Ditchling 1s 125 all out lost to Seaford 1s 214-6 declared. Seaford 1st made the trip to the picturesque village of Ditchling on a hot and humid day, the threat of thunder and rain in the air.
A lost toss saw Seaford asked to bat first on a dry, hard, but, uneven pitch. Openers John Reynolds (27) and Mitch Backhouse got the visitors off to a good start dominating the Ditchling opening bowlers. In partnership with Backhouse, Oliver Smith (23) and Callum Scott (46 not out) kept up the momentum to allow Seaford the luxury to declare in the 47 over with 214-6 on the board. Backhouse batted supremely well for 81.
Tom Carr bowled a tight line and length to be rewarded with 4-68. There was a wicket each for Michael Krause and Mike Nolan.
The hosts reply got off to the worst possible start as Matt Broad’s first delivery of the innings saw Matthew Searle’s middle stump spectacularly knocked out of the ground. A dogged 32 from young Hamish Nolan, who handled the rising ball bravely, kept Ditchling going, but, testing bowling from Tim Goddard (1-23), Mitch Backhouse (3-20) and Broad, with a well deserved 5-15, plus some good catches ensured the regular loss of wickets. Despite good knocks from Hamish Middleton (28 not out) and Jim Nolan (28) at no time did Ditchling look likely to challenge Seaford’s total, as they were finally bowled out for 125 in the 38th over.
A resounding and important win for Seaford. Good preparation for next Saturday’s away trip to league leaders Mayfield.