East Dean welcomed a very strong looking Eastbourne third team on Saturday and produced a magnificent backs to the wall victory to stay top of the East Sussex Division Four table.
Eastbourne opening bowler Martyn Ward used the conditions well and was rewarded with the wickets of Rihard Abson-Bennett and Neil Sands.
Harry Rimmer joined Neil Gamble at the crease and blasted a quick-fire 27. Gamble perished for a typically stoic 25 from as many overs.
At 73-3 though the home side seemed well set. However an inspired spell of left-arm seam bowling from Adam Brawn (8-2-18-4) including a hat- trick, ripped out the middle order. Ilham Mohammed bowled well to mop up the tail to finish with four wickets.
The collapse meant Eastbourne had to come out and bat for 17 overs before tea was due. Many observers commented the match would be over at Tea and they were very nearly correct. 0 East Dean were fired up from the off had the bat surrounded in the quest for early wickets to salvage some pride. Geoff Campbell and Terry Preston tore into the top order and Campbell at one stage had 3-0 in a spell which saw Eastbourne implode to 7 for 6
Terry Preston produced some magnificent deliveries which accounted for three victims to reduce the visitors to 14 for 8. Chris Jones rallied and hit out to reach 15 not out. Abson Bennett got one to turn to snare Brawn for the sixth duck of the innings (and 10th of the day). Numbers 10 and 11 were at the crease by the time the bails were removed for the tea interval. Eastbourne improbably 30-9. Campbell 7-3-15-5
Preston bowled Ben Barter in the first over after tea to finish the game and complete a remarkable comeback by the league leaders.
East Dean skipper Gamble said, “The pitch played a part but it had not deteriorated greatly over the course of the 51 overs. With application and patience it was surely possible to build an innings.
“Both batting line ups guilty of not giving the bowlers due respect and being punished accordingly.”
Willingdon II 191-9 dec,
Buxted Park II 126-7
Willingdon seconds again came up frustratingly short of a first league win of their division five campaign after Buxted Park held on for a draw at Huggetts Lane on Saturday.
Skipper Darren Peirce had no hesitation in batting first and was rewarded with his players totalling a very competitive total of 191. Mainly due to a composed innings of 71 from Phil Bonney who was ably supported by useful knocks from Richard Cooknell (18), Jon Yates (18*), Jason Richards (14), Tim Godby (14) and 14 year old George Pantrey (14) making his debut
In reply early wickets fell due to tight bowling from Pantrey (1-14) and Yates (1-21) but a partnership of 80 between 13-year-old Joe Billings (48) and Matt Hoadley (40) put the breaks on The Dons push for victory.
But the introduction of Cooknell (8-6-13-5) turned the game on it’s head and threatened to carry Willingdon to victory but Park held on for the draw.
Chiddingly 148, Hailsham 144
HAILSHAM’S poor form continued after a narrow defeat to neighbours Chiddingly at the Rec on Saturday.
Ciaran Treloar won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. Chiddingly soon raced away and were looking very comfortable until a couple of tactical bowling changes made a difference.
The introduction of Hugh Thomas from the Royal India end turned the game on its head. Using his full variation of deliveries, Thomas bamboozled the opposition to claim 6-54. Perry Winkles man of the match Thomas was very well supported by Trevor Scott (4-26) as bottom-of-the-table Hailsham bowled Chiddingly out for 148 in 39.3 overs.
Dean Noakes (16) and Treloar (15) got the home team off to a solid start in the second half of this East Sussex Cricket League Division Two fixture with an opening stand of 30 before a series of wickets went down.
Rahul Chauhan (19) and Mike Ambler (22) hung around and slowly moved the score towards the figure required, but when these two were dismissed, all hopes rested on the shoulders of Will Slemmings (31) and the Hailsham tail.
Slemmings was the last man out after a great knock left Hailsham just short of their target.
Chiddingly II 179-7 (11pts)
Hailsham II 180-4 (27pts)
Hailsham seconds won an important East Sussex Cricket League Division Six clash away to their Chiddingly counterparts.
After Hailsham won the toss and inserted the home team, Chiddingly’s older batsmen got off to a superb start. It wasn’t until Tom Walder (3-41) entered the action that things started to happen for Hailsham.
He was well backed up by John Storey-Tennant, Bok Rahman (2-41) and Mart Archer (2-25), although the Hailsham fielding was poor and gave the batsmen six extra lives.
Hailsham were set a very competitive target and it looked a long way off when both openers fell cheaply to leave them 28-2. But a superb partnership between Chapter 12 Wine Bar man of the match Lee Wigglesworth (86) and Jaz Walder (48) turned the game in Hailsham’s favour. Wiggy’s mixture of quick singles and power hitting scattered the fielders to all areas. He and Walder fell with the finish line in sight, and it was left to Chris Brady and Harry Gent to see the team home.
Hailsham III 236-3 (30pts)
Wadhurst III 32 (3pts)
A very strong Hailsham third team pulled off an emphatic victory.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Hailsham lost Jason Head (6) early. But Steve Bowden (40) and Robin Sewell (65) batted superbly with a mix of control and power.
Adrian Farley (37) continued his recent good form and the main acceleration came from Shibin Abraham (64), who dispatched the Wadhurst bowling everywhere with six huge sixes.
Yogesh Palakkattu, Shibin Abraham and Aaron Norwood bowled very tightly without much joy early in the Wadhurst reply before Royal India man of the match Jinson Francis produced a magnificent spell of swing bowling on his third XI debut to take 7-13 from seven overs. The last wicket of the East Sussex Division 12 match went to young Sam Piper (1-4).