Robertsbridge I 24-3 Forest Row I 23
Robertsbridge arrived on a high after their win last week knowing that a win on the final day of the season would complete their revival and guarantee safety. They stuck to the plan that had seen them victorious as skipper David Neill won the toss and elected to bowl. Tight bowling from the outstanding Rob Goodsell (10-8-7-7) backed up again by James Pexton (9.3-2-11-3) saw the score kept to a minimum in the early overs, before a frankly ridiculous spell of cricket saw Forest Row reduced from 7-0 to 9-6. This spell included a hat-trick for Rob Goodsell whose pace and swing was too much for the Forest Row batsmen. Skipper Chris Bruce (5) and Ravi Cryer (5) had a brief stand which saw the only boundary of the innings hit but when they fell the end of the season and survival in division two was very much in sight for the rejuvenated Robertsbridge team. In reply, openers Adam Neill (4) and Pat Grace were both caught as they searched for the runs quickly, before Dane Capon (12) was run out attempting a quick single to win the game. However, a few balls later the game was won as Pete Savage (1*) ended his third game in a row not out with a 'guided' shot through the slips. David Neill (0*) also ran well. The bridge players were left to celebrate their triumph for the rest of the afternoon and evening, which was too long for some.
Hastings Priory III 183-8 Robertsbridge II 164
This was long serving player David Collin's last outdoor league game and with skipper Keith Pagan opting to change things around it was a close run defeat that ended his career.Hastings were asked to bat and Mohammed Toqeer(56) was the top scorer against some tight bowling from Jake Lingard(13-2-44-3) and Nick McWilliams(12-4-34-2). The reply started well enough with Tony Hagger(25) and Jack Godden(26) scoring well. Joe Sargent(18.4-3-54-5) removed most of the top order including two catches from his own bowling and with Gary Sargent(6-0-24-3) taking wickets too 84-7 was not a good position. Collins(40) and Martin Simms(32) took them closer to the target but in the end they had to accept defeat in the last over. This has been a good season of consolidation for the second team and bodes well for a promotion push next year.
Robertsbridge III 132-7 Denton II 261-4 dec
This winning of the toss is not all it is cracked up to be as skipper Alastair Neill discovered as Denton piled up an insurmountable total at Mountfield on Saturday. Umair Chaudhry(91) was principally responsible mixing unconventional shots with quick running. He was assisted by the smooth hitting of Sam Daly(49) and some generous home bowling and the complete inability to catch the ball. The Denton bowling was not so generous and all the home players struggled to move the scoring rate along to anything like what was needed to reach the target. Umair Chaudhry(8-2-12-1) showed he was not just adroit with the bat and took two catches too. The home team did manage to bat out the overs to gain a draw. Another fine season for the third team finishing in a creditable 5th place in Division 10.
Congratulations to the Stoolball Club for their victory over the Football club. Well done to all who took part and helped to make this such a successful tournament and Finals Day.
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