Seaford 3rd XI remain unbeaten following Wadhurst draw

East Sussex Cricket League Division Eight – Wadhurst 2nd XI 192-9 Seaford 3rd XI 166-9

SEAFORD’s 3rd XI remain unbeaten this season after this closely-fought draw at Wadhurst.

On winning the toss, Wadhurst batted and got off to a good start through Iain Bell (24) and Callum Christie (39).

Seaford struggled to take wickets and it wasn’t until the introduction of Aaron Yeomans after the drinks break that the wickets started to fall. Playing his first game for two years following snapping his knee, he was soon in the groove and ended up taking 5-61 off 13 overs.

Joe Everdell made a hard hit 47 but Seaford skipper Simon Pitts took 3-17 at the end as the hosts were restricted to 192-9 off their 50 overs.

In reply, after losing a wicket in the second over, Gavin Wright (56) and Jon Sapwell (54) put on 118 for the second wicket and a Seaford win looked possible. But their wicikets then fell in quick succession and the momentum of the innings faltered, as Everdell completed a good match, taking 7-36. Wickets fell on a regular basis and it was left to Pitts to block out the final few overs to secure the draw.

Hellingly 3rd XI 219-6 Battle 2nd XI* 220-3*

HELLINGLY’s 3rd XI made it two defeats in a row after a titanic battle away to Battle’s 2nd XI.

Stand-in captain Luke Boorer lost the toss again, and Hellingly were asked to bat first. But they got off to a flyer, with Boorer (38) and David Williams (49) putting on 57 for the opening wicket. Boorer was the first to go after playing all round a straight one, and was soon joined back in the clubhouse by Scott March.

After two more quick wickets fell, Rupert Harbour (61 not out) came to the crease. Harbour teased the opposition with lots of half chances, but did manage the odd thumping shot to the boundary to keep the scorecard moving along. Williams then fell by way of lbw, and was joined back in the clubhouse the very next ball by David Pye.

Adam Pye (27) joined Harbour and the pair put on a partnership of 88 to steer Hellingly to a reasonable total of 219-6. Harbour made his 50 in 61 balls which included 11 fours.

The pick of the Battle bowlers was Tony Boardman who picked up 3-34.

In Battle’s reply, Hellingly found wickets were hard to come by. The breakthrough finally came when Chris Morris deceived Phil Harrod (31) with a quicker ball with the score on 70.

Tim Dudgeon (92 not out) was continuing to find his stride at the other end, and when joined by skipper Stuart Reeves (53) the pair took the game away from the visitors.

Hellingly did let the game slip from their own hands with a large number of dropped catches and wild throws at the stumps. They picked up another couple of wickets as they fought all the way to the end but Battle made it home with seven wickets to spare.

OTHER RESULTS: Crowborough 2nd XI 131 (36 ov) won by 8 runs at home to Chiddingly 3rd XI 123 (39.3 ov). Barcombe 2nd XI 204 (48 ov) lost by 6 wickets away to Rye 2nd XI 208-4 (36.1 ov; Edward Jury 40, Tim Brownbill 72*). Stanmer 2nd XI 162 (47 ov; Tom Post 4-19) won by 6 runs at home to Herstmonceux 2nd XI 156 (43 ov).