Varun takes seven as Hailsham chase down big total

Varun Khullar
Varun Khullar

Hailsham Cricket Club’s First XI were away to Willingdon on Saturday keen to get back to winning ways after last week’s disappointing result.

On a hot sunny day Willingdon’s captain won the toss and decided to bat first on a hard track and got off to a good start scoring freely in all areas of the ground. However after Varun Khullar soon got going taking four wickets in four overs with the score at 59 after 13 overs. However Willingdon still had their opening batsman at the crease who seeing the ball very well he continued to deliver destructive blows at a very quick scoring rate to all areas of the ground until coming unstuck to the spin bowling of James Macdonald for 117 runs. Resistance continued from Craven (43) and Hepburn (22) but when wickets started to fall again Willingdon’s captain decided to declare with the score at 260 for 9 wickets from 43 overs. Khullar ended with 7 wickets for 48 runs from 13 overs, James Macdonald 2 wickets for 63 runs from 9 overs.

Hailsham knew this was a high score but on a good track and with seven extra overs from the early declaration hopes were high. Paul Macdonald (21) and Scott Pearce (16) opened the batting and got Hailsham off to a steady start and once dismissed they were soon followed by Khullar (13). This left last week’s big run scorer Matt Dawber with Ciaran Treloar who was playing his first game of the season, both of whom kept Hailsham’s hopes of winning alive with a combination of clever running and aggressive stroke play. Dawber was eventually caught out chasing another big hit with the score at 183 having amassed 87 runs himself. Treloar continued the chase keeping the scoreboard ticking over supported by Tom Hicks (12) and then James Macdonald (5). Hailsham’s captain Will Slemmings came to the crease determined to get his team over the line still 31 runs short of their target and 6 overs to do it in. A combination of quick running between the wickets and some power hitting saw Slemmings finish on 21 not out when Hailsham reached their target with an over to spare. Treloar remaining not out having scored an invaluable 71 not out.

After the game captain Slemmings said: “We had a great win today, everyone involved in the run chase played a crucial part, even those who on paper may not have scored as many runs, their support to the inform batsman was exactly what we needed and Varun continued to show how valuable he is to us with the ball. Whilst our fielding was an improvement on last week, there is still a lot of improvement to be made.”

The West Terrace Dental Practice man of the match went to Varun Khullar for taking 7 of the 9 Willingdon wickets himself.

Next week Hailsham CC First XI have a top of the table clash with Firle CC at home.

For more Hailsham Cricket news see this week’s Sussex Express