1st Xl frustrated again


Rye 1st XI

Rye came so close to victory against local rivals Crowhurst Park at the Salts on Saturday, in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera.

Rye skipper Gary Willis lost the toss and Rye were put into bat on another belter of a wicket at the Salts. Rye got off to great start with George Wathen and Sandun Dias hitting the ball to all parts of the ground, putting on 122 for the first wicket. With George Wathen the more aggressive of the two, he looked set to score his second century of the season, but fell for a well-made 74 and Dias was caught for a hard-hitting 52.

Crowhurst Park bowled a tight five-over spell, which meant Rye lost another further two quick wickets to leave them 184-4 but Harry Smeed and Dan Seabrook went about their business in an aggressive manner. Smeed compiled a well-made 50 runs, meaning Rye looked set for a target of around 230 but Smeed then simply went berserk scoring his second 50 runs in 21 balls and  so making his maiden league hundred. As he reached a hundred he was run out. Seabrook continued and ended up with a well-made 38 not out. Rye finished up on 297 for six declared.

Rye knew that it would be difficult to take 10 wickets due to the pitch offering very little for the bowlers, but they got off to a good start, reducing Crowhurst to 11 for two. Clive Tong (65) and Ed Smissen (53) put on 111 for the third wicket, but the game turned as Tommy Nunn removed both men to leave Crowhurst 136 for four. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, thanks to Dias five for 45 and Nunn two for 40 but Rye had only seven balls to take the last wicket, which couldn’t be done, as Crowhurst played out the game for a draw, ending, up on 234 for nine. It was another frustrating result for Rye when they only needed one wicket for victory.

Rye 2nd XI

Rye seconds travelled to Seaford on Saturday, looking to continue their recent good form. Rye lost the toss and  Seaford decided to bat first. James Smeed struck first removing John Reynolds, and with a very tight opening spell by Tobias Farrow, Seaford made slow progress. However, Patrick McCaughan (51) and Jamie Cogdell (52) built a fine partnership. It was the introduction of Martin Blincow that offered Rye an opportunity. Blincow took three for 32 off 11 overs, however there were runs leaking at the other end. Deiniol Cummins  (61) took full advantage as Seaford headed towards 200. The return of James Smeed and Tobias Farrow saw Seaford falter as Smeed finished with four for 48, and Seaford on 212 for nine off 53 overs.

Rye came out after tea in a hurry as Cook (11) and Claremont Senior School student Sachin Jha (41) saw Rye gallop to 40. However, the introduction of Brown removed both, plus Ellis Hatter and with two further wickets lost, Rye wobbled at 84 for five. However, this season Rye have become resilient, and skipper Ben Clifton hit 50, and in partnership with Tim Morgan, 48 not out, steered Rye to 176 for eight off 47 overs.

Rye 3rd XI

Rye third team hosted Bells Yew Green fourths for their latest division 11 East Sussex Cricket League fixture and on losing the toss were asked to bat first.
Rye got off to a steady start before Anthony Cousins (12) was caught off the bowling of C. Miles, this brought Luke Payton to the crease to join his grandfather as they compiled a second wicket partnership of 108 before Paul Payton was bowled by Noah Barr (one for 66) having scored 36. The 14-year-old Payton batted maturely, punishing any wayward deliveries as he went on to score a century. Stuart Baker scored 13 before being dismissed by Daniel Inkpen (one for 68), Sean Baker then hit a quick-fire 36 before he also fell victim to Miles (two for 68). Payton finished on 133 not out as Rye declared, having scored 258 with nine of their allotted overs remaining.

Nick Paine (1 for 13 from 11 overs) made the early breakthrough for Rye before Cameron Cummings (23) and Arthur Beedell provided some resistance before the former was caught off the bowling of Max Goodsell (one for 19). The visitors then looked to keep out the bowlers and look for a draw, the introduction of Sean Baker made things more difficult for the batsmen as they struggled against the pace which resulted in the dismissal of Arthur Beedell having scored 29. Ross Pierce then took more regular wickets to finish with figures of three for 10 from four overs and Sean Baker claimed the final wicket to finish with figures of two for 9 from 10.4 overs as Bells Yew Green were dismissed for 100. The other Rye wicket taker was Ole Jorgensen (one for 19). The match finished with Rye 3rd XI 258 for four declared and Bells Yew Green 4th XI 100.


This week Rye Colts experienced close defeats to Boughton at Under  11/13 /15  but there were good team and individual performances, Beth Chamberlain and Lilia Bull with bat and ball for the Under 11s, George Jempson and Jake Chamberlain with the ball for the U13s and Luke Payton with the bat for the U15s.

This week

This Saturday, Rye 1st team travels to Lindfield 2nds, the 2nds host Crowhurst Park 2nds in a match sponsored by the Mermaid Inn, and the 3rd XIs travel to Hellingly 4ths at Icklesham.

The Under 12s host Primrose Hill on tour at Icklesham, Saturday morning and on Tuesday the U15s host Wye. On Thursday, the U13s travel to Wye.

This evening, Friday July 7, Rye hosts its Annual Bat & Trap Festival at the Rye Cricket Salts. The Bar and BBQ open at 6.30pm with the competition commencing at 7pm. All members, friends and families are welcome to join in the fun filled evening.


Photo: Martin Blincow

Image Credits: Rye Cricket Club .

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