Firle I 250-6 Robertsbridge I 241-9
Firle elected to bat at their parched but picturesque ground on Saturday. Alex Collins(9-1-30-3) bowled with good pace and control although Chris Herriott(12) was quick to despatch anything a little off line to the boundary. He tried once too often and presented an easy catch to Rob Geaney for Collins's second wicket. With both openers removed Neil Trott(20) and Andrew Staib(37) dug in against the fine variations of Cameron Christie(9-1-37-2) with Staib particularly strong off his legs and the fast outfield meaning boundaries were easy to come by. Christie finally accounted for both and this brought Karoki Lewis(48) to the wicket. By now the spinners were on with Rob Geaney(9-1-33-0) and Ben Keeley(9-0-66-0) both troubling the batsmen. Lewis played some really classy strokes before he fell victim to a bizarre dismissal. Collins returned to the attack and bowled an accidental low bouncer which Lewis chose to duck under and only succeeded in having his leg stump removed. His dismissal allowed David Shaw(55no) and Rico Parkinson(35) to come together and allow their team to post a very competitive 250 target.
After tea Robertsbridge began their quest for runs but this did not go according to plan as Jonathan Wilcox(9-1-50-3) and Gus Christie(9-2-30-1) took early wickets. Runs were coming though from each partnership and this was mainly due to a fantastic captain's innings from Tom Glenn(107no) who played some glorious straight and lofted drives. He threatened to lead his team to an unlikely victory with support from Lee Mardell(35) from just 24 balls and Ben Keeley(24) from 20 balls. In the end they ran out of overs and energy and ended just 9 runs short.
Robertsbridge II 199-3 Bexhill IV 202-4
Robertbridge were asked to bat first at their usually free scoring ground. They made steady progress throughout with Peter Goodsell(35) and Paul Johnson(46) making a good start. Once Johnson fell to Alan May(9-2-34-2) Peter Capon(62no) kept the innings going with Derrick Fuller(5-0-13-1) bowling a tight spell that accounted for Goodsell. Tom Allen(28) added useful runs but they would have felt they were a few runs short. The reply started and Stuart Miller(8-1-24-2) soon removed Josh Bowler(0). Then Fuller(59) and Tommy Alff(58) put on 87 for the second wicket. Fuller fell to Barney Heasman(4-0-36-1) and shortly afterwards Ben Lingard(7-1-23-1) had Charlie Francis(0) trapped LBW. Andrew Jay(64) then joined Alff in putting on 65 for the fourth wicket and despite Alff becoming Miller's second victim they were so far ahead of the run rate that their target was achieved in the 32nd over.
Robertsbridge III 134 Little Common III 248
A strong Little Common side were asked to bat first at Hurst Green on Saturday. They scored freely against an attack featuring bowlers from 13 to 71! Opener Andrew Williams(80) and James Brightman(33) made the progress for the top order and Perry Holland(70) struck 10 fours and 3 sixes in the latter part of the innings. Holland was finally bowled by Luke Flint(7.1-0-56-3) who despite his young age took three wickets, two catches and a direct hit run-out. His fellow 13 year-old Dylan Ollis(4-0-33-2) took two wickets on debut. Despite only using 37 overs Little Common set a very tough target. It got tougher very early as Ben White(6-1-32-3) soon removed the top three batsmen. Grant Cooper(35) and Anthony Bryant(29) steadied the ship in the middle but once they departed to some tight bowling by Andrew William(9-0-31-3) and David Plowman(9-2-18-1) the writing was on the wall. With little hope of victory Luke Flint(15no) showed his skill with the bat and marshalled the tail-including father Ed Flint(13) to at least get two batting points.
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