Uckfield Anderida bats superbly to win fantastic game
On winning the toss, Uckfield elected to bat on a very firm deck but didn’t get off to the best of starts when Burns was bowled for zero off the second ball of the game, writes Joe Burns.
Morton arrived at the crease and took advantage of anything short to get his team off to a good start, in spite of the early wicket.
Turner also looked in fine fettle before dragging one onto his stumps off the bowling of the impressive Stevens. However, it was the arrival of Reed and Watson which provided the Uckfield innings with some real impetus.
After taking some time to play themselves in, the next ten overs saw the most destructive striking by an Uckfield pair in a long time. Watson eventually fell for a fine 76 and Reed finished the innings with a huge six and an unbeaten 65.
BYG were set 266 to win and the feeling at tea was that Uckfield were well in front.
That feeling was soon reversed after six overs of the BYG innings. Burns and Brady served up some dross and Boughton made no mistake in putting everything away.
The introduction of Reed and Boniface slowed the runs down to a degree, but after eight overs, BYG were already well ahead of the rate.
Reed thankfully made the breakthrough with a bit of help from a fine catch by Watson in the gully. Another swiftly followed and Uckfield began to believe again. However, the arrival of the clean hitting Pearson and his partnership with Boughton put Uckfield behind the eight ball once more.
However, the introduction of Dan Phillips proved to be the game’s turning point. Uckfield’s spinner bowled with great discipline and BYG couldn’t get him away without taking risks.
Eventually the pressure told and when Phillips removed Boughton and Pearson in relatively quick succession, Uckfield were back in charge.
Boniface took a sensational catch and on the whole, Uckfield fielded extremely well. Reed and Burns picked up another wicket apiece but this bowling effort really was all about Phillips who returned career best figures of 6-52 as Uckfield won by 25 runs.
Maresfield are the winners in local derby
On a hot and sunny Saturday at Victoria Pleasure Ground, Maresfield 2nd XI beat Uckfield Anderida 2nd XI in a competitive local derby, writes Tom Grimes.
Winning the toss, Maresfield chose to bowl first, which looked like an excellent decision when Uckfield lost their first 3 wickets for just 14 runs. This brought Mark Greenslade and Tom Grimes together, who built a crucial partnership of 99 runs.
Batting sensibly and punishing anything short or wide, they looked in fine form until they were both out, bowled, in quick succession.
Pat Phillips came in at number 6 and made a brisk 30, but the remaining batsmen struggled with some tight bowling from Maresfield. That is, until Peter Tungate came into bat in the final overs and rolled back the years with two splendid fours off the final balls of the innings, enabling Uckfield to reach 181 for 9.
In reply, Maresfield started well, building a solid opening partnership of 89. Some good bowling had produced a number of close lbw appeals, but Mark Greenslade eventually made the break through for Uckfield.
While Maresfield had plenty of wickets in hand, they were struggling with their run rate, and Uckfield sensed an opportunity. However, Chris Vacher, a former Uckfield player for many years, played very well for an unbeaten 77, despite being dropped and offering up a further chance that went down.
This, combined with an excellent 51 by Daniel Moore dashed Uckfield’s hopes, with Maresfield getting home with an over and a half to spare, winning by 9 wickets.
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