Battling draw ends Polegate’s poor run

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Polegate and Stone Cross halted their recent run of losses with a battling draw away to Maresfield on Saturday.

Having been put into bat, Polegate lost Siral Mashood in the first over as he was well-caught at the slip. Polegate skipper, Stuart Tibble, then joined Nick Corbett and they steadied the ship with a well-constructed partnership of 40 before Corbett was bowled.

Tibble progressed, with good shot selection hitting 10 fours in his 53, before losing concentration and being caught in the gully.

Steve Hover took over the mantle and played well for his 46, as Polegate steadily increased the runs on the board.

Having reached 181 in the 48th over, Polegate decided to declare and dangle Maresfield a carrot of a run chase.

Maresfield were pegged back initially by opening pair Liam Conroy and 13-year-old Jason Tibble, who bowled 8 overs in all with 5 maidens and a well-deserved wicket.

The star bowler, however, was all-rounder Nick Corbett with 4 for 37.

Maresfield held out as their final batsmen survived a knee trembling last delivery to prevent Polegate from taking maximum points.

In East Sussex Division Nine, Polegate Seconds achieved yet another maximum-points victory with a 32-run win over leaders Mayfield Seconds.

It was a win inspired by an explosive innings by Josh Preece and a devastating display of swing bowling by Dan Bartlett.

Put in to bat, Polegate made a solid start with the scoreboard reaching 50 with just one wicket down but once the openers had gone, just three other batsmen reached double figures to set a total of 156.

This looked under threat as Mayfield reached 45 without loss but Bartlett soon recaptured his usual form, finishing with the remarkable figures of 8-50 off 14.1 overs.

There was also one wicket apiece for Preece and Stuart Conroy as Mayfield subsided to 124 all.

Polegate remain second in the table but now just 20 points behind leaders Mayfield with a game in hand.