Sussex Cricket League: Week 7 Round Up

1st XI Division Two

Glynde 175 Stirlands 125-9*

GLYNDE were denied a superb win thanks to a defiant and unbroken last-wicket partnership from hosts Stirlands

Glynde won the toss and elected to bat. However, they went off very slowly going at two an over for the first 20 overs and also lost early wickets as well. Rob Mouland was the first batsmen to go, well yorked by the bowler. Mike Warren soon followed, bowled by another excellent delivery, and skipper Dominic Shepheard, went quickly lbw.

Chris Blunt faced 60 balls, scoring 15, with three fours, but when he went Glynde were 46-4, against some superb fast bowling from overseas player Alex Garlick (who eventually would bowl 27 overs taking 8-99).

However, Ollie Bailey scored a very patient 45 and looked in excellent form. Dominic Harris (13) started the Glynde recovery and this was followed by a nine-ball 16 from Joe Fingerneissl who tried to get after Garlick and struck four fours.

Adam Davies then came in and he made an excellent 27. However, both he and Bailey then departed in quick time and, with another wicket falling, Glynde were precariously placed on 146-9.

But yet again Glynde’s never say die attitude came in to play as the last two batsmen, George Hobden (17) and Lee Atkinson (10) not out added 29 for the final wicket – and this was only ended by a run out on the last ball of the innings

The ball had seamed about for most of the afternoon and Garlik’s bowling was a big inspiration to Stirlands and gave them hope of victory.

Glynde opened up their bowling attack with Dominic Shepheard and, with the first ball of the innings, he yorked Nicholas Hunt. Then in his second over he had William Gubbins caught behind by Warren, also for 0.

Garlick came to the wicket and scored a cautious 31, but the Glynde skipper quickly added spin into the attack early and both Bailey (3-28) and Harris (2-23) ripped through Stirland’s middle order and left them in big trouble at 78-7, with only John Fuller 14, coping with the spin bowlers.

Chris Tebb hung around for 33 balls scoring just 4, with a slightly more venturesome 23 from Leo Beal.

However, Shepheard returned to the attack and got Beal to play on, and then Hobden trapped Tebb, plumb in front, leaving Stirlands on 101-9 with six overs remaining.

However, David Briance (12 not out) and Martin Ballands defied the Glynde attack, adding an unbeaten 24 for the final wicket.

This was another excellent fighting performance by the Glynde side, who were far the better side. However, Stirlands took 11 points from the game with Glynde taking just 10 in what proved a frustrating end to the afternoon for the visitors. This weekend Glynde have their bye week and do not have a league fixture.

Lewes Priory 187 Goring By Sea* 191-7

LEWES lost by three wickets away to Goring By Sea – but the real news for Priory was the return of David Tungate, who back playing just three weeks after that terrifying moment at Bexhill when he stopped breathing after being hit by a ball.

The visitors lost the toss and were inserted. They got off to a solid start, with openers Andrew Hartridge and Richard Eborn taking them on to 64 before the first wicket went down, Hartridge caught by Ellis Woolley off Matt Keen for 32. Eborn soon followed, for 31, falling victim to the exact same Goring pair.

Priory this week were unable to rely on their usual sources of runs, captain and former captain Imran Khan and Michael Murray falling for 13 and 12 respectively.

But they did get a half century from an alternative source, Josh Harrison hitting 53 off 75 balls, including nine fours. He was finally out when becoming the fourth of six victims to the bowling of Keen, the Goring man finally returning figures of 6-53 off 22 overs. Rashid Khan was the only other Lewes player to make double figures, with 26.

Priory’s reply with the ball couldn’t have started better, with Goring opening bat Andrew Baumann going for a second ball duck, trapped lbw by Paul Holiday. And fellow opener Keen was soon back in the dressing room having been caught Harrison off Joe Warren for just two. That left Goring wobbling on 4-2 and Priory feeling optimistic.

But Danny Pittham then came in and, in partnerships of 39 with Rowan Bezuidenhout (24), and 51 with Dan Kearney (19), he helped push up the home score to 92-4. Two quick dismissals to make it 99-6 swung the momentum back in Priory’s favour, but Pittham then added another 72 runs with Gareth Cook to all but put Goring over the line. Pittham was finally out for 79. Cook remained unbeaten on 41 at the end.

Priory’s best bowling return was Imran with 3-66, while Holiday, Warren, Ben Stoddart and Rashid shared a wicket apiece. Tungate, wearing the gloves behind the stumps, took two catches.

OTHER RESULTS: Bexhill* 186 lost to Cuckfield 189-2; Haywards Heath* 213-8 (Steve Kincome 56; Graeme Dean 4-41) beat Ifield (Ollie Graham 4-18); Worthing* 191-9 (Patrick Jolly 4-62) beat St James Montefiore 94 (Andrew Lutwyche 5-32).

1st XI Div Three (East)

Seaford 233-8 Uckfield Anderida* 137

UCKFIELD were presented with the challenge of facing Seaford this week and were looking for a good performance following their poor result at Burgess Hill the previous week.

The week’s rain had ensured the toss was a crucial one. Uckfield duly won the toss and elected to bowl, aiming to make the most of the damp conditions.

Mark Cullingford struck early to remove the league’s leading run-scorer Chris Stanyard for only nine. Scott Strangio persisted at the other end with good lines, however, the Seaford pair of James Goddard (45) and Mark Sapwell (46) dug in and presented some resistance to the home bowling attack.

Uckfield lacked consistency with the ball and in the field, which allowed Seaford to post a decent score of 233-8 after 53 overs.

Uckfield would require a good batting performance to match this score as the pitch became awkward and indifferent.

Pete Holman was the first to suffer as an attempted pull led to Matthew Broad unearthing his middle stump with a ball that kept undeniably low. Alex Vacher then fell shortly after to a ball that rose off a length and took the shoulder of the bat, ultimately carrying to second slip.

Uckfield needed to dig deep and show some character to avoid certain defeat and a good recovery was led by Kevin Morton (45) along with Peter Morris (20).

Morton’s positive approach to the Seaford bowling attack kept hope alive. Unfortunately, Uckfield’s middle order couldn’t follow his lead, adding little to the score. Wickets continued to fall and Uckfield were eventually bowled out for 137. Stanyard took 4-30.

Hellingly 259-5 Sidley* 236

HELLINGLY won impressively by 23 runs away to league leaders Sidley.

Having been put in by their hosts, Hellingly started well, reaching 76 before two wickets fell in quick succession, when openers James McDonald went for 34 and No. 3 bat George Hook soon followed for a four-ball duck.

Scott Pearce was joined at the crease by Paul McDonald, who hit 14 before being trapped lbw by Paul Swannell. But that just brought Greg Devlin to the party, and with opener Pearce they added 118 before another wicket fell.

Devlin eventually fell for a quick 41, but Pearce could not be dislodged and at the end of Hellingly’s 52 overs, was still not out for 144 off 148 balls. He had hit 23 fours. Peter King took 2-56.

Sidley, in reply, were – barring one good partnership of 81 – struggling throughout their innings.

Having seen their first wicket go down on 21, John Haffenden and Ian Crittenden put on that decent knock together to take the score up to 103. But once Haffenden was out for 59, trapped lbw by Gavin Sutherland for 59.

By the time Sidley had added another 11 runs, a further four wickets had fallen, and only Crittenden (29), Paul Thomson (54) and Chris Deeprose (22) thereafter showed any real resistance as the hosts were bowled out in 42.5 overs. Gavin Sutherland was the hero with the ball, taking 6-62 in 14 overs.

OTHER RESULTS: Burgess Hill 252-7d (Tom Trowbridge 110 not out, Jack Simpson 67) beat Ansty* 87 (Ian Simpson 5-30); Crowhurst Park* 237-7 (Paul Brookes 51, Bradley Payne 78 not out; Fayez Rasheed 4-40) beat Crawley 137 (Shaun Irlam); Lindfield* 162-6 (Bret Silvey 59; Michael Poole 4-47) drew with Keymer & Hassocks 124-8.

2nd XI Division Two

n STIRLANDS 2nd XI were unable to raise a side, so Glynde 2nd XI took 20 points from the game, while Stirlands are deducted 10 points for failing to turn up. This was not very helpful to Glynde, as both Chichester and Worthing won their games.

Lewes Priory 2nd XI beat Goring By Sea’s second string by three wickets. Hosts Goring By Sea won the toss and batted first, making 254-8 but Priory overhauled that with a score of 255-7.

OTHER RESULTS: Pulborough II 200 (Stuart Barber 80; Dan Faulkner 5-54) lost to Chichester Priory Park II* 201-7 (James Chriss 4-57); Ifield II* 162 (Matt Jones 5-39, Ben Morris 4-16) lost to Haywards Heath 165-6 (Ben Morris 67 not out); Worthing II 202-5d (Tom Lund 56 not out) beat St James Montefiore II 79 (Harry Dunn 6-17 in 9.2 overs).

2nd XI Div Three (East)

Seaford II* 228-8d Uckfield Anderida II 232-5

SEAFORD lost at home to Uckfield despite setting their visitors a big declared target.

Put into bat, Seaford were able to declare thanks to scores from opener John Reynolds (72), Tom Pitts (43), Thomas Date (31) and Dean Cooper (19). Best bowler was Joseph Burns with 4-50. In reply, Uckfield reached 232-5 to win.

Sidley II 210-9d Hellingly II* 152

HELLINGLY lost by 58 runs at home to Sidley.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field first. Although only three of Sidley’s batters actually managed to score more than eight runs, remarkably they were still in a position to be able able to declare at the end of their innings.

The visitors total was built on a seventh wicket partnership of 145 between Mark Hopkinson (75) and Ahmed Saleh (74).

They moved Sidley on from 48-6 to 193 before Saleh was out, allowing them to declare in the 46th over with a wicket still in hand.

The only other score in double figures was Ben Ramsden’s 25, while there were three ducks, including both openers. Dan Pellett took 3-27.

In reply, Hellingly were bowled out in 44.1 overs. In contrast to Sidley’s innings, no fewer than eight of the home batting line-up made double figures, although no one could push on for a match-winning (or saving) knock. Top score was Ian Rippengal’s 30. Trevor Ramsden took 3-26 and Luke Hopkinson 3-20.

OTHER RESULTS: Ansty II 183 (Dominic Stone 70; Stephen Cromb 7-36) Burgess Hill II* 184-4 (Martin Woods 51, Paul Elphick 71 not out); Crowhurst Park II 241-4d (Nicholas Taylor 161 not out) beat Crawley II* 153 (Shaun Wilde 58; Michael Legg 7-34); Keymer & Hassocks II* 50-2 abandoned vs Lindfield II.