Ultra attack mode works for stubborn Hailsham

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Hailsham visited Newhaven in the East Sussex league on Saturday, where the top-of-the-league hosts won the toss and elected to field first on a boiling hot day.

With this in mind Hailsham decided to play ultra aggressive and take the fight to their hosts.

Dean Noakes 25 and Rahul Chauhan 25 hit the openers out of the attack before James McDonald 24 and Jaz Walder 41 maintained a quick run rate. However, after the loss of a few wickets this soon slowed down.

Scott Pearce 36 batted well and managed to get Hailsham up to 220-8 from their 50 overs, with some late lower-order hitting from Peter Dunk (14), Ciaran Treloar (19) and Will Slemmings (12).

Securing 10 wickets on a fairly flat track was always going to be a big ask. However, Hailsham’s bowlers stuck to their task stubbornly and again Treloar (4-50) was the main point of attack, well -supported by McDonald, Slemmings (1-24), Jinson Francis (1-33) and Sam Piper (1-20).

Newhaven never really attempted the run chase and the game petered out with Newhaven on 179-7.

Captain Noakes said afterwards, “Halfway through the season we need to string together three or four wins to challenge for promotion.”

The Dragon Signs man of the match went to Jaz Walder for a well executed 41 runs for the team.

The second XI dominated Saturday’s game against Rotherfield right from the start. Losing the toss and being asked to field, they went out on the search of early wickets, which came through some tight, aggressive bowling from JST (1-20) and Matt Dawber (4-39).

Despite the bowlers doing all they were asked to, the fielding did not always support them; a few silly mistakes and dropped catches could have cost the team.

At tea, Hailsham were confident they could chase down 140 on a flat inviting batting track. They lost Mike Ambler early but this brought Cameron Ballard (39) out to join man of the moment Robin Sewell (46).

Wilkinson (20*) and Shibin Abraham (10*) saw the game home for Hailsham.

Dragon Signs man of the match went to Cameron Ballard for a game changing 39.