Rye lose top spot


Rye 1st XI
Seaford 197 – 8,  Rye 97

Rye entertained Seaford at the Salts on Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera, that was a decider for the league. Sadly Rye were unable to bring their best form to the game as they lost by 99 runs. Seaford went back top of the league, 9 points clear of Rye – an advantage gained when they defeated Lindfield 2nds, on a day when only two games in the County League were completed. 

Rye had restricted Seaford to 197 for eight off 45 overs. Mithchell Backhouse (57) led the way with the bat supported by Chris Stanyard (40) and Thomas Dale (30). Once this top three had been removed, Seaford made little headway against Tommy Nunn (two for 18), Harry Smeed (three for 35) and Fin Thomson (two for 44). So at tea Rye were confident of overhauling the target. The innings however did not get started, as Dan Seabrook (24) top scored, and none of the other batsmen could overcome the challenge presented by Stuart Pulford (two for 14), Blackhouse (three for 22) and Stanyard (two for 19). Rye were finally dismissed for 97.

This Saturday, September 2, Seaford play Lindfield 2nds and Rye play Crowhurst Park 1st XI. Rye need to pick up 30 points and cross their fingers.

Rye 2nd XI
Haywards Heath 238 – 6,  Rye 23

Rye 2nds travelled to Haywards Heath sporting five players under the age of 18 – all full of the promise, that has helped Rye 2nds to 4th in the league. Rye lost the toss yet again and found themselves in the field. Early on they placed a stranglehold on their opponents as Nick Paine bowled nine overs for 28 runs. But it wasn’t until the introduction of Martin Blincow (two for 35) and Ben Clifton (two for 14) that Haywards Heath lost wickets. However the experienced Heath side piled on the runs at the end to reach 238 for 6. Good spells by 15-year-olds George Channon and Rowan Sharkey saw Haywards Heath reach 238 for 6 off 45 overs.

What followed after tea was extraordinary, as overseas player Jaydon Wright took eight for 13 in just seven overs, including three wickets in his first over. Seven victims were bowled – three played on, two top of off stump and two yorked – as the left-armer had a magical spell. Josiah Menzies took two for 5, and Rye were all out for 23 – somewhat inexplicable, as three of those batsmen have hit league centuries this season.

Rye 2nds despite the defeat, still sit 5th in the Divison 6 East League.and this Saturday host Seaford, in a match sponsored by The Mermaid Inn, in the final game of the season, looking to end on a victory.

Rye 3rd XI
Linden Park 5th XI 230-8,  Rye 3rd XI 175

The 3rd XI travelled to Linden Park 5ths for their penultimate fixture of the season with both teams battling for third place in division 11 of the East Sussex Cricket League.

On losing the toss Rye were asked to field first and the home side got off to a quick start, punishing any bowling off line or length, making use of the short boundary and only 10 players on the fielding side. The introduction of Monty Hinge (one for 32) led to the dismissal of Jayapraskash Seluthiyan (22). The bowling of Ole Jorgensen led to three further wickets including Andy McBride (42) and Jake Spibey (75) taking Linden Park to 191 for four and completing bowling figures of (three for 72). Wickets then fell more regularly with Ross Pierce claiming figures of three for 24 which included Alexander Attwal (37) and Andy Speer (16). The other Rye wicket taker was Elise Jorgensen (one for 13) as Linden Park finished on 230 for eight from their 40 overs.

A second wicket partnership of 53 between Anthony Cousins and Ross Pierce increased the run rate before the latter was dismissed by Andy Speer for 34. Harry Rhys-Jones (23) continued to maintain the flow of runs scoring 23 before he also fell victim to Speer as he finished with figures of three for 52. Cousins continued to provide resistance and maintain the focus on reaching the target, a fifth wicket 60 run partnership with James Jury kept the hope of victory in sight. When Jury was dismissed by Raj Reddy for 28, wickets fell quickly including that of Cousins who had scored 68 and fell victim to Emerson Twiddy (two for 34). Reddy finished with figures of three for 26 and the other wicket taker was McBride (one fo rfour) as Rye were dismissed for 175 with one over to spare. This Saturday the 3rds travel to Bells Yew Green 4ths.

Rye Cricket Club will be celebrating the 2017 season on Saturday evening, September 2 at 8pm at The Sidney Allnutt Pavilion. The Annual Awards Evening will be held with a BBQ and Bar. All members, families and friends are welcome.

Image: Martin Blincow

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