Barcombe I 188-4 Robertsbridge I 184
In the bright sunshine away at Barcombe, Robertsbridge skipper David Neill won the toss and decided to bat on what looked like a flat wicket with a strong looking batting line up. However, Barcombe openers Allan Trower(11-2-49-2) and Joe Wheatley(9.5-1-32-3) found some early movement and variable bounce to reduce the Bridge to 23-4 early on as Dane Capon(18), Pat Grace(0), Ben Collins(0) and Captain David Neill(3) all fell cheaply. Some resistance was offered as Adam Neill(17) and Paul Nice(39) took the score onto 79 before Neill fell to a delivery that kept low. Things were looking very dark for the bridge but the long batting order proved useful as the tail wagged. Runs came quickly, first from Saddam Been Kashem(30) and after he fell, from Electric Center Man of the MAtch James Pexton (51) whose quick innings included some huge hits all round the ground. Robertsbridge were eventually bowled out for 184 in the 46th over, but remained hopeful of a positive result as the wicket looked to have a few demons in it. The Barcombe batsmen had different ideas though and capitalised on any loose deliveries early on from Dane Capon (9-1-50-1) and Lee Mardell (8-2-27-0). They raced to 67 before the introduction of Collins (5-0-25-1) saw Paul Coppard(26) caught and bowled. Bridge caught a whiff of a chance to get some valuable points and quickly took the wicket of Gareth Clarke(1) after a brilliant first over from Saddam Been Kashem (4-0-24-1). A couple more wickets followed as William Marler(71) quick innings came to an end at the hands of Pexton (5-0-26-1) and the big hitting Matthew Tucker(17) fell to Capon, but it was too little too late for Robertsbridge as Barcombe easily reached their target with 6 wickets and 13 overs remaining.
After a week's break Robertsbridge welcomed a strong Dicker side to the Clappers. Having won the toss and decided to bat Robertsbridge soon lost both openers with wickets to Jody Mills(9-2-50-3) and Aaron Filsell(5.5-0-15-3). Jamie Wisby(54) was the main stay of the innings joining with Peter Capon(28) and Paul Johnson(27) in stands of 48 and 50 respectively.When Wisby was out it was left to the returning Jake Lingard(36) to push the score on to give the visitors a reasonable target. Unfortuantely the early wicket of Dan Sutherland(2) to Lewis Chapman(8-1-40-1) and the run out of Matthew Hitchen(58) was all they had to show for their efforts as Matt Sharp(78no) and Chris Brady(20no) ensured no mistake was made and the away team gained victory in the 36th over.
A return to Mountfield did not improve the result for the Robertsbridge team but provided more experience for young and old players alike. Starting with the old Allan Hughes(9-2-24-1) soon removed the dangerous Karl Khan(1) assisted by a good catch from Rob Spice. Liam Stamp(53) took the attack to the home bowlers as did Thiru Ganesan(52) both falling to the slightly younger Peter Savage(11-2-58-2). Ollie Janman(42) kept the momentum up for Pett and despite some improved bowling from Rhys Rich-Drury(9-1-33-2) and young Callum Nice(5-0-42-1) the visitors were able to declare on 210 after 40 overs. In reply opener Savage(0) called for a helmet after being struck on the cheek and was promptly bowled the next ball. There was some determined batting from Kevin Burgess(18) and Neil Honnor(15) but the Pett bowling was too strong and another home defeat was inflicted.
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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