On a baking hot day at Horsebridge Recreation Ground Uckfield Anderida’s 1st XI took full advantage of being asked to bat first by Hellingly on what was an excellent cricket wicket, writes Joe Burns.
Uckfield’s makeshift opening partnership of Moore (71), and Brady, got the innings off to a flyer – punishing an width offered by the Hellingly bowlers.
When Moore eventually fell to Rose, Uckfield were 150-1 and looked likely to post a truly huge score.
Tungate failed to build on some recent form, and McCallum also fell cheaply attempting to accelerate still further.
Brady continued to grind on. While he was assisted at points by some poor fielding he batted extremely well to pick up his maiden hundred and take Uckfield to a commanding total of 260 for three declared.
After a fine tea, including a highlight of scalding hot roast potatoes, Uckfield set about bowling Hellingly out.
As has so often been the case over the past two seasons, it was Matt Reed who made the early breakthrough.
A couple of fine inswinging Yorkers brought an early end to the innings of an opener and the number three for not very many.
At the other end, Burns dismissed the dangerous Sutherland, and after that, Uckfield, and particularly Reed encountered very little resistance. He finished with 6-32 as Uckfield bowled Hellingly out for 62 and a very convincing vistory.
Wadhurst batsmen make hay against 2nd XI
Meanwhile the 2nd XI were on the other end of a similarly one-sided game, albeit with just nine players.
The Wadhurst batsmen made hay on the brown, sun-baked wicket at the Victoria Ground, posting 317 for nine, with Uckfield only able to manage 122 in reply.
Next week the 1st XI host Pett and the 2nd XI travel the short distance to Buxted.