Rye got back to winning ways on Saturday as they played host to Brighton and Hove 2nds. Playing on a dry wicket at last, Rye won the toss and elected to bat. The new opening pair of Harry Smeed, 20 and Reuben Collingwood, 37 got Rye off to a solid start. Luke Payton continued his recent run of good form with 37 off just 31 balls. Rye did falter on 125-5, but Tobias Farrow with 60 off 55 balls pushed Rye beyond 200 and a late flurry saw Rye dismissed for 224 in the 43rd over.
Brighton and Hove, although bottom of the league, offered stern opposition in their reply. Kieran Buck, 45 and Guy Williamson steered them to 121-2, and Mark Williams, 24 continued the advance. It was the bowling of Ben Clifton, left arm spin, with 6-42 that undermined the innings, as they slumped to 171-9. Although William Cox finished 17 not out, Brighton fell 19 runs short on 205-9 off their 45 overs.
St Peters continued to win, so Rye are now focused on the next four games to win them and clinch a place in the play off match. This Saturday they travel to play Eastbourne 2nds at The Saffrons.
Rye 2nds travelled to play Crowhurst Park 2nds last Saturday and despite a good display lost by the margin of 3 wickets. On a low, slow wicket, runs were hard to come by all afternoon, and despite small boundaries the outfield equally was slow. Rye won the toss and decide to bat. James Hamilton struck 33 and John Mackenzie 32 as they shared a 50 run opening partnership which took 20 overs. Spencer Fielding 36 not out injected some urgency as Rye finished on 142-6 off 40 overs.
Park’s reply stuttered as Freddie Mackenzie took 4-36 removing the top order and Park were 50-4. However the batting of the experienced Colin Ayres 53 not out and Jacob Watson 44, saw Park to 120-4, a great run out by James Jury and two wickets for 14 year old Joseph Kemsley had Park tottering at 120-7, but Ayres saw then home in the 31st over.
This Saturday Rye host Laughton 1st Xl at The Salts.
Last Monday, Rye U11A defeated Ashford Town A by 34 runs in an excellent all round performance. The A team sit top of the Ashford League with the B team in 3rd. They face each other on Monday evening in a truly local derby.
This Tuesday and Wednesday Rye hosted a hardball cricket camp for 17 of the younger Colts. Two days of skills and games was thoroughly enjoyed and clearly developed their skills and understanding of the game.
This October, Rye will be running hardball and softball sessions at Rye Sports Centre, and is working with Rye College to offer cricket to year groups 7 and 8, and to offer taster sessions to local primary schools. These sessions are funded by the Community Shop, for which Rye CC is extremely grateful.
Image Credits: Martin Blincow .