Glynde slip to just above the drop zone after Pulborough defeat

1st XI Division Two Glynde & Beddingham* 138 Pulborough 141-8

GLYNDE slipped four places in Division Two after this low-scoring two-wicket defeat at home to Pulborough.

Hosts Glynde won the toss and elected to bat first. They were never really able to get a partnership going, the biggest stand between two batsman being the 30 put on for the second wicket between Chris Stanyard and the batting hero of the previous two matches, Dominic Shepheard. That was one better than the opening stand of 29 between Stanyard and fellow opener Joe Adams.

Stanyard and Shepheard were the top batters for Glynde, with 23 and 37 respectively, as wickets tumbled fairly regularly down the order – despite some decent rearguard actions from No 6 Archie Burrows (17) and No 10 Dale Tranter (20).

Glynde’s batsmen were terrorised by one Pulborough bowler in particular, Kuldeep Rawat, with figures of 7-67 off 15.2 overs.

In reply, Pulborough were reduced at one point to 64-4, giving Glynde some hope of an unlilkely victory. A stand of 32 between Tom Bradshaw and Stuart Barber – and then one of 36 (the highest partnership of the match) between Barber and Amit Suman – then dug the visitors out of a small hole and ultimately gave them the runs to get them over the line.

They did lose two wickets with their score just two runs short of victory, to go from 137-6 to 137-8, but it was just a late scare and Pulborough won through.

The wickets were shared amongst the Glynde bowlers, Dale Tranter taking 2-28, Adam Davies 2-52, Joe Adams 2-32 and Macca England 2-11.

Glynde are now just one place above the relegation zone, 10 points ahead of second-bottom Findon 53.

OTHER RESULTS: Findon 114 (44.5 ov; Glenn Bridson 23; Nick Patterson 9-58) lost by 7 wickets away to Cuckfield 118-3 (22.5 ov; Marc Gardner 52, Sarel Erwee 43*; Tom Blake 1-10). Goring By Sea 276-4 (53 ov; Sam Thorns 136*; Peter King 1-47) drew at home with Sidley 189-5 (43 ov; Peter King 67, Sam Steele 50; Matt Keen 3-45). St James’s Montefiore 165 (48.3 ov; Henry Sims 70; Charlie Dowdall 4-25) won by 38 runs away to Haywards Heath 127 (39.1 ov; Declan Hoare 39; Mike Edmonds 3-18). Three Bridges 167 (48.1 ov; James Chadburn 41; Russell Jacob 6-34) won by 60 runs away to Ifield 107 (40.4 ov; Tayyab Mahmood 27; Tim Moses 3-23).