Polegate struck by curse of number 13 as seconds suffer another heavy home defeat

East Sussex Cricket League Division Nine – Polegate & Stone Cross 2nd XI* 65 Tunbridge Wells Borderers 2nd XI 69

POLEGATE & Stone Cross Seconds suffered another heavy home defeat, after being dismissed for a double-figure total for the second week in succession, this time by Tunbridge Wells Borderers Seconds.

Put in to bat, Polegate began with a convincing demonstration of why 13 is considered an unlucky number: the first wicket went down with 13 on the board; a further 13 had been added when stand-in captain Andy Johnson was bowled, for 10; a third wicket went down with the total on 34 and non-striker Dion Saracouli on 13; and one over later he too was bowled – almost inevitably, still on 13... and with the clock showing precisely 2.13pm!

By then, however, Polegate had moved on to show how 34 isn’t exactly a lucky number, either. No fewer than four wickets went down with 34 on the scoreboard, and only young Emmett Johnson (14 not out) added to his batting reputation, as 10-man Polegate struggled to 65 all out, in the 18th over.

A mere 49 of those runs had come off the bat. Tunbridge Wells’ quickie Adam Chilton finished with 5-30, and skipper Rob Allen with 4-23.

Polegate were back in the field before 3pm, and on their way home not long afterwards. Three bowling points were secured as wickets fell to Baba Saracouli, Matt Loe and Phil Hart, but the match was over when the visitors reached 69-3 in just 50 minutes. It almost goes without saying that the number of completed overs bowled was ... 13.

Rotherfield 2nd XI 220-9 Forest Row 2nd XI* 149-9

THIS trip across Ashdown Forest to Forest Row saw Rotherfield Seconds involved in their third successive draw.

Rotherfield openers Mark Bulmer (50) and Stuart Munnery (67) grabbed the initiative early on with a rapid 119-run partnership. Against accurate bowling, the remaining batsmen were unable to play with the same fluency, but showed creditable application in reaching 220-9. Murray Divall took 2-39, Paul Rowe 2-3 and Sam Kemp 2-11.

After tea a flurry of boundaries by Jordan Holmes (31) gave Forest Row hope, but a middle order collapse (Tim Hancock 3-27) ended any chance of a successful chase. Paul Rowe (41 not out) then struck several defiant blows and secured the draw with the help of last man, skipper Divall. Munnery took 2-51.

OTHER RESULTS: Burwash Weald 66 (26.3 ov) lost by 7 wickets at home to Little Common Ramblers 2nd XI 67-3 (22 ov). Buxted Park 3rd XI 126 (32 ov) lost by 7 wickets at home to Bells Yew Green 3rd XI 128-3 (33 ov; Laurie Cadle 79*). Bexhill 4th XI 222-8 (50 ov; Paul Anderson 93) won by 77 runs at home to Rottingdean 3rd XI (39.5 ov; George Clayson 43; Nathan Lopez 4-35).