Buxted beat Bexhill – Crowhurst Park U16s are Sussex winners
Buxted Park made the trip to the Sunshine Coast to take on Bexhil – and came home with the spoils of victory.
The visitors were top of Division 3 East, after a solid victory over Glynde, but their hosts were ninth with just three games to play.
Captain Clift won the toss and elected to strike first.
The in-form Cockcroft (47) joined young fly-half Hunter (45) in the crease and looked to get his team back on track. The pair hit reasonably, then put a few loose deliveries later up their sleeves.
When Hunter went down, the score was 101-4, but the team lacked enough overs to post a good total. Fortunately, heavy hitter Iain Allan came into the crease and hit two sixes in an excellent 46-for-40, advancing the score at a fast pace.
Cockcroft fell, and he was soon joined in the clubhouse by Olive and Allan, and Buxted was 172-7 and was looking at a score below 200.
The team’s depth came in handy, however, with the last four batters scratching the last 200 total, finishing 206-9.
Haffenden and Johnson were the choice of bowlers.
Buxted have a good record when it comes to defending totals, having failed only once in 2022.
The visitors started well, with Cockcroft (3/36) knocking out Naish early.
Burgon (85) and Crittenden (29) put in 91 for the second wicket, taking the score to 100 before the latter fell on Barnes.
Johnson joined Burgon, who looked excellent from the first ball. The pair went 25 and Bexhill was looking for strong favorites before Hunter (3/30) pulled Johnson out.
It sparked a remarkable comeback from Buxted, who got a new lease. D Heater retired Kent for 0 with a runout, before Burgon was also knocked out by Barnes after slipping on the way back for a second inning.
Waddups was LBW at Cockcroft for 0 and the spin trio of Cockcroft, D Heater and Hunter did light tail work, and the hosts were all out for 165.
Buxted Park retain their 18-point lead at the top of Division 3 East with two games to go.
Nutley 151 lost to Herstmonceux 2nd 153-3
Nutley’s title challenge suffered a setback with a home loss to resurgent Herstmonceux.
After being asked to beat Nutley got off to a good start through Ian Ritchie (37) and Sam Aldis (30) before wickets started to drop as Nicholas Toomey (4/10) and Dale Mayhew (3/23) have played well.
Alan Poulter (14), Trevor Lucas (13) and Luke Parsons (13) were the only others to double on a total of 151.
Herstmonceux got off to a positive start as Mayhew (68*) and Joseph Neilan (47) put in 92, helped by a sloppy lineout from Nutley.
The visitors took the win at 153-3 in just 28 overs.
Buxted Park 2nd XI got back on the winning streak with a comfortable victory over the relegated Tunbridge Wells Borderers, courtesy of 142* from Toby Leonard and a quick ton from Sam Anderson.
Buxted’s 3rd XI beat Tunbridge Wells 4th, Ollie Read’s first Buxted five-iron. The 4th XI won by concession against two Uckfields.
Barcombe 168 all out in 39.3 overs; H Stewart 34 A Trower 25 J Wheatley 23 K Black 21. Southwater 169-8 in 35 overs; K Black 3-36 M Tucker 3-45. Barcombe lost 2 weeks.
Glynde & Beddingham v Barcombe
Div 11 East (North)Glynde 246-7 in 40vo; Dan Colbourne 3-39 Paul Coppard 2-53. Barcombe 230 all in 35.1 ov; L Austin 68 D Colbourne 63 D Johanson 27. Barcombe lost by 16 runs.
Crowhurst Park The U16s won a close Sussex Junior Cricket Festival final against Lindfield at the prestigious Arundel Castle ground.
To make it to the final, Crows had to defeat Cuckfield, Preston Nomads, Linden Park and St Peters.
Choosing to bat first, Park lost two opening wickets to Lindfield fly-half Monty Brown (2-25). There followed a batting masterclass with a 164 partnership before Jacob Watson fell for 104 on 80 balls, played by Max Barnett (1-35).
He was ably backed up by Toby Burdekin who carried his bat for 81 while Gryff Watkins contributed with 29* as the Crows closed 234-3.
In response, after losing an early wicket to Oliver Hastie (2-24), Lindfield managed to stay in touch with a difficult target and by the halfway mark he was 64-2.
At 206-6, Lindfield looked dangerous with hitters Jack Gorton (67), Oscar Jesperson (24), Max Barnett (29) and Max Ward (22) all making significant contributions.
However, the electric pitch and bowling brought the game to an abrupt end as Park took the last four wickets scoreless, dismissing Lindfield 26 short in the 38th.
Bassie Sturdee (3-14) did the damage with a triple wicket to end the game. Other Park wicket takers were Gryff Watkins (1-31) Seb Littlestone (2-40).
Crows team manager Richard Watson thanked the organizers of the Sussex Junior Cricket Festival and praised Lindfield for reaching the final and playing the game in good spirit.
He said the result was a credit to the determination and skill of the entire Crowhurst Park U16 squad.
Park’s Jacob Watson was named MoM and Bassie Sturdee Player of the Tournament for top wicket taker and for his outstanding line-up.
Watson thanked Crowhurst Park sponsors: Claremont School and Belmont Health Care.
Crowhurst Park 253-9 (30pts); Crawley Eagles 57-10
Park kept the pressure on league leaders Buxted with a comprehensive win over Crawley Eagles.
Beating the former, Park recovered from 43-3 to amass 253-9 with Demari Benta (129) the top scorer.
In response, the Eagles were all out for just 57 in the 22nd, with Matt Constable (3-19) and Demari Benta (4-3) the tpp bowlers.
Westfield 2nd XI: 84 all out (35.1 overs); Battle 2nd XI: 85 for 4 (21.2 overs). Battle won in 6 weeks.
Battle Twos got their season back on track with a comfortable win over Westfield.
Westfield soon found himself under pressure. Sanjay Sharma (2-21) and George Harris tied much of the top order together, although Jason Miller (21) delivered hard shots at half wicket and Richard Ahsam (19) held things together.
Two sharp pieces of pitch that led to outings from Kye Phillips with his own seam bowling (3-6) ate in Westfield’s order, and Kieran and Michael Dudgeon picked up a wicket apiece.
Westfield did not throw in the towel and two wickets for Andrew Barlow (2-17) and some good catches gave Westfield hope.
But an undefeated partnership between Phillips (30*) and Tom Porter (11*) brought Battle home.
Sidley 236-4 (30pts); Priory of Hastings III 161-6 (8pts)
Sidley took three out of four wins with a 75-point win at Hastings Priory.
Craig Ramsden’s side took charge of the derby going 236-4 from their 40 overs after being asked to strike first.
Steve Ramsden had the top score with 55 while Chris Hunnisett and Josh Bull were undefeated with 43 and 31 at the end.
Neil Priddy (30) and Jamie Ramsden (26) made useful contributions as Sidley, aided by 51 extras, took his tally to 476 in two games.
Sidley limited Priory to 161-6 in response, with Craig Ramsden and Steve Ramsden claiming 2-26 and 2-24 respectively on their nine overs apiece.
Cavan O’Connor struck out former Sidley captain Scott Woodroffe for 29 en route to 1-24 numbers from eight, while Amie Anderson took 1-44.
* Sidley’s second team lost by 140 points at home to both Kerala Strikers Sports Club players in Division 12 East (South).
Harry Little, Andrew Mead and Mark Gransden bagged two wickets each as Kerala went 300-8 at bat first.
Sidley was all out for 160 in response, despite Gransden blasting a 50 from 39 balls, Mead hitting 24, Polton 23 and Little 20.
Winchelsea 103-4; Clive Val 102
Winchelsea hosted Clive Vale and were asked to line up first.
Hamish Payne broke through in the first over and then took it 2-7.
James Archer (1-12) and Tommy Nunn (1-35) each claimed a wicket as Clive Vale was reduced to 23-4.
Chris Mills beat well but Helen Harrod took 2-13 and Neil Archer knocked out Mills (48) and B Brett (16) as he finished with numbers 3-17.
Mike Stoneham (1-9) was the other wicket taker as Clive Vale was sent off for a stunning 102.
Tommy Nunn scored 22 but he and his co-opener were ruled out by B Brett (3-43).
Phil Wheeler scored 10 before a fifth wicket partnership saw Winchelsea home as Will Wheeler finished on 47 not.