Polegate given severe drubbing despite Morley hat-trick

East Sussex Cricket League Division Nine

Burwash Weald 228-8 dec Polegate & Stone Cross 2nd XI 82

POLEGATE Seconds were given a severe drubbing by Burwash Weald Firsts – despite a hat-trick for veteran leg-spinner Geoff Morley and three outstanding catches by Keefe Hughes.

With Wannock Road at last dry enough for its first league game of the season, Polegate began by inserting the opposition, and then spent much of a hot afternoon chasing leather. Two quick wickets for young spinner Emmett Johnson were rather overshadowed as Burwash opener Dave Rayment was merciless in punishing anything short or wide.

The first of the three catches by Hughes had left Burwash on 48-2. But that was in only the ninth over. And the visitors had reached 122-2 before Morley was introduced into the Polegate attack in the 24th over. The end of his third over and the start of his fourth produced the hat-trick, with another fine Hughes catch, a sharp stumping by skipper Alan Williams, and his third victim bowled.

Hughes also at last ran out Rayment, for a mighty 101, and took a diving catch at slip to give Morley (4-37) his fourth wicket.

However, Burwash were taking no chances of being out-batted by Polegate, and didn’t declare until they had amassed 228-8, after 48 overs.

They needn’t have worried. Polegate reached 29 looking very comfortable – but after opener Phil Hart was run out amid great confusion as to whether the ball was dead, medium-pacer Graham Clout had a field-day, sending Polegate crashing to 82 all out in 32 overs. Clout finished with the remarkable return of 7-15, off 11 overs. Opener Andy Johnson top-scored with 21.

OTHER RESULTS: Little Common Ramblers 150-7 (50 ovs; John James 70*; Vishal Pundir 4-42) lost by 3 wickets away to Bells Yew Green III 152-7 (42.1 ovs; George Smith 44; Jack Hickman 4-34). Buxted Park 3rd XI 125 (48 ovs; Rory Chalmers 62*; Adam Osborn 4-30, Chris Osbourne 3-25, Nathan Lopez 3-17) lost by 5 wickets away to Bexhill 4th XI 126-5 (37.4 ovs; Chris Osbourne 23*; Andy Shanks 2-26). Rottingdean 3rd XI 195-9 (50 overs) drew away to Rotherfield 2nd XI 174-8 (43 overs). Tunbridge Wells Borderers 2nd XI 213-8 (overs unspecified; Sam Carter 47; David Green 47; Alistair Carter 4-71) drew at home to Forest Row 2nd XI 127-8 (overs unspecified; Chris Bruce 26; David Green 3-4 off eight overs, including seven maidens; Forest Row had 10 players only).