Cricket League match reports

Darren Cumming on his way to a half century for Eastbourne seconds.
Darren Cumming on his way to a half century for Eastbourne seconds.

Eastbourne II 227-2,

Cuckfield 227

JOHN Purdey blasted a super century as Eastbourne seconds draw with Cuckfield at the Saffrons on Saturday.

Darren Cumming weighed in with 50 and Martyne Garnett fired 65 as Eastbourne set a target of 227-2.

In reply Cuckfield lost their final wicket with the scores tied on 227. The result leaves Eastbourne bottom of the Sussex Premier second XI league table.

L Common Ramblers 150-9,

Polegate & SC II 100

An astonishing batting collapse saw Polegate and Stone Cross Seconds crash to defeat at the hands of Little Common Ramblers Seconds.

The loss of six wickets for just one run ensured Polegate’s run chase fell 50 short as the home side breezed to victory.

The day started well for Polegate as the hosts struggled to score off opening bowler Baba Saracouli, with the first Little Common wicket eventually falling in the seventh over with just nine on the board. However, the second wicket did not come until the total had reached 70 and Little Common went on to bat the whole of the allocated fifty overs to end on 150-9.

Off-spinner Emmett Johnson had his longest bowling stint to date, taking three for 54 in sixteen overs. Baba Saracouli bowled a total of fourteen overs for just 17 runs - with the wicket of top scorer Dan Clifford (46) his scant reward.

Polegate’s reply did not start to plan - with both openers back in the hutch with only 15 on the board.A glimmer of hope came after Polegate posted an encouraging 11 runs from the thirty-third over to set up a score of 99-4 with ten overs to go. However, after the dismissal of Williams (17) and Saracouli (18), the rest of the batting order crumbled in lightning quick succession, adding just one more run to post a total of 100 all out.

Pevensey 2006

Polegate & SC 154-9

Pevensey managed to defy a last-ditch push from Polegate and Stone Cross to secure victory with 200 runs on the board.

Polegate opted for Pevensey to bat first and they managed to reach the psychological milestone of 200 runs for just six wickets, despite a slow start of just 35 off the first 20 overs. Bill Filby and Jilesh James notched 37 and 46 respectively and Nick Lewis hit a steady 36 before becoming one of Ian Parks’ three wickets that day.

Pevensey ended their innings with a huge six from Nick Gearing from his only ball faced, giving them an additional batting point and posting the impressive total tally of 200.

Polegate’s reply started slowly before Steve Hover and Nick Corbett took the battle to Pevensey with a fine stand of 49. However, Hover was handed an awkward bouncing delivery and was caught by Nick Lewis for 15.

Corbett remained defiant and mixed his innings up superbly with gritty defence and aggression when required. He was ably supported by Paul Basham (11) and Stuart Conroy (21no) before getting out with just eight balls of the Polegate innings remaining for 79. The match was heading to a nail-biting finish as Liam Conroy was run out in an attempt to get towards another batting point, which left three balls for Polegate to survive and two wickets left.

Remaining positive, big hitting Ian Parks come in and tried to smash a six off his first ball to get the batting point, but holed out on the boundary edge to a great catch by one-ball specialist, Nick Gearing.

Conroy then safely negotiated the final two balls and prevented Pevensey from pulling a rabbit from the hat.

Hailsham 149-9 (12pts)

Fletching 111-9 (9pts)

HAILSHAM came agonisingly close to their first win of the season on Saturday.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat in this East Sussex Cricket League Division Two fixture, Hailsham captain Ciaran Treloar was dismissed cheaply, as was fellow opener Dean Noakes soon after.

Rahul Chauhan fell second ball after drinks for a fluent 47, while Rob Wilkinson was finally dismissed for a very gritty 23 off 119 balls having failed to score off his first 54 deliveries.

Trevor Scott increased the run rate at the end of the innings with a run-a-ball 23 not out as bottom-of-the-table Hailsham finished their 50 overs on 149-9.