Pooley leads Hellingly to Oakshott Cup glory

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Hellingly won the Oakshott Cup for an impressive 14th time last week, and did so in emphatic fashion, recording a eight-wicket victory over Buxted Park in the 2013 final in Herstmonceux.

Skipper James Pooley and Zayne Bux were largely to thank for Hellingly’s success, which denied Buxted Park their first victory in the historic competition that was first contested in 1921.

Winning the toss, Buxted Park elected to bat first but lost two early wickets taken by Adam Devlin and Will Hook.

The ship was steadied slighlty by Rob Raymond, who came in and smashed 53 from 35 balls, and John Anderson, who hit 10 from five balls as Buxted began to head for a sizable total. However, five tight overs from Bob Pye brought the run rate down.

Opening batsman Lloyd Burgess carried his bat throughout the innings but only scored 39 from 53 balls and, at 20 overs, Buxted Park finished with 137-5.

The reply for Hellingly got off to an exciting start, with Tom Rothero smashing an enormous six before being caught out the next ball.

Captain James Pooley joined Zayne Bux and the pair saw off the opening bowlers as they kept just above the run rate.

With nine wickets in hand, the final 10 overs saw Bux and Pooley smash the remaining runs, hitting 64 apiece - Bux at a rate of a run a ball and Pooley including four fours and an incredible five sixes as Hellingly comfortably won with 10 balls remaining.

Pooley was clearly man of the match and thoroughly deserved to lift the trophy for Hellingly for the 14th time.

On Saturday Dan Pellett grabbed 6-13 from nine overs asHellingly easily dismissed bottom club Lewes Priory for just 82.

In reply, Hellingly lost two early wickets before James Pooley hammered three sixes and five fours in his 51 and with Zayne Bux, hurried their team to victory in just 11 overs.