Bad light thwarts Hellingly’s victory bid

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BAD weather got the better of Hellingly I’s clash with Burgess Hill at the weekend, with bad light forcing an abandonment in the second innings.

Hellingly’s opening stint with the bat was interrupted by the rain, with Tom van Noort hitting 23 before the pause.

The game resumed with less overs for each side as Dan Johnson smashed a quick 29 not out to ensure Hellingly finished on 138-6.

In reply, Burgess Hill got off to a poor start, slipping to 33-4 with Adam Devlin (2/11) and Will Hook (2/24) taking two wickets each.

With Hellingly on top, the game came to a premature end, resulting in both sides taking nine points from the match.

Hellingly II’s and III’s both had their games cancelled due to the bad weather, but Hellingly IV’s survived a downpour to beat top of the table Bexhill V’s by one run.

Winning the toss, Bexhill chose to bowl first and struck early on with Michael Murray picking up the first wicket.

A long wait followed as both teams had to wait patiently for the wicket to dry out following heavy rain.

Play resumed with Paul Kirk, who hit 30, and Harry Gape (20) before both fell to Richard Melbourne. Melbourne tore through the lower order as he picked up 6-15 off 10 overs as Hellingly were bowled out for just 115.

Bexhill got off to a poor start in their run chase, as Joe Hook (3-18) and Harry Gape (3-20) dismissed the top order, taking three apiece.

Bexhill were on top of the game as Ian Harvey quickly hit his way to 30 with plenty of overs to go.

Matt Wilson was then brought into the attack and made a huge impact, taking two wickets to leave Bexhill eight wickets down.

Harvey continued to tally runs as Bexhill neared Hellingly’s total.

However, Wilson struck again to set up a nail-biting finale with two runs needed and only one wicket remaining.

A single from Harvey meant he gave away the strike as Matt Wilson stepped up to take the final wicket, thanks to a catch from Kirk, to finish with 4/22 and seal the enthralling victory for Hellingly.

The result sees Hellingly move up to seventh in the table, while Bexhill remain top.