Seaford 1st XI travelled to Buxted Park on Saturday hoping to continue their good form on from recent weeks.
Once again the toss proved crucial on what looked to be an extremely bowler friendly wicket due to the overnight rain. As has become the norm this season Seaford lost the toss and were asked to bat by Buxted.
The innings got off to a poor start as opener John Reynolds nicked one behind early on off of the bowling Bryan Huxley with the score on 10. From that point on Seaford looked in trouble as Buxted set about dismantling their batting lineup. Seaford could do nothing about the loss of regular wickets, as the top order struggled to contend with the inconsistent bounce and seam movement that the bowlers were able to extract from the pitch. Seaford were eventually bundled out for just 63 in 31.3 overs with only Tom Date (30) and Callum Scott (13) making double figures. For Buxted Craig Olive claimed 4-35 and Bryan Huxley finished also with 4-23.
If Seaford were to even claim any pride out of the afternoon they would have to bowl and field faultlessly. However as so often happens this never materialised, as the Buxted Park openers came out with confidence and played their shots taking the pitch out of the equation. Buxted Park knocked off the total in just 14 overs for the loss of 1 wicket. With Rob Raymond (29) and Andy Mead (20*) doing the bulk of the damage, Bilesh Jayamanne picked up Seaford’s solitary wicket and only point from the game.
After the positivity going into the game, this will prove a big blow to Seaford who were out played on the day in every department by an in form Buxted Park side. Seaford will need to learn some harsh lessons from this result and translate them into a positive result next week as they host Heathfield Park at the Salts.
Photographer Ron Hill was there to catch the action.