CC

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On a warm summers day, Salthill travelled to Emsworth looking to continue there run of 6 wins in a row. Skipper Court won the toss and decided to bat first. Salthill made a promising start before loosing S. Richardson for 5. L.Dawtrey 58 and A.Court 39 put together a good partnership before both falling in quick succession leaving the score on 133. Some steady batting from the Middle order got Salthill to 195-7. Emsworth made a slow start in reply loosing opener R.Windebank for 4. Emsworth were unfazed and steadily chipped away at the total! D.Wells 2-25 kept salthill just in the game with a tight spell and some good fielding from P.Elsbury left Emsworth on 186-6 with 3 overs left! L.Dawtrey took a double wicket maiden with the help of a worldie of a catch from R.Fisk! Skipper Court took the final 2 wickets in 3 balls to leave Emsworth all out 3 short of the victory total! A stunning comeback from Salthill make it 7 wins in a row and all but secure promotion! Salthill welcome Hayling Island for the final game of the season and hope to finish in style!!
Salthill cc held their much anticipated, 3rd open day on Sunday August the 16th at the Fishbourne centre…The open day was raising funds jointly for the cancer charity, St Wilfrids Hospice and Salthill cc
The weather was kind allowing the village cricket match, Salthill cc vs Fishbourne Batters to take place..The match was played in a very entertaining spirit of which the crowd of 200 plus people enjoyed thoroughly, many people bringing and setting up picnics and just enjoying the atmosphere..Salthill were the narrow winners, the real winners though were the good causes mentioned.
Following the barbeque the much anticipated huge draw took place where many excellent prizes, donated by so many businesses were raffled off to lucky winners.
Organizer of the open day, Andy Beal said he would like to thank all the people who donated all the wonderful prizes which helped to raise  monies in excess of £1,600 being raised, (More monies, though raised in the Hospice collection boxes)  for St Wilfrids Hospice and Salthill cc..Andy also said he would like to thank all the people who gave up their time to make this event such a success for the 3rd year running, plans are already being made for the 4th open day in 2016

Match Report: Salthill CC vs Bosham CC

The idyllic setting of a sunbathed field in Bosham hosted this season’s most anticipated cricket game, between local rivals Bosham CC and Salthill CC.

Having won the toss, Salthill elected to bowl on a dry and green wicket opening up with A. Court and R. Dawltry. The decision to bowl first quickly paid dividends as Court took his first wicket in the 4th over with an edge to wicketkeeper S. Richardson. This early wicket sparked a small batting collapse from Bosham as Court and Dawltry took a steady flow of wickets to leave Bosham at 44-5 off of 12 overs. Dawltry was particularly impressive during his 4th over with the removal of both D. McLean and J. Cox and leave the Bosham’s middle order exposed. D. Wells followed the trend of some very tight Salthill bowling by removing the middle order, finishing with figures of 4-0-8-4. Bosham were finally all dismissed for 61 in the 23rd over after some strong resistance from the tail. An incredible bowling and fielding performance from Salthill left them chasing the small total 62 to win the game.

Salthill made a solid start to their innings swiftly moving onto 30-0 until L. Dawltry gloved a rising ball to Bosham’s wicketkeeper. A. Wallsgrove top scored with 21 with some good support coming from S. Richardson and N. Bishop as Salthill eased towards the winning total. Some misguided batting lead to the fall of 2 wickets towards the end of Salthills innings but in the end they met their target of 62 with consummate ease in the 14th over.

A very strong win for Salthill against fierce local rivals Bosham which sees them move up to 7th in the Hampshire Regional Division 2 South league.

Scott Wilson

Saturday Match Report


Salthill entertained Burridge 3’s on a sunny afternoon. Burridge won the toss and decided to field. A.Wallsgrove 46 and L.Dawtrey 60 got off to a good start putting on 67 for the first wicket!  A.Court 29 and N.Bishop 36 got momentum going with quick fire knocks leaving salthill 160-3. Wickets fell regularly due to accurate bowling E.Roberts 2-45 and D.Friend 2-36 resulting to Salthill posting 230-7 of 42 overs! Salthill took to the field and made a promising start, R.Dawtrey 1-33 bowling tightly backed up by S.Wilson 1-19 and L.Dawtrey 2-28! The visitors’ middle order began to make a fight back with D.Field top scoring with 60! Leaving them needing 100 off the last 10 overs! Some good catching from N.Bishop and tight bowling from A.Court 2-29 led Salthill to a 68 run victory! Salthill look to continue their good run with a derby match against Bosham next week.

Match Report – Steep II CC v Salthill CC

A wonderful setting and great weather for a good afternoons cricket high in the South Downs and the game did not disappoint. Steep II won the toss and elected to bat first in the baking sunshine on a perfect batting strip and got off to a flying start scoring 46 in the first 5 overs thanks to some electrifying batting by M.Burkie. Salthill’s bowlers kept preserving and Burkie finally fell for 64 in the 9th over edging R.Daultry to deep gully with a well taken catch from P.Elsbury. Salthill tightened up the bowling from this point, with J. Holder and S. King holding up an end each, and Steep struggled to keep their fast paced start on track but wickets were still at a premium. Drinks came and went and in the 23rd over S. Wilson got his reward for some tight bowling with an lbw to bring it to 121-2. Steep continued to pick up runs and some fine bowling by R. Fisk picked up 2 more wickets, a few more wickets fell and steep finished there 42 overs at 239-7.


Salthill’s batting got off to a solid start, chasing 240 to win, with A. Wallsgrove scoring a quick 24 before being caught at mid-on. P. Elsbury also opened the batting for Salthill and made his way to a commanding 52 before falling just before drinks. J. Holder and N. Bishop took to the wicket to put on Salthill’s next 89 runs with an impressive 3rd wicket partnership with Holder looking solid whilst Bishop got on top and dominated the bowling . With Salthill on 180-3, after Holder was removed for 31, with 8 overs to go, 60 runs looked a tall order but G. Hibbert came in to score a quick 20 from 11 balls. Bishop fell for 80 in the 39th before captain S. Richardson came in to finish of the game with Hibbert with the winning runs scored in the 40th over. An impressive win for Salthill with good displays from bat and ball and an incredible game of cricket all round.

SOTON II’s vs Salthill cc Match Report

Salthill were home again, Southampton community II’s with only 2 wins this season, game played on a rapid outfield in 27degrees!

Southampton batted first, Ashley and Mike Rooke bowled steadily, an early drop, 4 an over, but combining to remove the opener (one of 4 Ashley Court catches) at the 49 mark, another 12 runs and the other opener run out by Rupert Fisk. The Southampton number 3 (Jesul) batted through and was the 8th wicket to fall for a top score on the day of 42. Adrian Elsbury  was brought on to bowl in the 9th over and was roughly treated conceded 35 runs off 4 overs (3×4 3×6) before giving way to Dave Wells who conceded 31 runs off his 4 overs, Dave struggled (4×4 1×6) to bowl into a gusting wind that at times blew the sight screen along the path like a dinghy in full sail. The ever reliable Steve King came on at the other end and took 2 for 26 before Rupert and Liam Dawtrey finished off the bowling with 2 for 35 and 2 for 22 respectively. Steve is probably dealing with dislocated fingers this morning after being hit at slip by a ball that came off the edge twice as fast as Rupert delivered it. Salthill stuttered throughout the innings, conceding 170 runs from 38 boundaries,  every bowler conceding at least 9 runs in an over.

Replying to 240 Salthill made a steady start Alec Wallsgrove and Liam compiling 31 for the first wicket before Alec (13) was dismissed shortly followed by Rupert for a duck, Liam (11), Ashley (4) and Patrick Elsbury(1). Surprisingly Damian Koblintz (top scorer on 17) and Adrian put on the largest stand of our innings (35!) before Adrian couldn’t resist driving at the straight one (minus a leg bail). Mike Rooke batted out to the end for a creditable 8, Steve (4) and Dave finished off his day with a golden duck, Andy Beal came in as last man and smashed us past another batting point with 2 fours! Finishing on 110 all out with just 14 fours on an outfield that shot every mishit and edge to the boundary, very disappointing, but after defeating league leaders last week, Salthill were hoping to build on last weeks victory




On a hot and sunny day, Salthill lost the toss and Invited to bat after failing to chase down 94 last week anything could happen.

Petersfield (played 6 won 6) started at about 7 runs an over Ashley court and Ryan dawtrey contributing to funds with a couple of 10 run overs. The ball was disappearing across a ”lightning” outfield to all parts. Steve King and Dave Wells offered the batsman a different challenge and under more pressure and some brilliant fielding from Patrick Elsbury the ever threatening Rice (58) was run out following a pick-up and diving throw. King dismissed the other opener, Austin (32) (an amazing one handed return catch!) , Dave Wells bowled well and gave up a miserly 18 runs from his 7 overs (match changing on the day). Anscombe batted resolutely for a deserved 51 but with the opening 3 contributing 141 the next 8 batsmen struggled to add a further 64, with Ryan Dawtrey’s second spell taking 4 for 12 runs and Rupert Fisk taking 3 for 28 the innings closed on 216 all out.

Salthill started as normal Alec Wallsgrove getting a good ball 2nd up, 1 for NOUGHT! Ashley Court (48) was joined by Scott Richardson and from that point steady progress was made. Significant contributions from all, notably Luke Carter (23), Patrick Elsbury (33), Rupert Fisk (34*) and Jack Holder finishing 37 not out the target was reached with a confidence belying Salthill’s recent batting horrors and with 6 overs to spare. Simpson and Rice slowed progress and Charles took 3 for 43 but to no avail. Salthill completed a 5 wicket win and adjourned to the bar. The game was played in the best of spirit with consistently fair umpiring from the first run out adjudged by Petersfield’s umpires and continuing without the league blight of leg side wides –very enjoyable, though the weather and multiple drinks sessions did help.


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