Lewes Priory I 219-7 Robertsbridge I 116
A match that got off to a good start with Harry Wills(9-3-26-1) pinning Mark Bartholomew(3) leg before wicket in the fourth over. Lewes then made steady progress with George Wilson(35) and Chris Baker(54) putting on 74 before Wilson became the first victim of Rob Geaney(9-1-37-3) in the 25th over. As the home team tried to accelerate they lost wickets at a steady rate but aided by four dropped catches they were able to push their score over 200 with Ahtesham Ali(35no) hitting two huge sixes and three fours in his twenty ball innings. The reply got off to a bad start with Adam Neill(4) falling to an excellent caught and bowled by Aidan Drew(9-2-28-4) in the first over. The Lewes bowling was very tight and none of the top order could make any progress at all. Dom Whittaker(37) rode his luck to keep the innings together and get some runs on the board but it was soon an impossible task although Harry Wills(20no) gave the away team something to cheer. The match meandered to a finish in the 43rd over with another defeat taken in good spirit.
Home captain Paul Johnson won the toss and decided to bat on Saturday at The Clappers. This is usually the best bet on the batsman friendly ground but at 73-6 after 19 overs he was probably regretting his decision. This brought together Josh Goodsell(78no) and Lee Mardell(45) who put on 66 for the 7th wicket. When Mardell was out Seb Stovell(10no) joined Goodsell in adding a further 71 to ensure maximum batting points. Willingdon soon lost Tim Godby(14) to Lewis Chapman(9-0-48-1) and found difficulty in scoring against the tight bowling of Lee Mardell(9-3-31-0). However they were able to score quicker from the other end with Michael Trewin(44) and Nick Tingley(43) paving the way to victory before a quickfire innings from Simon Eldridge(23no) saw his team home in the 36th over.
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