Uckfield Anderida’s First XI draw in their top of the table clash with Iden, to stay top of Division 4, while the Second XI persevere to beat Newick.
It was a baking hot day at the Victoria Ground when Uckfield’s first XI got the better of a draw with fellow Division 4 pacesetters Iden, writes Joe Burns.
On winning the toss, Uckfield elected to bat first and got off to a flying start through Morton and Spice.
Iden’s opening bowlers struggled to find their rhythm, and Spice (34) in particular, scored very freely. However, the introduction of Edward Avann into the Iden attack reaped immediate rewards.
The wicket of Spice was followed soon after by the dismissal of Tungate. Holman (34) and the impressive Morton continued to score at a good rate before Barnett came on and stemmed the flow of runs.
Uckfield were 175-2 off 28 overs and looked set to post an enormous total, but disciplined bowling lines and the heat saw Uckfield begin to tire.
Holman’s wicket saw a mini collapse as McCallum and Morton (82) were dismissed in quick succession.
Burns hit a quick fire 17 and ran well with the returning Turner – but at 235-8 off their allotted overs, Uckfield felt they were 30-40 runs light.
Following a tea that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a five-year-old’s birthday party, Iden made it clear from the outset that they too thought this was a gettable total.
E Avann punished some early width from Reed and got his team off to a flier. However, Uckfield’s Brady offered no such width and his fine opening salvo brought two early wickets for the home side.
When Reed got the better of Avann, Uckfield were in the ascendancy but knew they’d need to continue to bowl well in tough conditions.
Burns and Harvey both created chances as first change bowlers but failed to pick up the crucial wicket as G Avann (47) and Shanks (47) built a decent partnership.
When Saunders replaced Harvey, the runs really dried up, and it became clear that Iden had given up on victory.
Saunders bowled particularly well and was perhaps unlucky not to pick up more than his two wickets.
Reed’s return to the attack saw him pick up another couple of wickets, but on a good deck, Iden never really looked like being bowled out as they finished at 191-7.
A good game of cricket between two strong sides who will surely be in the hunt for promotion come the end of the season.
A topsy turvy game for Anderida Second XI
Meanwhile the Second XI won a topsy turvy game at the beautiful Temple Grove ground to beat Newick 3rd XI, writes Tom Grimes.
After losing the toss and being put into bat on a grassy wicket in the baking sun, Uckfield were soon in serious trouble at 20 for 4.
However, an excellent middle order stand of 100+ by Mark Greenslade and Chris Turner, with the latter delivering some powerful blows for six, damaged Newick’s morale.
This, combined with a lusty 35 from Andrew Shelley at the end of the innings, enabled Uckfield to reach 188 all out and use up their full quota of overs. A
At tea, then, enjoying the superb brioche jam sandwiches, Uckfield felt they had dug themselves out of a hole and had every chance of securing 30 points.
Despite a knockout start by opening bowler, Chris Turner, who removed the middle stump of one of Newick’s opening batsman in spectacular fashion, Uckfield struggled early on.
With the Newick skipper, Coppard, in good touch, punishing anything short, Newick reached 88 for 1 in short order.
But Uckfield’s team spirit and perverance in the glorious evening sunshine shone through.
A change of bowling saw Muggeridge stall Newick’s rapid progress with some excellent tight lines.
This enabled Mantham Vyas and spinner, Dan Phillips, to take full advantage of the opposition’s frustration and take some vital wickets, and turn the tables once more.
Vyas got the crucial wicket of Coppard (73) and two others, and Phillips took advantage of the opposition’s impatience, finishing with an excellent five wicket haul.
And so it was left to the Uckfield skipper, Bonniface, whose ruthless bowling at the tail wrapped things up with Newick 56 runs short, giving Uckfield their second win on the bounce.