Hellingly stretch lead at top of 2nd XI Div Three (East)

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2nd XI Division Three (East) Hellingly 2nd XI 265-3 Crowhurst Park 2nd XI* 139

HELLINGLY stretched their lead at the top of Division Three (East) with this thumping 126 run win away to Crowhurst Park.

Crowhurst Park won the toss and elected to bowl first. The visitors made sure they were made to regret that decision as the Park fielders toiled away, taking only the three wickets before Hellingly declared with 265 runs on the board. Opener George Hook hit a big hundred, finally being caught and bowled by Jon Message for a massive 154. Ian Rippengal weighed in with a handy 63 at No 3.

In reply, Crowhurst Park were bowled out for just 139 despite opener Justin Harley’s 54. Arthur Rossi shined with the ball, taking 6-24, while Gavin Sutherland chipped in with 3-24.

Lindfield 2nd XI* 226-8 dec Seaford 2nd XI 171

SEAFORD Seconds travelled to Lindfield looking for their first win of the season – but returned home with their third defeat of the campaign after a 55-run beating.

Having won the toss on a green wicket, Seaford decided to bowl first – and got off to a good start, reducing the hosts to 46-4, with the evergreen Paddy Smith (5-75) making early inroads.

Smith went on to bowl throughout the innings, but a solid ninth-wicket partnership between Malcolm Page (24 not out) and David Whear (49 not out) allowed Lindfield to declare on 226.

Seaford did not get the start they wanted and were soon 69-4. A fifth-wicket partnership of 35 between Karl Wootten (30) and skipper Alan Cooper (31) restored some hope but once they were removed the innings fell away. Joe Newcombe took 4-24.

Seaford must learn to show more resilience whilst batting and know how to finish sides off when bowling.

Lewes Priory 2nd XI* 98 Keymer & Hassocks 2nd XI 102-1

LEWES Priory’s second string were beaten heavily at home to Keymer & Hassocks.

Ten-man Priory won the toss and chose to bat first. But they were all out for just 98 in 36.1 overs. Duncan Bain top-scored with 29, with Tom Telford the only other double-figure scorer on 22 – not a bad effort from batting at No 8 (effectively No 9). Patrick Corrigan took 4-34.

In reply, Lewes was only able to take one wicket before the visitors passed their target, in just 14.4 overs. Opener Joe Isted top-scored with 46 not out, while Sam Telford took the only wicket to fall.

OTHER RESULTS: Burgess Hill 2nd XI 288-3 (overs unspecified; Aaron Barnes 150, Chris Deare 101*; Shaun Wilde 2-79; Adam Dallamore 1-60) won by 214 runs away to Crawley 2nd XI 74 (overs unspecified; Fizul Nadir 22; Ian Plummer 6-35). Henfield 2nd XI 226-6 (53 ov; Daniel Stokes 51; Edward Coombs 2-23) won by 27 runs at home to Ansty 2nd XI 199 (41 ov; Dominic Stone 48; Daniel Stokes 3-21).