School Cricket Match Visit

On Friday 25 May, the staff members of the PE department plus 34 pupils from Year 7 to 9 visited Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove to watch a Royal London one day cricket match against Middlesex CCC.

Upon arrival the boys sat in their front row seats and watched the teams warm up under the hot sun. It was a great way to see how professional sportsmen prepared for a match and to see that the professionals go through the same process as the school sports team to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for battle. Only the personnel (4 or 5 coaching staff) and equipment differs from the warm up that we, as PE teachers try to instil in all of our young athletes.

The match started with Middlesex batting who quickly accumulated runs with great hitting and quick running between the wickets. A small boundary saw plenty of fours and sixes and both openers soon passed 50. The first wicket to fall was Nick Gubbins who scored 86 and the partnership was worth 198 - a huge and brilliant opening stand. Batmen then came and went including England one day captain Eoin Morgan, not before hitting a huge six into the crowd. Middlesex ended up scoring 288 for 4 from their 50 overs.

During the 40 minute interval the pupils were allowed on the outfield to play cricket on the lush green surface, in a fun session of kwik cricket and a meet up with Sid the Shark, the Sussex CCC mascot. Some of the batting and bowling from the Forest school boys was equal to the professionals, and I’m pretty sure the Sussex CCC coaches picked up some tips from the boys big hitting and fast bowling, which easily matched the game for quality

Following the break we were able to watch the first few overs of the Sussex innings before departing back to Horsham. In that time Sussex lost two wickets and scored only a few runs. They were always up against the clock and the fast bowling of Steven Finn. Middlesex ran out comfortable winners in the end.  

During the day the pupils were allowed to spend time in the cricket nets, visit the Sussex CCC shop and they were fortunate enough to meet many of the players to get autographs.

We all had a fantastic time in the Hove sun, a shame that we couldn't see a Sussex win.

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