Six-wicket Devlin earns Hellingly crucial victory

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Hellingly got a much-needed victory as they beat Keymer and Hassocks by 41 runs.

Choosing to bat first, Hellingly made a good start with James Pooley scoring 57 and Greg Devlin 34. Three wickets apiece for Andy Westgate (3-51) and Michael Poole (3-31) led to a mini collapse but Matt Ball and Adam Devlin added crucial runs down the order as Hellingly finished on 159.

In reply Adam Devlin took two early wickets reducing the home side to 2-2. Poole hit 16 but soon departed, also to Devlin, as opener Joe Isted could only watch on as the wickets began to fall at the other end.

Daniel Pellett and Joe Funnell both took two wickets each as Hellingly sensed a rare victory at 97-9.

But Isted began to take on the bowlers to push for victory before Devlin returned to take the final wicket to end with 6/24 from 12 overs. Isted carried his bat for 50.

Glynde IIs beat Hellingly IIs by 41 runs at Horsebridge. Bowling first after winning the toss, Hellingly reduced Glynde to 50-5 with David Pye (3-29) and Andy Rose getting the wickets. Alex Thornhill hit 71 but Bob Pye’s 4/14 saw them bowled out for 170.

In reply Hellingly lost early wickets. Monty Payne hit 27, and Gavin Sutherland scored 22 to keep the team in the run chase but Joe Morgan took 5-61 and Ben Bignell 3-25 as Hellingly were eventually bowled out for 129.

Hellingly IIIs beat Battle IIs by 53 runs. Winning the toss, Battle made early breakthroughs before Chris Gape hit 64 to bring Hellingly back into the game and Paul Vidler and Rory Mullen added vital runs at the end as they finished on 173-9.

Three wickets fell early on in Battles reply ( 11-3) with Rory Mullen (4-29) taking the wickets. Tony Boardman got the home side back into the game but Harry Wootten (3-11) and Matt Wilson took the remaining wickets as Battle were bowled out for 120, with Boardman stranded on 57.

Hellingly IVs run out of overs as they drew with Newhaven IIIs at Ninfield. Batting first, Newhaven started well and despite Jack Sampson (3-33) and Harry Ring (3-44) bowling well reached 217. Vince Rose also picked up 2-46 as well as four catches in the field.

Hellingly got off to a great, but slow start with Ring hitting 46. Dean Wootten came out and scored 83 but the overs ran out as Hellingly finished their 51 overs on 172-2.