Hailsham make a mockery of recent poor batting form

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East Sussex Cricket League Division Six

Bexhill 3rd XI 201-9 Hailsham 2nd XI* 205-8

HAILSHAM 2nds made a mockery of their recent poor batting form by chasing down a target of 202 to win.

They got the runs against a strong Bexhill bowling attack in quick time to record their first win of the season.

Bexhill won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on a flat track. At 110-1 off 22 overs, they looked on target for a big score – but Hailsham did well to restrict the visitors to 201-9 off the full 50 overs with tight bowling and fielding. Tom Walder, Shibin Abraham, Tim Wright and Mark Thornhill took two wickets each.

The target they were chasing looked a long way off when opener Dean Noakes was bowled for two in the first over. However, Lee Wigglesworth and Jason Head batted aggressively to put on 42 for the second wicket off only eight overs.

Shibin Abraham came in at No 4 and changed the game, driving and pulling with sublime timing. Shibin scored 56 at better than a run a ball and when he was caught Hailsham only needed 64 off nearly 20 overs.

Wigglesworth batted beautifully for 39 and Mark Gent, with a quick-fire 36, continued the run fest, but Hailsham had some nervous minutes at the end, losing four wickets when the last 20 runs were needed. But to get to 205-8 off only 38.3 overs was a fantastic chase.

Hailsham wicket-keeper Danny Hunt did well to only let eight byes through in Bexhill’s innings, while 46 extras in Hailsham’s innings helped their cause immensely.

Robertsbridge 2nd XI* 87 St Peters 2nd XI 91-0

IT was a shortened afternoon at The Clappers where the home team suffered their second ten-wicket defeat of the season.

At 60-2 with Paul Brett (19) and Keith Pagan (37) going well, things looked good. But James Brookland (5-20) and Marco Lincoln (6-5-5-3) had other ideas and the innings subsided to 87 all out.

Richard Tongue (47 not out) and Jordan Wilson (38 not out) made short work of the target that was reached in the 11th over.

Waldron 164-5 Blackboys* 114-5

BLACKBOYS played host to local rivals Waldron in this uneventful drawn match.

Having been asked to bat on a slow wicket, Waldron made 164-5 from their 50 overs, with Graham Chapman making 72. Chris Turner returned 2-41.

The Blackboys reply showed some promise, with Jamie Marchant and Colin Albright at the crease. However, when Albright fell for 45 the game petered out, with Blackboys closing on 114-5. Geoff Saunders took 2-17 and Stuart Jefford 2-18.

OTHER RESULTS: Selmeston & Alciston 241 (44.3; Richard Ellinor 112; Matthew Butcher 3-69) won by 5 runs away to Chiddingly 2nd XI 236 (37.5 ovs; Guarav Singh 123, Michael Tutt 50; Richard Ellinor 4-74). Linden Park 3rd XI 165 (39 ovs; Gary Stevenson 45, Andy McBride 45, Tim Swanepoel 3-30, Kris Radmall 3-57) won by 57 runs away to Stanmer 108 (38 ovs; Ty Brandford 23; Anand Veerapandian 3-27, Andy McBride 3-40, Hugh Turner 3-4 off seven overs).