Poulter stars with bat and ball but Nutley can’t quite force the win

East Sussex Cricket League Division Seven

Nutley* 221-3 Iden 2nd Xl 166-8

NUTLEY dominated this draw having been asked to bat by the visitors.

A rare opening partnership of 60 saw the home side off to a solid start, which was built upon by Alan Poulter (101) who was moved up to open the innings. Batting for 43 overs with a mixture of finesse and aggression, Poulter was well supported by Nick Avis (44) and Nick Parsons (23 not out) to see Nutley declare at 221-3.

Iden made a solid start to their reply, with Gary Bourn (38) and Rob Yardy (32) quickly building a half century opening stand.

However, the introduction of Poulter (5-22) saw him cap a superb all-round performance as wickets fell at regular intervals. Warren Downs (34) kept the run rate up as Iden’s batsmen continued to play their shots in search of batting points which gave the bowlers chances to finish the game but the final wickets didn’t come, with the visitors closing on 166-8 for the draw.

Udimore 199 Denton* 181-9

IN-form Udimore seamer Tom Adams despatched five of Denton’s top six back to the clubhouse as Denton failed to chase 200 to win at Avis Road.

Despite losing nine wickets, Denton clung on to maintain their unbeaten run in the league, which stretches back to the summer of 2010.

Denton will regret allowing their visitors to post 199, having worked hard to have Udimore on the ropes at 142-9. But an excellent last wicket stand of 57 from Mike Dobinson and Del Longley tipped the balance of the game in the visitors’ favour. Dobinson and Longley seemed untroubled by the Denton spinners but their partnership was finally broken by Mark Miles with the first ball of his second spell.

Earlier in the Udimore innings, Ben Linklater score a cavalier 47 before playing around a straight ball from Martin Milne. Davy Milne took care of the middle order, recording figures of 3-33.

In favourable batting conditions, Denton looked set for a win while Andy Turner (41) and Martin Milne (38) occupied the middle – but when both batsmen had been bowled by Adams, Denton did well to avoid defeat, the last few nervous overs successfully negotiated by Davy Milne (15 not out) and Oliver Guy. Adams’s figures were 6-50 off 14 overs.

Plumpton & East Chiltington 2nd XI 200-6 Glynde & Beddingham 3rd XI 192

THIS was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining game with both sides chasing victory rather than settling for a draw.

Plumpton were inserted by the visitors and the total was set up by a first wicket partnership of 122 between Kelvin Speirs (71) and Andrew Meredith-Jones (47).

Glynde lost wickets regularly and were at one stage 75-6. Opener Jamie Morgan was then joined by Fraser Johnstone and they put on an enterprising 95 for the seventh wicket before they were both out – for 83 and 39 respectively – when stumped in the same over by Gary Plummer.

For Plumpton, Paul Brinkhurst (4-28) and Adam Earl (3-45) were the main wicket takers.

OTHER RESULTS: Bells Yew Green 2nd XI 172-6 dec (50 ovs; John Allum 60*) lost by 2 wickets at home to Newhaven 2nd XI 173-8 (43 ovs; Extras 15; Darryl King 3-40, Carlin Tapp 3-57). St Peters, Brighton 3rd XI 68 (25.1 ovs; Ian McConnell 23; Tim Hurst 6-30, Mark Fawbert 4-36) lost by 9 wickets to Alfriston 71-1 (19 ovs; Matthew Jackson 38*; Stuart Everard).