Ditchling I 235-5 Robertsbridge I 186-7
A hard-fought draw for the Bridge under sweltering skies and a tremendous view of Ditchling Beacon. Robertsbridge fielded first and bowled with good control throughout the innings despite only picking up five Ditchling wickets. Lee Mardell(11-1-39-0) and Nick McWilliams(5-1-16-0) in particular bowled superbly despite going wicket-less. The introduction of Saddam Been Kashem(12-0-65-3) brought the wickets for Robertsbridge; the debutant bowled with good control and no little threat in an impressive all round display with all his victims snaffled by skipper David Neill behind the stumps. The Ditchling captain somewhat surprisingly declared on 235-5, leaving Robertsbridge 46 overs to chase their target.
Buoyed by their efforts in the field and the chaseable target, the Robertsbridge innings got off to the worst possible start when Jamie Wisby (4) was dismissed in the first over. However, this brought Ben Collins (42) to the crease who played another mature yet entertaining innings in partnership with Electric Center Man of the Match Pat Grace (71no) to give the innings real impetus. Grace played a magnificent innings of real responsibility that none-the-less included a few trademark aggressive shots. When Collins was dismissed Neill (16) came to the crease and looked to set about chasing the target down with a series of boundaries. However, when he walked off after a faint bottom edge the innings stuttered, that was before Been Kashem (19) walked to the crease with the field in close looking for the final few wickets. He proceeded to dance down the wicket and slot his first ball for a huge straight six much to the delight of his watching teammates. Grace saw the team through for a hard-fought draw, a game in which both sides, and particularly Robertsbridge were commended for the spirit in which it was played. A good points haul that should prove crucial towards the end of the season, with some good performances to boot.
No game this week
The opportunity to play at The Clappers did not improve the recent results for Robertsbridge. The visitors were asked to bat and despite Allan Hughes(11-5-34-1) bowling five consecutive maidens they were able to score quickly off any slightly bad balls which is the usual form on a lightning quick outfield. Some early wickets brought Lewis Rowe(103) to the crease and he hit the ball well and suvived a close run out from a super piece of fielding from Jamie Hudson. Hudson(8-0-62-2) did eventually remove Rowe thanks to a catch from Peter Savage and he bowled Ben Saunders(20). However the free scoring continued through Thomas Hall(63no) and Heathfield were able to declare on 260 after 43 overs. Robertsbridge set off well in pursuit of the target with Nick Moor(24) and Peter Savage(24) hitting the ball well. When Moor had to retire with a hamstring pull Kevin Burgess(26) continued the momentum. He then became the first victim of Peter Cole(7-2-38-7) who bowled a good line and length and aligned with some poor shot making made short work of the middle order. A brief cameo from Jamie Hudson(18) did help but the innings folded disappointingly in the 29th over.
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.
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