HELLINGLY Cricket Club enjoyed a tremendous end to the season.
The club’s second and third teams have won their respective divisions, while the under-18s are through to the final of a county competition.
Having topped the table all summer, Hellingly clinched the Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division Three (East) title and promotion after a one-wicket win over second-placed Ansty.
On an overcast day, Hellingly lost the toss and were asked to field. Ansty started well with an opening partnership of 83 before the Funnell brothers, Tim and Joe, struck in quick succession.
Arthur Rossi dismissed Christopher Barnes for 47, and Robert Pye picked up a caught and bowled, but the majority of the wickets came from skipper Gavin Sutherland with 4-45 as Ansty ended on 198-8.
Hellingly lost both openers early in their reply. Number four Tom Rothero smashed his way to 62 as runs kept coming, but so did wickets.
Sutherland yet again rescued his team when they were down and out, hitting a magnificent 65 not out.
Hellingly won the league by 55 points and Sutherland capped an excellent first season as captain by taking the most wickets in the division with 39.
The thirds beat Wadhurst seconds by nine wickets to secure the East Sussex Cricket League Division Eight title and their fourth consecutive promotion.
After winning the toss, they took no time in asking Wadhurst to bat. Adam Pye (1-25) made the initial breakthrough and Wadhurst continued to ride their luck until Scott March struck.
Hellingly’s fortune then changed as Neil Shoesmith took 4-22 thanks to Steve Vidler pouching four catches at gully. The tail was mopped up by Andrew Jarvis (3-7) as Wadhurst were 79 all out.
Father and son David and Adam Pye then destroyed the Wadhurst bowlers, racing to 63 before the latter fell for 19. It took 13 more balls to reach the target with the powerful David Pye 36 not out.
Hellingly fourths ended their East Sussex Division 12 campaign with a six-wicket defeat against Lewes St Michaels thirds.
Having lost the toss and been invited to bat, Colin Rothero hit 54 but only two other batsmen made double figures as Hellingly ended their 50 overs on 105-8. Hellingly could only protect their total for 27 overs despite Beth Tagg picking up 2-11.
ABOVE: The title winning third team