Hellingly record first win of season

Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division Three (East)

Henfield 130 Hellingly* 134-4

HELLINGLY recorded their first win of the season after beating Henfield by six wickets at Horsebridge Recreation Ground.

Winning the toss, Henfield chose to bat first but fell to 33-3 as Dan Pellett (2-25) and Adam Devlin (2-30) took the early wickets.

Steve Mundy (22) and WillIam Culver (29) brought the vistors back into the game but Sol March ended the comeback as he ran Culver out and bowled Mundy.

William Hook then bowled an excellent spell as he cleaned up the tail, taking 3-3. Henfield finished the inninngs on 130 all out.

With 57 overs at their disposal, Hellingly lost three early wickets as two of the top four were dismissed without scoring, William Harrison (2-24) and Graham Fuller doing the damage.

Opener Pellett stayed at the crease though and scored 24 before he was bowled by Tim Parsons. James Pooley (32 not out) and March then scored an unbeaten 72 partnership as they guided Hellingly to a six-wicket victory and 30 points, with March capping a fine first innings performance with a 56 not out which included six fours and two sixes.

Lewes Priory* 253-3 dec Seaford 259-4

LEWES PRIORY lost to Seaford at a sun-drenched Stanley Turner Ground despite declaring for the loss of just three wickets earlier in the day.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Lewes put on 63 for the first wicket before losing two quick wickets for just nine runs. But a big third wicket partnership of 113 between Andrew Hartridge and Imran Khan saw Lewes onto 186-2 before Hartridge was out for 54, bowled by Kevin Ramsay.

Tom Sharp then added an unbeaten 20 while helping Imran make it to exactly 100 not out, at which point Priory declared at the end of 50 overs, with Priory on 253-3. Mark Sapwell took the other two wickets to fall.

But any hopes Priory may have had of a positive result were taken away them by four separate hefty partnerships by Seaford batsmen. First, openers Oliver Smith and Ryan Hodkinson (31) put on 57 for the first wicket, before Smith and Ramsay added 44 for the second.

Only 17 runs were added for the third wicket but Smith and Sapwell added 71 for the fourth, before Smith was finally out for 69. Sapwell and Thomas Date then guided Seaford from 189-4 to victory with an unbeaten partnership of 70. Sapwell finished on 67 not out and Date 32 not out. Imran Khan took 3-67. Lewes picked up 12 points while Seaford earned 22 points.

OTHER RESULTS IN 1ST XI DIVISION THREE (EAST): Crawley 239-7 (overs unspecified; Rohit Shah 49; Shaun Janman 2-30) drew at home with Ansty 179-9 (overs unspecified; Will Dorkings 58*; Richard Genge 7-48). Note: slow over rates in both innings meant both sides were deducted points – Crawley deducted 6 points and Ansty 1 point. Keymer & Hassocks 164 (49.1 ovs; John Poole 47; Richard Coleman 3-3 off eight overs) lost by 9 wickets away to Crowhurst Park 165-1 (32. ovs; Martin Barry 105; Michael Johnson 1-20). Burgess Hill 187 (52.4 ovs; Tom Trowbridge 55; Stephen Pearce 6-41) won by 55 runs away to Lindfield 132 (39.5 ovs; Scott Clark 39; Jack Simpson 5-38, Dan Maskell 3-21).