Hellingly move into top four with narrow win

1st XI Division Three (East) Hellingly* 196 Crowhurst Park 191

HELLINGLY moved into the top four of Division Three (East) after this exciting narrow five-run win over Crowhurst Park.

Hellingly won the toss and elected to bat first at their Horsebridge Rec venue. An innings of 71 from opener Tim van Noort helped Hellingly to a total of 196 from 51.2 overs. A third wicket partnership of 89 between he and Ashley Crocombe (33) was the cornerstone of the hosts’ total, although an Extras count of 30 helped. Richard Coleman was Park’s best bowler with 5-58.

Crowhurst, in reply, were looking good after putting on exactly 50 for the first wicket (with Ed Smissen out for just one, with fellow opener Martin Barry having scored 46 of that 50 stand), but from then on, wickets fell regularly – until they were at 177-9 and Hellingly were looking forward to a relatively comfortable win. But the last stand from Crowhurst Park, between the two Colemans of Laurence and Richard (who hit two sixes in six balls to end not out on 14 at No 11), put on a further 14 runs to see Park come perilously close to Hellingly’s total. Tim van Noort rounded off a great all-round performance for Hellingly by taking the last four Park wickets to fall to finish with figures of 5-12 off 6.2 overs, Dan Pellett chipped in with 2-22.

Lewes Priory dropped one place from fourth to fifth after drawing away to Keymer and Hassocks. In response to Priory’s 235-8 – having been put in by the hosts – Keymer and Hassocks finished on 145-7 at Adastra Park.

Seaford* 176 Lindfield 177-3

SEAFORD dropped two places to eighth after losing by three wickets at home to Lindfield.

Lindfield won the toss and elected to bowl. After losing Ryan Hodkinson for one, Seaford put on another 66 runs for the second wicket.

They then lost another five wickets for 51 runs to go from 71-2 to 122-6 before another decent partnership of 48 helped them up to 170 before a flurry of wickets saw the, finish 176 all out after 51.5 overs. Opener Oliver Smith was top bat with 60, while Kevin Ramsay and Callum Scott chipped in further down the order with knocks of 42 and 32 respectively. Matthew Wilson-Yelverton took 4-35.

Lindfield, in reply, reached their target in just 35.4 overs. Scott Clark top-scored with 45. Scott was best bowler with 2-25.

OTHER RESULTS: Ansty 229-7 (53 ov; Harry Towler 42, Jonathan Young 106*; Rob Slaughter 4-88) drew at home to Henfield 204-9 (47 ov; Chris Crampton 59, William Culver 47; Jack Palser 2-26). Burgess Hill 192-8 (53 ov; Luke Vick 36; Razwan Hussain 3-26) lost by 2 wickets at home to Crawley 196-8 (46.2 ov; Atif Elahi 83; Joe Maskell 4-40).