Buxted Park 150-7
Heathfield Park* 103 all out
AS a club that has waited over a decade for a return to first division cricket, the abandonment of the first league game of the season was all the more frustrating for Buxted Park.
And with puddles dotted around the outfield just two days before the second game, groundsman Geoff Peddie deserves credit for this match going ahead at all. Both sides were keen to take advantage, knowing that a positive result would be particularly beneficial on a day when other fixtures were likely to be rain-affected.
It was Heathfield that made the early inroads, winning the toss and inserting Buxted Park, who quickly found themselves two wickets down with just four runs on the board. A good 34 from Rob Raymond put the innings back on an even keel, but the bowler-friendly conditions inevitably made runs hard to come by.
An excellent, patient innings of 51 from Lloyd Burgess, supported by Ben Ferms (21) and Luke Miles (14 not out), led Buxted to 150-7 from their 50 overs, a modest total in normal circumstances, but in these conditions an eminently defendable one. James Bentley (2-32), James Briggs (2-34) and Callum Matthews (2-21) all bowled well for Heathfield, ensuring pressure was always maintained on the home side’s batsmen.
The slow-but-true nature of the pitch saw Buxted captain Ben Ferns decide to open the bowling with his spinner Aaron Saunders, a decision which was rewarded with the wicket of opener Tom Sanderson. But it was from the other end that much of the damage was done, with Craig Olive bowling excellently to return 4-31, knocking over the Heathfield top order and leaving the away side struggling at 61-6.
Some diligent batting from the tail briefly made it look possible that Heathfield would salvage a draw from the match, but the reintroduction of Saunders proved to be crucial. A catch at mid-off from his bowling proved to be the breakthrough Buxted needed, before his next over saw him take two very sharp caught-and-bowled chances – making it three such dismissals for him in the match – to reduce Heathfield to 97-9.
It was only right that it was he who took the last wicket, in his next over, to complete a well-deserved five-for and secure the full 30 points for Buxted.
Notable Performances: Lloyd Burgess, Buxted Park 51, Aaron Saunders, Buxted Park 5-42, Craig Olive, Buxted Park 4-31.
Rottingdean 197-3 Ringmer* 127-4 (T20 rules)
RINGMER against Rottingdean was played out as a Twenty20 match, with visitors Rottingdean claiming the 18 points for the win.
Ringmer won the toss and elected to put their opponents in. It was a decision they would regret. Rottingdean put on 57 for the first wicket – then a mammoth 116 for the second – before closing their 20 overs just three runs short of 200 runs.
Openers Simon Corrigal and Henry Ledden scored 32 and 77 off 33 and 52 balls respectively, while No 3 bat Mustaq Islam weighed in with a whirlwind 63 off 27 balls.
Murray Barnett took 2-54 for Ringmer while Gary Holder claimed the other wicket to fall.
In reply, Ringmer got off to an awful start, losing two wickets for just nine runs. But the hosts rallied well, adding 56 for the third wicket and another 56 for the fourth. But Rottingdean’s run rate proved just too much for Ringmer, as the hosts ended their 20 overs 70 runs adrift. Opener Neil Harris remained undefeated on 50 runs off 54 balls, while Mat Savage made 27 off 27 balls, Aaron Halsey 22 off 20 balls, and Alex Potter returned 2-24.
Ringmer still picked up nine points as the game was officially declared an abandoned match.
OTHER RESULTS: Ditchling v Barcombe cancelled; Iden v Willingdon abandoned; Ringmer v Rottingdean abandoned; St Peters, Brighton v Plumpton & East Chiltington.
Rye* 61 Hailsham 57
Hailsham travelled to Rye for their first league game of the season, despite very little practice or game time in pre season – which might explain how they managed to fall four runs short of a target of SIXTY-ONE.
Under the guidance of new captain Ciaran Treloar and with new signings Darren Moore and Chris Britton in the team, Hailsham were in confident mood.
The game could not have started any better for Hailsham. Having won the toss and elected to bowl first in damp, green conditions, the bowlers set about their jobs perfectly, with Treloar (4-13) setting the early tone. He was very well supported by Will Slemmings (1-9 in six overs) and Chris Britton.
Then, just before drinks with the home team struggling on 33-4, Mart Archer joined the party. Wickets tumbled quickly and soon Rye were all out for 61. Archer finished with the astonishing figures of 5-5 off five overs, while smart catches from Moore and Slemmings helped Hailsham’s cause.
Sandun Dias and Richard Weller were the only batsmen to reach double figures, both falling to Archer on 16.
With eight overs to bat before tea, Hailsham knew Rye would come at them hard and so they did. Hailsham lost three wickets and found themselves at 13-3.
And despite Mike Ambler batting the whole way through for 26 not out, Hailsham regularly lost wickets along the way and came up four runs short in a entertaining yet disappointing start to their 2012 season.
The wickets were shared around the Rye bowlers. Craig Pierce took 4-14, Sandun 3-22, Martin Blincow 2-5 off four overs and Gary Willis 1-9 off six overs.
The Perry Winkles Man of the Match went to Archer for a devastating spell of spin bowling.
OTHER RESULTS: Battle v Crowborough abandoned; Chiddingly v Bells Yea Green cancelled; Fletching v Robertsbridge abandoned; Laughton v Newick cancelled.
Ditchling 2nd XI 124
MAYFIELD won their first game of the season by a comfortable eight wickets against Ditchling at Wellbrook Ground.
Having won the toss, Mayfield elected to bowl first, and took wickets steadily throughout Ditchling’s innings before seeing them bowled out in 28.5 overs. Akki Mohammed was the pick of the bowlers with 4-26 from his eight overs, while Rob Sharma, Andy Parker and Jason Finch shared the rest of the wickets between them, taking two each.
In reply, Mayfield made light of their run chase, reaching their target in just 21.4 overs. Openers Mick Pooley and Bryce Stimpson made 40 and 35 respectively, while Sharma chipped in with 23 not out batting at No 3.
Tunbridge Wells Borderers 230-7 d
NEWHAVEN were comprehensively outplayed and outscored in this one-sided victory for Tunbridge Wells Borderers on Saturday.
Newhaven won the toss and decided to bowl. They then faced 45 overs of hard toil as their opponents put on 230 before declaring with seven wickets down.
At least the hosts got amongst the wickets late on, after Borderers had been at 183-2 at one point. Daryl Tullett and Dave Bennett took a brace of wickets apiece.
In reply Newhaven didn’t have a chance. Early dismissals for Tullett and Matt Gomm meant Borderers were soon into their middle order and only Brad Hambly (11),
Nick Young (11) and Jonathan Bennett (16) of the home batsmen made double figures (Extras was top scorer with 20). Linton Neill took 4-17 and Emmerson Wood 3-12.
OTHER RESULTS: Herstmonceux v Lewes St Michaels cancelled; Pevensey v Dicker cancelled; Uckfield Anderida v Polegate & SC cancelled.
Rottingdean 2nd XI* 177
Ringmer 2nd XI 62
ROTTINGDEAN won by 115 runs. Ringmer won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Rottingdean were 177 all out in 41 overs. Chris Osborne scored 86 not out in 66 balls, Sam Shepherd scored 21 and Ryan Perry 16, while Ryan Packham took 4-59, Martin Greenham 3-33 and Kevin Goldsmith 2-20.
In reply Ringmer were 62 all out in 39.3 overs. Chris Knight top-scored with 24, while Sam Shepherd took 5-13 and Jay Paulraj 3-15.
East Dean & Friston* 133
GEOFF Campbell and Josh White helped East Dean recover from 54-7 to 133 all out in 47.1 overs as they went on to beat Wadhurst on Saturday. Batting at No 7, White scored 37 and batting at No 9, Campbell added 32.
Campbell then continued his good day with three wickets as Wadhurst were bowled out for 62 in 36.1 overs. John Daubney and Richard Abson Bennett chipped in with a brace each.
OTHER RESULTS: Firle* 82 (25.1 overs; Richard Gravett 28; Cameron Olsen 5-11) lost to Forest Row 83-5 (19.4 overs; Craig Sargent 33, David Shaw 2-21); Heathfield Park 2nd XI v Eastbourne 3rd XI cancelled; Little Common Ramblers v Isfield cancelled.