Bells Yew defeat puts struggling Hailsham on thin ice

Hailsham 102 (3pts)

Bells Yew Gn 103-3 (30pts)

HAILSHAM capitulated to an under strength BYG team to leave their survival hopes hanging by a thread.

BYG won the toss and asked Hailsham to bat on a wicket that offered a bit to batsmen and bowlers. However, to a man, the Hailsham batsmen failed to capitalise on the benign conditions and put in a sorry display.

Dean Noakes (16) got the innings off to a decent start, but when he ultimately succumbed too cheaply, the innings took an all too familiar shape in this East Sussex Cricket League Division Two fixture.

Rob Wilkinson (28) dug in and kept digging as the hole Hailsham got themselves into kept getting deeper and deeper. Hailsham limped to a pitiful 102 all out from 48.1 tedious overs.

The Hailsham bowlers managed to extract a little seam and swing from the pitch, claiming two early wickets. But to determined, concentrated and smart thinking batsmen, the conditions were never going to be too problematic.

So it proved as Mark Roughly (47 not out) and Tom Membrey (42) handed out a tough lesson to the Hailsham batsmen as BYG reached their target in half the time it took Hailsham to post it.

With nothing short of 120 points required from their remaining four games, either the attitude and application of the Hailsham players needs to change or the personnel do. The Perry Winkles man of the match was not awarded.

Stanmer 178-6 (14pts)

Hailsham II 182-8 (26pts)

Hailsham seconds pulled off another away victory after the previous week’s disappointing loss.

After winning the toss and inserting Stanmer on an interesting pitch, the hosts started slowly and were 110-4 off 40 overs before some lusty blows from Danny Sherwin saw them to a challenging 178-6 off the full 50.

Hailsham opened the chase with skipper Harry Gent - a sure sign they were intending to chase the runs down or nothing! When he went at 50-2, the game was in the balance.

Shibin Abraham changed all that with 40 quick runs featuring six boundaries and two sixes. Mark Gent crafted 41 cultured runs at the other end and at 140-4 with 20 overs left, the game was in the bag.

But both fell in quick succession and Adrian Farley got a good one after batting well for 16 to leave Hailsham 151-6. When that became 161-8, Hailsham seemed to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Enter 15-year-old Bok Rahman, who calmly scored 14 elegant runs to win a thrilling game with two balls to spare and leave the Division Six table as close as can be. The Royal Indian man of the match was Mark Gent.

Hailsham III 236-7 (17pts)

Lewes SM III 187-7 (14pts)

Hailsham thirds had to settle for a draw on the best wicket they’ve played on all season.

After losing two quick wickets and getting off to a slow start, opening batsman Robin Sewell (79) and Steve Bowden (22) set about rebuilding the innings.

When Bowden was bowled with the total 97, Kevin Hallett and Sewell took the bowlers apart. But just when a big hundred looked on for Sewell, he was trapped LBW.

Hallett (63 not out) was in great form, however, and forged a couple of good partnerships to set up a declaration after 45 overs of this Division 12 contest.

Lewes started the run chase well aided by some wayward bowling, but Hailsham slowly started to take wickets through some great bowling from Lewis Williams (3-61) and Yogesh Gopham (4-48).

Just when Hailsham seemed to be on top, the next three batsman started to score very quickly and at 170-