Ringmer promoted back to division 1 at first attempt

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Ringmer beat Crowborough by 7 wickets to claim the Division 2 title and return to Div 1 at the first attempt.

Upon winning the toss Ringmer skipper Mat Savage invited Crowborough to bat, and they made a solid start thanks to openers Ian Easton and Dave Burns. On 10 Easton was dismissed after looping a catch to Andy Smith at gully off the bowling of off spinner Murray Barnett. 2 balls later and Barnett claimed his next victim, who played around a straight one to get bowled. This left Crowborough 37-2 and they slowly improved their position, thanks to some fine hitting from Dave Burns. However Barnett once again proved to be the batsman’s undoing, removing Burns for a confidently made 46 off just 34 balls. In the very next over Dave Page took the first of his 4 wickets, although much of that was owed to Andy Smith’s lightning reactions at gully who took a fine catch. At 64-4 after 16 overs, Ringmer were gaining confidence however the nerves briefly returned as Keith Downing and captain Mikey Parker started to get Crowborough rolling again. The Barnett brothers then combined to remove the captain for 16, with Steve taking a catch on the boundary to assist brother Murray in getting his 4th wicket. By the end of the next over the 6th wicket had fallen, with Page grabbing his second wicket. By this time Downing had moved on the 17 but was then stumped by Andy Cramp to help Murray Barnett to his 6th 5-wicket-haul of the season. This was the beginning of the end for Crowborough’s innings as Barnett and Page proceeded to mop up the remaining 3 wickets with minimal fuss, dismissing Crowborough for just 113, despite some resistance for Jon Woollerton (13). Barnett rounded off his superb 60 wicket season with excellent figures of 15-5-50-6. Dave Page finished with 4-40 from his 12.5 overs.

Due to Crowborough’s innings less than 31 overs Ringmer had to bat for 19 overs before tea could be taken, so Andy Smith and Max Olliver went out to bat for the final time in 2014 and hoped to guide Ringmer to the victory they required. The opening bowlers Freddie Simmons and Adam Slack bowled deliveries that troubled both Smith and Olliver in the early overs, however with some good shots and a couple of loose deliveries Ringmer started to get moving towards the target. Andy Smith was the first to go, playing on to his stumps chasing a delivery wide of his off stump. This brought James Peck to the crease and he struggled early on to time the ball, but he and Olliver were still there at tea having got halfway to the 114 runs at 57-1. Spirits were high at tea in the Ringmer camp, but their feet were still firmly on the floor, as they knew the job was only half done.

After tea, Ringmer began to score quickly with Peck starting to time it better, and Olliver (42no) continuing to look comfortable. With the score on 72 Peck received an unplayable delivery that kept low, and was trapped LBW for 17. The very next ball things were looking up for Crowborough as Woollerton claimed his 2nd wicket, as Andy Cramp tried to hit the ball over the boundary, but only succeeded in being caught by Ian Easton. Michael Turner was the new man in, and sped up the scoring further with aggressive yet sensible cricket shots. With every run Ringmer believed more and more that it was going to be their day. Going into the 30th over and Ringmer had brought the scores level and at the end of the over Turner(31no) boomed a drive through the covers for the winning boundary. Cue the champagne and after an emotional victory the Ringmer boys knew a great night was in store!