Corbett’s slower ball cleans up last man in thrilling finale

Polegate 175, Lewes St Michaels 175

Polegate and Stone Cross fought out a thrilling draw with Lewes St Michaels in this entertaining East Sussex League division three clash.

On an uneven wicket, Polegate knuckled down with contributions from Nick Corbett (19), Steve Hover (10), Nigel Johnson (19), Paul Basham (14)and Stuart Conroy (12).

At 84-5, Polegate looked in trouble but, for once, the lower order wagged with a 78 run partnership between Des Hughes and Liam Conroy (65). Conroy’s score came from just 35 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. Lewes bowler Edward Salkield got 10-21-4.

Nigel Johnson impressed (3-27) and Stuart Conroy (3-66) picked up wickets at regular intervals, aided by flying catches from Nathan Hover, as well as a run out after a brave stop by Bradley Basham.

Joe Piller hit an aggressive 69 and Lewes required 10 to win with two wickets in hand. Captain Stuart Tibble opted for Nathan Hover’s legspin and was rewarded with a smart stumping. But the last batting pair took the scores level before a slower ball by Nick Corbett cleaned up the no.11 for a tie.

Unlucky number 13

Polegate & Stone Cross II 65,

Tunbridge Wells 69-3

Polegate & Stone Cross CC Seconds suffered another heavy home defeat.

Polegate began with a convincing demonstration of why 13 is considered an unlucky number.

The first wicket went down with 13 on the board; a further 13 had been added when stand-in captain Andy Johnson was bowled for 10; a third wicket went down with the total on 34, when the non-striker Dion Saracouli was on 13; and one over later, he too was bowled - almost inevitably, still on 13, and with the clock showing precisely 2.13pm. Four wickets went down with 34 on the scoreboard, and only young Emmett Johnson (14*) added to his batting reputation, as ten-man Polegate struggled to 65 all out in the eighteenth over.

Tunbridge Wells’ quickie Adam Chilton finished with five for 30, and skipper Rob Allen with 4-23.

Baba Saracouli, Matt Loe and Phil Hart took a wicket each, but the match was over when the visitors reached 69-3, in just 50 minutes, to secure victory by seven wickets. It almost goes without saying that the number of complete overs bowled was...13.