Catches in the Rye during a low-scoring loss for Hailsham

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Rye 61, Hailsham 1st XI 57

Hailsham lost their opening match of the season under the guidance of new captain Ciaran Treloar in a low-scoring match.

Hailsham 1st XI came up four runs short in an entertaining yet disappointing start to the 2012 season. Hailsham travelled to Rye for the first league game of the season, despite very little practice during the pre-season.

Hailsham were in buoyant mood under the leadership of Treloar and with new signings Darren Moore and Chris Britton included in the team. The game could not have started any better for Hailsham as the bowlers set about their jobs perfectly with Treloar (4-13) setting the early tone alongside Will Slemmings (1-9) and Chris Britton. Rye were all out for 61 as wickets tumbled quickly.

With eight overs to bat before tea, Hailsham knew Rye would bowl aggressively and they did with Hailsham losing three wickets in quick succession. Mike Ambler batted his way through for 26 not out but could not lead his side to victory. The Perry Winkles Man of the Match: Mart Archer for a devastating spell of spin bowling.

Hailsham 2nd XI 64,

St Peters 68-4

Hailsham’s lack of practice due to poor weather conditions proved costly in their opening match against St Peters.

Hailsham lost the toss which resulted in a disappointing defeat to St Peters. Wickets started to tumble when opener Dean Noakes (16) fell to a low catch by the bowler. Lack of time in the nets showed as Hailsham’s batsmen played a number of poor shots to be dismissed.

Hailsham’s low score of 64 was easily beaten by St Peters. New player Shibin Abraham showed early promise with the bat, top scoring with 19.

Hailsham removed both openers cheaply and at 22-2 were in the game, but were unable to remove St Peters’ middle order. Royal India man of the match went to Shibin Abraham.

Anderida 125,

Hailsham 3rd XI 122

Hailsham were narrowly defeated by Anderida despite taking three quick wickets.

Hailsham won the toss and decided to put Anderida in to bat. Tight bowling from Perry Holland (3-24) and Joel Cottingham (4-39) soon had them in trouble but a fair total was posted by Anderida. Hailsham batsman started very impressively with Jason Head and Robin Sewell scoring 39.

Just when it seemed an easy victory for Anderida, Sam Jordan, who posted 33 not out, came in to smash several boundaries. Jordan’s impressive batting display proved to be too little, too late as Hailsham last wicket fell with just four runs needed to win the match. The Royal India Man of the match - Sam Jordan.

Little Common 3rd XI 197, Hailsham 4th XI 48

Hailsham captain Vince Rose said he was happy with his young side’s display despite their heavy defeat.

Hailsham newly formed 4th team started well with Little Common skipper bowled out by the Vince Rose’s first delivery (3-22). A good, steady and consistent spell of bowling by Ryan Meechan (2-27) and Chris Simpson (1-19) kept the opposition in check. Curtis Farley (1-31), and Gearoid O’Callaghan (1-15) performed exceptionally well, with Luke Evans keeping wicket, for the full 50 overs, in a very confident manner.

Little Common were eventually all out for 197, a score that Hailsham were unable to match despite steady batting by Luke Evans and Chris Simpson.

Skipper Vince Rose said, “I am happy with the way that the team played today, we showed promise in some areas and know where we need to improve.”