Cricket: One Uckfield team inflicts heavy defeat, another comes unstuck

Uckfield made the most of winning the toss against Polegate and Stone Cross and inflicted another heavy defeat on a team visiting the Victoria Ground, while the second team came unstuck at Tunbridge Wells.

Anderida First XI win on pitch like gooey banana bread

The rain during the week had left the pitch looking and feeling like the gooey banana bread, enjoyed by all at tea.

It therefore came as no surprise when fresh-faced First XI captain Burns invited Polegate to have a bat.

Uckfield have grown accustomed to early wickets from Read this season, and once again, they didn’t have to wait long as he clean bowled Steve Hover for seven.

At the other end, Brady bowled some excellent areas and deserved more from his opening salvo.

However, Higgs and Williams batted calmly on a difficult pitch and put together a decent partnership.

The introduction of Harvey into the Uckfield attack changed the game. His first ball saw him receive a warning as it flew over David Tungate’s head behind the stumps to go for five no balls.

Thereafter he was superb. He challenged the stumps with virtually every delivery and was supported by some fine fielding on his way to figures of 5-31 from his eleven overs.

Reed again bowled well for his three wickets, with Brady and the injured Chris Turner also picking up one apiece, to bowl Polegate out for 116.

Uckfield felt in control, but knew that a tricky 15 overs before tea could have a real bearing on the game.

Uckfield openers Holman and Watson were frustrated by some tight bowling and fantastic fielding. Both were particularly impressed by young leg spinner Nathan Hover who really got it turning.

However, the 15 overs were successfully negotiated by the pair and Uckfield arrived to the most hyped tea of the season at 41-0. It was tolerable.

After the break, Holman and Watson added another 35 before the former was bowled attempting an audacious late cut to the vacant third man area.

Tungate arrived at the crease and struck the ball cleaner than anyone all day. He raced his way to an unbeaten 31 and it was not until the late wicket of Watson for 41 that Polegate garnered any further success.

Uckfield’s returning all-rounder Andy Turner saw the home side over the line to rack up another 30 points and see Uckfield just outside the division’s top 2.

Tough day for Second XI

Meanwhile, the second XI had a much tougher day, losing the toss and put into bat on a damp wicket at Tunbridge Wells.

The opening pair of Moore and Muggeridge made a very solid start, reaching 53 before Moore fell for 24. Although Muggeridge made a commendable 50, the middle order did not fire until Matt Taylor injected some momentum at number six with a rapid 39.

With the tail failing to wag, Uckfield finished on 166 for eight.

After an excellent tea (with homemade sausage rolls a highlight), Uckfield made an excellent start, with Iswariah taking three wickets early on, leaving Tunbridge Wells 24-3.

However, with Uckfield failing to take their chances in the field, the home team reached 121 before Grimes made what felt like a crucial breakthrough for Uckfield.

Despite this, and a flurry of wickets late on, it was too little too late for Uckfield, losing the match by four wickets.

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