Robertsbridge I 177 Crowhurst Park II 178-5
Derby day ends in defeat for the Robertsbridge in a fiercely contested game.
Losing another toss Robertsbridge were asked to bat, again the opening pair were moving along nicely when the first wicket fell in the 9th over. However things turned quickly and when Robert Goodsell (32) was given out LBW in the 12th over the 'bridge had slipped to 49-3. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals through the innings with Troy Newton(7-1-32-3) taking three wickets and Matt Constable(9-1-33-4) taking four. Robertsbridge were held together by a determined innings from Ben Collins(64), combining great power and shot selection to race to 64 from only 49 balls. Lee Mardell (19) was giving good support, however he showed the true spirit of cricket when he walked after getting a small bit of glove on a ball that lifted. Again the lower order managed to get some much needed runs helping to push the score on. However Darren Barlow(5no) was left standing at the end with the score on 177.
The reply started well for Crowhurst Park and the score board was kept ticking over by Jon Peters(57) and James Wilson (37). Cameron Christie (13-0-56-2) bowled with aggression and showed his great variation to start to restrict the runs. He was joined by Robert Geaney (11-2-32-2) who spun his web and had the batsmen in all sorts of trouble and was the most economical going for less than 3 runs per over. The wickets started to come and there was a sense that an unlikely victory could be achieved, Troy Newton(54) had other ideas and hit 54 off 30 balls to take Park to the edge of victory. There was a late twist as Alex Collins (7-1-23-1) removed Peters when the scores were level.
Robertsbridge picked up another 11 points, and once again showed the never say die attitude that the team are forging.
Selmeston and Alciston I 149-4 Robertsbridge II 145-9
After last week's run fest it was a low scoring affair on a cool afternoon at Selmeston. Asked to bat first skipper Paul Johnson sent in a makeshift opening pair of Alastair Neill(43no) and Lewis Chapman(59). They made their way slowly to an opening stand of 84 against some tight bowling and a painfully slow outfield. Chapman batted with great maturity and Neill rode his luck. Once Chapman departed there was a series of cameos as the team tried to boost the scoring rate but the bowling of Ed Springett(18-7-24-3) and Alastair Deighton(8-0-37-4) including a hat-trick kept them in check. Fabian Dahms(11) playing his first second team game did have time to hit a huge six over square leg. The home team reply started equally slowly with Deighton(23) and Matthew Jackson(45no) being watchful against the opening bowlers. There was a wicket for Monty Dahms(4-0-20-1) as he trapped Deighton LBW in his first second team game. Toby Marriott(46) increased the momentum until he was held by a good catch from Callum Nice. Matt Neve(6.2-0-25-3) took that wicket and two LBWs to ensure a few points from the game.
This was always going to be a tough game against one of the better sides in the League. The score of 152-9 was down to a fine performance by Neil Honnor(80no) carrying his bat as many fell about him. His main support came from Jake Saxton(19) and Harry Wills(15) as the bowling of Bill Filby(15-2-49-7) accounted for most of the side. There were early wickets for Wills(8-1-46-1) and Seb Stovell(6-1-15-1) but an unbroken third wicket stand between Dominic Simes(73no) and Christopher Pedroza(45no) saw the visitors home in the 26th over.
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