At 6:15pm last Saturday a depression moved over the pretty cricket ground of Glynde. A ball is chipped to mid on and Rye’s reply to Findon’s 203 all out was over with just 81 on the board in reply. Earlier that day Rye had positively looked bright as they reduced Findon to 16-3 on a green wicket thanks to opening bowler Craig Pierce who took 3-18 off 9 overs.
Findon recovered as Harry Metters scored 57 and Felix Jordan 65. They saw Findon to 108-4 as Rye’s attack was unable to press home their advantage. Brent Hildebrand took 3-31, but Findon clawed their way to 203 all out. The glove work of Dan Seabrook was exceptional, including an incredible run out.
Rye’s reply got off to an unfortunate start with opener James Hamilton run out when backing up as Dan Stickels struck a lovely straight drive. The Rye batsmen then could not score and fell to accurate bowling. Soon they were 11-4 and although Dan Seabrook, 24 and Reuben Collingwood, 34 took Rye to 72-4, Rye suddenly subsided to 81 all out.
It was a depressing end to the season to lose the promotion play off in such a way after 18 games where Rye had played with skill and energy and were clearly worthy of promotion.
This is where planning for next season starts though, and the Rye Cricket Club committee will be working hard through the autumn to ensure Rye is ready for the 2022 season and make another push for promotion to division 2.
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