Skipper and Bux shine again as Hellingly enjoy a perfect week

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Hellingly rounded off a memorable week when – three days after their 14th Oakshott Cup success – they overcame local rivals Lewes Priory in 1st XI Division 3 East to shoot three places up the league table.

The eight-wicket victory saw them jump from a troubled second bottom to a respectable mid-table fifth.

Priory were undone by a brilliant nine-over burst by Hellingy’s Daniel Pellett on the hottest day of the year at the Stanley Turner Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Winning the toss, the home side were confident of an improved batting display as they welcomed back a few senior players to the ranks.

Lewes made a reasonable start, with Andrew Hartridge (13), Richard Eborn and Jacob Lee all making good starts to their innings.

However, Lewes’ innings never really got going after Eborn (23) and Lee (17) were dismissed and the Priory middle order was at the mercy of Pellett. At 65-2, he was brought into the bowling attack and he demolished the remaining batsman, taking 6-13 from nine overs as Lewes were skittled out for a well below par 82. Matthew Ball took 2-22 in seven overs and Ben Twine 2-19.

In reply, Hellingly lost two early wickets, with the Lewes bowling openers Tom Sharpe and Harry Wade bagging an early scalp each.

But Oakshott Cup heroes James Pooley and Zayne Bux rescued Hellingly again for the second time in three days as Pooley smashed 51 from 32 balls (including three sixes and five fours) and Bux supported him well with an unbeaten 20 all from boundaries.

The partnership ended any faint hopes of a home victory as the visitors sprinted over the line in the 12th over.

Priory remain rooted to the bottom of the table and travel to fellow strugglers Rottingdean tomorrow (Saturday) hoping for a first league win.

Hellingly, meanwhile, will be hoping for a third straight victory in the league when they host Ansty tomorrow.

Pooley’s men beat Keymer & Hassocks by 41 runs seven days before Saturday’s handsome victory over Priory.