Hailsham 1st XI hosted Battle CC at the Rec looking to further solidify their place at the top of the division. Batting first, Hailsham got out of the blocks quickly with Scott Pearce (17) timing the ball brilliantly to the boundary, before missing a straight delivery. This brought the in-form Aaron Norwood to the crease to join Rob Wilkinson. This partnership would never threaten fireworks, however it did stabilise the Hailsham innings. Both batsman battled hard, edging Hailsham’s total up, and laying the ground work for a bit total. Norwood fell for a well made, and much needed 31, bring top run scorer Varun Khullar to the crease. A quick fire 24 for VK, followed by a similarly quick fire 31 from Ciaran Peacock, 5 from Tom Hicks and 10 not out from Paul McDonald. In the meantime Rob Wilkinson had move quickly into the nineties, and required 8 for his century from three balls. Hit promptly hit a boundary, then nearly ran both himself and partner Paul McDonald out, before pulling the final ball of the innings away for four to finish on 102 not out from Hailsham’s 45 overs, leaving Hailsham 264-5 at the midway point.
Hailsham knew that the had a big score on the board, but as ever in a league where everyone is beating everyone, would have to work hard and bowl well to ensure victory. The innings started well with Andrew Anthony (3-21) bowling the Battle opening with the second ball of the innings, before embarking on a particularly mediocre spell of bowling. Tom McDonald (1-31), Diesel Hallett (0-15) and Varun Khullar (0-18) kept things tight and ensured the pressure remained on the Battle batting line up. Shankar Bala (3-29) and Ciaran Peacock (2-31) put the game firmly in Hailsham’s sights with some excellent bowling, and then important wickets in the middle overs. Tom McDonald and Andrew Anthony came back into the attack to take one and two wickets respectively against the tail to bring the game home for Hailsham.
This victory is an important one for Hailsham, keeping them top of the table as we go into the final five games of the season. The IQ Builders Merchant Man of the Match goes to Rob Wilkinson for his 102 not out off 129 balls, including an extremely rare six. Hailsham travel to Little Common Ramblers next weekend looking to continue their good run.
Hailsham 2nd XI travelled away to Linden Park eager to reclaim their winning streak. After a successful toss Hailsham went out to bowl.
The conditions didn’t halt Matt Anthony (2-30) who claimed his wickets early. However a stubborn Linden Park partnership took any momentum out of the attack. This partnership was quickly ended with the first ball of Shibin Abraham’s (1-15) spell. Other contributions from James Renals (0-28), Toby Funnell (0-30) were followed by James Bellett (3-36) and James Walker (3-36) who both bowled effectively to install a quick collapse that left Hailsham the target of 182.
Openers Mark Renals (11) and James Bellett (34) suffered at the hands of an unforgiving wicket. The game progressed with Tim Mullins (25) and James Walker (21). Ollie McDonalds vital 49 was backed up with a formidable 26 from Shibin Abraham. With the innings in its twilight, Hailsham dragged its way to victory in what hopefully is the start of another run of W’s.
The Finance Planning Group man of the match goes to Ollie McDonald for a pivotal 49 in the run chase.
Hailsham 3rd XI travelled to Lewes Priory looking for a victory after last week’s defeat by Kerala. And quite simply destroyed the home team. Skipper Harry Gent won the toss and asked Lewes to bat first. Ed Garbett produced an absolute peach that should have gone onto middle and leg but straightened to clip off stump to bowl the opener. Kei Lalor at the other end was accurate and economical. Lewis Williams came on and bowled superbly. Curtis Farley at the other end in the main kept an excellent length and took a fantastic catch off a ball that went so high on such a windy day. Stuart Kennedy made another wonderful grab diving away at midwicket. Lewes spluttered to 113-9 off the full 40 overs. Ed (3-29), Kei (2-21), Lewes (2-25) & Curtis (2-23) all were very good. Manoj Yogendran took no wickets but had the remarkable and slightly flattering figures of 5 overs for 6 runs.
Hailsham started the chase poorly when Sully Hallett was caught close to the wicket for a duck. It was to be the last thing Lewes had to smile about. Stuart Kennedy joined Cameron Ballard and after a couple of careful overs all hell broke loose. Cameron was brutal on all bowling. Sixes rained out of the sky and when Cameron celebrated his 50 Hailsham’s total was only around 60. Lewes bought on a spinner. Surely one would have a look to see which way the ball was turning. Cameron looked long and hard by despatching the first 2 balls for 6 over long on. And then treated the 4th ball the same way. Meanwhile Stuart had found his timing and joined the fun. He smashed several sixes of his own. The occasional four from each of them was almost an anticlimax!! Hailsham galloped to the target of 114 off 11.1 overs; only 28.5 in hand!
The ball of the day was from Ed Garbett, the catch of the day was by Curtis Farley, but hands down the innings of the day and the SPS man of the match was by and is Cameron Ballard. He ended 82 not out in no time at all and grabbed the game and the home bowling by the throat and never looked like letting go.
An early finish and (at least for Hailsham) a fun afternoon.
On a breezy afternoon Hailsham 4th XI hosted Pevensey CC. After winning the toss, for the 48th week running, captain John Cole elected to bowl first, again. Opening bowlers Amrit Jayan and Sam Mills bowled with tight lines, finding it difficult to make a brake through. The first breakthrough was made by Amrit Jayan in the 7th over, after forcing the batsman into playing a rash shot. With a partnership building John Cole opted for a change in bowling, bringing Ed Brook into the attack. Once again another Hailsham bowler bowled well but couldn’t make the breakthrough. That was until Warren Downs was brought into the attack, dismissing Dominic Simes, ending a good partnership. But that then brought the dangerous Christopher Pedroza to the crease, who looked to increase the run rate by running many quick singles. As expected he picked up on any loose fielding, helping shepherd the less experienced batsmen. At the end of their innings Pevensey were on 210-7.
Knowing they would have to bat sensibly Hailsham openers, Jason Wickham and Amrit Jayan walked out to bat. With Jason Wickham hitting the first ball for 4 the signs looked good. Arit also hit a 4 before being caught pushing the ball to square leg. Out walked Wayne Pettigrew looking to build a good partnership with Jason. But it wasn’t long until Jason fell. No Hailsham batsman looked like getting a high score up until Warren Downs walked out to the crease. Wayne Pettigrew then fell for a well-made 41. With Warren running out of batting partners he fell for 44. It wasn’t long until Hailsham were all out for 152, with Ed Brook not out on 11. Once again Hailsham couldn’t hold onto their wicket.
The Roots Gardening Man of the Match goes to Bobby Williams and Kayleigh Pavitt for their support and helping with the teas and tidying.