Nutley and Newhaven draw is dominated by two batting performances

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East Sussex Cricket League Division Seven – Nutley 224-9 Newhaven 2nd Xl* 167-3

THIS drawn game was dominated by two individual batting performances. Having been asked to bat Nutley built their innings around opener Ian Ritchie (96) who batted through to the last over. Supported by Nick Avis (23) and Andy Avis (20), the visitors closed on 224-9. Leg spinner George Burton-Durham (3-68) offered the best return for the hosts. Newhaven’s reply never got going until Nutley veteran Mick Scott was rested with the impressive figures of 10 overs, seven maidens for three runs. From that point, Lee Poulton (100) and George Davies (38) helped himself to some batting practice as the match petered out to a draw, with the hosts finishing on 167-3, Poulton bowled off the last ball of the day.

Alfriston* 112 Denton 116-3

EVERGREEN Denton bowler Naleen Sumaneskara toiled tirelessly in the Alfriston heat to help his side to victory. Sumaneskara bowled 23.2 overs for only 36 runs to deny Alfriston a competitive total against the league leaders. Despite beating the outside edge countless times, it was only in his 21st over that he claimed his first wicket, with a further three coming in his next few deliveries as he finished with figures of 4-36. Sumaneskara was well supported at the other end by Oliver Guy (3-21) and Davy Milne (2-5) as Denton bowled the hosts out in 47.2 overs. The daisy strewn outfield made for pleasant viewing but was not conducive to a high score as only Matthew Harmer and Matt Shearing (28) got into double figures for Alfriston. Harmer had an escape early in his innings as he was caught behind only for a no ball to be called, the umpire having adjudged that three fielders were behind square on the leg side. In fact, Harmer, who went on to score 40, got a lucky break as the fielders were in fact positioned on the off-side to the left-handed batsman. Despite the pitch, and the best efforts of Tim Hurst (19 overs, 3-42), whose nagging variations of left arm spin and swing made life difficult for Denton, Alfriston’s low score of 112 allowed Denton the luxury of batting patiently, and Andy Turner (47) and Mark McCaughan (39 not out) paced the run chase methodically and guided Denton to victory by seven wickets.

OTHER RESULTS: Iden 2nd XI 222-8 dec (49.3 ov; Peter Barron 5-57) won by 83 runs away to Glynde & Beddingham 3rd XI (42.5 ov; Fred Brickell 64). Plumpton & East Chiltington 2nd XI* 184-7 dec (50 ov; Kelvin Speirs 41) drew at home to St Peters, Brighton 3rd XI 178-7 (Suresh Navaratnam 90*). Bells Yew Green 2nd XI (49 ov; Darryl King 64*; Sam Jarvis 4-22) won by 59 runs away to Udimore 81 (32 ov; Darryl King 4-29).