Uckfield Anderida teams lost narrowly on Saturday but the mid season quiz night, with fish and chips, cheered everyone’s spirits, writes Tom Grimes.
See below reports about matches between the first XI and Lewes St Michael’s, and the 2nd XI and Kerala Strikers.
First XI lose top spot in Divison 4 – for the time being
A lost toss at Convent Field, meant the first 1st XI were put into bat on a green wicket.
And while the rest of the team settled into the excellent elevated view from the clubhouse, openers Burns and Watson began the task of seeing off the opposition bowlers.
Watson looked as imperious as usual, scoring elegantly off very reasonable bowling. Burns, however, got frustrated with the tight bowling and was dropped early on at gully. And that frustration continued as he was clean bowled by the excellent Mark Jordan, whose very late in swing was causing Uckfield real difficulties.
Meanwhile Watson had reached 28 and looked set to continue his run of heavy scoring, but was out caught off Piller after being completely fooled by a slower ball that could have had its own press release.
The wickets continued to tumble as Tungate, coming in at three, heaved a six over mid-wicket and was then bowled next ball by a wicked in-swinging yorker from Jordan.
So Uckfield were in trouble at 45 for 3 and Grimes and McCallum had some rebuildIng to do, which they achieved with some dogged defence to see off the opening bowlers, before easing into scoring off anything loose from the change bowlers.
They reached the 100 mark and beyond before Grimes was suckered into another pull shot straight to mid wicket, but in truth this was to Uckfield’s advantage as it brought the free scoring Turner to the crease with ten overs to spare.
Not one to hang around, Turner quickly set about dispatching the Lewes bowlers to all corners of the ground with a quick fire 53 off just 39 balls.
McCallum eventually fell for an excellent 55, with Uckfield finishing on 194 for 6. At tea (chicken tikka sandwiches accompanied by an excellent brew), the consensus was that this was a decent score on a slow pitch.
However, Uckfield were without their star bowler, Reed, and despite early wickets for Brady and Harvey, Uckfield struggled to make real inroads.
As the outfield quickened up and the early movement disappeared, Lewes St Michaels progressed nicely, with opener Lucas and captain Whiting defending solidly and punishing the bad balls.
At drinks, the game was finely poised, with Uckfield knowing that a few more wickets would put them in pole position, and a few good overs from the opposition batsmen giving them an excellent chance.
Despite some more fine bowling from Harvey, which brought him a second wicket, and an excellent catch in the deep from Watson, some poor fielding from Uckfield and big hitting from Whiting meant that Lewes eased away with it, winning the game with an over to spare.
This left Uckfield frustrated, losing their top spot in Division 4 to Iden, for the time being at least.
Similar frustrations for Uckfield Anderida 2nd XI
There were similar frustrations for the 2nd XI who were bowled out for 133 by Kerala Strikers, but then performed excellently with the ball, with Iswariah claiming another five wicket haul, only to be beaten needing just one more wicket.
The disappointment did not last long, though, with another superb quiz delivered by captain Burns, accompanied by superb fish and chips from the Happy Cod Fish Bar on the Framfield road. Thank you for their support.