East Sussex Cricket League round-up

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Polegate firsts face an extremely tough fight to save their Division Three standing, as they went down to Tunbridge Wells Borderers by seven wickets.

New opening partnership of Siraj Mashood (33) and skipper Stuart Tibble put on an opening stand of 42.

Steve Hover (27), Clive Harris (36) and Baba Saracouli (20) kept runs flowing at a reasonable pace. Borderers’ Emmerson Wood picked up 6 for 64.

In reply Borderers started in blistering fashion and never looked back. Ben Edwards hit 11 fours in his 69.

Callum Wood aslo scored a half century.

Stuart Conroy and Siraj Mashood picked up the other two wickets.

Polegate must win one from their final three games to have a chance of avoiding relegation from the East Sussex League Division Three.

Polegate & SC II 148,

Rotherfield II 149-4

Polegate & Stone Cross CC seconds suffered a heavy six-wicket home defeat in the East Sussex League Division Nine.against Rotherfield.

All-rounder David Harman had previously played all his league games this season for Rotherfield Firsts in ESCL Division Five. In the rather less rarefied atmosphere of Division Nine, he put in a man-of-the-match performance, with six wickets and his side’s top batting score.

Put in after losing the toss, Polegate scored 148. Andy Johnson (54) and Nathan Hover, batting at 10, scored an aggressive 19.

Rotherfield cruised to 149-4, Harman was bowled for 49 by Polegate debutant Wayne Cull and there was a single wicket too for Nathan Hover. The most successful bowler was Emmett Johnson with 2-30 off eleven overs. 

Polegate gained seven points from the game.

East Dean endured a frustrating afternoon at little common but maintained their push for promotion from division four by securing 18 points.

Captain Neil Gamble lost yet another toss and East Dean were unsurprisingly asked to bat on the flattest looking track of the season.

Gamble and Miceh Reitze put on an opening stand of 137 with Gamble striking 17 fours in his knock of 72.

Reitze was more circumspect for his excellent 80. The decision to declare was a tricky one as anything looked gettable with a fast outfield complimenting the good conditions.

Neil Sands(35) joined his brother Ian(34) at the crease and they added some late order impetus and East Dean declared on 253-5.

Their skipper and talented all-rounder Berwick Smith bowled well and ensured the match ended in a draw.

Alfriston 162-8

Eastbourne Downs 166-1

Downs fielded first and restricted the hosts to 162 at tea after some fine bowling by Martin Finch 3-22.

Downs star batsman on the day was Martin Booth, who cracked 107 not out off of only 43 balls, including 11 sixes in an amazing stand with Ady Platt scoring (47*) to see the Downs home to a memorable win.

Lewes St Michaels 241

Eastbourne Downs 178-8

Lewes batted first and set Downs a target of 241. Mark Ridpath and Alan Harffey took two wickets apiece. Downs started well and at 90-1 with skipper Richard Horne in fine form (57) and Alan Harffey looking good (33 ) were poised but Downs lost both players and ran out of time and overs. Dave Harris (14), Dave Ballard (21*) and Matt Lambert (5*) were able to see them home for a well deserved draw.