Chiddingly better local rivals Waldron in entertaining affair

East Sussex Cricket League Division Six – Waldron* 231-6 dec Chiddingly 2nd XI 233-5

WALDRON entertained local rivals Chiddingly at the Cattam and ended up losing to their visitors in a great game played in an excellent atmosphere, enjoyed by all.

The away side won the toss elected to field. Waldron suffered an early set back losing the normally prolific Dev Majithia for one. However, some solid batting from Graham Chapman (45), Robert Hough (49), skipper Jose Quintana (53) and Freddy Ray (48 not out) allowed a declaration of 231-6 in 49 overs.

Chiddingly bowled well, especially early on, getting movement and lift, George Grave, Matthew Clement (2-28) and Alasdair Skan (2-60) sharing the wickets, with one run out from Charlie Grave.

Chiddingly’s reply centred around a fine maiden century by Marcus Waters (115) including eight sixes.

His innings allowed the visitors comfort in chasing down the total, leaving it to old heads Charlie Grave (34 not out) and skipper Mark Stapely (13 not out) to see Chiddingly home, winning by five wickets.

The bowling of Greg Dann (2-35) and Rob Hough (2-40) was fast and accurate but not enough to stop the run chase.

Linden Park 3rd XI* 126 Robertsbridge 2nd XI 91

ALTHOUGH this match brought a third defeat for the Robertsbridge second team it brought a more positive performance in bowling out one of the early season leaders for just 126 in this Division Six clash.

Stuart Miller (3-20) and Ben Keeley (3-31) were the pick of the bowlers in terms of wickets but they were ably backed up by Alvin Atkins (2-35) and Ed Flint (2-19) and also Jake Lingard who bowled tidily without taking a wicket.

The batting was once again the Bridge achilles heel. A steady start from Tom Glenn (12) and Paul Brett (11) was not backed up – apart from a hard-hitting 33 from Stuart Miller. Tight bowling from Anand Veerpandian (3-28) and Mano Belivanis (4-0-9-4) was the main reason that Linden Park ended the match winning by 35 runs.

St Peters 2nd XI* 198-9 Blackboys 144-8 ST PETERS 2nd XI drew at home to Blackboys.

The visitors won the toss and inserted their hosts at their Preston Park ground. Blackboys were grateful to St Peters for their charity after some poor stroke play and good fielding had seem them reduced to 27-5 after 12 overs.

However, Marco Lincoln was in an unforgiving mood and hit a splendid 81 not out to rescue the St Peters innings. James Horne leant support with a 42 as St Peters closed on 198-9. Jon Milham, John Britton and Colin Eade each took two wickets.

In reply, Blackboys kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were never in a serious positon to mount a challenge. With James Brooklyn taking 6-47 it needed some rear-guard action from Gary Funnell with 24 and some stoic defence from Darren Andrews to deny St Peters a victory as Blackboys closed on 144-8.

OTHER RESULTS: Selmeston & Alciston 46 (overs unspecified; Byron Smith 4-11 off seven overs) lost by 10 wickets away to Bexhill 3rd XI 47-0 (overs unspecified). Hailsham 2nd XI v Stanmer cancelled.