GLYNDE landed an early season blow on neighbours Lewes Priory with a narrow victory in an exciting opening day encounter at The Rec.
There were fine individual performances from both young sides, including Andrew Hartridge’s 111 off 117 for Lewes, but after Joe Adams’ 84 runs had helped Glynde set their visitors a winning target of 193, spinner Dominic Harris’ fine five wicket haul combined with the pace of Dale Tranter saw Lewes skittled out 23 runs short.
Glynde won the toss and opted to bat first, but lost Chris Blunt in the first over of the match and Robert Mouland quickly followed.
An excellent third wicket stand of 63 between Joe Adams and Dom Shepheard began the recovery before Shepheard was bowled by opposite skipper Imran Khan for 35.
Two more wickets fell quickly and Glynde were 114-5 when Stuart Mouland joined Adams at the crease and made a valuable 31. Adams was still batting well, but was dropped in the deep on 70, and his innings finally ended when he dragged onto his own stumps.
Lewes bowler Michael Murray rattled through the final four wickets and Glynde’s 192 total, just eight short of the maximum batting points, looked a bit short. Murray finished with figures of 4-65 and Khan 4-60.
Priory got off to a nightmare start as Khan edged Tranter with the second ball of the innings. Adam Scott looked promising, reaching 18, before a quick George Hobden delivery put him in a mess and Mouland made an excellent low catch.
New batsman Richard Eborn had luck on his side as the ball hit the stumps but the bails stayed on and the following over opener Hartridge smashed 14 runs, in a clear statement of intent. Poor bowling allowed Hartridge to reach his 50 and two more swishes to the rope saw him score 16 off the over.
Glynde introduced spinners to try and stem the runs, and Harris, one of those, proved key. Eborn (22) was trapped LBW, then Murray went for a duck and Rasid Khan for two.
Harris’ spin swung the match back in Glynde’s favour and when Tranter returned for a second spell, Lewes’ tail end was mopped up with relative ease, as Tranter finished things by taking out Ben Stoddart’s middle stump.
Tranter finished with figures of 4-36 and Harris 5-30, though all Glynde’s bowlers contributed to a fine bowling display, and excellent opening win.