Despite the runs, three defeats


Rye 1st XI’s recent run of close defeats continued on Saturday, this time against Seaford, despite posting a mammoth score. Rye won the toss and the opening pair Carl Mumba, 93 off 47 balls, and James Hamilton, 101 off 110 balls, set Rye on their way in thrilling fashion. Jackson Woodcock hit 41 not out off 51 balls as Rye hit 319-6 off 45 overs.

The wickets at the Salts are playing really well, vindication of the work by the volunteer ground team and their work on the square. Then Seaford took equal advantage to surge past 319 for the loss of 4 wickets in just 40 overs. Oliver Smith 105 not out was supported by William Lucas 70 off 35 balls and Jonny Brown 55 not out off 42 balls. No names of the bowlers are to be shared to protect their identities.

This Saturday the 1st XI travel to Preston Nomads 2nds, and despite the defeats, they are still in the hunt for promotion.

The 2nd XI on Saturday travelled to Newhaven 1sts to play at the NCG. Just like the MCG they discovered a test match wicket. This test match wicket went from Day 1 to Day 5 in 25 overs. Newhaven won the toss and the opening pair added 58 and at 100-2 the wicket deteriorated. Exaggerated bounce and turn and Newhaven slipped to 131-8 as Martin Blincow 4-44 and Ross Pierce 3-16 put Newhaven in a spin. Newhaven were saved by Bradley Hambly 27 and Jamie Pittam 21 who took Newhaven to 195 all out in 40 overs.

Rye struggled as the wicket became more unpredictable. Spencer Fielding 29 and Callum Hadawy 29 not out prospered as Rye were dismissed for 116, by far their lowest score of the season. They remain 5th in the division. This Saturday they host Bells Yew Green in a match sponsored by the Mermaid Inn.

The 3rd XI played out a thrilling game against Pevensey 3rd XI. Pevensey scored 210-7 off 40 overs. Steve Chapman 40, top scored and 5 other players scored in the twenties. The young bowling attack shared the wickets and did well against more experienced opposition. In reply, Rye 3rds fell just short by 8 runs. The response was led by Mark Cook, 112 and Alex Stone 34 not out. This Saturday the 3rds travel to play East Dean & Friston 2nds.

Image Credits: Rye Cricket Club .

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