East Sussex Cricket League round-up: Newick keep up pressure on leaders with Ditchling win

Jonathan Atkinson drives another four in his 73 for Ditchling against Newick by Ron Hill
Jonathan Atkinson drives another four in his 73 for Ditchling against Newick by Ron Hill
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Newick kept the pressure on East Sussex League leaders Rye with another maximum points victory, this time at home to third place Ditchling.

The side second in the table are still 37 points behind the top of the table side from the Salts after Rye also picked up a 30-point win, in their case away to Heathfield Park.

Inserting themselves, Rye made just 156 with James Bentley and Dan James taking three wickets apiece. But they then bowled out their hosts for 122 in 44.2 overs, Martin Blincow blitzing the Heathfield Park card with 7-34.

Ditchling won the toss at the King George V Playing Fields and elected to bat first.They made 181 in 42.2 overs, mainly thanks to opener/skipper Jonathan Atkinson’s 73.

Joe Waylett took 4-53.

The hosts then reached their target in 43.2 overs for the loss of six wickets. James Waylett was the star with the bat, making 71 while Chris Savill, Rory Leadsome and James Earwicker all took two wickets apiece. The defeat saw Ditchling drop one place to fourth. They were replaced in third place by Seaford, who have continued their inexorable rise up the table following a lower half start to the season.

They moved up two places from fifth with a 78-run win at home to midweek Oakshott Cup runners-up Buxted Park. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, going on to declare in the 46th over at 242-8.

Thomas Date smashed an outstanding 118 not out in just 91 balls, hitting 22 fours and one six in the process. Daryl Tullett weighed in with 61, also off 91 balls. Luke Miles took 4-56 and Liam Olive 4-41.

In reply, Park were all out for 164 in the 47th overs despite five players reaching double figures. Rob Raymond top scored with 41 while John Smith took 4-32 for Seaford.

Plumpton dropped one place to fifth with a draw against bottom side Ringmer.

Winning the toss and batting, Plumpton made 229-6 in 50 overs, Ross Blackford making 87 in 98 balls with eight fours and four sixes.

In reply, Ringmer finished on 153-6 in 43 overs, Neil Harris unbeaten on 54 off 70 balls.

Despite following up their Ditchling win with this draw, Ringmer found themselves further adrift after second-bottom side Iden leapfrogged third-bottom St Peters with a 10-wicket win, James Hope (SP), Phil Shanks and David White (Iden) all hitting tons.