Depleted Hellingly lose by one wicket in local derby with Herstmonceux

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East Sussex Cricket League Division Eight

Hellingly 3rd XI 115-6 Herstmonceux 2nd XI* 119-9

HELLINGLY lost by one wicket in this local derby with Herstmonceux.

With a somewhat depleted team, Hellingly travelled the short trip to face fellow promoted side Herstmonceux on a beautiful sunny day.

The home side won the toss, and asked Hellingly to wave the willow first. The visitors got off to a superb start, with captain Luke Boorer (23) showing his usual aggressive batting style. But with two quick wickets tumbling at the other end, Hellingly were in a bit of trouble.

This brought the return of former captain Rupert Harbour who built a much-needed partnership of 38 with young opening batsman David Williams (47 not out). Williams carried his bat all through the innings, batting for just under three hours. Hellingly finished on 115-6 with Sam Heady (2-6) and Paul Sandells (2-16) taking two wickets apiece.

Herstmonceux, on the other hand, started at a slower rate, with only captain Ian Jones (25) making double figures out of the top six batsman. This was largely down to the slow left arm of Chris Morris (2-36) and pace bowler Adam Pye (5-15).

Boorer (2-26) was the other bowler to pick up wickets as Herstmonceux scrambled over the line with one wicket to spare, along with just 15 balls. This win was down to Brendan Hobden (25) and Liam Baitup (26) whose composure and patients sealed the win.

Seaford 3rd XI 231-5 Crowborough 2nd XI 201-8 (14 points)

SEAFORD had the better of this draw against Crowborough as they replaced their opponents at the top of Division 8.

After being put in, the hosts got off to a good start, with Colin Goddard and Gavin Wright (29) putting on 68 for the first wicket. Goddard (48) played the anchor role, putting on 37 with Jon Pitts (24) before he was fifth out with the score on 146.

Jack Chaloner (63 not out) and Chris Pope (39 not out) then put on 89 in 12 overs with a mixture of good shots and hard running, both getting their best senior scores as Seaford posted 235-5 from their 50 overs. Mark Grunwell took 2-22.

In reply, Seaford picked up early wickets. But then Crowborough skipper Dave Burns, with a hard hit 60, and Adam Slack (56) threatened to take the game away from Seaford with a partnership of 92 – before Bernard Lewis (4-40) returned to bowl both.

In the end Seaford did not bowl well enough to defeat a very good Crowborough side and had to settle for the draw as they finished on 201-8. Jon Robards took 2-42.

Battle 2nd XI 211-3 Wadhurst 2nd XI* 194-6

AFTER three aborted attempts to get a match underway due to the wet weather and leaky pipes, Battle 2nd XI finally got their season underway with this draw at Wadhurst.

Battle were asked to bat first in the gathering warmth of the early afternoon. Skipper Stuart Reeves played some silky shots for 39 but the real stars with the bat for Battle were Phil Harrod (47) and Tony Boardman (84 not out), who put on 95 for the third wicket. Reeves declared the innings with an over to spare as Iain Bell took 2-60.

A destructive innings by Bell (70) who cut gave his side a real chance but when he was out the game shifted and Battle themselves sensed a real chance. But in the end, a draw seemed a fair result. Leigh Tullett took 4-36.

OTHER RESULTS: Barcombe 2nd XI conceded at home to Stanmer 2nd XI. Chiddingly 3rd XI conceded at home to Rye 2nd XI.