HELLINGLY suffered a seven-wicket loss to Sussex Cricket League Division Three (East) leaders Crawley.
Winning the toss, home side Crawley chose to bowl first and got off to a good start with Richard Genge (3-58) making a couple of early breakthroughs.
Scott Pearce (28) and Daniel Johnson (70) hit important knocks, but with little added from the Hellingly lower order, they posted a total of 187 all out from 51 overs.
In reply, Crawley got their innings off to a fine start with Harry Chaudhary (30) and Sohail Shah (33) hitting good scores.
Hellingly did take three wickets through Adam Devlin, James Pooley and Daniel Pellett, but Crawley’s win was never in doubt as Atif Elahi (78 not out) and Genge (19 not out) hit the remaining runs.
Crawley II 173-9 (7pts)
Hellingly II 177-3 (28pts)
Hellingly seconds continued their great form with a seventh win on the bounce.
The seven-wicket victory over Crawley at Horsebridge extended Hellingly’s lead at the top of Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division Three (East) to a massive 85 points.
Crawley won the toss on a blustery day and opted to bat first. Hellingly managed to secure a fairly early wicket when wicketkeeper Tom Hicks caught Prabh Singh off Joe Funnell’s bowling.
Fizul Nadir and Dan Burt (34) managed to get the scoreboard ticking by forming a solid partnership and Crawley had cleared 100 when Hellingly found their next breakthrough via skipper Gavin Sutherland.
Nadir made an important 64, but when he fell, wickets became more frequent for Hellingly. Crawley made 173 in the end with Sutherland taking 3-37, while Robert Pye picked up 4-35. Hellingly got off to a cautious start in reply, but made sure they kept up with the required four-runs-per-over despite openers Ian Rippengal and Josh Tomlin falling to Abid Hussain quite early in the innings.
Mike Williams and James McDonald played some strong shots to take the score past 100. McDonald eventually fell three short of a half-century with the score at 147.
It was then left to Sutherland and Williams to knock off the last 30 runs, Williams finishing on a great knock of 72 not out. Hellingly will be looking to extend their lead when they travel to Ansty on Saturday.
Crowborough II 240 (18pts)
Hellingly III 212-8 (20pts)
HELLINGLY thirds contested a high-scoring draw with Crowborough seconds at Ninfield.
After winning the toss, Hellingly skipper Iain Morgan asked the visitors to bat first. Things could not have started better for Hellingly as Adam Pye (2-68) struck in the first over with a ball that cut back off the seam. Crowborough then gained the upper hand with Keith Downing (101) and Jack Turner (49) putting on a century partnership which ended when Turner was caught off the bowling of Harry Gape.
Wickets started to tumble as Scott March (3-54) struck regularly, although Downing continually stuck boundaries to keep the Crowborough score rocketing along.
Making her senior match début, Beth Tagg (1-14), who represents Sussex young ladies, was brought into the attack and was one of the few Hellingly bowlers to tie up the batsmen. Ben Twine (2-25) was then reintroduced to the attack and soon started to make things happen, claiming both his wickets late in the innings, as well as running out Downing. Crowborough were 240 all out off just 41.2 overs.
After tea, Hellingly lost three quick wickets before a match-saving partnership of 95 in 23 overs between Luke Boorer (70) and Iain Morgan (91).
Morgan and Twine then added a vital partnership of 56 as Hellingly started to see the chance of a win. But when Morgan fell, Hellingly were forced to hold out for a draw which they managed.