Fierce ball-striking saw Uckfield Anderida lose its pre-season friendly against Glynde and Beddingham 3rd XI.
Compliments to the groundsmen for ensuring this match was never in doubt despite the gloomy skies and recent rain, with an immaculate pitch greeting Uckfield as they arrived at the picturesque ground at Glynde, writes Tom Grimes.
However, despite gleefully wining the toss and opting to bowl, Uckfield were soon on the back foot, with opening batsmen, Lee Cramp, demonstrating some wonderfully clean hitting on a slow pitch.
Although his opening partner was quickly dismissed by Reed, who was yet again the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 24, junior player Jani Flind ably supported Cramp for a second wicket stand of 159.
Cramp took pity on the Uckfield attack (and its fielders!) and retired after a superb 106, and then 11-year-old Ridley Flind took the limelight with an excellent 7*, showing excellent technique for one so young.
So Uckfield were feeling fairly despondent after Glynde reached 214 for 6, although their spirits were lifted by the sight of hot roast potatoes and homemade quiches that were the highlight of a sumptuous tea.
Despondency loomed once more though when Uckfield slumped to 21 for 2 in reply, following a loose shot by Greenslade and an outrageous catch at gully to dismiss Turner.
Grimes and Tungate slowly but surely clawed Uckfield back into the game with some disciplined defence and punishing the bad balls to reach 111 for 3.
After Grimes fell playing an ugly hoick to young Ridley Flind for 25, Tungate maintained the momentum with some clean hitting of his own before falling for 77.
Uckfield never recovered from this, with Glydne’s bowling proving too disciplined for Uckfield to accelerate the run rate, finishing 39 runs short.
Hopefully Uckfield Anderida will use the defeat to positive affect next Saturday when the league season starts in earnest, with the 1st XI travelling to Pevensey and the 2nd XI hosting Tunbridge Wells 4th XI at the Victoria Ground.
Games start at 1.30pm, with net sessions from 6-8pm every Friday if anyone wishes to join.