Hailsham men issued stern warning

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Hailsham skipper Dean Noakes launched an attack on his under-performing first team players after their defeat at East Dean.

After being inserted into bat, Hailsham could not cope with the new ball and slightly lively wicket and, embarrassingly, found themselves at 4-4.

Jazz Walder, playing his first 1’s game of the season, played a very mature and gritty innings for 52* vital runs.

John Storey-Tennant supported Walder well and contributed a very useful 19 as Hailsham managed to scramble up to 128.

After such a poor batting display, Hailsham managed to surprise themselves by bowling and fielding even worse.

With a mixture of drop catches and mis-fields, the game was presented to East Dean on a plate.

Noakes said, “The players need to realise that they have to work hard to win games and from the very beginning, when virtually the whole team turned up late and didn’t allow us to warm up properly.

“It set the tone for the afternoon. With players performing well in the seconds, some of the first team are on borrowed time and if we do not show a positive response against Chiddingly next week personnel will change.”

The Dragon Signs man of the match went to Jaz Walder.