DIVISION TEN Laughton 2nd XI* 190 Ringmer 3rd XI 122-8
MATCH drawn. Ringmer’s new captain Andy Saunders won the toss and asked Laughton to bat on what turned out to be a surprisingly warm afternoon. Darren Lanius bowled a very controlled opening spell of 14 overs but it was James Peck who took the bowling honours for the away side, spinning his way to 6-26 off nine overs
Laughton registered a total of 190 all out off 48 overs, with Tom Page and Mark Buttifant the two batting stars for the home side scoring 56 and 60 respectively.
In reply, Ringmer lost early wickets with Fergie Richardson bowling a full, probing length – and he reduced Ringmer to 28-4 at one stage.
Thankfully for Ringmer James Peck came to the rescue for the away side scoring a dogged 33 not out and he was supported by Darren Lanius and Chris Gear who both scored 18
Fergie Richardson finished with excellent figures of 4-28 off 18 overs but there was a very fitting climax to the match with James Peck (33 not out) hitting a sumptuous cover drive off the final ball to earn Ringmer a batting point. Ringmer finally posted 122-8 wickets to earn the draw.
Uckfield Anderida 2nd XI* 188-5 Maresfield 2nd XI 82
UCKFIELD Anderida 2nd XI belatedly started life back in the East Sussex League with a comfortable 106-run win over local rivals Maresfield seconds.
Having been asked to bat, Anderida’s Nick Huntley and captain Matt McCallum made good, steady progress, reaching 67 before Huntley was trapped lbw by Chris Pullen for 32.
McCallum fell in identical fashion for 43, leaving Uckfield 87-3 before Will Taylor and Andrew Turner added 74 for the fourth wicket, a partnership broken by Sam Aldis having Taylor caught at backward point by Peter Smyth.
Only one more wicket fell as Uckfield made 188-5 in their 50 overs, Turner scoring 47 not out.
The accuracy of Uckfield’s bowling attack was always likely to cause a Maresfield team lacking match practice problems, and so it proved. Malcolm Smith, with 19, and Derek Barnard (10) were the only men to make double figures, with Extras joint top scorer on 19.
Turner proved particularly frugal, bowling eight overs for just nine runs, and also claiming five wickets for great figures.
Neil Boniface also bowled superbly, claiming 3-16 from 11 overs, before 16-year-old Oskar Ainley bowled his school friends Aldis and Matt Standley as Maresfield were dismissed for 82.
OTHER RESULTS: Lewes Priory 3rd XI conceded v Hastings Priory IV*; Linden Park 4th XI 112 lost to Mayfield 2nd XI* 114-2 by eight wickets; Pevensey 2nd XI* 163-9 (50 ov; Lance Gearing 24; Louis Barron 2-13) drew with Glynde & Beddingham 4th XI 103-9 (43 ov; Garry Cox 42; Jake Lambert 1-15).
Sidley 3rd XI 212-8 Seaford 4th XI* 73
SIDLEY were the visitors to a surprisingly windless Salts on Saturday but Seaford were still blown away in this Division Eleven fixture.
Seaford won the toss and chose to field which, after the away openers Phil Oxburrow (30) and David Taylor (69) had put on a century partnership, seemed the wrong choice.
Then, bowling in tandem, the experienced Steve Hearsey (3-63) and Paul Brown slowed the run rate and wickets started to fall. With good catches being taken by Ben Brown and George Baker and good ground fielding by the young Seaford side, Sidley’s innings ended on 212-8 from their full 50 overs. U14 Mason Webb (2-24) claimed his first wickets for the adults with a good spell of spin bowling.
A good start was needed to the home team’s reply but the first three batsman were soon back in the pavillion, Mark Hopkinson (3-33) doing the damage. Baker (13) and Michael Brady (20) led the fightback but Andy Pearson (6-22) soon made major inroads to Seaford’s middle order.
Webb and U13 Deiniol Cummins held up the Sidley victory defending bravely but the Seaford were bowled out for 73 in 33.3 overs.
With six players, under the age of 15 (all of whom are gaining valuable experience against much older players: Sidley had just one player under 19), the future looks to be far from gloomy at Seaford.
Robertsbridge 3rd XI 124 Willingdon 3rd XI* 94
ROBERTSBRIDGE beat their hosts in a low-scoring affair at Willingdon picturesque ground at Jevington.
It was no surprise that when the toss was lost they were asked to bat. What was a surprise was that the openers, Alastair Neill (22) and Nick Moor (23), managed to put on an opening stand of 50 which matches the age that they both reach this year!
A mini collapse followed, no great surprise there, but Steve Whittaker (23 not out) and Glen Wells (27) helped to push the score to 124 all out from 46.5 overs.
Tim Ody (5-26) and Mark Shimmons (3-24) took the wickets but a youthful attack backed them up well.
In Willingdon’s reply, Richard Moore was delighted to take a wicket with his first ball, a ball that stayed low in a similar manner to the ball that had removed him in Bridge’s innings.
Then it was over to the talents of Glen Wells (21-12-19-6) to take the team to victory. Not only did he take these wickets but he ran out Willingdon top scorer Shimmons (27) with a direct hit at the bowler’s end from short fine leg.
A mature innings from George Pantrey (15 not out) saw his team to within 30 runs but he ran out of partners and the 30 points went back to The Clappers.
OTHER RESULTS: Heathfield Park 3rd XI 69 (28.3 ov; Peter Cole 22; Andre Samuel 4-8 in nine overs) lost to Firle 2nd XI* 71-4 (Mark Ridpath 37*; Anton Theepan 3-28) by six wickets. Newhaven 3rd XI conceded vs Newick 3rd XI*. Pett 2nd XI 72 (18.5 ov; Colin Stanton 54; James Bunday 6-14) beat Crowhurst Park 3rd XI 68 (38 ov; Dan Flanagan 23; John Fitton 4-12 off 11) by four runs.
Uckfield Anderida III 73, Hellingly IV 42*
UCKFIELD Anderida’s 4th XI were bowled out for just 73 but Hellingly’s 4th XI still failed to complete the job. Hellingly opted to bowl first having won the toss and two good run outs secured the wickets of openers Rob Coates and Dan Ritman (12). Uckfield skipper Chris Moore remained at the crease while wickets fell frequently at the other end. Moore was eventually bowled for 36 by Rory Mullen, who finished with figures of 2-30, while John Ottley took 5-23. Hellingly had fielded well and restricted their opponents to just that 73.
However, Hellingly struggled to find any rhythm in their reply and lost wickets regularly. Uckfield fielded well, taking seven catches, while Hellingly really struggled to get the required runs and in the end were skittled out for 42, Brian Booth top scoring with 11. Matt Greenslade took 6-18 off 14 overs, while Vishru Nambisseryklam and Ritman both taking two apiece. It was an undesirable result for Hellingly after doing so well in the first half, and then failing to finish the job in the second.
OTHER RESULTS: Bexhill 5th XI* 161 (overs unspecified; Steve Phillimore 100*; Bill Anderson 2-46) beat Rye 3rd XI 60 (overs unspecified; Pete Thomson 21; Alex Murray 2-7) by 101 runs. Hailsham 3rd XI vs DPB Eastbourne 2nd XI cancelled. Lewes St Michaels 3rd XI* 141 lost to Mayfield 3rd XI by three wickets. St Peters, Brighton 4th XI* 85 (21 ov; Jamie Crawford 6-32) lost to Wadhurst 3rd XI 86-4 (Barry Merchant 14; Graham Parker 3-9) by six wickets.
Hailsham 4th XI* 77 Buxted Park 4th XI 81-2
Hailsham lost the toss and were put into bat first. With a very slow outfield, making runs was not going to be easy and so this proved. With some excellent bowling by the Buxted Park openers, Hailsham were bowled out for 77, despite a handy mid-innings partnership between Luke Evans and Tyler Scrafton, who both scored an innings best of 11. The second half of the match was an uphill struggle for Hailsham but the team have to be admired for their persistence. Opening bowler Ben Osborne took the first wicket in the third over and things looked hopeful. Buxted Park were not in a hurry to score runs and it wasn’t until the 13th over that the next wicket fell when the batsman took a thick edge off Ryan Meechan and Vince Rose took a lofted catch at gully. But that was it and Buxted Park won the match by eight wickets.
DIVISION THIRTEEN: Little Common Ramblers 3rd XI 78 (33 ov; Kevin Feakins 19; George Beal 4-16) beat Bells Yew Green 4th XI* 68 (25 ov; James Knight 19; Steve Cornford 5-40, Lloyd Stickells 4-23) by 10 runs. Sidley 4th XI 161-8 (50 ov; Mark White 47, Philip Crittenden 40; Duncan White 4-19) lost to Tunbridge Wells Borderers 3rd XI* 162-0 (37.4 ov; Guy Core 55*, Graham Bishopp 68*) by 10 wickets. Crowhurst Park 4th XI* 128 (28.4 ov; Fox Parker 56; Curtis Pattenden 4-13) lost to Newick 4th XI 132-6 (28 ov; Alex Pewter 23; Dan Hackett 2-21) by four wickets.