Skipper Tibble delivers honest assessment after drop

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Polegate and Stone Cross 94

Pevensey 188 for 7

Polegate and Stone Cross Cricket Club have been relegated to Division Four of the East Sussex Cricket League.

Relegation was confirmed after they suffered their latest heavy defeat, this time to local rivals Pevensey, by 94 runs

Polegate won the toss and elected to field as Pevensey went on to make 188-7 after 50 overs. Chris Pedroza did the damage with the bat with 63 ably supported by Graeme Corbishly (45 not out).

Young Polegate player Brad Basham took a bash on the nose but bravely battled on after treatment.

Skipper Stuart Tibble took three catches to take him to 18 for the season, the highest in the East Sussex League.

In reply, Polegate fell apart at the seams and, despite a healthy run rate, were comprehensively bowled out for just 94, with Baba Saracouli top scoring with 21. Graeme Corbishley picked up 6 for 41 and Simon Owen 3 for 53.

Polegate Club Captain, Stuart Tibble, said, “We did not perform to the levels East Division Three requires and deserved to be relegated.

“The fact remains we were not good enough to compete. Next season will bring a new challenge and it’s up to all of us to step up and face the reality of what league cricket requires.”

Seconds narrowly miss promotion

Polegate Seconds 104-8 declared

Little Common Seconds 106-6

Polegate & Stone Cross CC Seconds failed to achieve the crushing victory at Little Common that would have earned them promotion from Division Nine.

Instead, it was the home team that triumphed to clinch a place in Division Eight next season.

Polegate opener Andy Johnson held the innings together with a well crafted 39 but he found little support.

Dan Bartlett made 16 runs while Keefe Hughes (12) was the only other player to hit double figures as Polegate declared on 104-8. There were three wickets apiece for Harry Neale and Ed Feist.

Polegate were not yet finished, though, and Little Common never looked completely at ease as they set about building their reply. Under cloudy skies, Polegate paceman Bartlett gave another display of often unplayable swing bowling, while leg-spinner Geoff Morley frequently troubled the batsmen with some sharp turn. Each got three wickets: Barlett at a cost of 38 runs in 18.1 overs and Morley for 17 runs in seven overs.

It all ended, however, in the 37th over, when Little Common reached their target, with the board showing 106-6. Other results meant that Polegate finished the season in fifth place.