HAILSHAM were relegated from East Sussex Cricket League Division Two despite a fabulous finish to the season.
A third successive victory on Saturday wasn’t enough to prevent the Western Road club going down by the slender margin of three points.
Hailsham captain Ciaran Treloar won the toss and elected to bat. Rahul Chauhan and Dean Noakes (18) set off in the same style as previous weeks as the innings began fluently with an opening stand of 36.
But, unlike the last two Hailsham innings, the top order was unable to capitalise on a solid start and when Chauhan was softly dismissed for a good 32, Hailsham were in a spot of bother at 88-6.
A very good fifty partnership between Treloar and Will Slemmings helped rebuild the innings. After Slemmings was out for a very useful 25, Treloar opened up and dispatched the ball to the boundary with regularity.
Perry Winkles man of the match Treloar finished with a very impressive and important 61 not out as Hailsham closed on 172-7 off 50 overs.
Using the old ball after tea, Trevor Scott and Hugh Thomas really cranked up the pressure on the Fletching top order. After five overs the score was 0-1 with Scott picking up the wicket.
After the new ball was introduced, Scott and Treloar bowled a very good line and length, and the batsmen struggled to score, which resulted in wickets falling regularly, Scott picking up three and Treloar two.
Chauhan and Aaron Norwood continued in the same vein, Chauhan picking up a wicket and Norwood finishing with 3-12. Slemmings got in on the act with a plum LBW during another all-round solid performance in the field.
Hailsham had done all they could and it was sufficient to move off the bottom, but not quite enough to overhaul third-bottom Robertsbridge. Time to regroup over the winter in preparation to push for promotion next year.
Seconds on the up
THE seconds were promoted by three points after winning their final East Sussex Division Six match by 169 runs.
Rob Wilkinson, who carried his bat for 53 not out, John Storey-Tennant (39), Jinson Francis (35) and Harry Gent (24 not out) were the main contributors as Hailsham totalled 202-7 batting first.
They proceeded to skittle hosts Selmeston & Alciston for 33 with Shibin Abraham taking 3-5, Mark Thornhill 3-11, Storey-Tennant 2-4 and Francis 2-7. Although wicketless, Tom Walder conceded only two runs off his five overs.
Hailsham thirds missed out on promotion from East Sussex Division 12 by two points after losing by four wickets to champions Bexhill fifths.
Lee Calcott (44), Jason Head (29), Andy Hudson (23) and Perry Holland (11) led the way as Hailsham were all out for 126 batting first.
Sachin Jose top-scored with 16 as Hailsham fourths were all out for 59 en route to a six-wicket loss against Crowhurst Park fourths in East Sussex Division 13. Martyn Cleveland (2), Vince Rose and Connor Stamp took the wickets for sixth-placed Hailsham.