1ST XI DIVISION THREE (EAST) ROUND-UP
Lewes Priory 154 Burgess Hill* 117
LEWES Priory got their season up and running with their maiden win in Division Three (East).
Following one defeat and one loss in their first two games of the season, this 37-run win pushed Priory up to a healthy mid-table position.
Having on the toss Priory elected to bat first away at Burgess Hill’s St Johns Park ground. They put on 154 before being bowled out a ball short of 51 overs. Only the top three batsmen – Adam Scott (14), David Tungate (39) and Imran Khan (41) – managed double figures, while the extras total of 26 helped bump up the target facing Burgess Hill. Jack Simpson put in a superb bowling spell of 6-28 off 18 overs for Hill. Hugh Warmisham returned 3-36.
And the hosts fell short of that (fairly modest) target, thanks to a very good all-round bowling performance from Lewes. Tom Sharp bagged the best figures of 4-15, but he was backed up by Christopher Turrell’s 3-21, Imran’s 2-20 and a very tight spell of 1-9 off seven overs from Joe Warren. Top bat was Jack Simpson, who backed up his best bowling figures with a 30 with the bat.
Hellingly 117 Keymer and Hassocks* 118-5
HELLINGLY were bowled out for 117 as they fell to defeat away at Keymer and Hassocks.
Losing the toss, Hellingly were asked to bat first but got off to an awful start as two of the top three batsman were dismissed without scoring, Andy Westgate striking with the ball.
At 10-2, Hellingly looked to be in trouble but a 40 partnership between Dan Pellett and Scott Pearce (44) helped rescue the innings.
Sol March added 27 to the total and it looked like a respectable score would be on the cards, but Hellingly then collapsed from 98-3 to 117 all out as the remaining six batsman failed to make double figures. Westgate ended with figures of 5-65 from 21.4 overs. Michael Poole more than backed his colleague up with 4-25 from a tight 17 overs (seven of which were maidens).
After tea, Hellingly took to the field and the win was still on as Luke Smith took three early wickets as Keymer fell to 23-3.
John Poole (23) and Michael Johnson then steadied the innings with an excellent partnership, seeing off the opening bowlers. Two further wickets were lost late on but Johnson remained at the crease to see Keymer home by five wickets, Johnson finishing on 64 not out. Smith finished with figures of 3-23.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Hellingly are at home to Henfield at Horsebridge.
Seaford* 201-4 Crowhurst Park 203-7
SEAFORD lost by three wickets at home to Crowhurst Park.
Winning the toss and putting themselves in on their own pitch, Seaford got off to a good start, making 45 before the fall of the first wicket, Oliver Smith going for 26 off the bowling of Bradley Payne.
The hosts put on half centuries for the next two wickets to fall – 64 for the second wicket, when Ryan Hodkinson fell for 51, and 57 for the third, when Thomas Date went for 27 runs. A constant in this was Kevin Ramsay, who batted through for an unbeaten 74 batting at No 3.
Crowhurst, in reply, lost an early wicket with only 11 on the board, but a partnership of 83 between Dale Bryant (49) and Ed Smisson (33) put the visitors in control.
However, they then lost wickets at regular intervals to give Seaford hope of an unlikely victory. But an innings of 58 from No 6 bat Colin Ayres all but guided the visitors to victory, his wicket only falling when just three more runs were required. Matthew Broad returned 2-38 for Seaford.
Ansty* 106 (42 ov; Harry Towler 29; Matthew Wilson-Yelverton 5-15 off 10) beat Lindfield 86 (44.5 ov; Extras 20; Shaun Janman 5-11 off 17.5 overs, Jonathan Young 4-29) by 20 runs.
Crawley 201-9 (overs unspecified; Lewis Tomkins 57; Alex Fieldsend 3-43) beat Henfield* 86 (overs unspecified; William Culver 19; Richard Genge 5-13 off 12 overs) by 115 overs.