Hellingly seconds claim title after weekend rain

HELLINGLY Cricket Club’s second team is basking in the glory of being crowned league champions.

After the wet weather decimated much of last weekend’s programme, long-time leaders Hellingly are an unassailable 39 points clear at the top of Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division Three (East) with one match remaining.

Hellingly did at least manage to get started away to Crawley on Saturday, scoring 201-4 batting first before reducing the opposition to 40-4 in reply when play was halted.

The front side, however, had their match at home to Crawley called-off without a ball bowled. It means Hellingly go into the final weekend of the Sussex Division Three (East) season in sixth place.

Hellingly thirds are guaranteed to finish in the three promotion places from East Sussex Cricket League Division Eight after going back to the top of the table with victory over Crowborough seconds.

Steve Vidler hit 38 and Rupert Harbour 22 as Hellingly made 125-9 batting first before Matthew Wilson took 7-21 and Rory Mullen 3-32 to skittle Crowborough for 61 in reply.

Hellingly are nine points clear of second-placed Battle seconds. The fourths are guaranteed to finish in the three relegation places from Division 12, however, after conceding to DPB seconds.