Uckfield Anderida first XI post 300 to thrash bottom of the table Newick and stay top of division 4, while the second XI come unstuck at Denton.
Prized 300 for first XI
On a sunny afternoon at the Victoria Ground Uckfield Anderida’s first XI welcomed a struggling Newick team, and so the home side were quite happy with being put into bat on a soft wicket, writes Tom Grimes.
Opening batsmen Watson was keen to add even more runs to his brilliant tally to date, and so, with able support from Matt McCallum, he set about posting a substantial total, content to wait for the bad balls and put them away with aplomb.
This was not perhaps Watson’s most fluent innings of the summer, and the running between the wickets early on left something to be desired, but it was brilliantly ruthless at dealing with anything too full or too short, and importantly finding the gaps on the leg side.
And so after the agony of 98 in the away leg of this fixture, Watson was in no mood for anything other than a big 100, and he delivered with a superb 159.
His opening partner McCallum was content to support the in-form Watson, which he did with great discipline on his way to a commendable 73, with the highlight being a cheeky paddle behind square off the spinner, Allum.
He fell, though, trying to accelerate the scoring, bringing in Tungate, who immediately began making the most of some poor bowling, and improving the running between the wickets.
His aggressive approach meant his innings was short-lived, and Uckfield’s focus on getting 300 caused numerous wickets to fall in the final few overs, although it was finished emphatically by captain Burns who came into bat for the final ball with no pads and dispatched a six to mid wicket, to give Uckfield their prized 300.
Newick were therefore up against it and even more so after an early break through from Brady.
Uckfield’s bowling was disciplined but several Newick batsmen hit some solid blows down the ground. Nonetheless Uckfield’s total was never in any danger, with wickets falling at regular intervals, spread evenly among the bowlers.
Special mention should be given to Newick junior, Jack Arnold, batting at number ten, who played solidly for 12, with some good on-drives, and formed a decent last wicket stand with Evans that enabled Newick to reach 103 before Brady took the final wicket to wrap things up.
Uckfield travel to Iden next week knowing that victory will confirm their promotion to division 3.
Second XI are well beaten
Meanwhile the second XI travelled to Denton with confidence, but were well beaten after the home side posted a very strong 240 for 6 off 40 overs and Uckfield could only manage 186 in reply.