Hailsham’s successful season culminated with a home tie in the final of Intersport Trophy against Little Common Ramblers.
The game began with a minutes silence for the recent passing of Henry Roberts, a former Hailsham Cricket Club chairman and player.
With LCR winning the toss and opting to bat, Hailsham started well. Opening bowlers Varun Khullar (3-8) and Andrew Anthony (0-45) kept things tight at the top of the innings. The good start allowed Hailsham to get on top. Tom McDonald (1-25) and Matthew Anthony (1-25) came on and made an immediate breakthrough. Shibin Abraham (3-42) and Shankar Bala (1-31) continued and kept Hailsham on top. It looked as though LCR would set a score around the 140 mark. Some late hitting from LCR, however, saw an above par 185 set for Hailsham to chase.
With Rob Wilkinson (0) falling early after chipping a drive to cover, Hailsham’s run chase did not get off to the best of starts. Scott Pearce (32) and Aaron Norwood (39) settled the innings down before Pearce fell. The excellent batting form that has been ever-present this season from Varun Khullar (60*) was continued, before Matt Dawber (16) and David Anthony (1) came and went quickly. This meant Tom McDonald came to the crease to see Hailsham over the line in what looked to be a nervy finish. A brilliantly played 18 not out from McDonald, alongside Khullar, saw Hailsham over the line with an over to spare.
Victory in the Intersport Trophy sees Hailsham win their second trophy of the season, following their successful league campaign. 2019 will see Hailsham 1st XI playing at the highest level in their history.
The IQ Builders Merchant Man of the Match goes to Varun Khullar for a match winning 60 not out, alongside 3-8 from 7 overs.