Alfriston* 52 Glynde 3rds 53-4
GLYNDE’s Thirds beat Alfriston. Alfriston collapsed in 26 overs, as Frazer Johnstone (4-6 from seven overs) and Simon Carden (3-14) ripped the Alfriston batting apart. Only Matthew Harmer (24) and Colin Smith (11 not out), managed double figures. The away side had little trouble in knocking off the runs as Chris Thompson (25 not out) and Fred Brickell (12) eased Glynde home. The experienced Tim Hurst, with 4-24, made sure Glynde did not have things all their own way.
Iden 135 Denton* 106-7
WITH both teams eager to play after a rain affected start to the season, this drawn match was played in unusually damp conditions, groundsman Davy Milne to thank for preparing a playable wicket, although fielders in some areas of the outfield might have benefited from flippers and a snorkel. Having been invited to bat, Iden lost openers Martin Sims and Chris Butler early to seamer Naleen Sumaneskara. Simon Barden (41) and Gary Bourn (24) defied the lifeless track to score freely before both men played loose shots to off spinner Mark McCaughan, who finished with 5-59. Davy Milne bowled an excellent spell of leg spin, his 12.4 overs costing just 25 runs with three wickets claimed, including that of Warren Downs for 37, caught acrobatically by Rob Evans.
Iden’s tail end failed to make a significant contribution and the visitors were all out after 39.4 overs for 135. Having earned 10 extra overs, Denton failed to capitalise, with normally free-scoring openers Matt Atkins and Greg Tyrell becoming, quite literally, bogged down and failing to make inroads to the visitors’ total. Should Denton need to boost club funds this season, they might consider selling a DVD of their innings as a cure for insomniacs, as they failed to launch a challenge on the visitors’ total, despite having 53 overs at their disposal. Warren Downs and Peter Crouch bowled tight lines with Crouch ‘s 18 overs costing a mere 25 runs. Father and son partnership Davy Milne (14 not out) and Martin Milne (31 not out) found themselves in a late battle to save the game but survived to earn a wet, but well-earned draw.
OTHER RESULTS: BYG 3nd XI v Nutley cancelled; Plumpton & East C’n 2nd XI v Udimore cancelled; St Peters, Brighton 3rd XI* 103 (40 overs; Joe Jenner 27; George Burton-Durham 4-22, Lee Pollard 3-20) beat Newhaven 70 (37.2 overs; George Burton-Durham 28; Graham Parker 4-3 in 4.2 overs) by 33 runs.
Stanmer 2nd XI 43
Seaford 3rd XI* 44-1
SEAFORD Thirds won by a hugely comfortable nine wickets in the only game to go ahead in Division Eight.
Putting Stamner in first, Seaford reduced their visitors to just 43 all out inside 23 overs. Wickets were shared around the Seaford attack, with Jonathan Robards and Jake Ross both claiming figures of 2-15, while Chris Pope, Bernard Lewis, Daniel Tuite and Maxwell Wright all picking up one wicket apiece.
There was one run out by Lewis while one of the Stanmer players was absent.
In reply, Seaford lost captain and opener Colin Goddard for 15 but Benjamin (12) and Dan Smedley (12) both then guided the hosts to victory.
OTHER RESULTS: Barcombe 2nd XI v Herst’x 2nd XI; Chid 3rd XI v Hell 3rd XI; Crowboro 2nd XI v Battle 2nd XI; Wadhurst 2nd XI v Rye 2nd XI cancelled.