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Bells Yew Green I 258-3 dec Robertsbridge I 209-9
The first team travelled up the A21 to Bells Yew Green this week in yet another high scoring encounter. They won the toss and chose to bowl on a green wicket. Despite a much improved bowling display, Bridge's fielders were again to blame for some dropped catches and missed opportunities which led to an intimidating total set by the opposition. Dan McInerney (92) was the pick of the BYG batsmen in a very solid innings that yielded few chances despite controlled bowling from Robertsbridge, in particular Alex Collins (12-1-43-1). Bells Yew Green made their way comfortably to 258-3 in 47 overs. In reply, Robertsbridge tried to start quickly, in an attempt to make a game of it and overhaul an imposing total. However they lost wickets at regular intervals with Pat Grace (8), Dane Capon (17) and Adam Neill (23) falling before they could contribute significantly. Despite a quick 40 from stand in captain Neil Priddy and a quite brilliant 57 from David Neill in one of his first games back for the club after a lengthy absence, Robertsbridge never looked in the running. They managed to see out the last few overs, just avoiding the loss with one wicket in hand.
Robertsbridge II 294-4 dec Newhaven II 223-2
Another run fest at The Clappers. Robertsbridge were asked to bat and were soon in some trouble at 27-3 with two wickets for Peter Tullett(11-1-45-2). This brought together David Collins(144no) and Paul Johnson(91) who put on 161 runs to enable home captain, Keith Pagan to declare after 44 overs. Robertsbridge found wickets equally difficult to come by despite using nine bowlers. A run out and a wicket for Darren Barlow(7-0-24-1) were their only return as the game was drawn with Newhaven 72 runs short of their target.
Wadhurst II 177-4 v Robertsbridge III 174
A full team was a good start to the weekend but then the loss of the toss was a sign of worse things to come. Openers Peter Goodsell(16) and Paul Brett(10) started steadily enough but both fell in quick succession and with Neil Honnor(3) unluckily playing on to the steady bowling of Iain Bell(17-5-28-3) more wickets followed to leave the innings at a perilous 75-5 in the 26th over. Lewis Chapman(52) joined Captain Alastair Neill(32) in a stand of 57 to pave the way for a reasonable score. This was Chapman's first senior half-century and the whole team were proud of his achievement. Chapman fell to Alex Reid(6-0-42-4) but another good contribution from Alvin Atkins(15) helped the team to post 174. Atkins(8-2-32-2) removed Bell(0) in the first over but despite some tight bowling the team could not shift Alex Reid(77no) and the home side passed their target in the 36th over.
New for 2015: Club Night!
In 2015, we'll be holding Club Nights on Fridays - the perfect opportunity to get in some practise in the nets or on the outfield before game day (or pay a visit to the Clappers Bar).
The first date for this will depend on the weather and ground conditions - we'll keep you posted!
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