Rye 1sts and 2nds win

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Last Saturday, Rye 1sts hosted Seaford 1sts in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera. Rye won the toss and batted first. On a slow low wicket Rye were indebted to skipper Harry Smeed who scored 104. He found it difficult to get support from his team mates, as only three others managed to make double figures. In fact, extras with 25 was second top scorer. Harry Smeed was eventually eighth man out on 183 as Rye clawed their way to 203 all out in 44.3 overs.

For Seaford, Adam Kneller was the pick of the bowlers with 3-29. Seaford found the wicket equally challenging. The Seaford skipper William Lucas also top scored, with 30. He could find no support as Seaford were dismissed for 86 in just 23.1 overs, after an opening stand of 41. James Smeed 4-35 started the downfall, then Chanuka Dilshan 2-4 and Harry Smeed 2-10 finished the innings.

Rye 1sts remain fourth in Division 3 East, and this Saturday travel to play Ansty.

Rye 2nds beat 3rd placed Glynde the previous week, and last Saturday travelled to second placed Buxted Park 2nds and repeated the performance. Rye batted first and on another sluggish wicket chipped away at the bonus points to reach 207-8. The innings was built around an excellent 66 from Mark Cook, supported by James Hamilton 33, Will Wheeler 28 and a rapid 21 from skipper Ben Clifton, hitting 15 off the last over.

Buxted Park made a positive response at 114-2 with N Bolton 42 and T Ahmed 23. Skipper Ben Clifton then struck three times in an over, and pressure increased on Buxted. A good run out, an incredible one handed catch by Ben Clifton and Rye were in the ascendancy, and despite Colin Coddington 33 off 29 balls, Rye eased home by 9 runs. Ben Clifton 4-53, Blake Rouse 3-37 and Paul Hitchcott 2-25 the successful bowlers. This Saturday, Rye 2nds host Eastbourne 3rds at the Rye Cricket Salts.

Rye 3rds stuttered for a second week in a row against Pevensey 3rds. Rye batted first and could only make 97, with only Ross Pierce 42 in double figures. Then Pevensey 3rds cantered home in 23 overs, 4 wickets down. Ross Pierce 3-30 completing his man of the match performance. This Saturday the 3rds are away to league leaders Bexhill Strikers.

This Friday, July 7 the cricket club hosts its annual Bat and Trap competition – fun and fund raising with a bar and barbecue. Teams of six are welcome, £10 entry fee at the Rye Cricket Salts.

Image Credits: Martin Blincow .

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