Priory are left still searching for that first win of the season

Lewes Priory 1st XI travelled to table-toppers Lindfield on Saturday still searching for their first win of the season.

They were still searching by the close after going down to a six wicket defeat.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Priory limped to 107 all out. Andrew Hartridge (26) and Jacob Lee (23) offered most resistance with the willow, with Stephen Pearce bagging 4-28 for the hosts.

In reply Lindfield coasted to victory despite losing wickets at regular intervals. Callum McCleod bowled well on his Priory debut with a brace of Linfield wickets, but it was not enough as the hosts passed Priory’s 107 in the 22nd over, with Shane Wilson-Yelverton finishing unbeaten on 51.

The defeat leaves Priory even further adrift at the bottom of Division 3 East, going from 39 points behind second bottom Hellingly to 61 points.

Priory now take on local rivals Hellingly in a crunch fixture at home tomorrow.

Priory’s 2nd XI fared much worse at home to Lindfield’s 2nds in the 2nd XI Division 3 East. The visitors racked up 233-3 in just 35 overs. Joe Newcombe carried his bat for 101. Rory Fairhead picked up two wickets in his 11 overs.

In response, David Whear claimed four Priory victims as the hosts were dismissed for just 31, Jim Guilford the only man to make double figures with 11.

Like their counterparts in the 1st XI, the seconds are also now even further adrift at the bottom of the table following this defeat.

Meanwhile, in East Sussex League Division 11, the 3rd XI were defeated by Mayfield, who rattled up 250-3 in 32 overs, with keeper Oliver Watson top scoring with 85.

Alex Elyles was the pick of the Priory bowlers, taking three wickets. Will Malkin bagged four Priory wickets (4-17) as the visitors were bowled out for 79. Barry South top scored with 37.

Priory play host to Heathfield Park 3rd XI tomorrow.