There were wins all round for Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club against Ditchling and Pett at the weekend, writes Joe Burns.
For the first XI, playing Ditchling away, Reed, in his now customary manner got Uckfield off to a flyer with two quick wickets.
However, Ditchling built a partnership involving some clean hitting. The Uckfield ‘spin twins’ of Charles Saunders and Daniel Phillips worked very well in tandem. Saunders with the economy, Phillips with the wickets (three to be precise).
Matt Reed came back and grabbed himself a couple more, leaving Uckfield chasing 199 to win.
At 20-3, though, Uckfield were in trouble in response, but Watson and Mccallum began the rebuilding process, with Watson again in fine form, despite travelling overnight from Ireland to get back for the game.
But when Watson was dismissed for 95, again just short of what would have been a well earned century, the game was finely poised.
Cue Chris Turner, picking up exactly where he left off from last week against Newick. Smashing boundaries for fun for a quick fire 25 meant we only needed four runs from the last three overs.
Chris Brady hit a boundary to finish and ensure Uckfield stay top of the league. Credit should also be given to wicketkeeper David Tungate for two consecutive weeks of no byes, and to James Harvey for yet again, bowling well for little reward.
Second XI recover after poor start
Meanwhile the second XI got off to a poor start with the bat against Pett at the Victoria ground.
Important runs in the middle order from Pat Phillips and an excellent 55 from Andrew Shelley rescued the cause, with Pete Tungate also scoring a fine unbeaten 30 as Uckfield finished on 180-8.
Some excellent fielding and bowling then combined for Uckfield to bowl Pett out for 133, 47 runs short, with wickets for Neal Boniface, Paul Iswariah, Mark Greenslade, Anthony Muggeridge and Manthan Vyas.
This meant a third consecutive 30 pt win that puts Uckfield firmly in the promotion picture in Division 9.