Round-up of local action in Week 2 of the Sussex Cricket League

1st XI Division Two

Worthing* 259-4 drew with Glynde 182-9

GLYNDE & Beddingham followed up their previous week’s Sussex League win over local rivals Lewes with a draw away to Worthing.

Worthing won the toss and batted, and after an opening partnership of 40, Ben Challen (133) and Michael Gould (81) shared a second wicket partnership of 110 and only when captain Dominic Shepheard introduced himself into the attack was the partnership broken.

Shepheard took two more wickets to finish with figures of 3-19 and a target of 260 was always going to prove a hard task for Glynde. After losing an early wicket, Joe Adams (32) and Robbie Mouland (51) took Glynde into a promising position at 124-2.

However, with the loss of both of these batsman in quick succession, the visitors were always up against it, with Worthing Bowler Andy Lutwyche (4-38), causing the batsman problems. Shepheard continued his good afternoon’s work with 37, but unfortunately for Glynde, no other batsmen was able to support him and Glynde were left hanging on for the draw at 182-9.

Glynde took just eight points, with Worthing claiming 14.

This coming Saturday Glynde are at home to Bexhill in what will be another tough match.

Ifield* 221-6 drew with Lewes Priory 156-7

LEWES Priory put their previous week’s defeat to Glynde behind them with a draw at Ifield.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat. Jay Baldwin (13) and Sabir Zahoor put on 74 for the second wicket before Zahoor was out caught by Michael Murray off the bowling of Rashid Khan for 65 off 60 balls.

Greg Barton, Buntu Melamane and Jack Groves all got in for the hosts but none could push on for a really big score, making 30, 41, 41 respectively. Imran Khan was the pick of the Priory bowlers, taking 3-40 off 15 overs. Rashid took 2-40.

In reply, It was opening batsman Imran who was again the star for Lewes, hitting an innings of 55 off 52 balls that included 11 fours.

The only other innings of substance came from Murray in the middle order, as he dug in to make 47 off 119 balls. The only other Priory player to make double figures was Ned Barker with 12. But, with only seven wickets down at the close of play, Lewes secured their first positive result of the season in fairly comfortable fashion. Russell Jacob, with 4-43, shone with the ball for Ifield.

1st XI Div Three (East)

Uckfield Anderida* 102 beat Keymer & Hassocks 51

UCKFIELD Anderida secured a thrilling win in a low-scoring contest at Victoria Pleasure Ground against 2009 Division 3 champions Keymer & Hassocks.

A thunderstorm the night before had left the track a bit softer than usual and the young Keymer skipper had no hesitation in putting Uckfield in on winning the toss.

Keymer’s opening bowlers got to it right away with the brisk right arm seam of Michael Poole and nagging off spin of Andy Westgate causing Uckfield problems from the start. Pete Holman was the first to go, following a ball that left him and feathering a catch behind.

Luke Forster followed lbw shortly after and from then on wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. It was only really overseas player Scott Strangio who came to terms with the bowling scoring what proved to be a vital 37. Westgate finished with five wickets as Uckfield were bundled out for only 102.

Keymer opened their innings before tea and Uckfield were determined to make life difficult for them chasing such a small total. With Strangio and Mark Cullingford opening the bowling there was pressure from the start, especially when Cullingford uprooted the off stump of the opener in the second over.

There were no easy runs and it took until the fifth over for Keymer to open their account. Strangio’s tight line and pace were causing real problems and he full took advantage of the conditions. By tea Uckfield held the upper hand, having reduced the visitors to 37-5, the always chirpy Kevin Morton having taken three catches close in.

It was more of the same after the break as more superb bowling from Cullingford and Strangio – combined with a total of 8 catches in the field, including a great juggling effort at gully by Matt McDonald – saw Keymer blasted out for 51. Joint men of the match Strangio and Cullingford ended with figures of 5-19 and 5-31 respectively.

Crawley* 94-1 beat Hellingly 91

HELLINGLY were trounced by their hosts in their journey north to Crawley on Saturday.

The toss was going to be important, as the wicket was green and damp following the overnight rain. Unfortunately the visitors lost and were dutifully put into bat.

But Hellingly had been boosted by their win over Keymer & Hassocks the previous Saturday and the opening pair of James McDonald (20) and Scott Pearce withstood the variable bounce and the good length ball spitting chest height for 12 overs before Pearce spliced one, and the catch was taken.

Wickets began to fall too regularly, without partnerships being formed. Paul McDonald stayed for half an hour for 11, but the only batsman to get to grips with the conditions was 1st XI debutant Greg Devlin. His shot selection, and watching the ball onto the bat, brought him Hellingly’s top score of 34, out of the measly total of just 91 from 34.5 overs.

Crawley’s bowlers used the conditions to their advantage well, with new member Harry Choudhary providing a match winning performance of 5-14 off 9.5 overs. Mumtaz Khatab (3-14) and Fayez Rasheed (2-25) were the other wicket takers.

With a low target to chase, and the pitch drying, Crawley had their share of luck, with Hellingly putting down three catches.

The hosts raced to their target in just 16.5 overs, with Choudhary hitting six fours in his 42 not out. David Twine took the only wicket to fall, a well caught, juggling catch, by Pearce.

Hellingly need to put this game behind them, and get back to the winning ways for the next match at home to Uckfield this Saturday.

Seaford 97 Sidley 98-0*

SEAFORD were well and truly taken down a size by their hosts at the Gulliver Sports Ground.

Having been put into bat, the visitors crumbled to 97 all out in 33.1 overs. Their prospects had looked much healthier early on when openers Chris Stanyard and James Goddard put on 46 for the first wicket.

But when Stanyard was out for 25, caught by Neil Priddy off Paul Swannell, Seaford wickets then came at regular intervals.

Apart from a 21 stand between Goddard and Mitchell Ellingham, no other Seaford partnership exceeded eight runs. Goddard was finally out seventh man down for 33 off 70 balls. The wickets were shared between Swannell and Priddy, who returned 6-48 and 4-13 (off 9.1 overs) respectively.

Sidley then raced to their modest target, rattling to 98-0 off 18.3 overs. Ian Crittenden was undefeated on 31 and John Haffenden 49 not out.