Hailsham suffer again as familiar collapse proves costly against Bells Yew

HAILSHAM 157 (10pts)

BELLS YEW GREEN 159-6 (30pts)

HAILSHAM arrived at Bells Yew Green desperate to make amends for their failures in previous weeks and eager to kick-start their season.

Despite losing the toss, captain Ciaran Treloar was pleased to hear Hailsham had been put in to bat, an interesting decision by Bells Yew Green considering the track looked decent for batting.

Despite Jaz Walder falling early on for a quick-fire nine, Hailsham began well. Treloar and Dawber were scoring runs at a very decent rate in the first 10 overs.

Dawber was dismissed for a swift 30, however, and while Rahul Chauhan looked good at the crease, he fell for 16. At 118-4, Hailsham were in a very good position to push on and score in excess of 180 for the first time this season. But in true Hailsham style, it didn’t work out that way.

After Treloar was dismissed by a superb catch at third man for 60, the collapse began. The last six wickets fell for just 39 and Hailsham were all out for 157, with only Gareth Morgans (14) and Jason Head (10) reaching double figures.

Hailsham had 40 minutes before tea to make inroads into the Bells Yew Green order, and the session ended with the hosts struggling on 20-3 after a great effort by Mart Archer (3-31), Chauhan (2-24) and Perry Winkles, man of the match Treloar (1-52) with the ball, and impressive fielding across the team.

Tea almost came at the wrong time for Hailsham as Bells Yew Green were able to re-focus. A gritty innings from Dan McInerney (59), with support from the rest of the batting line-up, stemmed the fall of wickets and Bells Yew Green reached the total in 49.5 overs, six wickets down.

HAILSHAM III 173 (15pts)

LEWES ST MICHAELS III 145-9

HAILSHAM thirds were denied victory by a dogged last wicket stand from their opponents on Saturday.

Hailsham won the toss and elected to bat in this East Sussex Cricket League Division 12 fixture.

Just when Robin Sewell (16) started to open up, the dangerous Hermitage struck. Steve Bowden then watched the next three batsmen come and go as Hermitage claimed four wickets in the first 15 overs.

Perry Holland (35) made the Lewes attack pay for any loose deliveries. It was left to Bowden (83 not out) to up the tempo and post what Hailsham felt was a decent total.

Adrian Farley was the pick of the bowlers with 4-29 from 19 overs, supported by Ricky Roberts (3-41) and Perry Holland (2-50). The final wicket eluded Hailsham, however, as Lewes blocked out the final nine overs. The Aikaizen man of the match was Bowden for a great show of patient yet aggressive batting.

SIDLEY IV 138-8 (3pts)

HAILSHAM IV 139-1 (28pts)

Hailsham produced an excellent all-round bowling and fielding performance to restrict their opponents to 138.

Hailsham captain Vince Rose took 2-33, Sachin Jose 2-19, Tom Wicks 2-59 and George Williams 2-13 to leave the team confident of winning the East Sussex Cricket League Division 13 fixture.

Hailsham’s opening batsmen, Aikaizen man of the match Wayne Pettigrew (85) and Tom Wicks (33 not out), wasted no time in putting on the runs.

Pettigrew got his eye in quickly, hitting boundaries and two massive sixes in an explosive batting display until he was caught and bowled in the 18th over. Rose finished off the game with a straight drive to the boundary.