Saturday was a desperately disappointing day for the Uckfield Anderida first XI at Iden, where they came off second best in the battle for division 4 supremacy. Meanwhile the 2nd XI cruised home against Newick.
At Iden, having won the toss, the home side asked Uckfield to bat first on what proved to be a slow, but spicy wicket. Holman was defeated by a very good delivery from Waters, but it was Iden’s slower bowlers who proved most effective on this wicket, writes Joe Burns.
On the whole the home team bowled in excellent areas to some very good fields.
Morton and Tungate built a healthy partnership which saw Uckfield reach 70-3. However, with only 15 overs to go, this correspondent promoted himself up the order in an attempt to inject some pace in to the innings.
Five overs later he was out for one and with the gamble having failed, Uckfield were reliant on Tungate, McCallum and Turner to get them to something defendable.
When Tungate fell for a well made 50, Iden appeared well in control. But contributions from everyone in the lower half of the order including some lusty blows from Turner and Brady got the visitors to 139-9 from their allotted 45 overs.
Some exquisite Scotch eggs at tea clearly put some fire in the belly of Uckfield’s bowling heroes early on.
Brady and Reed in particular were just sensational. Bowling in good areas and getting the ball to hoop round corners, Iden found themselves at 20-3 with the excellent Iden skipper already back in the hutch. Early on then, the visitors were in the ascendancy.
The game changed when Reed was taken out of the attack and replaced by Burns. An awful spell allowed two new men to get their eye in before punishing the rubbish that followed.
Harvey brought in a modicum of control and dismissed the dangerous Barden with the aid of a fine catch from Brady. Reed returned to pick up a couple more and at 120-7 the game was finely poised. However, with Reed bowled out and Phil Shanks at the crease, Iden remained favourites.
Wickets to spare
So it proved. Shanks hit the ball cleaner than anyone had all day to finish on 18* and see his side over the line with three wickets to spare.
Whilst the division 4 title is now out of Uckfield’s hands, promotion to division 3 is not. And if Uckfield’s 1st XI display that same desire in the next two weeks, they will no doubt go up.
Second XI success against Newick 3rd
Meanwhile at the Victoria Ground in Uckfield the 2nd XI played out a much more one-sided game against a Newick 3rd team that was firmly rooted to the bottom of Division 9.
After skipper ‘Lucky’ Neal Boniface won the toss and put Newick in to bat on a green wicket, he duly took advantage with the ball, with an excellent 6 for 23.
Ably supported by Andrew Turner, with four for 25, Newick were skittled for 48 in 15 overs. And while Uckfield seemed keen to make a game of it by losing three quick wickets early on in reply, Paul Iswariah and Tom Grimes saw things home to secure a seven wicket victory.