Barter sets up Eastbourne win with 22-ball half century

Hastings Priory (batting) v Eastbourne (bowling - Ben Barter) cricket action SUS-150205-221116002
Hastings Priory (batting) v Eastbourne (bowling - Ben Barter) cricket action SUS-150205-221116002

A brilliant 22-ball unbeaten 52 from Ben Barter set up a 48 run win for Eastbourne against Crawley Eagles on Saturday.

But the pair put on an unbroken stand of 80 for the ninth wicket to set Eagles a targe6t of 228.

And it was Barter who was the hero again, taking 4-42 as the Eagles were bowled out for 174.

Last week’s centurion Jacob Smith was less successful this week, falling for 12, as did fellow opener Dan Wells.

Keeper Albert Pennington (33) and skipper Luke Tomsett (42) then put on 51 to consolidate the innings.

But the middle order then collpased to 142-8 with Jibran Kahn (2-49) and Atif Ali (3-51) taking the wickets.

But then Barter and Meardon came together and put on what proved to be a match-winning stand.

Barter’s 54 came from 22 balls with three fours and four 6s.

Meardon hit 24 from 31 balls with one 6.

In reply, David Twine (2-54) removed both openers with the score on just 11,

Barter and Ryan Mansell (2-29) then struck and Eagles were reeling at 59-5, then 70-6.

Only Rehan Hasan (28) and Tanveer Haider (35) showing any resistance.

But them Saleem Ali (40) and Atif Ali (25) battled back before Barter removed the former.

Jacob Smith (2-37) then cam eon to take the final two wickets and ensure victory for Tomsett’s men.

Eastbourne host Pagham on Saturday.

Matthew Isepp hit 102 not out as Eastbourne 2nds chased down a target of 178 to win against Roffey 2nds at the Saffrons.

Richard Smith (4-88) and Chris Jones (4-11) were the pick of the Eastbourne bowlers.

Isepp and skipper Martyn Garnett (28 not out) put on an unbroken stand of 79 as they troiumped by seven wickets.

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