HELLINGLY endured yet another batting collapse as they lost by eight wickets to table-topping Crowhurst Park on Saturday.
Crowhurst elected to the field on winning the toss and opener Paul Brookes took three early wickets as the visitors fell to 38-3.
Scott Pearce and Paul McDonald (28) batted well together in this Sussex Cricket League Division Three (East) fixture with Pearce hitting 59 before also falling to Brookes.
James Pooley and McDonald took the score to 133-5 before an almighty collapse occurred with the last five wickets falling without a run being scored. Brookes finished with 7-40 off 21 overs.With 59 overs to knock off the runs, openers Martin Barry (32) and Ed Smissen (37) got Crowhurst off to a great start in reply.
Dan Pellett picked up an LBW and Adam Devlin claimed a run out for Hellingly before Dale Bryant smashed 51 not out, which included six fours and three sixes, to take Crowhurst over the winning line.
Hellingly II 188 (12pts)
C’hurst Pk II 142-9 (12pts)
Hellingly seconds came agonisingly close to a win and the league title as they drew at home to Crowhurst Park.
Crowhurst won the toss and invited Hellingly to bat on a damp wicket. Mike Williams (37) and George Eaton put on a solid partnership of 47 before both were dismissed by Matt Peters (3-44).
Hellingly captain Gavin Sutherland produced a knock of 34 including seven fours. Steve Vidler (30) and Andy Rose (22) smashed a few boundaries, while Tim Funnell’s 20 included two almighty sixes. Michael Legg picked up 4-42.
After tea, three early wickets from Rory Mullen (2-10) and Joe Funnell (1-18) put Hellingly into a strong position before Cameron Flanagan (39) and Pete Beaumont (27) looked to have put Crowhurst on course for victory.
Sutherland (3-31) and Robert Pye (3-26) claimed three wickets apiece as Crowhurst fell to 135-9 before the last pair held firm. Hellingly hold a 53-point lead at the top of Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division Three (East) with four matches remaining.
Battle II 139 (30pts)
Hellingly III 103 (10pts)
The seven-game unbeaten streak of Hellingly thirds came to an end as they lost at home to Battle seconds.
Although Hellingly won the toss and chose to bowl on a wet pitch, Battle made a very good start as they cruised to 85-1 in this East Sussex Cricket League Division Eight match.
The breakthrough finally came thanks to the off-spin of Arthur Rossi (4-22), while Luke Boorer (1-14) dislodged Laurence Flint (55) and part-time spinner Chris Loveland (1-16) struck in his second over.
Adam Pye (3-15) returned to the attack to remove the tail as Battle were 139 all out off 44 overs. Pye (14) then got Hellingly’s reply off to a great start along with fellow under-14 player Chris Morris (21).
Loveland, making his season debut, fell for 10 and was soon followed by Rupert Harbour, leaving Hellingly 78-4 before David Pye (26), who hit the game’s only six, tried to engineer a recovery.
But Flint cleaned up the tail with 5-24 as Hellingly finished on 103 all out, losing by 36 runs. Hellingly maintained their status at the top of the league, however, leading Battle by nine points.
Hellingly IV 51 (0pts)
Rye III 52-0 (30pts)
The 66-mile, two-hour round trip to Rye ended without a point for Hellingly fourths after they lost by 10 wickets. After losing the toss, none of the Hellingly batsmen seemed able to make a start as the team collapsed to a miserable 52 all out, Michael Jarvis (14) and John Ottley (11) were the only men to reach double figures. Hellingly were unable to conjure up a breakthrough in the field as Rye cruised to 30 points in a one-sided East Sussex Cricket League Division 12 game.