THE first of this week’s matches in the Lewes league saw local bragging rights at stake as Lewes Priory 2s took on their exalted clubmates, the 1s.
Batting first, Priory 1s had an early setback when skipper Tom Sharp was run out without scoring, but some strong batting from Chris Baker (30*) with support from Adam Scott and Mike Murray helped 1s recover steadily. However, tight leg spin bowling from Sam Telford, supported by Brad Hamlin, kept the rate in check and 1s would probably have liked a bit more than their 104 off of their 10 overs.
In reply, 2s made a steady start with Nick Seager (27*) and Richard Eborn (21) putting on 60 for the first wicket, but with two overs remaining, a further 28 runs were needed. From this point on, 2s ran every ball to squeeze home off the penultimate ball.
Staying on in the second game, 2s batted first this time against unbveaten Chiddingly and again had a good start with Eborn (25*) and Seager (27*) again scoring well. Again there was good acceleration at the tail with Sam Telford (25*) and Mike Bonsor (17*) again running every ball at the close to set a target of 119.
After an early wicket, Ed Monnington (21) and John Deverill (22) were making a game of it, buit key run outs meant neither got to 25 and retiring, building the pressure on the other batsmen. Good bowling again from Telford (1-21) and Hamlin (1-31) gradually pushed Chiddingly further and further behind the run rate to close on 90.
Priory 1s then put Uckfield into bat in the next game and were rewarded for some sharp fielding with two early run outs from which Uckfield never really recovered. Mark Greenslade (41*) was the sole batting success for Uckfield, but Priory managed to run all six batsmen out such was the intensity that they brought to bear. And with good bowling from Jordan Shaw (three overs for 15) this meant Uckfield could only manage 85. In reply, Adam Scott (21), Tom Sharp (27*) and Chris Baker (25*) all batted well as Priory romped home in seven overs.
The final game now saw the two previously unbeaten sides both looking to avoid losing their second game of the season in a game that see-sawed repeatedly. Uckfield again stuttered, and this time were reliant upon Chris Brady (33*) and Geoff Carter (21) for the bulk of their 85. Ali Scan took two wickets for Chiddingly for 19, but also bowled an extra over in extras! Chasing, Chi started well, but after Ed Minnington was run out for 23, there was a bit of a stutter. However, Ramser (24*) stepped up with support from the lower order to see them home by two wickets.