St Peter’s 1st XI beat Buxted Park by seven wickets after bowling them out for just 74.
The day started off with the weather looking as unpromising as it possible could be. Thankfully, as the morning wore on, the wind had moved the drizzle on and, by the time the match was due to start, the sun was breaking out through the clouds. A very strong wind remained, however.
St. Peter’s won the toss and invited Buxted Park to bat. On a soft pitch, Buxted were never really allowed to get going. They lost an opener in the first over and the second wicket fell with only 10 on the board. From there, they tried to rebuild and added another 47 runs for the loss of two more wickets. However, they then lost three quick wickets to see them on 60 for 7 and half way through the fortieth over, Buxted’s last man fell, to leave them 74 all out.
St. Peter’s only needed to use three bowlers. Debutant Ben Powis took an impressive 5 for 30, whilst captain Alex Coomber took 4 for 32. These two were well supported by Marco Lincoln, who sent down 6 very economical overs, conceding 8 runs, and taking the remaining wicket. No Buxted batsman made more than 13.
With only 75 need to win, St. Peter’s started very positively and scored 9 from the first over. The loss of James Hope was an early set back, but Simon Coe joined Alex Coomber and the pair took St. Peter’s to within spitting distance of victory, before losing Coe for 19 and then Coomber for 43. This left two batsmen on nought, but only one run needed to win.