Uckfield Anderida 1st XI won again at Herstmonceux while the 2nd XI fell short against Crowhurst Park at the Victoria Ground, writes Joe Burns.
A spirited defensive effort from Tungate, in conjunction with some explosive lower middle order hitting from Turner and particularly Spice, set up a platform to allow Chris Brady to win the game for Uckfield at Herstmonceux.
On what looked to be a good deck, Uckfield were surprised to be put in on a hot day. In saying that, it seemed to be a good decision when the visitors were 40-3 off 20 overs.
Morton had looked very fluent for his 13 before getting a hook shot wrong. They bowled very well at Watson, not giving him any width, before he played a very loose shot for the first time this season.
Burns was adjudged to be LBW off the first ball that he faced and so Uckfield were in a spot of bother.
McCallum came to the crease and began the rebuilding process with Tungate in full brick wall mode.
McCallum played some lovely shots off the back foot in working his way to 19 before presenting a simple caught and bowled opportunity.
Enter Chris Turner, the club’s form player. Nobody said it was pretty, but nobody cared.
The leg side got a peppering and Turner scored another very quick 38. He seemed to unleash the Tungate shackles as well.
The crowd cooed in amazement as Uckfield’s wicketkeeper attempted to score some runs and brought up his 50 in the 38th over.
When Turner departed, the fashionably late Darren Spice arrived in the middle.
Tungate had continued with his upped tempo and played a few lovely shots to finish on a very well made, and a truly vital 86.
He chipped the first ball of the 45th over to mid on, who must now surely wished he’d dropped it and let them run two.
Mr Spice faced the final 5 balls. They went for 24. 64446. Cleaner striking you will not see, as Uckfield went from being deep in the mire to finishing on 227-6.
Pretty special tea
Tea was also pretty special. Chicken tikka sandwiches for the second consecutive week, pork scratchings, mini pasties, fruit salad, even Mentos. Uckfield were bouncing.
The returning Reed, glistening in the evening sun, could not quite match the sparkle that he’s shown in earlier weeks of the season. That said, his figures remained tidy, and he continues his enviable record of taking at least one wicket in every game that he’s played this season.
This week’s bowling honours go to the mercurial Chris Brady. His nine overs spell with the new ball put the result of the game beyond any doubt.
He finished with figures of 9-3-16-5; just rewards for a man who’s bowled so well all year. And so the home side were bowled out in short order for just 106.
Uckfield Anderida remain second in Division 4 then, 26 points clear of Lewes St Michaels in 3rd, and must surely fancy their chances of promotion.
The 2nd XI unfortunately came off second best against a strong Crowhurst Park side.
Chris Moore looks to have found his scoring boots again as he opened up with a well made 44.
Manthan Vyas provided some late order hitting, but unfortunately, for the first time in some while, the middle order just couldn’t get going.
In response, Boniface, Turner, and Muggeridge were able to pick up a wicket apiece, but it was always going to be a tough effort defending such a low total.
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