Ease Sussex Cricket League Division Three – Polegate & Stone Cross 175 Lewes St Michaels 175
A CLOSELY-FOUGHT game between Polegate and Lewes St Michaels saw both teams eventually fall just short of victory, a thrilling tie the result. Polegate lost the toss and were inserted into bat on a grassy uneven track. Most of the top order knuckled down, without ever going on to dominate, with contributions from Nick Corbett (19), Steve Hover (10), Nigel Johnson (19), Paul Basham (14) and Stuart Conroy (12). But at 84-5, Polegate looked to be staring down the barrel. For once, however, the lower order wagged, with a 78-run partnership between Des Hughes and Liam Conroy. The latter’s buccaneering 65 off only 35 balls, with 10 fours and two sixes, allowed Polegate to post a competitive score of 175 all out.
The pick of the Lewes bowlers was Edward Salkield (4-21 off 10 overs). Lewes’ stuttering reply saw momentum swing back and forth between the two teams. Whilst opening bowler Johnson’s 17 overs off the reel (returning 3-27) allowed Polegate to retain some measure of control, Stuart Conroy’s (3-66) occasional use of the short ball helped pick up wickets at regular intervals, aided by a couple of superb flying catches from young Nathan Hover, as well as a run out after a brave stop by Bradley Basham. Nevertheless, Joe Piller’s aggressive 69 meant that Lewes were not far off their target. With the hosts needing 10 runs to win with two wickets in hand, Polegate captain Stuart Tibble boldly opted for the leg spin of Hover – and was immediately rewarded with a smart stumping.
But the last batting pair soon took the scores level – before a slower ball by Corbett cleaned up the No 11 Charlie Saunders to seal the tie.
OTHER RESULTS: Dicker 179 (49.5 ov; Ben Hitchen 40, Daniel Hitchen 42; Jason Finch 4-32) drew at home to Mayfield 154-8 (Robert Sharma 52). Herstmonceux 119 (39.1 overs) lost by 2 wickets at home to Uckfield Anderida 123-8 (41.3 overs). Newhaven 186-8 (50 ov; Daryl Tullett 64, James Woods 47) drew away to Pevensey 114-9 (43 ov; John Plumley 55; Danny Pollard 4-16). Tunbridge Wells Borderers 248-5 (overs unspecified) won by 191 runs at home to Ditchling 57 (overs unspecified).