Hailsham Cricket Club – Week Fourteen Report

1st XI
After bouncing back to winning ways following a couple of poor results, Hailsham looked to solidify their place at the top of the division away to Little Common Ramblers. With captain Tom Hicks out for the season with a broken wrist, Varun Khullar won the toss and elected to bat.
A positive start from Scott Pearce (25), alongside the in-form Rob Wilkinson (31), saw Hailsham build a good opening partnership before Pearce fell. Varun Khullar (66) went in at number 3, looking to up the slow run rate, and continued his positive form with the bat this season. Aaron Norwood (11), Rob Wilkinson, and returning Matt Dawber (1) fell, leaving Hailsham in a precarious position.
Ciaran Peacock joined Khullar and solidified the innings, with a well made 34, before Khullar and Peacock fell in the final overs in the innings. Shibin Abraham (2*), Andrew Anthony (6) and Shankar Bala (4) scored some important runs in the last few overs to bring Hailsham up to a respectable 203-7 off their 45 overs.
Following tea, Andrew Anthony (2-54), and Varun Khullar (1-17) started the bowling well, however picked up no reward in their opening spells. The introduce of Shibin Abraham (1-20) saw Tom Crathern fall for a well made 24. Sixteen year old bowler Matthew Anthony (0-44), on his 1st XI debut, bowled some excellent tight lines, before the introduction of Ciaran Peacock (1-18) saw the fall of another wicket.
Some good batting from the LCR top order saw their total rise without the fall of any further wickets. This saw Andrew Anthony and Varun Khullar come back into the attack in the search of wickets to turn the momentum back in Hailsham’s favour. Khullar removed Tom Powell for a well made 79, before Andrew Anthony took two wickets in one over to take LCR to five wickets down. Dropped catches and some sloppy fielding saw LCR edge further toward the total.
 With the game on a knife-edge in the later stages, it fell to Matt Anthony and Shankar Bala (0-32) to bowl economical overs in the later stages. Despite some good bowling, LCR edged over the required 203 off just 40.2 overs.
Hailsham will look to get back to winning ways next week, with room for improvement in all three areas of the game, away at mid-table East Dean. The IQ Builders Merchant Man of the Match goes to Varun Khullar for a sensible, and much needed 66.
2nd XI
Hailsham welcomed the Rotherfield 1st XI to the rec on what promised to be a good game of cricket.
After a successful toss Hailsham decided to bowl. Openers James Bellett (4-44) and Ed Garbett (1-30) restricted runs well but failed to get any wickets initially. The wicket drought continued as bowlers Toby Funnell (0-12) and James Renals (1-26) joined the attack.
Variation from Curtis Farley (1-34) and bowling debutant Tim Mullins (0-19) proved effective in reinstalling some momentum for Hailsham as was Stuart Kennedy (0-22) who was unlucky not to get a wicket. As the innings neared its end the wickets started to fall with more consistency. With James Bellett in particular making light work of the Rotherfield middle order. Despite this late resurgence Hailsham still had to reach the set total 204.
The batting attack didn’t have the best of starts with Mike Renals’ 38 proving to be the most significant contribution in the top order. The arrival of Robin Sewell (42) and Stuart Kennedy (33) to the crease provided a well needed partnership that gave some hope to the Hailsham side. Contributions down the order from Andrew Swansbrough (22) and Curtis Farley (13) weren’t enough to drag Hailsham across the line and ended up all out for 187.
The Finance Planning Group Man of the Match goes to Robin Sewell for a vital 42 in the Hailsham chase.
3rd XI
Hailsham 3rd XI hosted Laughton CC at Roebuck Park. After winning the toss and electing to field, Hailsham`s opening bowlers, Warren Downs and Kei Lalor, struggled to make early inroads. With a partnership building and runs flowing, Jon Brettany was brought on, but he too couldn’t find the wicket that Hailsham needed. That was until Lewis Williams (2-38) was brought into the attack, dismissing Jamie Russell for a well made 33.
With the other opener still at the crease and putting pressure on the Hailsham bowling attack, Sam Mills (2-36) was introduced and had an immediate effect, after a very well taken low catch by Lewis Williams, Adrian Breeds was dismissed for 37.
After a dry patch of bowling with no wickets and Laughton adding to their total, Kei Lalor (6-23) returned for his second spell and took the last six wickets in four overs, with two brilliant catches for Tom Walder, bringing the Laughton innings to a close on 176.
Hailsham`s openers, Sam Mills (17) and Fenton Webster (2), walked out but it wasn’t long until Fenton Webster fell after missing a straight one. That brought Jon Brettany (33) to the crease, who looked to anchor the innings. However, a couple of overs later Sam Mills lost his wicket, chipping the ball to mid-wicket. Wayne Pettigrew (1) strode out but didn’t last long, being judged lbw.
With partnerships needed Warren Downs (34) ambled to the crease to join Jon Brettany. With the partnership increasing Jon Brettany got bowled by a ball that kept a little low. Jason Wickham (0) then gifted Laughton their 5th wicket. With the required run rate increasing Lewis Williams (4) went out to bat but didn’t offer much resistance. With Kei batting and looking to run a single where ever possible Hailsham got closer to their target but he then got run out trying to run another quick single. It wasn’t long after that Hailsham were all out for 131
After a game of limited positive points the SPS Man Of The Match goes to Kei Lalor for his excellent figures of 6-23.

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