Robertsbridge were back in action this week and skipper Keith Pagan won the toss and elected to bat with several players delayed in the holiday traffic. Tom Glenn(4) soon fell to home captain Ian Horner(15-2-58-3) and this brought in Alastair Neill(46) who joined Pagan(29) in a stand of 38 for the second wicket. Horner rapidly removed Neil Honnor(5) and Paul Johnson(0) but this allowed Ben Keeley(31) to come to the crease and he put on 63 with Neill striking the ball very well before being caught in the deep. Jake Lingard(44no) pushed the innings on once Neill departed putting on an unbeaten 49 runs with Dom Whittaker(13no). Newhaven started off quickly with Charlie Durrant(34) making the most of his bat until he was caught by Charlie Honnor from the bowling of golden arm himself Keith Pagan(11-1-50-3). This silenced the spectator for about a second but with Graham Godfrey(30) batting sensibly and Jack Godfrey(43no) punishing anything short he was able to wave his boundary card quite a few times as a comfortable victory was secured in the 42nd over.
It was a philosophical stand in captain Ed Flint who summed up this game. While he included himself in a poor batting display he was quick to praise Lewis Chapman(23), debutant Adam Simms(15) and Alvin Atkins(16no) for at least giving their team something to defend. The bowling display from the younger members of the team brought Flint hope for the future with Chapman(6-1-16-2), Simms(4-0-17-1) along with Julian Moore(4-1-12-1) and another debutant Baillie Wright(3-0-20-2) proving that you can always take something from a match despite a heavy defeat by 4 wickets.
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