Rottingdean too rapid with the bat for Ringmer in T20-style run chase

ESCL Division One: Rottingdean 197-3 Ringmer 127-4 (T20 rules)

WITH a full game not possible Ringmer v Rottingdean was played out as a Twenty20 match, with visitors Rottingdean claiming the 18 points for the win.

Ringmer won the toss and elected to put their opponents in. It was a decision they would regret. Rottingdean put on 57 for the first wicket – then a mammoth 116 for the second – before closing their 20 overs just three runs short of 200 runs. Openers Simon Corrigal and Henry Ledden scored 32 and 77 off 33 and 52 balls respectively, while No 3 bat weighed in with a whirlwind 63 off 27 balls.

Murray Barnett took 2-54 for Ringmer while Gary Holder claimed the other wicket to fall.

In reply, Ringmer got off to an awful start, losing two wickets for just nine runs. But the hosts rallied well, adding 56 for the third wicket and another 56 for the fourth. But Rottingdean’s run rate proved just too much for Ringmer, as the hosts ended their 20 overs 70 runs adrift. Opener Neil Harris remained undefeated on 50 runs off 54 balls, while Mat Savage made 27 off 27 balls, Aaron Halsey 22 off 20 balls, and Alex Potter returned 2-24.

Ringmer still picked up nine points as the game was officially declared an abandoned match.

OTHER DIVISION ONE RESULTS: Ditchling v Barcombe cancelled; Iden v Willingdon abandoned; Ringmer v Rottingdean abandoned; St Peters, Brighton v Plumpton & East Chiltington.