Cricket picture special: Buxted Park v Isfield and Ringmer v Newick
Photographer Ron Hill took in Buxted Park v Isfield and Ringmer v Newick on Saturday. See his pictures on this page and the ones linked, and read the reports below as the region finally enjoyed a sunny Saturday.
Buxted Park v Isfield
Buxted Park went second with a win over Isfield. Buxted Park were put into bat by Isfield on what seemed to be a good pitch. Buxted raced to 27 before losing their first wicket in the fourth over. This didn't stop the flow of runs, with George Read (41) and Will Rist (33) striking the ball well, Read was caught behind, which began a mini collapse as Rist and Marchesi fell. Luckily for Buxted, Chris James and Gareth Clift went about playing their natural games as they rebuilt the innings to 182 before Clift fell for 40. James was still looking dangerous, hitting regular boundaries and keeping Buxted at a very strong run rate, despite some tight bowling from the Isfield spinners. Chris James brought up his maiden ton for the club and finished off the innings with 131* of 103 balls- a knock which gave his team a total of 291.
Isfield started in the worst possible way with captain Olive picking up the wicket of James Fellows with the first ball of the innings. Chambers (25) and captain Huw Williams (93) came together with their team on 20-2. They managed to put their side in a decent position at 92-2 before Dom Heater broke the partnership, and then swiftly took a second wicket in his next over. The steady Cockcroft helped stem the flow of runs in the middle overs, and Isfield fell further and further behind the game, despite the efforts of Williams who was eventually dismissed by I Heater with an excellent leg stump yorker. George Read was brought on to mop up the tail, and that he did, with a skillful 3/6 off 3.2 overs, meaning Isfield fell 97 runs short of their target.
Ringmer v Newick
On a beautiful sunny afternoon Newick won the toss and elected to field. Newick's fielding was incredibly tight and the first 10 overs passed with very few Ringmer runs scored. In the end Ringmer achieved 185-8 in their 40 overs, Murray Barnett top scored with 52no and Harvey Barnett scored 47. Ben Whelpton took 3-35 and a total of 8 Newick bowlers were used.
In reply Newick started steadily. Joe Waylett, with his usual flair, scored 35 from 21 balls before being caught. With a target of just over four an over runs came slowly. Three wickets fell in quick succession before Theo McCann and Will Sawyer saw the side back on track. Scott Warren (8no) and Theo McCann (36no) saw Newick to victory in their 36th over for the loss of six wickets. Michael Parris took 3-53 for Ringmer.