Great Scott for Newick in nervy one-wicket victory

DIVISION FIVE

Maresfield 125 Newick 2nd XI* 126-9

NEWICK 2nd XI won a nervy first home game of the season by just one wicket against Maresfield on Saturday.

Visitors Maresfield lost the toss, which was to prove crucial in deciding the outcome on what would transpire to be the only game played in East Sussex League Division Five.

The away side started well enough, setting a pace of four an over. David Hutchinson, of Newick, then drew first blood in the shape of the wicket of Simon Aldis, bowled lbw.

But this just brought James Poplett to the crease – he was clearly in fine form as boundary after boundary flew from his bat. This forced a double bowling change, with both Cameron Jones and Richard Wood coming on – and this proved to be the downfall of the batting side. Both bowlers stemmed the run rate and broke through time and time again. Cameron finished with figures of 3-22 and Wood 5-43.

Maresfield, from 90-2 and looking at 200-plus as a realistic score, lost eight wickets for 34 runs, leaving them with a much more modest total of 124 off just 37 overs. Poplett top-scored with 47.

Newick therefore had 55 overs to win. Andy Wilkins (25) and Cameron Jones (23) opened the batting and progressing the score to 42 for the first wicket.

Over the next few overs the game moved back and forth between the two sides. Runs were scored, wickets were lost. At one stage Newick lost four wickets for just 18 runs and were looking certain to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. Indeed, with one wicket remaining and 18 still needed for the win, Scott Warren was joined by Adam Cogley (a number 12 bat at best) and it looked all over.

However, these two had different ideas: they battled patiently and stubbornly refusing to be drawn into the wrong shot, and with the scoreboard ticking slowly towards the target, Maresfield changed bowlers to see if they could make the breakthrough.

But with two overs to go, Warren coaxed the ball through the covers for four to finish a fine innings of 31 not out. Cogley finished on a heroic 0 not out. Steve Veal took 4-20 off 11 overs.

OTHER RESULTS: DPB (Eastbourne) v Buxted Park 2nd XI cancelled; Lewes St Michael’s 2nd XI v Hastings Priory 3rd XI cancelled; Pett v Rotherfield cancelled; Willingdon 2nd XI v Fletching 2nd XI cancelled.

DIVISION SIX

Hailsham 2nd XI* 64

St Peter’s, Brighton 2nd XI 68-4

HAILSHAM 2nd XI lost a very important toss on Saturday which resulted in a disappointing defeat to St Peters.

Opener Dean Noakes started well but when he fell on 16 to a good low catch by the bowler, wickets then started to tumble. The lack of nets or practice games due to the weather showed as Hailsham’s batsmen played some poor shots to surrender their wickets.

St Peters bowled some good areas and sent down very few bad balls. Hailsham were all out for 64 which was never going to trouble the visitors. New player Shibin Abraham showed some promise in top-scoring with 19. Antony Rowland took 4-15 in 10.5 overs, Michael McIntyre claimed 3-14 and Tim Lunnon returned 2-16.

In the Saints reply, Hailsham removed both openers cheaply, and at 22-2, were in the game. But they needed another couple of wickets quickly and didn’t manage it. St Peters batsmen instead batted sensibly and aggressively to chase down the small total, only losing two more wickets on their way to victory.

Another new Hailsham player Yogesh Palakkattu bowled well during his first game for the club and took 2-19. The Royal India man of the match went to Shibin Abraham.

Chiddingly 2nd XI 85 Blackboys* 86-6

BLACKBOYS entertained Chiddingly 2nd XI in this Division Six clash and came away with the win by four wickets in a low-scoring affair.

The pitch was sticky and the outfield even stickier but the fact that play was possible was something of a miracle. Blackboys won the toss and were grateful to insert Chiddingly in very difficult conditions. The visitors were immediatley in trouble, losing four wickets with just six runs on the board.

However, a 28 from Adrian Breeds and 26 from Micheal Parker enabled Chiddingly to reach 85 all out. John Britton enjoyed the favourable bowling conditions to take 6-8 in 11 overs.

In reply, Blackboys lost Josh Barraclough in the first over, quickly followed by Keith Jenner and Mark Cogger. It was left to Colin Albright, with a knock of 20., and Chris Turner, with a 13, to guide Blackboys a four-wicket win. Breeds took 3-6 for Chiddingly.

OTHER RESULTS: Waldron 133 (37 overs) lost to Stanmer 134-3 (23 overs); Linden Park 3trd XI v Bexhill 3rd XI cancelled; Robertsbridge 2nd XI v Selmeston & Alciston abandoned.