Hellingly close ground on next best team in division with second victory of season

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Hellingly got a much needed victory as they beat Keymer and Hassocks by 41 runs.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Hellingly got off to a good start, with James Pooley scoring a more than a run-a-ball 57 and Greg Devlin hitting 34.

Three wickets apiece for Andy Westgate (3-51) and Michael Poole (3-31) led to a mini-collapse but Matt Ball and Adam Devlin added crucial runs down the order as Hellingly finished on 159 all out off 38.4 overs.

In reply, Adam Devlin took two early wickets to reduce the home side to 2-2. Poole hit 16 but soon departed also to Devlin as opener Joe Isted could only watch on as the wickets began to fall at the other end.

Daniel Pellett and Joe Funnell took two wickets apiece as Hellingly sensed a rare victory at 97-9. Isted began to take on the bowlers to push for victory but Devlin returned to the attack and took the final wicket to end with 6-24 from 12 overs as Keymer were bowled out for 118 off 34.2 overs. Isted carried his bat throughout the innings for 50 not out off 113 balls.

The win, just Hellingly’s second league victory in eight attempts this season, sees them stay second bottom but narrow the gap considerably on the next best side – Keymer and Hassocks – from 23 points to just nine.

In 1st XI Division 2, Glynde lost their crunch bottom of the table clash with Pulborough. But it was mighty close, with the Recreation Ground outfit only going down by the last Pulborough wicket standing.

Hosts Glynde won the toss and elected to bat, with Chris Stanyard and Joe Adams scoring 52 and 54 respectively as they put on 201 all out from 48.1 overs. Imran Khan took 4-26 for Pulborough.

In reply, the visitors were in debt to tail-ender Shane West who made 28 as Glynde nearly grabbed the win, Pulborough finally finishing on 201-9 after 48.4 overs. After his batting heroics, Stanyard certainly deserved to be on the winning side with superb bowling figures of 6-54.

Having now swapped places with Pulborough at the bottom, new bottom side Glynde look to bounce back at Ifield.