Newhaven I 114 Robertsbridge I 117-4
A much better week for Robertsbridge this week saw the first team make some good headway in their bid for survival. A visit to bottom of the league Newhaven in a must win game started well as Robertsbidge lost the toss but were asked to bowl on a green wicket. Jasper Piper (7-3-21-0) took the new ball and, with the side only being able to name one seamer was joined by Ben Collins (10-0-42-1) who made the early breakthrough. Despite managing to keep the run rate to a minimum wickets weren't flowing easily as Jack Brechin (32) and Shaun Page (26) took the score steadily to 91-1. At this point Rob Geaney (11.1-3-20-8), who was only added to the team late in the week, produced a wonderful spell of off spin bowling as he tore through the Newhaven order and reduced them to 114 all out. A word too for Ben Keeley(15-7-22-1) who bowled extremely well in tandem with Geaney. A quick team talk from captain David Neill aimed to prevent the mistakes that had hampered the Bridge throughout the season whilst chasing similarily low targets. However, the talk seemed to be in vain as they began to lose wickets steadily. Pat Grace (16), Dane Capon (13) and then Ben Collins (3) were all caught trying to chase the runs as quickly as possible, and when Adam Neill (35) was given out with the score still 67-4, some players may have been forgiven for fearing the worst. However the rest of the runs were knocked away in a solid and sensible partnership between Josh Goodsell (29*) and Pete Savage (15*). The result saw Robertsbridge move to within 5 points of safety, having been 26 points away at the beginning of the day.
Robertsbridge II 257-5 Udimore 255-8
Keith Pagan won the toss and put Udimore in on what was long serving wicketkeeper/batsman David Collins last home game before retirement. The visitor's innings was dominated by Tom Adams(160) who scored the vast majority of his side's runs with only Martin Dobinson(37) and James Adams(21) making double figures in the total of 255 from 50 overs. Sam Piper(16-2-80-4) was the pick of the bowlers in terms of wickets but his brother Finn Piper(11-2-26-1) bowled with greater economy.In reply Robertsbridge made quick progress despite losing skipper Pagan early on. Martin Simms(43) and Tom Glenn(52) started things off with Paul Johnson(55) also contributing well. Andrew Dobinson(12-0-65-3) made in roads but when the fifth wicket fell it brought together Martin Green(45no) and Tony Hagger(36no) who took their team to victory in the 39th over.
Robertsbridge III no game this week
This has now started and the fixtures are as follows starting at 6.15pm
Fri 7th Aug Gray-Nicolls V Football Club
Mon 10th Aug Gray-Nicolls V Seven Stars Exiles
Wed 12th Aug Ripleys Forge V Stool Ball Club
Fri 14th Aug Seven Stars Exiles V Football Club
Mon 17th Aug The Salehurst Halt V New Spice All Stars
Wed 19th Aug Gray-Nicolls V Green Bottles
Fri 21st Aug Football Club V Green Bottles
Mon 24th Aug The George Inn V New Spice All Stars
Wed 26th Aug Dr Fonda V Stool Ball Club
Sun 30th Aug FINALS DAY
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