Polegate juniors just lose out in high-quality encounter

Polegate & Stone Cross U10 and Eastbourne enjoyed an entertaining and high-quality match.

Opening pair Henry Durtnall 19 not out and Jasper Curtis batted fluently to get the team off to a good start.

Second pair William Lucas (9 not out) and Freddie Bobbin continued the good work, looking to be aggressive where possible in the light of some tidy bowling by Eastbourne.

Third batting pair Baseer Sepahi and Charlie Travers lost a couple of wickets, but ran very well between the wickets.

Final batting pair Tom Carpenter and James Earl (9 not out) stayed patient to help the team total to 265 with the loss of only two wickets, with the contribution of very few extras as only 3 wides and 2 no balls were bowled in a disciplined Eastbourne bowling performance.

Polegate’s own bowling performance was led by the pace of Henry Durtnall (2 wickets for 7 runs) and Baseer Sepahi (2 wickets for 9 runs).

Charlie Travers also picked up a wicket (1 wicket for 15 runs). However good running from their last batting pair meant Eastbourne needed seven runs from their final over.

George Gough (19 runs for once out) smacked two boundaries from his first two deliveries to see them reach their total in a tightly fought, high quality game.

Hailsham under-15s got their season under way with a trip to a strong Bexhill team.

After winning the toss, the new ball was taken by Bok Rahman (0-14) and debutant Tyler Scrafton (0-21).

Bexhill were flying until Sachin Jose entered the bowling attack.

The Royal India man of the match took 3-18 during a superb spell of swing bowling.

Hailsham found themselves chasing 130 off 20 overs and were soon one down as Andrew Swansbrough was trapped LBW. Useful contributions along the way kept the scoreboard ticking, but Hailsham were always behind the run rate.

Luke Evans made 8, Bok Rahman 21 and Alfie Green showed some clean, powerful hitting in a quick 22.

Curtis Farley (11 not out) and Martyn Cleveland (6 not out) were still standing at the end as Hailsham finished on 98-7.