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Hellingly 268-6 Forest Row* 34

HELLINGLY thrashed Forest Row to advance to the East Sussex Semi-finals of the Yorkshire Tea National Village Cup.

Winning the toss, Forest Row took to the field and made an early breakthrough, with AJ Mason picking up the wicket of Isaac Lackie for 2.

But from then onwards the visitors took off the handbrake as Paul McDonald (32) and Scott Pearce (63) punished the bowlers. Chris Hinton (2-38) made the next breakthrough, but McDonald was replaced by Sol March who proceeded to smash seven fours and three sixes in an aggressive 57 off 37 balls.

March was eventually caught out as Mason (3-61) picked up his third wicket, but this only brought in form batsman Gavin Sutherland to the wicket. Sutherland hit five fours and fours sixes as he hit 58 from 38 balls as Hellingly ended the 40 overs on an impressive 268-6. In reply, needing nearly seven an over, Forest Row were never in the game. The opening bowlers ended all hopes within minutes of the restart with Dan Pellett taking 4-20 and Adam Devlin 5-14 as Forest Row were bowled out in just 12 overs for 34, with none of the batsman reaching double figures. Hellingly now take on Plumpton on Sunday week, with a place in the East Sussex Final up for grabs.

Plumpton & East Chiltington* 140

Glynde 86

THE 2009 winners of this prestigious competition, Glynde, went out of 2012’s edition at the first hurdle when the Sussex Cricket League outfit were beaten heavily by ESCL side Plumpton.

Plumpton, who play in Division One of the East Sussex League, were inserted by their near neighbours after Glynde won the toss. On a low slow wicket at Plumpton the home side made a respectable 140 against their more illustrious opponents. Scoring was difficult in the face of accurate bowling, with Danny Hall top scoring with 36, the main wicket takers being George Hobden (3-43) and Joe Adams (4-16 in nine overs).

Glynde’s reply got off to a disastrous start and they were five down with just nine runs on the board after 14 overs. Opening bowlers Paul Brinkhurst and Chris Batchelor finished with 1-14 and 4-11 respectively, both off nine overs. Only a magnificent 63 not out from Ollie Bailey saved the innings from complete collapse as Paul Edmunds (3-34) took the final three wickets.

Isfield* 156-7 Barcombe 97

ISFIELD are also into the East Sussex semi-finals after beating Barcombe at home on Sunday. Bacombe won the toss and put the hosts in on their Gudges wicket. They were indebted mainly to Jamie Hall’s 75, batting at No 3, as they posted 156-7 from their 40 overs. Josh Wheatley took 3-27 and Allan Trower 2-29. In reply, Barcombe were all out for 97 in 26.2 overs. Monty Clarke and Ryan Garnham both scored 20 lower down the order but it wasn’t nearly enough. Hall rounded off a great day with bowling figures of 4-12.

Mayfield* 55 Newick 56-0

NEWICK joined Isfield, Hellingly and Plumpton in the last four with this facile 10-wicket win at Mayfield. Newick got everything right, including the toss, which they won and inserted their opponents at the Wellbrook Ground. If it wasn’t for the hefty Extras total of 27, Mayfield would have struggled to post 30 as not a single batsman reached double figures. Liam Craig-Davies took 5-13 from six overs.

In reply, Newick cruised to a 10-wicket win, with Sam Carter reaching 27 not out and Jonathan Barnes 21 not out.