Cricket – Uckfield Anderida hold Heathfield Park to a draw

A resolute draw for the Uckfield Anderida first XI at Victoria Pleasure Ground on Saturday against some good opposition in the form of Heathfield Park.

The away team’s openers got off to a steady start, and whilst the runs weren’t flying off the bat, when they were 150-0 with 20 overs to go, it looked like the home side could be chasing a huge total, writes Joe Burns.

However, the unstoppable force (Reed) got rid of the immovable object (Bentley) and from there Uckfield felt they did extremely well to restrict Heathfield to 226-7.

Special mention to Anthony Muggeridge who did a real job for Uckfield with the ball – picking up two wickets for 18 runs from his 7 overs. And there was also nobody in the ground more surprised than Chris Brady when his direct hit from 25 yards caused a run out.

In response, despite the early loss of opener, Watson, Uckfield were really motoring. Morton and Spice both scored freely before the latter was bowled playing another audacious drive.

Holman made a well constructed 28, but once he and Morton (30) had been removed, the Uckfield middle order failed to fire.

However, the Uckfield tail managed to wag, with Chris Brady coming in at number 10, playing one of his best innings for the club with a supremely disciplined 39 not out.

He got a bit of support from this correspondent (29*) as Uckfield finished on 194-8 for a draw. In truth, this is a game Uckfield might have won given their good start with the bat, but to get 15 points from the game means the team are still in the top 2 of division 4.

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