Hailsham hold on to a draw against Uckfield Anderida

On a murky day in Hailsham, the hosts somehow managed to hold on for a draw thanks to a superb rearguard effort from the tail, writes Uckfield Anderida captain Joe Burns.cricket-ball

On winning the toss, Hailsham asked Uckfield to bat first on what looked like a pretty good deck.

However, with the ball nipping about all over the place and wickets falling at regular intervals, Uckfield quickly recognised that anything over 150 would be extremely competitive.

Morton and Tungate were both caught behind early doors and Reed was very unlucky when a half tracker decapitated some curious worms on its way to trapping him leg before wicket.

As has been the case so often this season, the impressive Turner was left to rebuild the innings. His composed was 28 was excellently crafted before he was caught superbly on the boundary.

McCallum (40) and Toovey (18) also chipped in with some very important runs, but the key on the day was occupying the crease.

With the ball moving all over the place, the Hailsham bowlers struggled for control and as such the Extras gave Uckfield an extremely competitive total of 190.

Pick of the bowlers was undoubtedly Clint Mooiman who picked up 6 with a fine display of line and length bowling.

After a delicious tea, Uckfield’s new opening attack of Reed and Turner made early inroads. Reed in particular must have enjoyed a very sugary brownie as he bowled with real ace and aggression throughout his lengthy spell.

Turner again applied the pressure with his controlled swing bowling and was unfortunate not to finish with more than one wicket.

Burns too found some of the rhythm that had deserted him so far this season and he finished with 2 wickets from his 11 overs.

Harvey again showed his knack of picking up wickets in spite of not bowling as well as he has done at times this year – but it mattered not.

190 was a huge total, and Hailsham never looked like getting close. They were six down at drinks, but a superb effort from Peacock, Mooiman, Bellett and Piper forced Uckfield to work hard for their wickets.

Reed eventually finished with 4 and had two chances dropped off his bowling in the last 3 overs as Hailsham survived 9 down.

A superb effort from the tail, but this is a game Uckfield will definitely feel they should have won.

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