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Robertsbridge I 288-5 Fletching I 291-5
Captain Neil Priddy lost the toss but was pleased to be asked to bat on a terrific wicket at Robertsbridge. Pat Grace (70) continued his good run of form and after Adam Neill (4) and Dane Capon (20) went fairly early on this brought Priddy (104) to the crease. Grace and Priddy batted superbly together for much of the innings flaying the ball to all parts despite the spread out Flecthing field, and Priddy deservedly brought up a fine maiden hundred for Robertsbridge. Further runs were added late-on by Pete Savage (15) David Neill (32 not out) and Dom Whittaker (9 not out) and in the 49th over Robertsbridge declared on 288-5. Credit must go to Fletching opening bowler Rob Park (25-5-88-3) who bowled through the entire innings and did his best to restrict the run rate. The Fletching reply started off slowly as the batsmen were well kept in check by Rob Goodsell (15-0-72-1) and Neil Priddy (11-0-64-1) however wickets were proving hard to come by. It was the introduction of Ben Keeley (11-0-85-3) that brought the wickets, with some wonderfully varied bowling. However, the Fletching batsmen were to have the last laugh as they timed their run-chase to perfection; runs from Henry Duff (50) skipper Tim Stack (62) Steve Walker (29) Tom Randle (37) and a superb unbeaten 69 from Park who had previously bowled through the entire Robertsbridge innings was enough to see Fletching over the line with an over to spare. A loss for the 1st team in a game they could have done with winning but plenty of positives heading into the end of the season. .
Willingdon II 227-7 dec Robertsbridge II 209-6
Robertsbridge Captain Keith Pagan once again won the toss and elected to field. Nick McWilliams(11.2-0-52-3) soon removed Graham Hatfield(14) but Tim Godby(64no) and Darren Pierce(64) proved a more difficult pair to shift and Pagan(17-0-48-4) did manage to take the wicket of Pierce but the home team scored a good total of 227. Martin Simms(0) was out to the first ball of the innings and was soon followed by Tom Glenn(0) both victims of Will Hatfield(14-0-62-4) but Pagan(104no) pushed his team towards the target with David Collins(34) providing valuable support but there was just not enough time and they gained a draw finishing 18 runs short of the target .
Robertsbridge III 160-6 Westfield 132
This match was a muted victory for Robertsbridge as it ended with Westfield's Mick Pegram being felled by a ball and being unable to continue. He was able to walk to the ambulance and Robertsbridge hope that he does not suffer any ill effect. This certainly gives credence to the compulsory wearing of helmets not just for the batsman's protection but also for the feelings of the bowler and the spectators who are naturally concerned for the player. Anyway back to the match and it was a dogged display of batting by Robertsbridge against some tight bowling from Iain Curry(16-8-18-2) and Andy Pearson(25-5-79-1). After 38 overs there were only 93 on the board but that paved the way for Julian Moore(50) to score his maiden league fifty. He was joined by Neil Honnor(30no) to push the score up to 160. In reply it was the Alvin Atkins show again. Atkins(14-7-27-6) began by removing the dangerous Peter Baker(5) and assisted by some fine catches from Baillie Wright and Alastair Neill pushed his team gradually towards victory. Dave Legg(24) showed how to try and get the runs, top scoring for his team but he could not hold out for long against the on-fire Atkins.
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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