Buxted Park beat Glynde in National Village Cup’s Sussex final … Hastings beaten by Bridges

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There’s news of National Cup joy for Buxted Park plus reports from Hastings Priory, Glynde, Hailsham, Sidley and Crowhurat Park in this round-up from the cricket pitches of East Sussex.

Buxted Park v Glynde and Beddingham

National Village Cup – Sussex final

Buxted Park won the Sussex Round of the National Village Cup for the first time in its history on Sunday afternoon, beating former national champions Glynde & Beddingham.With a steadily building crowd, (which would later reach around 70 people at its peak), captain Ryan Banham won the toss and elected to bat on a typically hard Buxted Park pitch.Openers Hunter and Forster opened proceedings for the home side, whilst Glynde regulars Barron and W. Burton-Durham started things off with the ball. Starting slowly, the Buxted pair built foundations running well between the wickets and being sensible with their shot selection. The longer they stayed at the crease, the more confidence and momentum they built.

Sidley CC at St Mary's Rec | Submitted pictureSidley CC at St Mary's Rec | Submitted picture
Sidley CC at St Mary's Rec | Submitted picture

The visitors kept things tight in the bowling department and made life difficult for the pair. As the overs went on, Hunter and Forster’s shots became more aggressive and creative, the pick of the bunch being a ‘reverse scoop’ performed magically by the latter. His partner Hunter more traditional with his approach, compiled an excellent 107 before falling at the hands of Barron.

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The partnership had span 214 runs, Park’s second biggest of the season. Forster departed not long after for a watchful 77, being caught behind off Burton-Durham. This brought Paddy Cooper to the crease, who showed his powerful striking in abundance late on the innings, clearing the rope 3 times in his 17 balls which cost the opposition 37 runs.Buxted Park ended their innings on a strong 271-5, with Barron and Burton-Durham picking up a wicket apiece, with 3 run outs accounting for the remainder of the wickets. Youngster Ridley Flind also bowled a great spell of medium pace bowling in the tricky middle overs.The second innings could not have started any better for the hosts, as Isaac Heater bowled captain Burrows for 0 with the first delivery of the second instalment of the match. From here, things were always going to be difficult for Glynde, Cramp and Hobden did their best to counter attack the bowling early on, both finding the boundary a couple of times, but Hunter (3-33) opening the bowling too, on what was turning out to be his day, removed both of them before too much damage was done.

Veteran Rob Mouland was the next batter to do battle with the bowling, putting together an all too familiar half century, whilst especially taking a liking to the bowling of Iain Allan. Spin duo Dominic Heater and Mark Trubshaw went about clearing up the middle order and tail with precision, taking 5 wickets between them for just 28 runs.It had been a near perfect display from Buxted Park, with their opponents finishing 129 runs short of the required target, booking the side their first ever spot in the national rounds of the National Village Cup.A big thank you to the supporters from both sides who came to watch the match, it made for a great spectacle with families and friends surrounding the boundary edge, there will hopefully be more days to come like this at Buxted Park in 2024.

But first, a trip to Stoke Green in Slough, who have been very successful regionally over the past 5 years. A tough game ahead, but as the old saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

Hailsham's Matt Maritz and Jason Tibble | Submitted pictureHailsham's Matt Maritz and Jason Tibble | Submitted picture
Hailsham's Matt Maritz and Jason Tibble | Submitted picture

Hastings Priory skipper Harry Scowen admitted being light on the bowling front cost them in their latest Sussex Premier League outing at Three Bridges.

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Priory scored 247-9 with Caleb Laloo top-scoring with 78 and Iden McCleave weighing in with a useful 47 down the order.

But when Bridges batted, Hastings couldn’t stop the flow nor take regular wickets and 100 from Michael Cowdrey got the opposition home.

The defeat leaves Hastings eighth ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with bottom side Worthing.

Skipper Scowen said: “After losing the toss and being stuck in I was hopeful we could put a competitive score on the board, and that we did.

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"The first target is to get 225 and secure maximum batting points, so to get 247 I knew we were very much in the game, although the pitch was good and the outfield was quick so it was probably 20-30 short.

“Caleb Laloo, who’s only 18, batted brilliantly for his 78, his maiden premier league 50, and was supported well through Will Hutchings (30) and Iden McCleave (47).

“We were probably a bowler light this week, missing both Adam Barton and Adam Page, two people with plenty of first XI experience.

"We managed to take wickets early and at the first drinks break we were on top with bridges three down.

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"Unfortunately they had a very good partnership with their number 5 riding his luck a little but making a good hundred.

"Despite the absence of the two Adam’s, we bowled and fielded pretty well but came up second best overall.

“We head back to Horntye to play bottom of the league Worthing next week in the return to the win, lose, draw format - we are confident we can return to winning ways and widen the gap between the teams in the bottom two.”

Crowhurst Park 191-5; Bolney 189 all out

This was a fractious match that proved beyond the visitors who elected to bat first.

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Chasing a modest target of 189, the tempo of Crowhurst Parks innings was set by Toby Burdekin’s run-a-ball 44 before he was caught off the bowling of Saurabh Wakaskar (1-27)

Thereafter the innings was dominated by Bradley Payne (59*). A few cheap wickets gave Bolney hope but a partnership of 67 between Payne and Jack Richardson (32*) accelerated the home side to an emphatic victory with 10 overs to spare. In the process Bolney used four wicketkeepers.

The visitors’ successful bowlers were Darryn Stares (2-32) and Zebehulah Mohammad (2-42)

Earlier Bolney elected to bat in bright conditions on a good pitch. The visitors made a steady start but it was the tenacity of Park’s bowling and fielding that controlled the run rate.

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Early damage was done by Matthew Constable (2-41) as several batsmen made a solid start only to perish as they tried to accelerate.

Michael Gould (21), Surabh Wakaskar (33) and Hamdulfah Saray (22) led the way but they could not counter Crows spin trio Ollie Constable, Nick Peters, James Bunday, taking five wickets between them. Jordan Shaw (2-23) wrapped up the visitors’ innings on 189

Crowhurst Park go top in Division 3 East.

St Peters v Glynde

Division 3 East

Glynde CC travelled to St Peters last Saturday and came away with their second Division 3 East win of the season.

Th e home side batted first, but they soon encountered problems, losing two wickets for 32.

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But Aaron Andrew with 40 and Matthew Willard 23 recovered the situation for a while.

Glynde's bowlers were in excellent form, though, as Will Burton Durham (4-19), Charlie Hobden (2-21) and two run outs from Charlie Silvester helped Glynde bowl St Peters out for just 122.

Glynde lost an early wicket, but Hobden with 48 and Matt Blunt 43 not out eased Glynde to just their second win of their league season.

Glynde IIs continued their excellent form with a comfortable win, against Mayfield IIIs.

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Glynde put Mayfield into bat on winning the toss and they were well rewarded.

After an opening partnership of 58 from the opening pair. Zak Barber with 3-24 and Gavin Sutherland 3-37 kept the innings under control as Mayfield were restricted to 167-8.

Glynde had little trouble in reaching their target, losing just two wickets, as skipper Dominic Harris with 57 not out, Archie Howard (55) and Darren Howard (26) eased Glynde home in 26 overs.

An under-strength Glynde III were bowled out for just 107, with only Neil Higgin (32 not out) and Tim Stirmey (28) making any significant contributions, as Chiddingly cruised home losing just two wickets.

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Tomorrow Glynde are at home to Portslade in another important game.

Hailsham CC’s first XI slipped to a 150-run defeat at Little Common Ramblers in their latest Division 4 East outing – their first league loss of 2024.

Hailsham won the toss and elected to field in this clash of two unbeaten sides.

Andrew Anthony and James Bellett got Hailsham off to a great start in the powerplay, restricting Ramblers to 29-0 off 10. Bellett got the breakthrough with a ball that just popped a touch on Chris Meredith which Jason Tibble took behind the stumps.

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Tom Crouch broke another partnership with one edged behind to Tibble. Malcom Johnson and captain Jon Meredith put on 72 before Matty Maritz got Meredith out at point with a sharp catch by Bellett – Maritz’s first league wicket for the club.

Former Hailsham man Varun Khullar and Johnson batted well, taking the game to the bowlers. They put on 126 for the fourth wicket and Johnson brought up a magnificent 100.

Johnson smashed a straight drive which Crouch got a fingertip on to run out Khullar. Simon Dunning got Hopkinson first ball and Johnson finally went.

Little Common finished on 285-8.

In the reply, Maritz was bowled second ball and Ciaran Peacock went for eight.

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Ollie McDonald also went for eight and Dunning hit three big sixes before departing for 21. Tibble departed for 11 before Tom McDonald and Crouch went to rebuild before McDonald was caught at mid-off.

Crouch went six runs later and soon it was 87-9, before James Bellett and 16-year-old JCput on 58 for the final wicket. Tomorrow Hailsham host Felbridge & Sunnyside.

Tun Wells 3rd 215-5; Crowhurst Pk 2nd 222-8

This was a close encounter between two respected teams.

The visitors elected to bat and got off to a solid start with the top three batsmen thriving, namely Jonathon Peters (25), Joeseph Lovell (34) James Wilson (33).

However, it was Jacob Watson (91) who pu the Crows in a strong position.

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The Wells bowlers stuck to their task and were rewarded with quick wickets towards the end in Park’s quest for runs. Anandkunmar Ganesan took 2-43 and Henry Smith 3-17 as Park closed on 222-8.

Wells replied with excellent innings by Tim Luckhurst (52) and Will Hardy (100*) getting them close.

Park’s bowling kept the score just below the asking rate with fine spells from Charlie Furgason (3-38) and skipper Joe Lovell (2-33) as Tunbridge Wells closed on 215-5, seven short.

Willingdon II 92 (3pts); Sidley 95-2 (30pts)

Division 11 East (South)

Sidley retained top spot on the back of a fourth consecutive victory as they won by eight wickets at home to Willingdon seconds.

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After winning the toss and choosing to field at St Mary's Rec, Sidley bowled their opponents out for 92 in 32 overs.

Willingdon were going along reasonably at 44-1, but the loss of captain Mike Pickard for 24 preceded nine wickets falling for 48.

Johnathan Haffenden took 3-7 and Craig Ramsden 3-27, Louis Haffenden, Moinul Islam and Steve Ramsden claimed a wicket each.

Although the home side lost an early wicket in reply, debutant Islam came in at three and blasted 27.

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Johnathan Haffenden continued in the same vein, smashing an unbeaten 40 from 28 deliveries as Sidley got home in the 18th over.

Opener Jackson Jesupatham was 19 not out at the other end.

Sidley's second XI lost by 61 runs away to Herstmonceux thirds as they got out in the middle for the first time in Division 12 East (South East) this season.

Herstmonceux posted 179-7, with Mark Gransden, Simon Calver (making his first Sidley appearance for years) and Peter Savage each picking up two wickets.

Savage led the way with 36, Gransden made 16 and Calver 14* as the visitors were all out for 118.

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