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Journal 2013
13 September 2013
A superb all round performance from BBC reporter Phil Mackie wasn't quite enough to prevent a Cricket Without Boundaries XI falling to a five run defeat to an England Women's XI at Arundel.

The newshound – famed for his heart-rending CWB documentary recorded in Rwanda and Kenya last year– took three wickets, a run out and finished on 36 not out as the charity just failed to reach their target of 128 in a close-fought encounter.

Earlier, CWB opening bowlers Lee Booth and Luke Sellers failed to leave their charitable side off the pitch as Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont duly cashed in on some early donations.

But the introduction of Mackie brought the breakthrough as he bowled Winfield for 15 to reduce England to 31-1. At the other end Keane keyboardist and songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley had both batters playing to his tune, producing swing and seam from 'somewhere only he knows' (sorry Tim).

The return of the 'Mack' in the ninth over proved a pivotal point in the match as he signed off his three over spell with the wickets of both Claire Taylor (9) – caught by Booth - and Beaumont -bowled for 25 - to leave England on 57-3. Mackie finished with 3-12 while Rice-Oxley was unlucky not to take a wicket as he went for just 15 in his three overs.

With Danielle Wyatt and CWB competition winner Hannah Newman at the crease England added 23 for the fourth wicket before local boy Will McClaran-Clark - on for former New Zealand fast bowler Iain O'Brien - had Wyatt caught by Sellers for 13 with the score on 80.

A 16-run-stand between Newman and Sarah Taylor looked to have put England in a commanding position at 96-4. But there was no keeping Mackie out of the headlines as he broke the partnership by running out Newman for 5 to bring England skipper Charlotte Edwards to the middle.

The two experienced campaigners looked in little trouble against the spin of CWB skipper Simon Hards and McClaran-Clark but Taylor was eventually undone by the returning Booth.

Using all his tactical nous the fiery Yorkshireman unleashed a ball down the leg-side which baffled Taylor enough for her to leave her crease and CWB 'keeper Matt Weaver to do the honours by removing the bails.

Some friendly bowling by Jamie Burton – no stranger to ingratiating himself with England Women's players – allowed Edwards (12 from five balls) and Nat Sciver to accelerate the scoring in the final few overs. Burton can did eventually have Sciver caught in the deep for 9 by Rice-Oxley but he was unlucky not to have taken a wicket before that when Dave Terrace inexplicably failed to get his hand on a straight-forward chance at mid-off.

Chasing 128 to win CWB made a cautious start as Burton attempted to do his best not to be dismissed by his better half – CWB ambassador and England spinner Holly Colvin.

But this resistance lasted less than three overs as the inevitable happened and he was caught in the deep off the bowling of his girlfriend for just 4 with the score on 12.

This brought Andrew Ryan to the crease and together with Terrace they set about rebuilding the innings. Together the pair added 27 before Ryan fell for 10. At other end gangly social media guru Terrace continued to surprise and delight the CWB fans with an unusual mix of deft touches and slightly less-elegant swipes across the line. This approach saw him reach 40 with consecutive sixes before he was caught and bowled by Beaumont to leave CWB 60-3 in the twelfth over.
McClaran-Clark went shortly afterwards for 7 but this proved a blessing in disguise as it brought man of the moment Mackie to the crease alongside O'Brien. The pair added 42 with some entertaining stroke-play before Colvin struck again to dismiss the Kiwi star for 18. This left CWB needing 19 from 11 balls for a famous victory. But despite the valiant efforts of Mackie (36 not out) and Weaver they fell agonisingly short, finishing on 122-5.
In addition to the match the day also included a coaching session for local schoolgirls led by CWB coaches and the England players. And there was also an auction of memorabilia to raise money for CWB's work in Africa.

A huge CWB thanks go to Holly Colvin and Hannah Weaver for organising the game and for all the England players for turning out. We would also like to thank John Barclay and everyone at Arundel for their hospitality. Finally a big thank you to the CWB ringers –Tim, Phil and Iain – and all the spectators for their generosity and support.

3rd August 2013
clem gibson trophy 2013
On a gloriously sunny Saturday at the Arundel Castle Cricket Ground, North and South London U15’s took part in the Clem Gibson Trophy match.

South London won the toss and elected to bat. They made steady progress against the opening bowlers and by the drinks interval at 15 overs they were 70-1. The North London spinners came on and slowed the scoring rate down by taking a few key wickets. With 8 overs to go, South London were 145 – 4 and had the opportunity to push the score on. Unfortunately for them they didn’t bank on North London bowlers delivering some really tight bowling and they failed to take the opportunities when offered to them and finished on 187–5.

The North London innings started with a disaster. One of the opening batsmen got a second ball duck and the other opener went cheaply as well. At the first drinks interval, North London were 64 – 3. Fortunately, they had a middle order rally. With some solid batting from 4, 5 & 6, it pushed North London up to 175 – 6 with 5 overs to go. The players were feeling the nerves, the team coaches were pacing. Fortunately the batsmen were feeling fine and proceeded to knock off the required 13 runs to win the game. This is the first time that North London has claimed the Clem Gibson Trophy.

Both sides really enjoyed the day; the match was played in a fantastic spirit and with 29 members of Clem Gibson’s family amongst the spectators.

3rd July
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A highly successful and happy day of cricket and fundraising for the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation.

Four teams from Lansdowne Partners, Holdingham Group, Redburn Partners and SABMiller were joined by former professional cricketers, John Emburey, Alex Tudor, Henry Olonga and Alex Loudon.

Over £19,000 was raised for the Foundation and the activities it organises each year for disadvantaged youngsters from inner city areas and children with special needs. Enormous thanks to everyone who helped to make the day such fun.
2nd July
140 vulnerable youngsters and adults, aged 14-75 years, gathered at the Arundel Castle Ground for a day of cricket, picnics, bbq’s, dancing and music.  A few were able to bat balls off tees and one or two had a go at batting a moving ball.

There was a wonderful atmosphere despite the fact that, for the majority of the participants, the future looks uncertain.
18th June 2013
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BBC South Today, with presenter, Sally Taylor, and weather girl, Alexis Green, arrived at the Arundel Castle Cricket Ground today with a full tv crew to do a live broadcast of the evening regional news.  There was much excitement amongst the children from 3 special schools in Durrington, Walthamstow and Lewisham who were visiting the Foundation.  As well as the fun of being on tv, the youngsters were delighted by the cricket tea – the perfect reward for their activities on the outfield.
7th June 2013

Special Needs Programme Special Needs Programme
'I love it here so much, I'd like to stay until September' – today, children from Corbet's Tey (Upminster) and Woodfield (Brent) joined forces and played a pairs match, their first ever game with another school.  Everyone batted and bowled and had great fun.

Youngsters, aged 16/17 years, from Chailey Heritage School (East Sussex) arrived late morning.  They went round the ground in their wheelchairs, looked at the view of the river from the 'gap' and later watched the match.  Lunch was on the terrace, followed by a tour of the Castle Gardens which they loved.

A moving day amidst very troubled and disabled children.
22nd – 24th April 2013
Special Needs Programme Special Needs Programme
Joseph Clarke School for the Visually Impaired, Waltham Forest
12 children & 3 teachers arrived on Monday and stayed for two nights at Goodwood.  Yesterday was gorgeous weather and they spent the afternoon playing cricket on the beach and paddling in the sea at Littlehampton; today they are visiting the Castle.
2nd 5th January 2013
Holly Colvin

During the last week of the Christmas holidays, local children, aged 5 to 12 years, benefited from some expert coaching at the Indoor School at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground.

John Barclay was on hand to encourage the youngsters; Ryan Denyer, the Cricket Coach at Gordonstoun School, conducted the sessions with help from, amongst others, Holly Colvin – the slow, left arm bowler for England.  Owing to England team training, Holly was unable to be with us for the whole week but we hope she will be able to join us again sometime soon.

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