Robertsbridge I 280-8 dec Battle I 203-7
A fierce local derby but one full of mutual respect was played out amidst strong winds, showers and a barely full but incredibly loud circus on the neighbouring football pitch. The toss was of huge importance (or so both teams thought) with both sides ideally needing a win to help them on their way to safety in Division 2, so when the toss was lost it wasn’t the best start for Robertsbridge as they were asked to bat. Pat Grace (28) and Dane Capon (11) weathered the early Ben Newman (11-3-43-2) storm, who bowled with good pace and aggression but was let down more than once by his fielders. This continued to be the pattern, though this would be to downplay the brilliance of Electric Center Man of the Match Paul Nice (95) and birthday boy Ben Collins (58) who played quite superbly, especially considering the conditions. They were both watchful yet scored at a quick rate and put Robertsbridge firmly in control of the match. There were further contributions from Sam Kashem (18), Lee Mardell (20) and Stephen Ramsden (12no) which took the score on to 280-8 declared, leaving Battle 44 overs to chase the total.
The first few overs of the Battle innings effectively made sure there were only two possible results – a draw or a Robertsbridge win – as Robert Goodsell (11-1-28-1) and Stephen Ramsden (11-4-30-2) bowled with superb control and threat to limit the Battle scoring, just as they had done in the reverse fixture. Battle were never really in the chase, but at the same time wickets proved hard to come by and the latter stages of the game turned into a game of chess for points that certainly kept skipper David Neill and the Robertsbridge brains trust on their toes. There were good contributions from Ben Newman (43), Curtis Coombes (49) and Guy Ballard (38) with 2 wickets apiece for Ramsden, Nick McWilliams (5-0-33-2) and Sam Kashem (7-1-49-2). In the end both teams successfully defended their kings and held their queens as the game ended in a draw with 17 points each – perhaps a slight oddity of the points system considering the level of dominance for Robertsbridge in the game but credit must go to the application of Battle’s batsmen. However, with only two games to go this was a result that certainly favoured The Bridge.
Robertsbridge secured a tense and nervous victory over Willingdon to bolster their chances of avoiding relegation this season. Young fast bowler Lewis Chapman (13-1-42-4) set the tone with an accurate bouncer first ball and then went on to pick up both openers as part of a hostile opening spell. The spin attack of Rob Geaney (10.3-0-50-3) and Ben Keeley (9-0-31-2) picked up wickets at regular intervals, but Willingdon’s captain Jason Richards (71) put together an aggressive knock which seemed to be keeping his side in control. When he fell to a Keeley full-toss the game changed and, despite resistance form Alan Bettesworth (22), Robertsbridge were able to restrict the visitors to 178 – a total they were confident of chasing.
The Robertsbridge reply struggled in the face of a father and son opening bowlers as Callum Brown (14-4-40-2) and Stuart Brown (11.4-1-48-1) reduced them to 31-3. However a traditional captain’s innings from Electric Center man of the match Paul Johnson (81no) kept them in the hunt. But Johnson received little support from the middle order as Bettesworth (11-3-19-4) reduced the visitors to 108-8. Keeley (27no) held his nerve and supported his skipper in a ninth wicket partnership of 72 and a nervous finish saw Johnson smash the winning runs with just two balls to spare.
Robertsbridge III 94 Crowhurst Park III 297-4
Robertsbridge suffered another heavy defeat at Mountfield. Home skipper Ed Flint asked the visitors to bat and while they managed to contain the batsman for a while Mick Flanagan(73) and Ben Forward(102no) upped the run rate to enable a declaration after 44 overs. In reply Peter Goodsell(27) resisted for a while but Helen Harrod(10-2-20-4) removed most of the top order and the inevitable defeat came in the 30th over by more than 200 runs.
This is now finshed for the summer and will resume indoors from November 7th
This is on Friday nights at The Clappers from 6-30-8pm from school year 8 to adult.
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