HELLINGLY pulled off a narrow three-wicket win at home to third-placed Ansty on Saturday.
On winning the toss, Ansty elected to bat first at Horsebridge. Harry Towler (31) got them off to a reasonable start, but Adam Devlin and Tim van Noort (2-40) removed five of the top order as they slipped to 66-5.
Sam Palser (31) and Jack Palser (26 not out) added runs in the lower order only for man of the match Devlin, in his second spell, to clean up the tail as he finished with 6-82 off 15 overs.
With 59 overs at their disposal, Hellingly set off at a leisurely pace. Jack Palser made an early breakthrough, but Van Noort (45) and James Pooley (21) added vital runs in a tight Sussex Cricket League Division Three (East) game.
At 156-7, the game was in Ansty’s favour. Stand-in skipper Scott Pearce remained calm, though, and hit a great innings of 46 not out to steer Hellingly home. They are now in fifth place and just 27 points off the top.
Hellingly II 98 (2pts)
Ansty II 102-4 (30pts)
The seven-match winning streak of Hellingly seconds was brought to a halt by a six-wicket loss to Ansty.
Hellingly lost the toss and were put in to bat on a good, hard track. The visitors really struggled to build any partnerships in the top of the order.
Gavin Sutherland scored 25, helped by Tom Rothero (16), but Ansty continued to take wickets. Robert Pye chipped in at the end until being left stranded on 21 not out.
The Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division Three (East) game was always in Ansty’s favour, but Joe Funnell and Sutherland managed to pick up two wickets each.
Ansty’s James Whybrow made a solid 56 not out, more than half of his team’s total. Despite the disappointing defeat, Hellingly remain at the top of the table with a healthy 63-point lead.