Pett’s decision to bowl first looked to be a good one as Uckfield lost the early wickets of Reed, and the in-form Tungate, writes Uckfield Anderida captain Joe Burns.
Runs were hard to come by for Uckfield as the Pett bowlers maintained a tight line, and the pitch offering plenty of natural movement.
Chris Moore and Matt McCallum began the rebuilding process and took Uckfield to the drinks break.
Shortly after drinks, Moore was bowled for a fine 46. McCallum continued to see wickets fall at the other end but he scored a quite superb 92 before he was undone by some clever bowling and captaincy. Uckfield saw out their 50 overs and finished on 181-9.
In response, Pett got off to a steady start as Chris Brady found an early rhythm and beat the bat on a regular basis.
A number of players made starts, but none converted until Stunt made his way to 50 via a combination of powerful striking and superb running.
After being behind the rate and with only three wickets remaining, Pett’s determination to chase down the total was exemplified by some brilliant running between the wickets. Some poor fielding from Uckfield didn’t help – and with one over remaining, Pett required only 6 to win.
However, a hostile final over from Burns ensured that Uckfield didn’t suffer a second defeat of the season.
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