EAST DEAN will be considering holding their first net of the season after a batting collapse saw them lose away to Wadhurst at the weekend.
Despite East Dean’s innings finishing for just 106, the game revolved into a thrilling contest as a competent bowling display threatened to snatch victory for the visiting side.
East Dean, after losing their ninth consecutive toss, were asked to bat first.
As the weather closed in, it seemed as if East Dean’s top order were desperate to get back inside before the heavens opened, and the first eight batsmen were all caught out trying to hit over the top.
Harry Rimmer hit a quick-fire 23 but Wadhurst’s bowling discipline proved too much for East Dean as they were all out for 106.
The match looked inevitable to end in a home victory, with Wadhurst cruising to 40-1.
However, the bowling of John Daubney and Geoff Campbell turned the game on its head, taking one and five wickets respectively to see Wadhurst on 85-9.
The match headed toward an exciting climax, something East Dean have been familiar with so far this season.
However, this time they lacked that final push and Wadhurst’s captain saw them home for a deserved win.
East Dean remain top of the table but must address some issues with the bat before their next fixture at home to Forest Row.