Herst have 'Ceux much to look forward to ... Hailsham happy to beat St Peter's

The cricket season is drawing to a close but plenty of East Sussex sides were in action last weekend. Read the reports below...

Friday, 18th September 2020, 2:00 pm
The season is drawing to a close

Herstmonceux v Willingdon

In the final game of the season, Herstmonceux hosted Willingdon in a 40-over friendly.

They lost by 55 runs but it was a thoroughly enjoyable game played in excellent spirit.

Tight opening spells from Mike Galitzine (2-24) and Lara Bennett (0-6) meant it was a cautious start from the Willingdon openers.

With both openers run out trying to keep the scoreboard moving along, and with regular bowling changes, the Willingdon middle order found scoring easier.

Duncan Ray (70) foundsupport from Ryan Packham (27) among others to lift their total to 176-7.

Herstmonceux’s top order did not get going against bowlers Liam Page (3-9) and Chris Luard (2-20) and found themselves 11-4.

Hadon Westerby put some momentum into the innings with 50 from 22 balls but played himself out, rather than in, and left too much for Charlie Moon (22) to do with the tail.

Herstmonceux were ahead of the run rate for most of their innings, but lost wickets too quickly and were all out for 121 in 21 overs.

Chairman Alan Smith said: “Despite the short season there have been some personal highlights.

“Nick Toomey’s 26 wickets deserve mention, 12 50s from seven different players, and attracting both new and returning players bodes well.

“Covid permitting we will be back to winter coaching in the new year and looking to field three senior teams.”

Anyone wishing to join Herstmonceux CC should contact Alan Smith at [email protected]

St Peters 3rd v Hailsham 2nd

Hailsham lost the toss and were put into bat.

Opening were Alex Renals and Lewis but Hailsham got off to a very shaky start with Renals going in the second over for four.

Bobby Williams struck two fours before he was bowled and Hailsham were 14-2. Tutt (16) was out to put further pressure on Hailsham.

Hailsham slipped to 45-5. Swann and Lewis put on 95, with Lewis hitting some big sixes.

Swann went for 48 before L Fenwick scored 27 and Hailsham finished on 177 all out.

Hailsham looked to bowl out St Peter’s for an early finish.

Matt Tutt bowled M Willard for (11) and got the other opener with a catch from Brad Aldridge for 30.

Tutt finished with 2-27.

Warren Headland made an impact and picked up two quick wickets.

Aldridge was targeted by St Peters’ No6, who scored 18 off his first over.

Headland took another and finished with 3-20. M Parker fell for 27 to a catch by Ethan Dawber.

Dawber took a wicket in this first over with a catch by Kaleigh Pavitt.

Wickets continued falling and MoM Dawber finished the innings off with two wickets, leaving him on a hat-trick for his next game.

Hailsham won by 68 runs as they bowled St Peter’s out for 109.

Hellingly 3rd v Hailsham 3rd

Hailsham were asked to field first. Jack Caughlan (26-0) and Masie Harris (72-1) couldn’t get the early breakthrough but Jogi (3-61) did.

Warren Downs (1-64) and Jogi had success but Hellingly recovered. Young Ralph Figgins (2-40) and young spinner Hari Ballah (2-26).

Hailsham could not part the final pair and Hellingly declared with a whopping 346-9. Opener L Northorpe ended on 212 not out.

For Hailsham, MoM Jason Wickham (31) batted well but others had no joy.

Figgins (7) and Harris (7) battled but Hailsham were all out for 94.

Flimwell v Battle

For the first time, Battle travelled to Flimwell – and it was an excellent fixture in the spirit of friendly but competitive cricket.

Battle struggled to get away against a tight opening attack of Squires and Deguingand.

Will Paine (2-27) and James Knight (2-29) did some damage, but Stuart Reeves managed to get his drives working in a good 39, while Laurence Flint (25) and Rex Ffrench (12) added impetus in the middle order.

The long-limbed smiting of Roger Soan (17) also helped give the visitors a score of 142-8 – which looked competitive.

The match was probably decided by a strong opening stand of 65 between Simon Murphy (35) and Marcus Deguingand (58). Soan (2-20), in a fine spell of his own, provoked a miscue from Murphy for Jago Truscott to take a catch at point, and Battle were able to take wickets at roughly ten-run intervals.

Flint trapped Deguingand lbw but Flimwell had enough left to get home with James Knight (16*) steering them to victory with four wickets left as they won with 143-6.

Pett v Crowhurst

Crowhurst travelled to Pett with hopes high that a good team performance would bring a positive result.

Putting Pett into bat, Crowhurst started well and with Sam Woodham taking 6-23 and they restricted Pett to 143 all out.

Expectations among the crowd were high, but a spectacular batting collapse ensued and not one Crows batsmen could stem the flow, leaving them all out for 66.

Beckley v Winchelsea

Winchelsea travelled to Beckley for their latest fixture and on winning the toss elected to bat first in a 35-over game.

The first over brought a wicket from the second ball, though the next was hit for six as Tony Goodsell went on to finish with figures of 1-25.

Winchelsea looked to be struggling at 8-2. A third-wicket partnership of 129 put it back in Winchelsea’s favour before Patrick Wood (62) was bowled by A Mitchell.

A partnership of 60 ended when Simon Wheeler (24) fell to Mitchell, who finished with 2-37. Jon Peters was caught off the bowling of Ben Larkin (1-18) having scored 114.

Hugo Hall (15) and Will Wheeler (18*) were the other batsmen to reach double figures with J Broad (1-38 being the other Beckley wicket taker. Winchelsea finished on 278-6.

Beckley had a steady start in reply before Helen Harrod (1-33) made the breakthrough with the score 25-1.

Wickets dried up before the introduction of Hugo Hall saw two wickets fall in two overs with the dismissals of P Smulders (41) and J Martinez (33), the score 103-3.

G Channon (10) was bowled by John Josiah (1-32). Wickets fell as Hall finished with 5-25. James Jury (2-7) and Will Wheeler (1-1) finished it off as Beckley were for out for 143.

Sidley v Dicker

Sidleyproduced a competitive performance in defeat by higher-grade Dicker in a friendly.

There were plenty of positives for Steve Ramsden’s side in a creditable 54-run loss at Claremont School.

Fielding first, Sidley looked to be staring down the barrel of chasing a huge target as Dicker moved swiftly to 71-0. But Hollie Young began a spirited recovery with two wickets in an over, the first thanks to a great catch by Jacob McDonough at gully.

And the upturn in fortunes continued as wickets for Ryan Polton (2-19), Paul Oxborrow (1-10) and Trevor Ramsden (1-18), plus a McDonough run out, reduced Dicker to 134-7. Aided by a 19-run over, however,Dicker rallied to post 182-7.

Sidley slumped to 11-3 in reply. Young (18), Cavan O’Connor (20), Simon Newstead (13), Oxborrow (19) and McDonough (19) fared well but Sidley were all out for 128.