Rory’s five wicket haul helps defend small total

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Rory Mullen came to the rescue as Hellingly IV’s beat Rye III’s by 47 runs.

Losing the toss Hellingly were asked to bat first and made a good start with Brian Booth, and Dean and Harry Wootten making good totals. The last seven batsman all fell without making double figures as Hellingly fell to 121 all out.

Defending such a small total was a difficult job, but Rory Mullen led the bowling attack well as he removed both openers early on.

A mini recovery was staged but a run out from Harry Wootten and three further wickets from Mullen (5-33) saw Rye slip to eight wickets down. Any thoughts of a draw were soon ended as Max Wootten cleared up the tail as Hellingly won by 47 runs.

Hellingly firsts suffered a five wicket defeat against Crawley in the Sussex Division three East division.

Crawley’s new overseas signing Rhett Bridgens opened the bowling together with recently returned from University, Adam Dallaway. The pair soon had Hellingly in trouble, with the pitch proving difficult with the ball breaking through the surface early on.

The top five batsmen were seen off with only 28 scored from 20 overs, none making it to double figures, two being caught at short leg with the ball spitting off a length.

Tom Rothero (12) and Captain James Pooley (15) top scored for the visitors.

Bridgens bowled 16.1 overs taking 5-19) and Dallaway 14 overs taking 5-47 as the pair bowled Hellingly out for a measly 68 in 32.1 overs.

In reply, Crawley set off at pace, and the score was 36 before the first wicket was claimed in just the ninth over.

Harry Choudray hit six fours before Adam Devlin (3-31)bowled him for 33, but the damage had been done and although Will Hook picked up a brace of wickets, Crawley managed to reach their target from 22.3 overs, with the loss of five wickets.