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East Grinstead 1st team succumbed to their first loss of the season on Saturday with a defeat to title chasing Horsham. With an arranged earlier start EG won the toss and elected to field and got off to the best possible start with Hudson-Prentice (4-37) picking up the two openers early. Hatchett (4-49) also removed Horshams no.3 and EG were in a strong position having Horsham 16-3. Experienced batsman Beer and Thornely then put on a consolidating 46 run partnership before Adkin (1-28) had Beer well held in the slips by Hudson-Prentice. EG then continued to chip away at the Horsham line up removing middle order batsman Maskell, Johnson and Ekstrom in quick succession. At 92-7 EG were in a strong position but still had to remove the dangerous Thornely. Thornely was then partnered with Croshaw and the two put on a valuable 63 run partnership, Thornely showing all his experience by shielding the lower order batsman for the EG attack. Lewis Hatchett return to remove Croshaw for (5) and then Brad Hatchett removed Whiting (2) giving EG vital bowling points. Thornely was finally out in the last over bowled by Lewis Hatchett for a fantastic 100. Finishing Horshams innings on 172 all out.
In reply EG got off to the worst possible start with opener Adkin (1) unluckily caught down the leg side in the second over. Hudson-Prentice (16) and Margetts (25) then put on 30 for the second wicket before Hudson-Prentice was caught behind off overseas bowler Ekstrom. Graham (15) then joined Margetts where they put on another small partnership before Graham was stumped off the bowling of impressive Munday. From then on EG never really built a sustainable partnership and lost wickets at regular intervals, with Margetts, Evans (0), Derham (25) Hatchett (11) all following to Munday. At the other end leg spinner Will Beer picked up the wickets of Heppell (5) and Granger (0). When the final week of Snape (1) fell to Munday, EG were all out for 113 with Michael Munday finishing with fantastic figures of 6-32 and Beer 2-28.
EG return home this Saturday where they host league leaders Cuckfield.
EG remained unbeaten for the season as they beat bottom of the table Ansty on Saturday. On a glorious sunny day EG won the toss and decided to bat on what looked like a fantastic batting surface.
EG got off to a fantastic start with openers Rebbetts and Adkin putting on 66 for the first wicket. This was until Adkin (33) was bowled by Australian overseas Jake Wilson. This bought Fynn Hudson Prentice to the crease and that was the only joy Ansty were going to get for quite a while. Hudson-Prentice and Rebbetts proceeded to put on a partnership of 184 for the 2nd wicket. Both batsman hitting fours at will and running particularly well between the wickets. After reaching exactly 100 Hudson Prentice looked to increase the scoring quickly with declaration in site but could only find the fielder on the deep mid wicket boundary. Ian Sturmer (7*) join Rebbetts at the crease to increase the run rate but as soon as Rebbetts reached 100* EG declared, finishing on a fantastic 262-2 off 52 overs. Jake Wilson the pick of the bowlers finishing with 2-49 off his 15 overs.
In reply Ansty started off slowly, looking to build a platform to chase down the target. However EG finally got the opening wicket at 15-1 when Brad Hatchett produced a fantastic direct hit run out from cover. Lewis Hatchett then removed the number 3 and Ansty found themselves 23-2. EG then introduce spinning duo Brad Hatchett (3-53) and Ollie Graham (5-41) into the attack and they quickly made inroads into the Ansty batting order. Hatchett bowled opener Whybrow (16) and had Anderson (1) LBW. Graham removed Menzies (7) LBW and Wilson (1) LBW. With the quick flurry of wickets Ansty found themselves 49-6. Things didn't get any better for them though as Graham removed Newsome (18) bowled and Hatchett had Rutter caught at short leg for (5). At 77-8 Anstys lower order showed some fight with Wright (30) and Palser (22) taking the score to 105 before Palser was LBW to Graham. Graham completed his 5 wicket haul when he had Wright caught and bowled and Ansty were all out for 132 giving EG a victory of 130 runs.
Darryl Rebbetts picked up the Dunnings Mill Man of the Match for his 100*.
EG travel to Horsham this Saturday as well as playing Roffey in the final of the South Region in the National Cup.
East Grinstead U10’s have added to their early season success’ by winning again against a well-drilled and competitive Haywards Heath team.
EG won the toss and elected to put The Heath into bat knowing the outfield would dry and quicken up later. HH got off to an excellent start by putting 26 runs with out loss off four overs. Accurate bowling and exceptional spirited fielding resulted in keeping the home site to 82 off twenty overs.
EG’s reply was to keep up with the run rate on a quickening outfield of 7 an over equaling HH opening pairs score. This set the foundation further building the innings with EG reaching their target of 82 with four overs left. Intelligent final pair batting, taking quick singles, not loosing a wicket resulting EGCC running out easy winners with 112 for one.
Team: capt, Joshua Brown.
Daniel Burton, Nicholas Cannell, Jack Duncan, Dylan Lingard, Samuel Persad, Aaditya Sing, Jacob Todman, Louie White, Arthur Wyman.
Match official and Y10 manager Phil Andrews. EGCC
Horsham Trinity U13 71 all out vs East Grinstead U13 104-8
East Grinstead travelled to Horsham with only 10 players for this match having comfortably beaten their opponents in the home fixture earlier this season.
EG skipper Jake Lingard won the toss and chose to bat.
Despite the loss of a wicket in the first over, Lingard and Alexander Barker batted with authority and ran well between the wickets to take the score to 27 before the former was unfortunate to be given out LBW for 13.
Whilst Barker (19) continued confidently, a number of batsmen came to the crease looking good but got themselves out to poor shots. With 5 overs of their innings still to be bowled EG were at a very precarious 69-8 with their last pair together.
Owen Melody (19*) and Cameron Oliver (3*) proceeded to construct a very sensible partnership of 35 ensuring that all the available 20 overs were used through a combination of defence, attack and extras conceded by the opposition.
Defending a total of 104 EG took to the field in a far more optimistic frame of mind.
Lingard and Barker produced a miserly opening spell which built pressure on the Horsham batsmen, before change bowlers Luke Peel (3-7), Josh Varney (2-6) and Harry Hainge (3-21) took full advantage.
Disciplined bowling was well supported in the field with Hainge pouching 2 fine catches and 2 direct hits from rocket-like throws in the outfield by Charlie Thorogood.
After 17 overs the final Horsham wicket fell with the score on 71 and a well earned 33 run victory was secured for EG.
East Grinstead Cricket Club Under 14’s were at home against Cuckfield Cricket Club on Sunday. Cuckfield won the toss and chose to bat. The clouds threatened some rain and conditions were perfect for swing, Cuckfield made a steady start, against some very accurate opening spell from Louis Maxwell, who was unlucky not to get any wickets but finished with 3 overs for 5 runs.
The two Cuckfield openers were punishing any loose balls and were looking settled and dangerous. East Grinstead decided to make the first bowling change, bring in Ayaan Kalania from the school end and it paid dividend when Ned Rowland’s brilliant pick up and throw back to the wicket keeper ran-out opener William Rogers who scored a brisk 20. Ayaan bowled a perfect in-swing yorker which saw the new batsman Robert Ellis bowled for a duck. Cuckfield were pegged back and further wicket a piece from Ned Rowland and Haydn Toms firmly put the brakes on Cuckfield’s scoring. East Grinstead spinner Rohan Patel’s excellent spell of 3 overs, one maiden 3 runs for 3 wickets restricted Cuckfield to 72 all out in 17.5 overs.
A short break for drink, players retook the field and the cloud cover was gone to reveal some glorious sunshine. Ryan Trotter & Harvey Roberts opened for East Grinstead. Cuckfield who were defending this relatively small total started very positively and seamer Rob Ellis sent Ryan back for a duck with a delivery that kept a little low and knocking his off stump. Cuckfield seamers tried to keep the pressure up and number three batsman, Haydn Toms also lost his wicket for a duck. EGCC’s other opener Harvey Roberts played very positively and punished all loose deliveries, hitting Robert Ellis for 16 in one over. Harvey, who scored a quick 29 was caught and bowled by William Rogers. Next ball from William saw batsman Joshua Varney bowled for a duck. Peter Kinnear the new batsman denied William Rogers his hattrick but was out before opening his account in the next over.
Captain Ned Rowland who scored 10 & Ollie Cannell who scored 18 both came in when East Grinstead were in a slightly precarious state having lost 5 quick wickets. With almost 10 over remaining both these batsmen, steadied the innings, scoring the odd boundary and running well between the wickets and guiding the home team to a 5 wicket win in 16.2 overs.
Final Result: Won By 5 Wickets
East Grinstead 1st Team remained unbeaten in the league as they beat Preston Nomads on the weekend. Preston Nomads won the toss on a glorious day and decided to bat, however they soon lost opener Phillips (4) clean bowled by Ian Sturmer in the 3rd over. A 40 run partnership was then put on between Poole (22) and Wakeford (44) before Poole was caught well at point off the bowling of Adkin. Hudson Prentice quickly removed Jenner (6) before another good partnership of 52 between Wakeford and Shepherd (45) took Preston Nomads score over 100. Excellent bowling from Ollie Graham removed both Wakeford and Shepherd leaving Nomads at 129-5. A mini collapse then saw Sturmer remove Green (2) Alexander (0) Faith (1) and Mckemey (1) in quick succession leaving Nomads on 132-8 having lost 3 wickets for 3 runs. A valuable 45 run partnership from Ibrahim (35*) and Rigg (12*) took Nomads to their final score of 179-9. Sturmer finishing with figures of 13 overs (5-41) and Graham 19 overs (2-62).
EG got off to the worst possible start with Adkin (0) being run out in the 2nd over. Hudson-Prentice soon followed for (1) and then Margetts (9). Opening bowling Alexander 12 overs (2-51) then removed Derham (1) and EG found themselves 39-4. A 74 run partnership was then put together between Graham (93*) and Hopkins (29) before Hopkins feel caught at cover. 113-5 soon went to 123-6 when Sturmer (6) was caught behind. Graham was then joined by Brad Evans (33*) and these two saw EG over the line with an excellent 57 run partnership.
Ollie Graham picked up the Wisdom Sports Man of the Match for his match winning 93 not out.
EG are at home this week to Ansty.
This soft ball “pairs” match was played between two teams who have had some success in recent years. Both have players as young as 7 years, many playing competitively for the first time. Crawley Eagles bowlers were much more accurate and as a consequence the match was dominated by the number of wides conceded. Often this is the case but there were also some exceptionally good performances too Charlie Walton and Luke Townsend both took 2 wickets for EG. Daniel Burton was top scorer with 18. Amy Newnham played well and set good fields as captain. Haroon who scored a tremendous 27 not out and took 2 wickets was the star for Crawley Eagles assisted well by Ammar and Saju who had a partnership of 35 with neither being dismissed. A very good game on a pleasant day.
East Grinstead 1st team travelled to Bexhill on Saturday to play their last game in the 50 over format until later in the season. Bexhill won the toss and elected to bat and got off to a poor start. EG opening pair Ian Sturmer (4-32 off 10) and Brad Evans (1-9 off 5) bowled extremely well limiting Bexhill to 1s and 2s and both deserved their early wickets. Sturmer removed the two opening batters as well as numbers 5 and 6 in quick succession as he bowled his 10 overs straight through. The first change bowlers of Fynn Hudson Prentice (0-25 off 7) and Ollie Graham (3-27 off 7.5) then took up the mantle doing an equally fantastic job off stemming the runs. Bexhill never really got going and the direct hit run out from point by Lee Granger was the icing on the cake for EG. Shawn Johnson was the only batter to make a real contribute for Bexhill making (39). Bexhill were all out in the 35th over for 107.
EG came straight out to bat for a period of 15 overs before tea could be taken and found themselves 50-2 at the break. Rebbetts (20) and Adkin (25) got the team off to a good start before Rebbetts was out LBW to Bexhills main bowler Josh Beeslee (3-28 off 8). Hudson-Prentice soon followed Rebbetts back for (2)
After the break EG lost captain Adkin caught at slip off Beeslee but Graham (38*) and Derham (19*) saw the team home with no further loss of wickets.
East Grinstead stay second in the league and travel to Preston Nomads on the weekend in the first game in the longer 58/52 over format.
On Sunday they also host Middleton in the 2nd round of the T20 cup.
As with most games in the lower leagues matches are influenced by one or two incidents that ultimately decide which team wins. The teams on Saturday were very evenly matched with both having secured good wins in recent matches and both with junior players in on merit. Poynings won the toss and batted on a pitch with good pace and consistent bounce at Fonthill.
The East Grinstead bowlers all bowled a good length and kept the runs down initially with an early wicket. The prolific run machine over many years for Poynings ,Matt Cutress, scored 64 and equally effective Paul Sylvester with a splendid 80 , were in charge for the next 25 overs when both passed 50 runs and it seemed their innings at 143 for 1 would soon put the match out of E Grinstead’s reach. At this point the youngest player on the pitch, Josh Varney, was brought on to bowl. Initially he took a while to find a rhythm but he then tempted Matt to hit a ball high and long. Sundaresan Ashok made the catch look easy and there followed a collapse with none of the last eight batsmen able to score double figures Oliver Cannell also took a good catch in the middle order. This decline was due to the splendid bowling of Toby Varney 3 for 25 and Reid Jenden 3 for 41, backed up by some very enthusiastic fielding. Facing the good total of 193 it was essential for the early batsmen to play well. They were assisted by short bowling at first from most of the young Poynings attack which was comparatively easy to play on the good pitch. Simon Cannell again looked in good form after his 100 the week before but he was bowled by Cutress for 18. Avinash Ashok with 57 was joined by Rafe Liebers who immediately attacked and the two 15 year olds played with good technique and much aggression and while the bowling was accurate from Poynings the batting was just too good.
The final incident that may have given Poynings a glimmer of hope was when a very good high ‘catch’ was not quite completed in the field of play and deemed a six with the batsman Rafe received the benefit of the doubt and with only 20 runs remaining to be scored with 7 wickets in hand, the win was achieved and Rafe remained unbeaten with a brilliant 92 in his first senior match for the club .
It was pleasing to see that both teams made full use of their talented junior players and the match was played in a very friendly but still ultra competitive atmosphere.
It was another competent win for the East Grinstead team who followed a great result against Lindfield the previous week with an equally good display against a very competent Three Bridges. The E G side has been particularly good in the field recently taking their catches and all players enthusiastic with ground fielding. The batting is sound and improving with players concentrating hard to play correctly in a competition that rewards teams who do the basics. Both East Grinstead and Three Bridges have promising players and the match was a better standard technically than many of the matches often seen in the higher age groups.
East Grinstead 1st Team hosted their 2nd home game of the season on Saturday to Brighton & Hove who found themselves 3rd in the table after a positive start to the season. EG won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked conducive for batting. However they didn't get off to a great start when opener Lewis Hatchett was caught behind of the impressive Mates for (0). Fynn Hudson-Prentice soon followed Hatchett back to the pavilion after being bowled for (4) off Hetherton. At 13-2 EG need to rebuild and thankfully they found a partnership in Rebbetts (63) and Graham (62). The two put on a fantastic 111 partnership for the 3rd wicket before Graham was well held at backward point.
EG then had a middle order collapse seeing them lose 5 wickets for 30 runs. Rebbetts (63), Adkin (7), Derham (4) Sturmer (0) and Brad Hatchett (0) all falling in quick succession. A valuable 20 run partnership was then put together between Pengelly (8) and Evans (28*) before the former was run out after a mix up in the middle, a final 21 run partnership was added between Evans and last man Granger (4) before the latter was LBW. These two partnerships got EG to a defendable 195ao. Brighton's pick of the bowlers was Chris Mates who finished with fantastic figures of (4-26 off 10).
EG then took to the field in need of quick wickets and started off brightly with Brad Evans picking up Brighton overseas player Liam Smith LBW for (3). In coming Hetherton (54) and Hounsome (22) then put on a 69 run partnership before Hounsome was LBW to Brad Hatchett. Hetherton carried on attacking the EG bowlers hitting 2 big sixes and 8 fours. At 90-2 Brighton looked well set to chase down the total with ease but the returning Brad Evans (2-25 off 7) took the vital wicket of Hetherton caught behind with his first ball. At 90-3 Brighton then collapsed in a similar fashion to EG, some economical bowling from EG's spinners Brad Hatchett (3-23 off 10) and Ollie Graham (2-9 off 5) saw the back of Grammar (5), Ford (3), Chopping (1), Mates (0) leaving Brighton on 105-7. EG then bought back opening bowler Lewis Hatchett who cleaned up the tail finishing with (2-26 off 8).
The win gave EG 26 points moving them into 2nd place in the league. 2 points behind leaders Roffey. Brad Evans picked up the Dunnings Mill Man of the Match for his vital 28* with the bat and 2-25 with the ball.
EG travel to Bexhill on Saturday in the league and then host Hastings in the 3rd round of the National Cup on Sunday.
With a month’s rain in 24 hours the East Grinstead Fonthill square needed many gallons of water removed to allow this match to be played. In the event, the pitch was docile but always helping the bowlers. Burgess Hill 4th and East Grinstead 4th teams playing in division 5 of the Mid Sussex league are predominantly junior players who are experiencing league cricket at the lowest adult level for the first time. The adults involved are often senior players who stay in cricket to ensure the next generation are brought forward.
On Saturday the teams were very evenly matched. East Grinstead were asked to bat and most of the EG batsmen found scoring runs on the slow pitch difficult to achieve against some good pace bowling from Ryan Jackson and Adam Hughes. Shaun Melody with 31 was able to strike the ball well and in partnership with Nabil Yousif, and then Toby Varney with an aggressive 18, the score looked promising. Sadly there was a less productive spell when several wickets fell to good bowling of the experienced Ukesh Mittal with 4 wickets for 9 runs with his very accurate off spin, aided by several batting errors. Only Jason Riley with 39 (6 fours and 2 sixes) took the home team to 140 all out. Burgess Hill were in some difficulty against the new ball. Toby Varney bowled with aggression and accuracy to remove the early batsmen, ably backed up by Reid Jenden. Toby finished with the impressive figures of 5 for 34 and he was unfortunate not to have a couple of other catches taken. Having weathered the storm, and with Toby’s spell ended, the experienced Peter Billinghay was in control with some cavalier hitting for 54 runs - a terrific innings at the right time, and leading to a very exciting climax to the match when he was unexpectedly out trying to hit a very slow delivery that did not bounce as expected. Ryan Jackson then took charge of the innings and became only the second Burgess Hill player to double figures with 19 valuable runs, there was a scare when Peter Kinnear took a good catch at cover point to remove Ryan, but with only a few runs needed the game was won with two wickets remaining.
On Sunday EG hosted Preston Nomads in the 2nd round of the National Cup. After winning the toss EG decided to bat first on a sunny Sunday afternoon. However the innings got off to a poor start with opener Derham (3) being dismissed early. EG then rebuilt the innings with Turner (44) and Hudson-Prentice (87) putting on an excellent 88 run partnership for the 2nd wicket. When Turner was dismissed EG found themselves again guilty of a middle order collapse. Adkin (1) Pengelly (0) Lewis Hatchett (3) all came and went in quick succession and EG had moved from 92-2 to 106-5. A small partnership between Hudson-Prentice and Brad Hatchett (16) then took the score onto 140-6 before Hatchett was caught well on the boundary. This bought Sturmer to the crease and he and Hudson-Prentice put on a fantastic 75 run partnership taking EG over the 200 mark. With overs running out the two looked to push on the scoring rate and Hudson-Prentice was stumped for a magnificent 87, batting throughout the majority of the overs he anchored the innings and played with great maturity. Some lusty blows at the end from Granger (8) and Sturmer (60) took the EG score to a well earned 228. Sturmer finished with (60 off 35 balls) with 4 fours and 4 sixes.
In return Preston Nomads got off to the worst possible start with opener Phillips (0) out in the 2nd over to Sturmer. Grinstead struck again with Hatchett removing the other opener Gatting (14) both wickets held well in the slips. At 25-2 Preston Nomads needed to rebuild and they did just that, a 52 run partnership from captain Green (48) and Jenner (14) moved the score onto 77 before Hudson Prentice got his first wicket having Jenner caught at mid-on after having bowled with excellent control. Green soon followed LBW to Brad Hatchett and Preston Nomads were 92-4. East Grinstead built great pressure in the middle overs with spinners Brad Hatchett (1-44 off 9) and Harnoop Kalsi (3-39 off 7) this lead to Preston Nomads finding themselves 148-8. Kalsi having Shephard (5) caught point, Poole (13) caught deep mid-wicket and Collard (4) bowled. A fantastic direct hit run out from Turner also saw the back of wicket keeper McKemey (3). Wakeford was still batting well but unfortunately could find no support, EG picked up the last two wickets in quick time as Preston Nomads were all out for 191, Wakeford finishing on a well built 66 with 7 fours. Hudson Prentice finished with (2-18 off 7) and Lewis Hatchett finished with (2-45 off 7).
EG progress to the third round where they will play Hastings at Home on the 4th June.
East Grinstead played their 1st home game of the season when they hosted newly promoted Middleton. East Grinstead lost the toss and were put into bat where they fought hard to finish with a total of 222-8 off their 50 overs. EG lost an early wicket when opener Derham (10) was held well at slip off the opening bowler Davies (1-22 off 7) . A partnership of 89 was then put together between Adkin (46) and Hudson-Prentice (65) before Adkin was LBW to overseas spinner Abrahams (1-23 off 5) EG then lost a flurry of wickets and some tight bowling from Middleton saw the home team on 173-8 with Henderson (2) Margetts (8) Pengelly (7) Hatchett (0) and Sturmer (5) all back in the pavilion. This bought together Brad Hatchett (20*) and Archie Turner (22*) to the crease who put on a fine 49 run partnership taking EG to their final score. Middleton bowled tightly and fielded well with notable bowling performances of (3-26 off 10) from Sean Heather.
When EG came out to bowl they were rewarded straight away with some tight bowling. Sturmer removed dangerous opener Robson for (11) whilst Lewis Hatchett took the wicket of the other opener Burrows for (1). At 14-2 Middleton had Heather and overseas player Abrahams at the crease. These two batted well moving the score onto 51 before Adkin removed the overseas Abrahams for (14). Wickets continued to fall around Heather with Hansford (4) Thompson (7) departing, leaving the score on 87-5. Sussex Academy player Nick Smith then gave Heather some support moving the Middleton score onto 131 before Smith was unlucky to be caught down the leg side off the returning Sturmer. 18 runs later the big wicket of Heather fell, lbw for 71 to a fired up Sturmer who finished with fantastic figures of 4-29 off (10). Sturmer then clean bowled Cooke (5) whilst the Hatchett brothers took the last two wickets finishing Middletons innings at 186ao.
Lewis Hatchett finished with figures of 2-32 off (8.2) and Brad Hatchett finished with 2-36 off (10).
Due to his excellent 65 Fynn Hudson Prentice picked up the Dunnings Hill Man of the Match award.
At the corresponding fixture last year, I remember I got the team together before the match and asked who wanted to keep wicket - no fewer than four hands went up, not bad I thought we must have a diverse team, then I asked who wanted to bowl and only one hand went up!! – it proved to be a long afternoon.
No such worries this year, thankfully, as we headed to picturesque Ansty for our first game of the season with a strong line up. In confident mood then I went to the make the toss with ’tails never fails' in my mind - sadly it did just that, and failed, and we were put into bat.
After a couple of reluctant candidates were less than keen to open, up stepped Toby Varney and the plucky Will Goodwin to start proceedings. There was no hanging around – some commentators on the sidelines thought Toby may have assumed it was 10 overs a piece match as he set to the bowling like Braithwaite against Stokes, knocking 6’s and 4’s as well as taking advantage of some dropped catches from the fielders. Fortune, as they say, favours the brave and he hit an excellent 49 - shame as he really deserved a fifty. Will plugged away and although hitting a slightly more conservative, but no less excellent, contribution to get us off to the best possible start against their opening quicks.
In retaliation Ansty brought on their chief wicket taker - a chap called ‘Target’, who like his name was (annoyingly for us) almost always on target with every ball and he picked up a number of key wickets. Ash, who loves batting at Ansty’s ground, along with Kevan burns did a great job of bringing up the tail and ensuring we got north of 200 by our 44th over.
So as we went to tea we chewed over who could bowl (as well as some slightly over syruped but none the less excellent homemade flapjacks) it was now all down to Ansty to get a reasonable score on a what was, for sure, a tricky wicket.
The ball was passed to our top pick bowlers fast bowlers Avi and Reid. Both bowled well and Reid's first 6 over stint was the real stand out - bowling with zip and movement he had their batsmen in all sorts of trouble.
In retaliation, Ansty brought in one of their more experienced batsmen who found the boundary with relative ease - clocking up an impressive 88.
Looking like the game was going away from us we decided on a change of tactic with myself and Toby bowling to try and contain the score and then bringing in Bhav for his first bowling stint in 2 years. The trick seemed to work with 2 stumpings in quick succession leaving us with only one more wicket to get for the win with only a handful of overs left- something that looked inconceivable just a few overs before. Beside our best efforts, we couldn't quite get the breakthrough and Ansty held on to the last wicket and grabbed the draw.
On reflection, the old mantra of catches win matches was true as far as our fielding was concerned as we could have finished the game had we taken some of our chances in the air. As is normal for the 4th team, a lot of our makeup is from families and it was pleasing to see again this season as we had mostly Dads and Sons making up the team with no fewer than 3 members of the Kinnear clan in our team (rumour has it that the Kinnear’s family dog ‘ Fredo’ may go in at Second slip in the next match).
If the rest of the season is even half as exciting as this match then we are in for a real cracker ...
Full team was Avinash Ashok, Sunderesan Ashok, Kevan Burns, Simon Cannell (Captain), William Goodwin (Wkt), Reid Jenden, Nick Kinnear, Peter Kinnear, Simon Kinnear, Bhavesh Patel, Toby Varney. Umpire/Team Manager – Andy Hayes
East Grinstead – Luca Anderson, Liban Abdulle, Rhys Hunt, Nicholas Cannell, Antony Nabar, John Bishop, Dhruv Patel, Usman Syed, Jacob Todman, Sebastian Evans
East Grinstead narrowly lost a ‘nail biter’ away to Roffey on Tuesday evening. Roffey, after winning the toss, decided to bat first. The opening bowling was tight with Liban Abdulle keeping a good line and length which saw him take a wicket when the Roffey batsman missed a straight ball. Roffey then settled and started to get into rhythm and despite Dhruv Patel taking 2 wickets, the last pair added over 25 runs which left East Grinstead a tough chase of 287 to win.
East Grinstead reply started nicely with Antony Nabar and John Bishop both hitting a couple of boundaries in their respective scores of 13 but unfortunately the momentum kept getting stopped by the regular fall of wickets. Luca Anderson came in to bat at number 5 and bludgeoned 25 runs to get the run rate back on track, but that still left a daunting 21 to get off the last 4 overs against Roffey’s best bowlers.
Rhys Hunt and Nicholas Cannell came in as the last pair and played very sensibly in trying to knock off the runs, and they so nearly succeeded. Needing a 4 of the last ball for a draw, Nicholas hit a beautiful cover drive which was stopped just before reaching the boundary by a great bit of fielding by Roffey.
Although this was the first defeat of the season the all-round performance of the boys should see them in good stead for the rest of the campaign.
East Grinstead’s young guns got their season off to a flying start on Sunday morning with a hard fought victory against Ifield at Saint Hill. With many of the team playing their first game of Cricket, East Grinstead started brilliantly scoring a very competitive 335 in their 20 overs. Good bowling and some great catching meant Ifield’s equally young side could only manage 272 in their 20 overs.
Back row: William Beckett, Amy Newnham, Callum Todman, Tom Duncan, Dylan Lingard (capt)
Front row: Burhan Syed, Charlie Anderson, Luke Townsend, Louis Whyman, Lewys Hunt
East Grinstead U7s-U9s outdoor practice is on Thursday evenings between 5:15pm & 6:45pm at the Saint Hill ground. For more details please contact the club.
In a County career that spanned six seasons Lewis Hatchett took 72 first-class wickets at 35.08 along with 19 in List A matches and 11 in T20s. In what would become his penultimate first-class match, against Derbyshire in May 2016, he claimed 5 for 58.
All against amazing odds, as Lewis, 26, was born with Poland Syndrome, a condition which appears in only one in 100,000 births, and leads to problems down one side of the body. For Hatchett it meant he was missing his right pectoral muscle and two ribs, leading to a weak delivery arm and a right shoulder that sits higher than his left, causing sharp pain after each day's play. Yet he overcame those obstacles during his Sussex County cricket career..
In an interview with the Guardian in July, where he spoke publically for the first time about his condition, Hatchett said: "Getting told I was getting a full-time contract was like my ultimate goal being achieved - I don't think I have ever been happier than that day. There were times when I had doubts as to whether I was doing the right thing and injuries did, and still do, take a lot to come back from. But if my career ends tomorrow I will be happy with what I have achieved. I have made myself into a professional cricketer."
On his retirement from the professional game last autumn Sussex's head coach Mark Davis, in an interview with ESPN Sports Media, said: "I would like to congratulate Hatch on everything he has achieved at Sussex. He is somebody that despite real challenges has made the most of himself as a county cricketer.
"Lewis will be successful at whatever he chooses to do post-cricket, due to his extraordinary work ethic and drive. I wish him all the best for the future.
"Yesterday he proved again just how determined he still is to be a success at the highest standard of cricket he can play outside County.
Everybody at East Grinstead Cricket Club is thrilled to see such a first class man and cricketer in action for the club once again. Welcome back Lewis.
East Grinstead 1st team made it two wins from two after a convincing T20 victory of Crawley Eagles on the weekend.
After losing the toss and been asked to bat East Grinstead got off to a flowing start with Fynn Hudson Prentice (42) and Phil Norman (10) striking some excellent boundaries. Regan Derham also continued his good form scoring a fine (57) along with some late order striking from Ian Sturmer (25) and Lewis Hatchett (16).
East Grinstead finished their 20 overs with an impressive 191-7.
The score was always going to be a big chase for Crawley Eagles and they got off to the worst possible start with Ian Sturmer taking a wicket with the first bowl of their innings. East Grinstead continued to pick up wickets alongside some excellent fielding they finished Crawley Eagles off 66. Wickets were shared between the bowlers with Sturmer (2-11) Hudson-Prentice (1-2) and Brad Evans (3-6) being the pick of the attack.
The next round sees East Grinstead 1st XI take on Middleton 1st XI at home on the 11th June.
East Grinstead 2nd XI put in an extremely pleasing all round performance last Saturday to emerge victorious against Crawley Eagles 2nd XI and progress to the next round of the T20 Cup.
Having lost the toss and been put in to bat, openers Ben Henderson (35) and Tom Beswick (43*) put in a solid first-wicket partnership, allowing for others to come in and play with freedom and little pressure towards the back end of the innings.
East Grinstead posted 130 in their 20 overs which was always going to be competitive with the enormous boundary one side and a strong looking bowling line up. Crawley Eagles were duly restricted to 108-7 after some accurate bowling spells from Lee Granger (3-17) and Martin Hartland (2-16) in particular resulting in an East Grinstead victory by 22 runs.
The next round of the competition will take place on the 2nd July when East Grinstead 2nd XI will host Bexhill 2nd XI at Saint Hill.
East Grinstead travelled away to Bromley Common in the first round of their ECB National Cup last Sunday. With a strong looking side EG won the toss and decided to bowl first. After a strong start from the Bromley Common opening pair Leigh Walker (39) and Toby Finzel (28) EG finally made the break through when Lewis Hatchett( 3-39) had Leigh Walker superbly caught on the boundary by Ian Sturmer (47-1)
Bromley Common struggled to then build another noticeable partnership and found themselves 76-3 at the half way stage. Tight bowling from EG spinner Bran Hatchett (1-28) and wickets from Will Adkin (2-40) and Darryl Rebbetts (1-23) halted Bromley Commons batter until a partnership of 71 from Hayden Burke (41) and Lee Hall (21) took them over 200. Bromley Commons innings ended on 205-8 off their 45 overs.
In reply EG got off to a solid start with openers Darryl Rebbetts (80 not out) and Matt Heppell (11) putting on an opening partnership of 48 until Matt Heppell was well caught in the covers. This bought EG batsman Fynn Hudson Prentice to the wicket and runs continued to flow at a quicker rate. Hudson Prentice hit some towering sixes before he was stumped for 32 off 20 balls hitting 4 x 4s and 2 x 6s. At 103-2 EG were looking in a strong position but still needed to see the game home. A final partnership of 95 between Rebbetts and Regan Derham (54) did exactly that and saw EG over the line.
On Friday the 3rd of February East Grinstead Cricket Club were delighted to welcome the President of Sussex Cricket, David Bowden and new Chief Executive, Rob Andrew to Saint Hill for tea.
Former England Rugby International and RFU Executive, Rob Andrew also played First Class Cricket at Cambridge University and in his new role with Sussex was visiting East Grinstead on a fact-finding tour of senior Sussex Premier League Clubs.
Representing East Grinstead Cricket Club were Geoff Border, Acting Chairman with colleagues Richard Dewing, Acting Vice Chairman and Alan Collinge, the Clubs’ Sussex League representative.
In a wide-ranging discussion looking towards the future guardianship of Cricket in Sussex, the club were delighted at the warm reception that was given to its new mission statement and management structure, and in turn the club were much encouraged to hear Rob’s initial observations on the path ahead. The commitment of all round the table could be best summed up as the revitalised emphasis on increased participation and junior development to include high level coaching and a clear performance pathway to elite level, all targets already embedded at EGCC.
The Cricket Club looks forward with added vigour to an exciting future for Sussex Cricket and to a continuation of this fruitful on-going dialogue with the County.
Well what can one say? The call early doors was "We have been behind before and lost" but after some superb bowling we managed to get Lingfield all out for 170. There was some great bowling from our openers who were a trifle unlucky with some poor fielding. However the rest of the "youth" who came through and bowled with enthusiasm! The boys stuck to their task and when not rattled, bowled straight and true. It took great composure for the more inexperienced bowlers to stay strong when we did not field as well as we might and for the more wayward, it was great to see the heads high and to revert back to basics, bowl straight and true and suddenly you find the maiden overs. Rohan Patel, Matt Conrathe, Peter Kinnear especially deserve praise for relaxing, not trying to win the game by taking wickets but bowling true. A guest appearance from EGCCs often short sighted wicket keeper (Andrew has the count) Kevan Burns brought proceeding to a close and suddenly Lingfield all out for 170 - a very reachable target.
What an opening 40 partnership from Reid Jenden & Joel Boorman - To have the faith and conviction and temperament was inspiring (especially as I was padded up at #3) they saw off the early onslaught and played with mature heads to see off the opening attack and their decent bowlers!
A quick hit and hope from yours truly (guided by Joel) set the stage for a potentially comfortable victor. But we were exposed!! Steve send your £11:00 eBay bat back - it might well oiled and knocked in but it is not heavy enough for your stroke play!
Lingfield realised that decent line and length could win the day and the wickets fell. A justified standing ovation from the crowd for Joel Boorman's 52 sparked potentially the beginning of the end. Up stepped Peter Kinnear, safe and true with the gods looking down he held the crease, Andrew Burns, guided admirably by his tired wicket keeping father, dug in played a very mature in innings of 23, as Andy Hayes always says "Play the loose ones and stay in, the runs will come". The boys played brilliantly and while the run rate dropped, we all knew that is why it is so great to play at EGCC - they had time to play in a grown up mixed game and find their own pace.
Rohan played some nice steady shots but was out early doors, it is late now and I am tired, can't think of who else I should mention as I don't have the team list! All I know is that we expected great things from our industrious leader Bhavesh - who encouraged the boys well throughout, skippered and marshaled the field well BUT when batting was unlucky in his dismissal (nice catch). In the blink of an eye it was Kinnear senior and Burns senior batting for the win - we lost!
Great effort all round but ultimately the dads let the lads down! We should all get in the hall of mirrors and have a long hard think about our performance and realise that all the kids were great and the dads were below their best!
Special thanks to Andy Hayes for his Umpire duties and also a special mention to Ben Kinnear as second umpire who's adjudication for the run outs were true but a bit too hasty in my (don't know anything about cricket) opinion!
We experience many ups and downs in the course of a season. Yesterday makes it all worth while. A win for the Four teams, in some style, with a 1&2 "double" over the Nomads, is an amazing achievement. There is a fashion to avoid mentioning names in a team sport, but there were some particularly special performances worthy of mention - A great comeback from Matt Heppel with his 145, his partnership with Meddie whose 100 saw the 3rds post a great score against Roffey followed by Kurt Richardson's 6 wicket haul - Regan's very talented 100 n.o. to see the 2's home against the Nomads - a really gutsy effort from Carl Cachopa to not only play within a couple of hours of having root canal surgery, but to also contribute a 50 in a crucial partnership with Leo Cammish, whose 71 n.o. was pivotal along with Brad Hatchett and Ian Sturmer's bowling in a rare win away at the Nomads.
The Fathers and Sons (4th X1 Conference Team) played Buxted Park. The EG juniors - all U12 and with one U13 plus "dads" bowled out a team of more experienced U14 & U15 juniors for 93 with all the wickets taken by the boys! Shaun Melody with 50* showed the way well supported by the lads for an 8 wicket win, completing the great day for EG
Both 1s and 2s are still right in the mix in their respective leagues. We should congratulate everyone who contributed to this weekend's results. It was just a shame that the Development XI game had to be called off today - also a rare event in what has really been a decent summer so far.
It doesn't always go so well, so let's not only celebrate, but hold these memories and remind ourselves that life at EGCC can be very special. Good luck to everyone next weekend.
An array of international stars, including Sarah Taylor, Georgia Elwiss (England), Erin Osborne (Australia), Rebecca Grundy and Amy Jones (England).
Royal London One Day Championship.
At East Grinstead Cricket Club, Saint Hill Road.
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Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Bradley Hatchett starred as East Grinstead got their Sussex Premier Division campaign with a win against Billingshurst on Saturday.
Hudson-Prentice scored a fine century at Saint Hill as Grinstead declared on 243-7 from 54.5 overs, with the Sussex man scoring 124 and Leo Cammish contributing 49.
and Bradley Hatchett starred as East Grinstead got their Sussex Premier Division campaign with a win against Billingshurst yesterday (Saturday).
Hudson-Prentice scored a fine century at Saint Hill as Grinstead declared on 243-7 from 54.5 overs, with the Sussex man scoring 124 and Leo Cammish contributing 49.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice starred with the bat, scoring 73 runs as Grinstead posted 201-5 from their 20 overs batting first, with captain Will Adkin (40), Ollie Graham (32) and Ian Sturmer (15) also making double figure contributions.
And Grinstead defended their total with ease to claim victory, with Haywards Heath only able to muster 122-5 in reply.
Sturmer picked up three wickets for Grinstead, taking 3-21 in his four overs, while Regan Derham (1-17) and Craig Fowle (1-25) were also among the wickets.
Grinstead are busy preparing for the new season, which begins on Sunday with an ECB Knockout Cup game against Lordswood. That is followed by the first game in their defence of the Sussex T20 Cup, at Haywards Heath, before they host Billingshurst in their opening league match.
And Adkin says the Saint Hill outfit want to push for honours in the league, having come close in recent seasons with a succession of top-four finishes.
"We did so well in the cup last year that we focused on that and our performance dropped in the league, which was disappointing," he said.
"We want to win as many games as possible, whatever the competition, and we want to win a competition again this year.
"Every year we are up there in the league, finishing second or fourth in the last couple of years.
"We are up there as a strong club and the aim has got to be to push for every competition and every title."
And Adkin feels that, with the arrival of overseas star Carl Cachopa and young Sussex second XI wicketkeeper Leo Cammish, to add to a squad that can also boast Sussex bowlers Lewis Hatchett and Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Grinstead are well equipped to challenge.
says that the availability of key players will be important for Grinstead.
"It is a good bow to have in your armoury to have these players and when they are there with us warming up, it makes the other teams know they have a tough game ahead," he said.
"We realise that we won't have them every game, although it breeds confidence for us when they are around."
DAVID TURNER wants East Grinstead to become the pre-eminent cricket club in Sussex.
Turner has taken over from Alan Evans as chairman of the Saint Hill club, with the aim of building on the momentum of recent seasons, including the Sussex T20 cup success for both the first and second XIs at Hove last year.
And Turner wants Grinstead to win the Sussex Premier Division title at first XI level, adding that it is a clear objective for the club.
"We had good success last season and the win at Hove was fantastic, and great profile for us," he said.
"The real test is winning the league title at first team level and one of the objectives we have set ourselves is to be the pre-eminent club in the county.
"That is to not just win the title, but to retain that title and for it not to be a one-off.
"That success will then hopefully cascade down through the club."
Grinstead have come close in the past few seasons, finishing second and fourth in the past two campaigns, but Turner believes that Will Adkin's side have the right ingredients to challenge for honours this year, with Carl Cachopa joining as the club's overseas player and Leo Cammish coming in as wicketkeeper.
"If you look at last year, there were a few ifs and buts and I think that we are not that far away," he said.
"You get a couple of things right and strong performances from our leading players, a bit of luck, an umpiring decision and if you put all that together, we will be right in the mix.
"We don't want to be in the situation of being second or third, and there was genuine disappointment last year that we did not push harder.
"Fair play to Roffey, they played well and they had a good side, but I don't think that week in, week out they are a better side than us.
"We will continue to push Preston Nomads and Horsham, who have been traditionally the strongest sides, but we know that we can go toe-to-toe with them.
"I think they will come here and be genuinely worried, and see it as one of their biggest games of the season.
"We will have to perform on those big occasions, but under Will's leadership, we have the right ingredients.
"Inevitably you get injuries and people being called up to the county, but we have a strong squad and there is strength in depth."
East Grinstead begin the new campaign on Sunday, April 26, when Lordswood visit Saint Hill in the ECB Knockout Cup.
DAVID TURNER says he is relishing seeing East Grinstead's new overseas signing Carl Cachopa in action this season.
Cachopa - the older brother of Sussex batsman Craig Cachopa - has signed for Grinstead for the 2015 season, having spent time playing for the Auckland Aces in New Zealand's domestic cricket.
And Grinstead's new chairman says he is looking forward to seeing the 28-year-old all-rounder, who has represented New Zealand A, playing at Saint Hill.
He said: "It has been an important fabric of the team for the last few years, with overseas players.
"There is an element of risk with it in how they settle and how they fit in coming from Australia or wherever, where the conditions are different.
"There will be a settling in period, but at 28 Carl brings an extra maturity and that will be a great help to captain Will Adkin.
"He has played for New Zealand A and is an all-rounder, who will probably bat at number three for us.
"He can bowl too and may well come on at first or second change and it will be good to have him here.
"He is looking forward to coming and having his brother gives a focal point for him socially.
"It is important that these guys settle in and I think we have been a good place to come."
Cachopa is set to arrive in England in the first week in May, with Grinstead's first Sussex Premier Division game against Billingshurst on Saturday, May 9.