Abson-Bennett storms his way to 146 not out

Richard Abson-Bennett
Richard Abson-Bennett

After a successful week, Hailsham Cricket Club entertained East Dean at Western Road on Saturday.

With East Dean missing a few regular first team players, Hailsham were really confident taking to the field.

Using their local knowledge of the Hailsham wicket after guesting for Hailsham during the week, East Dean had no hesitation in deciding to bat first on the best batting wicket in the league.

With such a shallow batting line-up, Richard Abson-Bennett had a huge responsibility to keep his wicket intact.

In one of the best innings recently seen in Hailsham, Abson Bennett batted from start to finish for a massive score of 146*.

Edwards was his only support with 23 as East Dean finished their 50 overs on 223 for 7. Will Slemmings was the pick of the Hailsham bowlers claiming 3 for 62.

The Hailsham run chase got off to its all-too-familiar poor start by losing both Scott Pearce and James McDonald early on.

Paul McDonald 22 and Rahul Chauhan 76 batted well but lost their wicket by still pushing for the win.

With the run rate creeping up and not many wickets in hand, Hailsham decided to settle for the draw and Dean Noakes 35* saw the team safely home to end up on 174 for 8.

After Abson Bennett’s mammoth innings with the bat, he then bowled all the way through for 3 for 76 off 21 overs.

The Dragon Signs man of the match went to Will Slemmings for a superb effort all afternoon, on a batting paradise.

The result leaves Hailsham seventh in the East Sussex Division Three table, while East Dean stay in fourth place .

Hailsham IIs registered a 66-run victory over Lewes St Michaels on Saturday courtesy of a half century from Harry Gent and superb bowling by Bok Rahman (5-23) and Tom Walder (4-17).

Hailsham IIIs were undone by an impressive 127 not out by Hellingly’s Dean Wootten as they powered to a five-wicket victory. Robin Sewell (76) and Nick Wright (66) did well for Hailsham.