Uckfield Anderida overcame the wet weather at the weekend to beat Heathfield Park and go top of Division 4, writes Joe Burns.
After a frustrating few weeks with little cricket due to the weather, the 1st XI travelled to Heathfield Park for a rain-interrupted game which eventually saw the two sides battle it out over 26 overs.
Matt Reed got the team off to a very good start, having removed the dangerous Bentley in the first over of the game.
He was ably supported by Chris Brady whose controlled spell of swing bowling was simply excellent.
Charles Saunders was introduced into the attack. He bowled with his usual guile on his way to a two wicket haul.
Only 11 runs coming off his seven overs. Harvey also got his name on the scoresheet with another economical spell. Three overs, for six runs and one wicket is a fine effort in any context.
Following the rain break, Reed and Brady returned to finish off the innings. Their economy rates suffered a little as the Heathfield Park batsmen threw the kitchen sink at everything. However, the home side’s total of 91 was always going to be a struggle to defend.
Chris Turner was promoted up the order to partner Ed Watson and get the team off to a flyer. That plan nearly came unstuck in the first over as Turner offered a simple return catch to Crocker, only for him to put it down. Turner capitalised with some mighty blows on his way to 40.
Watson found himself another not out with a score of 41, and it was only the late wicket of Turner that saw Heathfield avoid a day of zero points.
A vital 30 point win for Uckfield sees them lead Division 4 with only 4 games of the season left to go. One win against Iden or Lewes will surely guarantee Uckfield’s promotion.