Five-star Van Noort seals narrow victory

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Hellingly 196, Crowhurst 191

Hellingly moved up to fourth after a five-run victory over Crowhurst Park.

Hellingly elected to bat first but got off to a poor start, losing opener Dan Pellett in the first over. Steve Hook (24) joined Tim Van Noort with the pair putting on 60 before Hook was caught behind off the bowling of Clive Tong.

Ash Crocombe (33) joined Van Noort and put on 69 for the third wicket before Van Noort fell, caught and bowled to Richard Coleman, for 71. Coleman then led a fightback for Crowhurst taking four more wickets as Hellingly collapsed to 196 all out off 51 overs, with Coleman ending with 5-58. In reply, Martin Barry got Park off to an excellent start with a 50 opening partnership of which Barry contributed 46. He was eventually dismissed for 50 by Adam Devlin as Hellingly began to get themselves back into the game.

Dan Pellett (2-22) then removed a couple of the top order batsman but knocks from Colin Ayres (24) and Paul Brookes (25) swung the game in Crowhurst’s favour. Van Noort was then brought into the attack as wickets began to tumble.

At 177-9 Hellingly looked likely to ease to victory but Coleman, batting at 11, smashed two sixes to bring the visitors within touching distance of the win. With six runs required, Van Noort found the breakthrough as he completed a five wicket haul (5-12 from 6.2 overs) to ensure Hellingly won by five runs.

Gorgeous George

Hellingly II’s made it four wins on the trot as they eased past Crowhurst Park II’s.

Hellingly began well as George Hook and Monty Payne put on 85 for the first wicket. When Payne fell for 29, Ian Rippengal joined Hook and the pair put on 178 for the second wicket before Hook fell for 154. Rippengal was trapped LBW off the final ball for 63 as Hellingly declared on 265-3.

In reply, Hellingly picked up an early wicket but Justin Harley (54) and Jon Message (34) brought the home side back into the game.

The opening bowlers were taken off and Arthur Rossi and Gavin Sutherland joined the attack.

Sutherland took 3-24 and Rossi took 6-24 as Crowhurst Park lost their final seven wickets for under 10 runs. The win and 30 points keeps Hellingly top of the table with a 47 point lead over Burgess Hill in second.

Runs for Rupert

Hellingly III’s made it two defeats in a row after a titanic battle away to Battle II’s.

Hellingly got off to a flyer with Boorer (38) and David Williams (49) putting on 57.

Rupert Harbour (61*) teased the opposition with lots of half chances, but did manage the odd thumping shot to the boundary to keep the scorecard moving along.

Williams and David Pye went in quick succession before Adam Pye hit a decent 27 as Hellingly recorded a reasonable total of 219-6. Harbour made his 50 in 61 balls which included 11 fours. Battle’s Tony Boardman picked up 3-34.

In reply, Hellingly found wickets hard to come by. Chris Morris (1-40) deceived Phil Harrod (31) with the score on 70 but Tim Dudgeon (92*) did serious damage. He and skipper Stuart Reeves (53) took the game away from the visitors. Hellingly didn’t help themselves with dropped catches and wild throws at the stumps. Battle made it home with seven wickets to spare.

Ottley claims five

Hellingly IV’s held on for a draw against Rye III’s.

Hellingly chose to bowl and made an early breakthrough by Max Wootten. Michael Byrne (80) and Greville Field made a solid second wicket parternship but John Ottley was brought into the bowling attack and dismissed the pair as Rye began a mini collapse. Charlie Dudley (31*) batted through to the 50 overs as Rye ended the innings on 189-9 with Ottley picking up 5-46.

Brian Booth (43) and Dean Wootten (22) got Hellingly off to an excellent start in reply.

Colin Rothero began well before being dismissed by Field, who also accounted for Booth.

Field (3-36) then dismissed skipper Paul Kirk and Jack Dudley (3-13). In his second spell, he took three quick wickets as the home side were in danger of letting the game slip away. At eight wickets down, Hellingly shut up shop and batted out for the draw.