Robertsbridge I 146 Barcombe I 144
‘Never, Say, Die’ was the order of the day at the Clappers as Robertsbridge left it late to pull off a quite remarkable victory against Barcombe. Captain David Neill lost the toss and was asked to bat on a green wicket and under gloomy skies. Electric Centre Man of the Match Pat Grace(46) batted beautifully in the conditions and was the only man to bat fluently with very good bowling from the visitors particularly Paul Coppard(9-4-13-3) and Toby Hingston(7-1-18-4). That was until the 10th wicket pair of Darren Barlow(23) and Rob Geaney(13) launched a stunning counter-attack, putting on a vital 40 runs which Neill was keen to remind the team was changing the momentum of the game…and how crucial it would be in the end, huge credit to both players. Robertsbridge duly posted 146, a little below par perhaps but something to bowl at in the conditions. After a brief chat the decision was taken to use the old ball and Lee Mardell (11-1-50-4) got the early breakthrough after his first wickets for the club last week. However, Barcombe batted strongly with Matthew Tucker(46) and Joshua wheatley(29) taking the score to 91-3. They looked set for victory before a quite stunning catch from Grace dismissed the Barcombe skipper,Wheatley and belief began to surge through the veins of the Robertsbridge players. The new ball was introduced and with that renewed fire in the belly of Rob Goodsell (11.2-1-57-6) who with the help of Mardell, ripped through the Barcombe middle and lower order to seal a win that had seemed so unlikely just half-an-hour before the close.
Dicker I 148-6 Robertsbridge II 187-8
Robertsbridge were asked to bat first on a damp afternoon at Dicker. The openers soon fell to Terry Lowe(11-1-29-3) and it was a case of contributions all down the order with Skipper Paul Johnson(36) and Electric Center Man of the Match Tony Hagger(44no) making the most runs against some tight bowling with Sridhar Jayakumar(10-2-40-3) joining Lowe in taking three wickets for the home team. The Dicker openers Dan Sutherland(13) and Matthew Hitchen(34) put on 52 with Matt Neve(4-1-9-0) playing a good containing role. They were always behind the required rate from then on with Saddam Been Kashem(17-2-43-2) and Tony Hagger(8-1-21-2) stopping them getting away but not able to take the necessary wickets to force a win. The game ended in a draw.
Pett II 69-2 Robertsbridge III 68
It was a second heavy defeat for a youthful Robertsbridge team against a very good experienced Pett attack. Where Alan Crouch(10-1-21-5) took the most wickets the control of Gary Line(10-8-2-2) was the reason for the low score and only some hitting by Lewis Chapman(21) threatened to provide the visitors with something to bowl at. After tea the youth lead the way with Jamie Hudson(3-0-19-1) and Electric Center Man of the Match Jake Saxton(4-1-19-1) at least providing two bonus points to be taken home.
This is on Monday nights at The Clappers from 6-30-8pm for years 4 to 7 inclusive. Those under year 4 we are trying a 6.30-7.30 shortened session.
This is on Friday nights at The Clappers from 6-30-8pm from school year 8 to adult.
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