On winning the toss, Hailsham skipper Mark Renals had no hesitation in asking Uckfield to bat first on a track littered with dandelions, writes Joe Burns.
In spite of its appearance, Uckfield couldn’t really blame the pitch when they found themselves struggling at 20-3.
Some tight bowling was backed up with some excellent fielding as Tungate, Holman and Turner were all dismissed cheaply by Hailsham’s young opening pair of McDonald and Crocombe.
McCallum and the in-form Reed began the rebuilding process, but Hailsham continued to bowl in excellent areas and runs were hard to come by.
When Reed was dismissed, Iswariah batted sensibly and took full advantage of anything short before McCallum decided he’d had enough of being upstaged by his chairman and mercilessly ran him out.
Burns and McCallum built an effective, if not particularly pretty partnership, but when McCallum was dismissed shortly after reaching his 50, Uckfield always faced a tall order in getting to a respectable total.
Some lusty hitting from Brady brought Uckfield to a total of 166 with the consensus that this was maybe 20 runs short.
The consensus was proved horribly wrong as Wilkinson and Butt played very well in taking Hailsham to 140-0. W
Wilkinson in particular batted superbly as he left plenty and punished everything that went awry from the Uckfield bowlers.
Reed was once again the pick, but in truth, everybody performed solidly with the ball. Harvey, Brady and Turner all bowled good spells but didn’t see any reward for their efforts. Indeed it was only when Wilkinson inexplicably chipped one to mid off of the bowling of Reed that Uckfield picked up any points in the field.
Butt and Renals saw the hosts home, as Butt finished with a fine 83 not out. The only positives that Uckfield can draw from the day were another fine tea and a superb effort in the field by their joker in the pack, Dan Card.
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