East Sussex Cricket League round-up: Div 4-6

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DIVISION FOUR Rottingdean 2nd XI 153-9 Isfield* 105-7

MATCH DRAWN. Put in, Rottingdean declared on 153-9 after 49.5 overs. Ryan Perry scored 69, Sam Shepherd 19, Richard Woodley 15 and Simon Clarke 15. Paul Saunders took 5-23, Steve Welfare 2-36 and James Fellows 2-59.

Isfield in reply finished on 105-7 after 43 overs. Joe Green-Powell scored 41, Connor Turner 2-4, Tim Bickmore 2-5 and Steve Johnson 2-37.

OTHER RESULTS: Eastbourne 3rd XI* 173 (40.3 ov; Siraj Mashood 77; Steve Perry 51; Neil Divall 5-35) lost to Forest Row 174-7 (49.2 ov; Steven Wright 65) by three wickets. Heathfield Park 2nd XI* 176-8 (50 ov; Terry Penfold 73) beat Little Common Ramblers 169 (34.5 ov; Peter Eames 49; Simon Briggs 2-37) by seven runs. Ringmer 2nd XI* 174 (47.1 ov; Matt Hart 84; John Daubney 3-14) beat East Dean & Friston 165 (43.4 ov; Richard Abson-Bennett 46; Martin Greenham 4-22) by nine runs. Firle 149 (49.2 ov; Andrew Staib 76; James Harwood 3-18) lost to Wadhurst 150-8 (43 ov; Dick Holland 66, Alex Reid 44; Andy Bird 5-48) by two wickets.

DIVISION FIVE

MATCH DRAWN.

Newick 2nd XI 166-7 Rotherfield* 113

NEWICK 2nd XI carried on their winning streak by beating Rotherfield by three wickets on a very damp wicket.

Visitors Newick lost the toss and were put into bat on a very soft wicket. As expected the ball was unpredictable and true bounce was nowhere to be found. Rotherfield took early wickets, and, despite Andy Wilkins’s best efforts the wicket bested him, leaving him out for 21 and Newick on 45-5 and staring an embarrassing total square in the face.

But the previous week’s hero, Scott Warren, strode to the crease and took his batting to the next level as he worked the ball to all areas of the ground.

Matt Sawyer (25) joined him and together they put a partnership of 70, putting Newick back in the driving seat. The final hurrah went to Joe Ackers Douglas with a quick-fire 16 to give Newick a commendable total of 165. Warren finished on 70. Geoff Parsons took 3-10 off eight overs.

In reply, John Baldock (20) gave Rotherfield an excellent start, making the Newick total look too small. Adam Cogley (5-33) made the breakthrough and from then on the wickets started tumbling.

Ali Gani attempted to bring the game back towards Rotherfield with a smash and grab 35, before he fell to the left arm over of Matt Mace (2-24), leaving Rotherfield with nothing in the tank. To their credit they kept on trying to win the game, but, with 20 overs to go and one wicket remaining, the result was inevitable.

Lewes St Michaels 2nd XI 143 Fletching 2nd XI* 144-7

FLETCHING beat Lewes St Michaels in a game with no intro.

Fletching won the toss and put Saints into bat. The opening pair of Phil Lucas and Steve Oliver got the innings off to a bright start with some quick singles.

The Fletching bowlers started shakily, but once they found their rhythm, were bowling well and picked up a number of wickets in succession.

Pratik Patel and Neil Morris both chipped in for St Michaels with some quick boundaries, but both failed to push on, with the pair out for 13 each. The mainstay of the Saints innings was the ever steady Phil Lucas, whose 48 from almost as many overs steadied the ship.

The bowling side gifted LSM some welcome runs through a number of wide deliveries, and the extras total ended up being Saints’ second top scorer with 44.

With only 144 needed to win, Fletching’s innings got off to a positive start with Jay Naylor (37) tp scoring and he and a number of team-mates swinging the bat to great effect.

Saints fought back well though and couple of wickets each from Andy Osmond (2-24), Matt Piller (2-42) and Steve Oliver (2-8) and a Neil Morris corker, saw the game start to get tense, with the home side seven wickets down. Saints almost looked like they might claw the game back from the brink, but ultimately the first innings total proved to be too little and Fletching hit the winning runs in the 38th over.

OTHER RESULTS: Hastings Priory 3rd XI 106 (45.5 ov; Josh Willis 32; Paul Francis 7-9 off 15) lost to Buxted Park 2nd XI* 107-8 (37 ov; Paul Francis 22; Adam Barton 4-25) by two wickets. DPB Eastbourne* 156 (45 ov; David Beck 25; Dan Goodsell 5-34) beat Pett 126 (45 ov; Conrad Giles 28; Matt Baldwin 5-2 off four overs) by 30 runs. Maresfield* 227-6 dec (48 ov; James Poplett 75; Jon Yates 3-76) beat Willingdon 2nd XI 135 (38.5 ov; Darren Peirce 25*; Mike Bradley 3-35) by 92 runs.

DIVISION SIX

Blackboys 226-4 Selmeston & Alciston* 64

BLACKBOYS enjoyed a comfortable win over Selmeston, a team they had not played since their days in the Cuckmere Valley League.

The home side won the toss and, as expected, inserted Blackboys. Forty-nine was put on for the first wicket before Keith Jenner fell for 24. Chris Turner went for 22 with the score on 75. Colin Albright consolidated the visitors’ position with a knock of 59.

However, it was Josh Barraclough, with 52 not out, and Jamie Marchant, with 48 not out, that took came away from Selemeston as Blackboys closed on 226-4 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Selmeston were positive but gave their wickets away too easily to put any pressure on Blackboys. Gary Funnell took 3-10, Colin Eade 2-2, John Britton 2-20 and Jon Milham 2-25 to condemn Selmeston to 64 all out.

Robertsbridge 2nd XI 133 Waldron* 134-0

WALDRON beat Robertsbridge 2nd XI by 10 wickets at the Cattam ground to record their first victory of the season.

Winning the toss, Waldron put the visitors into bat and, after some frustrating near misses and ill fortune, they started to take wickets. Robert Hough was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3-33 off 20 overs. Greg Dann also took three wickets (3-15 off 11.2 overs), Fred Cole two (2-48), and Tim Page-Ratcliff chipped in with a wicket, the other wicket being a run out. The only real resistance came from Paul Brett with a stubborn 25, Stuart Miller hit a quick 34 and Alvin Atkins made 20.

The Waldron batting commenced chasing 134 to win. Mark Dann quickly set about the bowling, hitting a couple of sixes into the adjoining field, while Dev Majitha, not often out-scored, happily became a spectator for a while.

The pair both carried their bats, reaching a total of 134 with an impressive display of cuts and pulls, with Dann making a fine 85 not out and Majitha 44 not out.

Hailsham 2nd XI 59 Linden Park 3rd XI* 62-7

HAILSHAM battled hard with bat and ball and fielded well throughout, but came up narrowly short of overturning the obvious disadvantage of losing the toss.

On a humid, overcast day at Hawkenbury Recreation Ground, both captains knew that the team bowling first would have the best of the conditions and therefore winning the toss would be a huge advantage. Hailsham’s stand-in skipper Gareth Morgans called heads and the coin came down tails up. Hailsham had to bat first.

The damp track and slow outfield was always going to make batting a challenge, and Hailsham got off to the worst possible start when Morgans’ sweetly-timed square cut found Hugh Turner’s safe pair of hands at point.

From then on, successive batsmen battled hard but ultimately succumbed to the erratic bowling of Linden Park. Only Jason Head managed double figures, playing trademark shots on his way to 22 before being caught at mid-off. Of the Linden Park bowlers, only Anand Veerapandian was consistently threatening, bowling unchanged and justly claiming excellent figures of 7-24.

Hailsham were all out for 59 from just 23 overs.

With tea not due for another 26 overs, Linden Park went straight back out to bat and, having seen the way Park cleaned up the Hailsham tail, captain Morgans decided shrewdy to continue with the old ball.

Despite some great fielding from Shibin Abraham and Chris Brady, Linden Park crept up to 34-0 and looked to be cruising to victory. That all changed with the introduction of Tom Walder to the attack.

Walder instantly made the batmen play a shot at every ball he bowled and the pressure was ratcheted up on the Park batsmen. Linden Park crumbled under the pressure Walder (4-10) and a rejuvenated John Storey-Tennant (3-28) as they collapsed from 34-0 to 37-7!

But tea came to the hosts’ rescue and, having consolidated during the interval, the Linden Park batsmen came out refocused and managed to grind out the required runs, reaching their target in the 33rd over.

OTHER RESULTS: Bexhill 3rd XI* 153-6 (50 ov; Richard Matthews 66; Matthew Clement 3-40) drew with Chiddingly 2nd XI (43 ov; Tim Reading 17; Sam Garland 4-15 off 13). St Peters, Brighton 2nd XI* 216-9 dec (48 ov; Richard Tongue 67, John Harvey 50; Kris Radmall 4-47) beat Stanmer 154 (43.4 ov; Ty Brandford 62; James Brooklyn 5-45) by 62 runs.