A six and two fours make James the unlikely hero for DPB

Newick II 193-6,

DPB I 196-7

DPB recorded back-to-back victories with a narrow triumph over a spirited Newick side due to a fine run chase. Putting Newick in to bat, DPB made early inroads and reduced the hosts to 34-2. However, a determined partnership of 54 between Wilkins (52) and stand-in skipper Flint (49) allowed Newick a chance of a high score.

Persistent and effective bowling from A Padhy (3-52) allied with miserly accuracy from the unlucky Mick Baldwin (13-3-28-0) meant that DPB were happy to keep Newick to a reachable, if challenging target of 194 from 43 overs.

DPB started solidly but a hostile opening spell from G. Bell (2-68) gave Newick hope as they reduced DPB to 34-3 in return.

Having lost both openers and their number three, DPB needed a partnership.

This was achieved by a fluent-looking M. Hanmer (56) and an aggressive Matt Baldwin (51) who put on 72 for the fourth wicket.

This was followed by a vital partnership between the dominant Baldwin and the passive T. Banner, who put on 41 for the fifth wicket. The removal of both in successive balls left much work for the lower middle order to do.

Useful contributions from M. Booth (10) and R. Horne (17*) kept DPB in it but it was left to the unlikely hero D. James, who hit 16* in quick time, which included a six and two fours off the impressive Bell in one over, to secure a good victory.

Willingdon opener Martyn Garnett blasted 64 runs as they posted a total of 190-8 in their division one clash with Buxted Park. Dan Lindop also impressed with 41 while Matt Hepburn made 34.

Garnett then took 4-43 from his seven overs while Jack Hepburn recorded bowling figures of 4-54 as Buxted Park finished on 182-8.

East Dean top the division four table after victory at Heathfield Park.

Mark Evenden (12*) was the hero of the day as he hit a four with two balls remaining to seal the win.

Heathfield posted a target of 151-9 with Geoff Campbell 6-17 from eight overs. Richard Abson Bennett (33) and Neil Gamble (18) started well and Steven Edwards (38*) steadied the ship before Evenden hit the winning runs.