2nd XI Division Three (East)
Keymer and Hassocks II 131 Hellingly II 132-4*
HELLINGLY stayed top of Division Three (East) after they beat Keymer and Hassocks by six wickets on Saturday.
Winning the toss, Hellingly chose to bowl first, and struck early with Tim Funnell taking the wicket of opener Joe Isted for 14.
Keymer captain Simon McNiff (24) and George Christmas (34) put on a good second wicket partnership but both were dismissed by Bob Pye, who picked up 3-21 off seven overs. Gavin Sutherland then continued his excellent recent form, taking 3-15 off 10 overs as he tore through the middle order. Keymer were struggling but scores of 18 from James Pitt and 10 from Jamie Carter helped them reach 131 all out, with Chris Morris (3-28) taking the remaining three wickets.
With 58 overs at their disposal and half an hour of play to negotiate before tea, Hellingly got off to a poor start, losing two wickets.
The slow start continued as a couple more wickets fell. With over 100 runs still to score and six wickets remaining the game was suddenly in the balance. But Sutherland and Monty Payne swung the game in Hellingly’s favour as they began to slowly knock off the remaining runs. Payne ended with 35 not out while Sutherland hit the winning run to finish on 54 not out.
Carter was the pick of the Keymer bowlers, taking 2-16 from 15 overs.
Seaford II 119 Crowhurst Park II* 123-3
HOSTS Crowhurst Park beat Seaford by seven wickets to leave the Salts side rock bottom of the 2nd XI Division Three (East).
Park won the toss and chose to put Seaford into bat on a sunny and almost warm day, thankfully without any rain following the disrupted start to the cricket season.
Jon Reynolds (20) and Peter Grey saw Seaford through to 41 when Reynolds was out lbw for 20.
After this the innings declined as batter after batter got themselves out. There was never any fluency in the whole innings as the slow bowling of Matt Peters (6-37) wreaked havoc. He was supported well by Michael Legg who took 3-13.
With the departure of Grey, for a patient 24, Seaford were finally bowled out 119 in 43.5 overs.
In reply the Park opening batters set upon the run chase, aided by some wayward bowling, with gusto. They raced to 40 without difficulty at which point the scoring rate was slowed down with three wickets, which earned Seaford their solitary point, avoided the ignominy of ‘nil points’.
This only flattered Seaford for a moment and the inevitable happened when Park reached the winning line in 28.4 overs.
Paddy Smith and Karl Wootten were the only wicket-takers, although there was a smart run out from Mitchell Ellingham to dismiss Laurence Coleman.
Seaford will be hoping for better fortunes, in both the batting and bowling, tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Lewes Priory 2nd XI at The Salts.
Lewes Priory 2nd XI lost by a thumping 172 runs at home to Burgess Hill 2nd XI in Div Three (East). Priory won the toss and elected to bowl first but could only take four wickets as Hill reached 242.
In reply the hosts were skittled out for a paltry 70 at the Stanley Turner Ground.
Crawley II* 164 (overs unspecified; Anuj Nagpal 53; Malcolm Davis 5-66) drew with Henfield II 135-9 (overs unspecified; Richard Dale 45; Abid Hussain 3-21).
Lindfield II 111 (48.1 ov; Jack Sadler 21; Alex Beard 3-26) lost to Ansty 115-3 (31.3 ov; Stephen Rusling 55*; Alex Pinard 2-35).
2ND XI DIVISION TWO
Glynde & Beddingham 254-7 St James’s Montefiore* 122
GLYNDE’s Seconds pulled to within two points of the promotion places with a thumping 132-run win away at St James’s Montefiore.
Having been put in by their hosts, Glynde managed a very healthy 254-7 in their 53 overs. Ben Bignell top-scored with 64, while Leigh Reed weighed in with 54 not out. James Hunt took 3-24.
In reply, St James’s were bowled out for 122 in 43.4 overs. Tom Jenkins top-scored with 38 while Macca England took 4-19 in 12 overs and Reed 3-15.
Bexhill* 256-3 (overs unspecified; Neil Blatchly 134; Jon Coutts 1-30) beat Goring By Sea 124 (overs unspecified; Gordon Costick 31; Neil Blatchly 4-0 off 4.4 overs) by 132 runs.
Findon* 209-9 (overs unspecified; Simon Legge 38; David Everett 4-62) drew with Haywards Heath 146-9 (overs unspecified; David Woodfield 66; Ryan Meighan 3-44).
Ifield 197 (53 ov; Peter Dickson 73, Adam Swart 50) lost to Roffey* 198-7 (42 ov; Mark Pavlovic 49; Gareth Christian 2-35).
Sidley* 303-2 dec (47 ov; Pete Savage 138*, Ben Ramsden 122) beat Pulborough 93 (overs unspecified; Wes Tate 5-22).